Unclean Children?

Q. I pulled this from an article and it got me thinking…

“The Bible plainly says that every child living in a home where neither parent is saved – under the protection of the blood – is automatically rendered unclean. Apostle Paul said it clearly, “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy” (I Corinthians 7:14).

So then a child of 2 unbelievers is “unclean” and may not go in the Rapture because the parents make the children holy? Your thoughts on this?

A. I know this writer and appreciate his position. But his view of 1 Cor. 7:14 conflicts with another of Paul’s statements about having eternal life before reaching the age of accountability. (Romans 7:9) It also conflicts with the Lord’s claim that every child has a guardian angel (Matt. 18:10). Therefore 1 Cor. 7:14 has to be talking about something else.

Sure enough a close look reveals that 1 Cor. 7:12-16 is speaking of the legitimacy of a mixed marriage in God’s sight. If either parent is a believer then God considers both the marriage and the offspring therefrom legitimate. That’s why Paul said that the believer couldn’t divorce an unbelieving spouse. However, if the unbeliever leaves then the believer is freed from any further obligation to the marriage.

So Paul wasn’t talking about whether the children are saved. He was talking about their status in God’s eyes as legitimate offspring of the marriage.

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