Suffice to say that I fundamentally disagree with the point of this article, a cynical attempt to boost numbers. It goes against Bible precedent and their own long standing practice.
They Timothy As an example of a youthfull Christian, a young man.. sure but he was not baptized young . The Insight book says :
"While very young, Timothy was taught “the holy writings” by his mother and probably also by his grandmother Lois. (Ac 16:1; 2Ti 1:5; 3:15) It is not known precisely when Timothy embraced Christianity. However, perhaps late in 49 or early in 50 C.E., "
He was raised as a Jew.
They speak of adequate knowledge but it takes more than knowledge to make a lifetime commitment, it takes emotional maturity. They appear to have no idea of child development. The things you want at 9 years old are not what you normally want even a year later.
"one Christian mother stated, “I am ashamed to say that the major reason was the disfellowshipping arrangement.”
They rubbish that but it is a very valid point.
They conclude with a threat .
"After all, it is each individual’s dedication, baptism, and faithful service to God that will bring him in line for being marked for salvation"
What happened to the idea that children may saved by the faith of their parents?
Bah.. humbug !