Q&A ~ What happens when a person dies with unconfessed sin? Especially if it was some sin he did just before he died?


When a believer comes to Jesus Christ as Savior, and he is truly born again, that bond makes him a child of God. His standing before a holy God is based on that relationship with Christ, not on his up-to-date confession or anything else. Certainly every single one of us should keep short accounts with God. When we sin, we should confess and repent, not so that we can keep our relationship with God but to ensure our continued fellowship with Him (1 John 1:9).

Living in deliberate sin means living in rebellion to God’s will for your life, and it is probably one of the most joyless experiences that you as a Christian can suffer. Our sins were dealt with at the Cross. Sinful thoughts and ungodly conduct grieve the Spirit of God (Eph. 4:30), and our communion with God suffers. But our eternal salvation is not based on what we did or didn’t do—it is based on what Christ did for us. The old chorus is still true today: “Jesus paid it all, all to him we owe. Sin had left a crimson stain; He washed it white as snow.” It is finished.

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