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Infant Salvation: Comfort From The Bible When A Baby Dies.

A Christian friend of mine recently shared with me how they lost their first born child through a miscarriage and it’s distressing emotional impact on the family. As I pondered on this he threw at me the one question I had hoped he would not ask. Do you think babies go to heaven when they die? I said yes. But to try to explain, and reconcile total depravity with infant salvation, I thought I would end up sounding universalist. That night I decided I would search the scriptures and see what comfort God’s word  offers in  this delicate area. This article by Jeff Spry has been the biggest eye opener and may it lead you to understand the Sovereignty of God and also his grace in salvation of Adam’s helpless race….

Tragedy surrounds us. We hear of it every day on the evening news. We read about it in the newspaper and the internet. We witness it in the lives around us. Many, if not all of us, have experienced tragedy in our own lives. However, there is one tragedy that is profoundly heartbreaking – the death of an infant or young child. Ever since Adam and Eve found the limp body of their son Abel, this must be the greatest grief known to man.

For those who have not had to face this situation personally, many have been called upon to offer support for others. Perhaps you sat quietly with a grieving mother, who suddenly asked, “Is my baby in heaven?” What would you say? If you have been in that situation, you may have struggled for the right words to say. You probably declared that the infant was now in the presence of the Lord. Were you later plagued by the thought, “Is what I said true? How do I know that babies go to heaven when they die?”

How many of us have said what is “sentimentally necessary” only to later wonder about the truthfulness of our words? We have no right to establish doctrine based on what we hope may be true. Instead, we must draw our answers from what the Bible actually reveals to be true. Our words may be what the grieving mother wanted to hear but are they what God wanted said?

To be sure, the grieving mother and father desire (and many would say deserve) an answer from God on the subject. However, the Bible does not provide a single, declarative statement on the subject. The matter is a natural and virtually unavoidable subject. The magnitude of the situation calls for our most careful and faithful study of God’s Word to discern what He has revealed.

To honor the Scripture and to comfort the anguish of a parent’s heart, we must avoid pat sentimentality and search the Scriptures for truth. It is the Scripture and the truth they contain that where we find our true comfort. A multitude of women (and men) in our immediate vicinity who have lost children through abortion, miscarriage, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, accident or physical tragedy. They are waiting for an answer.

Our answer from Scripture begins with some simple but very important presuppositions:

1. Life begins at conception.

2. Every life conceived is a person, not a fetus or a blob of tissue. (See Psalm 139)

3. Every person has a soul.

4. Therefore, any death that occurs after the very moment of conception is the death of a person.  

[However common answers usually range from: Age of Accountability, Sinlessness of Infants, Salvation by God’s Omni benevolence, Universalism, Post mortem Salvation, Infant Salvation through Infant Baptism, Roman Catholic Limbo, Salvation by Believing Parents, Infants are Saved (if they are elect)]

So which position is correct?

The correct position on infant salvation must be established on the basis of the following:

1. No theory of infant salvation can be biblically sound if it ignores the way original sin leaves all humans (including infants and the mentally incapable) both guilty and totally (radically) depraved. Any theory that refuses to take original sin and total depravity into account is wrong. All people are conceived and born as sinners and in desperate need of salvation. While we may say that infants are “innocent,” we do not mean they are not tainted by the fallenness or guilt that we all inherit from Adam (Romans 5:1-19).

2. If deceased infants and the mentally incapable are to be saved, their salvation can only be because of the sovereign grace of God. The Bible clearly teaches that the Father chooses persons to salvation from eternity past and that salvation is solely based upon His grace alone. MacArthur says there is no better illustration of salvation by grace alone than the salvation of a deceased infant.

3. If deceased infants and the mentally incapable are to be saved, their salvation must be on the basis of the perfect atonement of Christ on the cross. The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is the only way anyone is ever saved.

4. If deceased infants and the mentally incapable are to be saved, their salvation must occur before death.

The single view that takes all these factors into account in a satisfactory fashion is the view that all those who die in infancy are among God’s elect. For some, the simple statement, “Your baby is in heaven” is sufficient. For others, an explanation of the “why” is needed. The belief that all babies go to heaven upon death must be based on more than speculation and a hope that it is true. Does the Bible give evidence for this teaching? Jeff Spry rightly thinks it does. Continue here –>[Death Of Infants]<–

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6 responses to “Infant Salvation: Comfort From The Bible When A Baby Dies.

  1. Mark June 26, 2011 at 23:48

    My wife and I have had two miscarriages. I never doubted that they would be in heaven.
    2 Samuel 12:22-23
    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    22 He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.’ 23 But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

    Now unless you believe David went to hell, they are in heaven.
    You may want to get John MacArthur’s book “Safe In The Arms Of God”. I

    • Michael Acidri June 27, 2011 at 00:31

      Thanks Mark for sharing.

