A simple answer to the Unforgivable Sin


 A simple answer to the Unforgivable Sin

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Questions Answered

Pastor Steven Birnie

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(Mat 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….” 

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I would be as bold to say that every sincere Christian, at some point or another, has come across this particular statement by Jesus Christ and felt a degree of concern that maybe, just maybe, they’ve committed the unforgivable sin. For some they have the reassurance in their heart of salvation and tend to find a peace however, great worry can be experienced by the young and in-experience so tonight, I hope to put your fears to rest once and for all because in all truth, fear arises purely from the fact that many don’t know exactly what this particular sin is.  One of the reasons I and many others, have such a passion to lay forth the truth of God’s Word is because once, we were in the same position, a position of having a deep fear (respect and reverence) toward God and the very thought that we could commit the unforgivable sin or even worse, had already and didn’t know it, was just unthinkable. It’s from this, I certainly always hope to share absolute truth, so that a Christian wouldn’t waste another minute in a place of fear and go on with a full assurance in their heart.

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So, in the context of the passage in which Jesus spoke……

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(Mat 12:22 – 24) “…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. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils…”

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So, the simple answer to unforgivable sin is accusing the work of the Holy Spirit of being the work of the Devil…..PERIOD

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Now, some of you may have questioned or even commented, about a particular situation or ministry, where you’ve had doubts about it authenticity and you might ask, have I committed the unforgivable sin. I would say no for the reason that God expects us to test all things and not to think just because it looks spectacular, that its him and for this the Lord would be well pleased in your concerns. The unforgivable sin is on a whole different level, it’s when there is no doubt, no fear and no question when considering an actual miracle or work and saying, ‘that’s not the Spirit, that’s the devil’. I say it again, this is the requirement to be judged to have committed the unpardonable sin and I would hasten to say, that no true Christian would be capable of carrying this out.

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There’s a reason I’m punctuating this particular answer in our questions answered series and it’s due having had a conversation with my godly mother the past while about this particular subject. I was telling her about the various articles we were posting and I mentioned that this would be an answer I’d be posting and she told me an account, a very serious account, regarding two women and the question of the unforgivable sin. Now back in my Mother’s day, the church in general was an extremely legal form of Christianity where no work would be done on the Sabbath, you wouldn’t listen to the radio or play, and women had to have their heads covered in the church. If you broke these laws man oh man you were, according to their doctrine, going to go to hell. It was in this environment where these two women felt they had committed this sin and it vexed them so much, that they both ended up in a mental hospital due to the fear of going to hell.

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It’s an extreme example but one which has made me feel it necessary to be as clear as possible to alleviate any fears you might have to go on and grow in the character of Jesus Christ. I hope this has been a simple and straight forward answer to this question.

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God bless

Pastor Steven Birnie

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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.