First, at WindowView, we are much like many of our readers. We read things, hear dialogs and interpretations, consider commentaries, and often are left to discern what is truthful information.
The point of this blog post is simple: Beware, Think, Consider all sides of any issue.
Hundreds and even Thousands of well qualified witnesses and theological thinkers have passed on a consistent message through the ages. There are variations, off-beat interpretations have lost our attention, others gain immense credibility over time. The the Bible’s message is not so complicated as to be easily dismissed by wild thinking.
Someone asked me, shouldn’t we pray for Harold Camping? I responded, I think we should be praying for all persons who are mislead by Harold Camping. So this post leads to an outside source of information that might get you thinking about a man who goes on the radio to influence so many listeners. Are the listeners thinking? Is their eternal destiny being altered, manipulated, or subverted by a guy with a microphone?
A friend writes into WindowView to state the following about the recent dialog on Harold Camping and his May 21 date setting:
“You most likely have read this CRI article on Camping which appears to be written back in 2002. It is very telling regarding some of the things he says regarding the “Church”.
He tells people to reject ” church” and the authority roles such as “elder” and “deacons”. To stop ceremonials activities such as baptisms and communion. He says all is useless activities now. He is beyond the “church” and encourages home worship gatherings centered around Family Christian Radio (like home churching people via the radio).
He really is creepy in these tenants. Very cult like.”
The article our friend refers to is entitled “DANGEROUS AIRWAVES: HAROLD CAMPING’S CALL TO FLEE THE CHURCH”
The synopsis of this article reads as follows:
“Harold Camping is the president of Family Radio. He teaches that God has done away with the church, and thus there should be no more local congregations, elders, deacons, and ordinances such as baptism or the Lord’s Supper. He maintains that the Holy Spirit has left the church as an empty shell with no power to proclaim the gospel. Because Camping calls his followers to flee the churches and form fellowships around his teachings, Christians must understand what the Bible teaches about the church and what the proper means of biblical interpretation are in order to counter Camping’s false teachings.”
Finally, we regret writing something like this blog post because this really is saying SOME FOLKS are being ROBBED of the truth. Misguided, mis-taught, and distracted from a simple investigation into what the Scriptures and even common church teachings have to tell us. Something vital is a stake. For one, getting at truth. Second, getting to appreciate why we exist. And most importantly, our real choice of a lifetime in obtaining a relationship with God — for all eternity.
Consider these verses:
Mt 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
Mt 24:11 “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
Mt 24:24 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
2Pe 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
All of the verses above relate to the present time, and if not pointed at one like Camping, certainly these statements point to conditions where one really need be on guard! And if any of these do apply to Mr. Camping, he will have to give an account for himself. Our task is to stay on track even in the presence of those who would mislead us.