A Voice in the
June 15, 1997
"Better drive people away by faithful preaching than drive the Holy Spirit away by unfaithfully pandering to the flesh." A. W. Pink
"It is the mature fruit which comes afterwards, and not the beautiful colors and smell of the blossoms, that we must judge by." Jonathan Edwards
"If our grreatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer." Anonymous
"It is no good singing God's praises if you're disobedient." Anonymous
"We had better have truth without peace, than peace without truth." Thomas Watson
"Artificial motivation will produce artificial results." Anonymous
Age of Accountability:
"But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." (2 Sam 12:23)
...This is David speaking after the baby born to Bathsheba as a result of their sin dies. If David expects to "go to him" ...and we would assume that David, being the man after God's own heart, was expecting to be in God's presence when he died, that the baby had gone into God's presence, where David expected to join him.
But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Mat 19:14)
...Here, Jesus could be indicating that "all" "little children" go to heaven. Some people interpret it that way.
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. (1 Cor 7:14)
...Here, Paul seems to be going a bit further on this thought...saying that children in a family where at least one parent is a Believer, would go to Heaven...is "clean" or "holy." And conversely, for the lack of a believing parent, the children are also damned.
So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." (Acts 16:31)
...will be saved..."and your household." seems to support Paul's thought in 1Cor7:14
At some point a child become accountable for himself. "Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall the children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for his own sin. (Deu 24:16)
And, there were times where parents could bring their children before the rulers for judgment. "And they shall say to the elders of his city, 'This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.' "Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear and fear. (Deu 21:20-21)
What age that is, I don't know. For Jews I think 12...? Paul speaks of the child coming "of age." Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. (Gal 4:1-2)
But, is this latter, the "age of accountability?" I don't know. I kind of doubt it...as I think the child would have been understanding for some time before that. The one thing I *AM* certain of is that God "knows those who are His." 2Tim2:19 Whose names are in the Book of Life. He knows the hearts, thoughts and intents. (Heb4:12) He knows when the child is capable of knowing, has been presented with God's call, and either believes or rejects.
This perhaps doesn't give the "concrete answere" you were looking for? It doesn't seem to be a subject that the Scriptures teach "directly." But we can be assured that God treats each human being fairly...since He knows each sparrow that falls to the ground, and all our hairs are numbered.(Lk12:6-7)
When men in the streets are afraid to open their mouths and utter godless words lest the judgments of God should fall; when sinners, overawed by the Presence of God, tremble in the streets and cry for mercy; when, without special meetings and sensational advertising, the Holy Ghost sweeps across cities and towns in Supernatural Power and holds men in the grip of terrifying Conviction; when "every shop becomes a pulpit; every heart an altar; every home a sanctuary" and people walk softly before God, this is Revival!
Today the word Revival has largely lost its real meaning. Our present generation, never having witnessed the mighty movings of God in nation-wide spiritual awakenings such as have taken place in past generations, has little conception of the magnitude of such a "visitation."
Heaven-sent revival is not religious entertainment, where crowds gather to hear outstanding preachers and musical programs; neither is it the result of sensational advertising - in a God-sent revival you don't spend money on advertising; people come because Revival is there! Revival is an "awareness of God" that grips the whole community, and the roadside, the tavern, as well as the church, become the places where men find Christ. Here is the vast difference between our modern evangelistic campaigns and true revival. In the former, hundreds may be brought to a knowledge of Christ and churches experience seasons of blessings, but as far as the community is concerned little impact is made and godlessness marches on. In revival, the Spirit of God, like a cleansing flame, sweeps through the community. Divine conviction grips people everywhere; the strongholds of the devil tremble, and many close their doors, while multitudes turn to Christ! By Owen Murphy
And if it is as highly accurate as claimed, it would fit well with another statement, "So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year.. (Rev 9:15)
And the precision with which God created the universe, "Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; (Gen 1:14)
God is not "slack" on His promises. (2Pet3:9)
He tried to warn Rabin of the assassination. And when it happened, just as predicted according to the code, he was absolutely dumbfounded. I sensed from his expression that in his heart, he knew the "reality" of God. By this "fulfillment" he had, in a way, come face-to-face with God. But still does not believe in Him. He recognizes the Torah as being "accurate." He knows the code exists...and that the only way it COULD exist, is if there was an "encoder." But refuses to recognize Who God is. How Sad!
It would seem that many people are viewing the "code" as some sort of new lucky charm, fortune-telling device...as though "anybody" could look for a "code" for themselves, privately. But then, many of them do that with the Bible, anyway, don't they. Several people, including Oprah, when confronted with the option...would (NO WAY) NOT want to look up "their" code. I think they might, in reality, know of God's power. They "know" God's Word is true. But don't want to have to submit to It...to Him. Again...Sad! Not that the "code" is anything...but that they see a hint of God's "finger" and choose to turn the other way.