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Saved On Your Death Bed

Why do so many people believe you can be saved in the last few minutes of your life?

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 ---Kent on 12/13/06
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Amanda, that was a great answer and I was thinking of it yesterday and was going to quote from it but you found a good passage that can be use as an example for this question. That parable's comparison concerning when someone comes to Christ is a good one. To God, it doesn't matter the time so long as he gets in. All that God knows and has chosen, will come forward even in the last second. "The Lord is not slack concerning His promises, as some count slackness,
---mark on 7/23/07

#2. Amanda: " but is longsuffering toward us, (the elect) not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance," The elect will come and God promises they will make it, even if its at the last second. Everyone has a choice alright, and everyone will make that choice. If he doesn't come forward, he was never one of the elect. No one knows who they are but God waits patiently for His promises will always come true.
---mark on 7/23/07

Want an example? Try the parable Jesus gave us concerning the land owner who went to town to hire workers for his field. He offered them a wage for a day. In the evening he went back to town and offered more workers the same wage for a partial day. All of the workers recieved the same wage, but not all worked for the same amount of time.
---Amanda on 7/22/07

I agree with this answer.
"You can get saved any time of your life. Some get saved when they are very young, others "old" like me. "God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). God does not want anybody to perish, so He will go to all lengths to save them, even if it is on their death bed."
---Helen_5378 on 12/14/06
---mima on 7/22/07

There is such a thing. The bible says If you confess your sins to God He would be faithful and just to forgive us our sins.God does not and cannot lie. We all start out with a confession and mature from that point. We don't feel saved, don't look saved in the beginning or act saved. It is a slow process where we begin to change daily. We do our part, The Holy Spirit does His.
---Robyn on 7/22/07

Rebecca, that was a wonderful answer you gave. You understand that so well. People that cry out to God because they don't want to go to hell are really not saved at all. A person has to have a contrite heart of the sins he has done towards God and cry's for forgiveness. Just crying out will not get you in. The heart has to be change by the Spirit. Then he will repent, and his cry will be real.
---mark on 7/22/07

#2. Rebecca, "Attrition" is a false or spurious kind of repentance. It involves remorse caused by a fear of punishment or a loss of blessing. When a child is caught with the hand in the cookie jar, the child fearing a spanking cries, "I am sorry." This pleas together with tears are usually not signs of genuine remorse for wrongdoing. The very kind of repentance Esau exhibited in Genesis 27:30-46. He was sorry, not because he had sinned, but becuase he had lost his birthright.
---mark on 7/22/07

#3. Rebecca: Contrition, on the other hand, is true and godly repentance. It is genuine. It includes a deep remorse for having offended God. The contrite person openly and fully confesses his sin with no attempt to excuse it or justify it. This acknowledgment of sin is coupled with a willingness to make restitution whenever possible and a resolve to turn away from sin. This is the Spirit of repentance that David exhibited in Psalm 51.
---mark on 7/22/07

#4. Rebecca: This is what he said, "Create in me a new heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." The sacrafices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart. I really enjoyed your answer Rebecca. Just wanted to add this part that I studied when I came to the Lord. Blessings and peace
---mark on 7/22/07

The Word of God states that the acceptable time for salvation is now. If a person is convinced in their heart that Jesus Christ is our gift of Salvation and they are near deaths door, who are we to Judge their heart and say that it is impossible for them to be saved. Who are we to say that God can't bring salvation to those who are on their death bed.
---Marcia on 7/8/07

Because you can. Matt 20

Whether or not one will is a different matter. There is no guarantee that someone who has rejected God all their life will have a desire or opportunity even on their death bead. John 6:44, Prov 1:
---Bruce5656 on 7/8/07

Scripture says "Whosover will, let him come and drink freely from the water of life" God didn't add "unless you're on your deathbed" at the end of that sentence.
---craige on 12/26/06

Susie , I'm agreeing with you in prayer for the pastor with lymphoma, in Jesus name, putting him under the Blood, I must say felt a tremendous holy anointing while praying for him, Just leave it in God's Hands, Trusting in Him, because God's way is PERFECT. Amen! God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 12/21/06

This is a very special prayer request. Today is the 91st birthday of a dear retired pastor friend who is suffering from lymphoma. Please pray for him and his wife who is caring for him.
---Susie on 12/19/06

Christian , Nice to hear from you! God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 12/17/06

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and notable day of the Lord.
And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 2:20,21
---lisa on 12/17/06

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This I beleive. God deals directly with the heart. The mind deceives us..and our mouths deceive others. Even to the 'foolish' who may reject God with their mouths and minds cannot hide their hearts. Kinda like when my mom asks me if I want some of her Godaiva's, I say no because they are her favorites and she gets them rarely.... but who are we kidding...of course I want one. Beware, the mind and mouth can deceive your heart as well given enough time.
---Christian on 12/17/06

You can get saved on your deathbed..but sometimes death takes you by surprise. Do you know when you are going to die? NO! It could be today, it could be tomorrow, it could be a long time from now. Why take a chance of dying without being saved?
---Patten on 12/16/06

