Even as Harold Camping announced that the final spiritual judgment of the world began on May 21, he reaffirmed his belief that God passed judgment on organized churches more than two decades ago.
Camping, 89, first announced the “end of the church age” in 2002, claiming that God was no longer working through churches because of their apostasy. According to Camping, the conclusion of the “church age” came on May 21, 1988.
“Evidence was seen ever since,” Camping said Monday in his first public address after the unrealized doomsday. “If we take a snap shot of churches 50 years ago, and of our day, it’s entirely different. They have far less respect for the world, far different views on marriage and music.” more >>
NEW YORK – A Christian radio station, formerly affiliated with Family Radio, wrote an open letter to the followers of doomsday preacher Harold Camping Wednesday, imploring them to repent from his "satanic teaching" and turn back to Christ.
"There is hope and forgiveness," Reedemer Broadcasting Network, which owns WFSO in Olivebridge, N.Y., told followers of Camping.
The May 25-dated letter was addressed to those who were "deeply affected by this false date," noting that some have sold their possessions, run into trouble with their marriage because they were a Camping follower, or killed their pets. more >>
Harold Camping surprisingly still has people believing in his End Times prediction despite being wrong three times.
Robert Fitzpatrick of Staten Island, the man famous for spending his entire life savings – about $140,000 – on bus and subway ads warning about the end of the world, says he believes Camping’s post-May 21 claim that the spiritual judgment did come on Saturday.
The 60-year-old man, who now lives off his pension, says he is waiting for the new date, Oct. 21, when he believes the rapture and the complete destruction of the world will take place simultaneously. more >>
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 >>
Volcanic ash from the eruption of Gimsvotn in Iceland may force the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Tuesday.
A Eurocontrol spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal that up to 500 flights are expected to be cancelled over safety concerns. In general, there are about 29,000 flights every day in Europe, she said.
Norwegian airport operator Avinor said there is already “some” restrictions to air traffic because of the volcanic eruption in Iceland. more >>