Monthly Archives: February 2014

Is suicide an unforgivable sin?

No.

Two friends recently asked me about this, so I thought it might be good to address. But I always want to be careful as I never know who might read this, and what people are going through or have gone through. So I pray you only hear biblical truth here to encourage your souls toward Christ. A question like this can only be answered by putting a lot of different teachings together:

1. Suicide is murder- that is the only vice that is listed in the Bible in which that would fall under; suicide is the exact same type of sin as homicide, abortion, and hatred in your heart (Genesis 9, Matthew 5, 1 Tim 1). All those actions are violence toward someone who is made in the image of God.

2. Blasphemy of the Spirit is the only unforgivable sin- to commit this sin, one must charge Jesus with serving the Devil (Matthew 12.22-32). Christians cannot– meaning do not have the ability– to commit this sin.

3. No one can lose their salvation- Every single person God saves is someone He foreknew, predestined, called, justified, and one day will glorify (Romans 8.28-30). Anyone who falls away from the faith only proves that they were never born again to begin with (1 John 2.19)

4. There is no verse that teaches suicide is the blasphemy of the Spirit.

5. Christians can do heinous things- I have. I have committed murder in my heart. Christians cannot blaspheme the Spirit, but they can pretty much still do anything else, given the way sin and temptation and suffering work on this side of heaven.

6. Christians must not commit suicide in the same sense that Christians must not lie, steal, murder, or commit adultery, or any other command of the Lord. Any sin can and will be forgiven (1 John 1.9), and it is only willful, unrepentant sin that should make us question whether someone is born again (Matthew 18.15-17)

7. Christians normally only want to please God.

8. We have much more victory in the Christian life than most Christians ever realize (Romans 6-8). So the temptation and the act of suicide (and any murder for that matter) should always at least make us wonder how much someone really knew our Savior.

My conclusion: suicide is not a damning sin. I do think it is near damning evidence that someone was never born again, but that is as far as I think the Bible goes.

Please stop the “robot” argument!

Many who war against Calvinism argue that if God elects sinners to salvation, that makes us robots. I suppose the argument is “If God causes us to love Him, and if our faith in Christ was guaranteed when God elected us before the foundation of the world, then it is not really us choosing to love Him, and therefore, that makes us less than human.” Something like that. I used to think that way. But it just doesn’t work. Please stop that silly “robot” argument. And it is silly. It is a caricaturization of an opposing view. There are a few reasons that the “robot” argument needs to stop:

  1. Impeccability of God- God cannot sin. Jesus, in his divinity, could not sin. Jesus, in a  sense, cannot help but love His Father. Does that make Jesus a robot?
  2. Impeccability of believers in the future- one day believers will be perfected. In the eternal kingdom we will not be able to sin. We will not be able to help but love God. Will we be robots then?
  3. Love is love- if God truly does cause people to love Him, He is still causing people to LOVE Him. Do robots love?
  4. An experiential argument- We are already partially perfected. I bet you, if you’re a Christian, you cannot commit the blasphemy of the Spirit (Matt 12.32, 1 Cor 12.3). Try it. Try and say “Jesus serves the devil” or “Jesus be cursed.” I bet you the words can come out of your mouth, but you cannot mean it. No matter how hard you try. You cannot help but believe that Jesus is Lord. Are you a robot?