Salvation 1, Do Babies Go to Heaven When They Die?

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Bible Basics, Soteriology, Todd Linn, First Baptist Church Henderson, KY

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  • No excuse for killing at all. Thou shall not kill, the laws are written in our hearts, Christ say the greatest of all commandments was to LOVE GOD and LOVE Each Other. If do than the question of death or to be put to death should not even come across your mind, if it did your mind is not being renewed daily with the Word of God. Read the Bible yourself and Seek His Words, It is in the BIBLE! Read it and ask God to give you Wisdom of the Word.
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  • One other thing: If killing young children (or unborn children) would guarentee their salvation, this would be better than letting them grow up and have a chance to be lost --but, since God is AGAINST baby-killing, we know this is not the 'better' option. -- But...

    Let's say, for the sake of argument, that it *is* true that aborted babies and children who die before the age of accountability go to heaven and STAY there -as in 'eternal' salvation...

    * First, some groundwork in scripture: God does NOTHING without 1st revealing it to his prophets (Amos 3:7; Ephesians 3:5), and, this includes the matter of the babies. So, lets assume you all are correct here for a moment (in your theory that killing the child would 100% GUARANTEE his/her 'eternal' salvation; I'll test the spirit to see if you're right), then God would reveal to the mother of a young child (perhaps thru a preacher and confirmed by the Holy Spirit of GOD) that by killing both her unborn child and her young toddler (I'm lumping them both together here for simplicity), they would 100% go to Heaven.

    * However, a concept in James says also that God is neither tempted NOR does He temps any man to sin (James 1:17) -and this includes women- as you can see the Greek words used here in James 1:17 are oujdeivß and mhdeivß, Strong's Numbers, 3762 and 3367, respectively. The definitions of these words are “no one, nothing” -and “nobody, no one, nothing,” respectively -which means no woman or child is tempted either. THEREFORE, the popular theory here is incorrect: God would never tempt the woman with such an offer for her child!

    * Furthermore, if this theory of yours were true (the theory that killing the child would 100% GUARANTEE his/her 'eternal' salvation), then a mother who lived in poverty and was afraid her son might get into drugs would be better off killing him before he reached the age of accountability -or still better yet -while in the womb: Evangelism by abortion - now there's a thought! Since God so loved the WORLD (John 3:16) and does not want ANY person lost: (Ezekiel 18:23) but all saved (1st Timothy 2:3-4), the kid's 'eternal' salvation would be *far* more important than his/her life on earth -as proved by the preceding scriptures, and thus it would logically follow that it would please God BEST to just kill **ALL** the little babies -IF that was a 100% certain way to send them to heaven. Since God doesn't like baby-killing, obviously they are not best off or headed to heaven this way -and thus we must reject the 'baby killing' = 'headed to heaven' theology put forth by some. Put another way, should we sin more by baby-killing that grace may abound with them going to heaven? ROMANS 6:1-2 says 'NO!!' in the STRONGEST of terms (look it up yourself to see). -So, we must know, by scripture -and by reason -that baby-killing is not a heaven-grace-abounding thing. So, what **is** their destination upon death?

    * Now, let's test MY spirit - let's assume that I'M right: If these children (aborted babies and children who die before the age of accountability) reappear in the millennium, how would this be against the character of God? This would not be giving them any worse deal than is given to you or me -we can chose to accept or reject Jesus. Now, about the matter of it is appointed unto man *once* to die -and THEREAFTER the judgment (Hebrews 9:27) -who is to say God's judgment for these kids is not to send them to the millennium to get a fair chance to accept or reject Jesus? Were God to send the children to Heaven PERMANENTLY (not just as a holding place akin to Abraham's Bosom), God would violate both John 3:16 and John 14:6 -and allow the kids to go to the Father without having exercised free will to accept the son. NOT.

    Therefore...

    See http://GordonWatts.com/theology/WhenBabiesDie.html or http://GordonWayneWatts.com/theology/WhenBabiesDie.html for Biblical proof of these claims: http://GordonWatts.com/theology/WhenBabiesDie.html --or: http://GordonWayneWatts.com/theology/WhenBabiesDie.html

    'Where do babies go when they die?' -- by: Gordon Wayne Watts
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  • The babies would go to heaven FOR THE TIME BEING, but to suggest that they would be granted eternal salvation is heresy, and violates both common sense and scripture: John 14:6 states NO man comes to the Father BUT by the Son. (The Greek word here in John 14:6 is “oujdeivß,” Strong's Number 3,762, which literally means “no one, nothing.” Get over it: You can't come to the Father BUT by the Son.) -- OK, but since we know God is fair, the children would have an opportunity for salvation. Several views exists: While some have held that the children will be resurrected in the 'rest of the dead' (Rev. 20:5), I think that the children will be resurrected in the Millennium (Rev. 20:4) and be raised from childhood up -so the family is not denied the chance to see the kids grow up. In any event, these kids will have a chance to hear the Gospel ---no, not a 'second chance,' for they never got their first chance. See http://GordonWatts.com/theology/WhenBabiesDie.html or http://GordonWayneWatts.com/theology/WhenBabiesDie.html for Biblical proof of these claims:

    http://GordonWatts.com/theology/WhenBabiesDie.html --or: http://GordonWayneWatts.com/theology/WhenBabiesDie.html or even: http://Gordon_Watts.Tripod.com/theology/WhenBabiesDie.html
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  • We are all accountable to wrongs we are doing and so when judgement comes,every one will be judged according to what he/she has done including your household.
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  • The point of this whole presentation is that little babies are saved from sin, and will go to heaven. No matter what. Yay!

    Now I think we can agree that eternal damnation is the most horrible thing imaginable.

