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Can You Be Saved At Age 5

Can someone be saved at age 5? He is about 27 now and a pastor. I asked him how a 5 year old gets saved. He told me that he does not remember being saved but his parents told him he was.

Moderator - Yes someone can be saved at age 5. Both of my sons were saved at age 3.

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Jesus is the Savior, not man. The only thing unsaved man can offer God is his undone self in need of his saving grace. We go to the Lord begging his mercy and in need of his salvation, but an infant is not able to do this, so the parents take the initiative and ask God to save their infant also, and God indeed does the saving, he does not save the adults while leaving the infants condemned, no, God forbid. His saving grace is not only for you, but his salvation is for you and also your children, you AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD. Yes, God can save an infant as well as an adult.
---Eloy on 5/15/10

Jesus is the Savior, not man. The only thing unsaved man can offer God is his undone self in need of his saving grace. We go to the Lord begging his mercy and in need of his salvation, but an infant is not able to do this, so the parents take the initiative and ask God to save their infant also, and God indeed does the saving, he does not save the adults while leaving the infants condemned, no, God forbid. His saving grace is not only for you, but his salvation is for you and also your children, you AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD. Yes, God can save an infant as well as an adult.
---Eloy on 5/15/10

Matthew 19:14

But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
---JackB on 5/15/10

Five year-olds have unquestioning trust in their parents and teachers. Why would they not place their faith in Jesus Himself?

The question might be however, do they know what "sin" is? Do they have a sense of "good" and "bad" as did 5 year olds in the past?

The Politically Correct Parent today never tells their child he is "bad" or "wrong" nor lays a hand on him in
correction. "Reason", is the method for shaping behavior, always with a reminder to the child how "special" he is. His tender self-image must be bolstered at every turn.
Such an upbringing may (IMHO) delay a child's readiness for salvation...perhaps until his life is later on the edge of ruin.
---Donna66 on 4/25/10

Moderator I'm glad to hear you have children saved at that age. Many years ago my Greatgrandson was at Church on an Easter Sunday with my Mother,after the preaching the Pastor asked who all wanted to be saved,my Grandson held up his hand,Mama tried to pull his arm down thinking he was too young. He said no Nanny I know what I'm doing. I think one good sign to believe he was saved is the fact a few months later we were in a children's meeting,at altar call he said Meme take Sissy to the altar,she was only three,she needs to be saved. I took her knowing she was too young but nonetheless I had her repeat after me a little prayer asking for forgiveness. Grandson was content. Yes 5 year olds can get saved.
---Darlene_1 on 4/24/10

All three of my children were saved when they were four, which seemed young to me, but I had to respect their feelings about their experience. Fifteen years later, it's proven to have been a real experience, one they refer back to.
---luanne on 4/5/10

I believe that GOD gives gifts to all. Some get Faith, Understanding, and Discernment at an early age. It also depends upon the environment the child is in. Some children read and understand at an alarmingly early age. So why not be Spiritually Precocious?

At age 5, I knew and understood good from evil, Heaven from Hell. I still remember numerous dreams of going to Jesus on the throne, bringing HIM presents of praise and my tears, wrapped up in beautiful packages. HE, Jesus, told me to "...Always come to ME this way..." Later, at age 11, while reading the Bible, I read about the same description of Heaven in the book of Revelation. I don't think this is coincidence.
---lafemmegriot on 3/17/10

Children learn to distinguish fairy tales from truth based on what they observe from the world around them. After a very few years, a child comes to doubt the existance of Santa because the myth conflicts with what he sees is reality. I've never yet met a 20 year old who believes in Santa Claus.

But a child who regularly, year around, hears his parents talk about the acts and ways of Jesus, who is taught to pray with the family at meals, bedtime etc., is likely to want the same relationship THEY have with God. The child has only a hint what the Christian life is about, but who would prevent him praying to Jesus as his Savior if he wants to? New Christians are never required to have complete understanding at any age. They all must mature.
---Donna66 on 10/5/09

Mar 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.


and where does this IMPLY a child just "calls upon a Jesus" and is "saved"

what you FAIL to comprehend is the LIE out one side of the mouth about a Santa and then the other side professes a "truth about a christ"

a CHILD has no way to discern "truth" other than what is TOLD

FAITH is not about LIES

if "child-like faith" is all that is required in this fairy tale land then children also have the responsibility to marry

can't claim responsibility in faith and dependence in LIFE
---Rhonda on 10/5/09

Only God really knows who will actually make it to heaven. Even at age five I would believe if a person is really saved they would remember about it, because it is God's work inside of a person. [Based on my own knowledge]
---catherine on 10/5/09

Rhonda--"Child-like" faith is scriptural.

