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The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ACCOUNTABILITY. Not a biblical term but it expresses the biblical concept of man’s responsibility to God. Man knows by what he learns through consciousness that he is answerable for his actions, and this is confirmed by his conscience and by the revelation of Scripture.Christ says man is accountable
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Accountability. †The circumstances of one’s own life which each person (Jew and Gentile alike; 1 Pet. 4:5) will relate before God at the Judgment Day (Rom. 14:12), even acknowledging a “careless” word spoken (Matt. 12:36). In the parable of the talents, a returning landowner takes inventory of the
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
ACCOUNTABILITY. Not a Bible word but an abstract term for that return for his talents and opportunities that every soul must make to God day by day, and especially at the judgment, as we are taught in Matt. 12:36, Rom. 4:10, Heb. 13:17, and 1 Pet. 4:5. It is a well-established doctrine of Holy Scripture,
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
ACCOUNTABILITY — the biblical principle that we are answerable to our Maker for our thoughts, words, and deeds. The Bible plainly teaches that “the whole world [is] accountable to God” (Rom. 3:19, NASB) and that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). This means we cannot experience
Dictionary of Theological Terms
AccountabilityThe responsibility and liability to judgment by God of moral agents for their affections and actions. The inbred sense of accountability is a strong indication that the just Creator has written His law on the hearts of all men (Rom. 2:15).See Arguments for God’s Existence.
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Responsibility. The relation a free moral agent has to a decision or act for which the agent is accountable. The counterpart to responsibility is imputability, in which the decision or act is chargeable to the agent. Assumed here in both cases are a law imposing an obligation and a sanction enforcing
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
ACCOUNTABILITY, a-koun-ta-bilʹi-ti: The general teaching of Scripture on this subject is summarized in Rom 14:12: “So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
Key passages
Ro 14:12

So each one of us will give an account concerning himself.

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