|James 5:16 Confess your faults one to
another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual
fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
What has been the outcome of this newest teaching by Harold Camping? As owner and operator of this web site I have had contact with hundreds of people and also many email groups. I have spoken on the phone with people at F.R headquarters and people elsewhere on the subject. What have I been receiving? First I have found that people are not pouring out of the Churches as would be excepted if God were drawing His elect out of the Den of Sin (local churches). I have word of only two Churches disbanded and both are tightly affiliated with Harold Camping. Not everyone attending these disbanded Churches are now forsaking the Church, most have found other good reformed Churches to attend. Secondly, I get an occasional email from a Pastor who has one man or at times one family leaving the Church due to Harold Camping. And I put the number of departures from what I can collect from my contacts at under 1000-1500 people bowing the knee to Harold Camping.
I want to take a minute and ask all that have been following this teacher and this story to take a minute and PRAY yes thatís right PRAY. Pray for Harold Camping and the staff at Family Radio. Pray that God's will be done and that God will have mercy on the man who has drawn innocent lambs to the wilderness where lions are in wait to devour. What kind of man would take our Saviours work, that of building a place for us to find refuge in while we sojourn this world, and destroy it? One who needs prayer, we must remember that all of us have minds that may go afoul and that we as humans must be vigilant and ready to recognize our own mistakes and take council from others and be ready to change.
Many who are close to Harold Camping have said that they feel there may be some medical problem arising in this man. They see a departure from his beaten path of gospel preaching and sense a more confusing man now. One searching under stones and aboard ships to teach things that "itch" the ear. This may have been due to a resent operation. Lets pray for healing the healing of the soul and mind of this man who has taught thousands the truth of the gospel (in the past)! When one teaches something for years "Do not add or take away" Rev 22:18-19 and then begins to add new rules of "Fellowships" and other things. Taking away the rule of Pastors, Elders and Deacons, we have to conclude something has gone astray.
And lets PRAY for his friends who are nearest to him that they may reach him before we enter into the next phase.
Deacon Faith Presbyterian Church (PCA) Akron, Ohio
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