sell there possessions and tour around to spread the word of this revelation. This got me thinking: Where have I heard that storyline before?
Oh, yeah, I remember. It was in the Bible. You see, as I detailed in the study "The Time Has Come," Jesus was preaching that God's day of Judgement was coming very soon too. With Judgement Day coming at very soon, what is the point of having possessions? None, really. So just like some of the unfortunate people who are deceived by Mr. Camping, those who were deceived by the early promoters of the Christian Church did likewise. It's true! Check out Acts 2:44-45 and Acts 4:32-37.
And people still ask "what motivation would the early church leaders have had to lie about the Gospel?" Traditionally, people giving you large sums of money for lying has always been good motivator to continue (Acts 4:36-37).
Heck, the early church leaders even created a story to further motivate people to give everything. You'll find that in Acts 5:1-11, where God supposedly kills Ananias and Sapphira for lying about how completely they gave the church. The story stinks of greed, but beyond the supposed greed of Ananias and Sapphira.
Anyway, it seems that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The followers of the early church never saw the Day of Judgement. Generation after generation just continued on. Camping's followers are in the same boat.
However, in a way, Camping's followers are in a better position. They at least have a defined date. They are not going to be strung along forever like the rest of Christianity...