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  • Paperback: 59 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875527884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875527888
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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28 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 22, 2005
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The authors have produced a concise rebuttal to the prophetic utterances of Harold Camping, one of the leaders of the Family Radio Worldwide, and the Family Radio's School of the Bible. In short, the authors clearly demonstrate that Harold Camping is a false prophet. Camping is a date-setter for the end of the world (who was clearly wrong!), and with his "leave the churches" diatribe, Camping has placed his prophetic utterances above the written Word of God. This is a shame because he appears to teach the Gospel on his website.

The authors make short work of Camping's ridiculous claims. In fact, Camping's claims are so outrageous that isn't very hard to do! But Duncan and Talbot do it with both logic and Scripture. Their arguments are sound, easy to follow, and don't resort to name calling. There are even some nice lessons about the function of the church that could be useful for a Bible study.

The book is obviously not for everyone since it is focused upon a singular topic. I found the book researching the Family Radio School of the Bible, which has an outreach into prisons.

The only complaint I have with the book is what I perceive to be replacement theology; somehow the church has replaced Israel. The authors are very knowledgeable but don't seem to have a strong foundation in the Jewish roots of Christianity. Still the book has uses because it provides some good teaching on the Church and a good (overall) response to a heretical teaching.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carol Vandegrift on December 19, 2009
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I highly recommend this book. It was short and to the point. It was reassuring to read Talbot and Duncan's remarks and have them line up with my reactions to Harold Campings teachings but more importantly to have them line up with Scripture. I just lent my copy to my Pastor.
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By SLIMJIM on May 10, 2014
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Addresses mainly the topic of why Christians ought to be in church; I wished that this book would have addressed some of the larger problem of Harold Camping's theology. To write a book correcting Harold Camping concerning the need for going to church while not refuting his eschatology is like picking on a gnat while not seeing the guy's cancer. In fact, it's Harold Camping's eschatology that makes him reject the church today (and why the Reformed Church he was in rejected him)! However, this is a good booklet on the importance of not leaving the local church.
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J. Ligon Duncan is senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, and author of books such as The Westminster Confession into the 21st Century, Vol. 1; Mark R. Talbot is an editor of Modern Reformation magazine, and author of The Signs of True Conversion.

This 2004 booklet is a critique of the books and claims of Harold Camping (b. 1921), the former President of Family Radio and former host of its "Open Forum" show (he suffered a stroke in June 2011), and author of books such as 1994?, The End of the Church Age and After, Wheat and Tares, etc., who infamously predicted the end of the world in 1994 and 2011, and said that Christians should leave their churches; the failure of these predictions led to mass defections (and loss of revenue) to Family Stations.

They wrote in the Introduction, "In early 2002, religious news services began to report some strange claims by Harold Camping... Mr. Camping had begun announcing 'the end of the church age' both in writing and on his Open Forum program... Meanwhile, impeccable evangelical ministries that broadcast their own programs on Family Radio were finding the content edited without authorization and with all references to the church deleted. This is not the first time that Camping has landed himself in controversy.
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16 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 16, 2005
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This book may be worth reading. However, I have NOT read this book and, therefore, can not state emphatically one way or the other. Albeit, I have read the endorsement to this book by Dr. White who wrote his own rebuttal against Mr. Camping's teachings (which I did read).

I was unable to find any truly Scriptural support to Dr. White's arguments against Mr. Camping's teachings and, therefore, am cautious when I see that he is used to endorse this book.

Again, no matter which teachings of man you read, I encourage each reader to compare them with Scripture. Also, it would be wise to make sure that the rebuttals to teachings of any individual are accurately reporting the teachings that they are refuting. For instance, many say Mr. Camping is teaching that because the Bible teaches that the "Church is Dead" (the physical church), that he is also saying, in essence, that the gates of hell have overcome the church. However, Mr. Camping is teaching that the true believers, who make up the true Church (which is not a building made with the hands of men and is eternal in nature), will never be overrun by Satan. Mr. Camping uses Scripture alone as his source of truth, and indeed, encourages his listeners to check him out in the Bible.

Although this is not necessarily the nature of the argument in this book, I truly urge all readers of this book to check out the statements of these authors against the Holy Writ--The Bible.
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