"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
It’s the end of the…oh well.
If you had 24 hours to live….what would you do? Well you better start thinking about it. Okay well not really. Unless of course you believe Harold Camping’s erroneous claim that you will be raptured tomorrow night! But for us low lives that believe that Harold Camping is a false prophet…well we aren’t going to be so lucky. Needless to say I am going to have a hard time explaining this to my youth group tomorrow night when they realized that we haven’t been raptured.
Furthermore…I am going to have a difficult time explaining to all of my readers here; first why I wasn’t raptured, and second why they weren’t raptured.
I have been racking my brain all morning to find something clever to say about this, and I really can’t. The truth is that this is sad. There is a group of people who believe this so much that they have preached to others that this is in fact going to happen.
There are several biblical problems with Camping and his prediction that make him an obvious false prophet and he preaches a gospel and salvation message that is radically different than that presented in the Bible. There is a ton of information on this guy.
We need to be praying for everyone involved with this heresy that they will come back to the biblical truth of scripture. Also we need to be praying that no lives are lost as of a result of this lunatic. The worst thing that could happen is that people believe that they are not raptured when Camping’s hour passes (and it will) and feel like they were “left behind.”
If you know someone that has been mislead by this false prophet, do everything you can to be in touch with them over the next 48 hours. They will need your support, and they will need affirmation that Christ still loves them, and that their salvation is not dependent on believing a man…but believing in Christ.
The worst part about all of this is the association with this group and Jesus. Because of this false prophet non-believers will, once again, have opportunity to dismiss the loving nature of God and the sacrifice of Jesus. I am wondering if there needs to be a larger effort on behalf of the church to confront false prophets (much like Paul and Peter did). I wonder if an organized effort should be created to aggressively refute heretics that blaspheme the name of God with their preaching and false doctrine. The modern church (with some exceptions) has been laid back in its public stance against heresy.