For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. (1 Cor 7:14, ESV)

If a child dies before being born or dies at a very young age, can we say that he or she is saved? What if one of the parents is a believer? And what if neither of the parents is a believer?

What is an overview of what Evangelical Christians believe on this matter?

Since the verse was not mainly addressing the state of children, what is an overview of how Evangelical Christians understand the thought that the children are holy?

How do Calvinists, Arminians, and other Evangelical traditions approach this question?

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    Evangelicals do not at all have a unified position on this issue. – curiousdannii Feb 24 '16 at 7:26
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    I was going to edit this question to make the title clearer, but I realised that it's still got a problem. Do you want to focus on the exegesis of 1 Cor 7:14, or do you want to focus on the systematic theology (doctrine) of children who die before the age of accountability? I think you need to choose and focus on only one of those, for this question to not be too broad. – curiousdannii Feb 27 '16 at 11:36
  • I would really recommend this debate by Christians (both Calvinists, which is a different side of the fence to me anyway) on both sides of this question based on the biblical texts. There is definitely a biblical precedent for the inclusion of children in the covenants of their parents, but the question at hand is whether or not that rightly extends into the New Covenant which Christians belong to: sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=531151725250 – Steve Taylor Mar 7 '16 at 12:37
  • I voted to close as too broad. This needs to be changed to an overview question or narrowed. I considered writing an answer from an evangelical Protestant perspective, which alone would be wordy; including the other perspectives asked for is just too much. – Andrew Jun 14 '17 at 22:45
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    @Andrew it does already ask for an overview – curiousdannii Jun 15 '17 at 1:21

1 Corinthians 7:14 KJV  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

Ephesians 5:5 KJV  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Ask most and they will reply with children being covered, saved, until some unknown age of accountability. It is my understanding that this passage of Scripture is just one more example of the urgency for those who have trusted in the shed blood of Christ Jesus by faith to witness that saving grace to others. If God chooses to condemn children of unsaved individuals, there is no unrighteousness with God. If we fail to witness to those unsaved parents then their blood and those of the children is on our hands.

Numbers 16:27-32 KJV  So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.... And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.

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    Can you demonstrate that this is the typical Evangelical position, by quoting evangelical authors/theologians, and not just your own opinion? – Nathaniel is protesting May 24 '18 at 17:59

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