I heard a sermon in a revival meeting years ago about baby Christians. The preacher said that those folks were like two rams who constantly butt their heads together. I enjoyed that sermon and still think about the mental image painted by the preacher.

And the sad truth is that many churches today are run by baby Christians. Those “rams” are not necessarily young either. A lot of those folks said the prayer to save their souls, were baptized, joined the church, and got active doing God’s work years ago.

The problem, however, is that somewhere early on in their spiritual journey they stopped growing in their faith. They keep going to church, serving on committees, giving some money, attending Sunday school (or small group), and other religious stuff like that. They know a lot about the Bible, theology, and church polity (that’s the way a church governs itself).

But, they don’t have an intimate relationship with Jesus. Their love for fellow believers is dependent upon whose side you’re on. And, their love for those outside the church is often judgmental. If you were to ask a baby Christian if they love Jesus and others, without hesitation they would say “YES” with a bit of enthusiasm.

One of the problems with baby Christians ruling the church is that kingdom growth rarely happens. Another way of saying that is that few people get saved, wayward souls rarely return to real faith, and church members aren’t growing in their spiritual walk. I am convinced that God is not pleased with this!

So, how do you spot a baby Christian? Paul wrote these words in 1 Corinthians 3:1-4:

 1 Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life. 2 I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, 3 for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world? 4 When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world?

The things to look for in a baby Christian, according to Paul’s instruction is diet and actions. Baby Christians don’t move past the basics of God’s Word. Their growth is stunted by their knowledge, will, and actions. They often fight or quarrel with others, often over how the church operates.

When babies rule the church, God is not pleased. It’s time to grow up. Time is running out!