Matthew 12:31-32 – The Unforgivable Sin

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Now… on to the sermon I preached several years ago about the unforgivable sin.

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Most Christians have wondered at some point in their life if they have committed the unforgivable sin. I have personally talked with Christians who were divorced, got an abortion, or committed adultery, and thought they had committed the unforgivable sin. Others think that suicide is the unforgivable sin. If a person commits suicide, then they are going to hell. Then I have talked with some who believe that the unforgivable sin is rejecting God. They believe that if you are a Christian and you go back to living like you aren’t a Christian, or if you curse Jesus, or deny that you ever knew Him, then this is the unforgivable sin.

All Christians can Commit All Sins

But did you know that there are people in the Bible who have committed one or all of these sins whom we all expect to see in heaven? Let me show you.

Take divorce first. Did you know that God is a divorced person? We read in Jeremiah 3:8 that God divorced Israel. Yet we certainly all expect to see God in heaven.

What about abortion? They didn’t really have abortion back then the way we do now, but if you believe, as I do, that abortion is taking the life of another human being, then we can call abortion the murder of babies. Abortion is a form of infanticide. Yet we know from Ezekiel 16:21 that many of the Israelites did this as a form of idol worship. They offered their children to false idols as human sacrifices. While not all Israelites had eternal life, some of those who did this will still be in heaven.

Then there is adultery. David, the man after God’s own heart committed adultery with Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11:4), as did many of the other kings and rulers of Israel. Paul sometimes writes about adultery among church members who will make it to heaven, but will lose their inheritance and reward there. Suicide is talked about too. Samson (Jdg. 16:29-30) committed suicide, and we believe he will be in heaven. King Saul also committed suicide (1 Sam. 31:4-5); 1 Chr. 10:4-5), and he will be in heaven as well. The most famous example of someone who rejected and denied Christ is Peter. He even used profanity and curses in denying any connection to Jesus Christ. Yet we know that he was forgiven and will be in heaven.

In fact, there are a whole host of other sins mentioned in the Bible that true believers have committed, yet we know from other Scriptures that these people will still be in heaven. The Bible talks about believers who commit idolatry (1 King 11:1-10). We read of others who believe only for a while and then fall away (Luke 8:13). We read of some who do not continue in the Word of Christ (John 8:31), do not abide in Christ (John 15:1-8), become disqualified in the race of the Christian life (1 Cor 9:24-27), resist God’s correction up to the point of physical death (1 Cor 11:30-32).

Others stray from the faith (1 Tim 1:5-6), shipwreck their faith (1 Tim 1:18-20), fall away from the faith (1 Tim 4:1-3), deny the faith (1 Tim 5:8), cast off initial faith to follow Satan (1 Tim. 5:12-15), stray from the faith by loving money (1 Tim. 6:9-10), stray from the faith by teaching false doctrine (1 Tim. 6:20-21), and deny Christ and live faithless lives (2 Tim 2:11-13).

We have the examples of people in the Bible who murdered and committed adultery, and yet were said to be saved (Jacob’s sons). Other men, like Solomon, Amaziah and Uzziah will most likely be in heaven, but did not live very faithfully to God during their lives. Some of them committed adultery, had multiple wives, committed murder, and fell into idolatry.

Then there is the righteous man who commits unrighteousness and dies as a result of it in Ezekiel 18, and the man in 1 Corinthians 5 who was involved in an incestuous relationship with his mother in law. Lot who committed incest with his daughters. Ananais and Sapphira in Acts 5 and so many other examples in Scripture of genuine believers who fell away.

The point of all of this is to show that the grace of God runs deeper and wider than most of us will ever know.

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But what about when someone commits the unforgivable sin?

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Is There A Sin God Does not Forgive?

We have all encountered the troubling passage in Matthew 12:31-32 which indicates that there is a sin which the grace of God does not cover.

Matthew 12:31-32 is often pointed to as proof that we can lose our salvation. The sin mentioned in this passage is often referred to as the unpardonable sin or unforgivable sin. It is said that if you commit this sin, then no matter how good of a Christian you have been up to that point and no matter how much you repent or confess afterward, you will not make it to heaven.

Let us take a closer look at Matthew 12:31-32 to see what it really says. Let’s begin with Matthew 12:31.

Matthew 12:31. Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.

We learn in Matthew 12:31 that every sin will be forgiven, except one – the blasphemy against the Spirit.

Let’s look first at this concept that every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men. We know what sin is. It is when we do something contrary to God’s character or will. When God tells us what He wants us to do, and we don’t do it, we sin. James puts it this way, “Anyone who knows the good he ought to do, and doesn’t do it, sins.”

