Why, when and on what biblical basis did preachers begin altar calls with ‘every head bowed, every eye closed’?
Whenever I have heard an altar call being with ‘every head bowed, every eye closed’ I always wonder why? I wonder what purpose it serves to ask everyone to bow their heads and close their eyes. Is the preacher trying not to embarrass someone who may respond to the gospel? Would not the person who just believed the gospel be over joyed with their new life in Christ that they would have no shame so that bowed heads and closed eyes would not matter? Is the Holy Spirit somehow strengthened by bowed heads and closed eyes?
I also wonder when this type of altar call began. I have not found it in the Bible. Nor are their any records of the early church using or writing about such a method. Maybe knowing when and how it began will help shed light on why it started.
The why and when do not really matter as much as the biblical basis for starting an altar call with ‘every head bowed, every eye closed’. I am curious to know if anyone has read a biblical basis for using this method. I also wonder if those who use this method have ever thought through the biblical reasoning and foundation for why they use it.
It just seems a bit odd that someone is – with the church gathered for corporate worship, singing praise songs to Jesus, hearing a sermon from the Bible, called to believe the gospel or go to hell – only to be told that if they believe the gospel they should do so with a bowed head and closed eyes.
Anyway, I am not calling anyone a heretic. I’m just wondering…and thinking.