I listened with interest to the question about sprinkling as a valid mode of baptism. I am a firm believer in immersion for the forgiveness of sins as the proscribed method of baptism. But there's always that old saw, 'What about the person in a sickbed?" I believe that because God sees the heart, that sprinkling would be OK in such a case, or for that matter, that perhaps baptism would not even be necessary under such similar circumstances.
On another issue, that of the age of accountability, perhaps the Old Testament provides some guidance. That is the section where the Israelites 'twenty years' and older were destroyed for their sin. Just a few thoughts. And forgive me, but why don't people need to be re-baptized again for remission of sins. It would almost make sense that if baptism was initially required, it would be required for follow-on sin. I know there's a valid answer for this dilemna, but it escapes me at the moment.
We must realize that God has told us what he wants us to do and expects us to do it. We cannot presume or add things to what He has said. If we were allowed to presume there would be no end to the things man would change. You ask, "What about the person in a sickbed?" What God does with that person is His doing, we have nothing to say about it. We can also ask, "What about the man on the sickbed who does not believe?" Should God make an exception and save him in his unbelief?
Deut. 18:20, But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.?
Prov 30:6, Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.
Matt 15:9, You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:8 ?This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me.9 ?But in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.? "
Rev 22:18, I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 9 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.
God will just not allow man to change what he has commanded.
Matt.7:24, Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell?and great was its fall."
Here is a good example of what happens when men take things into their own hands.
Lev 10:1, Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.
Luke 6:46, Why do you call Me, ?Lord, Lord,? and do not do what I say? As for the age of accountability, I think it is a stage rather than an age. Some people mature earlier that others, and then some never reach the stage of accountability. Perhaps Romans 6:16-18 would be a better guide that to set a certain age.
Rom 6:16, Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?
17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,
18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. These passages point to the fork in the road when a person knows right from wrong and makes a choice which road he is going to take. God will hold this person accountable from here on.
Baptism places one into the body of Christ which is His church. From this point on we are Gods children and we are told to confess any sins we are guilty of to God in prayer and He is faithful to forgive us
Gal 3:26, For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Eph 1:7, In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.
1 John 1:7, but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
There is no dilemma, God has made provision for our forgiveness. We are baptized into Christ, then as Gods children He hears our prayers and forgives us when we repent and ask forgiveness.
1 Pet. 3:12, ?For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.?