Who Was Right About Children: Jesus Or John Calvin?

It is written:

“Before I knew the law, I was alive. But when I heard the law’s command, sin began to live…” (Romans 7:9)

People are free of sin when they are born into this world. It is not until they choose to sin that they are separated from God by their own sins (Isaiah 59:1-2). As such, children have no need to be saved, for they are not lost: they are safe. Jesus taught:

Matthew 18:3-and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:14-Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Matthew 19:14-But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Notice the following on Matthew 18:14:

“Further, in Matthew 18: 14 Jesus said: “It is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.” The word translated “little ones” is micron. It applies to children up to reading age or where they can discern between right and wrong. The word thelema, “the will of your Father,” has to do with the decision using the will. It is different from the word in 2 Peter 3: 9 where we read: “The Lord is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (KJV). There the word translated “will” is boulomai which has to do with desire toward purpose. He desires that all men would not perish, but obviously some do by making a decision to go against the Lord, but thelemo in Matthew 18 says that the Lord has made a decision concerning the “little ones” that do not know the difference between right and wrong, that they will not perish.” (John Ankerberg & John Weldon, When Does Life Begin? And 39 Other Tough Questions About Abortion, 237-243 (Kindle Edition); ATRI Publishing)

Jesus is clear that children who die are safe in the arms of the Lord.

Sadly however, the famous religious reformer John Calvin taught something quite a bit different about the fate of children:

“I again ask how it is that the fall of Adam involves so many nations with their infant children in eternal death without remedy, unless that it so seemed meet to God? . . . The decree, I admit, is dreadful; and yet it is impossible to deny that God foreknew what the end of man was to be before he made him, and foreknew, because he had so ordained by his decree.’” (Institutes, 3.23.7 (p. 231-32)).

This is the sad position that Calvin and his followers must embrace to hold to their twisted view of God. Yet the Bible is clear: children are not born as sinners, and they will not be separated from God for eternity!

Who will you choose to believe: John Calvin, or Jesus Christ?

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