Camp Outrageous

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These videos are from Bellevue Baptist Church’s “Camp Outrageous” VBS. One has to commend Steve Gaines and the church that Adrian Rogers built for putting so much gusto, energy and expense into these performances. And yet, coming to mind is a quotation from Dr. Spurgeon.

An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it during the past few years. It has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments. The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them.

From speaking out as the Puritans did, the church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses.

My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the church. If it is a Christian work, why did not Christ speak of it? “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). That is clear enough. So it would have been if He had added, “and provide amusement for those who do not relish the gospel.” No such words, however, are to be found. It did not seem to occur to him.

Then again, “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers .., for the work of the ministry” (Eph. 4:11-12). Where do entertainers come in? The Holy Spirit is silent concerning them. Were the prophets persecuted because they amused the people or because they refused? The concert has no martyr roll. – Charles Spurgeon

 

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  1. mbwoodside says:

    I grew up in this type of environment . . .but not as an elaborate stage and setup. We did choir musicals with acting and lines and things like that. Church camp had a musical and all that jazz (pun intended). But the worship service was still a classical understanding of worship and preaching. Over time . . those kids who were raised on musicals and camp became the pastors and leaders of the church and then the worship service became like church camp and youth group. Add to that our culture’s obsession with performance and here you go. “Church” has become a stage for amateur American Idol wannabes, Glee rejects, and off- off- off . . way off Broadway performances.

    Some people say . . “Oh you are too critical.” But the results are in from this type of fun approach to church. We have raised a generation of Christians who cannot think critically about the Bible and theology, do not understand faith and repentance, do not have the tenacity to stand vs persecution and cannot exegete Scripture. They are simply driven by emotion and existential feelings and obsess about music and lights. And now these people are 30, 40, and even 50 years old and they are the clergy and leaders of the DOWNGRADE.

  2. Neptune says:

    mbwoodside:

    Some people say . . “Oh you are too critical.” But the results are in from this type of fun approach to church. We have raised a generation of Christians who cannot think critically about the Bible and theology, do not understand faith and repentance, do not have the tenacity to stand vs persecution and cannot exegete Scripture. They are simply driven by emotion and existential feelings and obsess about music and lights. And now these people are 30, 40, and even 50 years old and they are the clergy and leaders of the DOWNGRADE.
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    ^^^^^THIS^^^^^

    Amen! Preach it brother!

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