Blasphemy is similar. The most basic definition of blasphemy is to speak evil or injuriously about God. So blasphemy is a sin of the tongue. A sin that uses words and thoughts rather than actions. So right away, all of this sins listed above that involve actions are not what Jesus is talking about. In fact, the only sin mentioned above that involves actions and thoughts is the sin of denying Christ and speaking against Him. So blasphemy against Christ is to speak evil or injuriously about Him. But jump ahead to Matthew 12:32. Look what Jesus says there. He says that speaking against the Son of Man will be forgiven.

So all of the possible sins we began with are now seen to be forgivable. Divorce, adultery, abortion, suicide all fall under the category of “every sin” and these are all forgiven. If you have committed any of these sins, you are forgiven! Jesus said it! All sins will be forgiven!

But what about blasphemies? Blasphemies will also be forgiven, even those spoken against Jesus Christ. If you have spoken a word against Jesus Christ, this too is forgiven. You have been forgiven.

It is only the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit that will not be forgiven.

But what does this mean?

What is Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit?

What is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? Matthew 12:32 helps us answer this question.

Matthew 12:32. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

The sin that will not ever be forgiven is not speaking against Jesus Christ, but speaking against the Holy Spirit.

But what is this sin, and how is it committed?

There are at least four different theories on what it means to speak against the Holy Spirit.

1. The Unforgivable Sin is Israel’s Rejection of the Messiah

The first theory is that this sin is Israel’s national rejection of the Messiah when Jesus was ministering in Israel. This theory states that this particular sin is only something that Jewish people living in the days of Jesus could commit. It is not a sin that we can commit today because Jesus is not engaged in his earthly ministry right now.

This theory is one I held for quite a while. It is a very compelling theory.

In the context, the Pharisees claim that Jesus is performing miracles by the power of Satan (Matthew 12:24). Later, Jesus calls this generation that rejected Him an “evil generation” which deserved condemnation for rejecting the Messiah (Matthew 12:39-42).

So these Jews are rejecting Jesus as the Messiah even though they know the prophecies about Him, have heard His teachings, and have seen His many miracles. Yet they still rejected Him and accused Him of being in league with Satan.

According to this view, then, the unforgivable sin is committed by these particular Jewish people. They lived in the time of Jesus and saw what He did, but attributed His work to the devil.

If this view is correct, then nobody can commit the unforgivable sin except for the Jewish people living at the time of Christ. According to this theory, since we are not Jewish and we are not living at the time of Christ, we cannot commit this sin.

This theory, by the way, is the one I was taught in Bible college. It is also held by such people as Warren Wiersbe and John MacArthur.

Though this theory has a lot going for it, I no longer hold to it because it seems this warning applies to “anyone,” not just Jewish people at the time of Christ. Furthermore, although the context does help us understand the unforgivable sin, it has to be something beyond rejection of the Messiah and speaking against the Messiah, because Jesus says that these things will be forgiven men, but not speaking against the Holy Spirit.

So while it is true that these Jewish religious leaders were in danger of committing the unforgivable sin, the context of the passage seems to indicate that the sin is something more than just Israel’s national rejection of the Messiah.

2. The Unforgivable Sin is accusing Christ of being in League with Satan

The second theory is that the unforgivable sin is committed when someone accuses Jesus of Satanic allegiance. One variation on this theory is that the unforgivable sin is committed when people attribute the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan.

One person who holds this view said this: “When we write off supernatural healings, prophetic utterances, the gift of tongues, etc. as coming from the devil, we are denying the power of the Holy Spirit. We are being disrespectful to the Holy Spirit. We are committing blasphemy against the Holy Spirit!”

Of course, the behavior of some charismatic Christians goes way beyond healing and prophecy and speaking in tongues. Sometimes they get into holy laughter, barking like dogs or braying like donkeys, getting slain in the Spirit, rolling in the isles, and claiming their tooth fillings were changed to gold. Certain Christian leaders have said that these are counterfeit miracles from the devil. In response, certain charismatic leaders have said that such accusations are blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Then the finger-pointing and name-calling really begins in earnest…

But I don’t think this is the best interpretation of the passage. Scripture is very clear that not everything that appears spiritual is from the Holy Spirit. Satan can and does counterfeit the works of God. So we are supposed to test the spirits and see if they are from God (1 John 4:1). If we are convinced a certain activity is not from God, but is a counterfeit deception from the devil, it is our obligation to stand up for the truth. And we shouldn’t have to worry that we might be committing the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit by denouncing something that is actually from God.

Years ago, when the holy laughter phenomenon began to spread out from Toronto into other churches around the world, there were many who were saying that this experience was not of the Holy Spirit, but was of Satan. Those who were involved in the Toronto Blessing phenomenon claimed that such statements were blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. They claimed that if God was doing something through the Holy Spirit, and other people said that these things were from the devil, then that is the unforgivable sin. They get this idea because in context, Jesus is performing miracles and casting out demons, and the Pharisees say that He does this by Beelzebub. Jesus then accuses them of having coming close to committing the unforgivable sin.

