AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY
BY: DALE THOMPSON
The Ministry of Reconciliation is a difficult ministry because it is not widely accepted. Those involved in bringing in the Kingdom of God and His righteousness will not win popularity contest. The Kingdom of God thoroughly denounces any and all man made kingdoms.
1Cor. 4:20 For the kingdom of God [is] not in word, but in power. We know that Power is God’s sovereign plan to Save. The name given to God’s First Begotten Son was Jesus which means “Jehovah is salvation.“
Once again I will focus upon God the Father and His Power.
When a baby is born, he knows nothing. Most Christians would concur that if an infant dies they go to heaven because they cannot be held accountable. I believe you would agree with this. Christians call this the age of accountability. It eases our mind to believe that all those babies who have been aborted are in the arms of a loving God. For no merciful Father would hold an infant accountable for right or wrong.
But doesn’t the Bible say that we “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God?” “If we say we have no sin we are a liar?” So who are we to twist the scriptures around to ease our own state of mind. If one is to believe that God is no respecter of person and if we are to believe that all are born into sin and mortality then anyone who believes in heaven for good people and hell for bad must condemn the infants to hell.
Where in the Bible does it state that there is an age of accountability? Can we find a scripture, which states specifically that a child is not responsible for their actions until they reach a certain age? Are we to go by Jewish tradition of accountability? What is the number? Say the age of accountability is 12 (hypothetically), I am one day from my 12th birthday, and I have never repented of my sins. I die. I get to go to heaven because I did not reach that magical number. But say I just turned 12 and I am celebrating my birthday when suddenly I have an aneurysm and pass away without repenting. Am I to be cast into a fiery hell for eternity? Yesterday I was going to heaven but because I have an earthly birthday and reach the age of accountability, I am forever thrust out of the presence of God?
Most people speak about 12 being the age of accountability but we do not put 12 year olds in adult prisons. In the United States, you have to be 18 to vote in elections and 21 years old to drink. What is God’s age of accountability? Where is it written? Or are we to just assume “they should have known better.”
The Bible records that we will be held accountable for “every idle word we speak.” Who speaks more foolishness than a child does? Where do we draw the line? Do we have the right to draw the line? Are we in control of instructing God based on our moral dilemma?
We are talking about ETERNAL DESTINIES here!
How can the church just assume that children go to heaven? Is it because they believe God’s mercy extends to the weak or those who cannot be instructed because of inability’s to learn, to reason etc? What does human reasoning have to do with matters of Spiritual significance? The answer is nothing. It has nothing to do with it. If a man uses his human nature, carnal senses, (taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing) to be contacted by God and awakened they will never be illuminated.
What about grown ups with learning disabilities, or people that have never heard personally about Jesus? What happens to them? Is the church capable of announcing judgments without scripture to support their proclamations?
I BELIEVE that infants who die or who are aborted return to God because that is where they came from. If they could talk or had knowledge of where they were right before they were placed in the womb by Father they would be able to tell you all about God.
Jesus is the light, which lights every man that comes into the world! EVERY MAN! Can you extinguish that light? You can hide it, but you cannot put it out.
All things are of God, God creates all humankind. That infant child is under the blood of Christ as are we all for we are justified by the blood. We have no say in our own justification. The blood was shed for the whole world and the whole world is included in Christ. Rom 5:9 Much more then, being NOW justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. What reconciles us to God the Father? Is it something we do? The answer is NO! Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God BY THE DEATH OF HIS SON, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved BY HIS LIFE. Heb. 9:14 How MUCH MORE shall the blood of Christ.
Look… Adam’s offense threw us all into this pit of outer darkness, it gave us amnesia and we forgot who our true Father is. Adam’s offense was horrendous and because of His failure to obey God, we all are born into mortality. But we are not mortal because WE ARE TRULY SPIRIT! Who we really are is who that is on the inside of us. That person is Spirit who came from God and Jesus is the light that keeps that person alive. Now we would all agree that Adam really messed up in a big way and it effected All people, Everywhere, BUT look at the scripture…Rom 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; MUCH MORE they which receive ABUNDANCE of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Because Of Jesus, we have more life than we had death in Adam. John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] MORE ABUNDANTLY.
What makes it more? Because the death that affected ALL men has been swallowed up in victory by the GREATER LIGHT of Jesus.
