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I know I'm going to hell when I die because I've blasphemed the Holy Spirit. My aunt says God will forgive me but I don't believe it. But I promised her I'd write you to see what you'd say. I don't want to go to hell but I know I will.


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Do you honestly think God wants you to spend eternity apart from Him in the place the Bible calls hell? No, He doesn’t. Instead, He wants you to be with Him in heaven because He loves you. The Bible says, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Those words were written by the Apostle Peter—and if anyone was guilty of denying Christ, it was Peter. Do you remember? Jesus had warned Peter that he would deny Him, but Peter strongly disagreed. Then Jesus was arrested, and when someone asked Peter if he also was a follower of Jesus, “He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, ‘I don’t know this man'” (Mark 14:71). But Peter repented, and God forgave him—completely and totally. And He will forgive you.

Yes, Jesus said only one sin couldn’t be forgiven, and that was “blasphemy against the Spirit” (Matthew 12:31). But what does it mean to blaspheme the Spirit? I have studied Jesus’ words very carefully, and it simply means this: To deny the Holy Spirit’s witness to Jesus.

In other words, the only sin God can’t forgive is the sin of rejecting Christ. But why reject Him any longer? God’s promise is for you: “Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:18). Commit your life to Him today.

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140 Comments

  1. Vonda Givens says:

    I know that God forgive us for our sins, but I have the hardest time forgiving myself.

  2. Julia Pew says:

    I love Billy Graham. I went to a rally at Arlington Tx when I was 16 and was saved. God bless Billy Graham

  3. Samson Chitandale says:

    Preacher; do we need to pronounce all our sins to christ jesus and repent to be forgiven, or some other sins will be forgiven automatically?

    1. BGEA says:

      Samson, repenting of our sins (which means turning from them and making every effort not to sin) is an ongoing thing. We sin daily both in the things we do and the things we don’t do. Genuinely asking God’s forgiveness each day will help keep the “line” open with Him. Sin creates a barrier between us and God, so repenting of it helps get rid of the obstacles between us.

      If you have more questions, you can connect online with someone from our team: http://peacewithgod.net/

  4. Sherry Lawhon says:

    As a bible teacher, i am often asked about the phrase “Once saved always saved.” I would be most appreciative if Reverand Graham would address this issue.

    1. BGEA says:

      Sherry, this article on salvation might help. It includes a message from Billy Graham on the assurance of salvation: http://goingfarther.net/basics-of-christianity/salvation/

  5. Milkiyas Baki says:

    It was really a question for many people..and..I have been asked many man of God the meaning of “unforgivable sin” but I haven’t got right answer. Today while I have seen the answer of this ministries i really get strength in the word!! now am energetic to get eternal life.. God bless you!!!