There are, however, similar ecstatic experiences cropping up in Mormon and Jehovah’s Witness churches, as well as among Buddhists, Hindus, and Muslims. There are even such experiences among the pagan, animistic cults. Are we prepared to say that these also are from the Holy Spirit? I doubt very much that charismatics would be willing to say they are. Yet if they say that such experiences are from the devil, are they not also in danger of possibly attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to the devil?

We cannot say the experiences of people in these other groups are from the devil, just in case God really is working among people in these other religions. But then, can we say these experiences are from the Holy Spirit? We cannot say that either, for we just don’t know.

The point is that this second theory becomes impossible to practically live out, because there would be no way to tell with certainty what is from the Holy Spirit and what is not. We would have to accept everything as possibly being from the Holy Spirit so that we did not accidentally commit the unforgivable sin.

So this second theory has weak evidence in context, and is impossible to live out practically.

3. The Unforgivable Sin is a Failure to Believe in Jesus

The third interpretation is one that I held for a few years, and it is the idea that the unforgivable sin is simply a failure to believe in Jesus for eternal life.

Someone who does not believe the gospel will of course not be forgiven in their unbelief. If they continue in their unbelief until death, then they will never be forgiven. This is the view of Charles Stanley and many others.

The reason I eventually rejected this view is that the warning here by Christ seems more serious than this. Jesus indicates that this sin cannot be forgiven, whereas unbelief can be. And if this sin is unbelief, why not just call it unbelief?

4. The Unforgivable Sin is Consistent and Willful Rejection of the Spirit’s Testimony about Jesus

The fourth view is the one that makes the most sense. It is kind of a mixture of all three previous views. It keeps the strengths of these other views, and avoids their weaknesses.

The fourth view is that the unforgivable sin is a willful and slanderous rejection of the Holy Spirit’s testimony about Christ.

One reason I eventually came to this conclusion is through a deeper understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit among unbelievers. The Holy Spirit is at work in the world convicting them of sin, of their need for righteousness, and the coming judgment (John 16:7-11). He also helps draw and woo people to Jesus Christ.

If a person is being convinced by the Holy Spirit that Jesus is the Messiah, and that person lashes out verbally at the Holy Spirit by saying something about how Jesus is of the devil or accuses the Holy Spirit of being Satanic, this could be the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

This is different than simple resistance of the Holy Spirit. When non-Christians resist the Holy Spirit, they are trying not to hear what the Holy Spirit is telling them. They try to drown out His still small voice with constant music, recreation, entertainment, sex, alcohol, and drugs.

But it is not so easy to commit the unforgivable sin. If you are reading this post, and are concerned that you have committed it, be encouraged – for there is clear evidence you have not committed this sin. Let us look at how this sin is committed.

How Does Someone Commit the Unforgivable Sin?

All unbelievers naturally resist the Spirit. But from this condition of resisting the work of the Spirit, one of three things will happen.

First, the person may stop resisting, and submit to what the Holy Spirit is saying, and as a result, will believe in Jesus Christ for eternal life. They are now and forevermore a Christian. Once a person has believed, they can no longer commit the unforgivable sin, because it is only a sin that unbelievers can commit when the Spirit is drawing them to Jesus.

Second, the non-Christian may continue to resist throughout his or her life, and will die in a state of resistance. Since they never believed in Jesus, they do not receive the benefits of eternal life. They never committed the unforgivable sin, but they also never believed in Jesus for eternal life. They simply resisted the work of the Spirit their whole life.

Thirdly, a person may get tired of always resisting what the Spirit is telling them about Jesus, and may lash out in anger against the Holy Spirit for what He is trying to tell them.

This person knowingly, maliciously, and repeatedly rejects and slanders the Holy Spirit for His efforts to bring them to Jesus. This is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

When a person commits the unforgivable sin, the Holy Spirit stops trying to convict them of sin, righteousness, and judgment. ⇦ Tweet that!

They once and for all choose to remain on their path of rebellion. The Holy Spirit will no longer convict them of their sin, of the offer of salvation, or of impending judgment. Such people have demanded to be left alone, and their request will be honored.

This view is a combination of the three first theories. The first theory was that the Jewish people had rejected the Messiah. People in our day who commit this sin also reject the Messiah, but it is more than that. The second theory is that this sin is when people attribute the work of the Holy Spirit to the devil. This happens when people say that the conviction of sin and the convincing of a need for Jesus Christ is of the devil, but again, the sin is more than that. The third theory was that this sin is nothing more than unbelief. And it is unbelief, but willful, hardened, blasphemous, and verbal rejection of Jesus Christ and especially the work that the Holy Spirit is trying to do in that person’s life.

When an unbeliever lashes out in this way, this reveals a heart hardened beyond hope of forgiveness. They will never be forgiven because there is nothing left for the Holy Spirit to appeal to. The Holy Spirit stops attempting to draw, convict, and convince people who commit the unforgivable sin. ⇦ Tweet that!

