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Baptism of Children — 15 Comments

  1. I got baptized age nine, and I faltered along the way, but i never forget my vow to Christ, so what im saying it's very important to accept the Lord when you're young, you may not know every thing but the Lord will teach you. God bless you William.

  2. We must not forget the prophet Samuel. The Lord called him when he was just a boy, probably less than 12 years old. God calls people from all walks of life; however old or young. The key is to obey the call of God. I have been a Sabbath School teacher for 38 years and I have seen many children who have been baptized. I have seen many children being discouraged from baptism by their parents when they were ready. Sadly when their parents thought they were old enough, these children wanted no part of baptism and would not accept Jesus as their Saviour. Please encourage chidren to do what is right; never speak words of discouragment.

  3. My eldest son got baptized when he was seven and half years old. He had seen God's love in our lives. As a single parent, I constantly pointed them to the many ways God was caring for us. His younger brothers followed in his footsteps and got baptized at 10,11 and 13 years old. From their late teenage years, they have not been attending church but I do not place the blame on early baptism. There were other factors involved. Children of single parents hurt a lot and are constantly looking for a father figure. With the knowledge of and relationship I have with God now, I pray constantly for their reconversion. God in His time will bring them back as I claim the promises. I have seen the many ways He has worked in their lives even though they have strayed and constantly remind them of God's working in their lives.

  4. Children are a precious gift from God. We need to prayerfully guide them into God's ways. While some kids who were baptized young later insist on baptism "because I did not know what I was doing," some hang on to their faith years on and on. The important thing is to remember that as parents and church members, we must know we have an obligation to nurture our children before and after baptism.

  5. A couple of things regarding the proper age for young people,(children) to be baptized. Firstly the part of Inge's response about the reason children are baptized as a group, I am very familiar with. I was 12 and as the result of a week of prayer observances many of us were baptize. Mostly because of peer pressure. I doubt many if any were repentant and had any conviction to stimulate a desire for baptism. God only knows the heart, so one cannot judge what one cannot see. I wonder however if the rush to baptize is for the right motive? Secondly Samuel was dedicated to God by his mother because He answered her repeated, many times, prayer. 1Samuel 1:11

  6. My non-Adventist parents sent both my brother and I to Helderberg College in the late 1950's. In my case it meant a 4 day train journey and a life-changing experience. I took my stand for Jesus when I was 16 and was baptized on my 17th birthday. I did not ask my parents for permission - and they respected my decision. My brother, being 6 years younger, expressed his wish to be baptised when he was 13. My mother asked what I thought and my foolish reply, based on 'church' thinking at the time, was that he was too young still and should wait a while. John got into trouble in his final year of high school and chose to go home - never to complete hight school and never to take another stand for the Lord. At 67 he knows the truth but has never expressed a desire again to fully follow the Lord. He lives in place where there is no church. We share when we can and just can just keep praying. How many other 'lost souls' are there out there because a young person was told to 'wait'? In Jesus' day a boy was considered a spiritual man at 12 ... why are so many 'church elders' reluctant to accept that 12 is the last year of childhood before the terrible teens! The time when the fruit is ripe for the plucking.

  7. I was seven and a non Adventist when a minister gave our school class a scripture lesson. He mentioned that we were 'Christians' when we believed in Jesus Christ. I was so happy, I knew I believed in Jesus and had done for a very long time. That trip home from school was amazing, I found I was jumping higher over the cracks in the pavement, the sun seemed brighter, the birds whistled louder, and the more butterflies hovered around me. 'I am a Christian' I kept saying to myself.
    If I would have had the opportunity to be baptised then I would chosen that day. I have never forgotten it and never has the marvelous 'knowing' that I am a Christian ever left me since. Even though there has been dark days, when I conjurer up the happy memories I calm down again in the secure knowledge that Jesus loves me and always has.
    I have since been baptised and that too, was a happy day for me, That was after I had been accepted into the Adventist church by Profession of Faith in church one day. My baptism was a very quiet affair, very moving and very significant for me, in the ocean nearby at 6:30 in the morning. My favourite time of day. The Pastor's prayer for me was just powerful and yet he later confessed he was troubled by my wanting privacy for that event.

    I think no one has the right to determine what goes on in another's head, including children of any age and retarded children too. They know they are loved by Jesus and want to make a declaration of their love to Him and should not be discouraged in any way. Children can die at an any age, would it be right to have on one's conscience a refusal of cooperation that the child has not been baptised when they wanted to be?

  8. I think baptism is a decision one takes and hence age doesn't matter! Personally i toyed with the idea to get baptised for so long until i was 14! I was just shy much as i wanted all along! My mum never forced me much as she. constantly encouraged me! Then one Sabbath after others had gotten baptised i couldn't take in any more and in the afternoon i walked to the pastors home as he was finishing his lunch and demanded he baptises me

    The pastor accepted and that day i got baptized alone with only two witnesses, the pastor and the deacon!

    So I think time comes when you have to make that decision. and that's when you are ready!

  9. I remember when the Lord asked me to give Him my heart. I remember where I was, which day of the week it was, and what time of the day. I will never ever forget that day because I remember being surrounded by such a sweet presence. My dad was one of the ministers in the area. I asked to be baptized and he, along with all my family rejoiced. No one asked about my age. I was 7 years old.

    The commitment I made that day to serve him kept me from so much trouble along the way, because I had made him a promise to serve him and could not brake it.

    He is my Best Friend and I learned to joyfully love him as my parents did. I never looked back.


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