After a series of posts in May of this year, which were directed at Harold Camping and his false predictions of the return of Christ, I felt that it was only fair that I address this latest article on Mr. Camping. According to the Christian Post, Mr. Camping has reportedly repented of his failed predictions and his statements that salvation was no longer offered to any who would believe. The Post article states; “Camping confessed, after decades of falsely misleading his followers, that he was wrong and regrets his misdeeds.”
Now, some might think that I am naive to think that Camping has in fact, repented of his false predictions. I assure you that this is not the case. However, I am well aware that Mr. Camping’s repentance in no way depends in him. Rather, repentance is a gift of God. Ephesians 2:8-9 contains a Neuter Demonstrative Pronoun which tells us that “grace,” “salvation” and “faith” are all gifts of God. In the Greek language, a pronoun must agree in both gender and number with its antecedent. However, in Eph. 2:8-9, this is not the case. Hence, the author (in this case, Paul) used the “neuter demonstrative pronoun” to wrap up the entire phrase of Eph. 2:8-9. The point is, salvation, repentance, faith and the like are all gifts of God and not dependent on human effort. It is “not of yourselves” and “not by works” according to Eph. 2:9 and in noting this, if the Lord blessed Mr. Camping with the gift of repentance, let us rejoice in the Lord’s grace. After all, we are by no means better than Mr. Camping and the only reason we are saved, the only reason that we have repented, and continue to repent of our sinfulness, is because of the very same gift of grace that I pray, the Lord granted to Mr. Camping. Pray for this man because he is certainly no worse than we are.