The Transgressions of Church Traditions Part III: Altar Call

by F. L. Anderson

The Church is filled with popular customs and traditions. Few try to determine the real origin of them, or even seek proof of what they have been told or believe. For this reason, I have written a series of articles on “The Transgressions of Church Traditions”.

This article on “altar call” is the third, in a four part series. If you missed parts 1 and 2, which were written and published in 2012, I have posted the links to them at the bottom of this blog post.

My purpose for presenting this information is no different from any other article I've written over the years, which is to "teach to inform, and teach to transform." To ask the questions that need to be asked, and deal with the issues the church refuses to deal with. 

I challenge you to thoughtfully consider the source of our church traditions, and then ask how these practices square with scripture, and the practices of the first-century church.

 So, where did the famed “altar call” come from?

I’m Not who I used to Be!

by F. L. Anderson

Before Paul’s conversion, he had a bad reputation amongst the early Christians. This reputation continued after his conversion, even though he displayed a changed life. When he began to speak in Acts 9:20-21, the people could only talk about who he used to be, and what he used to do.

“Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?"

Paul quickly realized that, who he had become was lost in the eyes of believers. Because of this, Paul spent a lot of time early in his ministry proving that he was not who he used to be.

The Church Code

by F. L. Anderson

“We have a letter from the church,” I said. “What does it say,” my wife asks from the other room. “I don’t know. I don’t speak church.”

To my brothers and sisters in the Faith, can we get rid of the 1990's Christian lingo?

We have created an entire vocabulary of words and phrases that only church folks understand. Can we make it plain?

4 Ways Social Media Grounded Creflo Dollar

by F. L. Anderson

By now, I'm sure you've heard about the controversial televangelist Creflo Dollar's campaign to acquire a $65 million Gulfstream G650 airplane. A campaign where he got slaughtered by the backlash from believers and nonbelievers alike. 

If this were the 80's and 90's, Creflo would have gotten away with this. He would have enjoyed a successful campaign, that could have gotten him on TBN and Daystar to brag about it. And, every other so called church leader would have followed his lead. He would have been the "man", sought out to speak at all the conferences where the blind would snuggle up to him to find out how he did it. But, this is not the 80's or 90's where the children of the 40's, 50's and early 60's are used to their leaders using fear, guilt and intimidation to acquire material gain. The good news is, the children of this generation are not catching that "vision".