Against the Holy Spirit?
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and
blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy
against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32
And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of
man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh
against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him,
neither in this world, neither in the world to come. (KJV)
For nearly two thousand years, Satan and
his army of fallen angels have used a horrible ploy against
Christians. Just as the Devil tempted Jesus by twisting Bible
verses, he loves to twist these two verses and use them
against Christians. The word “Satan” means
“The Accuser," and he is not called this for nothing!
He loves to accuse God’s people! What better way to sink a
Christian into the utter depths of despair, incapacitate him,
and ruin his witness, than to falsely accuse him of having
committed an unpardonable sin that can never be forgiven!
Have you (or someone you care about)
fallen into this snare of Satan? If so, there is only one
thing that can set such a person free. The truth of God’s
John 8:31 Then
said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue
in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make
Obviously, if you do not correctly
understand God’s word, you do not know the truth of it.
And if you do not know the truth of it, you cannot be set
The aim of this article is to help you to
properly understand this Bible passage, so that the truth may
set you (or someone you care about) free from Satan's snare.
Must Understand the Context
First, let’s consider the context of these
two verses. In order to properly understand many Bible
passages, we must know the context.
Jesus had just performed an amazing
miracle by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil,
blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind
and dumb both spake and saw.
A man who was
possessed with a demon was brought to Jesus. He cast the demon
out and healed him, so that he could now both speak and see!
What an amazing demonstration of the power of God!
This was a very plain demonstration of
the power of God. Because of this miracle, the people
began to believe in Jesus.
And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this
the son of David?
is very important for you to understand that there was no room
for doubt here. This was an obvious manifestation of the power
of God. It was clearly a miracle of God! No one could deny
that this miracle was from God, unless he was a willing liar,
who had an evil heart that was unwilling to believe! The term
“Son of David” was a synonym for Messiah, or Christ. Because
of this marvelous miracle, the people were beginning to
recognize that Jesus was the Messiah.
Pharisees wanted to stop the people from believing in
Jesus. So they told a very wicked, evil lie.
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This
fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince
of the devils.
tried to closely follow the law of Moses. Because of this,
they were looked up to and respected by the people. But many
of them had grown to love being admired and respected more
than they loved God! They were not obeying the law of Moses
for God’s sake, but for their own selfish ends. They enjoyed
being constantly complimented and praised for their outward
obedience to the law. They had grown to love the approval of
men more than the approval of God. They wanted to be the
center of attention!
Not only that,
but many of the Pharisees followed "fence laws" - laws that
they had made up themselves that were intended to protect them
from breaking the Mosaic laws. Some of these fence laws were
very impractical, and so nit-picky that they defied reason.
Nevertheless, people who did not obey those fence laws were
looked down on, even though they had not broken God's
commandments at all. This gave the Pharisees justification to
think that they were better than other people.
disregarded some of those fence laws, because they had not
come from God. In one instance, Jesus healed a man on the
Sabbath day. Although He did not break the Sabbath when He did
this, he did break their fence laws. Rather than being happy
for the person who had been healed, they were angry with Jesus
for breaking their man-made rules!
these things, the Pharisees refused to place their faith in
Jesus, and even threatened to kick anyone out of the synagogue
who trusted in him. Jesus was a great threat to them!
And now that Jesus had worked this undeniable miracle
- casting out a demon and making a blind and dumb man both see
and speak - it was quite obvious that the Pharisees were wrong
They already had
rejected Jesus, the source of eternal life. Now, they were
desperate to make people think they were right, and to turn
the spotlight back from Jesus to them. They had already
hardened their hearts by refusing to trust in Jesus. But now
some of them may have hardened their hearts beyond repair, and
sealed their eternal destiny by inventing a horrible lie. Or
in mercy, Jesus was warning them that they were coming
dangerously close to doing that.
Jesus exposed the falsehood, illogic and
hypocrisy of their lie.
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them,
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation;
and every city or house divided against itself shall not
stand: 26 And if
Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall
then his kingdom stand?
Satan and his
demons know that they must be united or their kingdom will
fall. So they co-operate. Even the wicked co-operate when it
is in their self-interest.
never really cast out Satan. He might “fake” casting himself
out, only to get an even more powerful hold on someone. But
this man had been completely set free, healed
And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do
your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your
The hypocrisy of
the Pharisees who invented this lie was obvious, since even
some of their young men practiced casting out demons by
calling upon the help of God.
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then
the kingdom of God is come unto you.
