Thank you for your graciousness in considering and responding to the varied questions of many different people searching for truth. When you give a lecture, I come away with much clarity on subjects that were murky to me previous to your biblical explanations.
I have been hoping you would be available again on RZIM connect, so I could share this question that is so emotionally poignant.
One of my girlfriend’s husband is a pastor of a different denomination than myself and a few yrs. ago I was in one of his services, when he made statements I strongly disagreed with. His use of the scriptures appeared theologically correct, but in my heart, I could not reconcile them as such. The question he wove into his sermon about how we create a god to satisfy our imagination was this…
What happens to babies when they die?
As I sat there in the pew, I’m thinking of every potentially shattered woman in the congregation that would have experienced a miscarriage, abortion or the death of a child outside of the womb.
The pastor asserts that b/c we define God a certain way and in a certain light, of His goodness, and love, that we tend to make things up and we put statements out there about this subject that are not true. He gave an example of this statement… “You know there is an age of accountability and until they have the moral conscience to choose between right and wrong, they are innocent. Problem,” he shouts.
"Based on Romans 3:10, “there are none righteous, no not one”, and David’s statement in Psalm 51:5 “Behold I was shaped in iniquity: and in sin did my mother conceive me.” He stated, “if babies are innocent when they are born and if they die innocent, which is another theological problem, that means there is another way to heaven outside of Jesus Christ.” The pastor ended up saying, “he did not know what happens to babies, but his trust was in God to do what was best and what is right.”
I work for a faith-based women’s pregnancy center, and have counseled hundreds of women. I have not once eluded to the fragmented pieces of these women’s hearts, that their children were anywhere but in God’s arms.
I believe God receives these babies back to Himself and have always believed they would be in heaven. But what do I biblically stand on for this assertion?
I am not asking for you to validate my belief, however, I am asking for you to speak biblically to this weighty subject with clarity, honesty and the integrity I have come to value in your responses.