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In this May 23, 2011 file photo, Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show Open Forum in Oakland, Calif. Camping, the Northern California preacher whose radio ministry spent millions of dollars last year predicting a fiery apocalypse that failed to materialize has apologized to his followers in an open letter, saying “we humbly acknowledge we were wrong” and “we have no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world.”
Famously, Harold Camping, the founder of Family Radio, blanketed the country last year with warnings on bilboards and pamphlets that the world would end on May 21.
Now, Camping has issued an apology on his website. NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty filed this report for the Newscast unit:
"Harold Camping is finally out of the prediction business. The founder of Family Radio had persuaded countless people last year to give up their jobs and families to warn people about Judgment Day that came and went without event. Now, he says in his letter, his predictions were 'incorrect and sinful.'
"'We humbly recognize that God may not tell his people the date when Christ will return,' Camping wrote. And he had no further updates, he said. There is 'no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world ... and so Family Radio has no interest in even considering another date.'"
Now, all that said, Camping does say that "God is still using the May 21 warning in a very mighty way."
"In the months following May 21 the Bible has, in some ways, come out from under the shadows and is now being discussed by all kinds of people who never before paid any attention to the Bible," Camping wrote.