Okay To Baptise 9 Year Old
Do you think it right to baptize even though they aren't Christened, they are saved (ages 9 & 10)? They understand the meaning and have been wanting baptism for about a year now. They meet pastor in 2 weeks.
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---Judit4846 on 7/11/06
Helpful Blog Vote (7)
Yes it is okay for them to be baptized from what you say they understand enough. My seven year old grandson has talked about baptism to me and his father. When I asked him, what does it mean to be baptized? He said, getting baptized shows that you are on Jesus's team. It means you and him are friends. It means that Jesus lives inside of me. This answer from a seven-year-old child satisfies me. And I feel certain will be honored by Jesus.
---Mima on 2/17/08|
Our decision to be baptised should be made personally, like accepting Christ. Has the child actually understood and made the decision for the right reasons? Their parent usually knows this best. You should discuss baptism in this light with your children and ask God to lead them (and you). Go over scripture together and give them time to pray with a right heart. If they still desire baptism, praise God and help them proceed! This is an opportunity to show them how to seek wisdom, wait on God, and Obey.
---Bill on 2/16/08|
It is ok as long as they understand that water baptism does not save them, that it is Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross that, by faith, saves them.
---Helen_5378 on 9/19/06|
To Christen someone is spiritually meaningless. It's not based on scripture. To baptise prior to becoming a Christian is just as useless. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward transaction, and you are testifying to the fact the "old nature" is gone and a "new nature" has taken over. Age has nothing to do with it. In the case cited - the pastor will probably know if this 9 year old has been 'saved.' (Assumming he knows what it means to be "saved")
---wivv on 9/19/06|
Judit4846 Christening has nothing to do with Baptizing and is not required. There is no Scriptural reference to Christening in the Bible. It does not need to be done.
Allow your child to be Baptized as a testimony to the world that they have accepted Christ.
---Elder on 7/16/06|
"Christening" is a tradition of man - it is found nowhere in Scripture. Infant baptism, however, IS biblical: "Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." Acts 2:38-39
---augusta on 7/16/06|
Christening is another form of baptism. Sadly some churches Christen small babies who have no understanding of what the ceremony or the promises are about and nor, in many cases, do the Godparents who make promises on the child's behalf. If children as young as yours are genuinely saved and desire baptism by all means encourage this but at a church where the minister understands what 'being saved' actually means.
---emg on 7/16/06|
Christening is not necessary for anyone. Some church denominations christen, others do not.
Believers baptism is for anyone who has accepted Christ as their savior. Two of my children were baptized at age 10. Neither had been christened, as my church does not christen.
---Madison1101 on 7/15/06|
Baptism is for the Christian. Age really does not play a role in it. If a person understands the salvation message and has accepted Christ as a personal Savior, then they can be baptised. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward happening.
---WIVV on 7/15/06|
Elder. My children have been saved and are well versed in about Gods word we have worship nightly for some years now which involves giving thanks stories about the Lord and discussions on many topics etc. My question is it ok for them to be baptized because they were never Christened? Is Christening something that HAS to be done first?
---judit4846 on 7/13/06|
I agree with you bill, about chidren baptizing, they must first have an understanding, of what it means on there on, not because there family said it,s time.
---winna3836 on 7/12/06|
Jesus addressed the children issue very clearly. Don't prevent them from coming to him. It is better to be thrown into the sea with a rock tied around your neck than to prevent a little one from coming. If they are saved, they qualify. And they should be allowed to partake of the Lord's table also.
---john on 7/12/06|
Judit4846, I answer questions like this to help the questioner and not to condemn. So please don't take this wrong.
What could you tell your child about the purpose of Baptism if you think they need to be "Christened?"
No one should be Baptized until they have made a profession for Christ and have got Saved.
---Elder on 7/11/06|
Bill, I have explained to my children about being baptised and for a year now it has been their desire. The pastor will also speak to them in 2 weeks to get their understanding. I will also go over it again with them.
---Judit4846 on 7/11/06|
If a child at that age understands the concept and it a christian, then by all means let them get baptised. I see nothing wrong with it.
---Rebecca_D on 7/11/06|
I was baptized when I was 9 and Spirit-filled when I was 10. I understood both fully and am certain that my commitment at those times and God's faithfulness because of it, carried me through potentially rough times.
---marya4598 on 7/11/06|
Last week my son and grandson tended one of my grandsons friends baptism. A friend was 10 years old. Now my five year old grandson who is saved, he got saved in the front seat of the car while we were driving down the road, had this to say after witnessing the baptism,(which was by sprinkling) funny to me my grandson said, I didn't see a bathtub or a pond. Very interesting in light of the fact I've never mentioned baptism to my grandson.
---mima on 7/11/06|