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Should There Be Altar Calls

Do you believe an invitation (what some call an altar call) should be given after a sermon in church? Why or why not? Did your salvation come about by entering an altar call or invitation?

Moderator - Yes, there should be some type of invitation to accept Jesus Christ and an invitation to pray for people, otherwise we are just playing church.

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So true TIMOTHY!

Our very own Alan of UK accepted Christ at a Billy Graham crusade in England!

My home church always has an 'altar call', and a call for those who need prayer for whatever need.

I always knew God and prayed and had a relationship with Him. However I TRULY gave my heart to Christ in Aug. 1976 in a friend's livingroom, we've been walking together ever since. Praise HIS holy name.
---NV_Barbara on 7/25/08

If it was good enough for Billy Graham then it is good enough for me. There is something confirmational about going forward and making a public statement so the Church can pray for you. It is not a condition for salvation however it puts action behind the words and that is simply inspiring to all present. This is also a good practice for other spiritual needs that you would like prayer for and not just salvation.
---TIMOTHY on 7/25/08

"The altar is at the feet of my Brother Jesus, come, and bow down to him"!
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 7/12/08

Amen Duane! It is a positive way to show that we are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that we accept it.
If we are ashamed of Him, He will be ashamed of us before the Father.
---NVBarbara on 7/17/08

Yes altar calls are very important. If a church doesn't have any altar calls after their service, I'd wonder about that church. Isn't it what it's all about, seeing the lost get saved? Yes it is. So if a church fails to have an altar call, then they are denying someone the chance in their church to pray and get saved. Altar calls just isn't for the unsaved. The altar is for anyone and everyone that just needs to talk to the Lord. At the end of a sermon, my Pastor has everyone bow their heads and then he gives an altar call. If no one comes to the altar, he asks if anyone can raise their hand showing they need prayer. A church should never, ever drag anyone to the altar, because that person needs to take the first step by themselves.
---Rebecca_D on 7/16/08

Sure..and there should be an opportunity at every service to get water baptized and baptized in the Holy Spirit. In Acts they never separated the three.
---melanie on 7/14/08

How Jesus gave the invitation: Jesus stood and cried. Love to souls will make preachers lively. [I have seen some who acted as if they were dead]. We must not frame a Christ, according to our fancy, but believe in a Christ according to the scripture. Now, this is important right here: IT IS PROMISED TO ALL THAT BELIEVE ON CHRIST THAT THEY SHALL RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST. [John 7: 37-44]
---catherine on 7/13/08

Yes, I believe there should be an invitation to the alter after EVERY sermon. We should pray for the churches that don't do an altar call. The Holy Spirit wouldn't let me be for many altar calls until finally i couldn't take it anymore and i accepted the invitation. Without that invitation i don't want to even think about where my soul would be right now. Thank you goes out to my pastor for having the courage to still give an invitation to the altar every Sunday morning.
---Betty5357 on 7/13/08

Yes,there should be an altar call.We are to recognize accept Jesus as Savior publicly.I'm not saying you can't get born again at home.You can and I did but the next morning I went to the altar and made it public.
---shirley on 7/12/08

EVERY Preacher should be calling people forward to repent & be washed of their sins, (No not Baptism), THAT comes after,Hopefully!

We should all be voices in the wilderness calling people to repentance.

The altar is at the feet of my Brother Jesus, come, and bow down to him!
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 7/12/08

Yes there needs to be an alter call. People need to be invited. Would you go to a party if you weren't invited? Sinners won't just go to the alter if not invited either. And yes I asked Christ to come into my life and gave it to him at an alter call.
---dayce on 7/12/08

Jesus had an altar call with Nicodemus in the Third Chapter of John. But, Nicodemus would not accept Jesus as he stood with HIM in person. He also had an altar call in the Fourth Chapter of John with a woman at the well. She accepted and told everyone in her town that she saw. She was not afraid to make a public confession of Jesus Christ. This is what we all should be like. Tell everyone about HIM before it is too late.
---SusieB on 7/11/08

Every person that Jesus called was called publicly. He called them out.
That is what an Alter call is. It is a public, outward, affirmation of a personal, inward, commitment.
A public calling shows sincerity. Have you noticed that not everyone responds to an alter call? Have you ever wondered what's lacking?
---Elder on 7/11/08

The guarantee of my having salvation (Luke 3:6, Ephesians 1:14) only came from having having a Godly spirit, an altar call was only a misguided disgenuine formality of tradition to me (I questioned it's significance, still do), I really never felt anything genuine from it. My heart was and is only for God. FOR ME, salvation is 'icing on the cake' (like Job).

Though He slay me, YET SHALL I LOVE HIM ("more excellent" devotion, 1 Corinthians 12:31).

I personally, can find little genuine value in an altar call.
---more_excellent_way on 7/11/08

I believe that the invitation to silently accept Christ should be made, but not necessarily an altar call where people go to the front of the church and publicly accept Christ. That kind of drama is sometimes fake, and emotional, and not the real thing.

I accepted Christ in the privacy of my parents' dining room.
---Trish9863 on 7/11/08

ONLY an invitation to formally begin their devotion to JESUS (with a complete understanding that they are not and never will be obligated to the BRETHREN unless by personal choice).

In our practice of faith/devotion, we are not to show partiality (special treatment to the brethren IN Christ or anyone else), NEITHER SHOULD WE BURDEN each other EXCEPT as friends (Romans 2:11, James 2:1).

We must be careful not to encourage PRAYING IN PUBLIC, and we must encourage a PERSONAL/private relationship-devotion between the individual and Jesus so that GOD may be EVERYTHING to each person (1 Corinthians 15:28).
---more_excellent_way on 7/11/08

A private altar call/invitation is a much wiser choice for a genuine devotion (accountable to GOD ONLY). Such a concession will not be agreed upon by all those of the congregation who wish to POSSESS a disciple, but it is a necessary protection of the baby Christian.

Anyone who fancies themselves qualified to be a teacher must take extreme care that baby Christians do not receive any abuse from irresponsible members of the congregation.

When they become a mature and experienced Christian (receive living water baptism, Acts 1:5, 11:16), they will have the best teacher of all (1 John 2:27) and will do the works of God (John 6:28).
---more_excellent_way on 7/11/08

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I agree with the moderator. I get upset when there isn't an altar call because I've brought friends to church that weren't saved and there was no altar call and I was very disappointed and so were I led them into the sinners prayer when we got outside. But they wanted to go up front to show they were serious about their decision.
---donna8365 on 7/11/08

If it's for real, and not just a procedure. I have done altar things but then fell. Maybe I was tricked, tempted to go along with the thing to do. And churches can then tally up how many "salvations" and baptisms and rededications their churches have had. And then use these numbers to show how the Lord moves in their churches . . . but not necessarily having all those recorded saved and dedicated people to show, only a paper report shows up.

Is saying a sinner's prayer after someone else a fundamentalist "sacrament"?

I mean . . . make sure you just do what God really has you do, not just a copy-cat going through the same motions, over and over. God is creative and personal with each of us.
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/11/08

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