And without the Holy Spirit’s work in this way, no person will ever be saved.

Have you Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

So, how do you know if you have committed the unforgivable sin?

First, if you have believed in Jesus Christ for eternal life, then you have eternal life (John 3:16; 5:24; 6:47) and it is no longer possible for you to blaspheme the Holy Spirit in this way.

Since you have believed in Jesus for eternal life, the Holy Spirit has stopped working upon you as He does with non-Christians, and is now indwelling within you to mold you, shape you, and form you into Christlikeness. Yes, you can still sin against the Holy Spirit by quenching or grieving the Holy Spirit, but you cannot blaspheme the Spirit in the way Jesus talks about in Matthew 12:31-32.

So if you are a believer, don’t worry about committing the unforgivable sin. The chance to commit it is forever in your past.

If, however, you are not a Christian, and are worrying about whether you have committed this sin, be encouraged. Nobody who commits the blasphemy against the Spirit wonders if they have. ⇦ Tweet that!

People who have committed the unforgivable sin do not care that they have committed it. They do not even wonder if they have. They simply don’t care about such things anymore because the Holy Spirit has stopped convicting them of sin.

The unbeliever who commits this sin has become so morally and spiritually blind that their heart is hardened to the point that they no longer care about spiritual things and will never believe in Jesus.

So if you are worrying about whether or not you have committed this sin, be encouraged … for caring about whether or not you commit it is clear evidence you have not!

If you still worry about the unforgivable sin, then make sure you will never be able to commit it. How? Believe in Jesus for eternal life (John 3:16; 5:24; 6:47). The Holy Spirit is drawing you to Jesus, and He wants you to believe in Jesus. If you believe in Jesus, then the Spirit regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals you, and you can never commit the unforgivable sin. Ever. Why not? Because this sin can only be committed by those who are not yet believers and upon whom the Spirit is working to draw them to Jesus. Once they are “in the family” the work of the Spirit changes from drawing you to Jesus to conforming you into the image of Jesus. And no matter what, He will never stop doing this. Never.

Yes, you might have committed some terrible sin. You might have said something you really regret. But guess what? Whatever sin you may have committed, whatever words you may have said, you are still being convicted by it, which is good. This means the Holy Spirit is at work in your life to point this out to you. God has not abandoned you to your sin. So simply confess this sin, and abandon yourself to the love of God.

God’s grace covers over all your sin, past, present, and future.

God wants all men to be saved, and through the Holy Spirit, He draws all men to Jesus Christ. The light shines in their lives and grace calls them to Jesus.

If a person wants forgiveness and desires the love of God, God will never turn such a person away. Not ever. ⇦ Tweet that!

The person who has committed the unforgivable sin does not want forgiveness, does not desire the love of God, and does not even have a thought for God in their lives. People who blaspheme the Holy Spirit have so hardened their hearts that they do not realize the condition they are in, nor do they care. They are not crying out to God for light or help or salvation. They just live their lives without a thought for God or a care in the world for spiritual matters. The Holy Spirit has ceased to work on their hearts and they are completely given over to the darkness of their hearts and the spiritual blindness of their eyes.

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is a serious sin that only unbelievers can commit, and even then, only when they have resisted the Holy Spirit for many years and have come to the point that they so completely reject what He is trying to do in their life, that they openly and verbally denounce Him and Jesus Christ and the feelings of sin and guilt in their own lives as the work of Satan in their lives.

I am not sure if we can ever know if a person has committed the unforgivable sin or not in their lives, but one thing we can know – if we have believed in Jesus for eternal life, we have already responded positively to the Holy Spirit’s work in our life, and so the opportunity to commit the unforgivable sin is past.

The unforgivable sin is not a sin a Christian can commit.

At the same time, if an unbeliever fears they have committed this sin, then they clearly have not, because someone who has committed the unforgivable sin would have such a hard heart that such thoughts would not even enter their mind.

If you’re afraid you’ve committed the unpardonable sin, stop worrying. Jesus is not a liar! ⇦ Tweet that!

If you believe in Him for eternal life, then you’ve got it. It’s that simple. He guarantees it.

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  1. Johny says

    Question, I’m hoping I didn’t commit an unforgiveable sin, I think conditional immortality is a real possibility, if eternal punishing is true I believe God is good either way but I once made a philosophical objection for conditionalism, I said I’m convicted that satan would want to torment people forever and Jesus wouldn’t because that would make him more like satan. Please help me

    • says

      Johny,

      Believing in conditional immortality is not the unpardonable sin, nor is thinking that Jesus would be more like Satan if Jesus sent people to burn and suffer in fiery flames forever. Far from being the unpardonable sin, you have actually made a very logical (and theological) argument. Good job! Jesus is actually quite pleased that you are willing to think through these things.

      Note that there is a good case to be made that “hell” is not a place of fiery suffering and torture forever, so in this way, we can rest assured that Jesus is nothing like Satan.

