As a Catholic, I sometimes watch a Protestant megachurch broadcast or some film/ video of a revival meeting, and I see people coming down the aisle to get “saved” up front. Usually this seems to be people who have been leading a sinful life but were moved by the preacher’s exhortations to “come to Jesus” and repent of their sins and amend their life.
I have always wondered about a few things though and maybe a Protestant or someone who knows more about this stuff can answer some questions for me. Sorry if these are dumb questions, I just have not known very many people involved in the religions that do this stuff.
Let’s say Joe Sinner gets “saved” at the megachurch meeting. What happens after that? Does he just go off to work on his internal resolution to be good from now on or is he supposed to take some additional steps like join a particular church, contact some outreach person, etc.
Is getting “saved” a commitment to join or believe in a particular faith (e.g. the one that the preacher espouses) or does it just mean you’re putting yourself in the hands of Jesus and letting him wash away your sin and committing to sin no more?
Do people normally only come down the aisle and get “saved” once? Or do some make a regular practice of doing it frequently to show their commitment? Is there some unspoken etiquette to this, like you’re only supposed to come get “saved” if you are in a state of sin, or have never gotten “saved” before? Or do people just feel free to come down and get “saved” if they feel moved by the spirit to do it, regardless of whether they got saved five times at the last five meetings?