Sep 112014

Via Chris White on Facebook, this aligns with my understanding as well. Or maybe I’m baiting Edwin. Who can tell?

What is the Unpardonable Sin? (Dr. Alan Cairns)


[0:03] The Lord Jesus in Matthew 12 speaks of a sin that is unpardonable. It’s amazing, to me, you know, that when people read that passage they always focus on that one little thing, the one sin that is unpardonable. I have very rarely ever seen people emphasize the context and yet the context is glorious.

[Tells story about girl]

[1:53] Why do we not emphasize the magnificence of God’s mercy and just focus on this one thing? Well, it’s because, I suppose of so many false theories that people, especially preachers, tell others that it looks like they have committed the unpardonable sin.

[2:13] Actually, the Lord Jesus was very careful in defining this sin. In the context he was referring it to the Pharisees and the sin that they had committed. These particular Pharisees, they knew, according to Nicodemus, they knew that God was with Christ. Nicodemus said, We know that thou art come from God, a teacher. We know that. No man can do these miracles that thou doest except God be with him. We know that.

[2:49] And yet the Pharisees in Matthew chapter 12 deliberately attributed what they knew to be the work of the Holy Spirit, they attributed it to the Devil. And they did it for their own rotten prejudice, and their own particular, I would have to say, political or sectarian advantage. Now that’s a terrible thing. They knew this to be the work of the Holy Spirit and they attributed it to the Devil. And Jesus said, You do that, that’s blasphemy that will never be forgiven in this life or the next.

[3:35] Now when you stop to think of it, if what the Holy Ghost does is relegated to being the work of the Devil, what is there for you? The only word that can bring light to you is the word of the of Holy Ghost. The only work that can benefit you is the work of the Holy Ghost. If you have already handed it all over to the devil, there is nothing left. Jesus said, that’s the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

[4:09] Some people have gone so far as to say, and they may well be right in this, that that was a sin which could be committed only with regard to the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, because these men had seen the Son of God through whom the Spirit of God  moved with such power, they had seen that. Nobody else now-a-days, for example, can see that, so some people will limit that blasphemy, that particular sin, to the days of Christ on earth. Be they right or wrong on that, certainly it is defined as the deliberate attribution to the devil of what they knew to be the work of the Holy Spirit. That is the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.

  One Response to “What is the unpardonable sin?”

  1. I see the video speaker as being correct on this point and his testimony about the girl is living witness to the true balance of this scripture.

    However, there is often a preoccupying fear among some people of committing “the unforgivable sin” in ignorance or by mistaken assessment of some point of doctrine.It is a fear which is often exploited by certain manipulative guilt predators against the vulnerable. They operate from behind a barrage of scriptural knowledge which they present according to their own private interpretation and personally favoured bias by which they bluff the unwary into believing that to defy them is to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.

    Is it not indeed a blasphemy to falsely claim that what is actually self affirmation of one’s own opinions to be teaching inspired or gifted by the Holy Spirit? The scripture teaches us that not many of us should presume to teach and that teachers will be judged more critically than any others in the Body of Christ.

    I hear a great many teaching presentations these days. I have a good friend who is a school teacher and his whole ethos is towards helping his students learn how to learn for themselves. It is highly commendable for any teacher to encourage others to test and approve what he is saying for themselves and to admit wherever his statements are personal opinions. Bible teachers who do this are actually allowing the Holy Spirit to seal and confirm the truth to the hearer in proper humility and confidence in the truth. After all, the greatest teacher is the Holy Spirit Himself who inspired what is being taught to be written in the first place and His witness can never be usurped by another to proper edification.

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