What is the age of accountability?


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The Biblical requirement for salvation

The Bible says, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16). The Bible presents two requirements for baptism. The first is the inward acceptance of the salvation that was provided by the death of the world’s Redeemer. The second is the outward sign of an inward change of life (Rom. 6:3-6). Therefore, it is clear that those who contemplate baptism should be at the age where they can understand spiritual matters and can make decisions that would affect their eternal life.

The Scriptures clearly teach that the Lord calls on children to join the body of Christ but those children should be old enough to understand the spiritual matters . They should be taught the meaning of a changed life and conversion.

Children are invited to accept the Lord

The book of Acts tells us that children accepted the Lord at Pentecost. “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:37-39).

In the early church, we read of examples of whole families accepting the truth and getting baptized at the same time “Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized” (Acts 16:32, 33).

The age of accountability

So, the right age of accountability for children to get baptized is when they are old enough to understand what Jesus did for them. And also they comprehend what they want to do in return for Him. This age may range from 8-12 depending on each child, his training, and his experience with the Lord. The Bible is clear that infants should not get baptized because they cannot understand, believe nor repent of their sins. Also see:

What does the bible say about infant baptism?

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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