said that one former parishioner quit his
job, sold his
property for next to nothing and moved with his
wife to Arizona for the last days before the Day of Reckoning.
"I'm concerned for the emotional makeup of these people," said Otero, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Morgan Hill.
"It is sad that on Sunday, when they find out nothing happened and they have nothing."
Camping fired the former dean of School of the Bible in 2006 after 34 years when the Family Radio president decided to remove organized religion from the nonprofit, Otero said.
While attending seminary school, an Ecuadorean missionary persuaded Otero
to start a Spanish radio station broadcasting into South America.
Camping and Otero, both civil engineers (Camping graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in 1942), hit it off and Otero soon became program director for the station's Spanish radio ministry.
dogmatically thought all evidence pointed to that date, so he
mixed Bible interpretation (with) numerical interpretation," Otero
When the world continued, Otero
said, Camping stayed mostly quiet about his
miscalculation but told Otero
that the Lord did return to Earth on that date -- in a mystical way -- taking the Holy Spirit back to heaven.
expects another excuse come Sunday.