Pastor Greg Laurie addressed the subject of suicide among Christians, arguing that you will not be judged for the last thing you did before death, but the last thing Jesus did before His death.
In the wake of the suicide of pastor Jarrid Wilson, Laurie, the longtime leader of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, stressed in a message Thursday that “one dark moment in a Christian’s life cannot undo what Christ did for us on the cross,” citing Romans 8:38-39.
The NIV translation of that passage reads: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“We do not go to Heaven because of what we have done. We go to Heaven because of what He did,” Laurie emphasized.
“We need to remember that.”
He expressed sympathy for Wilson’s wife, Juli, and their children, noting that to say their lives have changed is the understatement of the century. Although devastated, Wilson’s wife told Laurie, who had visited with her and their sons, that right after his death she strangely felt God’s peace with her.
She wrote, regarding his death: “No more pain, no more struggle, you’re made complete and you’re finally free. Suicide and depression fed you the worst lies but you knew the truth of Jesus, and I know you’re by His side right this very second. I love you forever, Thomas Jarrid Wilson. But I have to say that you being gone has completely ripped my heart out of my chest. Suicide doesn’t get the last word and I won’t let it. You always said hope gets the last word. Jesus does.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter