No "Altars" Under the New Covenant

 

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In the Bible altars had to do with sacrifices.

Exodus 20:24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon Ö

Under the Old Covenant they worshiped in types, shadows, and symbolisms (Col. 2:17; Heb. 8:5; 10:1) which were then fulfilled in Christ. When it comes to those sacrifices which were offered upon the altar we read ...

Hebrews 9:26 ... but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Jesus fulfilled the symbolism of these sacrifices by being the lamb of God.

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

As the Lamb of God, Jesus is the true sacrifice to take away peopleís sins forever.

Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Hebrews 10:17-18 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

In His death upon the cross, Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins forever. After that, there is no more offering for sin, so there is no more altar. The altar as a type and shadow has been fulfilled by Christ (Matt. 5:17; Heb. 7:27). Therefore, no man has the right to say that a place in a "church building" is an altar. Only God can declare such a thing to be true and He has not done so (Deut. 4:2).

Jesus made the New Covenant in His death (Mark 14:24). Search the scriptures for yourself see. You will not find any place in scripture after this time where any believer ever worshiped at, or came forward to an altar. No place in scripture ever refers to any location in any building in which a church met as an altar. Paul didnít give altar calls. Peter didnít give altar calls. No one in the New Testament ever gave an altar call. Since this practice does not come from Scripture, it is a doctrine and tradition of men. What did Jesus say about those whose worship was corrupted by the traditions and doctrines of men?

Mark 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Mark 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

Introducing man-made doctrines and traditions which have no scriptural authorization corrupt the worship of God and we should have nothing to do with it. The vast majority of churches in our day are filled with these sorts of things. This is just one example of the many unbiblical practices taking place in churches in our day.