I was asked this question:
Cecil, what is your belief on whether or not a Christian would go to heaven if he or she commits suicide?
Here was my response:
I believe we are saved by grace, not by works (Eph. 2:8-9). Even though it appears we “choose” to accept Christ, it is clear in John 3:3-8 that we are born again and our salvation is actually the work of God. We were once “dead” but made “alive” (Eph. 2:4-6). The Bible also says that Jesus holds the believer in His hand and nothing / no one can snatch him away (John 10:27-30). Romans 8:38 also says that “nothing” can separate us from the love of God which is based in Jesus Christ. Based on these scriptures and others, I believe in the eternal security of the believer. How can we become “un-born again” or made “dead” again? Why would a “choice” we make (even to end our life) determine our eternal salvation and nullify the salvation that had been given to us by the grace of God? Why would the suicide choice change our salvation from “grace” to “works”?
Suicide is a terrible thing. The person who takes his/her life is in such a darkened state of mind, they often feel that suicide was their only option. They often see no hope in the future. Anyone contemplating suicide or feeling that ending their life is their only option for coping, needs to reach out for help immediately. God offers a future and a hope. There is nothing that God cannot do when it comes to helping a person rise out of their darkness and face the future. God offers everyone something to live for. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
The Bible says the only unforgivable sin is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 12:31-32). I interpret this as speaking about the person who is an unbeliever who continues to reject Christ and dies as an unbeliever. See John 3:18, 36 on the fact that unbelievers (who have not been born again yet) are condemned. I do believe taking an innocent life is sin (whether it’s someone else’s life or your own life) but again, we live under grace. I’m sure when I die, there will probably be sins in my life that I have not sought forgiveness for but will that keep me from heaven? No, because I’m saved by grace. … and thank God for that… my salvation is based on God not me.