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as follows: Since God's desire is to set apart His covenant seed by placing them under His Word and by savingly blessing His Word; therefore, knowing that the covenant children dying in infancy will be taken away before His Word can be taught to them, God has elected to regenerate these infant children without the use of His normal means. Some lay more emphasis upon all infant children dying in an outward covenant relationship being saved, while others hold more strictly to an inward covenant relationship. This view is expressed in the Canons of Dordt as follows: "Since we are to judge of the will of God from His Word, which testifies that the children of believers are holy, not by nature, but in virtue of the covenant of grace, in which they, together with the parents, are comprehended, godly parents have no reason to doubt of the election and salvation of their children, whom it pleaseth God to call out of this life in their infancy" (First Head of Doctrine -Article 17).

3. All children dying in infancy are saved. This belief is based upon texts which testify of God's care and concern for all His creatures, e.g., Jonah 4:11, Psalm 145:9, and I John 4:8.

The third view expressed above produces several dangerous tendencies, such as the confusing of God's common and saving grace, the belief in universal redemption, and the idea that if a child is aborted or killed in infancy, that child will automatically enter heaven.

The more liberal interpretation of the second view produces the dangerous promotion of reasoning along the lines of presumptive regeneration, which states that all children born in an outward covenant relationship are to be considered as saved children until they prove this to be different at a later date.

The safest and most scriptural positions are the first view and the conservative interpretation of the second view which emphasize the internal covenant relationship. These views do not teach doctrines which oppose or are not found in God's infallible Word. They do not claim to know more about God's judgments than He has revealed and they uphold the scriptural safeguard that, "The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law" (Deuteronomy 29:29).





 

And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

-Genesis 17:7

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

-Acts 2:38-39

For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

-I Corinthians 7:14


 


 

And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

-Jonah 4:11

The LORD is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.

-Psalm 145:9

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

-I John 4:8


 

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