Here, Jesus made
the hypocrisy and poor reasoning of these Pharisees even
plainer. No kingdom permits territory to be taken from it
against its will; an opposing kingdom must take it by force.
In all of Creation, there are ultimately only two kingdoms;
God’s and Satan’s. When demons are cast out by the Spirit of
God among any group of people, Satan’s kingdom has lost
territory. This can only be because an opposing kingdom, God’s
kingdom, has taken away that territory by force. Satan’s
kingdom has decreased; God’s has increased!
Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house,
and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? And
then he will spoil his house.
Satan is a
strong man. No strong man will willingly allow good things to
be taken from his house. He must be tied up first. The Spirit
of God is much stronger than Satan. He can easily tie up the
After a demon
has been cast out, that house must not be left empty, or the
demon can come back. If it does, it will invite other demons
more wicked than itself to also come, to help insure that it
will not be cast out again. (Matthew 12:45)
For this reason,
a person who has just been delivered from demon possession
should be immediately encouraged to place his or her trust in
Jesus. Then the
Spirit of God will make that person His home.
When the Triune
God (The Father, Son and Holy Spirit), dwells in a house, that
house is secure, for Satan cannot bind up God and spoil his
house. If Satan could do this, then Jesus would not have
uttered the following words in John 10:27-29: “My sheep hear
my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto
them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall
any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them
me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out
of my Father’s hand.”
And so Jesus
thoroughly exposed the lie that these Pharisees were telling.
That man could not have been healed and had the demon cast out
of him unless Satan had been bound and his house spoiled.
He that is not with me is against me; and he that
gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
were not with Jesus, because they loved the praise of men more
than the praise of God. Therefore, they were against Jesus.
Because they did not gather with Him, they were being
scattered abroad, like lost goats in the wilderness, where the
wolves and lions could take their fill of them.
Now that you
know the context of Jesus’ words in Matthew 12:31-32, you will
be better able to understand the meaning of them.
What The Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit Is:
Purposely Directed Towards the Holy Spirit
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and
blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against
the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man,
it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the
Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this
world, neither in the world to come.
“blasphemy” in this verse is a transliteration of the Greek
noun blasphemia (pronounced
we say that a word is transliterated, that means it is carried
directly over into English rather than translated. According
to BDAG, one of the most highly regarded Greek lexicons, blasphemia
means, quite simply, " to speak in a disrespectful way
that demeans, denigrates, maligns." If this word were
translated, a good English phrase for it would be injurious
speaking, as some bible versions render it. It is
something spoken to others with the purposeful intent and
desire to unjustly injure someone or to injure that person's
that Jesus referred to this as “the”
blasphemy. His use of the word “the” indicates that he has a
particular kind of blasphemy in mind. The nature of it is made
clear in Lu 12:10 and Mark 3:29:
Lu 12:10 And
whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall
be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the
Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.”
Mark 3:29 But he
that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never
forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
Matthew 12:31, the word “against” is in italics, indicating
that it is not in the Greek, it is clearly implied, because
the word is explicitly stated in the Greek in the parallel
verses, Luke 12:10 and Mark 3:39. The word translated
“against” in these verses is the Greek word eis,
which in this context means “directed towards.” In other
words, “the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” is spoken (not
merely thought) reviling, abusive speech purposely, knowingly,
and intentionally directed towards the Holy Spirit. That
is exactly what these Pharisees were in danger of doing, or
perhaps were even doing.
Jesus used the
word eis, which means "directed towards" for
a reason. It is because God is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart. As a merciful, just and forgiving God,
He takes our intent into consideration when judging us.
Jesus also said, "whosoever speaketh against".
He did not say, "whosoever thinketh against." The kind
of blasphemy Jesus was taking about must be spoken, and
spoken with purposeful, evil intent directed towards the Holy
Slander is an
example of a kind of blasphemy, and it is what these Pharisees
were engaging in. They were trying to damage the Holy Spirit's
reputation in the minds of others, after He had worked an
undeniable miracle. This means that they had dangerously
hardened their hearts. When a person hardens his heart beyond
return, it will be impossible for him to repent and confess
That is why,
in The People's New Testament Commentary, Moule said,
"For such a sin no forgiveness is possible, for none is
A person who
has committed this sin will have a heart that has turned to
stone. He will feel no remorse for the sin, and consequently,
will not bother to confess it to God and ask for forgiveness.
If he could confess, he could find forgiveness, because 1 John
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
And so, it is
not because God is cruel and unloving that this sin cannot be
forgiven. It is because of the hardened condition of the
person's heart who utters the blasphemy.
