Gay fixated evangelical preacher Harold Camping, 89, was so upset the world didn’t end last Saturday that he ‘left home and took refuge in a motel with his wife’, the New York Post reported this week. (New York Post: http://nyp.st/k0GjFh )
Presumably hoping to avoid ‘I told you so’ reporters and disappointed followers who’d donated their life savings for End is Nigh advertising campaigns, the prophet eventually told Will Kane of the San Francisco Chronicle that he was ‘flabbergasted’ that the Rapture didn’t bring chaos last Saturday.
“I do not understand why nothing has happened,” Reverend Camping admitted on Monday, ” adding ‘it has been a really tough weekend’.
His second major failed attempt to predict End Time (he previously got it wrong in 1994) failed to prevent him from picking a new date, however after he decided that Saturday was actually ‘an invisible judgment day” for October 21.
Rival religious scholars, however, were divided.
"It's over, Harold. Like, you've got to go away now. For good, man. Off you go," said Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina on Twitter last Tuesday.
"Harold! Harold! Harold! My man Harold!” he Tweeted soon after, “The score is functional unraptured universe 6 billion you 0. The clock says 0:00.”
Fellow evangelical leader Carl Lentz, pastor of Hillsong Church in New York City, also poked fun at Camping’s curiously gay sounding name, in another message delivered to his congregation via Twitter.
"From now on, if somebody says something is ON but then it doesn't happen? They 'pulled a camping.',” Pastor Lentz suggested, “this party stinks. It's a camping,’ he wrote.
Southern Californian Pastor Pastor Greg Laurie instead blamed the devil for ruining Saturday’s supposed apocalypse.
"Well, the end of the world didn't come, did it?" he started his sermon at Harvest Christian Fellowship the day after.
“here's where the devil is clever because when you have an extreme aberration like this it can cause people to say the whole thing's looney (crazy),” he suggested.
“The ‘resulting mockery from the (non believer) public’ is in itself a fulfillment of biblical prophecy," he continued, referring listeners to 2 Peter 3:3.
"Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come,” he read, “ scoffing and following their own evil desires”, the Pastor explained. (Christian Post: http://bit.ly/j5usdH )
Timothy Dalrymple, managing editor of Patheos’ evangelical portal, was also sympathetic.
“I do not believe that Harold Camping is a crackpot or a cult leader, though some will construe him as such,” he claimed in a posting on his blog following the non Rapture, “He should have been humbler,” he suggested.
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http://bit.ly/l1IgNO (Harold Camping Camping it up about Gay Pride: "No sign (of May 21st apocalypse) is as dramatic and clear as the phenomenal worldwide success of the Gay Pride movement. In the Bible God describes His involvement with this dramatic movement … We will learn that the Gay Pride movement would successfully develop as a sign to the world that Judgement Day was about to occur . . .’)
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