Harold Camping, octogenarian owner of 55 Family Radio stations, predicts that the end of the world will be arriving in just eight days. Jesus clearly said that no one knows when the Son of Man will return. I guess Mr. Camping does not believe those words apply to him.
I understand that Pastor John Piper welcomes conversions that might come about because of Camping’s prediction. I’m grateful when people trust Christ, but prefer those conversions to happen as a result of the truth of the gospel, not the supposed mathematical calculations of a radio preacher. How will those converted feel on May 22nd when the end has not come? Deceived? Hoodwinked? Will some reject the Christian gospel because a wayward preacher got it wrong?
I’m deeply troubled by the billboards around my South Carolina town predicting the Second Coming. They have a bold circle which contains the words “The Bible guarantees it!” One definition of blasphemy is claiming that God has said something when He hasn’t.
Is it right to get ready for judgment? Of course! But we should not trust mere man’s predictions, especially when the unpredictability of the end of the world is clear in Scripture.
People should repent and believe the Good News about Jesus because that message is true and worthy of one’s faith. Unlike one, perhaps well-intentioned, octogenarian in California.
Discussion Questions: What are your plans for May 22nd? What damage control will you have to engage in with your non-Christian friends in eight days?