Posted by: celticanglican | June 18, 2007

Do Altar Calls and Salvation Prayers Save by Themselves?

Do Altar Calls and Salvation Prayers Save by Themselves?

Both altar calls and salvation prayers are fairly recent practices. There are no accounts of an altar call being used in a New Testament service, and salvation prayers are not an early Church practice, although most contain scripture references. A weekly walk to the altar or daily recitation of a sinner’s prayer is insufficient if the person has no desire to be converted.

Even though many movements within Christianity today state that belief alone is sufficient for salvation, this is contrary to scripture. Consider these verses:

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that and shudder.” (James 3:19 NIV)This is worth keeping in mind. Even the devil and his angels believe there’s one God, but they’re not in a state of salvation.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, I dead.” (James 1:22,2:17 NIV) It’s not our good works that save us. Rather, our genuine faith is evidenced by good works.

“Not everyone who says to me “Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21 NIV) Sadly, there are many within the Christian community that don’t practice what they preach. Jesus’ words here are much-needed words of caution.

“Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.” (John 14:33 NIV) He died for us. We need to live for Him.

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