Question: If a Christian commits suicide, is he/she still saved?
The following excerpts are from Jack Kelly at http://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/osas-and-suicide/: Jack Kelley is a Christian writer with several books to his credit, including Children’s Stories of the Bible, The Adult Version, Seven Things You Have To Know To Understand End times Prophecy, and The Redeemer.
“Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1 Cor 3:16-17 NLT)
The answer lies in the verse itself. When Paul said “all of you together” he was talking about the whole Church. The Greek word is in the second person plural and literally means “you yourselves”. When he said “temple of God” he was talking about a single structure since the Greek word there is singular.
In other words the entire body of believers makes up one temple. We don’t have millions of temples running around, we have millions of components that together make up a single temple. The death of an individual believer, by whatever means, can not destroy the entire Temple. Therefore, these verses do not contradict my view that committing suicide will not cancel a believer’s salvation.
Suicide is a form of murder. If God can forgive the murder of another person, how could He not forgive the murder of self? Remember also that when we become believers all the sins of our life are forgiven, past present and future (Col 2:13-14). That even includes the one we’re no longer alive to seek forgiveness for. ~ Jack Kelly, Another Suicide Question – Gracethrufaith
I believe the act of suicide is motivated by a severe demonic oppression that can overpower even a believer. And when it does God knew it would happen before granting the believer’s plea for salvation, and had already extended His forgiveness to cover all the sins of the believer’s life including the last one. ~ Jack Kelly, Once Saved Always Saved and Suicide.
If you are truly a born again believer then there’s no sin you can commit that will separate you from God’s love. (Romans 8:38-39). By His one sacrifice He has made all believers perfect forever (Hebr. 10:14).
However this should not in any way, shape or form be construed as an endorsement for suicide. When you became a believer you gave control over your life to God. 1 Cor 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” To me that means that God has the right to end your life but you no longer do. And “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Cor 10:13). ~ Jack Kelly, If I Commit Suicide Will I Go To Hell – Gracethrufaith
Hebrews 10:12-14 says that Jesus died once for all time. That means all our sins, past present and future were dealt with at the cross. This includes suicide, the last sin of a person’s life. And because God knew all of our sins before we took our first breath it doesn’t take him by surprise if a believer dies at his own hand. He saw it before it happened, took it to the cross with all our other sins, and paid for it there.
The only unforgivable sin is to reject the pardon the Lord’s death made available to us, because that’s the only remedy for our sins that God has provided. If we reject that, then we’ve put ourselves outside of God’s forgiveness. ~ Jack Kelly, Is Suicide Forgivable – Gracethrufaith
5 May 2014