Deathbed Repentance/Confession

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DAL | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Jul 21 2016 2:46 PM

Does anyone have or know of a resource that discusses deathbed repentance/confession "for" and "against"? Surprisingly enough, google doesn't yield that many results and my library is not finished with the indexing process, so no searches available. Thanks in advance if y'all are able to help.

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Ronald Quick | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 21 2016 3:02 PM

I haven't looked at any of the results, but here's what my search of all my resources came up with.

Basic Search for "deathbed confession"

  BAR 02:02 (June 1976)  2 results in 1 article

A Futile Quest: The Search for Noah’s Ark 

deathbed confession that he was one of the three atheists who by death threats had suppressed their guides from divulging the fact of the ark’s existence on Mt. Ararat. This deathbed confession

 

  Bible and Spade (1974) Volume 3  1 result in 1 article

The Search For Noah’s Ark  (V 3, N 3, p 91)

died. At about the same time, one of the atheistic scientists also told the story in a deathbed confession, which was reported in many of the newspapers at the time, but soon forgotten. (4) Sir…

 

  The Biblical Illustrator: Acts  1 result in 1 article

Chapter X  (Ac 10:24)

of God.”There were, evidently, no sleepers among them. A parishioner, upon his deathbed, confessed to his pastor that he had not heard a sermon for years—his thoughts had habitually…

 

  BR 08:06  3 results in 1 article

Readers Reply 

books, we can safely assume that this deathbed confession has no more basis in fact than the often-printed but completely fictitious deathbed confession of Charles Darwin, another bogeyman of…

 

  BR 15:04  1 result in 1 article

Bible Books

heads.” But after a long and seemingly happy life, Brad is shocked to hear Jeanette’s deathbed confession: that she has long since given up her faith, that she did so when he married her and…

 

  Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 3  1 result in 1 article

Chapter 27: oral literature  (p 515)

same melody as its Old World original. The influence of Irish ‘Come-all-ye's’ and of deathbed confession pieces is pretty strong on the cowboy songs as a whole. The term ‘American ballads’ is…

 

  The College Press NIV Commentary: Ezekiel  1 result in 1 article

2. Israel Argues with Its Watchman (33:10–20)  (Eze 33:17–20)

according to his own ways. They consider Yahweh’s willingness to excuse rebellion by a deathbed confession unprincipled. Alternately, they want a lifetime of doing good to count positively for…

 

  A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature  2 results in 2 articles

Confession

reinforced in Everyman, where the protagonist hastens to the House of Salvation in a deathbed confession. Lucretia in Shelley’s The Cenci (42.12) ponders the horror of dying without confession…

 

Shema

boys were taught it as soon as they could speak (Sukk. 42a), and it became integral to deathbed confessions of faith and the dying utterance of martyrs. Jesus, when asked what was the “most…

 

  The Five Books of Moses  1 result in 1 article

Part II - Opening Exhortation  (Dt 6:1)

may be-well with you, and you may prolong (your) days in the land that you are possessing. 6:1                Now this is the commandment, the laws and the regulations that Yhwh your God has commanded (me…

 

  Harriet Beecher Stowe Compiled from Her Letters and Journals by Her Son Charles Edward Stowe  1 result in 1 article

Chapter 19: the Byron controversy, 1869-1870  (p 453)

of her in relation to this history. The interview had almost the solemnity of a deathbed confession, and Lady Byron told me the history which I have embodied in an article to appear in the…

 

  A Hero for Her Heart  1 result in 1 article

Nineteen

Derrick searched his mother’s eyes carefully for any clue that Sandy might’ve made a deathbed confession, but there were no signs. “So you don’t know where Dad is?” She perked up just…

 

  Holman New Testament Commentary: Luke  1 result in 1 article

B. The Glory Revealed on the Cross (23:26–49)  (Lk 23:40–42)

survive crucifixion and establish a kingdom. This thief is the primary example of a deathbed confession. He did not know all he asked, but he had enough faith to ask to be part of whatever…

 

