WHAT HAPPENS TO BABIES AND THE RETARDED AT DEATH?
Pastor: Tommy H. Heffner Sr.
INTRODUCTION: An Apostolic Pentecostal told me one time that because of I Peter 3:20 all the babies in Noah’s flood went to Hell:
I Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
His reasoning was, because it said that just eight souls were saved, all those babies went to Hell. Of course the phrase is referring to the eight in the ark being saved by floating on top of the water, NOT soul salvation. and Also a Hyper-Calvinist believes that only the elected, including just the elected babies go to Heaven, the non-elected babies burn forever in Hell. All the «nuts» ain’t in the «nut house».
QUESTION: What does the Bible say about this?
Genesis 18:25 …Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
YES, HE WILL: LETS LOOK AT SOME SCRIPTURES THAT WILL PUT SOME LIGHT ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT.
Genesis 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Dueteronomy 1:34-39 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying, Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers, Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hat trodden upon, and to his children, because he hat wholly followed the LORD. Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither. But Joshua the son of Nun, which stinted before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.
ANSWER: CHILDREN ARE SAFE UNTIL THEY HAVE A KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL, SEE ABOVE VERSE Dueteronomy 1:39, NOT JUST RIGHT AND WRONG. YOU CAN TEACH A BABY RIGHT AND WRONG, BUT YOU CAN’T TEACH HIM GOOD AND EVIL. THIS COMES TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE AT DIFFERENT AGES.
QUESTION: Why do some babies die?
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
ANSWER: BECAUSE OF ADAM’S SIN, HE DIED AND WE ALL CAME FROM ADAM, THEN WE WILL ALL DIE BECAUSE WE ALL SIN. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ADAM’S BLOOD WAS PASSED ON TO HIS DESCENDANTS, THAT’S ALL OF US.
Romans 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned (babies and the retarded) after the similitude of Adam’s transgression,…
QUESTION: What about babies, they don’t sin?
Romans 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience (Adam) many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (Jesus Christ) shall many be made righteous.
ANSWER: THEY WERE MADE SINNERS BECAUSE OF ADAM’S SIN, EVEN THOUGH IT WASN’T THEIR WAGES THAT CAUSES THEM TO DIE.
QUESTION: How do you know babies aren’t in Hell then?
Romans 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
ANSWER: HERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT THEIR SIN ISN’T ACCOUNTED TO THEM.
Romans 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
Romans 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
You don’t have to worry about the retarded children and babies that die in infancy and birth, The fact that that child is born dead in trespasses and sins means absolutely nothing at all, because sin isn’t imputed to the child.
BABIES ARE NOT ACCOUNTABLE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW.
II Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
NOTE: IF GOD IS NOT WILLING FOR ANY TO PERISH, AND HE ISN’T, THEN IF BABIES DIE AND GO TO HELL, GOD IS RESPONSIBLE, BECAUSE THEY HAD NO OPPORTUNITY TO BE SAVED. IN OTHER WORDS IF A CHILD DIES BECAUSE OF ADAM’S SIN, WHICH THEY DO.
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man (ADAM) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
THEN THE CHILD DIED WITHOUT KNOWINGLY COMMITTING A SIN, THEREFORE HE CAN BE SAVED WITHOUT AN ACT OF RECEIVING JESUS CHRIST.
Romans 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
CONCLUSION: The Lord doesn’t charge sin to a retarded person, a baby that dies in infancy or any boy or girl that died before they come to place in their life that they had knowledge between good and evil. The Lord doesn’t charge sin to those of us who are saved, do you think He’d charge it to a baby? If He did it wouldn’t be right and the verse says:
Genesis 18:25 …Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
You know he will!
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