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


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. Jim R. says:

    Thank you for your faithful ministry. Please pray for me.

  2. Julia Maddox says:

    I have struggled with OCD for 20+ years. It’s a horrible disorder that causes unwanted thoughts to torment you. One of my thoughts had to do with upsetting things about the Holy Spirit. I went to therapy thinking I had to do something as I am a wife and mother and tired of OCD running my life. The therapy actually made it worse. I quit because I felt it was against my faith but not before I tried it. I was told it was a cure…. Don’t ask why I listened.. I was desperate. I still have these thoughts but God is now my therapist. His verses have been healing to my mind. Especially Psalm 46:10 Be still and know I am God. It slows my thoughts. Take comfort in the fact that he knows your heart better than you. Depend on him and watch him work.

  3. William J. Davis says:

    I deliberately accept the three in one only true God creater of everything as my God. And deliberletly accept Jesus Christ as my one and only savior,Lord,Maseiah, God and King for eternity. I promise to serve them for eternity in what ever they ask me to do. I come to Jesus trusting his promises and accept the forgiveness of my sins while accepting Him as my Savior for eternity. In Christ, Bill Davis
    Thank you Jesus for keeping your promises

  4. jackie cress says:

    I thank you for this article.

  5. Charles Zeigler says:

    Guys if you are worried because you said something to God in a moment of anger and then later felt conviction then that is proof enough that you did not commit this sin. First of all the Unpardonable Sin is a sin that is deep rooted in the heart and it is a deep hatred for God and the things of God.

    When a person truly commits this sin then the Holy Spirit never works on them again to bring them to repentance and without the Holy Spirits work there is no conviction of sin and no repentance. Thats why the sin is unpardonable because the person who commits this sin is cut off from the Holy Spirit and is no longer able to repent.

    If you are already a Christian then you cannot commit this sin anyway.

  6. Kritin Eller says:

    Stand firm in your love for God.

  7. Kritin Eller says:

    I have feared, and worried over this exact situation for many, many years. I still do. I would never, ever, ever mean to do or think that separate me from God. I am so relieved to know that I am NOT ALONE in this tormenting struggle. I pray, for myself, and any one else suffering this nightmare. I hope, in the very near future to be liberated from these horrible thoughts. God Bless.

    1. frederick douglas says:

      amen I agree we have to pray about all things

  8. Suzanne says:

    I am very much afraid because several years ago, I got mad at God and took it out on Him and the Holy Spirit by saying that being a comforter was a joke because I was hurting so bad. I was immediately sorry and regretted it dearly. Please help???? I am now really upset.

    1. Allison says:

      Don’t worry. If you pray for forgiveness, God’ll give it to you. This sin means if you die and you have not accepted Christ as your savior, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Just keep praying! God is a loving and merciful god, and he loves you.

  9. Matt says:

    Derek, I had the same thing for a few months. I’ll tell you two things that helped me.
    1. Remember, if you have accepted Christ and repented of your sins as well as letting the Holy Spirit take control of your life, you are forgiven. Let the thoughts go.
    2. Find a letter or book in the Bible to study. I’m studying Colossians right now.

    Don’t think you’re alone in this. Charles Spurgeon had the same thing happen with him. God know your heart buddy. Have a Merry Christmas and remember, when satan reminds you of your past or keeps messing with your head, remind him of his future. May God bless you.

    1. Diane says:

      I’ve had the same bad thoughts. I even get worried sometimes that they may slip out. I’ve just recently started worrying about that. If it’s not one thing it’s something else.

  10. Derek says:

    I understand what your saying but I’m still scared how can I block these thoughts from my mind