Paul Wilson (4
from the Berean call July newsletter:
Question: There are many who advocate that a born-again believer
suicide and still be saved. They stress the fact that there is
only one sin
God will not forgive: blaspheming the Holy Spirit. They use King
and Judas Iscariot. My thought on this is that no saint
can/could ever give
life, self, or God because His Spirit is in them and is the Life
The works of the flesh are described in Galatians 5:19-21a.
differences between these three men (Samson, Judas, and King
Saul) as to
deaths proved? Is it possible for a saint to commit suicide?
Response: The answer to your question has little to do with King
especially Judas. The answer is predicated upon this biblical
who is truly born again, who has by grace alone through faith
Jesus paid the full penalty for one's sins (which He did--past,
has therefore received the gift of eternal life.
One might as well ask if a saint of God could commit adultery,
Tragically, it has proved to be possible for Christians to
commit all manner
wickedness. Such is the nature of mankind, whose heart is
and desperately wicked" (Jeremiah 17:9). As such a person goes
for whatever reasons, is overtaken by the world, the flesh, or
to the point of suicide--his fruitfulness in life and his
affected, but it cannot affect his gift of eternal life, which
nor could pay for.
A believer who is truly saved and maturing in Christ should not
any sin. The Word of God abounds in exhortations directed at
their temporal life for Christ, to fight the good fight of
faith, to beware
wiles of the devil, who goes about seeking whom he may devour,
be no such admonitions directed at believers if they were immune
that would shipwreck their faith. But as God's Word repeatedly
assured that His gift of eternal life extends even to those
saints who fail.