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    Andres Ortiz
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    The other day I was watching a show that was about people being “fired up for Jesus” (I wish I could remember the actual name) but it was featuring skateboarders and such.

    The skateboarders were talking about how they do it for God, etc., etc. and how they think it’s a great thing and great way to bring people to Christ.

    I guess I just fail to see the direct correlation between skateboarding (and other things of that nature) and God. Or how having a Christian event where you watch a bunch of people skateboard then talk about Jesus for 10 minutes is of substance.

    Even though I work with youth there are many things I have yet to learn. Perhaps someone could help me out.

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    Benedict
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    For the most part those shows and events are put on by “altar call” Evangelical Protestants. They draw people in with a show, be it skateboarding or carnival acts like the Power Team (a bunch of weightlifters and strongmen who would break bats or bend frying pans or hammer nails with their fists), and right near the end take a few minutes to mention Jesus and call people up to the altar. Confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior, once-saved always-saved, thank you, good night.

    I went up to three or four altar calls without having any clue what was going on. There is no depth or intimacy to an altar call; you need further (or prior) instruction to even understand what an altar call is, what it means, and what it supposedly accomplished. Generally, that further instruction comes in the form of a home visit where you get a quick rundown of Evangelical, OSAS soteriology, a free bible, and the address to their church.

    I have a very low opinion of this form of evangelization (if you can even call it that). Many who convert through the altar call and follow-up meeting are truly seeking the meaning in their life. But when the high emotions fade, so too does their faith. Anti-Catholicism is sometimes used in these groups to keep that fire burning. It was not in mine.

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    Andres Ortiz
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    [quote:4ex5fces]There is no depth or intimacy to an altar call; you need further (or prior) instruction to even understand what an altar call is, what it means, and what it supposedly accomplished.[/quote:4ex5fces]
    That’s exactly what I was getting at. I really think there is a lack of depth for those kinds of things. It seems more like entertainment than evangelization.

    [quote:4ex5fces]I have a very low opinion of this form of evangelization (if you can even call it that). Many who convert through the altar call and follow-up meeting are truly seeking the meaning in their life. But when the high emotions fade, so too does their faith. Anti-Catholicism is sometimes used in these groups to keep that fire burning.[/quote:4ex5fces]
    Now, how does that work? How does bashing a different faith work to keep the fire alive? :what:

    #3650

    Benedict
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    The evil, satanic, monolithic, Whore of Babylon is working against the Gospel preached by the true followers of Christ.

    It is a heroic scenario. The focus is not so much on your relation to the Lord but on the Catholic’s lack of a relation and the Church’s opposition to Him.

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