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Aryon wrote: Are altar calls biblical or should individuals respond to the Gospel privately and make their decision public at baptism?
What we need is the old-fashioned sawdust trail with an altar where people actually kneel and cry out to God for mercy on their souls!
daffodyllady wrote:Thanks for your testimony there, Abiding. That was beautiful.
I am like that too. I was born again when a child, and had much to learn. Don't we all at that point?
Perhaps I was just yearning for the old days of emphatic Fire and brimstone preaching,.. and the strong response it evoked. But I doubt if many in here have ever seen a sawdust trail. Much less people kneeling in the sawdust!
but I definitly think we should strive to do everything exactly the way he prescribes in his Word.
Abiding in His Word wrote:About 3,000 responded to his altar call.
It seems that the people were baptized at the point of there conversion, rather than weeks or months later.
Rich Kelley wrote: As with anything that man keeps despite Gods direction, it will become twisted.
God doesn't force us to respond to Him, and neither should we force people. But I have no problem pleading earnestly with people to repent. If anyone has even a sliver of understanding of the terrible punishment that awaits the condemned, they would plead with people to repent.
Abiding in His Word wrote:
I see it as an attempt to pray with an individual and inform them of the need for repentence. I see it similar to Peter in the house of Cornelius preaching the Word and salvation and his whole family being saved in response to the Word. It's significance is (imo) simply a "location" for this meeting and prayer.
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