I have met over the years people who have doubted their salvation. My only resource is God’s word when I guide them to where they are today. It really comes down to their life long commitment to Christ, doesn’t it? Then I meet people who filled out a card when they were very young. What commitment does one have when they are 5 years old and they fill out a card that “surrenders” their life to Christ?
I really believe that practice should be stopped. I do not believe pastors understand some of the complications that can come along with that immature “commitment.” Faith is not only a declaration of dependence, it is also a vow of allegiance. What 5 year old can do that? A few, chosen by God, yes; but all 5 year old? I think not. Where the element of surrender is emphasized and the element of reception is not understood, the result is a legalistic experience, with little hope or joy.
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me and the one who comes to Me I will by no means (certainly not) cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:37-40