THE UNPARDONABLE, UNFORGIVABLE SIN PART 3

COUNSEL TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE THEY’VE COMMITTED THE UNPARDONABLE SIN

If you believe you’ve blasphemed the Holy Spirit, consider carefully the three things that constitute the unpardonable sin. (1) Was the person you were accusing a true minister or servant of God acting at the time under Divine inspiration, anointing, or power? It’s true that ordinary believers can be oppressed by a demon or demons. It isn’t blasphemous or unpardonable to say a believer is oppressed in some matter or area of their life. THE BLASPHEMY OCCURS WHEN A TRUE BELIEVER HAS SPOKEN OR WORKED UNDER THE SPIRIT’S POWER AND YOU CHARGE THAT AS BEING A MANIFESTATION OF DEMONIC POWER OR ACTIVITY.

Remember, Jesus just got done ministering by the Spirit when He healed the blind and mute demoniac. If there hadn’t been a healing or deliverance, there wouldn’t have been an unpardonable sin committed. BLASPHEMY OCCURS IN THE CONTEXT OF A MANIFESTATION OF THE SPIRIT’S POWER OR WORK. IF THE PERSON YOU ACCUSED WASN’T SPEAKING OR MINISTERING BY THE SPIRIT AT THE TIME YOU ACCUSED HIM, THEN YOU HAVEN’T COMMITTED THE UNPARDONABLE SIN.

(2) Did you accuse the person of having, and working by, a demonic spirit? If not, you haven’t committed the unpardonable sin. You may have said a lot of bad or mean things about that person. That’s lamentable. But it isn’t unpardonable! Remember, the unpardonable sin is when you accuse someone who’s ministering by the Spirit that he’s ministering by a demonic spirit. If you made no such accusation, you’ve committed no such sin. IF YOU DON’T REMEMBER MAKING SUCH ACCUSATION, CHANCES ARE, YOU HAVEN’T BLASPHEMED THE HOLY SPIRIT.

You see, generally speaking, when you commit a sin you know what the sin is. You know what you did. For example, when you steal money you know what you stole and you know that you’ve stolen. If you didn’t steal money do you accuse yourself of having stolen money? Of course not! You don’t accuse yourself of doing things you never did.

Suppose the Devil tells you, you stole money. Do you believe his accusation? Of course not! You didn’t steal it, his accusation is a lie, so you don’t pay him any mind. Now suppose somebody accuses you of stealing money. Do you believe that person’s accusation? Of course not! You didn’t steal a thing. The accusation is false and a lie.

So what’s the point? The point is, you don’t believe an accusation made against you when you didn’t do it. The accusation is a lie. And just because someone’s accusing you of doing something doesn’t mean you did it. To be sure, as the years pass, you don’t always remember details. You don’t remember everything you said or did in connection with a certain event. But if you’ve ever battled condemnation for past sins you know that when it comes to sin, the Devil doesn’t let you forget. The gory details are as fresh in your mind today as they were the day you committed the sin. The point is, when it comes to sin, the Devil and your human mind are very good at remembering details!

Brethren, IF YOU BELIEVE YOU’VE COMMITTED THE UNPARDONABLE SIN, BUT CAN’T REMEMBER EVER COMMITTING IT; YOU HAVEN’T COMMITED THE SIN! YOU WOULD REMEMBER IT IF YOU DID! People and the Devil may tell you you’ve committed the unpardonable sin. But if you don’t remember ever committing it, the accusation—like stealing money—is a lie.

(3) Now if you indeed accused a servant of God of ministering by a demonic spirit, you need to ask yourself two questions. (A) Did you know what you were doing when you made the accusation? You see, it’s possible to say and do the wrong things sincerely out of ignorance. Ignorance is lamentable. But it isn’t unforgivable. In writing of his past life as a blasphemer and persecutor of the church, Paul nevertheless obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief (1 Timothy 1:13). Like Paul, you can be sincerely convinced you’re right about the things you’re saying and doing and still be dead wrong because you’re ignorant and in unbelief about the truth. Brethren, if you were sincerely ignorant and wrong about the false accusation you made against a true minister of God, confess your sin to God and make the necessary apologies. Ignorance is forgivable and God forgives you.

A second question you need to ask yourself if you believe you’ve blasphemed the Holy Spirit is this. (B) What was your motive for making the accusation? Were you sincerely trying to take a stand for the truth and warn God’s people about someone you believed was wrong and a deceiver? Or were you jealous of the guy and your sole intent was to discredit him and make him look bad?  Saying false, wrong things about a guy and dragging him through the mud are truly lamentable. But they’re not unforgivable. If you didn’t accuse him of speaking or working by a demonic spirit, you haven’t committed the unpardonable sin.

BLASPHEMY OCCURS WHEN YOU, LIKE THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, ARE MALICIOUS AND INTENT ON TAINTING OR DESTROYING THE NAME, CHARACTER AND REPUTATION OF A PERFECTLY GOOD SERVANT OF GOD. THE CONDITION AND MOTIVE OF YOUR HEART HAS A LOT TO DO WITH WHETHER OR NOT YOU ACTUALLY COMMITTED THE UNFORGIVABLE SIN.

In their unbelief and opposition to Jesus, the Scribes and Pharisees were hardened to Him. They didn’t have the least bit of regret or conviction for the things they said about Him. They were not interested in believing, following, or supporting Him. They were not sorry about all the false things they said about Him and all the bad things they did to Him. They had a hard, evil heart. Jesus said so. Right after telling us about the unpardonable sin Jesus went on to say in the same time context, Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. {34} O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. {35} A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things, Matthew 12:33-35.

The evil accusation that the Scribes and Pharisees made against Jesus came from their evil hearts. The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is spoken from an evil heart. Brethren, if you’re not like the Pharisees and Scribes, IF YOU STILL HAVE A HEART FOR JESUS AND WANT TO SERVE HIM, THEN YOU HAVEN’T COMMITTED THE UNPARDONABLE SIN. Those who commit the unforgivable sin have no interest in following or serving Jesus. If you committed the unforgivable sin you wouldn’t be concerned about it. You wouldn’t be bothered, convicted or be thinking about it. You’d forget it. If you’re bothered, convicted, or sorry about it, then, believe me, you haven’t committed the unforgivable sin.

Having said that, let me hasten to say that if you’re bothered by persistent thoughts of having blasphemed the Holy Spirit; then there may well be a lying, deceiving spirit of condemnation, torment, or unbelief that’s trying to cut you off from the Lord. Demon spirits are involved whenever thoughts of condemnation, rejection, and unforgiveness nag and bombard your mind. Come against the spirit by name, command them in Jesus’ Name not to speak to you anymore about this false charge of blasphemy. Settle it in your heart that you haven’t committed the unpardonable sin, refuse to entertain the thought again, then continue your walk with the Lord.

Coming Up On My Next Blog Post, Part 4. This final installment contains practical admonitions to help you not commit the unpardonable sin. This is a must-read for all zealous defenders of the faith and the truth. P.S. No mud and rope allowed in the auditorium.

1 Comment

  1. January 8, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    hi It’s a good post.


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