Q. If my son has not reached the age of accountability by the Rapture and therefore can’t make the choice to come to Christ, will he have to make it later? Since he lacks the capacity to sin or be judged I understand he would come with us in the Rapture, but some believe that those who lack the mental capacity to come to Christ will be given that chance (or rather have to make that decision) during the 1,000 year reign. Wouldn’t that mean he’d have to be born again in the Millennium in order to make a choice. Doesn’t sound right to me. Does everyone have to decide at some point or do infants and small children get a “pass go” card? I cannot find any scripture to support this doctrine of decision, can you help?
A. There’s no Scripture anywhere to support that view. I don’t know where it came from. The clearest Biblical directive on the issue comes from Paul in Romans 7:9:
Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.
He meant that before reaching the age of accountability, he had eternal life. As soon as he became accountable for his sins, he was under the same death penalty as all adults, and needed to be born again to be saved.
To me this means that all who lack the mental capacity to understand the sin/salvation issue at the time of the rapture will inherit eternity. They will not need any further qualification since they’ll be given perfected bodies at the rapture and will no longer have a sin nature.