All Christian parents want to train their children to be “good kids.” But that honorable goal is starkly shallow compared to the eternal purposes God has in mind for your parenting.
The purpose of training is to prepare the soil of our child's heart so they will seek God for themselves
and be convicted of their own sinfulness and their need to repent.
Compelling a child to “pray a sinner's prayer” will not save them. It
will only make false converts if the heart is not prepared for God's
The Bible mentions the heart 826 times. “Heart” refers
to the core of a person's being. From the heart proceed our good and
bad thoughts, emotions and behavior. What we teach our children can
determine whether that soil is prepared to produce good or evil.
Nothing is more important than seeding deep within the heart and mind
of a child core Christian convictions like Jesus is God; The reasons we
know Jesus Christ rose from the dead, why we should be convinced the
Bible is a true and accurate revelation from beginning to end and the
absolute truth that Jesus is the only way to God. Unless our children
know these and other key doctrines revealed in the Bible, they will not
be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Although the word
“doctrine” sometimes intimidates people, it is nothing more than a
description of the will of God and the Gospel. If we have not trained
the hearts and minds of our children to love sound teachings then we
should not be surprised when three-fourths of them eventually walk away
from the faith in college.
Excerpt from the book:
"The purpose of our training is to prepare
the soil of our children’s hearts so they will seek God for
themselves and be convicted of sinfulness and the need
to repent. Forcing or coercing children to “pray a sinner’s
prayer” will not save them but only make false converts.
I know this well from personal experience. At the age of
five, I prayed a “sinner’s prayer,” and at seven I walked the
aisle to join our church and be baptized. For years, I used
these acts to affirm my salvation. I learned to “perform,” to
do what was expected of me, or to do what I knew would
make other Christians respect and accept me.
I played the “game” even though I didn’t know I was
playing a game. I thought I was saved because I had prayed
the right prayer, walked the aisle, and was baptized. It was
not until I read Revival’s Golden Key by Ray Comfort that
I understood my total depravity and need for Biblical repentance. "
Order it here: Christian Worldview for Children