Doomsday had passed, and nothing had happened. News sources like CNN blog, Philly2Philly and even Christian Post itself reported and suspected that this whole "rapture" claim is a scam. Harold Camping's Family Radio station was worth $117 million in 2008. To be more precise, MinistryWatch.com reports its total assets as of 2007 – which was the most recent year MinistryWatch.com had financial statements for – was $152 million. Contributions in 2007 totaled nearly $16 million. In the period between 2003 and 2006, the organization received around $13 million to $15 million in contributions each of those years.
IRS filings indicate that in 2009, contributions totaled around $18 million. Total assets were also recorded for that year as $72 million.
However, many had missed the fact that, while Family Radio did receive numerous donations, they also took the donations seriously and tried their best in spreading the prophecy, though false hindsight, through various avenues like billboards, RVs, and newspaper advertisement. The full-page ad placed in USA Today warned people to very quickly repent their sins, accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah and rapture together.
Therefore, I just want to challenge the reporters of the newspapers, would it be fair to say that this group of sincere people who diligently put up billboards, handed out fliers and some of them have even burned through all of their savings, so convinced are they that the world is going to end on May 21 and they'll no longer need it, and so sure about something so sure about something so incredibly unlikely, will they and this whole rapture claim from Harold Camping be a scam?