THE UNPARDONABLE, UNFORGIVABLE SIN PART 4

HOW TO AVOID COMMITTING THE UNPARDONABLE SIN

Like the Scribes and Pharisees, it’s possible and easy to be mistaken in your judgments or accusations against a person. Remember from our Scripture text that even though you’re not out to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, you can end up doing just that when you make a false accusation of demonic oppression and activity against someone you don’t like or agree with. Here are some admonitions to help you not commit the unpardonable sin.

1. Maintain A Christlike Spirit As You Contend Earnestly For The Faith And The Truth. The religious leaders were interested in preserving Judaism from false messiahs. While they were envious of Jesus’ following amongst the multitudes and jealous of His power and miracles; they also wanted to spare the multitudes from following someone they thought was a false messiah. They were against Jesus and they stooped pretty low when they accused Him of being possessed by Beelzebub himself. Their opposition to Jesus in the name of Judaism was tainted and corrupted by false accusations and a bad heart.

Brethren, IN YOUR EFFORT TO MAINTAIN AND PRESERVE THE PURITY OF THE GOSPEL AND THE FAITH, DON’T ALLOW YOURSELF TO HAVE BAD THOUGHTS AND ATTITUDES ABOUT PEOPLE YOU THINK ARE WRONG. It’s easy to start hating someone you don’t agree with. It doesn’t take any effort at all to be malicious and vindictive towards someone you perceive as an enemy. That’s why you’ve got to take it easy, slow down, and get a hold of yourself. DO A LOT OF SELF-EXAMINING BEFORE YOU SCRUTINIZE AND SLANDER SOMEONE. Keep a tight lid on your lip. Remember, the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is a sin that’s spoken. MEASURE YOUR WORDS CAREFULLY BECAUSE THE WORDS THAT HURT OTHERS CAN ALSO HURT YOU AND GET YOU IN TROUBLE WITH GOD.

Spiritual things are spiritually discerned (see 1 Corinthians 2:14). Like the religious leaders, when you’re motivated by jealousy, animosity, resentment, pride, or a host of other ungodly emotions; your ability to discern spiritual things is hampered and you don’t think very well. A bad heart makes for bad vision, spiritually speaking. Keep your mouth shut and your accusations to yourself until you can think and see clearly again.

Contend for the truth, my friends. I’m all for that if you do it in love and with a Christlike spirit. Just keep your emotions and tongue under strict control. Don’t lie! Remember that the primary intent of blasphemy is to slander or defame someone’s name, character or reputation. Brethren, WHEN YOU’RE OUT TO SLANDER, RUIN, HURT, OR DISGRACE SOMEONE; WATCH OUT BECAUSE LIES AND BLASPHEMY ARE CLOSE AT HAND.

2. Don’t Be Quick, Thoughtless, Or Indiscriminate In Charging People With Being Oppressed And Working Under Demonic Power. There are demon-oppressed people in this world. There are false prophets and deceivers working under demonic power. Some of them go to churches and are a part of a local church.

WHEN IT COMES TO A PROFESSED FOLLOWER OF JESUS, YOU’D BETTER HAVE ALL THE FACTS RIGHT BEFORE YOU START ACCUSING HIM OR HER OF WORKING BY DEMONIC POWER OR INFLUENCE. DON’T FABRICATE CHARGES against those who you deem enemies of the church and the truth.

The Scribes and Pharisees didn’t like Jesus. They didn’t agree with Jesus. But the fact that they didn’t like Jesus or agree with Him didn’t automatically mean He was demon-oppressed! Friends, JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T LIKE SOMEONE OR DON’T AGREE WITH HIM DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY MEAN HE’S A TOOL OF SATAN. HE MAY WELL BE WRONG. BUT HIS BEING WRONG DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY MAKE HIM OPPRESSED. DON’T DEMONIFY A BELIEVER OR MINISTER UNLESS YOU KNOW BY THE SPIRIT THAT THERE’S DEMONS INVOLVED.