  2. Michael says

    I believe I am destine for hell. I have yelled at god that he does not exist in the past. I feel nothing at service, I believe because I blasphemed in the past, God has turned his back on me. I have a loving wife and wonderous kids, I do everything I can to enforce their beliefs in god. But I feel I am lost.

    • says

      God has not turned His back on you. Don’t depend too heavily on what you feel in a church service. That matters not at all. Whatever you said or did in your past is forgiven. If you feel shame over what you’ve said and done, then this proves that the Holy Spirit is still at work in your life, and therefore, you have not committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

      • Mk says

        What if you done this in the past but every so often you say it again you get so caught up reading and looking at posts regarding this sin, that you are consumed by it, you want to feel better about God, you want to feel a real peace about it but haven’t & when you don’t feel condemned you think you really are condemned because it has been said if you don’t care you have committed confused! I would love to get pass this, but always finding myself coming back reading the posts. I have in the future gotten peace about it, but what causes doubt is there are so many teachings. I do not want to become cold hearted &there are times I do get cold naturally we tend to go toward the negative. I once was going hard doing all the things we as a grateful person does when they learn they are forgiven then I stared to say things that are not right, saw a devotional on the topic & every since I have been struggling

        • says

          Mk,

          There are many views and it can get confusing. I would invite you to ask God to teach you the truth as well, to show you what He is really like, and to help you understand Him and His thoughts toward you as they really are. Spend a lot of time reading and thinking about Jesus and what He revealed to us about how God treats sinners, demon-possessed, and others. True peace comes only from God, so seek peace from Him.

  3. Kendall says

    The unpardonable sin is to to Blaspheme the Holy Spirit,. Not the scripture you omitted was what happened prior to Jesus speaking of this, and that is he cast out a devil and the Pharisees accused him of doing it by the devil. I see the unforgivable sin as giving the glory of God and his works over to Satan or to any other but God. Had they said he does that of himself Jesus would have been ok with that for indwelling in him as he was God in flesh was his Holy Spirit, but they gave the acclaim of this miracle to the Devil himself and therefore in so doing they committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

  4. Kendall says

    Jeremy what is repentance but a call to change ones mind, You and other grace only folks say just accept the Lord as your personal savior and pray this prayer, yet I have read the Bible many times and there is no such prayer in the Bible. I read the great commission , not in the gospel of John and perhaps the reason you omitted Matthew, Mark and Luke.
    Luke 24 47 talks about what teaching repentance in my name said Jesus, Matthew 28:19 sates go teach and baptize in the Name of the father the son and the Holy ghost, mark states in mark 16 16 he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. In acts chapter two 36 the men gathered at Jerusalem heard Peter and were Pricked ( conflicted) in their hearts and asked ‘What must we do, Peter who through the knowledge given to him of who the identity of the Christ was and given the keys to the kingdom of heaven stated in 38 Repent, (even after they believed) and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin and then ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost… Read Romans 6 23.
    I love it when people call this work based theology, whose work then, if being Baptized according to the apostles is the symbolic death burial and resurrection as it is touted in Romans 6 … Preceding Romans 8 and 10 in the disposition of the rudiments of the faith delivered to the Church at Rome to reinforce the faithful there. Grace only teaches its an outward expression baptism is of your faith yet that flies in direct opposition to what peter said 1 peter 3:21 baptism does also now save us not the putting away of the filth of your flesh but the answer of a good conscious toward God.
    I will ask you what Christ asked the Pharisees , the baptism in Jesus name as was followed out by the apostles throughout the book of acts, and an obedience unto Matthew 28:19 note the pronoun singularity, with that prefaced my question, of whom then is this baptism of mans work or Christ’s work that if through baptism we descend into the death and upon emerging we are born again, as per Romans 6 and also found many other places such as colossians 2:9 -2:14, now mostly speaking the epistles will not address baptism or the first works much unless it does so in retrospection, the reason of course is plain Paul and others are writing to those who have already obeyed the plan of salvation , the book of acts is much different it chronicles the lost through the event of salvation. Now to my question is baptism our work Or is it God’s? If it is God’s then why do you call it and repentance work based? if it is mans then why would we need it it fulfills nothing for man being temporal can do nothing in and of himself, if repentance which is to turn from sin is not needed and is only a work then how do we change from sin, in fact what you have written here is misleading people.
    To all concerning the unpardonable sin, you would be remorseful and incapable of concern or care for God had you done so, put the worry from your mind and seek God in his word but don’t be afraid to ask questions and always be like the bereans and challenge the doctrine read what the apostles said in the book of acts and what they wrote to the saved ( not sinners) in the epistles. and St John is a wonderful book written to give understanding of who Jesus was and that he was more than just the anointed one that he was in spirit God in the flesh. I am a person who the modern era refers to as a simpleton I suppose because the Bible is to me the absolute truth and when the word states my word will not change then that means its as true today as it was when Jesus fulfilled the dispensation of the Law. EG old testament which was until after Christ had risen and ascended back unto his Father and returned to fulfill Joel 2:28 in acts 2:38 when that spirit was poured out unto all men.
    The promise as per Joel was unto all Men, find comfort in God and seek firt and most importantly the Kingdom of heaven and listen because we as humans want to discover him in a miraculous manner but sometimes he is heard only as a still small voice. I do want to add Jeremy Myers I can appreciate what you are doing here and feel anyone reaching out to people in Jesus name is doing so because they love God and have a love for his Children and we as a people need more love, doctrine alone we probably differ on many things, that does not mean I cannot appreciate you and entreat you as a brother In Christ. God bless you all and its ok to ask question but seek those questions in prayer. read your Bibles and Sing your praises to God, treat all men with the love God treats you with and Pray for me as well Because I too once struggled greatly with this fear., just remember the reprobate cannot change and does not want to so all who labor with this please don’t and just praise your way out of it, God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins if we repent of them.

