When I was six I decided to be a truck driver. I played with trucks. I looked at trucks. I even talked to a truck driver. He invited me to sit in his cab and pull the chain to blow the horn.
Best. Day. Ever.
As I grew I learned more things. Truck driving is not all easy and is rather boring. They don’t make loads of money even though they drive stuff bigger than our car.
Then I learned that I was legally blind and would never be able to drive. That sort of killed that childhood decision.
Kids decide things all the time. These decisions are made with incomplete information and childish resolve, which often fades with reality and the awareness of other choices.
Many six-year olds decide to “accept Jesus.” As they grow they learn more options, they learn that there’s no money in it, they learn that it goes against their very nature and their childish resolve vanishes.
It is sad to see many kids “accept Christ” and then live horrible lives and constantly be assured that they are saved because they “said the prayer” as a kid.
People are not saved because they said a ten second prayer as a child. You do not know you are saved because you remember the day you said your prayer.
You know you are saved because you continue in the faith. This is so frequently said in Scripture it boggles the mind how we’ve seemingly missed it completely.
Many parents give up teaching their children because “They’re already saved.” They don’t pray for their souls or continue to teach them. They sit back because their job is seemingly done.
Hell is populated with people who said prayers when they were six. Life is long. The test of time demonstrates whether faith exists, not because a kid said something one time.
“If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8:31).
“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith” (Acts 14:22).
“Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” (Romans 11:22)
“By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:2)
“. . . to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel,” (Colossians 1:22,23)
“For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 3:8)
“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them; for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” (1 Timothy 4:16)