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What is the Unforgivable Sin – Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
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· What can we learn from Esau’s hard-hearted unrepentance from which “he could not turn although he desired it with tears, and which separated him from God?”
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This article is not about condemning anyone. It addresses wilful, unrepentant blasphemy – and the blasphemous sins we have little or no knowledge of. If we truly regret our sins, (even if we did blaspheme against the Spirit,) but sincerely confess and repent from our sins, “God is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness,” (1 Jn. 1:8-10.) However, this incredible grace of God does not pertain to the extremely false once-saved-always-saved dogma. The entire Bible, both the Old and New Testament Covenants, are filled with the following warning, “He who says, ‘I know Him’ and does not keep His [New Testament/Covenant/Moral Law] commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him,” (1 Jn. 2:4.) We can lie to people and to ourselves, but God does not accept hypocrites and abusers of His Love: Jesus Christ His Son, Who Is The Truth and The Word, (Jn. 1:1-14; 3:16.) Thus, the “unforgivable sin of blasphemy” is a decided, unrepentant choice; not a misunderstanding of God and the Truth of His Word. “The [unrepented] cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire… [In heaven] there shall by no means enter anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or lie… Outside are dogs [lazy sleepers...] and whoever loves and practices a lie…” (Rev. 21:9; 22:15; 2 Ths. 1:7-12!) Note that in these passages that describe judgment, the sin of “lying” is repeated three times! There is no compromise between Jesus The Truth and Satan the liar!
· But while we are spiritually “complete” from the moment we are sincerely born again through faith in and total submission to Jesus, our ‘souls’ or minds, (thoughts and beliefs,) must be gradually “renewed” through the Real Knowledge of God’s Word, to “know” and obey His perfect will, (Col. 2:9-10; Rom. 12:1-2.) Because we all progressively grow in “knowledge and grace,” we “all stumble, [not calculatedly and unrepentantly sin,] in many things…” (2 Pt. 3:18; Jam. 3:2.) Jesus said, “If [one sheep] goes astray, [goes off track; not deliberately runs away and rejects the shepherd,] he will leave the ninety-nine sheep… to seek the one that is straying. And he will rejoice [over the one sheep that was found again,]” (Mt. 18:12-13.) God gave us all a free will to either choose or reject Him, (Jn. 1:12-13.) So, if believers wilfully choose to return to sin and darkness, God will leave them to live according to our conscious choice, (Deut. 30:19; Ezk. 18:20; Jn. 3:16-21.)
· In accordance with Jesus’ parable about the sheep that went astray, Jesus promised in John 7:36, “...He who [sincerely, honestly, repentantly] comes to Me, I will in no way cast out!” And He taught in Matthew 23:12, “Whoever exalts himself shall be abased [or put to shame;] but he that [sincerely and wholeheartedly] humbles himself [before God’s throne and before men,] shall be exalted [or lifted up again to live in Christ.]” “God did not send His Son to condemn the world but that the whole [believing, obedient] world through Him might be saved. He that [genuinely] believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not [earnestly] believe is condemned already… For everyone who [unrepentantly] practices evil hates [Jesus] the Light, and does not come to the Light that his works may be exposed. But he who does the Truth comes to the Light that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they were done in God,” (Jn. 3:16-21.) “He who rejects Me and does not receive My Words, has one which judges him: the Word that I have spoken will judge him in the Last Day,” (Jn. 12:47-48.)
· So, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, Who Is God, is not “stumbling” or “straying.” Blasphemy is anything that distinctly rejects, substitutes, attacks, insults, and condemns the Divine, Holy, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent Person, Character, Works, and Word of the One and Only God of the Bible: the Inseparable Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Who Is called Jesus of the New Covenant, (Mt. 28:15-20; Jn. 16:8-14.)
IT IS BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT TO ASCRIBE HIS WORKS TO THE DEVIL (Mt. 12:24-32.)
The footnote of the 1991 Spirit Filled Bible, (beware of new translations,) explains the well-known concept of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit as follows in Matthew 12:30-32, “The Pharisees slandered the Holy Spirit [by attributing His works through the Man Jesus Christ to the devil,] but their sin was not an act of impulse or ignorance. It was the result of a continued, deliberate rejection of the truth concerning Jesus. It was a sin against true [spiritual] knowledge, [Jn. 6:63,] and [God] Jesus Himself, for they had ample evidence of the truth from the words and deeds of Jesus. In purposefully choosing to [reject and] insult the Spirit, they forfeited His ministry in their lives and [could not] be forgiven.”
