I think Chris Rosebrough is to blame for this travesty of fashion. I will leave him for Al Mohler to deal with. Till then, I think Ed Young will be having nightmares about this. I know I am!
The immortal words of Dr. Frasier Crane which dance through my head often when encountering zealots and promoters of various isms and schisms. Clarity of thought, reason, logic—all things those who follow Him who claimed to be the Truth should strive for and honor—seems lost on a large portion of today’s Western culture.
Rich just posted the comments someone made in reference to last week’s amazing encounter with Will Kinney. If you have forgotten, here is the video of Will Kinney’s complete implosion when faced with facts:
In case you do not want to listen to the whole thing again (it is hard on some folks, I understand, to listen to someone who simply cannot follow a logical chain of reasoning), Mr. Kinney could not grasp the fact that the three Greek texts he was citing were written AFTER Erasmus published his first edition in 1516, and were, in fact, handwritten copies of the printed text in all likelihood, and hence were irrelevant on a textual critical level. I had made the statement that the TR’s reading lacks Greek manuscript support, and, of course, logically, any honest or rational person would understand that the Greek manuscripts to which I would be referring would have to PRE-EXIST the first appearance of the published work. Mr. Kinney cannot grasp this simple concept, and on that basis continues to accuse me of being a liar. Behold the thought process of the King James Onlyist.
So one is left without words to express the following conclusions drawn from the same encounter, written by one “Kenny Cheek” on FaceBook:
Will, I want to echo what Lynn Culver posted. Your posts are always excellent and it’s good to see someone finally hold James White’s feet to the fire. Once he gets control of a conversation or debate it’s usually all over for his opponent (is he a lawyer?) but you don’t let that happen and I enjoy hearing it. He’s been the darling of the pseuo-intellectual crowd for years but I’ve always known that someone with the right ammunition could stop him in his tracks. You do it very well. And thanks for sharing with the rest of us!
When someone has been given over for decades to false teaching and arrogant spiritual dictatorship over others, well…we shouldn’t be surprised at what is happening as I type these words. I am listening live to Camping’s rambling press conference. I cannot possibly express my deep disgust at this man’s willingness to continue to drag the Christian faith and the Holy Bible through the mud. He is utterly unrepentant, and now is adding to his condemnation blatant lies. He just told the gathered press that no church today believes that every word of the Bible comes from God. Of course, it is Camping who thinks the words of the Bible are theological play-dough, all there to serve his whims and his next false prophecy. But, will the press differentiate? Will they speak to responsible Christian scholars, believing scholars? No, Camping is truly a plague upon us, not only here in the United States, but all around the world. God have mercy upon us.
“We had all of our dates correct. We had all our proofs correct.” “May 21 was a spiritual coming…He has come, in the sense that He now has the world under judgment.” Well, I pretty well called that one, sadly. I had a feeling we would be stuck with this foolishness until October 21, 2011. What an amazingly foolish thing: “Well, folks, we only have 153 days to go, but, hey, we aren’t going to put up billboards and stuff, we are going to play music and do teaching about how to live as a good Christian.” Brilliant. I can’t wait to see the video of this.
Now Camping is lying about Greek verbs. I cannot possibly imagine what the press is going to do with this.
Well, folks, I don’t know what else to say. The man is an inveterate heretic, unrepentant, and we call all of his followers to repent and abandon this man’s wild delusions.
As of the time of the posting of this article, Harold Camping has been proven a false prophet (again). Why? Because it is now 7pm standard time (yes, I remembered to factor in the daylight savings thing) in Guam, one of the first places on earth to experience the time of the “rapture” that Camping has predicted as a guaranteed biblical truth for years now.* And, according to the US Geological Survey (the clearing house for earthquake information from all over the world), no earthquake 10 or above on the Richter scale has taken place in that time zone…anywhere. Camping said the earthquake would be greater than anything known before, so I figure that’s at least a 10, probably more (since he said it would open all the tombs and throw the bodies of the dead out of their graves to be “shamed in God’s sight”). So, we begin the documentation,** which will continue through the day, of what some of us have been saying for a very, very long time: Harold Camping is a cult leader, a false teacher, and it is high time his followers finally admit it.
I have thought of some time of writing a lengthy open letter to Camping’s followers. I may well do so after the dust has settled, it all depends. I was thinking today about the categories of Camping followers, and I think I would break it down into three groups: 1) the hard-core, unsaved cultists, who love novelty and gnosis, not truth, and if they don’t keep following Harold, they will find someone else to follow, but will never follow truth; 2) the unsaved, simple, ignorant who found something compelling in his teachings; and 3) the few Christians who will, we are assured, be restored to truth and abandon his falsehoods. I would have something different to say to each of those groups, to be sure. I would be brief with the first; the second would require a lot of discussion that would be best done in person; and the third simply need to repent and return to their first love.
In any case, I will be glad when this day is over, the case is settled, the controversy over. I do not think my time has been wasted in refuting Camping: the lessons to be learned are many. But there is much else to be doing, and we must get to it.
One of the things we need to be doing is confessing, unashamedly, that Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and that He will, in fact, return someday. We just need to do it biblically, just the opposite of Harold Camping and his sign-toting followers.
*I thought about using Christmas Island as my example, but after reading the incredibly complex discussion of just what time it is on Christmas Island…I decided not even the Lord could make heads or tails out of that mess, so I stuck with something a bit more…mundane.
** Don’t forget to visit www.rapturefail.org to register your “Rapture Fail” as well!