Childhood conversion, a resource

This is a different topic for me. I thought what I’ve been learning might be helpful to someone. Lord bless you!

Deuteronomy 6

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Ephesians 6

And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

“Ever since the revivalist Charles Finney popularized decisional regeneration and altar calls, evangelicalism has been producing large numbers of baptisms but far fewer truly transformed lives. Nowhere is the discrepancy between baptisms and transformed lives more pronounced than when dealing with children. Though the statistics are hard to quantify, a startlingly high percentage of children who are raised in evangelical, Bible affirming churches and who make professions of personal faith in Jesus Christ at early ages show little to no evidence of genuine conversion once they leave home and enter their young adult lives . . . This work is intended to lay out a biblical and theological case that though we are to raise our children in ‘the discipline and instruction of the Lord’ (Ephesians 6:14), we should wait to baptize them until they are no longer children. The nature of children, the nature of genuine conversion the biblical and historical record, and simple observation all argue strongly that baptism should be reserved for those who have demonstrated an adult level of both comprehension and appropriation of the Gospel.”

Do Not Hinder Them, Justin Peters – A Biblical Examination of Childhood Conversion, Justin Peters, Justin Peters Ministries, 2017, pp. 16,17.

Charles Finney

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – How Charles Finney’s Theology Ravaged the Evangelical Movement

Phillip R. Johnson

“It is ironic that Charles Grandison Finney has become a poster boy for so many modern evangelicals. His theology was far from evangelical . . . Many of the doctrines he argued most vehemently against are, in fact, core biblical truths . . . In other words, it was not merely hyper-Calvinism – or even simple Calvinism – that Finney rejected, but the biblical essentials of sola fide and sola gratia (justification by faith alone through grace alone). In effect, Finney also abandoned sola scriptura (the authority and sufficiency of Scripture), as shown by his constant appeal to rationalism in support of his new theology. The movement he led therefore represents the wholesale abandonment of historic Protestant principles . . . At the top of the list stands his rejection of the doctrine of justification by faith. Finney denied that the righteousness of Christ is the sole ground of our justification, teaching instead that sinners must reform their own hearts in order to be acceptable to God . . . He wrote, ‘There is nothing in religion beyond the ordinary powers of nature. A revival is not a miracle, nor dependent on a miracle, in any sense. It is a purely philosophical result of the right use of the constituted means – as much so as any other effect produced by the application of means . . . A revival is as naturally a result of the use of means as a crop is of the use of its appropriate means.’ [Charles Finney, Lectures on Revivals of Religion (Old Tappan, NJ: Revell, n.d.), 4-5.


6 thoughts on “Childhood conversion, a resource

  1. Maria, Finney had his biggest revivals here in Rochester and the Upstate NY “Burned Over District.” He took up where Wesley left off with his teaching on “Holiness,” a state of sinless existence that he thought a Christian could achieve. In a lot of respects it mirrored Roman Catholicism’s mythical “state of grace.”

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  2. This was a really great read. I’ve never know about him before. When I was younger, 13, I struggled with my peers because my relationship with Christ was very intimate, and my peers who claimed to believe acted vastly different. I think a lot of teenagers especially don’t really have a true relationship with Christ, and do not know/understand what they claim to believe in. Though, the same could be said for many believers as well.

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