Source: Musings from Two-Sheds Gomer
Comments: Brendt attended an incredibly worshipful night with Michael W. Smith, Third Day and others.Â Â The sin?Â It was sponsored by Chevy.Â Therefore, according to I Hezekiah (or at least Steve Camp), worship could not have happened there.Â Brendt takes issue with this assessment.
Not content to simply allow something like this to happen, there were voices of dissent because (in an uncommon move) the tour was sponsored by Chevrolet. No voice was louder than that of Steve Camp. In his analysis of the situation, Camp begins by stating that â€œI want to affirm my love and prayers for Michael W. Smith, Third Day, and Max Lucadoâ€, then proceeds to cruficy them. (See also, â€œwith friends like theseâ€¦â€) This tactic does not seem to be uncommon for Camp, who also will make self-effacing remarks about his past, and then rip someone elseâ€™s present. I guess that Camp considers himself to have arrived and that Galatians 6:1 is not applicable.
â€¦ if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness â€¦
This, of course, assumes that Camp is one of the â€œyou who are spiritualâ€. But I digress.
Campâ€™s polemic is filled with strawmen, largely based (apparently) on some divine knowledge of othersâ€™ attitudes, thoughts, and feelings. Where non-existent (and therefore, very easily refuted) issues are not employed, mischaracterizations of situations and misinterpretations (or, at least, misapplication) of Scripture is used. One example would be the statement:
The fact that this is an â€œevening of worship and evangelismâ€ â€” their language, not mine -means that we have now actually digressed to charging people money to worship the Lord.
Uh, no, Steve. â€œWeâ€ are charging people money to be a part of a particular event during which there is the hope and prayer that worship will take place. Just like I was charged money for your concerts back in the 80s. Even if this is dismissed as Campâ€™s past, he is alleging that I was incapable of achieving genuine worship at his concerts. Iâ€™m not sure who this insults the most â€” me, Camp, or God. And lest we classify this as solely the past, please be aware that Camp participated in a cruise earlier this year, for which people were charged a lot more than my ticket to that concert cost. By Campâ€™s argument, no worship must have occured on that ship either.
Camp quotes these versesâ€¦
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
18 If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
â€¦and then uses them to claim that any level of acceptability in the world means that the Christian is doing something wrong. The converse to this argument is that disfavor by the world indicates that youâ€™re doing something right. But it could just mean that youâ€™re a booger-head
But, letâ€™s not rely on my interpretation. Iâ€™ll close with one more Scripture.
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
In short, you canâ€™t get in Godâ€™s way, even if you try.