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Death Bed Conversions Real

Are death bed conversions for real? Do you believe a person can intentionally wait to the very last minute to ask Jesus Christ to forgive him and still gain salvation?

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On the cross the thief acknowledged Christ and the Lord said to him that he would be with him in paradise that very day. Maybe I'm simple minded but I believe that no matter what, if a person asks for forgivenss and means it regardless of their sins or when they ask, God will forgive them. That is what I believe His MERCY to be all about, GRACE, FORGIVENESS, LOVE
---douglas on 12/8/07

you are right we are to show and recognize the fruit of the spirit, but we are human and we can error. what one person might see as a good showing of the fruit another might find wrong. take a look at the differences between Anabaptists and most protestant churches. they differ in what they see as right in war. ultimately we can't judge or even inspect without error, we must only trust that God will be accurate.
---Jared on 4/30/07

we can know our own salvation if we confess Jesus as Lord and turn to a life with Him. And we should encourage others along that path as well. But only God and the individual can truly know the truth about their salvation.
---Jared on 4/30/07

Jared, the bible speaks of knowing your own salvation with certainty. As to knowing another's yes we can know because we ought to see the fruit of the spirit in that persons life. we are not policement but fruit inspectors. That's why it is the job for example of elders to rebuke those in error etc. we do not rebuke unbelievers but believers.
---gary on 4/30/07

I agree Helen.....There's no better time to walk with the Lord than right now.
---JIM on 4/19/07

Are Death bed conversions likely? I would say that they are few and far between if a person has been rejecting christ their whole life why would they suddenly accept him at the end? I'm not saying that it is impossible just unlikely. I have known many people in their last days wish they knew Christ but they continue to reject him because they believe that they are too bad to save.
---Jared on 4/19/07

Is a death bed conversion real? Absolutely. The Lord does not cast away anybody who goes to Him asking for forgiveness. However, I would never tell somebody to wait, for that would be very foolish as none of us knows when our time is up.
---Helen_5378 on 4/19/07

Are any conversions real? If someone confesses Christ as Lord I am going to take the scripture as truth, they are saved. I don't think God has a time limit or a expiration date on salvation. Is a deathbed conversion likely? that is the real question. Man cannot say for certain because only God is the judge, and he is a righteous judge looking at the heart instead of the body.
---Jared on 4/18/07

Scripture says that "Today is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2). I believe that people putting off getting saved and saying they will do it later do not really want to get saved at all. If they really wanted Jesus in their life they would not wait.
---Helen_5378 on 4/18/07

look here, my mother had do time, as she fell ill and into coma right after - in the middle of the road. she dies 3 days later.
she was a famous astrologer - and had NO IDEA of the deadly illness growing inside of her. her customers are still shocked due to her sudden death.

so folks - stick to Jesus, pray, read the Bibel, believe and follow God !
---petra on 4/18/07

Dear Donna
Don't forget that Death is the door to true happiness and love. We know this, in theory, but the world can be so cruel, at times, that we can forget this - and need reminding.
God Bless you.
---Ed on 4/18/07

We are saved by Grace by believing. It is not works. If we ask forgiveness his word says he is faithful and just and forgives all.
---Denna3337 on 4/18/07

But at the end of the day it is all about LOVE.
Salvation can only come from Love. Love first, Salvation second. Love that involves the pain of sacrifice but also the joy of being in union with God, and all the blessings that brings.

The real message should be: "turn to God because you need to be saved, God wants you to be happy - now - but, above all, because God wants you to be with Him in spirit - now. Whether we respond to this is all about charity of spirit.
---Ed on 4/18/07

Death bed conversions do happen. But the person who is waiting until the last moment to seek salvation after enjoying a life of sin is not converting to anything.

