At a 1990 crusade in the United States, 600 "decisions for Christ" were obtained. No doubt, there was much rejoicing. However, 90 days later, follow-up workers could not find even one who was continuing in the faith. That crusade created 600 "backsliders" or, to be more scriptural, false converts.
In Cleveland, Ohio, an inner-city outreach brought 400 decisions.
The rejoicing no doubt tapered off once follow-up workers could not find a single one of the 400 who had supposedly made a decision.
In 1991 organizers of a concert encouraged follow up and discovered, "less than 5% of those who respond to an altar call during a public crusade are living a Christian life one year later". In other words, more than 95% prove to be false converts.
In 1985, a four-day do you crusade obtained 217 decisions. However, according to a member of the organizing committee, 92% fell away.
In his book Today's Evangelism, Ernest C Reisinger said of one outreach event, "It lasted eight days, and there were 68 supposedly conversions". A month later, not one of the "converts" could be found.
A church in Boulder, Colorado, sent the team to Russia in 1991 and obtained 2500 decisions. The next year the team found only 30 continuing in their faith.
According to Pastor Elmer Murdoch "for every one hundred people making decisions for Christ, only two may return for follow-up a few days later. The majority of the people making decisions leave the church in 6 to 8 weeks".
Between 1995 and 2005, Assemblies of God churches reported an amazing 5,339,144 decisions for Christ. Their net gain in attendance was 221,790. That means that 5,117,354 decisions could not be accounted for.
Charles E Hackett, the national director of home missions for the Assemblies of God in the United States, said "A soul at the altar does not generate much excitement in some circles because we realized approximately 95 out of every hundred will not become integrated into the church. In fact most of them will not return for a second visit".
In Leeds, England, hey visiting American speaker acquired 400 decisions for local church. Six weeks later, only two were still committed and they eventually fell away.
In Omaha, Nebraska, a pastor of a large church that he was involved with the crusade were 1300 decisions were made, yet not even one convert was continuing in the faith
-God has a wonderful plan for your life: the myth of the modern message.
By Ray Comfort