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what is an alter call?

Never heard of this before but it was used twice in a question I posted. By the context I assume it is a call for conversion to a particular religion? Used by everyone? just protestants?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:10 PM on Jun. 7, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • An altar call is a practice in some evangelical churches in which those who wish to make a new spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ are invited to come forward publicly. It is so named because the supplicants gather at the altar located at the front of the church.

    Alter Call


    Answer by anetrnlov at 8:13 PM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • it happens in protestant churches, as well...just not so obvious in nature. people wanting to join are asked to seek a pastor/minister/counselor perhaps after the service, not always during the service as in some evangelical/fundamental churches.

    Answer by thehairnazi at 8:16 PM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • It's like anetrnlov stated. People accept Jesus as their savior. Their names are then written in the book of life. They are no longer headed for hell. All their sins are washed and will never be remembered as far as the east is from the west. That's when the battle begins with the world and enemy. The Holy Spirit is poured inside the person when they cry to the Lord and accept Jesus. He will then never leave you.

    Answer by JCRestoredme at 8:23 PM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • In the Nazarene church, people were invited to come forward and kneel at the altar if they were miserable sinners and wished to be "saved". The hymn "Just as I am" was played on the organ ad nauseum until at least ONE sinner came forward to accept Jesus, and church members knelt around you praying and wailing. It is one of the church's better brain-washing techniques--very dramatic and impressive if done right. There's no way for you to get away until THEY'RE done with you because they surround you and hold you down. Very much like the Pharisees on the streetcorners showing how devout they are.

    Answer by witchqueen at 9:56 PM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • it is a chance for you to go to the alter and get saved by Jesus to pray and be saved.


    Answer by hinson7169 at 10:20 PM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • The others have stated correctly the definition of an alter call, however, many evangelical churches do not do these any more. They feel that it is too intimidating and too ritualistic.

    Answer by teamquinn at 1:03 AM on Jun. 8, 2009

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