Friday, October 26, 2007

What Botched Altar Calls can Teach Us

Even though The Way of the Master website labels the following article, How to Botch an Altar Call, there are several other labels that one could come up with to describe the warnings within the article.

For example:

1. How To Spot and Avoid a Liberal Christian Church.

2. Avoiding the Emergent Church Errors.

3. What a gay christian movement Church Would Do.

4. How to Spot Heresy and Apostasy in an Altar Call.

5. How Satan Would Conduct an Altar Call.

6. (place your suggestion in the comment section and I will add it here.)

I'm sure that many visiting "politically correct" individuals won't like this post.

I say, so what!

Salvation is not a popularity subject!

Jesus was never a politically correct God-man. So, as His follower, I won't succomb to the temptation encouraged by others to be a politically correct Christian woman.

When I read this article, the differences between genuine, orthodox, evangelical, Bible-believing and teaching, Gospel of Christ focused, salvation at the cross of Christ preaching - Christianity; and the types of churches that preach a false, deceptive, Bible truth rejecting, prideful, self-serving, fleshly desires embracing and true-gospel-ignoring kind of christianity becomes absolutely crystal clear!!

What should we do? What are we to make of those who preach error, heresy and apostasy?

We are called by God Himself through His Living Word of Truth- Jesus Christ, and His Holy Written Word of Truth - The Bible to not only avoid all of the errors within the article below; but also to expose them!!

It's truly eye-opening!!

I hope that you not only read them, but recognize and expose such errors to those whom you know are not genuinely walking with Christ. Apply these warning in your own life and let them be warning signals in your own walk with Christ. Examine your current church and its teachings, too. Your spiritual destiny and eternal life may be at stake.

Genuine salvation through repentance at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ, as well as Christ's admonition that, "you must be born again" is revealed through God's Word, the Bible. It is the essential doctrine for sinful man's reconciliation back unto God the Father, who is THE Holy and Righteous Judge of the universe and is to be praised forever. Amen!!



How to Botch an Altar Call

(A few keys for those who don't want people saved in their altar calls)

1. Present an unbalanced message. Only let them see the heart-warming part of God’s character. Preach God’s love but leave out His holiness and justice. That way they’ll think He’ll let them into heaven no matter what.

2. Don’t mention repentance until they’re repeating a “sinner’s prayer.” Just get them to say, “I repent of all my sins” while they’re echoing you. They won’t know what they’re saying and they won’t count the cost.

3. Above all else, be dignified. Don’t get heart to heart with the people. They would get something out of what you said.

4. Skim over the gospel and push the prayer. Pretend the lost naturally understand what Christ has done for them.

5. Preach Jesus as a life enhancer not a life rescuer. Tell them how Jesus can improve their life but don’t show them Jesus as the only One who can save them from Hell. People will think if they reject Him they’re only losing out on a spiritual high.

6. Try to please the people instead of convert them. Tell them what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear.

7. Compromise the message to speed up the process. The Christians who have heard it a hundred times before will be pleased with that. The quicker they get out the quicker they can get to the restaurant.

8. Give them the impression that God is so good He won’t send anyone to hell. Don’t present the whole counsel of God or they might realize He is so good that He’ll see to it that justice is served and that all unrepentant sinners will be punished in the fire that is not quenched.

9. Speak to sinners as though they were saints. They’ll think they’re God’s children instead of the enemies of God they’ve made themselves into because of their sin. You’ll give them false assurance and mislead them.

10. Don’t mention sin or man’s guilt. Resist the urge to explain what Christ came to deliver us from. Don’t show them their need for the Savior. Otherwise it may all make sense.

11. Don’t look to the Bible for the substance of your altar call. Only mimic other preachers with large congregations.

12. Tell the lost not to feel bad about their sins. That way you will work against the Holy Spirit who’s convicting them

13. Whatever you do, never mention Judgment Day. Your audience might take spiritual matters seriously.

14. Tell them Jesus is the only way to heaven but don’t explain why. They may think it’s nothing more than fear tactics and leave offended instead of enlightened.

