Doomsday Church: Still Open For Business

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  1. rockin'robin

    rockin'robin Well-Known Member

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    Employees Not Convinced Rapture Coming

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- By now, you've probably heard of the religious group that's predicting the end of the world starts this weekend.

    Harold Camping and his devoted followers claim a massive earthquake will mark the second coming of Jesus, or so-called Judgment Day on Saturday, May 21, ushering in a five month period of catastrophes before the world comes to a complete end in October.

    At the center of it all, Camping's organization, Family Radio, is perfectly happy to take your money -- and in fact, received $80 million in contributions between 2005 and 2009. Camping founded Family Radio, a nonprofit Christian radio network based in Oakland, Calif. with about 65 stations across the country, in 1958.

    But not even all of his own employees are convinced that the world is ending on Saturday.

    In fact, many still plan on showing up at work on Monday.

    "I don't believe in any of this stuff that's going on, and I plan on being here next week," a receptionist at their Oakland headquarters told CNNMoney.

    A program producer in Illinois told us, "We're going to continue doing what we're doing."

    According to their most recent IRS filings, Family Radio is almost entirely funded by donations, and brought in $18 million in contributions in 2009 alone.

    According to those financial documents, accountants put the total worth of Family Radio (referred to as Family Stations on its official forms) at $72 million.

    With those kind of financials -- and controversial beliefs -- it's no wonder skeptics have accused the group of running a scam.

    Camping first inaccurately predicted the world would end in 1994. Even so, he has gathered even more followers -- some who have given up their homes, entire life savings and their jobs because they believe the world is ending.

    Esther, the receptionist in the Oakland office, said some of her most extreme coworkers have recently driven up in fancy cars or taken their families on nice vacations as a last hurray.

    But overall, she estimates about 80% of her coworkers don't even agree with Camping's May 21 forecast. She has stuck to her work as usual, booking appointments and filling up calendars for her coworkers well beyond the May 21 date.

    Meanwhile, some employees are questioning the meaning of Harold Camping's goodbye letter sent to the Family Radio mailing list last week. While he says farewell, he encourages employees to "steadfastly continue to stand with us to proclaim the Gospel through Family Radio."

    Could that mean he plans on disappearing, but the company should still go about its business as usual?

    The producer in Illinois said, "We're trying to guess what it means for the company. Our producers have programs done through the end of the month, so we're not looking at that having any effect on the work." Also curious is why Family Radio filed for an extension to file their financial paperwork. The group is required to file financial paperwork in many of the states where they solicit donations, and in Minnesota they requested an extension from their July 15 deadline to November 15.

    July 15th was already well past their Judgment Day prediction -- when they say believers will ascend to heaven -- so why bother requesting an extension to November?

    But Family Radio's financial filings otherwise look hardly unusual for a religious nonprofit.

    "At first glance, it looks like they have a lot of assets, but they actually don't have a lot of cash that they're stockpiling," said Laurie Styron, analyst with the American Institute of Philanthropy.

    Most of the group's net worth is tied up in FCC broadcasting licenses, valued at $56 million. Family Radio claimed it held only $1.5 million in cash on its books at the end of 2009.

    The paperwork shows Camping has so far, never taken a penny for his own salary, but Family Radio has plenty of other paid employees.

    The nonprofit employed about 350 people and paid them a collective $8.3 million -- or roughly $23,000 per person -- in 2009.

    What the 2009 IRS filings don't show, is how the organization's donations and expenses may have changed during 2010 and leading up to the May 21 Judgment Day prediction.

    In the last few months, Family Radio billboards have popped up across the country. And the group purchased RVs to drive around the country on its evangelizing missions.

    Those expenses could have changed their financial picture, but since Family Radio doesn't have to turn in their next IRS filing until November, it may not even matter.

    "If people donating to this group think the world is ending on Saturday, then I'm not sure that they care," Styron said.

    Doomsday Church: Still Open For Business - Family News Story - WJXT Jacksonville
     
  2. saywhatkid

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    Those that use God for their own profit will answer to Him. Count on it.

    What about those gullible enough to send this "church" money; they may have also made other arrangements for the end of the world, including stopping medications, payment on houses and bills, etc.
     
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    What does "Family Radio" have planned for tomorrow's programming? Are they going to use the civil defense warning?
     
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    So "God" wants to wreak havoc on the world in order to celebrate his son's "second coming"? Sounds like something I want to believe in! ;)
     
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    This was our dinner conversation also....one of my sons said that his teacher "discussed" it in class.....He asked me if I knew about "the Rapture"?.....I replied, "yes, I read about it....guess I'm realllly gonna die this Tuesday."...He quipped..."NO, maybe tomorrow...anyway, I'll be over at my friends house...so I bet you guys are gonna be too scared to go to sleep." :giggle:
     
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    I think it's time to sell this church's stock!
     
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    The Rapture isn't about anyone dying.

    In the Rapture, believers will be taken up (alive) to Heaven. Non-believers will be left on the earth.

    The Rapture and Jesus's second coming are not the same event. They don't happen at the same time.
     
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    i am not use God , God use us !


    take a look

    Matthew 24:36 "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
     
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    saywhatkid Huked on fonix werx! Premium Member

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    I did not point at you. I point at this "church" that has declared this Rapture date. They are trying to gain publicity by doing this. That publicity will likely increase donations.
     
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    :gpost: :h5: I have been thinking a lot about this verse lately.
     
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    Some people giving up their life savings and etc to the churches. I have seen this before in the past in small town churches when preachers claim such. I think it should be totally under fraud. Making people believe something will happen on a specific time or date for their personal profit and gain.



    This preacher did it twice before, and yet his followers still believe him?? Discusting!!! July 2008 and he did before in 1994.
     
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    They will pay...:evil:
     
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    If the rapture does not come today or to October, will those people considering committed suicide alike heavenly gate cult people did years ago?
     
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    Yep. People signed over all their wordly goods and followed Jim Jones to Guyanna. Just saying.:cool2:
     
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    Its possible.
     
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    Yeah, I completely don't get it. This guy has no credibility, yet people still pay attention to him.
     
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    I hope not.
     
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    It's a good thing that you mock only the Christian God. We don't react violently to such mockery. If you did such things to Muslims they'd order a death sentence for you.
     
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    :shock:
     
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    Guess someone missed some of the cartoons about the Muslims and their beliefs that have been going around for several years.
     
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