Though there is only one Pooh in the hundred-acre wood, there are many “Poohs” in the life of the church. How can we minister to the “Poohs” in our midst and how can “Poohs” minister in our midst?
Certainly, there must be new birth! But to insist that this new birth is dependent upon or somehow necessitates a dramatic conversion experience is to abandon the sovereign grace of God in the salvation of his people.
Our children need the Word of God – even as they are the children of believers; even as they are covenant children; even as they are holy - and should be viewed as such.
I believe that the effects of Charles Finney’s (and other’s) ministry has so infected the American church that we hardly even know all the areas polluted by it. Our understanding of and expectations concerning Covenant Children is one of those areas.
So what does this mean for the church and for parents as we seek to minister to these young ones in our midst? Do we view them as wolves among the sheep or do we view them as lambs within the fold?