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Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by HisWitness, Aug 29, 2012.
i would like to know your comments about this
However, a 6 year old can also make a profession of faith just to please their parents or SS teachers. So looking for real evidence after the profession if vital.
I still believe I was saved at age 6, because I remember understanding the Gospel and asking Jesus to save me, and remember trying to talk to the kids down the street about Jesus.
Without a doubt. Matthew 18:1-4; 19:13-15.
If Christ can raise the dead, He can save a 6-year-old.
Yes. I saw 6 when I got saved so I hope it was efficacious.
My children were 4, 4, 5 and 4 respectively. So yes, a 6 year old child can be saved.
I was saved at age 7 and absolutely understood what I was doing. So yes, I believe a 6 yo is old enough to accept Christ and understand what he/she is doing. I do agree that some say they want to be saved because of peer/parental pressure so one should be careful to explain thoroughly and be sure the child truely understands.
Yes. My son was 6 years and 2 months when he asked Jesus into his heart randomly while driving home from Walmart. Now that he took swim lessons this past summer and is not afraid to put his face in the water he wants to be bap-it-ized He also asked this randomly without his mother or I ever even mentioning it.
Yes! My daughter was saved at 5 and is 32 today! Living for Jesus..and growing spiritually!
Yes. Both of my sons are very smart and could read long before they started school. They had understanding of things as well. I remember when my oldest son was 4 years old, he was watching me try in vain to put a new toner cartridge in my laser printer. Finally he said, "Daddy, you are trying to put it in backwards." He was right. He was holding the flashlight for me, so I said, give me the flashlight son, I need to be holding it for you. That same year I was driving a truck 12 hours per night, and took him with me sometimes. He always asked questions and understood sin, Jesus dying for sin, and the concept of being saved. So God impressed upon me one night to ask him if he wanted to receive Christ as his savior. I had been hesitant to do this as I didn't want to get him to just try and please me. After his salvation he wanted to be baptized, and started trying to evangelize the neighbors kids and his cousins. I remember one of his cousins saying, "I have tried to get saved, but I don't feel a thing." Anyway, he started bible college this year to go into pastoral ministry.
My youngest son was pressured into a profession by an over-zealous Awana worker, but one day a few years later he came to me and told me he didn't think he was really saved and we talked, looked at scripture, and he truly repented and received Christ as his savior. The point being is that God gives the increase, and we can't force it, nor should we resist it.
Well, then it's time to bap-it-ize him!!! LOL
Can they be weary and heavy laden?
yes, God is able to save a young Child, but would also say that the child needs to "confirm" that actually happened later on, as lord knows many had an exoperience in chidren church/sunday school, that did NOT mean was saved than!
Amen and amen!!
There's no question that some six-year-olds can be saved. But it is an area that holds the potential for manipulation of young minds.
I can remember many years ago, it was a common practice to do evangelizing during Vacation Bible School. I was working in VBS one year when they herded some of the kids into a room, and the pastor began talking to them.
The first question he asked was "how many of you would like to go to heaven when you die?" Every hand shot up. Then the pastor began to pray the "Sinner's Prayer." He asked all who agreed with that prayer to raise their hands. Naturally, all of them did.
He said basically that all who agreed with that prayer and raised their hands were now saved, and needed to be baptized.
Can you say horrified?
A few years ago, two young girls (about 10 or 11) came down the aisle during the invitation. The pastor (not the same one) talked with them for a few minutes, then motioned to me. He said, "they asking about going to heaven, but I'm not sure they're ready. Talk to them to see where they are."
I took them to a room outside the auditorium. Basically, they said they wanted to be baptized. But after further questioning, it was clear that they did not understand about sin, repentance, faith and baptism, and further counseling was necessary. I so informed the pastor.
I have read of some churches which practice "1-2-3 repeat after me" soul-winning with both adults and children. We need to be very, very careful. We're dealing with eternal matters hear, and we better get it right. Especially with vulnerable children.
Amen. That's why we never led our children to make decisions - each one came to us on their own. They knew the Gospel from the time they were infants and so each one, in their own time, came to us and explained to us what they wanted to do. A bit of a discussion and prayer time and we were sure that their hearts were changed - not just that they said a prayer. At 4 and 5 years old, their understanding was simple but they had it.
Yes, I do believe that a 6-year-old can be saved. But one has to tread carefully here.
It's not just a Jesus-loves-me-this-I-know-and-I-want-to-live-in-heaven-with-Jesus-and-Grandpa thing.
A child, just like an adult who is surrendering to the Lordship of Christ, must understand why personal salvation is necessary in the first place. They must understand their personal sin and sin nature and it's abhorance to God.
Can they truly understand that? Yes, I believe that some can. Depending on what they've learned prior to this about God, Jesus, sin, salvation, and more. And depending on their level of comprehension and ability to verbalize - even in their own childlike words - what they are doing.
I'm the tread gently with the children type, but when our dgd was 5 we were discussing something entirely different. It led naturally to a discussion of heaven, and that to how to get there.
I normally would not have asked if she wanted to pray, but did. She did. It was quick and simple and I wondered if I'd done right.
But here is the kicker. She went INSTANTLY from a child in whom we had seen no compassion for others, no sense of a conscience at all leading us to fear if she was emotionally normal, to a kindhearted empathetic little one. She tells me often, years later, about "that day I became a Christian" and how every night she prays and apologizes to Jesus for not doing better and for any wrong she has done. She asks frequent and deep questions on the Bible, loves church and loves others, is generous to a fault, and before doing just about anything new she wants to know if "Jesus wants me doing that."
I'd say it took. Big time.