Mar 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

Surely you don't believe this is saying adults cannot enter the Kingdom of God! It is saying that we should enter LIKE a little child. What child-like characteristic do YOU think is meant here?
---Donna66 on 10/4/09

Actually, is exactly the kind of "child-like" faith that Jesus called for, from each of US.

unsupported by scripture although it sure sounds sweet and all simply NOT FOUND in word of God

"child-like" faith is VERY DECEPTIVE (just like Satan) or else many 5 year olds would not be so EASILY DUPED into belief of a Santa Claus or ANYTHING else adults want to fill their "child-like faith" IMPRESSIONABLE minds with of which many fill them with fear hate other unpure thoughts

one either follows Gods Word ...or by "child-like faith" make up their OWN traditions of men Mark 7:6-9 APART from God and deceive MANY into following them with words and idea's ADDED to Gods Word Prov 30:5-6
---Rhonda on 10/4/09

Gavin-- The essential facts of the Gospel are very simple...simple enough for some five year-olds to understand, especially if the adults around them talk often of spiritual things. They can understand what sin is (disobedience). They can understand that sin has unpleasant consequences (punishment) and even that Jesus took the punishment FOR them.

Is that a COMPLETE, mature understanding of the Gospel? No. But it is enough to make some little ones want to "ask Jesus into their hearts" with absolute faith, purer than any they will have when they mature. Actually, is exactly the kind of "child-like" faith that Jesus called for, from each of US.
---Donna66 on 10/2/09

I disagree about being saved at age 5. I thought one needed old enough to know what they were doing!
---Gavin on 10/2/09

This past summer I was witnessing to a lady and her husband at a ballgame. Later at home they were talking among themselves about what had been said, when their six-year-old son made the following statement," I want to call on Jesus and go to heaven." The man and his wife immediately got down on their knees and prayed with the child using a sinners prayer!!!
Praise the Lord for his word.
---mima on 10/1/09

If a child has reached the age of accountability at age 5, then YES he can be saved

the age of accountability has been reduced to the age of 5?

so this would also mean these "accountable 5yo's" have ability to make LIFE decisions like marriage etc

is this why MANY 5yo's still believe in Santa?

children are MOLDED by what adults TELLS them they believe ...nowhere does scripture GIVE accountability to children

ironically many "christian parents" lie to their children about a "Santa" and out other side of their mouths profess a truth about a christ

there is NOTHING from scripture that describes children receiving GIFT of salvation Acts 2:38
---Rhonda on 9/30/09

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Yes, indeed. Small children believe, without question, what trusted adults tell them.
Their faith is pure. Mat 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

But their spiritual maturity is about like their physical and mental maturity. They have a long way to go to understand what it actually means to be a Christian. However, the Holy Spirit having touched them, they are very open to learning spiritual truth at an appropriate age level.
---Donna66 on 9/28/09

Yes, children can be saved at very early ages.
---Betty on 9/28/09

If a child has reached the age of accountability at age 5, then YES he can be saved. It's different for every person. Once you are old enough to understand it, then you can be saved. That age could be 3, 7, 18 or 92.
---Jamie on 9/25/09

If a child is young when they 'are saved' then they get out into the big wide world and face temptations, who is to say if they will remain 'saved'.? They may become atheists and die that way. God knows who He has chosen, and who he hasn't so it is impossible for us to tell who is saved and who isn't until we die and go to Heaven and see whether they made it or not. Salvation is not a one time event that you can affix a date to. It is a decision of God's made before we are even born, and carried out after we are dead. Nobody gets any credit except God.
---frances008 on 5/31/09

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Elizabeth declared:
Lu1:44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
She spoke of John the Baptist. What is important about that? Elizabeth was speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. She declared that her child lept for joy, and that Mary was the mother of Christ.

Why did John leap for joy? Because he had been born again of the Spirit of God.

Remember, 1Co2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Age, and understanding (mental capacity)doesn't bring salvation. Salvation is of the Lord.
---trey on 5/28/09

This statement made by Amanda,"Yes. Get this- when I was praying the prayer of Salvation I didn't even know what I was doing!

But I know that I felt something.
---Amanda on 4/16/09"
rings true according to what I have seen in my witnessing.
I have seen very young children(merely bystanders) pray the sinner's prayer and report good feelings and happiness.
I have seen very elderly citizens hardly cognates of what they were saying report the same good feeling and happiness overwhelming them on completion of a sinner's prayer!!!!
And for the above reasons those who discount a sinner's prayer can never gain any credibility in my eye.
---mima on 4/16/09

Yes. Get this- when I was praying the prayer of Salvation I didn't even know what I was doing!

But I know that I felt something.
---Amanda on 4/16/09

I ain't trying to be legalistic, here: and don't hold me to exactness, but...

The Jews observe Bar Mitzvah (Bat - if female) as the age of maturity, which is typically 13.

This ceremony declares the child to be of legal maturity and therefore obligated to the law (commandments of God.) However, this is a festival practice dated only from about 1500. Previously it was not a festive observance but still a declaration.

Would it not stand to reason that since to the Jews were commited the oracles of God, that they might have a pretty good handle on the age a child needs to reach to be accountable for their spiritual decisions?

Of course, those children of old were in training to the law from birth.

Just a thought.
---BruceB on 2/20/09

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I understood sin at age 5. It is a simple concept.

lol at age 5 no CHILD has any deep comprehension level let alone spiritual

ALL CHILDREN understand right from wrong it is MORALS ...child of an atheist or any other religion would understand right from wrong

children who are brainwashed into believing they are "saved" parrot back what parents teach them as they were taught by their church system

ask a "saved" child what it means ...they giggle look up down around ...nothing substantial to add to conversation other than what they are TOLD to by an adult ...they cannot intelligently provide an answer just like they cannot do this with any other subject either
---Rhonda on 2/19/09

The Lord finds no fault with little ones who are under their parents' authority. The Lord will give a child a place in Paradise and the New World if they want Him.
---Betty on 2/18/09

Maybe I am odd, but I don't think church should be used as a place to show off your kids. Perhaps this is why the church is being deserted in large numbers by the flock. They are not getting meat and potatoes, just an attractively packaged deal in which you go there every Sunday, pay your money and sit back and wait for God to take you to Heaven no matter what you did with your life, or did not do. Meanwhile you are entertained on Sundays by cute kids and sweet sounding messages.
---frances008 on 2/16/09

When the head of household (HofH) is baptised, the house is also baptised - automatically. When the HofH is baptised, he or she has knowledge and understanding of God's commandments and ordinances. In turn, HofH teaches them to the children until the child can say from the heart (not memorization) the meaning and understaning and wisdom of salvation, loving God, repentance, baptism (both water and Holy Spirit), the commandments, love, obedience, and that a christion life is a 24/7 lifestyle, not a once a week pep talk. The stronger the foundation of understanding, the more he can withstand any adversity in the world. The parents must set the example for relationship building within the home. The age a ccountability? Twelve years old.
---Steveng on 2/16/09

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A year old and he was asked to close the service? :D I think there's an age missing here lol :D Couldn't resist teasing, God bless ya :)
---Mary on 2/16/09

A note to this blog,
Once again my year-old grandson was asked to close services yesterday morning at church. Again I was not present.
I find this all very exciting and highly unusual. Of course I'm very proud of him and from what his father told me he had a very good message to close the service. He mentioned the fact that you could use soap and detergent to get you clothes clean but if you wanted to get your spirit clean you needed the blood of Lord Jesus Christ, which you can only get by becoming saved,
---mima on 2/16/09

most kids dont understand how to share.
they need to beable to make a choice to live with christ or not, they arn't mature to make that decision.
sure you can have a 5 year old memorize a verse. do they understand it? NO. jesus said in (Mark 16:17) (New International Version)
17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons, they will speak in new tongues,

kids are inocent until they can understand jesus! and saying verse dosnt make you saved. becuase when you say a verse and confess with your mouth you believe, there is proof,you should speak in new tongues, and cast out demons. until then you arent saved.
---batieste on 2/13/09

If we are to REPENT from our former selves to be baptized then exactly what is a CHILD repenting from?
---Rhonda on 2/12/09

