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Q:

What is the unpardonable sin? I am afraid I may have committed it.


A:

Many Christians have heard that there is an unpardonable sin and live in dread that something grave they have done before or after conversion might be that sin.

Their fears are unfounded. While there is an unforgivable sin, it is not one that a true believer in Jesus Christ can commit.

The one sin which God cannot forgive is mentioned in Mark 3:28-30 and Matthew 12:31-32. Jesus had been performing miracles, including driving demons out of people by the power of the Holy Spirit. Instead of recognizing the source of Jesus’ power and accepting Him as God’s Son, the religious leaders accused Him of being possessed by the devil and driving demons out in the power of the devil.

Jesus responded by saying, “I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

The sin of the religious leaders, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, was a refusal to accept the witness of the Holy Spirit to who Jesus was and what He had come to do, and then submit their lives to Him. Jesus said concerning the Holy Spirit, “When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8). They chose rather to reject the Spirit’s witness to their sin and to Jesus, and accused Him of being demon possessed!

The point for us is that if we have received Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we have not blasphemed the Holy Spirit; we have accepted His witness. One study Bible explains it as follows: “To commit this sin one must consciously, persistently, deliberately, and maliciously reject the testimony of the Spirit to the deity and saving power of the Lord Jesus.” If a person keeps doing that until death, there is no hope of forgiveness and eternal life in heaven.

Once again, the unpardonable sin is not some particularly grievous sin committed by a Christian before or after accepting Christ, nor is it thinking or saying something terrible about the Holy Spirit. Rather, it is deliberately resisting the Holy Spirit’s witness and invitation to turn to Jesus until death ends all opportunity.

In order to experience God’s peace, we must come to Him, trusting His promises. Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” In 1 John 1:9 we read: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Jesus Himself assures us, “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37). Our God is a compassionate and merciful God. He desires that no one should be lost, but that all should come to salvation through repentance and personal faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord (2 Peter 3:9; Acts 2:21).

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  1. Melissa says:

    I feel like the devil is whispering in my ear to say this but it never comes out of my mouth. Am I ok? I asked Jesus to come in my heart when I was a teenager and was baptized. I just recommitted my life to him.

  2. Tyler Joseph says:

    Hey, I used to be an Atheist, and I have been talking to my Christian friend for the past few days, I am young, 15 actually, and we were talking about God saving some people that were about to die, and I said if I should start believing, and he said yes. My family doesn’t go to church and I don’t pray or anything, so it’d make sense why I was an Atheist, or maybe I still am? I don’t know but my Christian friend thinks that I’m Christian but I don’t really believe hard enough, so I think that I have committed the unpardonable sin. “Blasphemy is just for me.”

    1. BGEA says:

      Tyler, thank you so much for leaving your comment. We’re glad to hear that you have a friend who’s trying to help you understand what Jesus’ life is all about. The unpardonable sin is continually rejecting Jesus’ gift of salvation, and it doesn’t sound like that’s what you’re doing. We passed on your comment to our team so someone can respond to you via email.

  3. Janice says:

    Hi there: I am a believer who is struggling with suicidal thoughts. I feel very far from Christ now and I was feeling that I was being punished for the unpardonable sin. I had in the past, before being born again, denied the deity of Jesus and I had dabbled in black magic. I forgot all about it until I started going through this troubling time. Is it possible for me to be reunited with Christ? I do surrender and I want him to enter my life.

    Thank you

    1. BGEA says:

      Janice, we’re so glad you left us your comment, and we will reply to you as soon as possible via email.

  4. Dedee says:

    I wanted to know and have been really concerned and very sad. My 14 yr old cousin committed suicide. I am sad cause he might not make it to heaven. I was wondering would that stop him from entering heaven?

  5. Matt Weaver says:

    I recently came back to The Lord after years of rebellion. I listened to Andrew Wommack’s teaching on the Word that gave me a new understanding of the Bible. I got delivered from alcohol and gambling and stop hanging out with old friends as much. One day a buddy I hadn’t seen in awhile asked me to come to this show at a bar with him and I accepted his invitation even though I felt like I shouldn’t. While at the show we got to talking to guy he knew and were talking about how I had quite drinking and turned my life around. He said as long as you’re true to yourself that’s cool but if your heart isn’t in it, it can just be a crutch. He then said even the Bible can be used as a crutch and I kind of understood what he meant.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Matt,

      We’re thankful to hear you’ve been delivered from your struggles with alcohol and gambling! Here are Billy Graham’s answers: My Answer

      My Answer

  6. yvonne says:

    I’m scared of the things I have said out if anger and bitterness. I accused God that he was in kahoots with the devil. I was angry that the devil has so much power to do what he wants and I couldn’t understand the story of Job. Why did the devil have access to talk to God and get his permission to do what he wanted to Job. I don’t understand. I feel horrible for accusing God. I also was trying to tell someone something and they questioned me and say if I was telling the truth I had to say I swear on my kids S___S. I can’t even repeat it because I feel like I condemned my kids by saying these horrible things. please tell me my children are going to be saved and safe and that I will be forgiven. please pray for us. Thank you

  7. Debbie Hale says:

    I think i have committed the unpardonable sin.

    1. Beth says:

      Debbie, the devil has tried to convince me of the same thing for many years. It weakened my walk, my witness and my fellowship with Christ. What a waste of time that I could have been serving our Lord! Stay in fellowship with Him and refute the lies from the enemy.

  8. Susan lyons says:

    Thank you

  9. Susan lyons says:

    I was looking for the scripture about this subject for an unbelieving daughter. Thank you, I’ve learned a lot from this article..Blessings on your ministry.

    1. Priscilla says:

      I will pray for your daughter. Please pray for mine also. I worry for her salvation. My heart is broken for her.

  10. Angel Cordova says:

    Praise Our Lord God! I Know that I have not committed this horrible sin. Thank you God and Jesus And God Bless!