    • says

      Kendall,
      If you can find one place in any of my writings where I have said what you claim I say, I will publicly recant! To my knowledge, I have never said nor written “just accept the Lord as your personal savior and pray this prayer.” Never.

      My recommendation is that before you start to accuse someone of teaching error, you should understand what it is they actually teach.

  5. Kendall says

    Never made the claim that Hebrews 6 contradicts anything other than the telling of the difference between the testaments or dispensations. You did say and I repeat that you felt the person was speaking from a works based faith, i simply asked you a question since the mantra of that particular sentence always gives way into acceptance alone which you will not find coincides biblically in the book of acts as the apostles carried out the commission from Jesus Christ, using of the epistles since they are written to the church or those having already believed simply is not accurate for doctrine of salvation. People who make claim that baptism is of man believes that baptism is our work and Romans 6 states it is God’s. work.Before you conclude that my previous statement of the epistles is written for the edification of the saints and therefore a contradiction understand that the epistles were written to the church for illustration to keep the church from straying from the Gospel into ideas like gnosticism or the indigenous beliefs of the roman people and is why Paul goes into long detail of the salvation they had already obeyed the plan of. Hebrews 6 written to the church at Jerusalem does sate\ now let us leave the doctrines of baptism and go unto perfection, no person is perfected upon belief alone, before you attempt a bible study on Hebrews as a declaration of work based theology and how to debunk it you may want to examine it in its context. No one can work themselves into heaven but where you and I obviously disagree fundamentally is in a grew things one Baptism is Gods work Paul calls it the circumcision of your spirit, may want to reference Genesis and Abraham and what not circumcising the men meant, it meant utter cut off. So a correlation to baptism was made by Paul, he also called it the washing away of our sins. The arrogance of man and ideas is that something unholy can accept the holiest of holy into them by confession alone, Eve\n the devils and demons do believe and tremble, yet no confession can save them.
    So I would very much like to hear the bible study on Hebrews, I am sure I heard it all before in Lynchburg Va. or broken Arrow Ok. The in pardonable sin again is not a summary of ideas you put forth it is the giving of the glory of God wholly over to credit Satan with that work.

    Again my question to you Jeremy is the Baptism of Jesus Christ is it man’s work or God’s?

    • says

      Kendall,
      I have great trouble understanding what you are saying.

      As to the baptism of Jesus Christ, Jesus did not baptize anyone, so once again, I am not sure what you are talking about. Regardless, this post has nothing to do with baptism. Please try to keep your comments on topic. I have written posts about baptism on this blog. If you want to ask questions about baptism, just search for those posts, read what is written there, and then ask your question.

      • kendall says

        Topic was unforgivable sin and your misunderstanding of it, the topic of works based came into a comment you made and eluded to, Jesus did baptize he would not commission it if he had not done so You would argue that if its not present it did not exist but yet your explanation for the unforgivable sin is full on your own and others conjecture.
        The Pharisees stated to Jesus you cast out devils by the prince of devils, this was the attitude of the religious hypocrites and leaders of the time, the spoken pronouncement that the divinity and sovereign act of God would be credited to Lucifer is the blasphemy of the Holy Ghost. To attribute the Divine grace and ability of God to anyone but God is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and i believe can only come about in people so separated from God that humility is a dead attitude in them so anyone feeling like they have committed such by having that fear you present the truth that in deed you have not committed any such act because those who have a reprobate mind are unable to conceive a need for a change and cannot see a need for it in their lives. Every person asking about this on your blog is doing so because they were fearful of this.
        That was the point all along anything off topic came from an off topic comment, again this is your blog I wish to only show a respectful engagement that may not always be in opposition but in clarification.

