Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Doubling Down on Error
It looks like Harold Camping has broken his silence about his failed apocalyptic vision. Instead of repenting of his errors, he is doubling down. Now he says he was "off by five months." He might as well have taken a Xerox machine and copied his 1994 failed pronouncement, after which he claimed that he made a "mathematical error."
Sad, and beyond sad. This is the end result of what happens when someone styling themselves as a spiritual leader has no accountability. What's even sadder is that there will still be people who blindly follow.
None of this should really surprise the truly biblically astute. We know that in the last days, deception will be rampant and that Satan always tries to counterfeit the true. There will be people who blow off all talk of God's judgment because of false teachers like Harold Camping. This actually helps add fuel to the general rebellion of the age against God. The Apostle Peter even warned us about it . . .
Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:3-13).
While many read that passage and focus predominately on the hellfire and damnation part of it, there is something else that should jump out. If judgment does not fall today, be thankful for God's mercy and patience. God's timing is not our timing. His ways are higher than our ways. If He decides not to push the button today, it is because of His patience, not willing that any should perish but for all to come to repentance.
Make no mistake. The time finally came when God shut the door to the ark. There is a time coming when the Lord will indeed catch His bride away and bring judgment on a wicked world. But the times and epochs are not for us to know. We are to watch, pray, and occupy until He comes.
Too bad Harold can't grasp the concept.