Does John the Baptist Prove that Fetuses Know Good and Evil?

by Terry Wane Benton While it is true that John the Baptist, while yet unborn (what people call the fetus stage), leaped in his mother’s womb when Mary came and greeted Elizabeth (Luke 1:41), it is not true that this means that all infants are aware of sin or aware of Jesus, Mary, and what…

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Can 6-year-olds form a marriage covenant?

Question: If God takes every word I say into judgment … This is going to seem silly but when I was around 6 years old I got “married” to a boy on the playground. As a kid I took it as seriously as a 6-year-old could, I suppose. I know it shouldn’t make a marriage…

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I’m concerned that my 15-year-old still doesn’t want to be baptized

Question: My husband and I both attended Christian colleges and are life-long members of the church of Christ.  We have two children, ages 12 and 15, who we have faithfully taken to church since they were babies.  They are now both very involved in the church youth group.   I am concerned about my 15-year-old…

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Should a mentally impaired person be baptized?

Question: Scripturally speaking should an adult who is: mentally impaired, mentally retarded, unable to articulate or demonstrate an understanding of who God is, what baptism is, or what it accomplishes be baptized? Answer: A person is held accountable for their sins when they are old enough to have a knowledge of good and evil. This is why the…

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Age of Accountability

by Morris D. Norman via Gospel Power, Vol. 15, No. 42, Oct. 19, 2008. It has long been a question as to what age our young people ought to become Christians. Should it be as they enter their teens and begin at that early age in their service to Christ, or should they wait until…

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Where did my stillborn child go upon his death?

Question: I was five months pregnant and was happy to hear I was having a little boy.  My son was so active in me and kicked all the time. One day I noticed that he hadn’t kicked me at all, so I rushed into the hospital to make sure everything was all right and I…

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Can a woman teach a third-grade boy who has been baptized?

Question: We have a boy in the third grade who, after discussing it with his parents and with their agreement, was baptized.  His Bible school teachers are female.  Can they scripturally continue to teach the class with the boy in the class?  I’ve heard the justifications both ways. If he’s mature enough to become a…

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