Really? How about wanting their own way - a 4th cookie, not going to bed when told, disobeying their parents, throwing selfish tantrums? Do you really believe people are born without original sin? Or, are they born selfish from the start? I understood sin at age 5. It is a simple concept. We don't steal another childs toy...etc..etc..
---obewan on 2/13/09

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If we are to REPENT from our former selves to be baptized then exactly what is a CHILD repenting from?
---Rhonda on 2/12/09

If a 3 year old can tell you what salvation means on her own, then I would believe it, but I don't think a 5 year old has a complete understanding of who Jesus Christ is and why he died for us. I would seriously question that.
---janine on 2/11/09

our lord jesus is wonderful, caring,and loving... he created the world.. we are the clay, he is the potter. we dont tell him what to do, he comands us.. our lord did not come to bring pease..Matthew 10:34-39 (New International Version)

34"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to turn " 'a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her motherinlaw
36a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'[a]

37"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me,
---batieste on 2/10/09

God can do wonderful things, like creating the universe and everything in it. but there is one thing he cant do. He cant lie, he's faithful to his word. we all agree jesus is lord and savior. so, all we have is the bible, Gods written word. when jesus says (john3:3-7) you can't even see the kingdom of god except a man be born of water and spirit, what dose that mean? or when jesus says (mark16:17) and these signs shall follow them that believe, in my name shall they cast out devils,they shall speak with new tongues.
jesus who cant lie says that.
remeber 8 souls were saved during the great flood the world had plenty warning, sodom and gomorrha same thing.. those were examples of god punishing.. god is unchanging, hes the same then andnow.
---batieste on 2/10/09

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Moderator mentioning the age 95 brings this to my remembrance.
Once while witnessing in a nursing home I happened on a old lady in a wheelchair(later I found that she 95 year old) while talking to her I ask her,do you know there is something you can do to be sure of your salvation? To which she replied, well what in the world is it. Then after explaining that she could call on the name of the Lord and he would certainly not turn her away she followed me in a sinners prayer. Less than two weeks later she died!!!!! Interesting sidenote a person in her immediate family was an Assembly of God preacher. She was very proud of that fact.
---mima on 2/9/09

Yes, it's possible. However, I do not understand how his parents would know whether or not Jesus truly saved him. Also, at the age of five, I believe if he was truly saved then he would have some membrance of this GREAT event. Remember, we are talking all-powerful God here. Something you are not likly to forget.
---catherine on 2/8/09

Don't think for a moment that someone can't be saved at age 5. Both of my sons were saved at age 3. Don't think for a moment that someone can't be saved at 95 either. Every person is different. If you think that kids at that age don't have the mental capacity then think again as all kids are different. My son was doing pre-algebra and a top ten chess player for his age in the nation in first grade. Could he understand a Gospel presentation and be moved by the Holy Spirit at age 3 - of course. Mimi ignore the critics.
---Moderator on 2/7/09

bryan... you are right, he's to small to know the differnce and too small to young to make the choice between following god or not. and god would not send little kids to hell. but they cant use that term saved becuase when they do come of age then they are held accountable.. little kids cant be saved at the age of 3 and 5 becuase they dont know better..
---batieste on 2/7/09

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The child is 8 years old now, however I distinctly remember the following conversation taking place when he was five years old. Paw Paw he said, I understand that Jesus died on the cross for us--- but why did he have to die on the cross for us? This question I found very astounding coming from a five-year-old. And I still believe it was astounding coming from a five-year-old. Before this child was born I spent many nights in China(I was there as a missionary) praying about this child. And today I can confidently say that all of my prayers and more have been granted by Almighty God.
---mima on 2/7/09

He's only 5? Come on! If he says he believes, then he's probably got stronger faith than most of us grown-ups! If a five yr old were to die today, he would enter the kingdom of God regardless of whether or not he believes! Of such are the kingdom of God! A 5 yr old child is not held accountable for sin! He's a baby! I can't even imagine what kind of so called "believer" you must be to think that our God just chucks little kids into the lake of fire when they can't even comprehend sin yet! There are a lot of people out there who claim to have a lot of head knowledge concerning the Word of God, but where is their heart knowledge of an on going relationship with Him? He is our Father not a murderer!
---Bryan on 2/6/09

