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If a Christian dies while committing a sin, is he forgiven?

          Now let's say a Christian man makes a stupid decision and drinks one night and crashes his car into a mother and her two children, killing himself also in the process.    Let's say the accident happened so fast he couldn't scream out "Forgive me God" before impact.  Is he forgiven or will God send him to hell for eternity?
 
         When the Bible talks about the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ, there is one-time finality expressed in its verses.  You are forgiven for all time once you accept forgiveness.

Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter... Mark 3:28
When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”  Luke 5:20
“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered."  Romans 4:7
"For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  Hebrews 8:12
And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.  Hebrews 10:18
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

          There are four reasons why we are forgiven for all time:
  1. The verses about forgiveness in the New Testament do not say "You are forgiven of your sins up to this point."
  2. Forgiveness happens because of a relationship.  A judge forgives once the penalty has been paid and justice served.  A father forgives based on a relationship.  God asks us to be his children.  We even forgive our kids differently, with grace and mercy.
  3. We are not forgiven because of what we have done, but what Christ did.  We aren't forgiven because we asked for it, but because we accept what Christ did for us.
  4. Jesus - as an eternal God - died as an eternal sacrifice.  A non-eternal sacrifice - say a lamb - has limited forgiveness ability.  It paid for a limited amount of sin - up to that moment.  An eternal sacrifice dies for all sins for all time, as long as someone accepts it..
          We are stamped "forgiven" once we accept a relationship with Christ who died for our sins.  A Christian shouldn't die sinning, but if he does, he will be forgiven.