A Question for Every Parent: Is My Child a Christian?

Child This question is the title of a great article by Brian Croft posted at The Gospel Coalition’s website. Here are some important highlights from the article:
As parents, we all wrestle with how to answer this question, and I've found there are usually two extremes that need to be avoided. The first is made worse by a lack of discernment shown in many churches when they routinely extend altar calls to 4- or 5-year-olds, ask them to raise their hands if they love Jesus, and then baptize them as converted followers of Christ. The second is often a reaction against the carelessness of the first. This extreme prevents both parents and also pastors from being willing to affirm a child's conversion until they are adults, independent of their parent's authority and care. While reluctance on both counts is somewhat warranted, I believe a middle ground must be approached in order to discern clear biblical evidence that a child, teenager, or young adult has become a new creature in Christ.
He then outlines five evidences to look for in discerning whether or not your child has come to true saving faith:
  1. Growing affection and need for Jesus and the gospel.
  2. Heightened understanding of the truths of Scripture.
  3. Increased kindness and selflessness toward siblings.
  4. Greater awareness of and distaste for sin.
  5. Noticeable desire to obey parents.
Brian Croft presents five questions to consider when looking for the above evidences and evaluating the spiritual condition of a child.
  1. Does my child appear to truly love Jesus, or is he or she just telling me they do because I said so?
  2. Does my child independently seek to know God's Word?
  3. Does my child demonstrate greater understanding of deep spiritual truths?
  4. Is my child demonstrating spiritual fruit contrary to his personality?
  5. Is there independent remorse for daily sins?
This article is very helpful and informative. You can read the entire article here. For your pinning pleasures: True Saving Faith Photo Credit: David R. Tribble on Wikipedia CC BY-SA
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