If A Baby Dies Before it is Baptized, is it Lost?
By Nick Michalinos
Question: If a baby dies before it is baptized, is it lost?
Answer: Babies that die are not lost, but safe, and being baptized or sprinkled or having water poured on them has absolutely nothing to do with their spiritual standing or state before God. In fact, baptism has nothing to do with saving either babies, adults or anyone.
The Bible nowhere states that infants, or little children have any accountability before God. What age a child must attain in order to be held accountable, we are not told by the Bible. In their unaccountable state, little children are as if they had never sinned and thus are not lost, but are kept safe until the time of their accountability before a just and holy God.
By looking at Second Samuel 12:23, we read a statement from David concerning his infant son that had just died. He said, "I shall go to him, but he shall not return unto me."
David was a saved man expecting to go to heaven, and he also was a man acquainted with the truths of God's Word. David not only expected to go to heaven, but he expected to meet his son there as expressed in the words, "I shall go to him." The thought of this reunion with his son removed the deep grief that would normally accompany the loss of a little child.
I bring to-your attention the fact that the child was the product of an adulterous union between David and Bathsheba. In other words, an illegitimate child. This does away with the erroneous idea that illegitimate children do not go to heaven. From David's words we learn they do.
David, through the Holy Spirit, gives us further light on the spiritual state of children. In Psalms 51:5 he writes:
"Behold, I was shapen (born) in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." Here he is speaking of a sinful nature that each of us possess from the moment of conception. It is also referred to as original sin.
Again we read: "The wicked are estranged from the womb (conception): they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies" (Psa. 58:3). We are "by nature (inherently) the children of wrath" (Eph. 2:3). We find we don't have to teach a child to disobey or rebel against authority, it is an inborn quality. It is interwoven within our nature. Though little children may do many things that are wrong, they are held as innocent and unaccountable before God. Infants and little children are in a state of safety until they reach an accountable age before God, then they are confronted with eternity deciding decision of either accepting or rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (In. 3:16, 18, 36; Acts 4: 12).