E. H. Johnson was a well-known Baptist pastor and theologian in the latter quarter of the 19th century. According to one archived newspaper report, Johnson pastored churches in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. He also served successfully as interim pastor, once following his friend and colleague, James M. Pendleton at the historic Upland Baptist Church in Upland, PA.
In 1882, Johnson became professor of systematic theology at Crozer Theological Seminary, Chester, Pa. While teaching at Crozer, he wrote his An Outline of Systematic Theology which went through five editions (1895). In a short section entitled “Salvation of Infants” Professor Johnson offers a brief but convincing biblical defense as to why we may rightly conclude all infants dying in infancy are saved. He begins his biblical rationale with a question:
If infants share a depravity which necessarily leads to acts of sin, are dying infants saved? The Scripture does not state that they are saved, but it justifies such an inference (p.156).
–E.H. Johnson, An Outline of Systematic Theology by E. H. Johnson and of Ecclesiology by Henry G. Weston, American Baptist Publication Society, 1895