At this point,
many people will think, "I know that Jesus said whoever speaks
a word against the Holy Spirit has committed this sin.
But didn't Jesus also say, "If a man looks on a woman to lust
after her in his heart, he has committed adultery with her in
his heart"? Doesn't this mean that if I think a word against
the Holy Spirit, I have committed this sin in my heart? No,
not if you thought it involuntarily or unwillingly. There is a
difference between a man lusting after a woman and someone
unwillingly or involuntarily thinking an unwelcome thought
about the Holy Spirit. You see, a man who lusts after a
woman wants her. He would hop in bed with her if he could. By
contrast, hopefully you do not, in your spirit, want to
slander the Holy Spirit to others. Hopefully, you have not
made yourself a sworn enemy of Jesus, as those Pharisees
did. If not, then your brain is just malfunctioning
(probably due to a medical condition known as OCD),
and causing you to think things that you do not, in your
spirit, want to think. Lusting after a woman is a willing,
voluntary act. An OCD episode is an involuntary thing. There
is a very, very big difference between the two.
blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is a final step in
permanently rejecting God. It can only be done by someone who
not only rejects Jesus, but has made himself an open enemy of
Jesus to such an extent that he intentionally and purposely
speaks against the Holy Spirit for the purpose of injuring or
discrediting Him. In order to direct such words against the
Holy Spirit, a person must be aware of what he is doing. Like
the Pharisees in this passage, he must undeniably know that
God is real and yet still intentionally choose to speak
injurious words against the Holy Spirit. Anything short of
this is not the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit!
To summarize, The
Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit is a final, ultimate
rejection of Jesus, expressed by knowing, intentional,
reviling slander spoken out loud to others, for the purpose of
abusing or discrediting the Holy Spirit in their minds. Since
God judges the thoughts and intents of our hearts, involuntary
OCD thoughts do not fall into this category. Nor do the
involuntary words spoken by sufferers of Tourette's syndrome
fall into it. Why would God, who is just, condemn you
for something you could not help, that is due to an illness?
The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit must be spoken
willfully and purposefully against the Holy
What The Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit is Not
Many people do
not understand exactly what the blasphemy against the Holy
Spirit actually is. This has led to much confusion, false
condemnation and misplaced guilt. But now that we understand
what it really is, we can make following observations
It is not disbelieving that
the spiritual gifts of tongues is still in operation, or
ignorantly ascribing tongues to the devil.
It is not something that is only thought in
the mind. By its very nature, reviling slander must be spoken
or written with purposeful intent. Our Lord knows that
sometimes people, especially those with mental ailments such
as obsessive –compulsive disorder, or those under great stress
or fear, have difficulty controlling their thoughts. This may
be why Jesus clearly associated this sin with intentionally speaking
against the Holy Spirit:
Mt 12:32 And whosoever
speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be
forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy
Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world,
neither in the world to come.
It is possible that someone with purposeful malice in his or her heart
towards God could intentionally think something reviling against
the Holy Spirit. That would be a very serious sin, but it is not
what Jesus was talking about. Slander must be purposely
communicated to other people.
It is not slander against Jesus, though that
is a very serious sin.
It is not ignorant disbelief in Jesus,
although it can be the final step of intentional disbelief in
It is not involuntary speech, such as that
which occurs with sufferers of Tourette’s syndrome, or which
may occur when a person, under great stress or fear,
impulsively snaps like a fearful, cornered dog. It must be
voluntary, intentional, and purposefully intended to make
others think something ill and untrue about the Holy Spirit.
It is not words spoken in ignorant disbelief
(as opposed to intentional disbelief).
It is not words spoken in ignorance,
unintentionally, or by accident. It requires knowledge of what
one is doing, and purposeful, directed intent. The apostle
Paul was a terrible persecutor of the Church. Surely, he spoke
against the miracles being done by the early Christians, but
God forgave him because he did it in ignorance:
I Timothy 1:12-13 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me,
for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and
injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it
ignorantly in unbelief.
It is not misunderstanding a scripture
passage or a doctrine.
It is not criticizing or disagreeing with a
pastor, cult leader, or a TV evangelist.
Contrary to the teachings of some, it is not
having church meetings on Sunday rather than the Jewish
you suffer from OCD or Tourette's Syndrome, involuntary
thoughts or words that you did not want to think or say were
not intentional, so they are not sins that need to be
confessed, but symptoms of an illness. Because God is just, He
will not condemn you for these, so do not worry about them.
