Children and Salvation

How do you know if you children are saved? That is a tender subject, but super important. I have seen so many children accept Christ at young ages and are given absolute assurance of salvation without any outward evidence. So how do you KNOW when your is child is saved?

It topic came up when I was having dinner with a Christian couple we are good friends with. My question was, “what does someone have to know in order to be saved?”, and the response from the mother of two was, “I think children come to Christ in a different way (than adults do)”.

Well, I DO believe that there is a level of accountability. Children who have not reached a maturity level to understand their crimes against God, -if they die in this time frame, are allowed into heaven to be with Christ, because our God is a merciful God. But if your child cannot yet be held accountable for their sins, how can they be expected to understand the ultimate commitment they are making to God? Can a three year old understand he deserves Hell? What knowledge does a person have to have before God will save him?

A person has to put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation. In order to turn to Christ, you have to turn from sin and you have to die to yourself. That is biblical repentance. In order to repent, you have to understand WHAT you are- how God sees you in truth. A wicked, wretched sinner, not just someone who “made a few mistakes”, but a vile criminal who deserves justice. Someone who truly repents is broken and contrite over their sins. Does your child have this level of understanding? Can they count the cost?

It is interesting that the government will not allow anyone under 18 to enter into a contract, but we tell young children to “say a little prayer” and ask Jesus into their hearts, or accept Him as Lord and Savior of their lives, and ***POOF!!*** they are immediatly proclaimed to be saved. These things don’t save; only repentance and faith saves your child.

And only TIME tells us if they have truly repented and put their faith in Christ alone. We cannot look straight into a person’s heart and say “your saved”. The Bible says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he”. (Prov 23:7) When God changes a person’s heart, you will see it reflected in their life. I believe that a child CAN come to Christ, but only through proper understanding and we should not be so quick to proclaim salvation.


Published in: on October 19, 2008 at 9:39 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Raise a child in the way he should go and later in life he will not depart from it.

    I hold this scripture to be true. My responsibility as a parent is to do just that…raise the child in the faith.

    Suffer the children not to come to Me

    I think we sometimes tell children they are to young, do not know enough, have not lived enough and/or are not ready. Missing the opportunity for them to become saved. What a shame.

    Out of the mouths of babes.

    If my child wants to proclaim Christ then I will not stand in the way of that proclomation. Since in many cases, we as adults are to ashamed to. Ouch, did I just say that.

    Keep up the good work Danny
    Your friend in Christ

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