Infants Are Not Lost
We now turn our attention to another perversion of God's
word and that is infants are born sinners and must be baptized in order to
be saved. This contradicts God's word. In Ezekiel 18:20 we read,
"The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of
the father, nor shall the father bear the guilt of the son." Here
God is telling us that children do not inherit sin from their
parents, grandparents, or any of their forefathers, all the way back to
Adam. It says "The son shall not bear the guilt of the Father."
Each person is responsible for his own sins. According to this verse, it
is "The soul who sins shall die."" Does it say that the
soul that inherits sin, it shall die? No. It says the soul who sins.
What is sin? I John 3:4 says, "Whoever commits sin
also commits lawlessness: and sin is lawlessness." We do not
inherit sin; we commit sin; and we commit sin when we commit lawlessness.
An infant has not broken any law of God and thus has not committed any
An infant is completely innocent. Just as God says in Ezekiel 28:15,
"You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till
iniquity was found in you." So we see that an infant is born perfect
and without sin until he becomes of an accountable age and then begins to
James 4:17 says, "Therefore to him who knows to do
good, and does not do it, to him it is sin." This is the sin of
omission. An infant does not know to do good and thus cannot sin. There
are only two ways that man sins: by committing sin or we sin by omission.
An infant cannot sin in either way and has no sin.
A little child is
innocent and pure, as our Lord says in Matthew 18:3, "Unless you are
converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the
kingdom of heaven." Little children are not lost, but are safe until
they become accountable.
One error leads to another. Men say that since infants
have inherited the sin of Adam, that they must be baptized or they will be
lost. This is also false. Infants are not suitable candidates for baptism,
since they cannot believe. Our Lord says in Mark 16:16, "He who
believes and is baptized will be saved." Here one of the
prerequisites of being saved is to believe, which is impossible for an
infant to do.
Also in Acts 8:36-37 the question was asked, "See here
is water; what hinders me from being baptized?" And the answer is
given in the next verse: "And Philip said, if you believe with all
your heart you may." Here we see the condition that must be met
before a person can be baptized is that he must believe with all his
heart. Can an infant do this? No.
In Acts 2:38 (KJV) the apostle Peter told a group of
people, who had asked what they should do, to "Repent and be
baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of
your sins." What is the requirement found here that we must do before
we can be baptized? Repent. Can an infant repent? It would be absurd to
think that an infant could believe or repent, but it is just as absurd to
think that an innocent infant, who is without sin, must be baptized for
the forgiveness of sins, which he does not have.
Satan has many ways in fooling people into being lost. The lie that
Satan tells here to people who have become accountable is that since you
were baptized as an infant, you do not need to be baptized for the
remission of your sins now that you have become accountable and
responsible. Satan knows that infant baptism accomplishes nothing. He also
knows, that when people who were baptized as an infant become accountable,
that at that time they are lost. So who do you want to follow: God, or men
who are being led by Satan? Every person will follow one or the other.
Again we have to make the choice as to who we follow.
Questions Lesson 20
Infants Are Not Lost
1) (Ezekiel 18:20) The son shall
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Bear (inherit) the iniquity (sin) of his father.
Not bear (inherit) the iniquity (sin) of his father.
Not be responsible for his own sin.
Children inherit their father's sins.
3) (1 John 3:4) What is sin?
Doing what others don't like.
There is no such thing as sin.
children cannot commit lawlessness and cannot sin.
5) (Ezekiel 28:15) The day we were created or born
We were born in sin.
We were perfect until iniquity (sin) was found in us.
We were accountable for our parent's sin.
not become sinners until we become accountable.
7) (James 4:17) If we know to do good and don't do it
It is not sin.
It is all right.
It is sin.
Infant children know to do good and thus sin.
9) (Mark 16:16) Those who need to be saved must be baptized
With their parents making this decision.
But do not have to believe.
But must first believe.
An infant does believe in Christ and should be baptized.
11) (Acts 8:36-37) When one is baptized
He must believe with all of his heart.
He can be an unbeliever.
He does not have to be able to believe with all his heart, such as an infant.
one is a subject for baptism, he must believe with all his heart.
13) (Acts 2:38) Those who are to be baptized for the remission of
If they are infants they can have their parents repent for them.
Do not have to repent.
Must also repent.
Babies are capable of repenting of their sins.