For many years the weekly Back to God Hour program could be heard on stations owned by the Family Radio network. But at the end of November, 2001, Family Radio stopped broadcasting our program, without telling listeners the reason. Here is a brief account of the situation.
Harold Camping, president of Family Radio, has fallen into serious error, teaching that the age of the church has ended. Camping urges all Christians to leave their churches. He has also issued an edict that Family Radio must reject any program which is sponsored by a church or which speaks of Christ’s abiding purposes for the church, its leaders, and its sacraments.
In the early 1990s Camping insisted that Christ would return in 1994. He turned out to be wrong. Rather than admitting his error and repenting, Camping instead used fanciful interpretations of Scripture to claim that 1994 was a major landmark. Now he is convinced that 1994 is when the church age ended: God stopped working through churches and began a period of “latter rain” in which the Lord now works mainly through ministries such as Family Radio. Thus Camping’s earlier error has grown into something even worse. He is distorting the Word of God and is offending Christ by attacking the beloved bride of Christ, the church. It would be legitimate to warn people that some denominations and congregations have wandered far from God’s Word, but Camping entirely dismisses all churches, including many that are true to the Lord.
Harold Camping claims that evil has overcome the entire church and that Christ is no longer building his church, but Jesus promised, “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18). Camping says that church leaders—pastors, elders, and deacons—no longer have authority, but the Bible says, “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority” (Hebrews 13:17). Camping says the church’s sacraments—baptism and the Lord’s Supper—should not be observed anymore, but Scripture speaks of eating the bread and drinking the cup until Christ comes (1 Corinthians 11:26).
We grieve that it is no longer possible for us to proclaim the historic Christian faith on Family Radio. We regretfully advise God’s people not to support Family Radio financially, unless it stops spreading error.
Meanwhile, the Back to God Hour continues to broadcast on many other stations throughout North America and around the world. A station list is enclosed. We hope you can hear a station in your area. If not, please note that our programs can be heard anytime on the internet at www.BacktoGod.net.
I received an endorsement from the director of the MLJ Trust today and I want to remind people that the programs who have pulled out of FAMILY RADIO should be encouraged. I am more then grateful to see programs and people stand up for Christ and His word the Bible.
Please visit their site http://www.mlj.org.uk/