Age of Accountability
from tract by Allen Webster
Preachers are often asked is my child old enough to be baptized?
How old is old enough?
Israel allowed a man to go to war at age 20 Numbers 1:3
Priests began their service at age 20
Can we go lower?
Samuel 1 Samuel 3:4 (child or boy)
Jewish tradition Bar Mitzvah age 13
Josiah was 8 when he began to reign 2 Chronicles 34:1
Jesus went to temple at age 12 Luke 2:41-51
Does the child participate in worship?
Does the child show a deeper understanding of the conversion process?
Can the child do more than recite the steps of conversion? Explain? Meaning?
Salvation, forgiveness, repentance are abstract goes beyond facts
Does the child understand that this decision affects their future? Commitment.
How important (urgent) is it in their mind?
Children are safe - does not need baptism
Did they disobey, lie, act mean to others But this is not SIN not culpable
At some point it clicks they know sin, wrong, consequences
Develop personal faith
Willing to repent
Make a commitment to Jesus
Seek release from their sins in baptism
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