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Infant salvation is guarantied by the nature of the divine government

Infant salvation is guarantied, in the first place, by the nature of the divine government.

God is infinitely good. His benevolence forbids the infliction of unnecessary suffering upon any of his creatures. Misery is never permitted, but when demanded by justice, as either the consequence, or the penalty of sin. The government of God is designed, not only to benefit his creatures, but also to manifest his glory. Through this medium, as well as through his works, and his word, he reveals his true character to all intelligent beings. Infants have no personal, or individual accountability. For the condemnation of the deliberate and impenitent rejecter of the gospel, and also of the wicked despisers of God, who violate the laws of nature, and of their own conscience, I can perceive ample reasons. In such a case I can readily comprehend how God, as the governor of the universe, will glorify his infinite righteousness. But I cannot see how this could occur in the case of infants. It is infinitely more in accordance with all our conceptions of God, to conclude that in them he will evince his special beneficence. It is, in truth, abhorrent to every feeling of kindness and love, to suppose that he will cast them off, or that he will not receive, and save them. There is no want of fullness in the redemption of Christ. The power of the Holy Spirit is not limited. God is infinitely gracious. What then is to hinder their salvation? Rather, does not every consideration connected with him, with his government, and his glory, seem imperatively to demand the salvation of infants?

R. B. C. Howell- The Evils of Infant Baptism- Chapter 9- Infant baptism is an evil because it subverts the true doctrine of infant salvation

  1. June 4, 2021 at 9:52 am

    I will be interested to read how Howell continues with this line of reasoning that seems a slippery slope down the ravine of universalism; or, if infants are saved, then they must lose their salvation at an age of accountability only to need to be saved once again.

    • June 4, 2021 at 10:16 am

      I absolutely agree with you brother concerning his views of infant salvation.

    • June 4, 2021 at 10:17 am

      This one chapter which I believe he has erred in his reasoning to try and prove the baptism of believers alone.

  2. June 4, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Or I should say that this is one chapter which I believe he erred on to try and prove the baptism of Disciples alone and it doesn’t fit with Reformed Theology. God does not have to save all infants.

    I had to keep commenting because I am posting through my phone app and couldn’t see a way to edit my comment.

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