I have been trying to find out what is life without God and each time I come to the answer, "Nothing".
"And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able." 1 Corinthians 3:1-2 K.J.V.
This word, written by Paul to the Corinthians, is the one that brought about the term, 'baby Christians'. I can say that it is a term I have heard very often in my life. Sometimes the person using it is refering to someone who has just become a Christian and does not know any better. Other times the person uses it to refer to someone who has been a Christian for a long time and has not grown but is still in the 'infant' stages of Christianity.
Either way, the term is used as an excuse in order to justify something that the individual has done that is not in line with the Scriptures.
To use the words of the Bible, the carnal mind still seems to be dominant and the spiritual mind has not yet grown.
"For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?" 1 Corinthians 3:3 K.J.V.
From baby to toddler to young child
When a baby is born, it is a precious, sweet little thing. Helpless, unaware, and unable to do anything for himself. He needs to be changed, bathed, dressed, fed, and burped. His only source of communication is his cry, and the adult has to become aware of what he needs because he can't say what he needs.
As the child grows, so do his communication skills and his ability to do for himself.
He begins to crawl, he can begin to have soft food like pumpkin and beans, (but it still has to be fed to him). His inquisitiveness increases and he is always exploring, thirsting to know more about the world about him! The parent has to constantly watch him to ensure that he doesn't put something into his mouth that he shouldn't, he doesn't tip over something that could injure him, is kept away from the stove, and that he doesn't go near the stairs. Heaven forbid that he should take a tumble!
Then the child reaches an age where he can understand better, and the world is a familiar place to him. He is aware of the rules and abides by them. He can talk, walk, run, and climb the stairs, all without getting hurt. He can eat the food prepared for him without assistance, and he becomes ready for full education.
During all of these times, that have passed, the child has been taught. He has heard the words, 'No'. He has learned what is off-limits. He has heard words like, 'Smart boy' and, 'Well done' and perhaps, 'Naughty'. What he has been taught to respect, he respects. What he hasn't been taught to respect he disregards.
This is why there can be two children of the same age and disposition who will be completely different. This happens because one child had parents who clearly showed him the way to behave and the other had parents who allowed him to act like a hellion, letting him have that which he wants at all occasions, whether good or bad for him, and blocking all the consequences for his actions so that they do not affect him.
I think we would all agree that the child who behaves like a hellion, though still a dear, causes much grief when he enters society and others have to face his irreprehensible behavior.
The Christian Walk
The growth of a person who has become a Christian, according to the Scriptures, is very much like this. Christians, new to the faith, are to be guided by those who are familiar with the Scriptures and who will show them how to bear good fruit.
Some may think that I am speaking of good works here, but I am not. I speak of the fruit of the spirit and the change into the new character.
I also speak of the new wine that needs new wine skins.
When a baby Christian is shown the word of God, he has no doubt that it is true because the word of God has power in and of itself. There is no need to convince because the Holy Spirit convicts.
This is why Paul wrote letters such as the letters to the Corinthians and Galatians. It was what he should have done as written in Ezekiel 3:18-21. When a wicked man is warned of his sin by those who know the truth, he may continue on with his sin but his blood will not be on the hands of he who knows the truth of sin. When a righteous man is warned of his sins by others, he will turn from his wicked way and his blood will not be on the hands of the one who warns. However if the righteous are not warned and the wicked are not warned, then those who do not warn, knowing the sin was and is continued to be done, will have their blood on their hands.
Notice the point - all righteous men will turn away from their sin. This is one sign that they are a part of the Christian family.
Admittedly, warning of sin is one of the hardest things to do. Especially since it seems the entire Christian population constantly turns to each other saying, 'Judge not!'
It has become so bad that, because we fear that we are judging, we stop ourselves from rescuing, and watch as the ones we call members of the body of Christ sink into the mire.
I can not say how many times I mention sin when I am told, 'Yes but you must not judge,' or, 'We have to be careful not to judge,'. Sin is almost an unmentionable now!
Instead the words 'Baby Christian' are used as an excuse for the sins that the ignorant new Christian does.
If only he knew it were sin, though, the Bible says he would not do it!
He would not harm himself and learn to do things the wrong way. He would not be a crooked tree but grow straight and strong bearing much worthy fruit which benefits all those around him!
If he did fall into sin, after knowing, and it was shown to him, he would be so disappointed in himself and ashamed too.
But it is not shown to him. He is comforted instead and assured and told, 'All things work together for good for those who love God...' Yes, in other words, all the things that they do against the Lord God, on purpose, are used for their good.
These baby Christians are being taught this and so they continue thinking, it matters not what I do and they develop no love or respect for the One who gave them physical life first, and then eternal life. What a slap in the face!
There is nothing about the glory of God, there is no concern for the Lord's will or His pleasure. He is secondary and the person's feelings are first.
In this scenario that is so common now, is God put on His throne, or is His holy name walked over like a doormat?
When you love someone, aren't you considerate of them?
Don't you know their likes and their dislikes and wish to please them?
Of course, you can't please them all the time but you try because when they are happy, you are happy.
This is especially true when that person, not only returns your love, but seems to think of you all of the time and is constantly surprising you with their thoughtfulness, kindness and mercy.
When someone is that good to you, you are always thinking of them and how you can be good to them in return.
Why then, is it that the One who knit you in your womb is not worthy of these kind of thoughts? The One who saved us from the fires of Hell and the words He said can be pushed aside for another day?
Any Christian, whether a baby or not, will emphatically say that He can not be pushed aside and He will not be pushed aside. He will love God and want to please Him because God is good.
So, so good.
He never did anything wrong.
It is clear that the term 'Baby Christian' was used to emphasize the need for guidance and mentoring within the body of Christ.
This guidance will help us all to be accountable to each other and keep the body of Christ strong and healthy. It will keep us blameless and bring us closer to God.
Using this term in order to excuse someone of sin, and then leaving them to continue in it without letting them know what it is, is a sin in and of itself.
It is taking the words written in the Bible and twisting them to make yourself and others feel comfortable.
© 2019 North Wind
Dianna Mendez on September 09, 2019:
Good explanation on the term. We all start out as one but through our God-led experiences and support of others we mature.
North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on August 31, 2019:
@ T - Yes, we are examples to each other and the Scriptures can and do help us to overcome sin!
@ Eric - I, too, am unclear about what you are saying.
True Christianity is not taught, I agree. You cannot teach someone to breathe who is dead. God must first bring him to life. As in Ezekiel, 'Can these dead bones live?' to which Ezekiel replied, 'Lord, you know.'
When He brings us to the new life in Him, we are ready to learn His ways and trust and obey Him.
The Logician from now on on August 31, 2019:
Eric, how this works? People are not born or bred Christian. It’s not a race or nationality.
It’s a choice, to accept Christ as your savior, at which time you are reborn spiritually. In other words a babe in Christ. Then, with the help of the holy spirit, you need to grow spiritually while leaving behind the old man and the flesh.
You must know this so what is it you really meant to say by saying “I wonder how this works. My son is just born and bred and taught Christian.”
Christian isn’t taught, it is experienced. Without that experience teaching makes no one a christian.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 31, 2019:
Hmm? I wonder how this works. My son is just born and bred and taught Christian. I wonder how
The Logician from now on on August 31, 2019:
A good lesson in spiritual growth Northwind.
So...it does take a “village” to raise a child (in Christ) !
Consider that hyperbole. :-)
Whether a natural baby or a spiritual baby, it seems both are affected by sin nature which can only be overcome through study of scripture.