Monday, May 16, 2011

The strange evolution of Harold Camping

Robert Godfrey, president of Westminster Seminary California, has written a series of articles on the history and errors of Harold Camping. Godfrey is well qualified to write on Camping since he once sat under his teaching at the Christian Reformed Church of Alameda, CA. In fact Godfrey gives Camping part of the credit for his own conversion.

Here's the introduction to the 5-part series.

If you were to drive the freeways of southern California, you would see from time to time billboards proclaiming the Judgment Day on May 21, 2011 and declaring that the Bible guarantees it. Presumably these billboards may be seen in many other parts of the country as well. Who is responsible for these signs and what do they really mean theologically?

The signs have been placed by Harold Camping and his followers to warn people that the end is at hand. To understand these signs we must know something of the history as well as the theology of Harold Camping. I am in a somewhat distinctive position to write on this subject since I first met Camping in the late 1950s. I learned a great deal from him then, and so I find what follows a very sad story. I pray for him that the Lord will deliver him from the serious errors into which he has fallen.

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