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Q:

I've heard some people say that it's never too late to turn to God and we can turn to Him at any time. But I've heard others say that this isn't true, because if we keep delaying we'll reach the point of no return, and it'll be too late to turn to God. Who is right?


A:

Although it may seem like a contradiction, the Bible tells us that both are actually true if we understand them properly. Let me explain.

On one hand, the Bible makes it clear that God loves us with an everlasting love, and He stands ready to forgive anyone who sincerely turns to Christ in repentance and faith. The Bible says, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). One of the two criminals who was crucified with Jesus turned to Him in faith, and although he was only hours from death, it wasn’t too late for him to be saved (see Luke 23:40-43). Nor is it for you.

But the Bible also warns that when we repeatedly turn away from God, we can reach a point of no return. The reason isn’t because God won’t forgive us, but because our hearts have grown so cold and hardened because of sin. God still calls us but we are too insensitive to hear His voice. The other criminal who was crucified with Jesus scorned Him to the end—a sober warning against a heart that has become calloused (see Luke 23:39).

Don’t delay coming to Christ. Satan whispers “some other time”—but the Bible says, “Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Ask Christ to come into your life today—and He will.

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35 Comments

  1. Ann says:

    I believe God continues to bless and love us because he wants us all to come to a knowledge of him and be saved. My pastor always tell us, “God is somebody you need to know.”

  2. Paul says:

    I believe God has unwavering love for us. But you have to stay faithful to him. You can’t just sin as much as you want then ask for forgiveness and sin again. The Bible says turn away from your wicked ways and I will give you all that you ask for.

  3. Thulisile Ngcobo says:

    God bless you.

  4. Jordan says:

    I keep falling for the same sin and I can’t seem to find God anywhere. What if it’s too late and he comes back? How do I reach God?

    1. Mark Stephens says:

      We serve an Almighty God, and He is righteous, loving and merciful. Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. We wrestle with God, even you fall 77 times, He is righteous and just to forgive you, because His Son’s precious blood will not be in vain or wasted. The fact that you are still convicted in your spirit each time you commit this sin, makes it well known that the Spirit of God is still living in you. We must be renewed in our mind daily, in Christ, and we are transformed into the image of Christ, which is a work that God will complete in us, if He indeed has started it. The LORD suffered in the flesh, and we are no greater than the master to suffer for His sake as well. We will suffer in the turning away of sin, but blessed for it.

    2. Anna Grace says:

      Falling for the same sin over and over again is an addiction, and I know it’s hard. I do it too, a lot. We become so tempted to turn to our worldly ways of coping than to turn to Jesus’ ways of coping. I suggest reading the book of James. It’s very easy to read (since sometimes the Bible is hard to read). I know when I couldn’t find God, I wasn’t even considering reading my Bible, but in the end, it’s how he revealed himself to me. Just know this: God loves you. If you were the only person in the world, God still would have sent Jesus to die for you. People think God has 90 percent of the control and Satan has 10, but just remember that Satan has no control. God won’t force you out of your addiction, but Satan CANNOT keep you in it. You’re worthy.

  5. Harry Wynkoop says:

    I believe in God but feel I can’t get the inner peace I seek. Is this because I have lost my chance or because I am just not coming to him fully.

    1. Mark Stephens says:

      The LORD will not let one of his children perish Harry. Continue to walk up rightly and acknowledge the LORD in all your ways, He will make your path straight. It seems simple, but it is difficult, and yet out of it, you will receive exactly what you are looking for. Go forth honoring the LORD brother.

  6. Judith Miller says:

    Very happy that your ministry is unwavering in prayer support of our President. Not my first choice but I do believe God is in this administration.

  7. Jeff says:

    I’m truly afraid that I have stepped over Christ too many times. I don’t know if I have or not. I don’t understand this, but I sure do wish I can have Christ in my life and feel settled.

    1. BGEA says:

      You can find peace with God, Jeff. Please visit https://peacewithgod.net/ to talk and pray with a member of our team.

    2. Jason says:

      Jeff, you’re on the way. In fact you’re possibly there. The fact that you’re feeling this way is indicative that God has already started a good work in you and He will finish it, the Bible says. I’m excited for you. You’re about to start the journey. If this were not true then you wouldn’t be feeling the way you’re feeling.

  8. Brandon says:

    Im a teen (and i already gave my life to God)who watches things online that is not of God. I do it on a daily basis and im trying not to do it. But sometimes i feel like its to late to turn back to God. and one time i felt like something said its to late no more chances. Is it to late? Pray for me

    1. Jordan says:

      I have the same problem. I also do stuff every day that I shouldn’t like that and feel like God has shunned me. I feel like He will be here very soon and it will be too late to be with Him. It’s a very scary feeling but just pray about it and do NOT give up and rather than do that stuff, read your Bible and set your mind on other things. Love God with all your heart and He will reward you in heaven.

  9. Brittany seay says:

    I have made fun of Christianity , for a long time now. That stems from the fact that I grew up in a Christian background. I once cried out to God to save me . And I thought I meant it . And it felt like a weight had been lifted. But then that feeling went away. And I got depressed and asked God everyday if I was saved. I felt like I received no answer. Now I’m sitting here thinking how far I have gone away and wonder am I a hopeless cause. Can I still be saved because I feel like it’s too late

    1. BGEA says:

      As long as you have breath in your lungs, it’s not too late, Brittany. Please visit https://peacewithgod.net/ to learn more.

    2. Mark Stephens says:

      Brittany, the fact you are questioning is good. Unfortunately sin is at work inside of us, seeking to kill us and separate us from God. The questioning is a sign that God’s spirit is working in you. Hold onto your faith that you are saved, and walk obediently according to the LORDS will and you will recieve that peace and joy you seek. It says the faith of a mustard seed can move a mountain. This is too true in our recieving of the various spiritual gifts the LORD has for us. It is not too late until you are dead.

  10. Nick Scott says:

    I understand that it is my fault for the rut I am in, God provided me with everything I needed to succeed and I turned down some of his help and resources. I was bitter and took everything for granted so I’m not in denial I have owned up to everything I have done, apologized, prayed for forgiveness, moving on etc. Yet my heart is in continual oppression, I have never felt so much pain in all my life, it never lets up, it makes me nauseous sometimes because it makes me physically weak. It’s so bad to the point where exercising on a daily basis isn’t good enough, one cuz it hurts so bad I can’t work out effectively, two because it doesn’t allow me to recover.

    1. Jordan says:

      I know what’s like to go through what you’re going through, you’re not the only one and I hope things get better for you. Just know, through all of this pain, God loves you so much, and does not wish this pain and oppression for you. He wants to help you, He doesn’t want to let you suffer like this. Just know He loves you, unconditional love that cannot be altered in any way. God IS love. For Him to love you less means that a part of God is lost, like a limb that is cut off. But He is God and cannot be changed. He loves you, and He will rescue from his oppression from the enemy. The enemy wants to do all he can to make you struggle. But God is much stronger and believe it or not, Jesus WILL free you and promises to take your burdens.