January 14, 2002


Richard H. Homeres 
Family Stations, Inc.
290 Hegenberger Road
Oakland, CA  94621


Dear Mr. Homeres,

This letter is in response to your inquiry of November 7, 
2001, where you stated your desire to air our messages under the new policy 
of not referring to men by their Biblical titles nor what churches they 
represent.

Recently, we have implemented a policy regarding 
announcements on the air, stating that the name of organizations, or churches, or 
titles of the speakers, cannot be included.

Because we have enjoyed a friendly and mutually supportive 
relationship with Family Radio in the past, we wrote to you on November 12, 
2001, for more information before our session would make its decision.  You 
passed our letter on to the President of Family Radio, Harold Camping, 
from whom we received a response dated November 20, 2001.  His two page 
response was accompanied by an eight page defense of his latest teaching 
and the twenty-three page tract "Has the Era of the Church Age Come 
to an End?"  Part of the information we asked from you was never clearly 
answered by Mr.Camping.  Based on the two letters we received, we wrote to 
you again on Nov.26, 2001, stating what appeared to us to be your new 
positions and asking that either you or Mr. Camping acknowledge whether we were 
correct or not. After waiting six weeks for a reply, we can only assume that 
your lack of response to our letter means that our understanding is 
accurate concerning your new positions.

Besides the above mentioned policy, Mr. Camping informed us 
that you will also be editing our sermons to conform to his teaching.  He 
wrote the following, 

This means we will no longer identify Family Radio's teachings with Pastors 
or churches. However, if a Pastor or church wishes to continue to assist with 
the wonderful task of evangelization we welcome messages that are faithful to 
God's Word. However, we must edit out references to the visible, corporate 
church.  We will not edit our references to the eternal, invisible church 
because it will always continue.  We are very thankful for the messages that 
in the past we have received from the Free Reformed [sic] preachers. We truly 
hope that some of these men can continue with the task of evangelizing the 
world, even though they themselves will not be recognized as a Pastor, and 
even though their contribution to Family Radio's ministry will not assist in 
anyway to build up their congregations.

Although we have in the past enjoyed the godly music, evangelistic emphasis, 
and edifying messages on Family Radio, we cannot agree with the current 
policy which goes against your stated purpose to help the local churches.  
Daily, Mr. Camping is teaching that pastors, elders and deacons have no 
authority from God and that God is commanding His people to leave the local 
church to attend an assembly where there is no spiritual authority or 
ordinances.  In his letter to us he clearly rejoices that already a few 
churches have seen these truths and have changed from a church with elders 
and deacons and a Pastor to become a fellowship with no elders, deacons or a 
Pastor.  The question we ask ourselves is, why does the station even want our 
messages, if Family Radio is ashamed to acknowledge that we are Biblically 
ordained pastors and represent Scriptural churches?  It is clear to us that 
this new policy of refusing to refer to our preachers as Pastors, refusing to 
mention the church's name in connection with a message, and editing out of 
our sermons that which disagrees with Mr. Camping, is an attempt to have us 
teach the same thing as Mr. Camping.  We can under no circumstances allow our 
teaching to be confused with the latest erroneous teachings of Mr. Camping.  

Let me briefly address three of the issues that Mr. Camping raises in his 
teachings that are clearly not in accordance with Scripture.  First, he holds 
that the orthodox, Bible-believing church is dead and given over to Satan.  
We believe that the orthodox, Bible-believing church is not and never will be 
given over to Satan.  "Giving over to Satan" is the language used by the 
Apostle Paul to refer to excommunication.  Because of unrepentant sin (I Cor. 
5:1-5) or blasphemous heresy (I Tim. 1:19-20), Paul gave men over to Satan.  
In so doing, Paul put these men outside of the church and into Satan's 
domain.  It is true that churches that have turned to idolatry or apostatized 
from the truth have been given over to destruction, but that is a result of 
their leaving Christ.  God never gives a faithful church over to Satan.  By 
Mr. Camping teaching believers to leave the church, has not the result of his 
doctrine been that he has "excommunicated" or driven believers from their 
congregation to the very place where Satan's domain is?  It is Mr. Camping 
who is giving men over to Satan, not the Lord.  It is blasphemous to think 
that our good Shepherd would give His sheep over to the wolf, especially when 
they are obeying His commands to be in the church (Heb. 10:25).  The 
Scripture teaches that our Lord will never give us over to the wolf or Satan 
(John 10:11-16, 28-29). 

