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Did Jesus Have Alter Calls

Did Jesus have alter calls?

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 ---Ryan on 9/4/06
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One definition of an altar call is- A clear and understandable(and answerable) question. This question must be directed to a individual or individuals in a group, in such a manner that there can be no mistaking who the question is intended for or what the question addresses.
---mima on 9/6/06

alan8869_of_UK, you are correct about what I said about Bruce. I read his blog too quickly and responded irrationally, I'm sorry. Sadly, there are many people who make it a religous practice of doing altar calls every Sunday.
---Ryan on 9/5/06

Bruce5656, you are absolutely correct. You did not make that comparrison and I apologize for saying you did. Jesus does want us to be a public display of Him in our life. Once again I am sorry.
---Ryan on 9/5/06

Hey, maybe "alter" call would be even better than "altar" call.
Alter (with an e) means: to change. An invitation to meet Jesus is an invitation to be CHANGED... by HIM.
---Donna2277 on 9/5/06

I made no such comparison. All I pointed out was that Jesus asked people to make public commitments. Note. I did not say he always did but that he did.
The concept of an "altar call" in my experience is about making a public declaration of one's willingness to follow Christ. Jesus certainly did this.
---Bruce5656 on 9/5/06

Ryan ... You are being too clever by half. It is quite clear that Bruce did not mean that.
And you misrepresent the modern "altar call" which does not require that individuals go out every week continually, but that when convicted, they go out to repent public and accept Salvation openly(and only once is needed)
Jesus' equivalent was calling on folk to follow Him.
Not the same detail but precisely the same principle.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/5/06

Bruce5656, your very first response to this question would imply that Christ and the altar are the same. How than do we follow an altar? Christ said, "follow me" not' "Come forth every week to an altar made by human hands, so you may be saved." By many responses I see here many people equate Christ and altar.
---Ryan on 9/5/06

Jack, thank you for the spelling correction. Like I say: 'Somewhere a villiage is missing their idiot (me):) Which brings me to another question. Where is it commanded to have ALTARs in churches?
---Ryan on 9/5/06

Hey alan8869 man you are correct when you say " what alter or altar Jesus didn't die yet. I see where you are going.
---Johnas on 9/5/06

YES! Jesus always made an appeal, if that's what you mean. For example:
\And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me-Mark 8:34.
He requires everything and makes that appeal to all of us-Lk 9:59, Mt 10:37-38.
---Geoff on 9/5/06

Bruce & Billy ... It goes to show that peoples' understandings of certain words can differ
Whilst in the narrow sense of the word "altar" and of the purpose of the call to accept Christ's sacrifice, my answer was right, in the broad sense, both of word "altar", and the call to follow, Bruce is of course correct.
Our answers were different, but we agree. It is important to recognise different perceptions of words, and not to let them lead to arguments.
Ryan has made us think!!
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/5/06

Check out the Evil Spirits sent... blog
---Bruce5656 on 9/5/06

** Every person that Jesus called we see Him doing it publicly.**

Like Nicodemus (John 3) or the Samaritan woman (John 4)?
---Jack on 9/5/06

It depends entirely on how you define "altar call." My response gave a very broad definition and showed some scriputres that went along with that broad definition.
---Bruce5656 on 9/5/06

I agree with alan's answer.
---mima on 9/5/06

Every person that Jesus called we see Him doing it publicly. Every person who answered His call did it publicly. His request and their action reveled their seriousness about what they were willing to do.
It is the same today with an Altar call. The Altar is a place of public prayer that shows the attitude of the one involved. The Altar does not "get" anyone saved.
---Elder on 9/5/06

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OOOOO, Bruce, was just wondering why you didn't finish with answering on EVIL SPIRITS SENT ON PEOPLE blog? Ive been waiting on your response.
---Billy on 9/4/06

Bruce, your scriptures lack to prove the point of a public decision. Of course he asked them in front of others, but this group was a small private group of followers that had chose to follow him. A public decision would be in front of several people that they didn't know. But eather way, I would have to agree with Alan8869 on this one....
---Billy on 9/4/06

What does it matter how altar is spelled. I think we understood whay Ryan meant.
---shira_9639 on 9/4/06

Jesus has the biggest altar call of all time when He says "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).
---Helen_5378 on 9/4/06

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No. but you should alter the word to ALTAR, which is the proper spelling to use here.

He didn't have those, either.
---Jack on 9/4/06

Leaving any jokes aside about alter vs altar, if you mean did he ask people to make a decision on the spot and make it public, sure he did.
Matthew 4:19, "And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
and another:
Matthew 11:28, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
---Bruce5656 on 9/4/06

Mark 8:34, "And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."

Matt 8:22, Mark 10:12, etc
---Bruce5656 on 9/4/06

Which altar would he use? Did He not mainly preach to people in the open? And in any case, an altar call to do what? He had not yet died for us, and not yet risen to conquer the spititual death that sin brings.
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/4/06

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