I don't recall Yahushua giving an age requirement when it came to accepting His sacrifice and forgiveness.
---AlwaysOn on 2/6/09

mima , there is only one bible, one way to get to heaven. matthew 7:13-15.. i have given you scriptures strait from the mouth of jesus, and all you can say is my belief can conclude you, and that what jesus says, the creator of all things is a cult. the apostles all of them recieved the holy spirit.. you believe they are devils? then you might say that its just a gift, you dont need it.. how dare you.. turn a gift from the creator of all things away, just refuse a gift from the most holy being there is.. and said that it was dirty. we are reading from the same book..
i'm not pentecostal i follow the apostle's doctrine.. and i woship the way jesus thought the apostles.
---batieste on 2/6/09

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I believe the United Pentecostals Church is a cult. For example I believe it is perfectly acceptable to be baptized in name of Jesus just as the "Jesus only" people practice. On the other hand I also believe that it is proper to baptize in the name of the father and the son and the Holy Ghost. Because both methods are mentioned in the Bible.
I understand what you believe. I furthermore understand why you believe what you believe. The difference between us is my belief can include you. Your believe cannot possibly accept me as concerning salvation.
---mima on 2/6/09

MIMA, we are talking about salvation, now let me get this strait.when you call out john 6:37 you are saved and going to heaven? if so thats not correct acording to the bible.. remeber we are supposed to beleive the bible cover to cover, please read these scriptures mima, john3:3-7 ,mark 16:15-17, we cant pick and choose what scriptures to believe and what not to, if thats what you are doing i will give you revaltion22:18-21
god bless
---batieste on 2/6/09

---batiesti I understand dismissing services does not mean the boy is saved. And my statement about his salvation was not based on that fact. I'm baseing his salvation on the fact that he called on the name of Jesus to come into his life and be his savior(we were discussing what Savior means). I was there, I heard the child call and according to John 6:37,"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me, and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." In this Scripture I see no limitation as concerns age.

The dismissing of services took place in a church of about 200 parishioners and I thought it highly unusual for the pastor to call on a child to dismiss the service.
---mima on 2/6/09

MIMA, becuase your grandchild dismissed the church dosnt mean that he's saved. you are saved acording to what the bible says. and i dont see how at five years old he can decide or make the choice to follow god.John 3:3-7 (King James Version)

3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. <
---batieste on 2/6/09

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Here is a story about children and salvation. Last Sunday February the first my eight-year-old grandson, who was saved when he was five years old, was asked by pastor to dismiss the Sunday morning services. Regrettably I was not there however his mother and father said he did a wonderful job and many many people came to shake his hand and tell him he had done a good job. I say praise the Lord!!
---mima on 2/4/09

wow... you make up your doctrine here i see.. and u pick and chose what you want to believe out of the bible..(john 3:3-5) you should also read (revelation22:18-21) for those that like to pick and chose...
(mark 16:15-17) is clear to me. listen.. when you speak in tongues JESUS takes control..his spirit the holy ghost moves are speaking a real language.i have it. and it happened just like (acts2:1-4) and it for everyone. And only jesus can baptise in the spirit. read your bible. your soul is at stake. just obey what jesus says in the book. all those versus i gave came out of the lord jesus,s mouth.
---batieste on 1/29/09

John, Mormons and Muslems, like the Pharisees, say they were saved and all of them claim to follow their lord. One's salvation does not rest in what one claims or in their service to their lord. Knowledge of one's salvation rests in following the steps of salvation as prescribed in the Word.

Chris, I agree, to be "like children" in order to enter the kingdom of God is about innocence and childlike acceptance of the word. It does not mean children have the cognitive development to understand Christ and join the New Covenant. I'm not certain at what age children are considered "sinners". 12 was the age Jewish children were required to begin keeping the law.
---Naulon on 1/29/09


One is born of the spirit when one is born of water according to John 3. The "signs" of the Spirit were restricted to the apostles and those they laid hands on during the end times of the Old Covenant. (Acts 2) The signs were given for confirmation of the gospel not confirmation of salvation. (John 16:20) The only way to know whether one has the Holy Spirit or not is to compare him to Christ. The person who lives most like Christ has the most Holy Spirit. Tongues as well as all the rest of the gospel confirming gifts have ended. We have the written word now. There is no need for confirming gifts. The "tongues" being practiced today isn't biblical. It's ecstatic tongues used in pagan religions.
---Naulon on 1/29/09