  The Honorable Imposter  1 result in 1 article

27. A New Service

I suppose.” “Always before a battle,” Standish agreed. “I’ve never had much use for deathbed confessions—seems like a cheap way for a man to act. Live like the devil, then when death comes, go…

 

  Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society, Volume 7  1 result in 1 article

Book Reviews  (V 7, N 13, p 74)

was a believer and is now with the Lord. Why? Because “he called a priest to his deathbed, confessed his sins, and cried out for forgiveness” (p. 20). He also speaks of active male and…

 

  Luther’s Works, Volume 60  2 results in 2 articles

Martin Luther’s Refutation  (p 264)

path and take hold of the Lord and Savior in His Word and Sacrament, as happened to St. Bernard41 and many people like him. And I do not consider Mohammed to be the Antichrist. He acts too…

 

Preface to Georg Spalatin, Marvelously Comforting Examples and Sayings from the Lives and Sufferings of the Saints and Other Great Men: (1544)  (p 326)

of the selected saints’ lives, and of Luther’s preface, which dwells especially on deathbed confessions of certainty in divine mercy. The translation is based on the 1544 Latin text as edited

 

  The NIV Application Commentary: 1 & 2 Samuel  1 result in 1 article

Contemporary Significance  (2 Sa 10:1–12:31)

now, having been badly wounded on the Russian front, he had summoned a Jew to hear his deathbed confession. “I must tell you of this horrible deed—tell you because you are a Jew.” As the soldier…

 

  The NIV Application Commentary: Jeremiah, Lamentations  1 result in 1 article

Bridging Contexts  (Je 34:1–22)

and circumstances, raises the issue of crisis conversions or what some people call “deathbed confessions.” Desperate circumstances can lead to desperate measures. As noted, the emancipation of…

 

  Origins Journal  2 results in 1 article

EDITORIAL 

themes, too often echoed by conservative religionists, is the story of Darwin’s deathbed confession. For more than a century allegations have been made that Darwin turned towards…

 

  Origins: Linking Science and Scripture  2 results in 2 articles

The Controversy  (p 22)

presenting grossly erroneous information, including the imaginary story of Darwin’s deathbed confession of the truthfulness of the Bible.16 Evolutionists have bestowed deprecating terms on…

 

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198 concern about peacock’s feather 125, 126 concern about suffering 313 deathbed confession, imaginary 22 Descent of Man, The 119 discussion of the eye 104 evaluation of baboons…

 

  The Pulpit Commentary: Joshua  1 result in 1 article

Chapter 15:1–63  (Jos 15:16–19)

in the mere groans of a discontented heart. One dare not place much confidence even in deathbed confessions of the vanity of the world. The attraction earthwards may have ceased, but perhaps…

 

  Religious and Theological Abstracts  2 results in 2 articles

The Jews of Europe and the Moment of Death in Medieval and Modern Times

Times.” Judaism 1995, Vol. 44 (3), pp: 271–281. ISSN: 0022–5762 The custom of reciting deathbed confession before a quorum of ten had been mentioned in prayer books of the Roman (Italian) rite…

 

Textual Male Intimacy and the Religious Imagination: Men GivingTestimony to Themselves

which emerge from a close reading of Augustine’s Confessions and of the lesser-known deathbed confession of a Jewish ghetto policeman, who perished during the Holocaust. The issues are: Do men…

 

  What's So Amazing About Grace?  1 result in 1 article

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figure. The wounded man was an SS officer, and he had summoned Wiesenthal for a deathbed confession. “My name is Karl,” said a raspy voice that came from somewhere within the bandages. “I…

 

  Women’s Bible Commentary  1 result in 1 article

Introduction  (Pr Man)

at length in the third-century-CE Didascalia, along with a severe caution concerning deathbed confessions. Though finally omitted from Catholic and Protestant canons, it was retained as…

 

 

 

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 21 2016 3:08 PM

DAL:
discusses deathbed repentance/confession "for" and "against"?

Sorry I don't understand the question - for or against what? Aren't deathbed confessions simply events that happen or don't happen depending on the individual and the circumstances?