  6. Rich says

    I keep reading about people who are lost and scared that they are not worthy of God’s love or that they are not saved or past the point of being saved. They believe that God has abandoned them and they are going to hell.
    I get thoughts some times, and while I was watching some Nat Geo special about the tomb of Jesus and I kept thinking what if this is real and what if God is not real. I felt ashamed. I felt I blasphemed the Holy Spirit and was very fearful of God. I then got this revelation that has helped me to this day. How can one be fearful of this all knowing God and not believe in him. “If I didn’t believe in him then why was I scared” From this day on I knew that was my flesh and not my spirit speaking. So now when I get a thought that is contrary to my belief I just chalk it up to being of the flesh and most likely Satan trying to turn me. I just pray to God to forgive my thoughts and move on. Knowing I am forgiven and not to dwell on it.
    I have struggled with Sin but I believe God still loves me. I may be off base here but I believe that when we accept Christ we walk in righteousness with God. Our spirit is willing and our flesh is weak. We all struggle with sin but our spirit is saved the day we accepted Jesus Christ.
    For those who are struggling with the thought of God rejecting you read John 6: 37 “For those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.”
    The very fact that you are seeking God’s mercy is proof that you are being drawn to Jesus by the Holy Spirit and he will never reject you.

    God Bless

    • says

      Rich, I agree with your conclusion there at the end.

      Lots of Christians today say that doubt is the unforgivable sin. It is not. Doubt and questions are a normal part of the Christian life. The truth of God can stand up to all questions and challenges. I am glad you realize that.

      • Guilty says

        I would think that if you allowed yourself to keep dwelling on those issues you could possibly trick yourself into not believing in Christ. That could then become dangerous. Thats what satan wants is us to loose our testimony and shame Christ. I even was told that if you keep sinning after you receive Christ that you either didn’t really mean it and just went through the motion or that He may decide to take you home rather then to keep shaming Him. I know from experience that if your a christian and do something that is really bad like look at internet porn you might still like what you see because your human but afterwards excessive guilt would pile high onto your heart and your chest! That’s when you need to repent and keep repenting. If you keep giving in God could also give you up to your own wrongful lusts.

  7. Rl says

    What if a believer of god said one of those things listed as unforgivable, so does that mean he has commited the unforgivable sin?

  8. Kevin Hansen says

    I have been on my journey for many years and have heard most of these examples of the unpardonable sin. I like you saw the conflict between what I was being told was the unforgivable sin and those that we should expect to see in heaven. Even with their sins. I had settled at your reason #3 for a long time. You put it well. I would agree with your conclusion. It is where I am in my understanding as well.

  9. sherry says

    I myself thought I had blasphemed the Holy Spirit back in 2005. I gave my life to Christ in 2003 and there was alot I did not understand and am still learning today. I went through utter attacks and mental anguish for about 5 years. There was so much darkness in my mind that was against Christ and everything I believed to be true. I knew it was an attack of darkness and the enemy knew I was.a new believer and he wanted me to live a life of hell because I rejected him and chose Christ. I know for certain this was true. I never suffered with bad thoughts or depression before and I haven’t since around 2010. When I started to believe Christ and His Love for me things started to turn around. I was in a prayer group in 2010 and talked about what was happening to me and they got up surrounded me and prayed for God to intervene. I got this overwhelming since of weightlessness and freedom of body, mind, and spirit. When I finally told this burden to others for intercessory prayers God gave me piece. This was very real for me and was a very dark time in my life that I will never forget but it gave me understanding of how the enemy works and who I am in Christ. I started digging deeper in Gods word for understanding of scripture and seeking more of Christ and less of self. Day by day God would show me newness of Life within me and opened my eyes to truth I was questioning, not only in my life but in the life of the church body compared to the man made church of today. I am able to keep attacks under the feet of Christ. There is still so much to learn but for know Im better than I was.

    • says

      Thank you, Sherry. Yes, you have learned that following Jesus is not something that happens all at once, but is a lifelong journey of learning to follow Him and live in His love.

      I believe that many who struggle with unpardonable sin and Matthew 12:31-32 will be encouraged by what you have written here. Thank you for sharing it!

  10. Daniel says

    I feel like this is me. Found this and it describes where I am. As time goes on and I see the genuine joy of true believers around me, as I lose my mental faculties due to unrelenting, severe depression (due to the belief that I have apostatized), and my inability to have true godly sorrow in spite of crying out to God every sleepless night, I live in a state of continual despair. I can’t concentrate on any task or on anyone else– all I can think of is what kind of eternal horrors are waiting for me. Whenever I take a drink of water, I think of how I will never get it in hell. Whenever I experience any kind of heat or hear others talk about hot weather, I think about how it is nothing compared to what I will be experiencing in hell. I sometimes go into an inner room and turn out the lights to see what total darkness will be like, knowing it’s nothing compared to the eternal darkness I’m headed for. My greatest regrets are assuming all the time I was saved at an early age (3 years-old), not recognizing that, although very gifted and knowledgeable of the Bible (Ph.D in New Testament), I did not exemplify the fruit of the Spirit in Gal. 5, nor the qualities of 2 Peter 1. The popularity of my ministries and the accolades I received also aided in deceiving me into assuming I was saved. But I was self-deceived, sinning heedlessly with no real fear of God. I can hardly open my Bible now as every time I do all that speak to me are judgment passages concerning the wicked and the descriptions of the wicked. I had much light, was a staunch biblicist and defender of the inspiration, sufficiency and authority of the Scriptures and of the fundamentals of the faith (which I still believe all), but realize more every day that it was always, only in my head, not my heart. I’m falling apart in every way. It is indeed a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the…
    My heart had rejected believing Jesus bc of being stuck in legalistic confusing ways and fear and condemnation.
    i think I blasphemed the Holy Spirit bc one day my flesh manifested and my heart screamed get away from me holy spirit
    im tormented with what I’ve done
    I feel like I don’t know how to trulyet go and believe Jesus is the messiah from my heart

