Aside from the semantics of “an altar call” in a church building, and whether either are biblical or necessary, we must understand the blood of Christ and it’s completed work. The sacrifice of the priests were a reminder of the people’s sin year after year. If their sacrifices had been sufficient, then there would have been no conscience of sin. However, the blood of Christ served as the ultimate and final sacrifice. Because of His blood on the altar, the Father remembers our sins no more. In Christ, you are righteous.
Yes, He is faithful to forgive us when we confess our sins, but our continual rededication of our life is a “man-made” concept that omits the understanding of grace. Grace was given and we did not deserve it. This grace allows us to be reconciled with the Father. There is nothing that we can do to earn forgiveness of sins or reconciliation with the Creator, that’s why it is grace.
The response of our heart is faith, believing that what Christ accomplished on the cross is absolutely all that is required for our righteousness (right standing) with God. The grace that we receive through faith leads us to rest, or to quit trying to “act” or “earn” our way into righteousness. This rest in Christ encourages that even when sin is present, that we don’t have to “start over” because our righteousness in Christ is not based on what we do or don’t do, rather our receiving grace through faith. The payment of HIs blood was for all sins once and for all.
And no, this faith in grace, does not condone nor accept a freedom to “live like you want.” Rather, this faith recognizes that our flesh was crucified with Christ (Romans 6), and now, we are alive according to the Spirit. Now that the Spirit is alive in us, and the Father is abiding in us, it is His work that is at work in us, producing fruit of the Spirit, not the dead works of man.
Hebrews 9 & 10
Sorry so long, but this is essential to understand! In Christ we are righteous through His grace that we receive through faith! Continue in that faith. Rest in Christ, for His work is finished.
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I was thinking…. Should that be alter call or altar call?~just sayin’