A “deathbed conversion” is where a person does not accept Christ and accept the gift of Salvation until he/she is about to die.
Are these possible?
Well, if the person is sincere in his/her convictions and truly accepts Christ, then yes, it is very possible.
Some Christians don’t want to think that it’s possible. Mainly because it isn’t fair that these people get to do all the sinning they want to and then get saved right before death, thus having to do nothing for the Kingdom of God, yet they still get to Heaven with the “good” Christians who live and breathe church and ministry all their lives.
Of course, this isn’t the mindset we should have. If a soul gets saved from Hell, we should rejoice, because God sure is celebrating every time someone comes to believe, even if it is a last minute thing. That is the beauty of grace, it makes life not fair.
The Bible even has an example of a deathbed conversion, the story of our friend the “good thief.” When Jesus was hung between the two thieves, the one who had his eyes opened (who was obviously on his deathbed) repented and was saved. Jesus told him that he would be in Heaven that day. Jesus doesn’t grant special favors when it comes to Salvation. Therefore, we must conclude that people can be saved at any time.
This man was a thief, and had been for a long time, but at the end of his life, almost the very end, he saw who Jesus really was, and was saved.
So, I know what some of you are thinking. You’re thinking that I’m giving people a free pass to live unrepentant, sinful lives and then just toss God a “my bad” in the ER and things will be hunky dory.
This is not the case. In fact, even though I think deathbed conversions are possible, I believe that if you PLAN a deathbed conversion, it’s most likely not going to happen.
The danger with planning to convert on your deathbed is putting off salvation.
First off, we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. You could get hit by a bus today. If you wait, you might not get the chance and it’s goodbye Heaven! Continue Reading