Worrying about them could make things worse. Pay no more
attention to them than interference in a radio signal. Just as
interference in a radio signal is not the message that was
intended, neither are such thought or words. God knows all
things, and can easily filter out the interference to
determine what you, in your spirit, really wanted to think or
say. Trust in His justice, love and understanding,
and turn your mind to thinking about good things. Then, when
you are no longer worrying about it, God's healing power will
have a chance to work. As it does, the thoughts may
greatly lesson or even go away.
you do not suffer from these illnesses, and are among the few
who have purposely said something bad about the Holy Spirit,
this next section is for you.
You Have Not Committed Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit:
You are repentant. In other
words, you regret what you have done, and don’t want to ever
do it again. Those
who have once and for all fallen away cannot ever be renewed
to repentance again:
Hebrews 6:4-6 For
it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have
tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy
Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of
the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again
unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of
God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
There are those
who have been enlightened, but still choose to reject Jesus.
Like those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit, such people know what
they are doing when they walk away from Jesus.
They have tasted of God’s heavenly gift. But although
they tasted, they turned away and did not want to eat the
heavenly meal. When
people like this fall away, they cannot be renewed to
repentance, for they have knowingly and willingly rejected God.
But if you are repentant for your sins, that is a sure sign that
you have not fallen away. You can still be forgiven!
You sincerely confess your sins:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
To confess means
to admit or agree with, to consent with God about the
terribleness of your sin. If
you had blasphemed the Holy Spirit, it would hardly bother you
if at all. You would not be that inclined to admit that you have
anything wrong at all. But if you have not done this awful sin,
you will be remorseful, you will admit that what you have done
is wrong, and you will beg God to forgive you. If you can still
confess and ask God for forgiveness, He WILL
to forgive your sins, and to CLEANSE
YOU FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, or
God’s word is not true!
If you impulsively
spoke something you now regret, was it purposely directed
against the Holy Spirit with the intent of injuring Him?
In other words, was it a lie spoken with malice towards the Holy
Spirit, or purposely intended to make other people think
something damaging and untrue about God's Holy Spirit? If you
are able to confess it and truly repent of it, then you did not
do it and can be forgiven. Was it a knee-jerk reaction, like the
instinctive snapping of a cornered dog, spoken impulsively when
under great stress, temptation or fear, but without the intent
of maliciously abusing the Holy Spirit? Again, if you are able
to repent and confess, you too can find forgiveness.
At this point, if
you suffer from OCD, you may be wondering, "On the one hand, you
say that if a person has committed the unpardonable sin, it will
not bother him much. But on the other hand, you say that I
should not be bothered by OCD-related thoughts!"
Here's why I am
saying both of those things:
First of all,
remember that the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is injurious
speech spoken purposely and intentionally
against the Holy Spirit. That is not the same as OCD-related
Secondly, if you
suffer from OCD, unwanted thoughts are involuntary, so you are
not to blame for them. Would it be fair to accuse an old man
with an uncontrollable twitch in his right eye for winking at a
pretty young girl, when he did not intend to do it or want to do
it? Of course not! He did not mean to do it, so he did not
sin. You do not need to confess involuntary OCD-related thoughts
either, since you do not want to be thinking them. In your
heart, you have no ill will or malice towards the Holy Spirit.
You do not want to injure Him. So those thoughts are just
symptoms of a malfunctioning brain, and not what you, in your
heart, want to do. So it is not you doing it, but the OCD.
Remember that God is a judge of our motives and of our intent.
He is just and fair! He will never condemn anyone unjustly or
However, if you
ever know that you have thought them on purpose, you should
confess them. But do it silently, in your mind, in a way that no
one else can tell what you are doing. If people see or hear you
constantly confessing, they might not understand.
Key to Overcoming OCD Related Thoughts:
Abiding in Jesus
I gave you a machine that could make your thoughts come to life,
and I said to you, "Whatever you do, don't think about anything
bad such grizzly bears, stampeding elephants or poisonous
snakes." How many people do you think could avoid thinking
about such things? Most people would end up surrounded by
bears, stampeding elephants, and poisonous snakes, and saying,
"I am so sorry! I didn't mean to think that!"
the other hand, suppose I handed you a tool box and asked you to
place it on my work bench. Would thoughts of bears,
stampeding elephants or poisonous snakes even cross your mind?
when you try not to think about something, the very act of
trying not to think about it necessarily causes you to think
about it. And when you are afraid of something, it is even more
difficult to get it off your mind. This is why people can
find it so difficult to overcome undesirable thoughts.
They fall into a mental trap. The harder they try not to
think the thoughts, the more they end up thinking them. The
guilt and fear of punishment from God that often accompanies
such thoughts makes it even more difficult to avoid thinking
you see the dynamics that are at work here? God does, and
He understands. That is why He will not hold such thoughts
against you. He is a just, kind and merciful God. So you
do not need to be afraid that these unwanted thoughts will
result in you being punished or condemned by God.
you were a parent, would you be angry with your little daughter
if she was having trouble sleeping because she could not stop
thinking about monsters under the bed? Would you spank her for
it? Of course not! Instead, you would try to comfort
her and turn her mind to other things.
the best way to overcome OCD-related thoughts is not to fight
them, but simply to think about good things instead.
you have been battling unwanted thoughts for so long that it has
become a habit, and you find it difficult or even impossible to
turn your thoughts to something else. But what is
impossible with men is possible with God. It is your fleshly
nature which thinks these OCD-related thoughts. God knows that
we human beings are unable to overcome our old self - our
fleshly nature - on our own. That is why He sent Jesus.
Jesus took our fleshly nature upon Himself, and it was crucified
on the cross with Him.
6:6 says, "For we know that our old self was crucified with Him
[Jesus] so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we
should no longer be slaves to sin."
why the Bible tells us in Ephesians 4:22-24, " ...to put off
your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful
desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to
put on the new self, created to be like God in true
righteousness and holiness."
how do you put off the old self with its unwanted
thoughts, and put on the new self? By abiding in Jesus! Jesus
said in John 15:4, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch
cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine,
neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are
the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that
bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."
from Jesus we can do nothing. It is
only through abiding in Him that freedom from OCD is
do we abide in Jesus? How does a branch abide in the vine? It
simply allows the vine to hold it up, and lets the sap flow in
it the vine that holds the branch up, or the branch that holds
the vine up? Clearly, it is the vine that holds up the
abide in Jesus. Let Jesus hold you, and
allow His Holy Spirit to flow into you.
is through abiding in Jesus that we receive every spiritual
blessing, including love, joy, peace, self -control, and all
of the other fruits of the Spirit. It is also through
abiding in Jesus that our old man is crucified, and that we
rise to walk in newness of life. We abide in Him through
trust (faith), and it is a gift from God. You do not have to
work for this faith or strive for it. It is a free gift from
God. Just abide in Him, and
receive from Him.
let the flow of spiritual blessings begin! Let the old flow
out, and the new flow in! There
is no effort required on your part. Just relax and let Jesus
you abide in Jesus, you will find that He will renew your
mind. You will be able to think about good things, and do good
things then. You will walk in newness of life!
if I Have Actually Committed The Unpardonable Sin?
that the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is a final, ultimate
rejection of Jesus, expressed by knowing, intentional, reviling
slander spoken out loud (or perhaps written) to others, for the
purpose of abusing or discrediting the Holy Spirit in their
you really had committed it, you would not confess it to God.
You would be steadfast in the sin and have no desire to
are some people who actually have spoken blasphemous words, but
still are able to confess and obtain forgiveness. How? Because
they spoke them accidentally, or impulsively, or thoughtlessly,
or in ignorance, or without realizing what they were doing.
Their words were not spoken with evil intent.
Of course these people can be forgiven, because they did not
truly speak with malicious intent. If God did not look at the
intent of the heart, then He would be an unjust God, but of
course He is fair and just, and not only that, but he
is merciful and forgiving.
Remember that God forgave the apostle Paul for blasphemy because
he did it in ignorance. Others who have spoken such words were
angry, but their words were not directed at the true God. They
were directed to a false god whom they thought did not love
them, or whom they thought was mean, or cruel, or had some other
quality that the true God does not have. Or their words were
spoken to a false, unjust god who is legalistically nitpicking,
and pays no attention to the thoughts and intentions of the
heart. Who would not get upset with a false god like that?
