The Vision of Faith
Sight is the function of the eyes. Vision is the function of the mind. What we don’t see with our eyes is eternal, while what we see with our eyes is temporal. Reality beyond physical sight is often difficult to imagine. Because we live in a ph...
Fri, 24-Nov-2017
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“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31

I have heard it said that one of the devil’s most effective tools, is to keep Christians so busy, that they lose focus on what is most important. I wonder how many reading this, are doing so in passing, ra...

09h30 - 19 Nov 2017
The Pre-Incarnate Christ
by Rev. Warren Watermeyer
Part 1
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The Destiny of Children's Souls

By Bruce Woolard

Christians believe in the immortality of the soul. We believe in the full consciousness of the soul after death. There is a distinction between the physical and the spiritual life forms (1 Cor. 15:40 & 44). We are reminded in Matthew 10:28 that we should not fear those who can destroy our body, but rather to respect God who has the power over our body and soul. The scriptures continue to emphasise the difference between the material and the spiritual. 2 Cor. 5:18 says “to be absent from the body means to be present with the Lord.”

Furthermore we are told that salvation comes from a positive confession of faith in Christ as Saviour – Rom.10:9.

The question, however, is asked in terms of the soul of a child after death. Some people believe that children of unbelieving parents are unsaved and children of believing parents are automatically guaranteed eternal life. We must remember that children who have not reached the age of accountability are yet innocent and therefore cannot give an account of sin or acts of disobedience. Our modern imperfect judicial system will not prosecute a child who has committed acts against the state. Juvenile courts exist to correct behavioural problems, but a child is never sentenced to serve a term in prison. In this regard the divine perfect order of judgement would be less just if a child was sent to a lost eternity, Gen.18:25 says “…shall not the Judge of all the earth do right.”

Too often Christians look for proof texts to confirm their belief system. Although there are numerous Bible references, relating to children, the most profound passage is found in Matt.18:1-7. The Lord Jesus focused the attention on a child and declared “…that unless adults are converted and become like little children they will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” By implication this statement implies that children are assured of eternal life. Remember Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:3 “... except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” This new life or reborn life is a requirement for eternal life. Children who have yet not become adults are still at the level of innocence in terms of life experience and the ability to choose correctly. God’s example of greatness is a child’s purity and innocency. Matt.18:10 says that a child’s guardian angel has access to heaven’s highest court. If an angel who is a servant has this access how much more do children whom angels serve. Furthermore in terms of paedo-salvation Matt.18:11 says “…for the Son of man is come to save that which was lost (humanity is lost and needs salvation).” The word “seek” as used in Luke 19:10 “…for the Son of man has come to seek and to save that which is lost.” is omitted in Matthew. It distinguishes from adult salvation that requires a seeking for the lost. Matthew’s account says “… the Son of man has come to save” (seek is absent) implying that salvation and atonement has already been made for children who have yet not grown to adulthood. This is the primary thought in terms of children’s salvation.

The need to seek God’s Blessing.

Is there a Biblical basis for bringing children to the Church for special prayer and blessing? Matthew 18:1-6 states: At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto Him and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in My name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that milestone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Furthermore, Ephesians 6:1-4 calls on children to obey their parents in the Lord and in turn, for parents to bring their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. With this clear Biblical instruction, it is only correct and responsible for a loving parent who knows God, to call upon the ministers to conduct a public ceremony, affording them as parents, an opportunity to affirm their faith in Christ, and recognizing and acknowledging that their children are a gift from God.
Every child needs to know that God has a plan for his/her life. The christening or naming ceremony marks the beginning, the acknowledgement of God’s divine guidance. The naming of the child in the ceremony is a means of establishing the individual’s identity and recognizing the call of God in the life of the little one. Parents are called upon to promise to teach their children Christian values, to love them and to protect their minds from evil associates and habits. As a symbolic act of the beginning of life, a special candle is lit and an intercessory prayer is offered by the minister for the parents/guardians. The age of accountability (adolescence) is when a child understands the difference between good and evil and may volitionally choose to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

“For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world” 1 John 5:4.

What is it about the world that our children will have to learn to overcome? The world places an emphasis on material and physical things. A child, growing up in this environment of materialism, may only value life and determine his self-worth by what he has and not by who he is. Christian faith will teach a child to understand that faith in God alone will enable one to overcome the limitations and imperfections of a corrupt material world. It is the responsibility of every parent to fulfil this God given mission.

“Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it” Prov.22:6

This passage reminds us that it is only when a child reaches maturity that the seeds of truth sown in his mind will germinate and bring forth fruit that is worthy to be called Godly. It is to this end that we must strive remembering that we have the capacity to influence the next generation. For those children who died prematurely we are assured that they have direct access into God’s presence irrespective of their behaviour or conduct which is normally the result of poor environment and in some cases poor parenting. However, the Adamic sin runs in the blood of every one who enters the human race. Christ alone, through His miraculous entry into human history, has the pure blood to atone for the sins of those of us who carry the seeds of corruption. His atonement was for all mankind and it is not God’s will that any one should perish but come to eternal life 2 Peter 3:9

Please be assured that you will see your child one day in God’s presence. We need to ensure that we hold to a positive confession of faith in Christ (Rom.10:9) so that we can become new creations in Christ 2 Cor.5:17.

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