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Harold CampingWe are not supposed to be here today.  At least that is what Harold Camping, an 89-year old radio preacher, had told the world.  Camping had predicted the end of the world would commence on Saturday, May 21, 2011 with the return of Christ to earth and the rapture of Christians to heaven.  He had originally predicted the apocalypse to take place in 1994, but when that day came and went, Camping claimed he had miscalculated and readjusted his prediction to 2011.  But Saturday came and went, and no Christians were reported missing.

To most, Christians and non-Christians alike, the entire situation turned out to be nothing more than a passing comment, snide remark, or simple joke.  To the majority of Camping’s followers, it was a disappointing and devastating let-down – especially to those who had given away their life savings, had said their final goodbyes, and who expectedly awaited a life free of worries and hurt.  But even for them, life goes on.

That is how Camping will likely be remembered – as a cult leader with two failed and false prophesies.  A man who led thousands astray.  But most of the world will not remember him as a man who contributed to the deaths of Vietnamese Hmong.

Peaceful Gathering of 10,000 Hmong Incites Attacks from Police

For the past month, reports have been pouring out of Vietnam that an unknown number of Hmong Christians have been killed, attacked, or arrested by military forces.  The Vietnamese government has closed off outside access to the Muong Nhe District in Dien Bien, where an estimated 10,000 Hmong Christians from the Central Highlands and Dien Bien have been congregating since late April.  Insiders who are able to leak information past government forces and media controls have reported that as many as 70 Hmong have been killed so far, though exact numbers cannot be confirmed.  These Hmong have also been brutally attacked and arrested by the Vietnamese government, while most are fleeing into hiding to spare their lives.  Meanwhile the outside world is unable to send in help.

But why did this even take place?  What led 10,000 Hmong Christians to come together in peace yet face such a brutal and violent end?  Answer: Harold Camping.  Worldwide media have reported on the gathering of Hmong in this region, and ICC sources have confirmed the underlying premise of these gatherings to be primarily due to Mr. Camping’s influence.

Hmong PeopleMr. Camping’s prophesies had reached as far as the small and poor mountain villages of the Hmong in Vietnam, and his false teachings had sparked a flame of hope of a better life free of persecution for their faith and poverty for their ethnicity.  The Hmong are one of the poorest and most persecuted people groups within Vietnam.  The government does not even allow them to have a Bible translated into their native tongue, as most Hmong do not read Vietnamese – thus leaving them in the dark on matters of faith and susceptible to false teachers and doctrine.

They congregated because they believed that the world was coming to an end and that their long-awaited Messiah was coming for them.  As they waited, the Vietnamese government grew anxious of such a large congregation of citizens coming together – citizens who they systematically deny their inherent human rights to religious freedom, and to economic and social equality.  Murmurs of protests and the birthing of a political separatist movement within the congregated Hmong led the government to quickly take violent action on May 5.

Today, thousands of people are displaced and fearing for their lives, and numerous men, women, and children have been murdered.

We cannot allow the persecution of Hmong Christians to go on.  The Vietnamese government must recognize the growing spread of Christianity among the Hmong, allow the printing of the Hmong Bible and other Christian education materials, and allow Christian denominations to provide sound theological education and leadership training to Hmong communities.  The world cannot sit idly by as such persecution takes place.  Sadly enough, Harold Camping will likely not be the last false prophet to lead astray those who will desperately cling to any small promise of hope because of the horrific reality they face each day in the here and now.

12 Comments to “Harold Camping and the Christian Hmong of Vietnam”

  1. Yes there will come a day when Jesus will return for His church.  But not even Jesus was told by the Father when that would be, and no one can know the day or hour it will take place.  We must be ready and wait. 
    Being ready means you have confessed your sins to Jesus and believe his blood has covered them and wiped them away.  You stop sinning by asking God to help you. He was the sacrifice needed to take upon Himself the sins of the world.  John 3:16 Being ready means that you live your life everyday as if Jesus was living in you, in which He is, and let the Holy Spirit guide you into all truth.  Just live your life the way a Believer in the One true God is told to in the Word of God, the Bible. 
    I don’t know why God lets evil men lead followers astray other than  Satan is doing his job in trying to get everyone to believe wrong and therefore to trick them into being his.  God says either you are for me or against me.  He says there is only one way to the Father and that is through him.  In my opinion, Ms. Oprah has led many astray by her misguided belief system too, look at how many ignorant people follow her philosophy daily when watching her show.  We need to pray for God to supernaturally reveal Himself and his ways to the many who could or would believe in the one who died for our sins….

  2. Concerned@NC says:

    This is absolutely horrible. It is so sad that Hmong can not be taught the truth about the return of or Lord and Savior “Jesus Christ”.
    They are human beings put on this earth the same as every one else ‘children of GOD’  Mr. Camping needs to have a mental assessment.
    I have no doubt this man is suffering from some form of mental illness. All of  his rights to use a public radio or any type of media device to lead people into believing  the Lord has marked him as the chosen one to deliver such a message of the return of Christ, needs to be revoked. This has caused so much trauma, mental distress, financial distress, and now bruit force, murder. Our Lord in no way wanted any thing like this to occur. Personally, I did not get on board with any of his demented speech’s. It had no affect on me what so ever. I no what the bible states. The affect is now. The after math of this mans power over so many. The devastation left after his false teaching. I can’t say he did not believe he was spreading a truth, but I can say if he was knowledgeable in Gods word, this would not have taken place. I think he has something to gain from this may be “finances” Maybe his hope was to get the public to turn on him in a way that made it easy for him and his wife to go some where and enjoy the rest of there years here on earth, extremely well off. He has collected a lot of money from the donations given to his “so called ministry” this is just a thought. I can’t say absolutely, positively what is driving him. I just believe he needs to be stopped and some thing needs to be done to help the Hmong survive and be able to live a decent life. God bless them all. I will pray for there safety.  

  3. Sybil Goodlett "Smith says:

    Does Camping know??? If he does, and keeps making these false predictions, he is aiding and abetting in the murder of these people!!
    this is no longer just contained to his followers here. If they want to keep giving away their wordly goods and following false teachings and not read their Bibles and know the truth…but these poor uneducated Hmong Christians….

  4. Malcolm Davis says:

    My bible says in Matthew 24 No man knows the day or the hour, not even the angels, nor the Son, but the Father, how is it that God would tell you mister that He was coming again, because in my bible it also says that Jesus will come like a thief in the night.  God is telling you to read your bible.  Jesus will come again, but I don’t know the day, month, year, hour, minute,second,weekend, week, but I donknow that it is our job as Christians to do what the Lord commands, and that is to bring the lost sheep to the Sheperd.

  5. archivesDave says:

    Who wrote this please: source and documentation

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