People like this have also been able to confess and thereby find
forgiveness, because their words were not against to the true
God, but against a false concept of God.
you have spoken blasphemous words out loud, but have come to
Jesus confessing it and begging Him for forgiveness, then that
is a sign that you did not actually commit the unpardonable sin.
now unto those with tender consciences that fear they
may have committed sin for which there is no
forgiveness. The trembling and contrite sinner is the
farthest from it. There is not one instance recorded in
Scripture where any who was guilty of "the great
transgression" and had been given up by God to
inevitable destruction, ever repented of his sins, or
sought God’s mercy in Christ; instead, they all
continued obstinate and defiant, the implacable enemies
of Christ and His ways unto the end. While there be in
the heart any sincere valuing of God’s approbation, any
real sense of His holiness which deters from trifling
with Him, any genuine purpose to turn unto Him and
submit to His requirements, any true fearing of His
wrath, that soul has not been abandoned by Him. If you
have a deep desire to obtain an interest in Christ, or
become a better Christian; if you are deeply troubled
over sin, if your heart grieves over its hardness, if
you yearn and pray for more tenderness of conscience,
more yieldedness of will, more love and obedience to
Christ, then you have no cause to suspect you have
committed “the unpardonable sin.”
doubt that someone who had truly committed the unpardonable sin
would be bothered by it at all. If you had committed it, you
probably would not even be reading this article.
if after reading this, you are still convinced that you have
committed the unpardonable sin, then let's ask the question,
what if you actually have done it? Then you can still make
things much better for yourself. Jesus said that there
are degrees of punishment in the afterlife:
12:38 And in His teaching He continued to say: "Beware of the
scribes who like to go about in long robes, to be saluted with
honor in public places,
39 to be seated in the front seats in the synagogues, to
occupy the places of honor at banquets—
40 men who eat up widows’ houses and to cover it up make long
prayers. They will get a much heavier sentence!"
there are degrees of punishment, you may be able to greatly
lessen the degree of punishment that you will receive on
Judgment Day. Think of it. In every prison, there are
prisoners who have it better than the others do. So, do what you
can now to make things as good for yourself as you
possibly can in the afterlife. Do what is right. Resolve that
you are going to love and serve God anyway. Don't oppose or
betray those who are born-again Christians. Help them instead.
Be loving and kind to others. Also, help the poor and the needy.
Give generously to them.
you say to yourself, "There is nothing I can do to change what I
have done, so I am going to live in sin and have all the fun I
can in this life," you will make things much worse for yourself.
Please, please do not do that. Don't turn against God. Instead,
say to yourself, as Job did, "Though he slay me, yet will I
trust in Him." (Job 13:15a)
you incapacitate yourself with worry or bitterness towards God,
you will miss your chance to make things better in the
afterlife. My counsel to you is to stop worrying about
something you can't undo, and start living for God and your
fellow man. Make your life count for good! Say to
yourself, "If I have committed the unpardonable sin, there is
nothing I can do to change that so I am going to quit worrying
about it, and try my best to love God and serve Him anyway."
will take notice of this. Perhaps one day, as you are trying to
do good works for God, He will reveal to you that although you
came very close, you did not actually commit this sin, and you
will realize that you have been forgiven! And even if it turns
out that He cannot forgive you because you actually did commit
the sin, and you therefore find yourself unable to confess, He
will have much more mercy on you on Judgment Day than someone
who did not serve Him at all, because all who stand before God
at the Great White Throne will be judged by their works.
20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;
and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which
is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those
things which were written in the books, according to
have placed their trust in Jesus, however, will not stand before
the Great White Throne to be judged. Rather they will be judged
at the bema (judgment) seat Christ. There, they will not be
condemned for their sins. Nor will they receive salvation there
for their good deeds, because eternal life was already granted
to them when they placed their faith in Jesus as a free,
undeserved gift of God, not something that they earned as
payment for good works. Good works are a sign that we
have been saved, but they are not what saves us. Those who have
been saved will be rewarded for their good deeds at the Bema
seat, but not condemned for their sins. If you have trusted in
Jesus, confessing your sins to Him, then you will stand before
that wonderful throne of mercy and rewards. You will not be
condemned for your sins, but rather will be rewarded for the
good deeds that you performed through Christ working in you.
Next Step For Many: Get your thoughts under
Help For Christians Who Have Difficulty Controlling Their
Marshall "Rusty" Entrekin is
a theology graduate of Louisiana College. He was set free
and has remained free from the power of severe OCD over 25
years ago when, in answer to the prayers of concerned family
and friends, God graciously and mercifully granted him
understanding of the scriptures contained in this article.
He wrote this in hope that through understanding the same
scriptures, others will be set free, too. He and his wife
Julie have seven children, with four still at home, and four
grandchildren. Currently, he resides in Kennesaw, GA. He
writes apologetic and theological articles to help people
come to know Christ and grow closer to the Lord.
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from OCD and need some additional encouragement, please feel
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