Christian Music pioneer Steve Camp issued an “open letter” to the Christian music industry harshly criticising Chevrolet’s sponsorship of the “Come Together & Worship Tour” featuring artists Michael W. Smith, Third Day, and author Max Lucado.

“This is not the place for the world to conduct their business,” writes Camp. “The fact that this is an ‘evening of worship and evangelism’ — their language, not mine — means that we have now actually digressed to charging people money to worship the Lord.”

The outspoken Camp issued his letter after comments he had made on an internet forum for Christian radio programmers were distributed without his knowledge to industry leaders and the trade paper Radio & Records.

Camp’s career spans 25 years, and includes 51 Top 10 radio singles and combined album sales of over one million.