Altar Calls and Effectual Calls

Thursday, 02 Aug 2007

The "altar call" is a decisionist technique designed to lead an individual to a new level of commitment to Jesus Christ. It employs an external activity to confirm an internal impulse. The typical altar call is an invitation by a preacher to believe in Jesus and to confirm that decision by "coming forward" to a predetermined location as a visible manifestation of the invisible decision, and for further instruction and prayer. The Origin of the Altar Call The earliest record of the altar call is found in the late eighteenth century ...

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