Salvation of Infants
State and support your view regarding the salvation of infants.
I understand Scripture does not address the eternal destiny of an infant; however, I believe when infants die they will automatically go to heaven. We cannot say that infants are innocent because of imputed sin. A child is born into sin passed down to them from Adam and Eve, and even though they have not committed a physical sin Psalm 51:5 says “behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” So, because of imputed sin the infant must face the same penalty physical death. However, the infant has not committed a willfully act of disobedience and broken fellowship with God. It is for this reason I believe the infant will go to heaven.
I also agree with the majority of evangelicals who believe in “the age of accountability.” As a child grows, they began to commit sin and this requires confession (I John 1:9). It is at this time we are faced with “the age of accountability.” We cannot be certain of the age of accountability. In Jewish customs a person was responsible to God’s covenant around the age of 12-13 when it was believe they were mature. In Numbers 14:26-29, we find God ready to strike down the Israelites for their murmuring against Him, and their refusal to enter the promise land. Moses intercedes on their behalf, and God stated anyone twenty years old and upward would not enter into the promise land. This could also be an age of accountability. We must also consider the mentally handicapped who are unable to make a conscious decision to receive Jesus Christ as Lord.
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