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-Camping Repents? Maybe -Maybe Not

by Dr. D ~ November 1st, 2011

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It is reported by The Christian Post that false teacher Harold Camping has finally confessed that he was wrong in setting his dates for Christ’s return and says that he deeply regrets his mistakes. He says that he was particularly wrong to claim that God had stopped saving people after May 21.

Camping had recently predicted that the world would end on October 21 after failing in his prediction earlier this year on May 21, 2011 and much earlier on September 6, 1994.

The CP article contains a transcript of the audio message made by Harold Camping on Oct. 28, 2011.

Response: It is good to see Camping finally responding to his false teaching. Only time will tell if he has really repented of his date setting or only regretting that he was wrong. He makes two statements that give some hope that he has finally seen the light:

“Why didn’t Christ return on Oct. 21? It seems embarrassing for Family Radio. But God was in charge of everything.

God is in charge of this whole business, and we are not. …we have to be very careful that we don’t dictate to God what He should do.

… But God is in charge, and we must always keep that in mind.”

The CP article seems to conclude that Camping has finally learned from his mistakes and has actually repented. I am not so sure. He also makes a couple of statements that leads me to believe that nothing has really changed except he now admits that he was wrong about the recent dates but still seems to be searching for the ‘right’ one. He says that he has some different language in the Bible that he needs to check out:

“And I do find that there is other language in the Bible that we still have to look at very carefully and will impinge upon this question very definitely. And we should be very patient about this matter.”

He still seems to be holding on to the thought that at some point God will reveal the right date to him through his studies:

we must continue to look to the Bible, look to the Bible. Because there is where truth comes from. And God in His own timetable and in His own purposes will reveal truth to us when it’s His time to do it.”

So there you have it. Has Harold Camping really repented and given up on his date setting? I don’t think so. He still seems to expect God to reveal the right date “when it’s His time to do it.”            *Top

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