Friday, July 15, 2011
The Danger of False Teachers
Harold Camping has been a false teacher for at least 20 years since I first heard him on the radio, yet during all this time I have rarely read anyone teach against him until his latest false prophecy of a May 21st rapture. Oh, there were those solid watchmen of various apologetics ministries who would publish things about him, but mainstream Christianity seemed to ignore him as his radio empire grew larger and larger.
Now it seems that Camping’s teachings have had disastrous results. According to news reports, especially the latest I’ve seen from World Net Daily, many Hmong people of Vietnam have been shot and beheaded by government officials when they gathered on a mountain praising God for the Camping predictions. Many others were arrested and now about 7,000 are hiding in the jungles.
In California a lady upset by the failure of the Rapture slit the wrists and throats of her two daughters and then her own so as to avoid the “Tribulation”. Fortunately a neighbor called an ambulance and saved their lives.
Camping, of course, says none of this is his responsibility.
Pastors and other church leaders, this is why we must name the names of false teachers and false prophets FROM THE PULPIT!!! Get the word out to as many as possible so as to expose the likes of Camping and his ilk. Expose the Word Faith teachers, expose the Bill Gothards, the Jim Wallises, the Rick Warrens, the Joel Osteens, the Eugene Petersons, the Rob Bells, the Brian McLarens, and all their ilk. Warn people that to follow these men will bring pain and suffering into their lives. Part of a shepherd’s job is to protect the flock from wolves, and yet that seems to be the one part of the job which is most neglected.
Christian leaders, expose the wolves!