Sadly, it has been discovered that babies can die from a lack of physical affection. Infant Christians need affection as well. I was blessed with a very loving Church family after I was saved. I was able to resist the temptation to go and spend time in places that I should not have been, because my Church family was welcoming, friendly, and allowed me to be a part of activities from day one. We all wish that when a person becomes a Christian that would be the end of their struggles with temptation, feelings of loneliness, or a desire to fit in, however that is not the case. A new-born Christian is in need of love and affection just as much as a newborn child.
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35)
It is a sad fact that thousands of new-born babies die of starvation every day. They starve because they have nothing to eat, or they starve because they are not receiving the right nutrients. I thank God that from the beginning I had a Pastor who preached the truth from God’s Word. I am also thankful for the Sunday school class that made me feel welcomed and allowed me to ask questions. Even with all of this the main source of nutrients that sustained my walk with Christ was my personal Bible study. All new Christians should be fed at Church, and at home. An atmosphere that does not encourage this type of behavior will be responsible for allowing that Christian to starve to death.
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (1 Peter 2:2)
Babies are fragile beings for the first years of their life. They require protection from the elements, and help with basic tasks. Too many new-born Christians are thrown to the wolves just because Churches are eager to fill positions that too many mature Christian’s are failing to step up and fill. If you have the choice between filling a leadership position with a new-born Christian, and not filling it at all, then do not fill it. I was allowed to sit in on youth classes, and participate in activities with the youth group, but I did this for at least a year before I was allowed to have any real leadership position. A year may not be long enough for some, but it should be the minimum that a person is examined to determine their ability to understand the Word of God, and their willingness to obey the Word of God. Age is not nearly as important as maturity in God’s Word.
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. (1 Timothy 3:6)
I am not referring to the death of an infant Christian in the sense that the person will no longer be a Christian. I am referring to the fact that you can kill any chance of a person being effective for the Kingdom of God by making these carless mistakes, and therefore leading others away from Christ. There are too many people who are calling themselves Christians that never gather with the Church, because they were disenchanted with the actions, or inactions of the Church when first introduced to the body. As a new Christian I had a strong desire to serve the Church, and study God’s Word, however there was a period after I went into ministry that I was involved with a Church that was so far from a Biblical example of the Body of Christ that I left Church service for years. It is arrogant to suggest that people cannot be true Christians, and be pushed away from the Church. Studying the Bible will help anyone to understand that the Church has a responsibility to disciple all new believers in love, and in truth.
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; (Hebrews 12:15)