It’s really important to remember what Jesus said, “No one knows . . . ” when the end will come except for the Father. Therefore ANYONE claiming to know is flatly contradicting Jesus and therefore IS IN SERIOUS ERROR!!
Jesus went on to say that we should know the times and the season of His return. But NEVER will we know the EXACT day, hour, or year of His return.
So, if leaders claim to know . . . get away from them as fast as you can unless they’ve PUBLICLY repented of date-setting.
Following another recent unfulfilled prediction of the return of Jesus by Harold Camping of Family Radio, I read an excellent post by Timothy Dalrymple entitled:
Below is a comment I made on that post:
Of course, you handled this well. One has to feel badly for Camping’s listeners and those who believe his flawed interpretations of Scripture. Only one thing remains. This is not the first time Harold Camping has set a date for the return of Jesus. This is the second or third time. And this is not the only false doctrine he has championed. He has opposed the work of God’s Spirit in important texts. I’m flabbergasted that NO ONE close to him has urged him to repent or apologize for the effects of his Gnostic presuppositions on those who sincerely long for the return of our Lord.
Mr. Camping needs first to humble himself, admit his errors, and ask his supporters to forgive him. He should then widen the circle and ask the body of Christ to forgive him. Finally, he needs to sit quietly under the teaching of someone more biblically sound and anointed by the Holy Spirit.
Graciousness can be applied AFTER Mr. Camping makes restitution for the damage done to all of those who followed him and to all of us who expect the immanent return of Jesus but know better than to set dates since Jesus emphatically warned against it.
Thanks for your thoughtful response. But don’t be shy about admonishing a man who, in his pride, does not listen to the Holy Spirit, presumes upon the Lord, and ignores Jesus Himself.
Tone is often difficult to communicate through the written word. Please understand, I am saddened, not gloating over Camping’s habitual errors in the Word. Nonetheless, as a Christian leader myself, I feel that I cannot in good conscience remain silent. As I have suggested regarding Camping, I humble myself today and desire to not devote myself to things that are “too wonderful” for me (Ps. 139).
QUESTION: What do you think?
(c) 2011, David C Alves