It's possible, happens once in while, wouldn't advise people to wait for or even expect a "death bed opportunity" to come to the Lord, Some don't get a "death bed opportunity", death comes too quickly ,OR some are in such a spiritually deteriorated state that God won't even listen to them, Some really don't want God, but they will try to foolishly bargain with Him,and God CAN'T work with deceit/hypocrisy. Banking on a death bed chance is foolish! God said NOW is the day for salvation.
---Mrs._Morgan on 12/16/06

You can also reject salvation on your deathbed. I know one man who did this! Scary!
---Susie on 12/16/06

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It is possible to get saved on your death bed IF Christ is dealing with that person's (heart). But if Christ isn't drawing them in, they can cry out to God all they want, it won't do them a bit of good. Just crying out Oh Lord, oh Lord, save me, won't get you saved. Mt 15:8, Jn 6:44. A person can't get saved anytime they want to.
---Rebecca_D on 12/14/06

You can get saved any time of your life. Some get saved when they are very young, others "old" like me. "God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). God does not want anybody to perish, so He will go to all lengths to save them, even if it is on their death bed.
---Helen_5378 on 12/14/06

Praise God for His mercy and grace that there are those saved in the "11th hour" His ways and thoughts are higher then ours, and when we have a problem with this. it shows our heart attitude, is it envy and strife, resentment, who are we to question God?
His love is SO great...
---christina on 12/14/06

Think about this, the theif on the cross realized who Jesus was, he realized the life or condition he was in(sinner)Jesus knew he had a change of heart. While the other theif mocked him, to the very end He was trying to teach us.
Do you think someone who cries out in fear at the last minute, will be allowed to enter the Kingdom after rejecting Jesus all their life? Do you think that person if truly having a change of heart or suddenly realizing they are going to hell.
Peace be with you
---kent on 12/14/06

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Because U can. It is risky thats for sure no one knows if you will have a few minutes to make it right. But Jesus showed us you can on the cross. He said to the one thief "today U shall be with me in paradise" clearly a death bed if you will convert, minutes to live, bleeding, dying but within minutes Jesus Himself said today U will be with paradise.
---Jeanne on 12/13/06

God only asks one thing of us, that we trust in His Son.

You trust bank to keep your money
You trust doctor not to remove your heart out and keep it
You trust airplane to land on the ground

No man's intellect can explain salvation
God only asks that we trust Jesus saves

God does ask that fight for Him, because He is more than able to vindicate and defend Himself

God only asks that you trust and obey Him, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ that you may be saved.
---Raine on 12/13/06

If you're trying to make it in by works, the faith you've kept all your life, all your righteousness is as filthy rags.

The deathbed confession that Jesus Christ is Lord, the prodigal son that returns, is equally precious to our Heavenly Father, as the son who worked in the fields all the days of his life.
---Raine on 12/13/06

Forgiveness of the past doesn't change it into a record of achievement.
---Jack on 12/13/06

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I have had people try to tell me that in the last 30 seconds of their life they could call upon the Lord, not so. if that is the case the faith I have keeped all my life is going to be for not.
Peace be with you.
---Kent on 12/13/06

I believe "death-bed" conversions are possible, but, I don't think it advisable to try to beat the reaper. Only God knows the appointed time of our death, and any who try to beat the game may find themselves standing outside the door of heaven with no hope. The life we may lead without Christ is not worth the risk.
---tommy3007 on 12/13/06

Those who think they can 'put off' God until they are old are running a tremendous risk. They might never become old or they could lose their faculties and be incapable of accepting Him later. My friend's mother had a death-bed conversion though so I do know that it happens sometimes.
---m.p.a. on 12/13/06

Acts 2:21 and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
---JIM on 12/13/06

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I believe it because the thief on the cross was saved just prior to dying along side Jesus!!!!
---Susie on 12/13/06

Jesus gave a parable to illustrate this very point: the parable of the workers in the vineyard.

The one's who started working at the end of the day got the same wage as the ones who suffered and worked in the heat all day long. What about the thief on the cross? He didn't say today, you'll be in Hell.

Jesus says to them and you, what's it to you if I choose to be generous? Don't you realize it multiplies his Glory to be forgiving? He didn't go to the cross because it was fun.
---Pharisee on 12/13/06

The thief on the Cross.

One of my family members had a deathbed conversion in the hospital. He passed away after surgery.

He was in the hospital 7 days. Two pastors came, stayed for hours every day. They read the Bible, ministered the gospel of Jesus Christ, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. After surgery, he survived 8 hours. The pastors/family held his hands until death. He was saved.
---Raine on 12/13/06

Will you risk your life or the life of family member on theology?

Do you believe in OSAS, you're one of the elect, pre-ordained and that you're born with salvation?

When death stares you in the face, will you take that risk?

Jesus Christ and Christ, alone, saves your soul. You must make the decision for Jesus while you are breathing. If you believe salvation has always been yours without that confession - you're risking the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom of Heaven.
---Raine on 12/13/06

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