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you dont have to worrie about kids..becuase you have to make a choice of your own free will to live with christ. small kids dont understand that fully until thier older.
and jesus is the only one that saves... you have to meet jesus requirments. john3:3-5 and mark mark 16:15-20 the only way to get his spirit is speak in tongues acts 2:1-4
---batieste on 1/28/09

I'm not sure what a 3 year would be saved from. Does a 3 year old have a full enough understanding of consequences and sin to be held accountable for sin? Didn't Christ teach that we needed to all become like little children in order to be acceptable to him. Sounds like little children may have already been acceptable to him due to their general innocence. Perhaps his salvation automatically extends to innocents.
---chris on 1/28/09

My Pastor got saved at 4 years old. His whole family serves the Lord.
---John on 1/6/09

The parties of the New Covenant are God and anyone who become "in Christ" by faith, repentance, confession and baptism. That's pretty clear in the Word. It is an individual covenant rather than a group covenant. That means each individual in any household must complete the steps of salvation for them to be saved. Salvation is not a matter of being in the same household as a believer and that somehow his salvation extends to others. 1 Cor. 7:14 is talking about the sanctification and recognition of the marriage and family unit. It is not about "salvation" or acceptance into the kingdom of God. Look closely at the context.
---Dave on 12/23/08

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the Moderator is correct. Salvation is for both the parents and also for their whole household.
---Eloy on 12/23/08

Is a 5 year old able to make a commitment to be married?

"Timmy, mommy and daddy are married. It means we love each other and live together." "Jane's here to play with you. You love Jane don't you?" "Do you want to be married to Jane?" "Good. OK, repeat after me. I Timmy, take Jane to be my lawful wedded wife." "Can't pronounce lawful? OK, just say 'yes'." "Do you take Jane to be your wife?" "Good. I now pronounce you husband and wife."

If a child has not the cognitive development to understand marriage and the commitment involved, how can he understand the more difficult, complex and demanding New Covenant and make a commitment to Christ?
---Dave on 12/23/08

There's a reason why there are five steps to salvation DONE IN ORDER.

1) Hear the GOSPEL and UNDERSTAND it.

2) Have FAITH in Christ, that GOD BECAME A MAN, that HE SUFFERED and took the DEATH PENALTY for MAN'S SIN on a CROSS, and that he ROSE from DEATH.

3) KNOW that one is a SINNER, feel deep REMORSE and FREELY REPENT of sin. PROMISE to LIVE LIKE CHRIST in total COMMITMENT to him and his WORD HEREAFTER.

4) CONFESS Christ by ORALLY proclaiming what CHRIST HAS DONE, how SALVATION IS RECEIVED and what GOD EXPECTS of a person in the NEW COVENANT.

5) Summit to BAPTISM where the BLOOD OF CHRIST COVERS the believer and WASHES HIS DIRTY SINS AWAY.

A lot of concepts involved in salvation for your 5 year old.
---Dave on 12/23/08

yes, the Lord wants children to come to be "saved'
That is exactly when we should come as a little child
my children knelt at 3 and 4 and accepted the Lord
---sarah on 12/22/08

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It's highly unlikely that a 5 year old can understand their own sinful nature, understand what Christ did for them, repent of sin and pledge to live the rest of their life like Christ. A certain amount of cognitive development must take place first. According to cognitive studies, children do not have the cognitive development to put themselves in another person's shoes and imagine what they feel like or understand that God is an unseen spiritual entity until the age of nine. Spiritual development necessary for true repentance takes time. Any child can say "yes" to questions about faith. If you really what to know their understanding of Christ have them sit down and write out what they believe and why they want to be baptized.
---Dave on 12/22/08

Children of age 5 understand what their parents mean when they tell them they are naughty. And when thheir parents tell them they have been "wicked" they know that as an extreme form of naughtiness. They know it is wrong, naughty or wicked to hit their little sister & make her cry.

