By   •   March 19, 2009   •   Topics: ,


My sister struggled with severe depression most of her life and had to be hospitalized several times. Last year, she finally got so depressed that she took her own life. In spite of everything, she had a strong faith, but is suicide the unforgivable sin, as some people say? It's all been very painful to me.


The only sin God cannot forgive is the sin of rejecting the Holy Spirit’s witness to Jesus Christ and His offer of forgiveness. Only when we reject God will He reject us. This alone is the unforgivable “blasphemy against the Spirit” of which Jesus spoke (Matthew 12:31).

God understands your heartache – and I want to assure you that He also knew all about your sister’s struggles. Medical science has made many advances in helping us understand emotional problems, but there’s still much we don’t understand. Take confidence in your sister’s faith in Christ, and rejoice that she is now beyond the pains and sorrows of this world.

I don’t want to be misunderstood, however. Suicide is extremely serious and tragic in God’s eyes, and if someone who is reading this is contemplating suicide, I beg of you to reconsider and seek help for whatever your problem may be. God loves you – whether you believe it or not – and He does not want you to end your life. Satan does, however – and you must not listen to him.

Instead, put your faith and hope in Christ and His love for you. You are never alone if you know Him, because nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).

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  1. King Johnson says:

    Let us move away from disobedience and move into the grace and beautiful majesty of flowing with the Holy Spirit. Once we truly do, world stories like this will finally no longer exist, and we are saving generations with the true Gospel message.

  2. Joanna says:

    Thank you for that article. I lost my momma in July of 2015 then February 2016 12 days before I turned 50 years old my husband took his own life. I have had to deal with both loosing my momma and my husband at the same time. I am thankful that my husband had serendered to the ministry about 2 years earlier so I know he is with our Lord and Savior. It’s so hard because people do think of suicide as the unforgiving sin. They wonder if he was a man of God how and why could he do something so horrible. My husband suffered from chronic neck & back pain and he took it extremely hard losing my momma had lived with us for almost a year before she died and while she lived with us in think that gave my husband and since of worth.

  3. Matthew says:

    Hi. Lately I’ve been struggling with very violent intrusive thoughts. Basically, I have been trying to get closer to Christ. But in trying to get closer to God, I gave in to blasphemous thoughts about God, and in trying hard not to think about those blasphemous thoughts, it became even worse to thoughts of violence not only against Jesus Christ but also against other people (violence also includes murder as well). It’s that fear of guilt if I think about this violent thought about Jesus that makes me give in to lesser hope. . Now, I feel like I am so overwhelmed in guilt like a total enemy of Christ by this vicious cycle of trying to look to Jesus Christ only to be brought again by my violent thoughts. I’m even having thoughts of suicide.

    1. Joann says:

      Matthew, I suffer from depression and have thought about suicide, even recently, which is why I sit here alone in my room on Billy Grahams website. I can tell you I have been prone to violence and anger, sometimes toward God. Am a recovering addict, have been hospitalized multiple times and feel such loneliness. I don’t even have any medication right now. The closer I get to God, the more I am attacked by satan. I can tell you nothing has helped me more than getting on the floor sometimes on my knees head bowed, sometimes so desperate on my knees head on floor palms up to God. Also reading my Bible, going to Church, and listening to Billy Graham Sermons online. I grew up listening to him and find comfort in his voice, please try it, PRAY

    2. Tina says:

      Off in the name of Jesus!