    I've had rancid enchiladas in Central Mexico, and I bet damnation is somehow even worse than I felt that day. Forever.

    If I were standing next to a baby about to eat a rancid enchilada, I'd be kind of a jerk not to snatch the enchilada away, right? Even if I had to eat that enchilada myself and make myself sick to keep the baby from eating it, it's the right thing to do. Isn't it?

    So how is that any different from just standing idly by while watching perfectly safe, decent babies, risk the utter torment of eternal damnation by growing up?

    Surely it's more noble to eat the bad enchilada of eternal damnation myself, than to watch others risk it.

    Somehow you have to explain:
    1. Babies are safe from damnation.
    2. Most will grow up, die, and be damned forever.
    3. That's dandy. Don't mess with it.
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Salvation 1, Do Babies Go to Heaven When They Die?

  1. 2. Do Babies go to Heaven when they Die? How would you answer this question . . . from the Bible?
  2. 3. BIBLE BASICS FOR THE FAMILY A Study in Systematic Theology
  3. 4. Soteriology : The Study of what the Bible teaches about SALVATION
  4. 5. Just how important is it?
  5. 15. So, how would you answer the question about babies and heaven?
  6. 16. Some are quick to answer the question out of sentimentality
  7. 17. Others trust in the unbiblical teaching of Universalism
  8. 18. But we must always ask WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
  9. 19. Article published in SBC Life, May 1998 <ul><li>“ The Salvation of the ‘Little Ones’: Do Infants who Die Go to Heaven?” </li></ul><ul><li>R. Albert Mohler, Jr. and Daniel L. Akin, </li></ul><ul><li>The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary </li></ul>
  10. 20. Psalm 51:5 <ul><li>“ Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” </li></ul>
  11. 21. <ul><li>We all are born with the stain of original sin (see also Romans 5:12). </li></ul><ul><li>There is no such thing as an “innocent” baby. </li></ul><ul><li>However . . . </li></ul>
  12. 22. The Bible teaches: <ul><li>We are to be judged on the basis of our deeds committed “in the body.” </li></ul><ul><li>2 Corinthians 5:10 , “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” </li></ul>
  13. 23. <ul><li>We will face the judgment seat of Christ and be judged, not on the basis of original sin, but for our sins committed during our own lifetimes . </li></ul><ul><li>Each person will answer “according to what he has done,” and NOT for the sin of Adam. </li></ul>
  14. 24. <ul><li>The imputation of Adam’s sin and guilt explains our inability to respond to God without regeneration, but the Bible does not teach that we will answer for Adam’s sin. </li></ul><ul><li>We will answer for our OWN sin. </li></ul><ul><li>So how about infants? Have those who died in infancy committed such sins “in the body?” </li></ul><ul><li>NO. </li></ul>
  15. 25. Deuteronomy 1:35 <ul><li>After the children of Israel rebelled against God in the wilderness, God sentenced that generation to die in the wilderness after 40 years of wandering. </li></ul><ul><li>God said, “Not one of these men of this evil generation shall see that good land of which I swore to give to your fathers.” </li></ul>
  16. 26. Deuteronomy 1:39 <ul><li>However, God specifically exempted young children and infants from this sentence, and even explained why He did so: </li></ul><ul><li>“Moreover, your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it.” </li></ul>
  17. 27. The Key Issue: <ul><li>The key issue here is that God specifically exempted from the judgment those who “ have no knowledge of good or evil” because of their age. These “little ones” would inherit the Promised Land, and would not be judged on the basis of their fathers’ sins. </li></ul>
  18. 28. Therefore . . . <ul><li>This passage bears directly on the issue of infant salvation. The accomplished work of Jesus Christ on the cross has removed the stain of original sin from those who die in infancy . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing neither good nor evil, these young children are incapable of committing sins in the body—are not yet moral agents—and die secure in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. </li></ul>
  19. 29. Other helpful Scriptures: <ul><li>In Mark 10:14 , Jesus instructed his disciples that they should “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.” </li></ul><ul><li>2 Samuel 12:23 . . . </li></ul><ul><li>“ But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” </li></ul>
  20. 30. Charles Spurgeon ( A sermon preached in London, Sept. 29, 1861 ) <ul><li>“ Now, let every mother and father here present know assuredly that it is well with the child, if God hath taken it away from you in its infant days . . .” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Many of you are parents who have children in heaven. Is it not a desirable thing that you should go there, too?” </li></ul>
  21. 31. <ul><li>“ Mother, unconverted mother, from the battlements of heaven your child beckons you to Paradise. Father, ungodly, impenitent father, the little eyes that once looked joyously on you, look down upon you now, and the lips which had scarcely learned to call you father, ere they were sealed by the silence of death, may be heard as with a still small voice, saying to you this morning, ‘Father, must we be for ever divided by the great gulf which no man can pass?’ Doth not nature itself put a sort of longing in your soul that you may be bound in the bundle of life with your own dear children?” </li></ul>
  22. 32. Summation: <ul><li>We may infer from the Bible that our Lord graciously and freely receives all those who die in infancy —not on the basis of their innocence or worthiness—but by His grace, made theirs through the atonement He purchased on the cross. </li></ul>
  23. 33. John Newton, minister and writer of Amazing Grace: <ul><li>Writing to close friends who had lost a child: </li></ul><ul><li>“ I hope you are both well reconciled to the death of your child. I cannot be sorry for the death of infants. How many storms do they escape! Nor can I doubt, in my private judgment, that they are included in the election of grace.” </li></ul>
  24. 34. AMAZING GRACE <ul><li>Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see. </li></ul>
  25. 35. AMAZING GRACE <ul><li>‘ Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed. </li></ul>
  26. 36. AMAZING GRACE <ul><li>When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun. </li></ul>

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