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Feb 26, 2013

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Craig Daliessio

Thanks Peter, its funny...back when I was growing up in that church, I swore I'd leave one day and never go back. Now I often wish I could. There will be one or two more additions to this series before I wrap it up. Hope they bless some folks.

peter lumpkins

Thanks for the series, Craig. It's helpfully balanced and therefore a needed corrective to those who proverbially throw out the baby with the used bath water. We're obligated to always use soberness and common sense in our invitations; but it's surely a mistake to declare all invitations/altar calls abusive because some wacko misused it.

Lord bless, brother

Mike Woodward

After years of very few altar calls, we have returned to them. We now purposely call on our membership to use this "holy time", as we refer to it, to respond to the worship and preaching of His word.

Just for reference, we are a non-denom, baptistic church roughly built on a purpose driven model. It became apparent that our people did not sense the implicit need to respond to the Holy Spirit in obedience, so we decided to make an explicit response time.

Max

For every horror story that can be served up regarding altar call abuses, there are countless more of folks who have found that "you cannot have rest, or be perfectly blest, until all on the altar is laid."

I heard one of the new breed of pastors we often chat about on this blog counsel a young man who essentially asked "What must I do to be saved?" The pastor's response "You don't have to do anything - God's grace has been extended to you." In lieu of "invitations", the same pastor simply announces "Baptizing next Sunday - sign up on Facebook!"

Lord Jesus, please spare the altar call in the changes that are headed our way!

Ron F. Hale

At the age of 23, I struggled every Sunday for several weeks ... during the invitation.

Church was fairly new to me. Finally, one Sunday morning, probably on the 7th or 8th verse of Just As I Am (Many people were already at the altar) ... I knew very clearly what needed to happen. I needed to turn from my life of sin and turn to Jesus in faith. I prayed at the altar that morning a very simple prayer of trust; I called on Jesus to save me! My life has never been the same since that holy moment!

Blessings, Ron F. Hale

Max

Ron, you have just expressed a "personal experience" with the Lord. My encounter with Christ was similar - I knew that I knew that I knew I must respond. When "Just As I Am" rang out, I ran to the altar in tears just as I was. I prayed that sinner's prayer, accepted Jesus into my heart, and haven't looked back or doubted my salvation since. No manipulative plea from the pastor, no dimmed lights, no gimmicks ... just me and the Lord at a tear-stained altar.

I have found that those in our ranks who mock altar calls have a mistrust of personal Christian experience of the sort we have had. So sad.

Max

Thank you Mary. That's what the altar is for.

Mary

Max, I think the chorus he added just blends beautifully with the original. I love how he stayed true to the original - no guitar licks or heavy drums to modernize it. It's the exact same beloved tune.

the Old Adam

We have an "altar call" each week when we invite Baptized Christians to come up and receive what the world could never buy...the body and blood of our dear Lord Jesus.

The altar is His table. He invites us to dine...on Him.

Thanks.

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