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We can’t make the decision to follow Christ on behalf of another
Christ (Rom 10:17; Heb 11:6). Christening is not recorded anywhere in Scripture, and it can lead to the mistaken belief that ‘I was christened as a child so I’m on my way to heaven’ which side-steps the need for a personal trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ for salvation from sin. For those christened as infants, a subsequent ritual, also not mentioned as being practiced in the early church is confirmation, the rite of passage into the full life of the church.
endeavouring to ensure they will accept Christ as Saviour. This reinforces the notion that no church ritual has the power to force this decision; it must be a personal choice. It is
We should pray and strive for the salvation of our children
desirable to have close friends (sometimes called ‘Godparents’) who agree to assist with the spiritual development of the young child. Later, the solemn step of baptism is taken by believers who (in some measure) understand the significance of the act by indicating their commitment to follow the Lord.
Even before he was conceived Samuel was dedicated to the Lord – this was followed through on when he was a young child (1 Sam 1:11,27,28). As a baby Jesus was brought to the temple to be dedicated to God; this occurred at the same time as His circumcision (Lk 2:21-38).