How can I pray for the dead without salvation, when they are judged at the end of the Millennium?

Vaughan, Ontario Canada

Nowhere in the Bible are believers told to request prayer for the dead.

Once a person has passed from this life, the prayers of others for that soul are to no avail. The accepting or rejecting of Christ and His shed blood for the remission of our sins must be made during the person’s lifetime. Hebrews 9:27 tells us: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement.” The story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke chapter 16 is additional proof that the decision to accept or reject Christ must be made during a person’s lifetime. These are sobering thoughts.

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