  2. christianclarityreview June 27, 2011 at 00:39

    All those who die in infancy are not elect. Nowhere in the Scriptures does such a thing exist. The elect are among those that die in the womb only because some are born again in the womb by hearing the Word of God. ( John the Baptist, Samson, Jeremiah, Paul, etc.) They are born again the same way any new creature in Jesus Christ is born again. If they die after that in the womb, then they go to heaven and only in that circumstance.

    But how in the world did you end up with “all” are elect who die in the womb. A no more powerful argument for the abortionists could have been found. Now you supposedly guarantee your baby’s election by killing them in the womb? What?!

    If you think telling people the soft emotional answer that is an absolute lie is a “Christian thing to do”, you do not know God at all. Being born again in the womb proves the womb holy and proves holiness and new birth in Jesus Christ apart from any human choice or will. It proves abortionists are killing some Christian brothers and sisters in the womb.

    From the article: “Infants who die have never had anything written in this book of records because they have never consciously committed wrongful deeds. In other words, eternal judgment is
    always based on a conscious rejection of divine revelation (either in creation, conscience, or Christ) and willful disobedience.” and “We might imply from this that those who are not recipients of general revelation are therefore not accountable for their response to this revelation. In other words, an infant or a mentally handicapped child/adult do not possess either the capacity to receive the
    general revelation or the capacity to respond to it.”

    Spry is a arminian outright even if he thinks he is “reformed”. He is basing baby salvation on exactly the same lie as adult salvation: free will and the chance to ‘use it” or “not use it”. He is denying the power of the Word of God and seeking to implant the unforgivable sin as default piety as “compassion”. He is pro-abortion or he could not possibly have sought to prop up abortion by such an argument. He is just lying and using the lie of human free will as foundation. God’s judgment is completely outside of human choice. Anyone being born in the womb proves that and that IS in Scripture. Spry is trying to get Christians to kill their own children on the premise it “makes them elect” and doing so with the same old lie about “compassion”. The whole article is just pro-abortion propaganda in its usual guise of false compassion.

    II Timothy 3: 3-9 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

    timothy

    In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen

  3. Michael Acidri June 27, 2011 at 10:27

    Timothy No body knows who the elect are; for they are not born with a stripe on their back or spot on the fore head but God in his sovereignty hides this knowledge from man. This being a very emotional topic i would not want to handle it with out any sensitivity. Then again I prefer to take courage in what ever hope and comfort that scripture alone can offer.

  4. christianclarityreview June 27, 2011 at 15:15

    No one knows who the elect are. Exactly.

    Until God tells us and those about whom He tells are outside of the womb other than historical people who God specifically pointed out as birthing them in Christ in the womb. We can only those whom God points out to us.

    “No body knows who the elect are; for they are not born with a stripe on their back or spot on the fore head but God in his sovereignty hides this knowledge from man.”

    Way to dodge the issue you created, Mark. And way to dodge it with such false compassion as to be a perfect example of what Spry did as well. You should just look at those who have genuinely lost children through other means than abortion and tell them you are ‘compassioning with them’. That will no doubt substitute for the Holy Spirit in that theology.

    The issue is not and never has been an elitist group claiming benefits for itself ..or for or against a mass of generalized people. What you and Spry have done is equate abortion with “losing children” via miscarriage, sudden Infant death syndrome and other symptoms of infant mortality. Then you’ve gone further and basically said that whoever dies in the womb, just because they died in the womb, are elect, to include those that were aborted/murdered. You’ve set up a theology to not only give the green light to abortion as being forgiven for it repeatedly with no repentance necessary, but as a type of religious piety that will force the one murdered into heaven on the grounds “all who die in the womb are elect”. That is overt child sacrifice to demons on the grounds the child is in paradise and the parents and theological system have derived a benefit by the explicit murder of the child as a ritual sacrifice.

    That is a monstrous lie against God and against human beings. It is amazing how you can set up future victims of murder in an instant and defend it by saying you were merely being compassionate to someone who lost a child via miscarriage or some other accidental means and not even blink an eye.

    People who seek to ‘do compassion correctly’ based on the fallen human heart and enforce those rules on others as piety are not Christians, Mark. They are the wicked. God says their hearts are as fat as grease. That not a sign they are spiritually true before God but that they worship their own emotions.

    Sensitive? Are you kidding? Have someone else tell a story about how your compassion saved the day for them emotionally and got them through a rough time and then restored them to faith in your exact theology. Maybe it will fool someone other than yourself again. Or is it you just wanted to get people talking for the sake of getting people talking and don’t believe a word Spry said? You just happened to post his article as if it were truth ..by accident?

    Truth truncates speech, Mark. True Christians are not looking for ‘dialogue’ on ‘issues’ between people who do not know the truth in Jesus Christ. They are not looking for ways to compromise with death, have everything appear to have been emotionally smoothed over and call that compromise being compassionate. They are looking for and getting certainty in Christ.

    Psalm 119: 69-71 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart. Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

    timothy

    In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen

  5. Mark June 29, 2011 at 00:44

    http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/80-242_The-Salvation-of-Babies-Who-Die-Part-1?q=infant+salvation

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