We all have seen it on TV, if not in person: The congregation is whipped up
into an feverish state of emotional frenzy by fiery lectures (sometimes
beginning low but then ending in a crescendo of emotions). By that time the
congregants are waving their arms, some falling on the floor, others in a state
of ecstasy. The final stage is the "Altar Call", where people are called upon
to make their decisions for Christ and come to the front. At this point the
Pastor may gently press the forehead of the person in line, who then falls to
the floor, having been "Slain in the Holy Spirit".
Naturally, the Pastor counts the number of participants.
This is the state of countless Protestant Churches in the U.S, of many
separate Sects. The trend originated by Charles G. Finney (died in 1875).,
As pointed out by many Finney detractors suspicious of such emotional outburst
(descendants of the early Calvinists), the so-called "conversions" of such
people didn't last long, with many descending into their former sinful ways.