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Children of Christians Are Holy Unto the Lord

Updated on April 5, 2014

Children of Christians are Holy Seed

At this point in my life I have lived long enough to draw some conclusions from observations that I have made along the way. One very pointed observation is the mistake made by Evangelicalism (for this writing I am placing Pentecostalism within this category) concerning how Christians are made. Because the “new birth” teaching is applied to each new generation of Christians, by Evangelical theology, it becomes necessary to re-evangelize each generation, or lose them to Secular Humanism, or worse. It is obvious that we are not very adapted to such a task. Consequently, then, the main-line Evangelical groups ( e.g. main-line Protestant denominations) are shrinking in number in each succeeding generation. There is no comfort when Pentecostal camps boast that their numbers are rising. With them it is only the spiritually hungry from the main-line Evangelical, Catholic, (we might throw the Orthodox in for good measure) that are making a lateral move. It is not that they are becoming Christians by moving over to a Pentecostal pew; it is just that the floor show is better. But even in the Pentecostal (non-denominational type) churches, very few of their children will follow through. The mega-church is a fad; and when the spiritual crowd get their fill of religious entertainment, their buildings will be vast warehouses - not even a museum piece of architecture.

Yes, I confess that the New Testament teaches to be “Born Again.” However, I am no longer sure of the need of each succeeding generation of Christians being required to have the exact new birth experience as did the first. The challenge arises when we must admit that the New Testament gives no example of any but first generation converts. I mean, we have no biblical example of how second and succeeding generations were made Christians. Of course, when I speak of succeeding generation I am speaking of those born into Christian families. Early in the life of the Church historical records reveal the practice of Infant Baptism. It has become my conviction that the early Christians solved the question of: Now that I am a Christian, how are my children made Christians? They concluded, from Old Testament example, that their children were Christians already by right of birth and only needed the seal of the covenant, i.e. water baptism.

Infant Baptism
Infant Baptism
First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion
Joint Anglican - Catholic Apostolic Confirmation in Utrecht
Joint Anglican - Catholic Apostolic Confirmation in Utrecht

Infant Water Baptism was practiced because of their belief in the theology of the covenants. Paul, and the other apostles, taught that the New Covenant was the fruition of the Old. Water Baptism was Christian circumcision. Under the Old Covenant, infants were circumcised at eight days old (Luke 2:21). Paul parallels Old Testament circumcision with New Testament Water Baptism (Colossians 2:11-12). There is also an understanding that apostolic example is provided for Infant Water Baptism in the fact that whole households were Water Baptized in the book of Acts (Acts 10:24, 44, 48; 16:15; 16:31-34; 18:8; see also First Corinthians 1:16); it is assumed that the households included small children and infants. Moreover, the words of Paul in First Corinthians 7:14, that the children of believers are holy, gives strong indication that the children of believers are “holy seed” (Ezra 9:2; Isaiah 6:13), and are therefore born into covenant prerogatives.

Jesus told Nicodemus that the Jewish people must be born again (John 3:1-8). The apostolic missionaries took the same message to the world. Consequently, then, each individual of first generation believers were brought to a crisis point of belief; where a conscious decision is made to produce repentance and acceptance of Christ. Now we come to the children of those who were “born again.” Are they born into new covenant prerogatives by virtue of their parent’s New Birth? Or are they born into the world, and must be evangelized at some point in the future, AFTER their carnal man has been awakened? By taking the latter road (which is the lower road) the salvation of succeeding generations of Christians is but a roll of the dice. By taking the lower road, Christianity is weakened in the face of her enemies. Nay, the former road is the biblical and higher road. The children of Christians are holy seed, and, as a result are born Christians, and are eligible for all Christian prerogatives; by this, Christianity is strengthened in the face of her enemies.

The enemies of Christianity (Secular Humanism in the West, and Islam and Judaism in both the West and East) do not have any such identity crisis as does Evangelical/Pentecostal Christianity. One is born a Muslim, or a Jew. There is no conversion process for their children. As for Secular Humanism: If our children do not have their Christian identity by age four they are most likely lost forever. At or about age four, most Christian parents mindlessly hand their precious holy seed over to the agents of Secular Humanism for the next 14-18 years. Then these same Christian parents are scandalized when the college student, home on spring break, debates with his/her parents on the value of religion.

