Soteriology

The Destiny of Those Who Die in Infancy

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Note: This article is reprinted from The Faith Pulpit (May/June 1999), a publication of Faith Baptist Theological Seminary (Ankeny, IA). It appears here with some slight editing.

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In this paper an attempt will be made to show what the Bible teaches about the destiny of those who die in infancy. In order to accomplish this purpose, the major views on this subject will be presented followed by an examination of the biblical material.

The Major Views:

Infants who die in infancy unbaptized do not go to heaven: In Roman Catholic theology there is no official dogma on the destiny of dead unbaptized infants. Nevertheless, the weight of tradition teaches that they go to a place called limbo, which is neither heaven nor hell, a place of natural happiness but without full communion with God. Cf. Limbo: Unsettled Quesion by George J. Dyer (NY: Sheed & Ward, 1964) or Encyclopedia of Theology, edited by Karl Rahner (NY: The Seabury Press, 1975), pp. 850-851. Read more about The Destiny of Those Who Die in Infancy

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Book Review: Salvation Belongs to Our God

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Wright, Christopher J. H. Salvation Belongs to Our God: Celebrating the Bible’s Central Story. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Academic, 2007. Paperback, 202 pp. $16.00

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Series: Christian Doctrine in Global Perspective series, edited by David Smith and John Stott.

ISBNs: 0830833064 / 9780830833061

Features: Questions for Reflection or Discussion (at the end of each chapter), Endnotes, and Scripture Index

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* Table of Contents

Subjects: Biblical Theology, Soteriology
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Book Review: Pierced for Our Transgressions

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Jeffery, Steve, Michael Ovey & Andrew Sach. Pierced for Our Transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Substitution. Forward by John Piper. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007. Trade Paperback, 373 pages. $25.00.

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ISBNs: 1433501082 / 9781433501081

Special Features: Bibliography (pp. 337-351), Index of Names, and Index of Biblical References

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Excerpts (includes ten pages of Endorsements, Forward by John Piper, Acknowledgments, and Chapter 1: Introduction)

Subjects: Theology, Soteriology, Atonement
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Book Review—Assured by God

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By Anthony Hayden

Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God’s Grace. Parsons, Burk ed. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2006. Hardback, 224 pages. $ 18.00

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Special Features: Notes, Index of Scripture, Index of Subjects

ISBNs: 1596380292 / 9781596380295

LCCN: 2006930537

DCN: 234

Subjects: Perseverance of the Saints; Eternal Security; Assurance in Salvation

Authors: Burk Parsons; Philip Ryken; Al Mohler; Richard Philips; Sinclair Ferguson; Joel Beeke; John MacArthur; Keith Mathison; Jerry Bridges; and R.C. Sproul

Burk Parsons is minister of congregational life at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida. He is also editor of Tabletalk, a monthly magazine from Ligonier Ministries. He received a degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity College and Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary.

“It is dubious to doubt the indubitable”—Sproul (p. 178).
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