Should We Tell Children to Love Jesus?
Spurgeon was concerned about the emphasis of telling children to love Jesus rather than trust Jesus. He expressed it like this:
Many [distort the doctrine of justification by faith] when addressing children, and I notice that they generally speak to little ones about loving Jesus, and not upon believing him. This must leave a mischievous impression upon youthful minds and take them off from the true way of peace. (Lectures to My Students, Vol. 2, 1889, p. 270)
It is a legitimate concern. Trust is more concretely demonstrable for children than love. A little child can be told to jump from the fourth step and daddy will catch him. “Trust me. I will catch you.” They can grasp that at two years old.
Similarly, a small child can grasp the application to Jesus: He will always be there to take care of you. In fact, he died…