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    Church Leaders Raise Age of Accountability

    “It is obvious that a child as young as six cannot be held accountable for their sins” stated Mark Horne, pastor of New Falls Bible Church in New Falls, West Virginia. “Prior to the age of six all children have no sin accounted to them. In effect, they don’t sin.”

    But several disagreed with Horne’s position.

    “I would say that the age of accountability goes up even higher, maybe even to eleven or twelve” stated Everett Colley, pastor of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Athens, Georgia. “I’ve got two boys at home, one seven and one ten, and it’s obvious that they don’t understand the difference between right and wrong. I don’t see how they could be counted as sinners yet.”

    Numerous informal debates were held regarding the issue over the course of the week until finally a general meeting was called to discuss the issue.

    Read more here at TomintheBox...

    TomintheBox is reporting today that a group of over 300 church leaders from around the country met in Savannah last week to discuss an ongoing problem in their churches. The gathering, made up of mostly independent, fundamentalist churches, discussed everything from liberalism to bus ministries. But one issue that came up frequently during the week was that of the "age of accountability." The "age of accountability" is a doctrine that teaches that children are not accountable for their sins until a certain age. But for many individuals the exact time of this age is often disputed.


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    1. Peter Hamm on Fri, September 14, 2007

      I say if they’re old enough to ride a snowmobile, they’re old enough to sin…

    2. nora on Fri, September 14, 2007

      I’ve got a two year old who is definitely walking very close to the line ..........

    3. Leonard on Fri, September 14, 2007

      I say we move it to 72, so when I am of the age to retire I can then be accountable.

    4. Peter Hamm on Fri, September 14, 2007

      It’s kinda like way “back in the day” when people would wait to get baptized until they are just about to die. Oh yeah, let’s bring that practice back…

    5. Randy Ehle on Fri, September 14, 2007

      Interesting…especially the non-satirical comments over at tominthebox!  Do I hear 40?  After all, that’s how old Moses was when he left Egypt.  Or maybe 80 - when he was chosen to lead the motley crew of Israelites.  (Not to be confused with Motley Crue…though there were probably some similarities!)

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