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Mary (0)
Q: Is there a biblical age of accountability?
A: Dear Mary,
Thanks for your question. Although we know that there comes a time when the child must be held accountable for his or her own spiritual choices, the Bible does not specify an "age of accountability." We know that the Bible teaches that Jesus went up to Jerusalem with his parents to observe the Passover when He was twelve years old and was found "teaching" the rabbis (Luke 2:41-50). We also know that Jewish tradition teaches that a boy enters manhood when he has completed his twelfth year, becoming a "son of the law" (bar mitzvah). The Bible tells of boys who became kings very early, like Josiah at eight years of age (2 Chronicles 34:1). It seems obvious from the passage that Josiah had a love for God, but the Bible goes on to tell us that it wasn't until the eighth year of his reign, when he was sixteen years old, that "He began to seek the God of his father David."
I believe in any case that children choose the right path because of some faithful adult who trained them in the way of the Lord (see Proverbs 22:6). To the best of my understanding, God alone knows the age of accountability for each individual, and it is our part to do all in our power to ensure that the young people under our influence are by led to love Jesus.

Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!

Your friend,
Pastor Howard


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