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Call To Discernment

Calling Christians to Biblical Christianity. Christians must have discernment in all areas of life in this end time of deception, realizing also that American leadership of both political parties are leading us into the New World Order of the coming antichrist. Do not be conformed to this world. Rom. 12:2. Expose the deeds of darkness. Eph. 5:11. "He that is not zealous against error, is not likely to be zealous for truth." J.C. Ryle ----- [NEW AND IMPROVED BLOG UNDER CONSTRUCTION] 

June 13, 2015

8:42 PM - Salvation or Emotionalism?

When I was 15 or so my parents moved us from the Presbyterian church that had become liberal to a fundamental Baptist church in the deep south. Together with Billy Graham crusades on TV, in the 60's, I gradually fell under severe conviction from the Holy Spirit. In the typical Baptist way the pastor always gave a long emotional altar call. The urge to "go forward" became overwhelming and very stressful for me. I resisted because I was very introverted at the time and did not like to express my true feelings, especially in public. Later I came to realize that public confession was not a requirement of salvation and let Jesus save me in the privacy of my bedroom. Acknowledgement to others of one's salvation will come sooner or later. Later in retrospect I knew I made the right decision by NOT going forward at an altar call that was an emotional manipulation by man. I believe I was not yet ready and if I had of gone forward there is no telling how it would have messed me up. Some people do get truly saved that way but all studies have shown the number is very, very low. That's why numbers are meaningless when ministries tell you the number of people that gave their lives to Jesus in such and such an event. Decisional regeneration, easy beliefism, altar call salvation, or whatever name you want to call it has been an abysmal failure that has filled churches with hypocrites that believe they are saved. The Bible just does not teach it. Estimates of the success of easy beliefism conversions five years later range from a high of 4% to as low as 1%. Baptists especially cling to it like an idol. The altar call needs to be dumped for the failure it is

Someone has said, and it might have been me, that the only difference between the Roman Catholic Mass and the Baptist altar call is that the Baptists don't serve refreshments.
Steve Van Nattan

Why We Don't Use The Altar Call

An altar call is an appeal for an immediate public response to a sermon just preached. It is popularly called the invitation and as used in this context is an appeal for a public act of commitment and can involve hand raising, going to a counseling area or signing a commitment card. Most often it involves walking down the aisle to the front of a church auditorium. The altar call is tacked on to the end of a sermon and the invitation usually is to "come forward and accept Christ as your Savior." Various emotional techniques such as telling sad, tear jerking stories and playing mood-creating music in the background are employed to encourage response to the altar call.

Like many of you I grew up in churches which used the invitation system and in the early years of my ministry I used it myself before finally seeing its implications and its inconsistency with God’s grace. In those years we sang verse after verse of invitation hymns like "Just As I Am" and we sometimes sang on for an hour or more trying to get people to come forward. I once had an evangelist in a church where I pastored and his entire program consisted of night after night telling sob story after sob story climaxing with the saddest one of all and then giving an invitation to come to the front and accept Christ.


Altar Calls and the Sinner's Prayer?
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