Waiting to the last minute is a bad idea in any case. In the third and fourth centuries, converts to Christianity used to delay their baptism until their deathbed in order to make the best use of it, in their own minds. However, many people ended up not making it and died without being properly baptised.
---lorra8574 on 4/18/07

Yes they are. I have witnessed one in which the person was paralyzed for 27 years, Apreacher went to pray with her and she started moving and crying and thanked him and the next morning she was gone. There is more to this as she was kept alive to do this and no one realized it. Believe I saw it with my own eyes, it was my wife
---doug on 4/17/07

No. very seldom is a death bed sorry for my sins a true Salvation. It is so dangerious to wait. And ofcouse God might choose to take you out in a heart beat, then where will you be. HELL.
---catherine on 4/17/07

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There is no such thing as death bed confession. The same spirit that controls you in this life will possess you after death. You do not miraculously become a different person because you die. The spirit nurtured in your heart in life will be the same after you die. You cannot serve two masters. Your thoughts, words and actions will remain the same. Have you not read that not everyone that cries Lord Lord will enter the kingdom of God.
---ashley on 4/17/07

They can if God is convicting them of their sins. But I wouldn't want to wait at the last minute, it maybe too late. Jesus has to convict that person first.
---Rebecca_D on 4/17/07

In response to tommy on predestination. this is an open door for doubt, you can,t be healed because you might be pedestined to be sick ect.ect.God requires Faith to please him and faith raised lazerath who you might say was pedestined to die, the resurection of the dead was predestined according to mary, jesus said I am the resurrection. pedestination is down the road faith is now.exzucuh
---Exzucuh on 3/30/06

The theif on the cross was a death bed conversion. all conversions are death bed conversions, actually they are resurrections, the unsaved are dead in tresspasses and sins.there is no last minute. no person dies without Gods approval.exzucuh
---Exzucuh on 3/30/06

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I don't think many people deliberately wait to make a "deathbed" decision. IMHO it's just that most of our lives, death seems so distant, even if we outlive family and friends. There's no urgency to "get right with God", especially if one has doubts about the Bible.. I'm old and have cancer. Even as a Christian, facing death eyeball to eyeball is lonely and frightening (don't disagree if you haven't been there). This, I think, is what some people need to get serious about God.
---Donna on 2/8/06

I think the whole question is silly but for those who don't know, you don't know! You can't plan on your salvation. It doesn't work like that. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth if you are His.
---Joe on 2/4/06

I didn't know that God was "required" even once. GRACE- Gods riches at Christs expense. His mercy is what He shows us instead of what is truly deserved.
Jesus asked the pharasees to go and learn what it means, "I desire mercy and not sacrifice"
---douglas on 2/4/06

The problem with this is, many people make a vow to God that they will do this or that for him if God would just heal/save them. And when this person is better, they forget all about God, and they never seem to remember that they made a vow to him. If God isn't convicting them of their sins, they not going to get saved just by asking. I would be afraid to wait until I'm dying. God is only required to call us just once, he may not knock on our hearts door again.
---Rebecca_D on 2/4/06

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Tommy, how can they be jeopardizing their eternal destiny if they are predestined to be saved anyway? If they are saved on their death bed God must have predestined that it would happen that way, so they have jeopardized nothing by leaving it so late. (That is IF you really believe in predestination - you do not sound as if you are too sure though).
---M.P. on 2/4/06

As long as you are alive you can accept Jesus and be saved. Look at the thief on the cross who was saved on his "deathbed". The problem is, you are not guaranteed your next breath, so you are playing with your fate. Why wait? In a few minutes it might be too late!
---wes on 2/4/06

Anyone who "thinks" they will wait until the last minute to accept Jesus Christ are fooling themselves. They are jeopardizing their eternal destiny, because "God will not be mocked", not even in this. I believe in pre-destination, and that those whom God has chosen will be saved, but, only God's grace can save us from our own foolishness.
---tommy3007 on 2/4/06

2. Read Matthew 20:1-16 to see for yourself how the reward is exactly the same for those who have been Christians for most of their lives as it is for those saved 'just in time' - on their death beds.
---M.P. on 2/4/06

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It is impossible for anyone to INTENTIONALLY wait until the very last minute because no-one knows when their last minute will be. I know that many say 'I don't need God now, I'll leave it until later', but that 'later' could take them unawares. However, having said that, there are people who are saved on their death beds - not because they chose to wait until then but because that was when they heard the truth in a way that they understood and they accepted Christ's gift of salvation 'just in time'.
---M.P. on 2/4/06

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