Second, Mr. Camping teaches that because the church is dead, 
there is no longer any authority in the church nor should we keep the 
ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.  Yet, the Scripture clearly 
commands Christ's people to honor and submit to the Biblical authority which 
God has established in the church 
(I Cor. 16:16,18; I Thess. 5:12-13;I Pet. 5:1-5;I Tim. 5:17-21; Heb. 13:7,17),
and there is never placed around these commands 
a statement that the commands will one day cease.  Therefore, 
by his teaching that we are to leave the corporate church with its Biblical 
authority, Mr. Camping is leading God's people into sin.  This in turn will 
produce more sin and injustice.  For example, how can Matthew 18:15-20 be 
obeyed when there are no elders or church?  Paul does not allow believers to 
settle sinful differences at the hands of unbelievers (I Cor. 6:1-8).  If 
one negates Matthew 18:15-20, then sin and injustice among God's people 
will not be addressed Biblically.  Similarly, no man has the authority to 
nullify Christ's ordinances concerning Baptism (Matt. 28:18-20) and 
the Lord's Supper (I Cor. 11:23-26).  To teach that we can break these 
commandments is to place oneself above the authority of Christ and the Scripture. 
 Mr. Camping's teaching is certainly contributing to and has become a part 
of the antinomian spirit of our age.In addition, if believers set up a fellowship 
with no authority (Pastor, elders, or deacons) and with no ordinances (Baptism or 
the Lord's supper) as Mr. Camping instructs, they are guilty of the sin of Jeroboam 
who made his own religion to replace God's (I Kgs. 12:25-33).  To replace 
a Biblical church with a parachurch organization is clearly apostasy.  
Where is the Biblical command to elect a president or vice president in 
place of a Pastor or elder?  This exhortation comes from Mr. Camping, not God.

Mr. Camping appeals to his figurative interpretation of the 
Olivet Discourse as his reason for disobeying the commands listed above. But 
there is no Biblical mandate to take the Olivet Discourse figuratively. 
When our Lord said on an earlier occasion that the temple would be 
destroyed and rebuilt in three days, the Holy Spirit records "but He spake of the 
temple of His body" (Jn. 2:21). Yet, we have been given no divine interpretation 
to tell us that the Olivet Discourse is to be understood in a figurative way.  
It is, therefore, purely a man's interpretation of the passage in 
which he has forced upon the passage his own peculiar perspective.  This 
corrupting of the passage results in a supposed command to leave the church, 
but it is in reality the command of Mr. Camping himself.

On the other hand, historical accounts inform us that the 
Romans completely destroyed the temple in AD 70.  This destruction took place 
after they had first desecrated the temple by offering forbidden animals, 
such as pigs, in sacrifice.  Then they completely dismantled the temple so 
that there was not one stone left upon another and thus fulfilled our Lord's 
prophecy (Matt.24:1-2).  While some of the walls in the city itself were not 
totally destroyed, such as the Western wall, this does not affect the 
fulfillment of Matthew 24:1-2, because those walls were never a part of the 
temple buildings.  Finally, the Romans built a shrine to Jupiter on 
the very spot where the temple had stood. When the Muslims later moved into 
Jerusalem, they built the Dome of the Rock on the sight where the temple and 
shrine had been. 
The temple area has been trodden under foot of the Gentiles 
ever since AD 70.  It is also interesting to note that when the city was 
being surrounded by the armies of the Romans, there were Christian believers 
who "fled to the mountains" and by hiding in Pella were spared the horrible 
slaughter of the Romans.  This passage is a wonderful proof for the exact 
fulfillment of divine prophecy and ought to give us encouragement that the 
rest of the prophecy concerning Christ's return will also be fulfilled.  
But even if Camping's spiritualization of the Olivet Discourse were 
allowed, we would only be back to the need for believers to leave apostate 
churches.  Immediately before this prophetic discourse, our Lord stated 
that the leadership in Jerusalem had clearly rejected Christ and was 
being left desolate for her sin (Matt. 23:34-39).  Our Lord, therefore, 
would only be teaching that people were to leave apostate churches.  There 
is no command in the OT or NT to leave the orthodox, Bible-believing church 
and to forsake its authority or ordinances.

