With parenting comes great responsibility to God, who creates and gives life to children in their mothers’ wombs. God commands parents to bring their children to Him in Baptism and bring them up “in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Not to do so causes these little ones to sin, or stumble, in regard to their faith in Christ Jesus.
Jesus said: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!” (Matthew 18:6-7).
This warning of God’s judgment upon those who cause children who believe to sin and fall away from their faith in Christ Jesus ought to make parents and others all the more diligent to bring up their children to know and trust in Jesus as their Savior.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.