TTGM is here to share the truth. In this
paper we present what is known as the altar call. At the altar you are then
asked to repeat the sinners’ prayer. After the prayer is repeated, you are
then proclaimed to be saved in Jesus name. Can this be true? TTGM invites
you to read the following and
watch these presentations.
This study is vital to your understanding.
Extract taken from – HERE
Ten Problems With Manipulative
Altar Calls (sinners’ prayer)
The music weeps, the preacher pleads, “You
have a God-shaped hole that only Jesus can fill. Won’t you please ask Him
into your heart?”
Then comes the predictable, “Who is going to break the ice?
Who will be the first to come to this altar and make Jesus your Lord and
As souls shuffle to the front of the church, we celebrate
another successful harvest. But not for long.
Three months later, nobody has seen our new “converts.” The fol- low-up committee calls them and encourages them to
attend a Bible study, but to no avail. They have no interest in the things
of God. We label them backsliders and get ready for the next service.
Maybe it’s time to rethink the nineteenth-century invention
we affectionately dubbed “the altar call.”
Ten Problems with
Manipulative Altar Calls
1. Not biblical. Altar calls are neither
prescribed nor described in the Bible. While this is an argument from
silence, it is noteworthy that we don’t see Peter at Pentecost or Paul in
Athens telling listeners to “bow their heads and close their eyes” while
people slip up their hands.
2. Emotional manipulation. No matter how you slice it,
heartstrings get tugged during altar calls. Between the music, the dim
lights, and the pastor’s tears, the altar call is an excellent way to emote
people down an aisle.
3. Neglected intellects. Modern-day altar calls
almost entirely neglect the intellect. If pastors were addressing the mind
and not the emotions, they would not play distracting sentimental music.
4. Wills are rarely
addressed. When was the last time you heard an altar call that
commanded people to bow the knee to God or His wrath will continue to abide
5. Parental pressure. How many kids have walked to
an altar only to please Mom and Dad, who they knew were watching?
6. Legalism. There is a clear and present
danger of adding to grace alone by telling someone to do something to get
saved. With so much emphasis on walking the aisle, it is not inconceivable
that someone might think they must go to an altar in order to get saved.
7. Misplaced hope. People who lack assurance of
their salvation are of- ten asked, “Do you remember when you went to the
altar? Then don’t worry, you are saved.” It is understandable that some
might put their trust in the altar call and not in Jesus.
8. Deception. Did you know some churches
plant “aisle walkers” in the audience? When the pastor proclaims, “I am
going to count to three and I want you to run to this altar,” prearranged
plants stand up and dash to the front to be “saved,” even though they are
already Christians. This ploy supposedly breaks the ice and allows those
who are hesitating to not feel embarrassed, and is a practice that has been
done at major crusades for years. Steven Furtick
also does this at his annually scheduled “spontaneous baptism” service.
9. Pride. While pastors and members
try to suppress this emotion, it is hard not to feel either pride or
disappointment when an altar call succeeds or fails.
10. Statistics. The “fall-away rate” of
altar call converts is atrocious and should cause our hearts to sink. The
following are taken from Ray Comfort’s excellent book God Has a Wonderful
Plan for Your Life:
> In the March/April 1993
issue of American Horizon, a major U.S. denomination disclosed that in
1991, 11,500 churches had obtained 294,784 decisions for Christ.
Unfortunately, they could find only 14,337 in fellowship. This means that,
despite the usual intense follow-up, they could not account for
approximately 280,000 (95 percent) of their “converts.”
> Between 1995 and 2005,
Assemblies of God churches reported an amazing 5,339,144 decisions for
Christ. Their net gain in attendance was 221,790. That means that 5,117,354
(over five million) decisions could not be accounted for.
> Pastor Dennis Grenell from Auckland, New Zealand, who has traveled to
India every year since 1980, reported that he saw 80,000 decision cards
stacked in a hut in the city of Rajamundry, the
“results” of past evangelistic crusades. But he maintained that one would
be fortunate to find even eighty Christians in the entire city.
It is unbiblical to condemn all altar calls. But maybe, just
maybe, there is a more biblical way to make disciples—like preaching the
gospel, calling listeners to repent and believe, and relying on the Holy
Spirit to convert people. Right in their chairs.
And let’s be honest, the modern-day altar call is so
predictable it has become downright tedious. For the sake of the
congregation and the lost, manipulative altar calls have to stop...