Does a death bed confession really count? How is that possible? Can a person really change? There are a few problems with this line of thinking. The first and most prominent being the example of the thief on the cross.
Ever have a hard time seeing your way? Saul could see with his eyes just fine, but he was spiritually in the dark. God knocked him off his horse and removed his sight. It was in blindness that he found Jesus with a little help from a new friend.