It is interesting to note that all parachurch organizations, 
such as Family Radio, have a man-made structure and authority.  We believe 
that this is proper and right.  But for the sake of argument, it would be 
easier to show that the authority over God's people in a parachurch 
organization is wrong, than it would be to negate the clear teaching of Scripture 
concerning the authority in the true church.  Now that Mr. Camping has 
declared there is no authority in the church, will he equally declare that there 
is no authority in the running of his parachurch organization?  We do not 
think so.  Such a decision would destroy a ministry used of God in the past.  
But while he will not make such a pronouncement about his organization, he does 
not hesitate to attack the corporate church which is the living body of 
Christ.

Third, Mr. Camping implies that unless we agree with all of 
his interpretations, even on minor issues, we are guilty of 
making "high places" or abominations that will bring the wrath of God upon the 
whole corporate church of Christ.  In contrast to his teaching, we find in 
the OT that the high places were where pagan gods were worshipped and 
represented a complete apostasy from Jehovah.  The term "high place" was never 
reduced to a mere doctrinal difference of opinion among God's people.  It was 
never even a misunderstanding of the Biblical teaching on divorce.  The 
high place was idolatry and an abhorrence causing the eternal destruction of 
the soul.  II Kings 23:13 states very clearly the nature of the high places 
in Jerusalem.

And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on 
the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel 
had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh 
the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the 
children of Ammon, did the king defile. 

Furthermore, the LORD never overlooked the sins of those 
kings who worshipped at the high places.  He punished them with different types of 
judgments throughout the history of both Israel and Judah.  But not all 
the kings in Judah worshipped at the high places and at least two kings, Hezekiah (II 
Kings 18:4) and Josiah (II Kings 23:13,19-20), tore down the high places.  
These kings were blessed in their reign and, in Josiah's case, did not 
receive the wrath prophesied for the past sins of other Kings.  Since the 
days of the Apostles it has always been true that when a 
church turns to other gods (i.e. "high places"), Christ has judged that   
particular church. But the true church will not be judged for the apostasy of others, 
just as Josiah was not judged for the apostasy of Manasseh (II Kings 22:15-20).  In 
other words, we believe there has never been, nor will there ever be, a 
mysterious judgment from God falling on the true church of Christ.

We firmly believe that Mr. Camping, who was wrong in his teaching that Christ 
would return for his church in 1994, is also wrong in his teaching that the 
church is dead.  Outside of the cults, he is the only one, in almost 2000 
years of church history, who has taught that during the tribulation period we 
need to leave orthodox, Bible-believing churches.  And even he never taught 
this until recently.  Family Radio now reflects that it is following his 
unbiblical views when he, as the President of Family Radio, is allowed to 
make his pronouncements and all who disagree with his destructive errors are 
silenced by editing their messages.

In short, because Family Radio is now articulating a policy 
the intent of which is to destroy the local church, we acquiesce to your refusal to 
broadcast our messages and request that you return our messages immediately.  
Pastors John Greer and Stephen Hamilton are in agreement with our position 
stated in this letter, and they also request that their 
messages, as well as the messages by the Rev. James Beggs, not be aired but 
returned immediately.

We will make known to our members and supporters your new policy and why you 
have removed us from Family Radio.  We can only hope that the Lord will 
hasten the day when many who are connected to Family Radio will no longer 
have their hearts grieved by the unscriptural errors 
mentioned above.


Sincerely,


Mark Allison                            John Greer
Pastor of the                           Pastor of the 
Free Presbyterian Church                Free Presbyterian 
Church 
in Malvern, PA                          in Ballemena, N. 
Ireland


Rhett Dodson                            Stephen Hamilton
Associate Pastor    of the                  Pastor of the 
Free Presbyterian Church                Free Presbyterian 
Church 
in Malvern, PA                          in Allentown, PA


William Pehlert                         Kevin Sargent
Clerk of Session in the                 Elder in the
Free Presbyterian Church                Free Presbyterian 
Church 
in Malvern, PA                          in Malvern, PA


John Mulholland                 
Elder in the 
Free Presbyterian Church 
in Malvern, PA                          


cc: Harold Camping
    David Morrell
    Richard Van Dyke
    Bill Thorton
    Matt Tuter
    Mike Zeimann
    Charlie Manute

 

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