Listen to this live interview on “Iron Sharpens Iron”,
THURSDAY, JULY 24th, 3-4pm EDT
in New York & Connecticut on WNYG-1440AM Radio
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JIM ELLIFF, founder and president of Christian Communicators Worldwide (see, will address the theme: “ALTAR CALLS: A Command of Christ or The Invention of Man?”

 According to our guest, “When modern evangelical churches seek to bring the unregenerate to Christ (and they should do so with passion), they often fall prey to a formula which produces disappointing results. The pattern runs something like this: 

  • Extending a public altar call
  • Praying “the sinner’s prayer”
  • Giving immediate verbal assurance that one is in Christ on the basis of the sinner’s sincerity and the accuracy of the wording of the prayer
  • Immediate, or near immediate, public announcement that this person is now in Christ
  • Public baptism as a symbol of death to sin and life in Christ

This pattern has been passed down and repeated because few are taking the necessary time to examine both its flight from Scriptural precedent and precept and its dismal effect. When asked to give more careful consideration to its content and outcome, however, we are finding that many, thankfully, are rejecting this inept structure in favor of a better, more biblical one. The above list will seem familiar to every soul-loving believer, but the very evangelistic passion we have for our neighbors and unconverted family members should drive us to lay our present methods up against the truth for a well-needed examination. Like the short-of-breath fifty-year-old who has never been to the doctor, it is time for a major check-up. What then is wrong with the above list?…” Listen today, and learn what Jim Elliff believes is the answer.