|In these new
fellowships, there is to be no discipline, no baptism, no
communion, and no authority apart from Family Radio's interpretation of the
Bible. Mr. Camping rejects 1 Corinthians 11:26 that says we are to proclaim
the Lord's death, till He comes. He rejects the clear teaching that the
gates of Hades will not prevail against His church (Matthew 16:18). With
even greater certainty than he had in 1994, Mr. Camping now says abandon the
elders who provide watch over your soul (Hebrews 13:17), who are to shepherd
the flock (1 Peter 5:1-3), and feed them (Acts 20:17-28). Do we no longer
need shepherds other than Mr. Camping? Do we no longer need men to watch for
our souls? Do we no longer need to be reconciled to brothers (Matthew 18)?
If we do, what church is to judge it? Is Mr. Camping our pope who will judge
Family Radio may not be the Watchtower Tract and Bible Society, but it is
built on the same wrong-headed interpretations of Scripture, the same
date-setting, the same recalculations, the same accusations of complete
apostasy, and the same claim to be the last true channel of God's Word.
Despite the differences, both are heresy - - the tearing apart of Christ's
We do live in a day of great apostasy. Churches do more often than not
resemble circuses and stage shows, but the church has always had these
troubles. The church has also had predators who point out these problems to
get you to follow them. The Jehovah's Witnesses point out the pagan origins
of Christmas and Easter celebrations, but only to lead you into some greater
error. Now is the time for faithfulness, not just another form of apostasy.