Family Radio President Harold Camping refused, Monday, to apologize or take responsibility for destroying the lives of those who had invested in his May 21, 2011 prediction, saying I only teach the Bible and people should have relied on God and not me.
In an Open Forum at Family Radio headquarters at Oakland, Calif., Camping said his followers should rely on God and pray to God for guidance.
Many of Camping's followers had invested in his May 21, 2011 Doomsday prediction by selling their possessions, quitting jobs and even giving away their entire life savings to Family Radio to help it promote Camping's Doomsday prediction worldwide. Family Radio operates 66 radio stations worldwide.
For instance, Adrienne Martinez and her husband had quit their jobs and spent their last penny in renting a house in Orlando. She said, “We had budgeted everything so that, on may 21, we won't have anything left.” Adrienne is said to be pregnant with her second child.
Staten Island-based Robert Fitzpatrick, another follower of Camping, has spent his life saving of $140,000 on ads and billboards in New York City to promote the Doomsday.
Camping said he owes no responsibility to any of these people.
I don't have any responsibility. I don't have responsibility for anybody's life. I only teach what the Bible says, Camping said.
To those who put their faith in Camping, he had to say this - they should have relied on God and not me.
People cope, Camping said, indicating that those who believed in his prediction should learn to get on with their lives. We are in the business of telling people that there is someone who can help you, guide you and that someone is God. They should turn to God and pray.
God is the CEO and we should turn to Him for guidance, Camping said.
Camping also said Family Radio has no intention of returning the money of those who had invested in his prediction, saying, it will be used to get the Gospel out and we are spending it as wisely as possible.
We are in the business of serving Lord and not garnering anything for ourselves, he said.
[Family Radio] is not in the business of giving financial advice, Camping said, when asked what is going to happen to those people who relied on his prediction and quit their jobs or sold their possessions.