Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Altar Call

As I've began questioning the source of bad doctrine in church and the perversion from culture, I've also noticed this thing called "alter calls." It's been such a staple in my church upbringing, I've never really questioned it until I saw it today.

Upon seeing it, I felt zero pressure to go up to the front when previously I had felt some kind of "pressure" to do so in my youth. Instead, when I looked at it, I was just confused as to the purpose. It would seem that taking communion would be more edifying to the church as a whole.

Also, it seemed to give the opposite impression, that as Christians, we are to take up our crosses daily and repent daily. Other than great theatrics, I see no benefit to an "altar call." Upon looking it up, it became clear to me that it was created primarily as a pragmatic device that has since been adopted as common practice from the 1800s.

Of course, I'm not saying it's bad in itself, but if it was created for pragmatic purposes, it should be evaluated on such grounds as well.


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