For Muslims, being a Muslim is not an option, one is born a Muslim. For a Jew, being a Jew is not an option, one is born a Jew. Only in Christian Evangelicalism must children, usually teenagers, decide to be Christian. And they, most of the time, are not confronted with this crisis decision until they have the tentacles of Secular Humanism wrapped tightly around them. In the camp of our enemies, if a decision is made, it is made to NOT be a Muslim, or to NOT be a Jew. It should be so in Christianity! If a Christian is to be faced with a crisis decision, it should be: NOT to be a Christian. Instead, however, we have stood the process on its head; and, we have placed obstacles in our childrens' pathway to becoming a Christian. We have unwittingly placed blockades in their journey to Christ. Thanks be to God, that our children, the strong ones, run the blockades. But what about those not so strong, not so determined? They are lost to the world. Why? Because they never knew they were Christians from birth. In fact they were told they were alien sinners, and that their sins made them despicable to God, and that they must struggle and fight their way to God, with tears and self-loathing, to seek His forgiveness. Why do we labor at bringing our precious innocent children to the place of self-loathing, hoping they will accept Christ and become clean, when the Bible tells us they are holy from the beginning? Why?


Apostolically Speaking

☩ Jerry L Hayes


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      Jerry Lynn Hayes Sr 3 years ago from Texas City, Texas

      Yes, I confess that the New Testament teaches to be “Born Again.” However, what I am not any longer sure of is the need for each generation being required to have the exact new birth experience as did the first.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I'm saddened by this hub. Since you are no longer sure of the way of salvation for each successive generation, let me be sure for you - Ye MUST be born again.

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      Jerry Lynn Hayes Sr 3 years ago from Texas City, Texas

      You misunderstand my meaning, I assure you. Sad about that.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Help me not to misuderstand - and it's entirely possible that I do. I guess what I feel you're saying is that since I'm saved, there is no need for my children to make a personal decision to follow Christ; that perhaps because of infant baptism or some other work they are automatically saved and are "born Christians"when they are physically born.

      Each individual regardless of family upbringing is responsible to God and God alone. Of course we know that baptism, communion, church membership, etc. never saved anybody. Salvation is only the blood of Christ as each individual makes a personal decision to follow Christ. So if you are saying some of these other things are responsible for salvation, I have to disagree.

      I think maybe where I'm being misled as to your teaching is where you say, "The children of Christians are holy seed, and, as a result are born Christians . . . ." That statement by itself certainly isn't true. Nobody is born Christian. I guess I thought you were referring to children being born into the family of God by a physical relationship to their parents. Anyway. if I misunderstood, I apologize. Help me see what you're saying.

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      Jerry Lynn Hayes Sr 3 years ago from Texas City, Texas

      LOL. No you have me right. Where you seemed to misunderstand is that I // no longer sure of the way of salvation//

      Though I am Pentecostal (myself 3rd generation) the Lord has led me (though some disagree) on a journey that has brought me to a position of sacramental theology.

      I wrote the article here as an op-ed piece, not as a doctrinal thesis.

      However, I did share in the article the theology behind my position. As a sacramentalist I do believe and teach that the blood of Christ is administered in WB and the LS, which are both administered by His Church.

      When Jesus told Nic in Jn 3 to be born again, He was speaking beyond Nicodemus and addressing the Jewish nation. (Not that everyone must not be born again - that are alien sinners. My point is that children are NOT alien sinners, but holy seed from the point of their conception, as per the scripture text I cited.

      The NT does not give us a picture of children of Christians being saved. So we are left with the example of the rite of passage into the Old Covenant which was circumcision. It was Paul, not me, that identified Christian WB as the fulfillment of OT circumcision. Because of this understanding the Lord's Church has practiced Infant Water Baptism from the very earliest of time. Though not raised in that position, I am now comfortable in it.

      I, also see it as the answer to the loss of our children to the world. There is a journey that we must bring our children on to brand them with the Christian identity. For that reason I posted the pictures I did. baptism -First Communion - Confirmation.

      Now, if you choose we could debate the differences of the way of Evangelicalism and Sacramentalism.

      Peace to your house.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thank you for your explanation. Thank you for the offer to debate, but I have much better things to do. I will leave it at salvation is through the blood of Christ alone. Man always thinks he has to add to God's perfect plan. As I said earlier, this hub saddens me. It saddens me that you're not sure. Salvation is too important to have to guess if I have it right.

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      Jerry Lynn Hayes Sr 3 years ago from Texas City, Texas

      Well, Praise the Lord, lifegate;

      Thank you for taking the time to read the article and to engage me on it. Nothing suffers from examine except error.

      Always feel free to call my hand on topic where you feel I have strayed front he biblical path.

      Peace to your house.

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