Can anyone then forbid her from being baptized in water?
We don’t believe that babies should be baptized but what about small kids?
The reason babies shouldn’t be baptized is because they are too young. They can’t see their sin and they can’t understand the gospel and repent. If you hold a baby naked in front of everyone, the baby won’t care. The baby doesn’t care if they are naked and everyone is looking, the same way Adam and Eve didn’t see that they were naked before sin came in and opened their eyes.
It’s when the kid is young do they see that they are naked and want to cover themselves, this is when we can talk about baptism. That normally happens when they are around 11 – 12 years old. When my daughter was 9 years old, I could brush my teeth while she was talking in the shower. It was not a problem that I was there while she was showering, but that time is over.
But when are they ready to be baptized?
When do they understand the gospel?
What I normally do if I am not sure if they are ready to be baptized in water is that I pray for them like you see here.
In this video, you meet a family that want to baptize their daughter who’s only 8 years old and their son who is 11 years old.
I was thinking that 8 years old is very young and I normally don’t recommend to baptize them so easily IF they have not recieved the Holy Spirit. What I normally do is pray for them and see if God is giving them the Holy Spirit. He knows where they are and if they are ready. If He gives the Spirit then I know that they are also ready to be baptized in water.
Here i did that and wow! The Holy Spirit came over her and then she started speaking in tongues. It was very strong and beautiful. She was crying and you can easily see how God is there by His Spirit.
When I see this, I always think of Acts 10 with Peter and the house of Conelius. Peter didn’t think that the gospel was for them because they were Gentile but when he saw how they speak in tongues and that the Holy Spirit was being given to them, he said this:
“For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”
It’s the same as we see here.
Can anyone forbid this little girl and her brother to get baptized since they have recieved the Holy Spirit like us?
The answer is No.
“in that hour came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And he called to him a little child, and set him in the midst of them and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me: but whoso shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble, it is profitable for him that a great millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depth of the sea.”
Let the children come to me.
“Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should lay his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for to such belongeth the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.”
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