Suicide: Going to Heaven?

Suicide–Going to Heaven?

Suicide: Going to Heaven?

(A Pastor Takes His Own Life)

Richard Hollerman

Once again, another high profile person has taken his own life. I refer to an article that I am reading, entitled “A Pastor’s Suicide.” Although anytime suicide is mentioned and discussed, we know that the only way that we can address a topic like this or be of any help to others is to be plain and Scriptural. Thus, even though it is difficult, we choose to discuss it here.

The article’s beginning point was to mention the suicide of Andrew Stoecklein of Inland Hills Church in Chino, California. He left a wife and three children. His wife, deeply heartbroken, wrote via Instagram: “Last night, the love of my life, the father of my children and the pastor of our incredible church took his last breath and went to be with Jesus. It wasn’t the miracle I was hoping for, but he is now in heaven with his dad, free of pain, free of depression and anxiety.”

Apparently Andrew was battling depression and anxiety and openly admitted that he wasn’t a “very fun and easy person to be with.” A number of other suicides might also be mentioned. Rick Warren’s son, Matthew Warren, has also committed suicide. Last year, Bill Lenz, a depressed and anxiety-prone pastor who dealt with the prevention of suicide, also took his life.


As is the case with many professing “Christians” who take their life, numerous people just assume that the one who takes his life “goes to a better place” or is inducted into heaven! Generally the family and others choose a pastor to lead the thoughts at the funeral and he assures the visitors that so-and-so “went to be with the Lord.” The wife of the pastor (above) who took his life said that her husband “took his last breath” and “went to be with Jesus.” She went on, “He is now in heaven with his dad, free of pain, free of depression and anxiety.”

We can understand the motivations that would lead a grieving spouse, family member or friend to surmise that such a person did go to heaven. But is this really the case? Is it really true? John the apostle clearly wrote, “You know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15b). Surely this would be true of the self-murderer as well as the one who murders another person. Whoever takes a life that God has given is a “murderer”—and “no murderer has eternal life abiding in him”!


We know that this is a harsh reality that many people would rather not hear or read. They have been so dominated by the humanistic society in which we live and the compromising religions and churches that they just assume that everyone—including suicides—will be accepted by God and that He will take them to heaven. But on the other hand, someone has said that suicide is one of the most selfish acts that we can commit. The person is thinking of himself and not others. The suicide refuses the compassion and comfort of God. The suicide brazenly takes a life that only God has the right to take!


We encourage all readers who are tempted to take their own life to refrain from such a selfish act! The situation that brings one to the brink of suicide is never so hard and horrible that it can’t be worked out. God can help and He can heal. Remember the loving words of Jesus the Lord:

Come to Me, all who are weary and heaven-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Thus, let’s take our burdens to the Lord who is able to deal with them. Let’s always remember the comforting words of the psalmist:

Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (Psalm 55:22).

See also: Suicide: Should You Take Your Life?

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