On March 15th, Credo Magazine contributor and blogger, Fred Zaspel, debated Nathan Finn on the topic of altar calls on Moody Radio. Nathan A. Finn, who argued in favor of altar calls, serves as Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Fred Zaspel (Ph.D., Free University of Amsterdam), who argued against altar calls, is pastor at the Reformed Baptist Church of Franconia, PA. He is also Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvary Baptist Seminary in Lansdale, PA. He is the author of The Theology of B.B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary  and Warfield on the Christian Life: Living in Light of the Gospel.

Here is Moody Radio’s description of the topic under debate:

Altar Calls. They used to be a mainstay in Baptist and other evangelical churches. But now, they’re becoming less common—and some say for good reason. This Saturday on Up For Debate, Julie Roys discusses the pros and cons of giving an invitation. Is failing to do so tantamount to forsaking evangelism? Or, do altar calls simply promote fake conversions and superficial Christianity? Listen and join the discussion this Saturday at 8 a.m. on Up For Debate!

You can listen to the debate here.