Camping Prediction Brings Out the Worst in Mocking

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  1. righteousdude2

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    Thanks to Pastor Camping, the local talk radio airwaves is abuzz with some of the most disgusting mocking I've heard in a long time. Everything from Sports talk shows, to Money talk shows, and general open topic shows, Camping has planted the seeds of discontent and done a lot to widen the gap and divide between the church and the unbelievers of this world. Camping has made the church seem like a bunch of fanatic kooks!

    Overall, his prediction, and the fleecing of his followers is a negative mark against the church in general. Not because we are all like him, but because the world has a tendency to place us all in his camp.

    Had he only remembered that Jesus said "No man shall know the time!" he would have spared us from the kind of "trash talk" that is taking place. Furthermore, he should have remembered that the return of Jesus is said to be like a "thief in the night!" since when have the thief's begun to warn their potential victims of the intent to rob them blind?

    It was sad to listen to the talk shows the past two days, but it did reveal one thing about all the yahoos leading the charge to mock ALL believers and put us all in the same camp as Camping. Unbelief is alive and well: and sad to say: Their comments and remarks only show their ignorance and total denial in the Bible and the truth that there is a Judgement Day coming, as well as a day when the church will be taken up and away. (1 Thess. 4:16-17)

    OUR job, as a church, is not finished. The mocking only shows that there are still multitudes of people who need the Gospel, so its time to hit the streets, and return to the pulpit with the message of salvation and the reality of hell waiting all those who chose not to believe!

    I hope you all feel as challenged as I do, to make sure that false teachings are quickly put behind us, and the love of the Gospel message is shared until He returns.

    May the uncomfortable sense of being the brunt of the mocking that has come from Camping's foolish prediction, serve to shake us from the slumber of spiritual complacency! (Eph. 5:14-15)

    Continue to work my brothers and sisters, for the fields are white unto the harvest, as the Lord so clearly tells us in John 4:35.

    Shalom,

    Pastor Paul :type:
     
  2. Dr. Bob

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    Amen say we . .
     
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    Definitely. This is especially true on social media sites. Some of the stuff being posted as "funny" by people... I don't know whether to rant or cry.
     
  4. Jkdbuck76

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    If anything, it gives us a chance to share the gospel. The erroneous rapture prediction has given me the opportunity to share Scripture (at work) and show them from the Gospel of Mark that even Jesus Christ said He didn't know when the end would be.
     
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    Camping??? Camping???

    Ain't he the dude that predicted the '88 return??

    Back then there was a young lady in my church who asked me what she should do about her wedding plans----since they fell on the week AFTER the "predicted" rapture

    So I told her------"Go ahead on with your wedding!!"

    She's been happily married since then!!:saint::type:
     
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    Your comment reminds me of an incident way back when I was young. Two friends were to be wed. In a small group we were talking about the rapture. The young man looked toward the ceiling and raised his hands upward and said/prayed aloud, "Please God, no rapture until after the wedding night."

    Camping has done much harm to the cause of Christ ... sad to say.
     
  7. HankD

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    Pastor Paul, there is another way to look at this:

    Philippians 1
    15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
    16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
    17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
    18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.​

    For a short time the things of God and Christ were all over the media and in the thoughts of many.​

    A good time to take advantage of showing folks the truth by simply proclaiming the truth that Christ indeed will return to earth but that the scripture teaches that no one can know the day or the hour and its best to be ready and watching 24/7.​

    A similar opportunity will arise in October as this man has once again changed his previous date along with some other modifications.
    But, it probably won't get the same global coverage.​

    2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.​

    HankD​
     
  8. glfredrick

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    the Camping incident gives us a perfect forum to discuss the difference between reading plainly and simply what the Bible SAYS and interpretation of difficult concepts based on concordance word searches, etc.
     

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