…it is what we are to do.
I once asked a friend of mine why he had not Baptized his teenage son? He said that his son had not show the fruit of regeneration. Seeing as how he raised his son in a Christian home and taught him the scriptures from his youth I asked if his son had ever requested to be baptized. He said he had when he was younger, but the father did not think he truly understood the gospel. He had made professions before, but they never seemed to come with any lasting fruit.
What if a father had a rule that only those who proclaimed, “Daddy – king of table,” and really believed it, could eat with the family. What could the father reasonably be expected to do to get his children to the table? I think the “really believed it” part is beyond him and he should let his children eat with the family upon profession.
It would be tough to teach a child he was part of the family if he had to sit the corner at meal time, even though he consistently proclaimed every day – DADDY, YOU ARE KING OF THE TABLE!
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”