away in infancy. The Savior nowhere teaches that they are in danger of being lost. We therefore heartily and confidently believe that they are redeemed by the blood of Christ and sanctified by his Spirit, so that when they enter the unseen world they will be found with the saints.? David ceased to fast and weep when his child died, for he said: ?I shall go to him, but he will not return to me? (2Sam. 12:23).
(e) The condition of salvation for adults is personal faith. Infants are incapable of fulfilling this condition. Since Christ has died for all, we have reason to believe that provision is made for their reception of Christ in some other way.
<470515> 2 Corinthians 5:15 ? ?he died for all?; <411616>Mark 16:16 ? ?He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned? (verses 9-20 are of canonical authority, though probably not written by Mark). Dr. G. W. Northrop held that, as death to the Christian has ceased to be penalty, so death to all infants is no longer penalty, Christ having atoned for and removed the guilt of original sin for all men, infants included. But we reply that there is no evidence that there is any guilt taken away except for those who come into vital union with Christ. E. G. Robinson, Christian Theology, 166 ? ?The curse falls alike on every one by birth, but may be alleviated or intensified by every one who comes to years of responsibility, according as his nature which brings the curse rules or is ruled by, his reason and conscience. So the blessings of salvation are procured for all but may be lost or secured according to the attitude of everyone toward Christ who alone procures them. To infants, as the curse comes without their election, so in like manner comes its removal.?
(f) At the final judgment, personal conduct is made the test of character. But infants are incapable of personal transgression. We have reason, therefore, to believe that they will be among the saved, since this rule of decision will not apply.
<402545> Matthew 25:45, 46 ? ?Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of these least, ye did it not unto me. And these shall go away into eternal punishment?; <450205>Romans 2:5, 6 ? ?the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man according to his works.? Norman Fox, The Unfolding of Baptist Doctrine, 24 ? ?Not only the Roman Catholics believed in the damnation of infants. The Lutherans, in the Augsburg Confession, condemn the Baptists for affirming that children are saved without baptism ? ?damnant Anabaptistas qui... affirmant pueros sine baptismo salvos fieri.? The
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