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Altar Calls Still Needed Today

I think that there should be an alter call during church service so there will not be a missed opportunity for at least one person to come to Christ. what do you think?

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norma i am not saying that alter call can't be good i was just saying trends are changing so the effectivness is lessening
---Jared on 11/15/06


Jared, I just have to reply to your saying that calls that are made after services are ineffective. We still have them and it surprising the number of people who respond either to rededicate their lives to the Lord or to be baptized. If calls are not made you may be causing a person to not make a decision to turn their lives over to God. If the person or persons are being inspired by the Holy Spirit that person can not just stand there. What if the call never went out?
---Norma7374 on 11/14/06


there are calls to faith given every sermon or there should be, but a call to the alter is just a Revivalistic sacrament nothing more. For many churches it is important but it may not be vital in our culture today. I think we've moved out of the Revival era and entered into an new era, one that is more directed to spiritual Formation. same call to faith just a different style.
---Jared on 11/14/06


Mima-(Notice the absence of the word call) First of all, thanks for the correction. So you have to call( dictionary: to speak in a loud distinct voice so as to be heard) to be saved, but if you saith or say ( Dictionary: to express in words) you will not be saved. Is that what you are saying?
---Ruben on 11/14/06


The correct quote of Matthew 7:21 is," Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Notice the absence of the word call.
---mima on 11/13/06




Moma-(" whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved".) Do you also tell tell them that " Not everyone who calls on my name will enter the kingdom of Heaven".Matthew 7:21
---Ruben on 11/13/06


Part 1; In witnessing I use an altar call. That goes like this. May I ask you a question? When they say yes I ask," are you absolutely, positively, certain sure, no doubt in your mind, that you will go to heaven when you die?" I then go on to explain to them that the Bible says in three different places," whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved".
---mima on 11/13/06


Part 2; I then asked them have they called? If they have not I offer to lead them in this prayer." Lord Jesus, I call on you to come into my life, forgive me of my sins, and I except you now." Amen The results of this altar call is absolutely amazing numbers which most bloggers here would not believe.
---mima on 11/13/06


Tina5349 - Taking communion does not get rid of any sin whatsoever. Only Jesus Christ Himself can forgive sin. Have you ever directly asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins?
---Helen_5378 on 11/13/06


are we only saved at the alter? I don't think so I was saved in my bed when my mom was reading me a devotional. Alter calls are a dated system from the Revival era, they may or may not be effective today. In my experience they are very ineffective. I feel people are duty bound to participate. the Chruch era is changing our styles need to change too.
---Jared on 11/12/06




Every service we have, almost everyone is at the alter praying before the service. One thing we are not is ashamed to pray and use the alter. If the christians don't use the alter than what is the sinners going to think? But in order to be able to pray at church it starts at home.
---Rebecca_D on 9/15/05


I, too, go to the altar every week. I receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ there, for the forgiveness of all my sins.
---Tina5349 on 9/15/05


We need altar calls for everything. Almost every Sunday I go to the front to receive something or other. God seems to know what is needed corporately, if the minister is listening to God's voice, and going before Him to get fresh manna every week.
---Samantha on 9/15/05


Yes, we must have altar calls. Altar calls save souls.
---Jim on 8/22/05


I think of an altar call as a doorway to eternal life for some. All they have to do is walk through it.
---David on 8/21/05


We need altar calls! This is so important in our churches, even today. Just think of the many souls that may be lost because the churches they went to did not have an altar call.
---Penny on 8/21/05


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Some people don't need alter calls and that's fine, but look at all the souls that came to Christ through the many alter calls in our churches around the world through the ages. Praise God! We should all pray, but let's fight for all churches to have alter calls! If a church does not have them, we should speak up.
---Sarah on 8/21/05


It is a joy to see someone torn out of the clutches of satan and brought into the kingdom of God through an alter call! Yes, all churches should have alter calls.
---Deljoy on 8/21/05


i agree, always. What a blessing it is to have people altered at the altar.
---Eloy on 8/20/05


In the name of Jesus, we need alter calls! Maybe some folks didn't have an alter call experience, but there are souls that need the opportunity for an alter call. We must not deny them this way to salvation.
---Kip on 8/20/05


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The Brith Chadesh/New Testament [Covenant] opens with sermons of repentence [altar calls], Roman soldiers responding, no small feat!

