By Edyta Jankiewicz, Ph.D. cand.*
“Even infants bear their condemnation with them from their mother’s womb; for, though they have not yet brought forth the fruits of their own iniquity, they have the seed enclosed within themselves. Indeed, their whole nature is a seed of sin; thus it cannot be but hateful and abominable to God.”
- Are children born as sinners, or with an innate tendency to sin, or both?
- Or are they born innocent, and only become sinners when they reach an age of moral awareness?
- If they are born innocent, and thus do not need baptism as infants, what is their status in the church?
*Edyta Jankiewicz, originally from Australia, holds a M.Min. (Family) from Avondale College, Australia, and is currently working on a Ph.D. (Religious Education) at Andrews University with a concentration in children's spirituality. She is married to Darius, and they have two daughters ages 10 and 12.