However, if evangelicals and especially Reformed Evangelicals are consistent with their theology, they have to admit that children are born sinners. They inherit a sinful nature from Adam and are guilty of sin from the time they draw their first breath. In addition, if they are consistent with their doctrine of "justification by faith alone," (sola fide) they have to admit that unless one has exercised faith in Christ, that person is lost. Most are not willing to be consistent here because it is such a Public Relations nightmare for Evangelical Christianity. A few are so willing, however. R. C. Sproul chided Billy Graham for saying at the memorial service for the Oklahoma City bombing victims:
“Someday there will be a glorious reunion with those who have died and gone to heaven before us, and that includes all those innocent children that are lost. They’re not lost from God because any child that young is automatically in heaven and in God’s arms.”Sproul accused Graham of preaching a new gospel: "justification by youth alone." He says:
Though Scripture is clear that in sin we are conceived, though it affirms that outside of faith in Christ alone there is no salvation, we comfort ourselves in the face of grim images of the dead children carried from the rubble with the biblically unwarranted assurance that if one only dies young enough, one will be saved.
I admire Sproul for his honesty and consistency. Most evangelicals are not willing to be so harsh. Yet, the Bible is a harsh book and if one claims to believe it, then one needs to believe all of it and be consistent.
I did an indepth study of this issue earlier on this blog examining the sermon by John MacArthur in which he claims that children go to heaven. I showed how thoroughly inconsistent he was with his own theology.