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 21 2016 3:21 PM

Thanks! I searched through the mobile app and found a sermon on the dangers of deathbed repentance and a quote by JC Ryle. I also got other results, so lots of reading to do. Sensitive subject, but someone asked so I want to give her a fair and balanced response, so she won't feel I'm just giving her my take on it.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 21 2016 3:25 PM

MJ. Smith:

DAL:
discusses deathbed repentance/confession "for" and "against"?

Sorry I don't understand the question - for or against what? Aren't deathbed confessions simply events that happen or don't happen depending on the individual and the circumstances?

MJ, for or against, in the sense some believe that's enough to be saved and make it to heaven and others say is not enough and someone will not be saved and be in heaven. Am I making sense? Maybe a specific resource that tackles the subject.

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 21 2016 3:47 PM

Luke 23:43 pretty much affirms the sufficiency of repentance. We can't bring anything more than our complete failure to equation. 

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 21 2016 4:28 PM

DAL:
MJ, for or against, in the sense some believe that's enough to be saved and make it to heaven and others say is not enough and someone will not be saved and be in heaven.

Thank you - now I understand the question. Trying various searches which bring up a few results but each not actually relevant, I believe I can state I have absolutely nothing on the subject in my library.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 21 2016 5:51 PM

Thanks, MJ and the others! I finished my indexing and found other articles, some for and some against it.  Also I had to look for a couple of "dead tree" books to find other interesting expositions on the subject (e.g. The Eleventh's Hour, The Thief on the Cross, etc.).  This should be enough, but if anyone finds something else, feel free to share.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 21 2016 6:13 PM

MJ. Smith:
Trying various searches which bring up a few results but each not actually relevant, ...

Does this search have some relevant results ? (plus many more)

(confession,conversion,salvation,repent) WITHIN 2 WORDS (death,deathbed)

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jul 21 2016 6:21 PM

Thanks Keep Smiling For Jesus, I've gotten those results too along with other sermons, brief articles and quotes on the subject.  So far, the thief on the cross or the 11th hour are not so comforting for those who all of the sudden wanted to "accept Jesus" because they were afraid of dying.  But I'll keep researching the topic over the weekend.  I have 'til next Wednesday to prepare, so will be busy organizing thoughts on both views (i.e. death bed repentance saves vs death bed repentance doesn't save).

Blessings!

DAL

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Jerome Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 26 2016 5:37 PM

I do not know what resources I have in a digital format, but I have collected hard copies of books on this subject over many years, though I've not added any  recently. Here are the titles as these books stand in my bookcase:

(1) David W. Clark (editor), Death-bed Scenes:  or, Dying with and without religion:  Designed to illustrate the truth and  power of Christianity.  New York:  Eaton and Mains;  Cincinnati:  Jennings and Pye.  1851.  569 pages.

(2) S. B. Shaw.  How Men Face Death:  Selected from Dying Testimonies of Saints and Sinners.  Kansas City, Missouri:  Beacon Hill Press, 1964.  70 pp.

(3) R. B. Thieme, Jr.  Dying Grace.  1965.  22 pp.

(4) Rev. S. B. Shaw.  Dying Testimonies of Saved and Unsaved.  Gathered from Authentic Sources.  Chicago, Ill:  The L. W. Walter Company, 1898.  314 pp. Also another edition, a reprint of the Newby Book Room, 1969.

(5) John Myers.  Voices from the edge of eternity.  Voice Publications:  Northridge, California.  (c) 1968.  Fourth printing, July 1969.  246 pages.

(6) Rev. Jabez Burns (compiler).  Death Bed Triumphs of eminent Christians, exemplifying the power of religion in a dying hour.  Presbyterian Board of Publication:  Philadelphia.  191 pages.  No date.

(7) Maurice Rawlings, M.D.  Beyond Death's Door:  New Evidence of the Existence of Heaven and Hell.  Nashville:  Thomas Nelson Inc. Publishers.  1978.  173 pp.

(8) Herbert Lockyer.  Last Words of Saints and Sinners.  Kregel Publications:  Grand Rapids, Michigan.  1969.  240 pages.

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