One of the youngest megachurch pastors in the country on Tuesday told discredited doomsday preacher Harold Camping to "go away."
"It's over, Harold. Like, you've got to go away now. For good, man. Off you go," Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C., said via Twitter Tuesday.
Furtick's comments come one day after radio preacher Camping took to the Family Radio airwaves predicting that the new date for the rapture is October 21, 2011, instead of May 21, 2011, as he originally touted. more >>
Family Radio has solicited millions from donors over the years and reportedly spent over $100 million on advertising for the May 21 Judgment Day.
But now that the "guaranteed" rapture didn't happen, people are wondering: Can Harold Camping or Family Radio be sued? Did they do anything illegal in soliciting donations based on the rapture prediction? And do donors have legal ground to sue the discredited prophet?
Probably not, says an executive of Charity Navigator, which evaluates over 5,500 of America's largest charities. The charity evaluator rated Family Radio as a 4-star charity, the highest possible ranking. more >>
The man behind the May 21 Judgment Day prediction, Harold Camping, has again attempted to explain his way out of the "guaranteed" date.
He offered this argument during a live broadcast Monday night: "The great earthquake didn't happen on May 21 because no one will be able to survive it for more than a few days or let alone five months to suffer God's wrath."
Camping, 89, had trumpeted his claims that beginning on May 21, indescribable earthquakes and other "horrible" events would occur and continue for five months. While a small percentage of the population is raptured, those left behind would suffer the destructive events until Oct. 21, he had declared loudly. more >>
A new billboard making fun of Harold Camping's wrong prediction of the May 21 rapture went up Sunday in Greensboro, N.C., calling the situation "awkward."
Camping, president of Family Radio, said the rapture and Judgment Day would take place on May 21, 2011 at 6 p.m.
But humanity survived. more >>
An unapologetic Harold Camping made a new prediction Monday: the rapture is actually on Oct. 21, not May 21 as he originally proclaimed.
Camping offered no sincere apology when he spoke publicly Monday for the first time since his failed May 21 Judgment Day prediction. He insisted that his predictions have been right all along, only that his interpretation was more literal when it should have been spiritual.
Judgment Day on May 21 did come, said Camping. However, he clarified that the Judgment Day arrived in a spiritual sense rather than manifesting physically. more >>