As I have said in other articles, kids need Jesus just as much as adults do! What, did you think that Jesus died on the cross only for full-grown adults? Shame on you! I know a professing born again gentleman who swears that his 15-year-old son is a squeaky clean, sinless young man. How sad that someone can be so delusional about the subtleties of sin and where and in whom it can appear! I know that sounded harsh, but does sin care about feelings? Does sin care about what you think? No! Sin cares about only one thing...doing that which goes against God.
The Bible says that, "ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) Romans 3:10 also says, "As it is written, There is NONE righteous, no, not one." Look at 1 John 1:8 and 10 says, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth IS NOT in us." "If we say that we have NOT sinned, we make him (Jesus) a liar, and his word is not in us."
No one is born saved and infants cannot get saved by dribbling water on their foreheads. There is belief (humanly speaking) that there is among children an age of accountability, an age they reach where they know right FROM wrong, good and evil. What is that age? No one knows exactly from a human stand point, only God knows when children reach this age. That is why it is SO important for you born again parents to begin telling your child or children about Jesus. And NOT some boiled down, wishy-washy Jesus either. Tell them about the Jesus of the Bible, the Jesus who died for your sins, shedding his precious blood for you, to save us sinners.
Tell them about sin, redemption, consequence and salvation. Look at Romans 10:14:
"How then shall they call on him (Jesus) in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?"
Did you catch the first part of that verse? You don't believe in Jesus WITHOUT first hearing about him. You don't just arbitrarily believe in him. Someone HAS to tell you about him in order for you to believe in him. And as I have said in other articles, when you become a born again believer, with the Holy Spirit schooling you in God's Word, you are a preacher of the Word of God and you DON'T need a special degree to do it!
Besides, what more could a mere human tell you about the Word that the Holy Ghost can't?
I have personally seen children get saved and just by observation I would say they had been under the age of 10. I have also seen kids over 10 get saved. When I was water baptized (which was merely a sign of my obedience to God and had NOTHING to do with my salvation), I saw many children there as well, fulfilling all righteousness (Matthew 3:15). Don't be blinded by the power of sin folks. Go to your local Christian bookstore and get a Kids King James Version Bible, Bible-based activity books to bring home and put them to good use.
Don't think for a second your kids won't be able to read the Bible and understand it or even be able to memorize verses! The following research and information comes from Gail Riplinger's "New Age Bible Versions" that utilized data from the Flesch-Kincaid research company's Grade Level Indicator, found in Chapter 11, pages 195-217.
As it turned out, the KJV ranked easier in 23 out of 26 comparisons. The KJV uses one or two syllable words and short sentences while the modern versions use multiple-syllable words and phrases.
Then a study was done using the KJV and the New American Standard Bible (NASB). Selected verses throughout the New Testament, starting in Matthew and ending in Revelation were calculated to determine how many syllables there were in selected words and/or phrases. The total number of syllables from the selected KJV words came out to be 72. Meanwhile the NASB had a total of 214.
God set up the King James Version with simple sentence structure and single syllable words, making it easy to memorize scripture. The study covers scriptures taken from the NIV, NKJV, and TEV as well as the NASB.
So while the KJV can be read by children at a low grade level children at a higher grade level is required to read the modern versions. Just think how much easier it is to school your children with one Bible that has been easy to read and understand for the last 400 years than with scores of versions that have been harder to read over the last 200 years!
A woman I was talking to recently told me that her children got saved at a young age. She told them about Jesus and impressed upon them that it was their choice, that they had to decide to accept him or not. And that's all one can do. You can't force someone into the kingdom of God. They have to decide to enter on their own. And again today, Friday January 18, 2008, I was talking to a woman I work with who is a born again believer, who said her 7-year-old son is a born again believer now. I get a big smile on my face when I hear stories like this!
Thank God there are born again parents out there in the world taking an interest in their kids' lives! Thank God there are parents out there that care enough about their children to see to their spiritual needs by preaching the gospel of Christ to them! Thank God for parents who want to see their kids trust in Jesus...just like they did!
P.S. David Stewart, the gentleman who created the www.jesus-
is-savior.com website featured in my article "Christian Web sites" has written a great article exposing a kids cartoon Bible called "The Picture Bible." Here is the address for you to check out: