End of world prediction wrong again, but Christian group still insists it did not lie

An asteroid slamming into Earth at Chicxulub in what is now Mexico in an undated artist's rendering. The event reportedly took place around 65 million years ago and wiped out more than half of all species on the planet.Reuters

The Christian group that wrongly predicted that the world would end and be "annihilated" by fire on Oct. 7, 2015 is not thinking of apologising for its obviously false prediction.

Chris McCann, who heads the eBible Fellowship, said his group did not lie or deceive the public with its wrong doomsday prediction.

"Since it is now October 8th it is now obvious that we were incorrect regarding the world's ending on the 7th. Did we lie? No," the Christian group's leader said in a note, as quoted by Christian News.

McCann pointed out that his organisation has always told the public that there is also a small chance that the apocalypse will not happen.

"The fact is that we consistently told people that October 7th, 2015 (being the end of the world) was a strong likelihood. And according to the good amount of biblical evidence at our disposal it was," McCann said.

"Therefore saying it was a 'strong likelihood' was a true statement. We also openly acknowledged that there was a small likelihood that it would not happen. There was no lie or deceitfulness involved in any way," he added.

McCann also said he does not care about what other groups and organisations, including the Roman Catholic Church, think about eBible Fellowship.

"The church's opinion is of no significance to us. The Bible teaches that the church age is over. And the churches of the world are all operating without the presence of the Holy Spirit. The numerous doctrinal errors of all the world's churches prove the condition of their spiritual darkness," McCann said.

"Therefore eBible Fellowship is completely unconcerned with how any church or its members perceive us," he added.

The Christian group earlier took to the streets of Philadelphia to announce its prediction of the apocalypse based on a previous claim made by Harold Camping, a Christian radio host who predicted that the world would end on May 21, 2011.

After this prediction turned out to be false, Camping revised his apocalyptic claim to October 2011, which also turned out to be wrong.