by Hexon J. Maldonado
As the pastor of a church, I get this question quite often. Throughout my years of ministry, I have had to interview countless children for baptism. Most times it goes well, but sometimes not so well. Parents are always somewhat anxious. They want to believe their child is saved. They hope their child is saved. They would love to see them get baptized but hope they won’t choke during the interview.
At the same time, parents can often be concerned about discouraging their child, about squelching their enthusiasm. If the child says he or she is saved and wants to be baptized but then we don’t allow him or her to be baptized or take the Lord’s Supper, will that not put a bitter taste in their mouth? Is it not better to extend grace than to err on the side of caution? Would it not be better to allow them to be baptized and to take the Lord’s Supper in the hopes that will allow them to feel a sense of belonging and ultimately draw them closer to God? As we wrestle with these questions, and questions like these, there are several biblical truths to keep in mind.
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