22 Mar 06
Was King Solomon Saved?
Dear Bro. Waddey:
Are there any scriptures that state or inference that Solomon was lost? My
understanding is yes, he did disobey God in a most blatant manner, but the book of Ecclesiastes
was his repentance. I had a sister tell me last night after our ladies' class she agrees, the book
may have been, but repentance means nothing if you don't DO something. She went on to say
that all the idols erected during Solomon's reign were not torn down until King Josiah, and if
Solomon had repented in the biblical sense, he would have had them torn down.
As to Solomon's final state, we have no direct statement telling us what his relationship to God
was at the end of his days. However we do know that God loved him, blessed him and used him
to build his temple lead the kingdom of Israel to its greatest glory. Solomon sinned grievously,
even as did his father David. The fact that God chose to include three of Solomon's books and
two of his psalms in our Bible seems a pretty strong indication that Solomon died in good
standing with the Father. I have taught the book of Ecclesiastes some 25 times. As I understand
its message, Solomon realized the foolishness of his sinful ways, repented and turned back to
God. Chapters 11:9-12:13 is the advice of a godly man to those living in sin.
It is often the sad case that although we may repent of our sins and find forgiveness, the damage
we did while in sin cannot be so easily repaired or restored. An alcoholic may repent of his
drunkenness, become a sober man and a dedicated Christian, but he may never recover the
family he lost because of his sin. So was the case of Solomon. As some sage put it, sin is much
easier done that undone.
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