I am so very sad. My dad was disfellowshipped for apostasy by JWs in mid-80s. He then went to many churches after, didn't 'fit' in anywhere because he was so opinionated. He became a preacher without a congregation. The last year or so he started watching TBN. He is 85 yrs old. He wrote a letter to me but the salutation was "My dear children", (written by his wife) posted-dated last Saturday (yes, Camping's Rapture fiasco day) titled on envelope "Our last words." Then, some words about his belief in 'resurrection' and other words. I happened to talk on the phone Sunday with them about family relatives, they mentioned nothing about the letter. I had even made some joke about Mr. Camping's ridiculousness. They didn't say anything about it.
We talked on the phone yesterday, I expressed many feelings and thoughts. I expresses to watch out and be careful about TV evangelists and TBN. He stated strongly that he felt TBN was a good "organization." He used that word.
I am so exasperated with them but not shocked. My dad has always been a proud man, always right. Even after leaving JWs, he still always made a stance he was right with God always, etc.
I think they thought they were going to be 'raptured' Saturday because of the timing of this letter. They wouldn't fess up to it. My sister had talked them to get them to admit they did this because of Camping's prediction but they denied it.
By the action of them writing this letter, obviously, they didn't believe that I nor my 4 siblings were going to raptured, since we don't believe in such. My siblings and I have managed to develop some humor about our being raised JWs and now dealing with this "Camping" crap now after all these years.