I was wondering today after church – where in the Bible is an altar call given? I know people were called to action and given an opportunity to respond, how else would people be saved? If we read in the OT people built altars to God.
Sometimes I wonder how effective alter calls are. I was raised in churches where this was a high priority and i believe in the power of them. I was filled with the Holy Spirit at an altar and called to devote myself to become a pastor at an altar in Estes Park, Colorado. but…. at times I wonder.
Is an altar call a way for a preacher to find out how good he did and find out how many people were touched. Does it happen to feel a man’s ego? Is it manipulative? My prayer is that all over the world it would not be.
Sometimes I’m concerned that it is an end to our real purpose. What I mean is – if we truly desire people to make a change or desire a call to action – do we really want them to come to an altar or leave the church and actually do the action outside the four walls.
As long as there is both that is a sweet combination. I just can’t help but wonder if the walking down to the front is an end to the action it is really designed for. I pray that it is never entertainment and that it is a show for other’s to ponder upon.