Q. My question is, when should my child be baptized? We go to church regularly, and I’m sure that my son knows that he needs to be baptized (he is 12) but he has not yet asked to be baptized. My family (my parents) were very upset with me because I did not allow him to be baptized as a baby, now I’m beginning to worry about him. What can I do?
I think this is a question that every Christian parent asks themselves at one time or another. How old should my child be before he is baptized. How old is too old, how young is too young.
The first Biblical principle we need to keep in mind is that Children DO NOT come into the world as sinners. There is no such doctrine taught in the Bible as “original sin.” Baptism, according to the Scriptures, is for the purpose of forgiveness of sins. Personal sins. One must be of age and mental capacity to commit sin before one needs baptism. Babes do not need to be baptized for the remission of sins.
38* Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The second thing we need to keep in mind is this. All people come to see the need for salvation in the same way. God in his infinite wisdom has chosen the persuasive power of the Gospel to produce faith.
16* For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
We become Christians when we are drawn by the power of God revealed in His word. When we respond to the Gospel in Faith we are answering the call of God. Jesus said:
44* “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:45 45* “It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
So here is the process. As we are exposed to the Gospel, and the power of the Gospel begins to work on us, those who are sincere are “drawn” by God through the teaching of the Scriptures. When we learn who Jesus is, and what he as done for us. When we realize that we sin, and therefore need a Savior, we respond in obedience. It is not possible for us to decide for our child when that time comes. It is a gradual process. It is important that we do not “manipulate” our children for “social gratification” purposes. Some children mature early, some late, only God knows for certain.
BUT YOU CAN DO SOMETHING. Live consistently as a Christian and take your child to church and Sunday School-EVERY SUNDAY. DO NOT MISS!