How Should Christians Approach The Subject Of Suicide


In the wake of what happened over the weekend, I have connected with literally hundreds of people that have been impacted by a loved one taking their own life, or those that have had suicidal thoughts and have considered taking their own life on numerous occasions.

The post that I wrote yesterday, which was titled: What Happens To A Christian If They Commit Suicide, generated an overwhelming response. One thing was clear:

Not only is suicide a serious issue specifically, but also a widely misunderstood issue, generally.

My ultimate goal with this post is to provide a plethora of resources that can be accessed by anyone who would like to find out more about suicide, the reason for it, the possible prevention of it and the only solution to it.

As Christians, we need to know what we believe and why we believe in it. The issue of suicide and mental illness is something that we must understand from a biblical perspective. We must be able to articulate accurately an answer for those who will seek us out to hear the truth.

Please take a look at the resources below, become familiar with them and share them with anyone and everyone you know.

7 Questions About Suicide And Christians

As well-publicized suicides tend to increase the suicide rate quite dramatically, I thought it would be good to address seven of the questions that arise in our minds at times like this

Suicide, Salvation, And Eternal Security

There is nothing in the Bible to indicate that a believer in Christ can ever lose their salvation, their eternal security. The Apostle Paul is clear that there is now therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Paul continues in that chapter to state that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ, including death—by any means (Romans 8:28-39).

Do People Who Commit Suicide Automatically Go To Hell? 

While I do not believe that all sin is equal in God’s sight, there is no biblical reason to say that there are some sins that destroy the grace of God and need special penance and others that don’t. To say that we cannot have unconfessed sin when we die is problematic in many ways.

What Can The Church Do To Prevent Suicide?

The single biggest thing the church can do to reduce the suicide rate is to admit there is such a thing as mental illness. The second biggest thing we could do is for pastors to admit they need professional help from other disciplines and caring professions to minister to all the complex needs of those suffering such indescribable agonies.

How Churches Can Respond To Mental Illness 

As a young believer, I heard so many say that mental illness was just a lack of faith, demonic oppression, or something else. Those can be real issues, but so is mental illness– and they are just not the same thing.

The Asphyxiation Of Hope

I did not know Matthew Warren. I don’t know his father, Rick Warren (at least not personally).  I am very familiar with his ministry. Unfortunately, most of the time I hear about Rick Warren is when someone tries to throw his life and ministry under the bus just to drum up some controversy. I have never joined this crowd in the slightest. Rick Warren’s focus and heart are amazing. What he has done for so many to increase the glory of Christ is beyond measure. His book, The Purpose-Driven Life, is a wonderful book that lit a fire in the hearts of many stagnant Christians.

What If I Am Thinking Of Suicide Myself?

Pastor Steve Bloem gives a number of reasons he has, at times, used to convince himself not to commit suicide.

Here are some resources on battling depression and ministering to those who do (HT to JT):

No matter how many times you have been rejected or despised, Jesus identifies with you and loves you (Isaiah 53:2-6). Because Jesus suffered, we do not have to.

Because Jesus gave up His life to give us a life, we do not have to take our life.

Question: Will you share this resource post with the people in your life? What steps have you personally taken to educate yourself on this topic? Are you adequately prepared to answer questions about it and serve people who are affected by it? 



3 responses to “How Should Christians Approach The Subject Of Suicide”

  1. First of all we do not have biblical examples of people who are genuinely saved attempting to or committing suicide in the Bible. When we talk about suicide a question comes to mind; what evidence do we have of their genuine conversion? Genuine conversion will be evidenced by Humility lm 18: 13-14. Genuine conversion will be evidenced by Holiness. There will be repentance and Restitution for Sin. There will also be request for Christian Fellowship. When a person murders themselves; they are not displaying humility on the contrary they are displaying the height of pride. God opposes the proud. James 4:6. They are on dangerous ground. A good example to this is Philippian Jailer Act 16:25-34. He was not saved. He also wanted to kill himself when he found out that all the prisoners might have escaped. His words to Paul were vs. 30 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” The words of perons who is about to commit suicide should be the same” what must I do to be saved?” That person should seek salvation. Not that I’m saved and will go to heaven by killing myself but the opposite. This is lye that Satan wants us to believe. Vs. 31. they said” believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…” From what we saw, what characterized a person who has genuine conversion person who is about to commit suicide or who committed suicide as evidenced–does not possess those qualities therefore not saved-therefore not going to heaven. The only condition for one to be saved is as written vs 31 “believe in the Lord Jesus”. We are saved by faith. The person in question we might say has drifted away Heb 2:1.

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    Tony Roberts

    A thoughtful and thorough resource compilation on a much-needed subject. As a Christian (former pastor) with a mental illness who once attempted suicide, I know well the inexplicable darkness that can lead us to take our lives in our own hands. I also know first-hand what it is like to be brought back from the dead. Thanks for addressing this, Pastor.

    1. Tony, thank you for your thoughts. I would love to see if we can collaborate in the future on a potential podcast where you speak about this – I think it would benefit a lot of people and your testimony would be very powerful as to how Jesus is mighty to save.

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