If you really believe that all that are not born again by the time they die are going to be endlessly punished, then it HAS to be your responsibility to empty your bank account NOW! Not tomorrow, but, now, pronto, this second – -immediately! You must devote ALL of your resources and your every waking moment, your LIFE, to rescuing as many of earth’s teeming billions as possible from this fate that you sincerely believe awaits them.
You cannot prove with scripture that babies and mentally ill people go to heaven when they die so you must use your ever waking moment to work on getting them All saved. It is your responsibility. God has placed the work of salvation in your hands! DO NOT sleep, DO NOT eat, and DO NOT watch t.v., go to the lake, a theme park, etc because people are being cast alive into the unquenchable fires of hell! Since you ACTUALLY believe in eternal punishment, doesn’t it go without saying that you should hound your RELATIVES to “get saved”? And hound them without ceasing? Even if it means that they come to hate you and avoid you and stop speaking to you – does it matter?
What’s more important? Your retirement or your children’s education – -or the ETERNAL condition of a soul? Which of these most interests God? And forget vacation plans too. New clothes? What! With millions of eternal souls, entering a “Christless eternity” every day? Forget clothes! You should drive the least expensive car possible, sell you house, and empty ALL financial accounts. These resources are needed for plane fares, gasoline, camping gear, tracts and Bibles to reach the WORLD – now!!
And don’t forget to urge your pastor to sell the church building. (Don’t most church facilities remains empty or nearly so, week after week anyhow?) Urge that man of God to realize that the money is needed to send out missionaries – -NOW! Furthermore, the church leadership must immediately empty their retirement and pension funds. There are 10’s of billions of dollar$ sitting in these funds collecting interest while millions of souls are headed for Hell. Are you investing into this life which is passing away? Or in the life to come? You WILL be held accountable for that money the Lord has entrusted to you. If eternal torture is the fate of men, women, and children who have not yet been born again, how can you bear to see them slipping away into the eternal flames which your dollars rot in mutual funds and stocks?
Are you watching television to entertain yourself? To “escape?” Christian, those who end in Hell can NEVER escape… ever! What are you doing “entertaining” yourself with this filth for in the first place? Do you think a God who is going to torture the greatest portion of mankind because of sins will allow you to get away with filling your mind with the filth of Hollywood and Madison Ave? Burn those God-forsaken things and use that valuable time to bring in one of those 12 year olds who have been seduced away from Godly living BY those T.V. sets you use as an “escape.”
If you believe the church tradition of hell-fire, then what I’ve outlined above is the very LEAST you should do to save the world’s poor souls from this awful fate. You should really be willing to lay down your very own life for the worst enemy you have, if you REALLY believe in the church “tradition” of everlasting punishment. Jesus laid down His live for His enemies. Shouldn’t you do the same? “Love your enemies.”
Besides casting all UNbelievers into everlasting torturous flames, MOST church denominations teach that Christians stand a good chance of being cast away forever right along with the unbelievers of this world. Do you realize, based upon the doctrines of most churches that a single sin makes one worthy of endless torture? Do you know where that line of demarcation lies where you have gone too far? Do you keep a perfect record of all your transgressions against God and your neighbor?
Jesus Christ is responsible for the salvation of the world. He died for unbelievers. He died for sinners, He gave His life and shed His blood a ransom for the many not the few. Why the MANY? Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Because the MANY are sick and need Him (The great Physician) Jesus came for the many.
Will the wicked suffer? Yes they will. We all have suffered loss. All material things and items that we hold on to that is not of God will be removed. All of our evil intentions, wickedness, thoughts of murder, hate, etc. All of these things will be burned with the fire that proceeds out of the mouth of God. The fire is the flame of His Word. Will it be painful? Yes it will. This corrective judgement may seem harsh it may seem cruel for some will be beaten with many stripes and others with few, but whom God loves He chastises.
This correction for the disobedient will refine the gold until every impurity and every ounce of dross can be removed. It is God who is the potter and we are the clay and the whole world is in His loving hands. Is He unable to mold us into His image and His likeness? Do you believe there will be some that He gives up on? All of these questions raised in this writing are well worth you seeking the heart of God on the matter.
Do Not take my word for it. Don’t run to your bookshelf to read the opinion of the latest, greatest best selling author. Don’t go on line and research. Don’t run to your Pastor and ask Him. Do you know what Father wants? For you to come to Him, ask Him, cast your cares upon Him. He will answer.
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