How real are death bed confessions?
Before I present my opinion of this question I would like to offer the views of two gentle:
"Let no man deceive you with vain words or vain hopes or false notions of a slight and sudden repentance. As if heaven were a hospital founded on purpose to receive all sick and maimed persons that, when they can live no longer to the lusts of the flesh and the sinful pleasures of this world, can but put up a cold and formal petition to be admitted there. No, no, as sure as God is true, they shall never see the Kingdom of God who, instead of seeking it in the first place, make it their last refuge and retreat." --John Tillotson (1630-1694), Sermons
Larry Burkett once said, "God doesn't fancy being the bailout man in the back of the boat when our finances sink us. I imagine he is even less inclined to be the last resort when we've snubbed him all our lives."
Make no mistake, while we still have the breath of life in us, it is possible for someone to turn there life over to Jesus and find salvation. The problem with death bed confessions is the difficulty for the one don't the repenting to apply any value to their commintment. If they were to recover from their illness, most of them would go back to their sinnful ways.
Repentance in words only does not make a person a Christian. Salvation results from someone deciding to make a radical change in their life. The ability for someone make this pledge at the last minute is probably a long shot at best.
"Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2).
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