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Megachurch Pastor, Jarrid Wilson — Mental Health Advocate Dies by Suicide

 

Jarrid Wilson, a Southern California megachurch pastor and mental health advocate, died by suicide Monday.

Wilson, 30, was associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, under Pastor Greg Laurie. He co-founded Anthem of Hope, a mental health nonprofit helping people dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts. He is survived by his wife, Julianne, and two sons, Finch and Denham.

The tragic news shocked and saddened the Christian community.

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It is with the deepest sadness and shock that I have to report that @jarridwilson went to be with the Lord last night. At a time like this, there are just no words. The Bible says, “There is a time to mourn.” This is certainly that time. Jarrid is survived by his wife, @itsjuliwilson his two sons, Finch and Denham, his mother, father, and siblings. Jarrid loved the Lord and had a servant’s heart. He was vibrant, positive, and was always serving and helping others. Jarrid also repeatedly dealt with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles. He wanted to especially help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts. Tragically, Jarrid took his own life. Jarrid joined us as an associate pastor at Harvest 18 months ago and had spoken out many times on this very issue of mental health. Jarrid and his wife, Juli, founded an outreach to help people dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts called “Anthem of Hope.” Sometimes people may think that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday people. We are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. But we do not. At the end of the day, pastors are just people who need to reach out to God for His help and strength, each and every day. Over the years, I have found that people speak out about what they struggle with the most. One dark moment in a Christian’s life cannot undo what Christ did for us on the cross. Romans reminds us that “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:39). At times like this, we must remember that as Christians, we do not live on explanations but on promises. We fall back on what we do know, not on what we don’t know. We do know that Jarrid put his faith in Jesus Christ and we also know that he is in Heaven now. We stand on the promise of Revelation 21:4 that reminds us that in Heaven there is no more sorrow, suffering, or death. Please keep Juli and Jarrid’s family in prayer. The Harvest family has lost a bright light. Pray for us as we grieve together. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help.

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“At a time like this, there are just no words,” Laurie said in a statement Tuesday. “The Bible says, ‘There is a time to mourn.’ This is certainly that time.”

“Jarrid loved the Lord and had a servant’s heart,” the senior pastor said. “He was vibrant, positive, and was always serving and helping others…He wanted to especially help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts.”

Julianne Wilson posted a tribute to her “loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious, give the shirt off his back husband” on Instagram, adding, “Suicide doesn’t get the last word.”

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My loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious, give the shirt of his back husband went to be with Jesus late last night . No more pain, my jerry, no more struggle. You are made complete and you are finally free. Suicide and depression fed you the worst lies, but you knew the truth of Jesus and I know you’re by his side right this very second . I love you forever, Thomas jarrid Wilson, but I have to say that you being gone has completely ripped my heart out of my chest. You loved me and our boys relentlessly and I am forever grateful that i had YOU as a husband and a father to our boys . You are my forever and I will continue to let other people know of the hope in Jesus you found and spoke so boldly about . Suicide doesn’t get the last word. I won’t let it. You always said “Hope Gets the last word. Jesus gets the last word”. Your life’s work has lead thousands to the feet of Jesus and your boldness to tell other about your struggle with anxiety and depression has helped so many other people feel like they weren’t alone. YOU WERE an ANTHEM OF HOPE to everyone, baby, and I’ll do my best to continue your legacy of love until my last breath . I need you, jare, but you needed Jesus to hold you and I have to be okay with that. You are everything to me. Since the day we met. J & J. Love you more . These are photos of him in his happy place – fishing the day away . I’ll teach our boys all your tricks, babe. Promise. You are my #anthemofhope

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“Your life’s work has led thousands to the feet of Jesus and your boldness to tell others about your struggle with anxiety and depression has helped so many other people feel like they weren’t alone,” she said. “YOU WERE an ANTHEM OF HOPE to everyone, baby, and I’ll do my best to continue your legacy of love until my last breath.”

Hours before he took his life, Jarrid Wilson tweeted a message about suicide.

“Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts,” he wrote. “But that doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort. He ALWAYS does that.”

Wilson killed himself during Suicide Awareness month, a time he usually spent talking about suicide prevention.

Laurie comforted his grieving flock with Romans 8:39, which says that “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.” He added that “one dark moment in a Christian’s life cannot undo what Christ did for us on the cross.”

Messages and tributes have been pouring in from pastors, worship leaders, and fellow believers from across the nation, expressing heartbreak, sadness, and offering prayers.

Jarrid Wilson authored four books, including “Jesus Swagger” and “Love Is Oxygen,” and wrote three opinion pieces for the Fox News Faith section: “Stop complicating God’s will,” “Jesus is proof crying is not a sign of weakness: It’s Ok to not be OK,” and “God has a purpose for your pain.”

He sent another piece to be published this month calling on churches and church leaders to do more on mental health.

“We NEED the church to step up in its efforts to be more vocal in regards to mental illness. Whether that be through a sermon series, free resources, supporting other non-profits or even a cultivating a designated yearlong ministry,” he wrote. “Regardless, the church should be at the frontlines of this battle. People need a safe place where they can be honest and transparent with what they are going through.”

Wilson wrote about contemplating suicide and said he found no resources in the church to help him cope with depression. Instead heard people saying, “Just have faith” — but that didn’t help.

“All the counselling and help I received came years after I actually needed it, and it was found in the secrecy of a local medical facility, not a church—where it should have been all along,” he said.

