Suicide

I want to share this Q & A I had with a young man regarding SUICIDE. May it help you to resolve NEVER to consider it and may it help you communicate with those that you believe may being considering it:

Brother Dave: “dear pastor Greg miller,
I have a huge question to ask you. this question is a serious debate. can a Christian loose his salvation if he commits suicide? in the bible it says there is no new condemnation for those in Christ Jesus it also says lest any one can pluck the out of my hand. and it says that God shall never leave you nor forsake you.. . however saint Paul writes this your body is the temple of God and if any one destroys this temple him I shall destroy. dose that include one self because it says “any” ? also in revelation it says he that over comes I shall not blot out of the lambs book of life. is that saying that we can lose our salvation? I’m asking you this because I have been tormented so much by Satan in my life that I get close to the breaking point to where I want to just stab a knife right through my wrist and get it over with. but the fear of going to hell stops me. sincerely Dave.”

MY RESPONSE:

Brother Dave, I plan on addressing suicide in an upcoming study. But I want to address your note with some “food for thought”.

1. I have a chronic health condition and am incapacitated for days at a time every few months (it’s called COPD). The meds help me breath but make me sick with other serious side effects. It can be downright torturous. But I will never commit suicide simply because whenever I say that I trust God, I mean it. No matter how bad it gets, God is with me and I trust Him.

So, I would urge you to start there. Do you trust God? If so, then suicide should not be on your list of options.

2. The thoughts of suicide do not come from God, obviously. So, by seriously considering suicide you are admitting that you are considering following Satan’s commandment and orders. Is that how you would want to leave this world? It would be honest of your loved ones to put, “He died following Satan” on your tombstone! I am not going out that way. I have one life to live for God and if He chooses to allow me to suffer, I cannot WAIT to see the reward He has in store! But I am NOT giving that DAMNED serpent of Eden the satisfaction of knowing that I follow HIM in my last human act on this earth.

3. Salvation is not in question, IF the person is truly saved. Sadly, that is not something you can know about me and is not something I can know about you (although Christians are constantly giving their opinions of, “I don’t even think you are SAVED”… because they are ignorant). And that is one of the most tragic things about suicide. If you were to do such a thing, you will leave tortured loved ones who will be HAUNTED by your act… Satan will be using YOU (I only capitalize because I cannot “bold” things on YT)…. he will be using YOU to torture your loved ones for as long as they live.

Can you imagine how terrible that is for people who remain after a loved one has committed suicide? Was he saved? What did I NOT do that I should have done? Am I to blame, at least partially, for his suicide? The questions are endless. I know because I’ve counseled those who had loved ones commit suicide. It’s horrible for them. And even when they get their heads straightened out, the dreams and nightmares can remain for a lifetime.

The bottom line is that the person committing suicide will lose reward (1 Corinthians 3:11-18). The person committing suicide is destroying his testimony to any lost loved ones left behind. The person committing suicide is posing permanent torture on saved loved ones left behind.

Salvation is not in question IF you are truly saved. But the repercussions that will remain as a result will be a great victory for Satan and you will have played the fool and walked right into his trap. I pray you will never again think of such a thing, but turn your body over to God and let Him have His way, come what may:

1, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2, And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(Romans 12:1-2)

Please watch the following videos when you have time, so that you can rest assured in your salvation and by building your faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you can trust Him through all things: