Is There an Age of Accountability Found in the Bible?

The quick answer is no. The so-called Age of Accountability has been commonly thought of as 12 years of age. There is no written indication of this in the Bible. It is the supposed age where children were accountable for their sins, unless they repent of their sins and put their trust in Jesus. This is based on a Semi-Pelagian type of belief. Pelagianism: the teaching that people are not born with fallen natures. They will fall when they choose to sin, and that would be the age of accountability. Semi-Pelagianism: teaches that people are born with fallen natures, but they are capable of choosing between good and evil.

5 thoughts on “Is There an Age of Accountability Found in the Bible?

  1. While doing street youth ministry in the 90s I once had a Calvinist brother use the verse to refuse helping my kids because they were covered until 20yrs old anyways. If they got shot and died they’d go to heaven. Preposterous

  2. That scripture from Numbers does not read about an age of accountability.There is no age of accountability identified in Scripture as such. Nothing is written that says, “Here is the age and,” you know, “from here on you’re responsible.” And I think the possible reason for that is because children mature at different paces. God knows when that soul is accountable. I will be online later. gotta go. b

  3. God seemed to count those 20 and under as “not accountable” for the rebellion in the wilderness

  4. Seems like the ot might have it fixed at 20yrs old.
    Numbers 32:11 “Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and above, shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they have not wholly followed Me”
    What think ye, sir?

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