Where does the idea of the altar call come from and is it Biblical?

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Altar call of doom

I started out going to church with my parents and I remember it as being a very emotional affair for some people, with modern church services seemingly being mainly aimed at these types of people. If someone is a newcomer to the church system, then they might mistakenly think that the more emotional parts of the church meeting, are the most important parts that happen, but they would probably be surprised to find out that they are actually the least important parts. The purpose of the church is to help people get rid of sin in their lives, but to do this they have to be able to identify all of the sins that might be affecting them. You will find that the more emotional parts of the meeting, are the parts where people are not being sensibly educated about how to identify the sin in their lives, so they actually seem to reduce the chances of someone being less of a sinner at the end of the meeting, than they were at the beginning.
The altar call will not usually help when it comes to edifying sinners, because the person making the call will just be using words that can appeal to different types of people, while each person pretty much needs to be advised on an individual basis, so the people who came to the front will usually be feeling emotional in their own individual ways, but the final prayer will not address any of the details of how each person needs to be edified about what they are doing. You can usually see at the end why the altar call is a waste of time, because the people at the front will go back to their seats and most of them will then leave when the meeting is over, without having received any edification about what their sins are and how to stop being affected by them.

Non Israelite doctrines

If you look in the Bible you will not find anywhere where the original church resorted to such measures, so you would actually have to look at recent history to find out where it originated from. I have read some articles and it looks as if this method of trying to coerce people into God's kingdom began with the Methodist Church in the 1800's and one of their main preachers, who brought the altar call to the forefront of his ministry, is Charles Grandison Finney (1792-1875) who invented something called the "anxious bench", because he seemed to believe that it was possible to get someone to repent by using flesh based methods. It seems as if the older preachers like George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and John Wesley never did use altar calls, mainly because it was because it was something that did not exist in their times, so that goes to show that it is another new thing that man has invented, in order to compensate for the fact that God does not seem to be working with the modern Christian church. It seems that the Methodists were also responsible for the praise and worship services that a lot of modern Christian churches have, but the modern church pastors will still try to convince you that it is something that God approves of, but there is not any evidence to show that this is the case. The doctrines of the modern Christian church have been taken over by the European Masters, so it is hardly surprising that a lot of nonsense has been injected into them, so the only way that something like this can be fixed is when God restores the Children of Israel, which will then make it obvious how fake their doctrines are.
We can read about what should happen at a meeting that the Holy Spirit is working at in Acts 2:36-41 which says

Learn from the Israelites

"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptised: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls." and we see here that the preaching was enough to convince the listeners over a thousand years ago, so why does anything have to be different now? If the Holy Spirit is not present when someone is preaching, then they will obviously have to invent some modern methods to get anywhere the amount of people that Peter did. But maybe they should instead try to find out why the Holy Spirit is absent, by maybe trying to keep the Sabbath, stop eating pork and to get their women to dress in a more proper way. Finally Jesus also can give us some proper advice on what should happen when a person goes to the altar in Matthew 5:21-24 which says "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." and we see here that the altar was a place where a person would go to offer a gift, while the heathen Christians have now turned it into a place where a person goes to get something from God. This shows that the modern Christian church must be of the Devil, because of how it has gone about reversing the things that God has set up.

The end of the fake altar call?

Recent times have seen the rise of a group of people calling themselves Hebrew Israelites and one of the good things that has come with their arrival, is that their services have removed most of the pagan elements, that have made their way into modern Christian church services. Modern Christians would probably find their meetings quite boring, but this would mostly be because they have gotten too used, to how the Devil has convinced modern Christian leaders to run their meetings. The Hebrew Israelite meetings will usually consist of almost all talking, with a few groups including some singing, but they certainly won't have the congregation singing and dancing to any choruses, but a group called the GOCC, do seem to be trying to sneak in things like this to some of their meetings.
If you are going to one of these churches where the fake preachers and pastors will try to convince you to go to the altar, then refuse their call and try to find yourself a church where the leaders are willing to take what the Bible says seriously. The modern methods that Christian churches are now trying to use, are obviously a waste of time because of how they are making no difference, to what is going on in the world. The fact that God has risen up these Hebrew Israelites and the success that they have then had, seems to indicate to me that God is ready to move on to the next part of His plan for the salvation of the world and this will hopefully soon mean the end of the domination of these fake Christian churches with their fake altar calls.