Discussion has come up recently at my church about the appropriate time to baptize a child who has made a profession of faith. The parents seem keen on a Mark Dever-ish view, which requires waiting until the child has a chance to prove his or her sincerity in the real world. See here: Capitol Hill Baptist Church » Baptism of Children When I hear them articulate this view, it seems utterly foreign to me, yet they are surprised I disagree. My own view is rather that if they can both articulate the gospel and identify false gospels like salvation by works, and there is no clear evidence of insincerity (e.g. they live like a complete hellion at home while paying lip service to the elders at church), then go ahead and baptize them. The other side's concern is that we not possibly "deceive them" if the child is not truly a believer. My concern is that this will breed morbid introspection in the child (who has made repeated, clearly articulated professions of faith, and expressed a desire to be baptized), causing them to look to their own works for assurance, and ultimately result in rebellion. What do y'all think?