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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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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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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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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 by Ben Overby The Bible is clear in teaching that we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). Therefore, to suggest we are born sinful is to say that God is sinful.  We know that God is sinless, therefore, when we begin our journey in this world we are safe (spiritually), due to…

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Question: Is there no salvation outside the church? Will those who never heard of Jesus and his gospel be damned because they have not obeyed it? Will people with brain defects like Downs Syndrome be damned because they do not obey the gospel being incapable of doing so? Answer: “Let it be known to you…

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Question: I am researching about sin and sin in children.  I read your writings and agree with you for the most part, but I have a problem with the idea of children being innocent.  If children are not sinful, wouldn’t that make them sinless and almost perfect? Christ was the only one I knew was…

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by Matt Hennecke published in Sentry Magazine, September 2005 I wrote the following when with the Sycamore, Illinois, congregation serving as an elder with Al Diestelkamp. We had lots of children and we were concerned some might be prematurely baptized. Parents in our congregation may be having some concerns about when a child is ready…

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