This article is a combination of some thoughts from A.P. Adams mixed with some of my own. I think that most of you will agree that there are some rather interesting points made here.
As I draw closer and closer to the Lord in these days, to be taught by Him and learn of His ways, the more absurd many of Christendom’s orthodox teachings become to me. It now seems that because men have been so shortsighted in their heavenly vision and carnally minded in their theology, they’ve somehow twisted many scriptures and filled in blanks with many other things (that are altogether un-scriptural) in an attempt to make some carnal sense out of the mysteries of God.
Let me give you an example of what I’m saying here…
If you were to ask almost any Christian today how many ways there are to be saved, they would probably tell you; “One, by repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” They might also answer you by quoting Acts 4:10-12, which states that there is no salvation except in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Certainly, any Christian who studies the scriptures would take no exception to this answer, for it is without doubt, the true scriptural answer to the question.
If you were to ask that same Christian; “Do you believe that all who die in infancy or as young children will be saved?” The answer given to you would most likely be “Oh yes!” Then if you were to ask them just how these infants and children are “saved,” their reply would probably be something like this…
“Because they have not reached ‘the age of accountability,’ infants and young children are not required by God to make a decision for Christ, therefore, they are viewed as pure and innocent in the site of God. Of course, this is only until they are capable of making an informed decision to follow Christ or not to follow Him. For this reason they will be saved.”
I personally thought for many years that such a statement was true because it had been taught to me by men for whom I had much respect, and it was somehow needed to try and make sense out of the doctrine of eternal torment. In the light of the truth that is now being revealed by the Spirit though, I can now see just how absurd such a statement like that really is. Let me show you…
By the orthodox method, infants and children are not saved on repentance and faith, they apparently need no repentance and are not capable of faith, so they are saved by another method that is entirely unconditional, are they not? Isn’t this method actually a SECOND method of salvation totally distinct from the first and “ONLY” scriptural method?
Then, considering that since the creation of man almost half of the human race has died in infancy or early childhood, and according to the “orthodox” view, all who die before “the age of accountability” go to heaven, is this not saying that half of the human race is saved absolutely unconditionally without even being exposed to the risk of being lost eternally? Does it not seem strange that God should declare to us repeatedly in the scriptures that there is only ONE way to be saved and yet He should save half of the human race in some other way entirely?
And if, according to the orthodox view, one who dies as a young child is assured of salvation, while another who grows up to an age of accountability is more than likely to be lost forever (as the vast majority of the race does not accept Christ), does it not seem that it would be a good thing if the whole human race could die as little children? If this orthodox viewpoint were true, should we not be glad when one of our little ones dies rather than they be subjected to the great risk and very high probability of being lost for all of eternity?
Again, if the orthodox viewpoint were true, and let’s say that it is also true that approximately 90% of all humanity will be eternally lost, would it not also be true that 36,000,000 of the 40 million babies that have been murdered by abortion have actually been saved from eternal gloom and doom? Beloved, can you not see how utterly absurd some of these orthodox teachings are, teachings that most of the church has somehow embraced as truth?
Many of these teachings are merely filler for the understanding gaps of carnally minded men which are then used by them with the hope of strengthening and supporting false doctrines that are full of holes. The truth of the matter regarding God’s salvation plan is that infants and young children, heathen, and “all men” will be saved indeed, but not according to the absurdities of human tradition. No. They will be saved according to the ONE and ONLY way of salvation; “by grace through faith,” yet this is a salvation that will not be understood or experienced by the great majority of the human race until “the ages to come” (Eph 2:7).
Beloved, it is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires for all men to come to the knowledge of the truth, that there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, and this to be testified (to all) … in due time (1 Timothy 2:3-6).