Likewise, The day of Pentecost In The Book Of Acts, when the church began with "altar calls".

"Altar calls" changes people, homes, cities, from the inside out!

Time out for "performances"!

Signs & "...blessings will follow and overtake" believers!

If You've Got Jesus/Messias, You've got EVERYTHING!
---bob6749_[Elishama] on 8/20/05


If a preacher is absolutely sure that everyone who hears his sermon are believers (though, believers sometimes need an alter call too), then, maybe an alter call may not be needed. I've read about a time when D.L. Moody was preaching in Chicago and didn't have an alter call. Later that same night, Chicago had one of the worst fires in history. D.L. Moody never preached again, without an alter call.
---MtnDew on 8/19/05


I got saved through my next door neighbor but yes, we should have alter calls. Many people have been saved because of alter calls. If they did'nt have that experience at their alter call, they might not ever have gotten that chance again. Alter calls work and I know many people myself who got saved because of an alter call and some went on to be wonderful examples of servants of the Lord. We will always need alter calls until jesus comes back.
---John on 8/19/05


Part 1 of 2

I think it all depends on where your service is, I was the Resident Chaplain of a Military Retirement Home for the past four years. Basically you are preaching to the choir, as every one who attends our services are long time mature Christians. We get a lot pulpit supply ministers to give services here. All to many dont know their audience, the last thing our resident population needs is an alter call sermon.
---notlaw99 on 8/19/05


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Part 2 of 2

What we need are minister who are experiences in serving the need of a geriatric population. We need sermons on how to deal with the problems of life in an institution, dealing with pain and suffering, and the wonderful nature of a glorified body as most of our are worn out. A competent pastor knows the need of is congregation, uses the lectionary for sermon topics and plans and delivers an effective sermon in an established time frame.
---notlaw99 on 8/19/05


The reason why most churches don't have an alter in the churches is because they don't have one at home. I use my closet to do my praying. At my church anyone can go to the alter at any time, during the service. I don't think we use it enough. Our knees should be worn out from kneeling or staying on our knees.
---Rebecca_D on 8/19/05


I agree there should be a place after any service so those convicted by the Spirit through hearing the Word of God can repent of their sin, ask Jesus to save them and commit their lives to Him. We ask anyone who wants to do that, to meet with a counselor in a room. However, 'altar call' has a negative connotation for me! It reminds me of churches where people are more often psychologically induced to 'stand and come forward' (producing false commitments) than allowing the Spirit to work in their lives!
---Daniel on 8/19/05


I wouldn't go to a church that didn't have an altar or an altar call. Most churches are so cold anyway, there is not much conviction.
---shira_5965 on 8/19/05


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The alter should be open to anyone that needs it all through the service so when the Spirit of God moves on a person they can hit the alter right then and there! Trouble is now, so many churches dont even have an alter anymore, they think people get saved by "repeating a prayer" the preacher tells them to repeat, instead of repentance!
---Pat on 8/19/05


ABSOLUTELY! Our church services always ends in prayer and an altar call is given at that time.
---NVBarbara on 8/19/05


Bring back the altars!! I have heard that many churches are doing away with them. An altar is a constant reminder that we need to confess our sins before we even dare to come before the throne of God....and that is only the beginning...you're right........how about that one who is lost and needs to confess and accept Jesus into their hearts? Oh, Christians, I beg you...what are we doing? When will we WAKE UP?
---Elsie on 8/19/05


I agree there should be alter calls! A person I know wanted to go to the alter and would have given his life to Christ that day, but the church he went to did not have alter calls
---Lisa on 8/19/05


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