Gordon Clark on Chapter 10:3 of the WCF:
“And since most of the activity recounted in the Bible has to do with ordinary adults, there is not much said about children who die in infancy and imbeciles who cannot understand language. Section iii takes up this point.
…Presbyterians had never held that all who die in infancy are lost. What the Confession is interested in, is whether any dying in infancy can be saved. If salvation unexceptionally depended on hearing, understanding, and accepting the Gospel, no child who died in infancy could be saved. Nor could any imbecile. Section iii declares that infant salvation is possible.
…The proof texts given in the footnote are taken as sufficient to show that all elect persons, whether infants or adults, who are incapable of being outwardly called by the preaching of the Word, are regenerated and saved notwithstanding” (Gordon Clark “What do Presbyterians believe?” pp. 116-117).
Clark said above: “If salvation unexceptionally depended on hearing, understanding, and accepting the Gospel, no child who died in infancy could be saved. Nor could any imbecile.”
Chris: This brings us back to John the Baptist who was filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb and leaped with exultation therein. John, as a “leaping babe” in the womb, heard, understood, and believed something, would you agree? As for Gordon Clark’s imbecile, how can he assume that an imbecile whom God regenerates cannot understand and believe the gospel? Once again, just like the many adherents of the Westminster Confession of Faith, Gordon Clark denies the gospel by making exceptions to Christ’s statement in Mark 16:16.