When Christians Suffer Dementia

What happens to the salvation of Christians who begin to succumb to mental disorders of dementia, like Alzheimer’s or Frontal Lobe Dementia, which destroys their capacity to reason and to exhibit self-control?

It is heart breaking to watch someone descend into such a helpless state of being, when their life has exhibited a genuine love for God and love for others but they slowly lose their capacity to reason, unraveling their godly reputation by acting out in ways that they would be utterly ashamed of and embarrassed by if they were in their right mind.

Perhaps they begin to treat their spouse (whom they have loved and adored their entire married life) with disdain, suspicion, and even physical abuse. Their life of sharing and loving sacrifice turns into self-absorbed obsession and emotional isolation. They think and feel like everyone is out to get them, to steal their stuff, and to trick them. Family members find they can no longer reason with them because their capacity to reason has become broken and their ability for introspection has been lost.

When suffering these kinds of trials, what happens to their salvation? The apostle Paul said it well when he wrote:

“… I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.”

~ 2 Timothy 1:12

When we believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ and we entrust to Him the safekeeping of our eternal soul, He does exactly that: He safeguards our soul! This includes safeguarding our eternal soul when we lose our capacity to reason, to exhibit the self-control that we would otherwise have the capacity to do and that we are called upon to exercise in our Christian walk when we are in our “right mind.”

If you have a family member who has been a follower of Christ, but has recently succumb to a form of dementia where they are “not themselves,” their eternal soul is safeguarded in Christ. They may have become lewd, crude, abusive, and many other things (as a result of their dementia) but Christ has them in His arms. Christ knows exactly when someone is not exhibiting their true heart, and when it is their broken and short-circuiting brain that is at fault.

The grace of God is sufficient for them, and the grace of God will be sufficient for you and your family as you patiently care for them during their final season in life.

#PastorsTip #Dementia #Alzheimers #SecureSalvation #GraceOfGod

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