15. Confuse the call. This is a great way to botch up an altar call. Don’t let people know you’re asking them to commit their life to Christ. Be vague and general in what you’re saying. Neglect to mention following Christ in your evangelistic altar calls and say things like, “If you don’t feel you’re as close to God as possible raise your hand,” “If you feel lonely come to the front for prayer,” “If you want more of God this is your time,” and, “If you have struggles and need the answer come down.” Just get them to raise a hand. That way no one will be able to count the cost and you’ll even get saints to respond to salvation altar calls, making the results look more successful.

16. Only give them half the story. Tell them Jesus died to forgive everyone but overlook the fact that they must personally receive Him to partake of that forgiveness.

17. Present the truth as though it isn’t. Be so funny when you share Christ that you belittle the seriousness of the matter.

18. Preach forgiveness without repentance. That way no one will know how to be forgiven.

19. Be unbiblical. Present repentance and faith as an offer instead of how God does as a command (Acts 17:30).

20. Let them think next Sunday is the day of salvation. Don’t make them feel it’s urgent to respond today.

21. Never warn of hell. Dangle heaven in front of their nose but rarely mention hell, certainly not as much as Jesus did.

22. Only do altar calls inside the church. Never take the gospel where sinners congregate. The lost might get saved.

23. Use churchy terms. Use words like, “saved,” “repent,” and “born again,” without any explanation. That way your hearers won’t comprehend what you’re saying. If they can’t understand it, it’s probable they won’t be changed by it.

24. Give false assurance of salvation to unsaved Christians. Assure church folk that they are saved even if they bear no fruit. So that you don’t offend the unsaved pew warmers never quote 2 Corinthians 13:5: “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.” You could lose some financial supporters and have to depend on God.

25. Never mention the wrath of God. If you mention it, people might be awakened to flee to Jesus who “saves us from the wrath to come.” ( 1 Thess. 1:10)

26. Study how the apostles preached and witnessed and do the opposite. Don’t explain Jesus’ suffering death on the cross. Otherwise they may think of running to Him for forgiveness. Don’t speak of His burial or resurrection or they might realize He is God. Refrain from commenting about the hundreds of eyewitnesses who saw Jesus after He rose from the dead. That way they can go on thinking He’s a fairy tale. Overlook talk of the messianic prophecies Jesus fulfilled or they might realize that the Bible is true. If they see it’s the truth they may see that following Christ is the logical decision. And whatever you do, avoid what the apostles did when it came time to call people to obey the gospel. Don’t tell them to trust Christ and live for Him. That is too accurate. If they know how to get saved your altar call will be a success.

27. Put more emphasis on the “sinner’s prayer” then on repentance and faith. Satan will smile over your departure from Biblical instruction. We are never taught to use a ‘sinner’s prayer’ throughout the entire Bible. If you decide to use it and put more emphasis on the technique than on what we’re commanded to preach: faith and repentance you’ll certainly botch things up. A ‘sinner’s prayer’ doesn’t equal salvation, only faith in Christ and repentance toward God do.

28. Let Christians think you’re the only one who can do it right. Always leave the impression that they should only invite friends to church and never actually witness themselves. It will keep you in business and the lost unsaved.

29. Don’t let the lost know they are. Disregard subjects like Judgment Day, God’s holiness, man’s sinfulness and justice. That way the lost can continue to think they’re “good enough” to get into heaven.

30. Rely upon psychological techniques to manipulate people into responding to the altar call. Don’t rely upon the Holy Spirit or they may actually get saved.

31. Make sure you’re the main attraction. Remember the goal in botching up an altar call is for people to leave and say, “What a wonderful preacher,” instead of, “What a wonderful Savior.” Draw all possible attention to how great a speaker and person you are. Otherwise people might see Christ in your preaching and get saved.

32. Don’t focus upon Jesus. Finally, the best way to botch up an altar call is not to preach the gospel. Just get people to lift up a hand and pray a prayer with you. Resist the urge to speak of the only One who could save them.

Sometimes the best way to get a point across is to put it in a different light. You now know a few ways to botch up an altar call. Please do not employ them. Do the opposite. You may already do some of them. Don’t let pride keep you from changing and doing things in a Biblical fashion. The bottom line is how true we are to Christ and His word. Effectively reaching the lost is our purpose. Let nothing hold you back from that agenda. May God bless you as you seek to win people to Christ in Bible clubs, churches, conferences, on the street witnessing encounters, at your school, and at your workplace.

