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When Is a Child Accountable Before God? – Part 2
 

When Is a Child Accountable Before God? – Part 2

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When Is a Child Accountable Before God? - Part 2 - Having looked at "what" makes a child accountable before God we now come to the threshold of "when" a child becomes accountable before God.

When Is a Child Accountable Before God? - Part 2 - Having looked at "what" makes a child accountable before God we now come to the threshold of "when" a child becomes accountable before God.

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    When Is a Child Accountable Before God? – Part 2 When Is a Child Accountable Before God? – Part 2 Presentation Transcript

    • When Is a Child Accountable Before God? – Part 2 Looking at factors that indicate when a child becomes accountable before God. Rom. 7:7-9
    • Introduction
      • In the previous lesson we looked specifically at what makes a person (child or adult) accountable before God.
        • Committing sin brings accountability.
        • Accountability to the law is not effectual unless it is revealed to man. Rom. 5:12-14
      • Now, we look specifically at when a child is accountable before God
    • When Is A Child Accountable Before God
      • The unfolding of sin. Jas. 1:14-15
        • It starts within the heart where temptation lures a person away from what is right by his own desire .
        • Finally, that inward desire takes hold of that temptation and gives birth to sin. Cp. Gen. 3:6
    • When Is A Child Accountable Before God
      • Sin is not known unless there is an ability to discern between good and evil. Rom. 7:7b
        • A young infant does not discern between good or evil, but simply wants what is desired.
        • At a very young age, however, children begin to learn between “right and wrong”, but may not have the mind to choose good over evil. Cp. Isa. 7:14-15
        • There is a thresh-hold when children (like adults) know to do good (as revealed by law) and chooses against it: he has committed sin and held accountable before God. Jas. 4:17
    • When Is A Child Accountable Before God
      • Applying the facts of accountability to children (or any person).
        • No ability… no accountability. cp. Dt. 1:39
          • Contextually, this passage simply delineates between “children” (infant up till 20 years old) and adults (who should know better).
          • Specifically, this passage does not deal with each individual child’s ability (or inability) to discern. Cp. Dan. 1:3-4
    • When Is A Child Accountable Before God
      • Applying the facts (cont.)
        • Natural and experiential differences…
          • Some children gifted with wisdom/awareness.
          • Some are thoroughly taught in the scriptures.
          • Some are gifted and thoroughly taught.
          • Every child will respond at different ages (consider the bell curve in statistics analysis).
    • When Is A Child Accountable Before God
      • Applying the facts (cont.)
        • When this (understanding) child is convicted (like an adult) that they have sinned against and lost in their sins… they are ready to call upon the Lord for the forgiveness of their sins. Rom. 10:9
    • Conclusion
      • The point a child is able to clearly display the ability to refuse evil and choose good and has been guilty of committing sin is accountable before God.
      • This child eventually becomes aware of the commandment, and sin – through the commandment – comes alive and brings death to this child (person). Such should have the opportunity to heed the Lord’s calling for his salvation.