Question: Is There An "Age of Accountability" Identified In Scripture?

Reader, the following question is from my email:
 Ms. Ann at what age are children held accountable by God for their sins??
As far as I know there's no "age of accountability" identified in Scripture. There is nothing in the Bible that says, "Here is the age and from here on you are responsible!" I really would like to think the reason for that is because children mature at different paces.
That would be true from culture to culture, and from age to age in history. So the Lord in His wisdom didn't identify a specific moment. God knows when each soul is accountable. God knows when real rejection has taken place; when the love of sin exists in the heart. When enmity with God is conscious and willful. God alone knows when that occurs.

What do y'all think, is there an age of accountable?


  1. I never read it in scripture. But I normally would guess about 12-13. That's when you are the age of bar/bat mitzvah. Jesus was about the Father's business at that age too.

  2. I believe when you understand GOD'S judgements.....if you're 8 or 18 GOD knows when you understand he knows the heart of ( man ) although we are not able to make covenant with the MASTER until we are 20 so the LORD just gives us plenty of time w no excuses . you know right from wrong by age 20...

  3. Proverbs 20:11 - Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work [be] pure, and whether [it be] right.


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