Adapted from Becoming an Emissary for God by Allen Atzbi

© 2006 The Way of the Master. A Ministry of Living Waters Publications

HT: The Way of the Master found via Truth War Central


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mike rucker said...


i couldn't find any way to email you, and your discussion site has its registration blocked...

so this is off-topic...

do you know how much the "creationist" viewpoint is terrorizing - sorry, can't think of another word at the moment... - christianity?

let me put it in caps:



there - that felt good...

the age of the earth is set - 4 billion years. not 10,000, not 10 million, not 4004. the age of the universe is old - why do you insist on stupid - sorry, saying the universe is young (maybe you don't?) when we have STARLIGHT THAT IS BILLIONS OF YEARS OLD????

sorry, had to give you caps again...

oh well - you and you're daughters' pretty picture can't replace brains, i guess (i'm just kidding...kinda).

mike rucker

Christinewjc said...


I block the registration at my discussion forum because I was getting 10 - 20 spammers registering every few days. It was too time consuming to block and delete them.

I will open up the registration today so that you can register. Then, we can take your off topic comment over there. K?


mike rucker said...


i wish my blog got this many hits... :)

mike rucker

mike rucker said...

now, here is my favorite subject.


there is NO ot reference to hell.

AND there is little nt reference.

don't quote me the jesus parable of lazarus and the rich man - that is about the pharisees, pure and simple.

hell is a myth.

we need to stop preaching it.

it is child abuse.

mike rucker

Christinewjc said...


About hell.

KJV English Concordance for "hell."

The term appears 54 times in 54 verses, including, 31 times in the OT, and 23 times in the NT.

Jesus spoke more about hell (and warned how it is a place to be avoided) than heaven. He is quoted 15 times in the gospels, and once in the book of Revelation.

Rev 1:18 I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Also, keep in mind that the Greek terms "Gehenna" and "Hades" also mean hell.

mike rucker said...


gehenna is a place outside outside of jerusalem.


Christinewjc said...

Mike wrote: "there is NO ot reference to hell."

I see that you refuse to admit that you were wrong about "hell" being mentioned in the OT. It is mentioned 31 times.

Mike wrote: "AND there is little nt reference."

I see that you refuse to admit that you were wrong about "hell" being mentioned in the NT. It is mentioned 23 times.

I guess you decided not to click on the link and read all that was there.


( 3.) Gehenna, in most of its occurrences in the Greek New Testament, designates the place of the lost ( Mat 23:33). The fearful nature of their condition there is described in various figurative expressions ( Mat 8:12; 13:42; 22:13; 25:30; Luk 16:24, etc.). ( See HINNOM T0001790.)

In the R. V. the Greek word "gehenna" is translated "hell" in the following scriptures
Mat 5:22,29,30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15,33; Mar 9:43,45,47; Luk 12:5; Jam 3:6

I see that you have chosen to ignore the fact that Jesus spoke specifically of Hell as a real place that is to be avoided.

More from concordance:

THE FUTURE HOME OF THE WICKED Psa 9:17; Pro 5:5; 9:13,15-18; 15:24; 23:13,14; Isa 30:33; 33:14; Mat 3:12; 5:29,30; 7:13,14; 8:11,12; 10:28; 13:30,38-42,49,50; 16:18; 18:8,9,34,35; 22:13; 25:28-30,41,46; Mar 9:43-48; Luk 3:17; 16:23-26,28; Act 1:25; 2Th 1:9; 2Pe 2:4; Jud 1:6-23; Rev 2:11; 9:1,2; 11:7; 14:10,11; 19:20; 20:10,15; 21:8


Mike wrote: "hell is a myth.

we need to stop preaching it."

Hell is a real place. You need to stop preaching that it is a myth.

Christinewjc said...

I'm sorry Bishop E. Bernard Jordan, I cannot post your comment because you have linked to your site which preaches incorrect ideas about "being a prophet." Your ideas are a mixture of truth and error. Therefore, I refuse to link to it.

It is my prayer and hope that you will read your Bible more carefully and correct such errors on your website.