John UK wrote: Paul did not write: 1Tim 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to make a valiant attempt to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
1Tim 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; 2 Unto Timothy .....
Not your pope wrote: That's just it. Who's preaching at any given military "worship service"? A Roman Catholic priest? An openly-gay PCUSA pastor? An ordained lesbian ECUSA bishop? A Sunni Imam? An ordained Wicca representative?
Walt wrote: ..In regard to infants, we are not told much beyond that God ordinarily saves through the preaching and reading of the word. The gospel message of Christ is generally the outward means of our salvation, and Christ being the foundation and grounds of our Salvation. However, for those who do not ordinarily hear the gospel, as infants or those who have a disability, we can only have hope that the Father will justify them through His election. As a believer, I can give glory that I know most human fathers would do anything and everything to save their children, and this is the hope and faith I have in my Heavenly Father. I cannot for certain guarantee every mother and father that their son or daughter, whether infant or not, has gone into eternal life everlasting, because I have not been gifted omniscience or omnipresence, but I can certainly believe. I cannot charge God with sin for His decision, whatever it may be, but I can have hope that as my loving Father He does save every one He chooses, ordinarily or extraordinarily.
Sorry to intrude, but thought that you might like to read what Spurgeon preached on this issue. You will find it at: