Pastor Q&A // Part 12
QUESTION: CAN A CHILD BE TOO YOUNG TO ACCEPT JESUS A SAVIOR, IS IT BETTER FOR THEM TO BE OLDER?
ANSWER: PASTOR MIKE
The short answer is yes, a child can be too young to accept Jesus as Savior. Every person crosses some conscious threshold where he/she can understand the truth of the gospel and place his/her faith in Jesus.
The next question is, “What is that age?” Answer: it’s different for everybody. It’s not impossible for someone to be saved before elementary school, but my comfort level is to wait until they are older. Younger children can be talked into almost anything. It’s easy for them the hear a presentation and want to respond.
John 3:18 says, “Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.”
What does it take to believe in in the name of God’s Son? There’s deeply theological and rich meaning in that name. It implies that you comprehend the deity of Jesus and the relationship with the Father. It means that you know your need and your standing before a Holy God. It means that you grasp the purpose of the death of Christ and are trusting in the applied righteousness of Jesus on your account. These are massive concepts for anybody at any age, let alone a child.
The best route to take is to clearly and consistently talk about their sin, and their need of salvation. To work through good resources like The Lamb.To keep asking questions to see what they are trusting in. Finally, wait until they cannot put it off any longer. If the Holy Spirit is involved, it should burn in their hearts, and you can have the joy of seeing your child come to trust Jesus for salvation.