By our standards today, we can be reasonably sure in saying many of the Scribes and Pharisees had spirits of legalism, religiosity, false piety, spiritual pride, and deception working in, and through, them. But it’s interesting to note that Jesus didn’t go around accusing the religious leaders of being oppressed! The only time He brought up the fact of demonic oppression was when He was ready to cast the demon out of a fellow, or shortly thereafter. The records speak for themselves. Jesus didn’t go around calling people oppressed or possessed. He did something about it. He cast these demons out. Friends, if you’re not planning on casting a demon out, don’t be so eager to demonify a believer or accuse him or her of being demonically oppressed. It may be true. They may well be oppressed. But some things don’t need to be said until, or unless, an exorcism is in the works.

(3) Get Your Theology In Line With The Scriptures Before You Accuse A Person Of Speaking and Working Under The Inspiration And Power Of Satan. The Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebub. But they were wrong because their theology was wrong. Satan doesn’t cast out Satan. Their accusation against Jesus was made on wrong or errant theology.

To avoid making the same mistake as these Scribes and Pharisees you need to do some thinking and studying before you make accusation against a servant of God. If you were one of these religious leaders, you should have asked yourself if the Devil is capable of casting demons out of demon-oppressed people. Does the Devil do that sort of thing? Is the Devil  involved in deliverance? You see, to discern if a person is ministering by the Spirit of God or by a demonic spirit, you’ve first got to know what the Spirit of God can say and do and what He can’t. You’ve got to know what the Devil can say and do and what he can’t. YOU RISK COMMITTING THE UNPARDONABLE SIN WHEN YOU FAIL TO DISTINGUISH THE WORKINGS OF THE SPIRIT FROM THE WORKINGS OF THE DEVIL. Keep what’s of the Spirit, of the Spirit; and what’s of the Devil, of the Devil. Don’t mix them up, otherwise you’ll be in a heap of trouble.

It’s time for lab. Let’s get personal and practical. Two professing ministers of God are saying the exact same thing—let’s say they’re both teaching Divine healing. Two professing ministers of God are doing the exact same thing—let’s say they’re both casting demons out of the oppressed. You look at both of them and you decide one of them works by the Spirit of God and the other, by a demonic spirit. The question is, How did you arrive at that conclusion or judgment? What reasons, evidence, or criteria did you use to make that judgment? What grounds did you base your discernment on?

Go back to our Scripture text. The disciples of the Pharisees cast demons out of people and Jesus did too. The Pharisees had to decide if Jesus was casting demons out by the Spirit of God or by the power of Beelzebub. Do you know what they based their judgment and accusation on? Well, it wasn’t based on right theology because Satan cannot cast out Satan. Their judgment and accusation were based on the fact that they didn’t like Him, they didn’t agree with Him, He wasn’t a part of their religious clique, He didn’t observe their man-made laws and traditions, He didn’t do things their way, He was cozy with publicans and sinners, He wasn’t separate from the common people, and a host of other reasons.

You see, brethren, the things that these religious leaders based their judgment and accusation on weren’t adequate or sufficient to support the kind of judgment or accusation that they were making. All their reasons centered around Jesus. But what they failed to see was that these many, varied reasons for accusing Jesus of working by the power of Beelzebub centered around them: their jealousy, envy, hatred, and pride.

Friends, WHEN YOUR JUDGMENTS OR DISCERNMENT ARE BASED ON VILE EMOTIONS OF THE FLESH, YOU DON’T HAVE A LEG TO STAND ON. Before you accuse somebody of working by demonic power, you’d better be sure that the Devil is capable of saying the things this person is saying and capable of doing the things this person is doing. If, as in deliverance, the Devil doesn’t say and do those things, then don’t ascribe the words and works of the Spirit to a demonic spirit because that’s blasphemous. HAVING A RIGHT HEART AND THEOLOGY WILL KEEP YOU FROM COMMITTING THE UNPARDONABLE, UNFORGIVABLE SIN. May God bless you and keep you in His love and His truth.

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