Our first post: A, B, C’s of Salvation, was a quick overview of the steps to salvation, which I would like to expand on each step a little more in the next few posts. . Accept that you are a sinner and living solely in the world. Sin separates you from God and keeps you from attaining everlasting life with Him in Heaven
Rom 3:10 as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;
Rom 3:23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties,
Gal 5:21 envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practise such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Rom 6:23) For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As it is written, one can see that we are all born into sin, therefore we are all sinners from the day of conception. Living in the world as a youngster, depending on moral training from those who brought one into the world: the earthly parents.
If these parents are not God-fearing(high respect and reverence for the Lordship of Jesus Christ) they are only able to teach the ways of the world. Unfortunately, even if they are very good people and teach the children to be very kind and loving children; their way is lost. For only through Christ can mans sins be forgiven unto salvation.
Only through Jesus Christ can one be granted Mercy for their sins. If one accepts that they are a sinner as we are told from the beginning we are, and looks to Christ, one can be saved.
Usually the first question is that “Are you telling me children that die as a baby or young child are automatically going to hell?” That is a resounding, “NO!” Only those that have attained the age of accountability. Ok, but what age is that?
I think John MacArthur said it best:
“There is no “age of accountability” identified in Scripture as such. There is nothing in the Bible that says, “Here is the age and from here on you are responsible!” I think the reason for that is because children mature at different paces. That would be true from culture to culture, and from age to age in history.
So the Lord in His wisdom didn’t identify a specific moment. God knows when each soul is accountable. God knows when real rejection has taken place; when the love of sin exists in the heart. When enmity with God is conscious and willful. God alone knows when that occurs.“
Basically, once that child can easily discern right from wrong, and is able to make a conscious decision to do that which is right or wrong has reached the age of accountability. If the child has been offered the Gospel with full explanation and understanding and rejects the offer of salvation, they could die into eternal hell. But only God knows the true heart and understanding of each child, so I will not offer conjecture of age or accountability until they reach what we consider adult age.
Accept that we are all sinners, Believe that Jesus Christ is the true Lord and Savior, leads us to our confession-not to any person or priest but to Jesus Christ Himself-Our only intercessor to God the Father.