Though there is one death bed repentance shown in scripture — the dying repentant thief who went to Paradise after death (Luke 23:42,43) — it is super risky and the most foolish thing to plan for! No one knows when he/she will die. The healthiest person in your state might be next to go the way of all the earth through a sudden car accident or one of the rare and freak accidents, which occur annually across the globe!
To plan a death bed repentance is to reveal your:
- present love for sin and the ways of this world
- ignorance of the most extreme danger you are in now with its horrific future ahead for all who die without a pure heart!
They Remain Against Jesus
Since there is NO neutrality with God, to plan to repent when you’re dying is also to reveal you are presently AGAINST JESUS. That is another way of saying you are an ANTI Christ!
He who is not with me [Jesus] is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. (Mat 12:30)
Perhaps, the putrid examples of professing Christians have left a bitter taste in the mouth of would be death bed repenters. To many on the outside, being a Christian is boring and burdensome. They can’t imagine the peace, joy and fulfillment in serving God and helping others find eternal life in Jesus Christ. They have no clue either about the wonderful freedom from sin’s slavery. Hence, they procrastinate with repentance unto life (Acts 11:18), as the devil wants. Let that point be magnified! A death bed repentance person is obeying the devil, not God! God says today is the day of salvation, now is the accepted time (2 Cor. 6:2), but they are following their father, the devil (John 8:44) in hopes that the God they hate will give them one last chance to repent as they are dying. Imagine risking all eternity for a little bit more time to serve demons and the flesh! That is what they are doing.
Hell fire is no joke, but a definite reality which claims most people, yet some want “one more night with the frogs” (Ex. 8:9,10) rather than peace with God and deliverance now! That type of spiritual blindness is the worst type of blindness, but often goes unnoticed in our society because so many are thus afflicted with it. “They know not what they do” by procrastinating.
I personally know a man who had hoped to take advantage of death bed repentance. Decades later he still wasn’t following Jesus. He later got alzheimer’s disease and suddenly died. It was reported that he couldn’t be left alone at the very end because he would hurt himself. It appears that the devil got another one – one who wanted death bed repentance! Now it is too late for him to repent forever!
A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed–without remedy. (Prov 29:1)