Scene 9: Altar Call
Open with the four girls standing in standing room only, pretty close by the stage. Mortification is on the stage, playing a very hard song. The girls, not really being metal fans, are not going crazy like a lot of metal-heads do. They finish one song, then play J.G.S.H., that makes the girls metal out a little bit. The musicians put down their instruments. Steve Rowe goes to a chair on stage, wipes off the sweat off his face with a towel, has a drink from a bottle of water, walks back up to his microphone and then begins speaking.
STEVE ROWE: I just wanted to take a little break from the music to talk to you all a bit. Don’t worry, we’ll play a few more songs after this.
If you’ve been following the band for a while, you’ve probably heard that I had cancer. In the mid nineties I was diagnosed with leukemia. That was really rough. They said the only way to cure it was to have a bone marrow transplant. Eventually we found a donor match and I got my bone marrow transplant. The doctors said that if I could make it one hundred days without my body rejecting the transplant, then I had pretty good odds of beating the cancer for good. Well, I didn’t make it to one hundred days. The transplant failed. The doctors told me that I’d need another transplant in a very short amount of time or I would surely die. We never found another bone marrow donor so I never got that second transplant. I should be dead, according to the doctors. But I serve a powerful God. Amen? A God who created the universe with a thought. When I gave Him just a small amount of faith—like a mustard seed—He allowed complete healing in my body.
That’s just one physical and medical miracle that God has blessed me with. But God has given me an even greater blessing than that. God has saved my soul. He can do the same for you, too, and I know that He wants to. Your soul is worth so much more than just your body. Of course it is nice to have a healthy body and to live a long life, but think about this: when your body dies, your soul will live on forever. And the Bible says that there are only two places that you can go at that point. The bad option is hell, where Satan and all the demons will be. And the good option is heaven where God will be forever in all His majesty.
Let me just use the Bible a little bit and explain how God can save you. Romans 3:23 says for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Do you agree with that? Not many of us are murderers, which everybody would agree is sin, but there are much smaller sins. For example, just driving to this concert, maybe you were stuck on the road behind an old grandmother and you said or thought some unholy things. Even little things like that are sins that separate us from God. All it takes is one, and you are separated forever from Him.
Then Romans 6:23 says for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is talking about both physical and spiritual death. When you die, and your soul is being judged by God, there is no way on your own that you would get into heaven by your own good works, because of the sins you committed. God would have to throw you into hell. But He sent His Son Jesus to live a life free of sin, and then die and rise three days later, taking the sins of anybody who believes in Him to the cross. The cross, where the Roman soldiers hung the Son of God was a brutal way to die.
Romans 5:8 says but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. All of mankind was in a hopeless situation. But God, in his love of us, showed mercy and asked His Son to come live as a man, walk around on the planet teaching us, and then to die. A sinless man would not have to die—but He chose to do so for us. That just blows me away! We did not deserve any of this. We had our chance and we blew it!
So this is all you have to do, to accept Jesus as your Savior: Romans 10:9 says if you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Pretty simple, right? The other part of it takes a lifetime to do. Making Jesus the Lord of your life. That comes from getting to know Him as best as you can while you are still alive, through things like daily reading the Bible and praying and worshipping God at church. God saves you, but He still wants you to obey His commandments that are laid out in the Bible.
One more verse—Romans 5:1 says therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ and that’s a pretty big one, too. Peace with God. Just imagine! Well, I would like to give you all here the opportunity to do this right now. To get yourself right with God tonight.
If you’ve just heard what I said, and you want to surrender your life to God and accept the gift that Jesus offers, then why don’t you walk up to the front of the stage here. Could you guys in the front of the standing room only back up and make some room for the people who will be coming? (Steve points at the area in front of the stage) That’s great. Thanks. Alright, come on down to this area right here. Don’t be afraid of what your friends think. This is a time between you and the Creator of the universe. Once you all get down here, I will lead you all in a short prayer. Come on down now. If you feel the need to come down, that is God working on you. The Bible says when you accept Jesus and take Him as Lord and Savior, you are given the gift of the Holy Spirit. That means that God will always be with you, to help you and teach you!
Cut to Amber, looking up and thinking intently. The other three girls are standing nearby and they are smiling. Brenda whispers something in Amber’s ear and points toward the stage. The crowd at the concert is large and packed, but somehow a light starts to shine on Amber and the crowd slowly parts, leaving a walkway for her to get up to the stage. Very slowly, all the seven demons in their human form walk out of the crowd and stand on either side of the new path. The colors and intensity of the crowd dims, but the demons are still fully colored and intense. They are frowning and looking sad. Amber is smiling and she slowly starts to walk down the path. She gets to the stage and the crowd fills back in, but we see that there are several other young people standing nearby her, also ready to pray for salvation.
STEVE ROWE: Excellent! Is everybody down here who wants to be? (waits a few seconds and scans the crowd and sees that nobody is moving) Okay, good. You all are about to make the biggest choice of your life. Now, just say this prayer with me, and mean it:
God, I come to you a sinner (crowd repeats) I realize that the penalty for my sins is death (crowd repeats) there is nothing I can do on my own to be saved (crowd repeats) but I believe that you sent Your Son Jesus (crowd repeats) to live as both God and man (crowd repeats). I believe that He lived a sin-free life (crowd repeats) and because of that, He was able to take on my sins (crowd repeats) when He died and was buried (crowd repeats). I believe that He arose from the dead on the third day (crowd repeats) paying for all my sins, past, present, and future (crowd repeats). Thank you Lord Jesus! (crowd repeats)
Now if you’ve just said and meant that prayer to God, I congratulate you. We are now brothers and sisters in Christ. We’ll see each other in heaven someday. The next steps you should take are to get a Bible and start reading it, and find a church that preaches the Bible and go there. Older Christians and pastors will be able to help you and answer the questions you have.
Now… you all can go back to your seats… we’ve got a few more songs to perform!
The path is open behind Amber again, the demons are still standing there, looking utterly crestfallen. As she walks past them, they turn and disperse through the crowd. Amber makes it back to her friends and they pat her on the back, hug her, and congratulate her. She turns around as Mortification starts to play again and the scene ends.