March 16, 2012

08RNS: Harold Camping Repents For 'Sinful' Prediction

Harold Camping Repents
For 'Sinful' Prediction

BY STAFF                                                                                                                               ©2012 Baptist Press

Harold Camping, the radio preacher who wrongly predicted that Jesus would return May 21 of last year, has released a remorseful statement calling his prediction "sinful" and saying his critics were right in stating that no one knows the date of Christ's second coming.

The statement by Camping and the "staff of Family Radio" was posted in early March at

Beginning in 2010, Camping and his supporters bought billboards and radio spots around the world warning that Christ would return on May 21, 2011. Many of those ads even said the "Bible guarantees it," even though the New Testament teaches in Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32 that "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven. ..."

"We tremble before God as we humbly ask Him for forgiveness for making that sinful statement," the statement reads. "We are so thankful that God is so loving that He will forgive even this sin."

In the weeks leading up to May 21, preachers and Bible scholars from a wide range of denominations--including Southern Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian--spoke out against Camping's prediction, fearful not only that he was leading Christians astray but that he was harming the name of Christ before a watching world by making a false prediction.  

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