Harvest Christian Fellowship posted this along with Wilson’s Memoriam:

“If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at tel:1-800-273-TALK (8255).”

Editor Comments/Questions:

Offering a new Christian view of mental health:

A recent post on Wilson’s blog challenged the belief that those who died by suicide are condemned to hell. He reasoned that mental illness can “lead many people to do things they wouldn’t do otherwise if they didn’t struggle.”

The church community wouldn’t tell someone fighting cancer that their illness condemned them to hell, he reasoned, and neither should mental illness be considered a route to hell.

Do you agree?

Notable quote: “Those who say suicide automatically leads to hell obviously don’t understand the totality of mental health issues in today’s world, let alone understand the basic theology behind compassion and God’s all-consuming grace. We must do better at educating people on things they have a hard time wrapping their heads around. And mental health is definitely [a] topic Christians around the world must yearn to better understand.” —from Wilson’s blog

What people said about him: “Sometimes people may think that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday people. We are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. But we do not. At the end of the day, pastors are just people who need to reach out to God for His help and strength, each and every day.” —Paul Eaton, administrative pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship

“Just learning of Jarrid Wilson’s passing. I am gutted. He was so bold and transparent to speak about people of faith navigating challenges to our mental health. I pray he found the peace he wanted for all of us.” —Twitter user @CandiceBenbow

So is Wilson right? Is mental illness a condition so difficult to overcome that suicide could be an eventual outcome. And because of this, Jesus will understand and provide His grace and comfort.

Would the act of tacking your own life be seen as a challenge one was not able to overcome, and therefore it would be unfair to judge such a person?

However, why would a person struggling with mental illness be less accountable than a gay guy who struggles endlessly with passions and desires, or the alcoholic who could have a weak moment at anytime?

Is Jarrid’s death an apparent paradox that we must simply walk away and accept as part and parcel of life in this fallen world?

Or should he have sort more help, and realised the importance of living his life out of love for others?

You tell me

 


 

2 thoughts on “Megachurch Pastor, Jarrid Wilson — Mental Health Advocate Dies by Suicide

  1. Having dealt with suicide programming put in by the cult, and knowing how hard its been to overcome. Knowing how we had to call out to Yeshua, and rely totally on his strength,love,mercy and grace to get us through each time the programming went off. Also having to rely on the love we had for our child and our cat and even for ourselves to work hard to overcome the programming and not give in to it,especially when the thoughts to kill ourselves were such a vicious onslaught in our mind. For us too, because we so did not,and still do not want satan and the cult to win this battle, we have not and will not give in to killing ourselves. Its what they want the most for our lives. But that does not mean its been an easy thing to overcome. Especially when the cult has also set off pain programming, and our body is literally on fire with the most horrendous pain all over, that going home to be with Yeshua would be such a welcome relief. But we cant and wont give into what satan and the cult wants us to do, because then we deny God his plan for our life, we deny our child the only parent she has ever known, and we leave her with so much grief,pain and hardship.
    There have been survivors of SRA who have given into such programming and killed themselves, and we do believe God is merciful in such circumstances,because he knows full well the battle an sra survivor goes through to escape the cult, be on his side and gain freedom mentally,physically,spiritually and emotionally.
    Same goes for people who are really battling mental health issues. We do believe God looks at each persons life, what drove them to suicide, what they did do to try and overcome it , etc etc, Because each suicide is different, and no one but God himself, and the person know what went on in their mind and life to drive them to such a tragic outcome.
    There are some who suicide out of pure revenge, to pay someone back , and that in itself is such a grievous sin. But you cant lump all suicides in the same box, and say they are all in hell. Whilst yes its not right for any of us to take our own lives,as far as God is concerned, he sees the bigger picture and he knows that persons life from beginning to end.
    Sad though when christians feel their only way out of their pain is to kill themselves,because having lives the life we have, and also seeing our own child deal with suicidal thoughts often in her life, we know Yeshua can see anyone through, and help any one overcome.
    Sad also when christians want out of their own pain by suicide, and then leave their loved ones with a whole lotta pain,suffering and yes guilt even, when dealing with the aftermath. Not saying they have a reason to feel guilty, just saying that family and friends all deal with guilt real or imagined for not being able to prevent the death.
    Another reason we wont do it, is we simply do not want to risk our eternity with Yeshua. Because once the deed is done, there is no going back, and no changing the outcome,unless God himself intervenes.There is one thing though and that is the church is horrendously in adequate in dealing with mental health issues, and even worse in dealing with SRA and all the programming and issues to do with that. Most churches and most christians really have no clue in helping someone dealing with horrendous mental health issues or horrendous abuse issues and from experience we can say 99% of christians have no idea how to deal with SRA/MPD survivors and all the complexities it brings to the lives of such people. We do thank God for our therapist, who has now passed away herself and gone to be with Yeshua. Because she saw us through some of the worst of times, and prayed with us whenever suicide programming got switched on. We can honestly say though when we had no therapist at all between the yrs of 2002 and 2006 it was literally hell on earth for us and our daughter, and its a miracle of God we are both here to tell the tale. But we had Yeshua, the Blessed Holy Spirit and the most loving Heavenly Father, and they saw us through such a dark horrible period in our life,when we had no one else to turn to for help.

    1. Thanks for the perspective warrior.
      As you say it is sad when Christians feel their only way out of their pain is to kill themselves,because having lives the life we have, and also seeing our own child deal with suicidal thoughts often in her life, we know Yeshua can see anyone through, and help any one overcome.

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