Prison minister Marty Angelo stepped away from his usual ministerial duties to issue a challenge to Family Radio evangelist Harold Camping, who is predicting the end of the world is coming Saturday, May 21.
Angelo is challenging Camping to put his money where his mouth is. Specifically, he is betting the elderly evangelist $10,000 that Saturday is not the end of the world and the return of Jesus Christ.
"What does he have to lose?" Angelo asked in a recent radio interview. "If what Camping is teaching is true then he will not be here to pay up. However, if Christ does not return and the end of the world does not come on Saturday, then I win and he should pay me for spreading his false prophecy."
Like other vocal evangelicals, Angelo is tired of end-time doomsday prophets not being held accountable for their false predictions.
"This has been going on way too long," Angelo says. "This teaching goes back generations upon generations. They make statements and quote dates but when those dates pass they do not even admit they were wrong—let alone apologizing for scaring people half to death."
Angelo is offering a prediction of his own—and for which he has plenty of support. His prediction: May 21 will come and go with business as usual.
"There is no need to look to the sky and try to figure out God with our minds," Angelo says. "The Bible clearly teaches in 2 Corinthians 13:5 that Jesus Christ lives in each believer's heart right now."
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