The Roys Report recently carried an article regarding the suicide of former pastor Steve Austin which may be read here https://julieroys.com/mourn-steve-austin-pastor-mental-health/?mc_cid=3a59c84512&mc_eid=b13d34ad49
As I went through the article at least two points jumped out at me and they were (1) mental illness and (2) sexuality. The mention of these two spoke volumes about Steve Austin and sadly this story is that of many others who professed to be a Christian and have committed suicide. This may seem harsh, but, as God’s Word tells us 2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Therefore, let’s ask first: What is mental illness? Well, “even the writers of psychology’s authoritative manual on mental illness, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), cannot agree on what constitutes a mental illness.” The same writer continues to say “The definition of mental illness can be changed so easily because mental illness does not really exist.”https://biblicalcounseling.com/resource-library/articles/can-jesus-heal-mental-illness-part-1/
Bible believing people accept that we are made in the image of the Creator and one of the attributes we possess is that of thinking. Jesus said in Matthew 15:19, 20 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man.
Our mind (heart) is the place where our thoughts are produced and then proceed. It sounds cruel but bluntly these people who profess to be Christians and are stuck on mental illness and sexuality have NEVER been saved. Romans 10:9,10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. NOTE the word RIGHTEOUSNESS.
The Apostle straight out tells us that unregenerate people have depraved sexual preferences. Romans 1:24-28 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
These people have wars within due to not being saved but trying to live what they consider or perceive to be Christianity. Again, the Apostle to the Gentiles wrote in Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: and 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Because the “churches” have accepted the lies of the world there are those who are trying to live a Christian life according to their own terms without turning from sin to Christ! The church at Thessalonica is an example as Paul wrote in 1Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.
We will see more of these suicides because so much of contemporary Christianity has thrown away Biblical Theology to swallow the Kool Aid of the world’s psychology.