    • sarah says

      Daniel, my heart hurts for you, reading your comment. Have you been treated for depression and / or ocd? I have those same horrible obsessions. There might be help for you with medication.

  11. David says

    Jeremy,

    I cannot hope to thank you enough. Since the day I renounced my heretical denial of the good Lord thanks in part to the wisdom of my dear friend and penpal, I suffered nightmares of damnation. Before meeting my friend, I said atrocious blasphemies inspired by the lies of men like Richard Dawkins. Now I realize that my rejection of God in the was born out of hope that there was no hell. I now know that that part of my life is gone in Christ’s eyes.

    • says

      Thank you, David. I trust that as you follow Jesus into a deeper understanding of His love, grace, and forgiveness, you will learn more and more about Him and His ways.

  12. Matthew Richardson says

    I checked the Hebrew. The word translated as ‘blasphemy’ is, according to Strong’s notes, actually ‘vilification’. I think vilify means to declare to be a villain. Therefore, the unforgiveable sin may be to call the Spirit a vilain or declare it to be evil. I don’t think christians are unable to commit this sin. God will never take back His gift of salvation but that does not mean (unfortunately) that we cannot reject it.

    • Ryan M. George says

      Hi Jeremy, I found your site in regards to the unforgivable sin and I feel that on the 17th of april that I have committed just such a sin and the devil has been messing with me the entire time up until a few days ago when I almost fully felt hardened of the heart until one of my co-workers told me about his experience of going past the point of no return abd just going back to seeking christ. I remember having multiple revivals of the holy spirit and making promises that I couldn’t fulfill. And on the 17th in the early morning after asking christ for revival, he wanted me ti be active and get up and then I fell asleep into an extremely vivid dream. I remember towards the end of the dream that I found myself liking blood off of my body and hearing a demonic voice behind me say that “he’s perfect”. Once iWork up, I felt spiritually dead and almost like my conscience was seared. Im REALLY AFRAID now but nobody understands or wants to believe me. And everyone is saying that because of me being concerned is why they dont believe that I have committed it but I dont feel the same anymore, I feel like someone put a hot iron to my heart and burned it. Please respond.

  13. Ransom Backus says

    I knew a guy who was obsessed with it to the point of insanity, always worried whether he committed it or not, and nothing you could tell him would ever console him.

  14. Tonia says

    I believed in Jesus alone for my salvation. I still believe Jesus alone is required but have trouble trusting He is still available to me.
    I walked away from God during a big trial. I came back 4 years later. However, at one point when addressing how I could have walked away if I loved Him, I attempted to make an agreement with God that I would truly accept Jesus and make Him my Lord as well as Saviour and be obedient to “secure” my salvation.
    That night I was supernaturally led to read Hebrews 6, when I came to the place about falling away I freaked out. I believed God was telling me that because I walked away and chose to sin I lost Him. 2 years later I came to understand this was about failing to trust in Jesus alone and about turning from sin to Jesus for salvation, not about be obedient to God.
    However, now I am confused as to whether I have truly committed blasphemy of the HS because I attempted to fall back onto the law to save me instead of persevering in faith in Jesus alone. Will God forgive me for making this vow I can’t live up to? Have I forfeited Jesus and have no hope? If I am allowed to call upon Jesus still and continue in salvation and can repent of this legalistic pact and failing to believe in Jesus alone….I will in a heart beat! I believe Jesus is the only true way. My dilemma is I don’t believe His sacrifice is still available of I rehected it. I have asked forgiveness of sin but struggle to fully believe and trust since I gave up on Him.

  15. Guilty says

    What if a person was severely emotionally damaged by a church after being saved and then went through extreme indignation and it caused that person to get mad at God and then causing that person to decide that God didn’t want him. Then that person does everything such as astrology, tarot cards, divination, psychic, spirit contact nothing like burnt offerings or satanic just enough to tell God to leave me alone? Then after 15 years or so after being enlightened decides to come back to God is that person still saved and can he still be forgiven?

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