Summary: Are we held accountiable for the sins of our children?Designed for ages 19-49.
The Sins of Our Children. Many say that we are held accountable for the sins of our children. But is that so? The Bible teaches that we will be held accountable for every idle word that we speak. That we must seek out our own salvation, with fear and trembling. There is no verse in scripture that states that the unruliness of our children will be accounted to us as parents. Sin is a matter of choice and not hereditary. Its not something that is passed down from generation to generation. There is of course a curse that can be passed down to our children, that the scripture talks about. Specifically, when Jesus was being tried before the Jews and they called for His execution. Pilot warned them and they said let the curse be upon us and our children. I’ve noticed that some people try to blame their parents, for the condition of children , that end up on drugs, in jail or dead. They say ,if only the mom or dad, did this or that, then ma-by the child would have turned out different. Is this a true statement or is it an excuse for the lack of belief and trust in the lessons that the parents tried to teach? I believe that we should put the responsibility where it belongs, on the individual. The Bible states , Teach a child in the way of the Lord and the Word shall not depart from them. Does this mean that the lessons taught will save the child later in life? No, this is a misunderstanding of scripture. Again the salvation of each person is based upon their accepting Jesus as their Saviour. The word will not depart from them, but they still must make the commitment to Christ on their own. Then why does the Bible teach this? That there will be no excuse, when it comes the time for their judgment. The Bible does state, that if a man stand uprightly before God, then He will save his entire household. This is true, but, there goes a responsibility to God, on the part of each child to, endure until the end. Those that are saved are saved indeed, but those that endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. There is a controversy here in this statement, where some preach, once saved always saved, but in my studies I find, no where in scripture, where it ever contradicts, endure unto the end. We must tell our children the truth, they must hold on until death, their faith in Christ. Well show in scripture that the individual is held accountable for the word that they have been taught. There is a misconception going around in some teachings, it states that, everyone will be held accountable for everything in scripture. But this cant be, for we are only held accountable for what we have been taught. Lets get into the scripture and sort all this out. Matthew 27:25, “ Then answered all the people and said,”His blood be on us and our children.” Mark 13:12 “Now the brother shall betray the brother to death,and the father the son,and the children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.” Romans 9:11 For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth. In Matthew 27:25, The Jews brought a curse upon their children ,by their obstinance and hatred of Jesus. They condemned their children to banishment and captivity for generations to come. We can also bring curses upon our children by the same actions and also inactions. By not believing upon the name of Jesus, or by swearing an oath to God out of spite. For the Bible states, Its better not to make an oath, than to make one and break it. Here in this verse we can see that the parents wernt held accountable for the sins of their children but just the opposite, the children had to bear the sins of the parents, hard to believe but its true. Most of what we see in scripture has to do with prophecy, where the worst enemies that we will have will be of our own family. Children are born without sin, many believe the exact opposite, but the Bible is clear on this. Look at Romans 9:11 ,closely and you will see that Baby’s are born, haveing done, neither Good or evil, so children have an equal chance in life to make up their own mind to do good or to choose evil ,as a way of life. We raise up a child in the word and it shall not depart from them, but they will still be given a choice. So as you see ,we are not held accountable for the sins of our children. ars