Worldwide Worldview Confusion: Harold Camping, Richard Barcellos, and John Divito
Many of you have seen the signs: “Judgment Day May 21, 2011.” But did you know that the radio broadcasting network led by Harold Camping—the prophet making this prediction—is worldwide? This picture was taken in Windhoek, Namibia.
Camping’s judgment day prediction has become so well-known in Africa that national newspapers are answering the question: “Will the world end on May 21st?” In Namibia, the New Era newspaper recently published “End of world message misleading.” As this article begins:
The Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) is concerned about “misleading” messages displayed on billboards about “the coming of the Lord” – supposedly on May 21 – marking the second coming of the Lord.
CCN Chairman, Reverend Maria Kapere, urged Namibians to oppose all misleading, and in many cases, subtle profit-making people that thrive on people’s vulnerability and ignorance to attract followers with the ultimate goal to gain following by spreading unbiblical messages.
False teaching, heresy, and cults are not limited to America or to the West. Which is why every pastor around the world needs to be equipped to “hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9).
With this in mind, Dr. Barcellos and I have been asked to come to Namibia this summer to help pastors rightly handle the word of truth and make a defense of the faith. From August 8th through the 12th, we will have two modular classes on hermeneutics and worldviews. Tasked with teaching on worldviews, I have titled my course “Christianity and Its Competitors: Contending for the Christian Worldview.”
Will you please pray for us as we prepare to serve our Savior in Namibia? As you can see, the need there is urgent. May Christ use us for the good of His church and the building of His kingdom!