Simply put, Hughes expects to be saved at the revival meeting because the community surrounding him says that he should be. In the first paragraph, Hughes says, "My aunt spoke of it for days ahead," suggesting that Hughes already felt anticipation related to the meeting. He says, in the next paragraph, that he believed her when she described a salvation experience, and he also says, "I had heard a great many old people say the same thing and it seemed to me they ought to know. So I sat there calmly in the hot, crowded church, waiting for Jesus to come to me." Again, this reliance on the people, specifically authority figures, around him is what dictates Hughes's beliefs about salvation.
The meeting itself is what puts the most pressure on Hughes and the other children in the church. After the preacher preaches a sermon, "he held out his arms to all us young sinners there on the mourners' bench. And the little girls cried. And some of them jumped up and went to Jesus right away. But most of us just sat there." As the meeting continues, more children get up, until just Hughes and another boy, Westley, remain. Instead of depicting a genuine religious experience, we see the essay narrate Hughes's hypocritical act to mollify the church crowd. On a larger scale, this calls into question all cultural confessions of faith.