But I very much doubt that at that age they understand sin against God, and redemption by Jesus.
---alan_of_UK on 12/21/08

Yes! I was around 5 when I understood sin and salvation. The beauty of the gospel is that it is that simple. I knew I was a sinner, and I understood Jesus is my saviour. The scripture says, unless a person shall become as a little child, they cannot enter the kingdom...It is something I will never forget either. Now, dedicating one's life to the Lord may be a different matter. That is something I did not understand until I was almost out of High School. But, it might not have happened without the childhood foundation. People have actually doubted my salvation when I told them I was saved at age 5. Of course, these same people were total pagans until their 40's.
---obewan on 12/15/08

Chances are this boy's (man) parents took him the the alter and say Now repeat after me. And when he grew older he didn't know any better and his parents told him he should become a Pastor. If this man has no remembrance of becoming saved, chances are he isn't. He just has what I call hand-me-down-religion. There is a huge chance this man has not been called by God to Pastor or to preach. His Parents told him he was. If he is being something he isn't he is treading on dangerous grounds.

TheSeq: All sins aren't forgiven. The unrepentened sins aren't forgiven and for those who blasphemed the Holy Ghost they aren't forgiven.
---Rebecca_D on 12/13/08

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Yes you can be saved at ANY age. However, it seems like your Pastor friend is going by what his parents have said, not what God's Word says. You are NOT a Christian because your parents are Christians or your parents tell you that you are a Christian. You are ONLY a Christian if you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and repent of ALL your sins. Tell your Pastor friend this, so he can get it right before it's too late.
---Leslie on 12/10/08

An evangelist who has been serving the Lord for over 30 years was saved at the age of 3. He remembers the day and knew what he was doing.
---SusieB on 12/9/08

All good answers here. Even 1st_cliff statement agrees with all the rest, only that he is not aware of it yet.
---Nana on 12/8/08

Children, in their natural state are saved. If they commit some sins, Jesus died to forgive the world, how much more to forgive little children. The question should be 'Can 5 year olds be lost?' I suppose you could be lost at any age. However, there are excuses for children, like that they are not responsible, since they do not have access to information that would let them make an informed decision for Christ, and against the devil.
---frances008 on 12/8/08

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What did Jesus say about it? He said "do not hinder the little children to come unto me, theirs is the kingdom of heaven, be like these." He had one on his lap when he said that.
---john on 12/8/08

Moderator, With all due respect,1Co.7.14 says the salvation of children is dependent on the parents! Children at that age are not capeable of making life choises.
---1st_cliff on 12/8/08

Children at the age of 5 are normally still pure in heart...Jesus said 'let the little chilren come to me, for to such belong the kingdom of heaven.'

From what I understand in the Bible, John the Babtist was knowledgeable of the truth right in the womb by God's grace.

I would recommend to continually teach these children of yours by your living examaple and from the Holy Scriptures every day of your lives. Solomon said, 'teach your children in the ways of the Lord and when they are grown, they will not depart from them.' Don't judge salvation from a one moment experience, but by if your children are growing in the Lord.
---Anne on 12/7/08

Every person on earth has salvation available to them, but the goal is to have ETERNAL LIFE with the creator. Eternal life only comes by having the GUARANTEE of our inheritance (holy behavior/attitudes, conscience).

Luke 3:6
"and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."

2 Corinthians 1:22
"he has put his seal"

Ephesians 1:14
"which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it".

Your son's "being saved" (SALVATION) has nothing to do with his acceptance of salvation (in effect, everybody on earth is in a state of "salvation"), but because of each individual's behavior/attitudes, not everyone has the guarantee of ETERNAL LIFE.
---more_excellent_way on 12/7/08

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All three of my children accepted Christ as their savior at the age of four. It is possible.
---Trish9863 on 12/7/08

Praise the Lord, the answer is yes!!!
I know of One child who was saved at four years of age. I also know of two children who were saved at five years of age.

I have seen a few people over 90 receive the Lord Jesus Christ in particular I remember a old lady in a wheelchair who was 95 years old and who died in a few days after her salvation.
---mima on 12/6/08

If you want to be technical with God, you were saved before creation.
As dumb as it sounds, you were!
Why I believe this, is because, I supplely believe him!

Well I know some of you will believe this as fact!
And some of you cant believe this because you must be saved.
Now I am not saying you are not saved, you are!

I am just repeating what he said!
Like all sins will be forgiven! Its your job to find the evil here!
I came to save the unrighteous. Those of you who know you are not.
Nor can be without him! If I am not, how can I find fault in you!
I was about 7yo, when he kissed me! Why me?
---TheSeg on 12/6/08

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