About the Author
In the controversy arising from the promotion of this method, three main reasons have been put forward in its defense; the argument from Scripture, the 'psychological argument' which asserts the helpfulness of a public response to the individual, and a general argument as to its evangelistic effectiveness. In this booklet Iain Murray, himself an evangelical minister, examines the validity of these arguments and questions whether they can satisfactorily answer counter-arguments from Scripture and experience.
Dr. Murray has given us a tool. It is a tool that allows us to pull away the blinders of the present day altar call system of the evangelical church and presents a biblical critique of the system. Murray, while Reformed in his own theology, stays true to his tast and offers the reader biblical proof that the altar call system is a created system by men. It comes from a pragmatic view of evangelism that emphasises numbers above true coversions. It has come to us from Charles Finney to Billy Graham.
My hope is that every Christian will read this book and understand that the altar calls, the "sinner's prayer," and other forms of mass evangelism are not found in the Bible. Discipleship, however, is but then again that will cost you (Luke 14:25-35) and we don't want to pay a price for anything, especially salvation (Titus 1:16; Jude 3-4).