The Editor first posted this on his Facebook page and then thought it good to preserve his comments in this venue here on the Web.
Suicide is a dreaded word in any family and colors the passing of a man or woman in the minds of many. When you hear of such be slow to judge and quick to pray. We don’t always understand what we see, and what we hear. Dr. Adrian Rogers is, I believe, correct in what he said of that Christian man. I have known at least one Christian man who ended his life as he was undergoing severe pain from cancer and the effects. Keep in mind death is never pretty…never kind…it is an enemy no matter the form. Suicide does not change the destiny of a person, but seems to expedite the trip. I say, “Seems to…” Because there are no surprises to God. He knows our end before the beginning. Is suicide the unpardonable sin? No it is not. When a man or woman gets saved all sin is then under the blood of Christ. All sins! Past, present and future. Remember, when Jesus died for you…all of your sins were future. Yet He paid for every last one of them. “Romans 8:38-39 – Verse 38, For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Verse 39, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Nothing can separate the believer from the love of Jesus Christ….NOTHING! NO THING! No deed… no act… NOTHING. Too many families have had to hold their heads down because a loved one took his own life. That ought not to be. While we can not change the mindset of individuals we can offer our prayerful support. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3
When the believer was born into the family of God the Scriptures teach we are right then (not later, not after some funeral, not on our death bed in the future, but right then…the moment of salvation) we are dead to this world…dead to all sin…ALL SIN… “OUR LIFE IS HID WITH CHRIST IN GOD.” God gave up on our flesh in the Garden of Eden when Adam disobeyed God and took of the forbidden fruit.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:12-21
Adam as surely died spiritually in that Garden as you are surely reading these words. Adam in the New Testament is referred to as the First Adam and Jesus is the Second Adam (Last Adam). What Adam lost, Jesus bought it back with His own life and death on the cross.
As awful as a suicide might be on the family and, it is, it is in the final analysis a death…death can not separate you from the love of God. Jesus pulled the “stinger” out of death when He was resurrected from the dead. He conquered death, hell and the grave. He is alive right now at the right hand of God and is making intercession for the saints (that is you, me and all believers).
I prayerfully urge you to leave a departed man’s arrival in Heaven to the God who saved him in the first place. God knows how to keep His own. “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Genesis 18:25. I submit a truth that you already know…Yes, the Judge of all the earth will, indeed, do right. I choose to take the words of Jesus when He spoke to the woman taken in the very act of a bad sin and was then on trial for her life, “When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee:” John 8:10-12. As a well-known pastor, Dr. Joe Henry Hankins, used to say, “If you are not saved nothing else matters.” I have confined my thoughts in this article to those who have been born again…those who are saved. Again, I repeat the words of Dr. Adrian Rogers, “The man who ended his life by suicide was going to eventually die anyway…he just decide when he would die.” We should not attempt to make more of that than Dr. Rogers did. Blessings,