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Lesson 20: Infants Are Not Lost



We now turn our attention to another perversion of Godís word and that is infants are born sinners and must be baptized in order to be saved. This contradicts Godís 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 sin.

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 sin.

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: (click on the button of the answer of your choice)  
 
1.
(Ezekiel 18:20) The son shall
Bear (inherit) the iniquity (sin) of his father.
Not bear (inherit) the iniquity (sin) of his father.
Not be responsible for his own sin.
   
2.
Children inherit their father's sins.
True
False
   
3.
(1 John 3:4) What is sin?
Lawlessness.
Doing what others don't like.
There is no such thing as sin.
   
4.
Infant children cannot commit lawlessness and cannot sin.
True
False
   
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.
   
6.
We do not become sinners until we become accountable.
True
False
   
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.
   
8.
Infant children know to do good and thus sin.
True
False
   
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.
   
10.
An infant does believe in Christ but should be baptized.
True
False
   
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.
   
12.
We must be able to believe with all of our heart before we are baptized.
True
False
   
13.
(Acts 2:38) Those who are to be baptized for the remission of their sins
If they are infants they can have their parents repent for them.
Do not have to repent.
Must also repent.
   
14.
Babies are capable of repenting of their sins.
True
False
   
15.
(Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38) When people who were baptized as an infant grow up and become accountable 
They must be baptized again so they can be saved.
They do not need to be baptized again to be saved.
They do not need to be baptized again since they were baptized as an infant. 
   
16.
The baptism of an infant is vain or useless.
True
False
 

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