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Jeremy Kwok

Jeremy grew up in Sydney before moving to the United States for tertiary studies. Jeremy completed the BA, MA (History), and M.Div degrees before returning to Australia with his wife Debbie. He currently works for Christian Education Ministries, a company that owns and operates private schools.


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    Jason Harris

    I think the single biggest factor in all of this is the theological factor. The “altar call” methodology tends to thrive in the context of decisional theology.

    Those of us who do not subscribe to the decisional mentality may use the same method, but we will almost invariably use it for different reasons.

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    It depends on the leading of the Spirit of God. He is not a God who is tied to methods. Think of all the different ways He has called men to respond to His voice throughout history! Let’s not limit His work to a methodology. The altar call is far from the only method through which we may answer His call.

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    PS on that last comment: if altar calls are for the gratification of the preacher (this many responded to my message, etc.), then how can they be a methodology that is led by the Spirit of God?

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    Steve Warren

    I guess that your methods would reflect your position on whether you think anyone can actually lead someone to the Lord or whether the Lord draws men to Himself. Surely this happens as we faithfully lay out the Gospel truth and God by The Holy Spirit calls people to alter their direction and focus from the world and self to God. The Gospel is clearly the power of God unto salvation but many men are inclined to resort to all sorts of emotional and theatrical hyjinks to give the Holy spirit a helping hand, as if He needed it? We are often results focussed and a really stirring evangelical service with the right hymns will certainly move people to come forward, some will be genuine but I fear many are moved by emotion rather than The Holy Spirit. Is it any wonder that so many fall away or continually seek greater and more spectacular “religious events” to recapture the euphoria of that first decision moment. Maybe I am just to cynical or influenced by the fact that God called me personally and quietly during an ordinary church service of dubious quality and no altar call was involved, but the Holy Spirit most definitely called me to alter my direction, focus and life. Having said all that I think there is still justification to issue a challenge from time to time and even to use emotionally stirring hymns but rather than spending countless hours of preparation for the perfect evangelistic service, the bulk of the time would be better spent in serious prayer. But God is infinitely good and I think sometimes he winks at our naivety and blesses and uses the most dubious of our methods to still call men and women to repentance and faith in Christ.

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    Steve Warren

    My apologies, forgot to capitalize Spirit in the second paragraph of the previous comment, possibly influenced by a certain new sign with similar grammatical ommissions!


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