deathbed

Deathbed Salvation

The present topic is not a very popular one because of the obvious sensitivity of it, but for that very reason it is one that should be discussed from time to time. It is a topic that I know about first hand due to family members relying upon its supposed existence, so I can relate to some who feel pain when thinking about such things as this. It is not my intent to offend anyone with my comments. My intent is to get people who are not thinking about their soul and their Creator to start doing so now instead of later.

The fact that physical death is inevitable for everyone (save the Lord returning) is no secret. Moses acknowledged our limited time on Earth as well as our responsibility to use it wisely when he said, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12) The context in which the verse was written revolved around man’s relationship with our Creator and His authority over us. Moses understood the importance of not waiting to come to God.

Whether or not deathbed salvation is a popular topic does not change the reality of the situation. A person determines whether or not he or she will face this situation by their attitude toward the present days of our life on the Earth in general and how we view God specifically. People that procrastinate with their spiritual relationship, duties, obligations and deadlines to God are playing “Russian Roulette” with sin and death. Procrastination has cost many people their marriage, their friends, their jobs and unfortunately their souls! (Luke 12:15-21)

Can a person wait too long to come to God? Unfortunately,according to the scriptures we can. The LORD warned His people in the past about the peril of ignoring His calls (Proverbs 1:20-33; Isaiah 65:12; 66:4; Jeremiah 7:13, 35:17) and through His writings He continues to do so today. The New Testament contains urgent pleadings such as, “For He says, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now [today] is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2). The Gospel demands to be answered while a person has the ability to do so today. Hebrews 3:7,8 says, “Wherefore as the Holy Spirit says, Today if ye will hear His voice, Harden not your hearts….” According to these verses, when does a person need to listen to, come to and call on God? Is it not today? (more…)