In the last post we raised the issue of one questionable innovation in evangelical worship (multi-site churches). Let’s tackle another. What? The altar call is a timeless tradition, not an innovation, isn’t it? Well that depends on your perspective. Though it certainly has achieved sacred cow status in many quarters, the fact is that it was an innovation of nineteenth century revivalists like Charles Finney.
Now, what do we make of the altar call? Is it an extra-biblical pressure tactic designed to manipulate people into making a “decision?” Or is it a viable method of inviting people to respond to the gospel by repenting of sins and receiving Christ?
Nathan Finn, a.k.a. Nineteenth Century Baptist, offers seven reasons he is uncomfortable with altar calls. I won’t restate his position, but I agree with him. Read what he has to say and let’s talk about it. What do you think?