On October 20, 2011, Camping's ministry put this statement on their web site: "Sadly, as we have earnestly studied the Bible over these five months we have found verse after verse that supports and strengthens the conclusion that the Lord is no longer saving sinners. He has finished that glorious work."
This statement was silently removed from the web site later. The ministry was never held accountable for this statement in any way by anyone in Christianity, and were allowed to rewrite history. The ministry has never explained or even acknowledged this statement.
While Camping's false predictions are bad, I think this statement is infinitely worse, and anyone who donates to this ministry should be aware of it - Family Radio should not be allowed to rewrite history and scrub the record of this statement. They should come clean, admit to it, and explain it.
Unfortunately, I can't find the original study on eMarketer's web site. The methodology is of interest, since this article says "log in to social networking sites" and it isn't clear if the 1.6 counts unique people, or unique accounts, since the same person could have multiple accounts on different social networks. I'd also like to know what counts as "social media" since the boundary of what's called "social media" has a lot of gray areas like photo sharing sites. The article raises more questions than it answers.
This link is to an AFP wire article I have seen reprinted all over the web, but I can't find any other articles that talk about the study. (Or give links to it.)
A conference held to promote John MacArthur's new book is crashed by a pastor promoting his new book. Without getting the official imprimatur of MacArthur's organization, the conference crasher is escorted out. The absurdity of this situation, and the idea of MacArthur requiring an official imprimatur to distribute literature at his conference, is making me reconsider buying his book. At least the Charismatic movement, as far as I know, has never required an imprimatur to distribute a book. (Creflo Dollar, for example, applauds the dedication of picketers at his church and encourages his congregation to learn from their example.)
Joel Osteen is a Word of Faith believer. His father John was part of Kenneth Copeland's circle. Joel, as he has gained popularity, has done an amazing job of burying his past, with the cooperation of the media who refuse to ask him any real questions or examine his theology. Joel's beliefs are so vague it's hard to tell what he believes, but he is definitely from a Word of Faith background.
I found a bag today. Inside it was something that will totally revolutionize Christianity. The very foundations of belief will be shaken. The change will ripple like shockwaves across the world. I'll tell you what was in the bag ...
Don't waste your time reading this lame article. Whoever wrote it needs to learn how to write a persuasive essay. He never gets around to explaining what is catastrophic about having common standards. (Does he want to abolish ANSI? Federal currency?)
I enjoy using a codex. It is, in my opinon, one of the most impressive devices yet invented. ... And yet I am finding that cutting-edge technology is subtly but quickly changing important, even indispensable aspects of Christianity. Consider just one example: the ever-growing tendency to substitute a physical, visible scroll (remember, the one you unroll with one hand and roll up with the other) with a codex in the pulpit. ... When a member stands before the congregation, reading the sermon text from a codex, there is something missing, something lifeless at play. Again, John Bombaro observes, "Codex texts are ephemeral; they are ontologically diminished." There's no "there" there, Bombaro laments. ...when the codex replaces a scroll of Scripture, something is missing in our nonverbal communication to unbelieving onlookers. When you walk to church, sit down on a bus, or discipline one another at a coffee shop, a scroll of the Bible sends a loud and bold message to the nearest passersby about your identity as a Christ follower. ... No doubt, my warning touches an uncomfortable and irritable nerve. ... Technology infiltrates and saturates everything we do, and therefore defines everything we are, for better or worse. But is this subtle shift changing the way we read the Scriptures?
When people embrace walled gardens and allow corporations to tell them what software they can and can't run on their computing devices, this is exactly what happens. This is the consequence of giving up general-purpose computing and embracing locked-down platforms. If you don't like it, don't support walled gardens and locked-down computing.
When there's no news, the media just makes up stories. This one follows the classic template of speculating that something happened, getting outside sources to comment that it could have happened, getting the people involved to deny that it happened, and running it as a story.
This study was paid for by a company which sells a parental control software program, so I don't know how much stock I would put in it. They have a financial interest in making the world a scary place.