The 11th Hour (TJL 5.3)

Some have said of Judas and many who commit suicide, “If he were really a Christian, he wouldn’t have done this.”  The verses today offer two perspectives. In one, sin is unchristian. In the other, sin is something that even Paul continued to struggle with. So the question remains: can a Christian struggle with sin? I think we can all answer yes to that. So could Judas, or any Christian, have a moment of weakness and fall prey to suicidal thoughts and actions? The only difference between this sin and others is that there is no way to repent from suicide, as its consequences are permanent. Some have said that if there is no confession, then there is no grace. But what do you say? Does the same apply to people who die untimely deaths without confession or repentance of sin?

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