gdemetz, usually Mormons resort to "bearing their testimony" when they run out of debate. You persist in the "altar call" issue. An altar call is simply a call to repentance and an invite to follow Christ...a process demonstrated frequently in the NT. Tell me, since you are trying to be clever in using it as a prod......where did Jesus use water in the communion? Is that from the NT? There is far more support in the NT for the general idea of invitations to Jesus than there is for water in the communion.
I also question the water instead of the wine. But there is support for this change.
1 John 5
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
So the witness on the earth is water and not wine. So the use of water is more appropriate than wine.
why leave out verse 6?
This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ, not by water alone, but by water and blood. The Spirit is the one that testifies, and the Spirit is true.
This is speaking to Jesus' Sacrifice and baptism. What ties His Blood to wine is:
John 6:53 Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.
Matthew 26:27 Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you,
28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.
29 I tell you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father.”