· Deliberate blasphemy against the Holy Spirit as described in the footnote above, results in the “unforgivable sin” because the Holy Spirit is the Only One Who can convict of sin, righteousness through Jesus, and judgement without Him. He leads believers to redemption, salvation, and blessing through the “entire truth” of Scripture and every situation; teaches them everything about Jesus the Redeemer, Savior, and Blessor, and grow them in knowledge of, and obedience to God. So, without the work of the Holy Spirit, people are truly doomed, (Jn. 16:8-15.)
· On the other hand, ‘testing and proving’ supernatural manifestations, teachings, and the fruit or behavior of people, can never offend or ‘blaspheme’ the Holy Spirit. The Word of God commands us to “not believe every spirit, but to test the spirits to see if they are [really] from God,” (1 Ths. 5:21-22; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.) Disobedience to this commandment opens believers to great chaos and deception, which leads them to replace the Holy Spirit with false spirits. Thus, they really blaspheme against the Spirit through their unrepentant demonic madness.
· This is not to say that we may reject the supernatural works of the Holy Spirit in distrust and unbelief. Attributing the Spirit’s true gifts and works to the devil is what the temple priests did when they committed blasphemy against Him. Moreover, it is sin to ‘quench’ and ‘grieve’ the Holy Spirit by rejecting His true Scriptural gifts, miracles, and other powerful works - or to unrepentantly transgress the precepts of His Moral Law such as “you shall not adulterate, murder, steal, lie…” (1 Ths. 5:19-22; Eph. 4:25-30; Jn. 13:34.)
However, Jesus, in the context of His Word, gave a much broader explanation of this “unpardonable” sin.
It is, among many other things, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit to conjure up, disseminate worldwide through many generations, and bewitch countless believers through a Christian character called “father Christmas.” This entity is actually Satan, the so-called rewarder of ‘good’ Christians — true believers excluded. Jesus commanded believers to “call no man on earth [in a religious sense] our “father,” for One is your Father, He Who is in heaven,” (Mt. 23:8-10.) Jesus was not referring to our physical fathers at all. We have only One spiritual Father. No one and nothing that pertain to church and other religion, can compare or connect to Him. That is why it is blasphemy to call any religious man like a priest, so-called ‘reverend,’ pastor, teacher, evangelist, prophet, (or a demon like Satan,) a spiritual “father!”
· So, it is fitting to address this very common form of church blasphemy: “father Christmas” named Santa. “Santa” is an anagram of Satan, (the scrambling of letters to form other words, i.e., Listen = Silent.) The feast of “Christmas” is also blasphemy. "Christ + mass" is the fusion between two words to form a new word: ‘Christmas.’ Santa is the ‘christ’ of this ‘mass’ or church feast that is also typified by its idolatrous “christ-mass” tree, (read Jeremiah 10:1-10 to see how God forbade this practice.) ‘Mass’ is when Catholics eat their christ during the ritual of ‘holy communion’ after the priest magically turns a mere biscuit and wine into the so-called ‘literal body and blood of christ,’ called transubstantiation. Everything the Roman Catholic Church touched is a combination of uncontextual Scripture and pagan ritual.
· Jesus also forbade us to “call anyone on earth [our spiritual] teacher, [reverently calling him or her Rabbi, Reverend, Priest, Pastor, Prophet, etcetera - as in fulfilling "important" church posts to "mediate" between people and God, 1 Tim. 2:5.] For One is your Teacher, [High Priest, Mediator, Shepherd, Provider, Guide… Who deserves all glory and honor,] Christ [the Holy Spirit, Jn. 14:26; 16:8-14.]”
· Jesus also forbade those who do spiritual teaching, [leading, etcetera,] to allow anyone to reverently call them “Teachers,” [“Heads” or “Reverends,” such as ‘Pastors,’ ‘Priests,’ ‘Prophets,’ ‘Evangelists,’ etcetera, to place themselves in a “mediating” or “higher” position between man and God.] Jesus said, “There is only One Teacher, The Christ, and you are all [equal] brethren… Those who [will be] the greatest among you [is the one that is] your servant,” (Mt. 23:6-11.) Those who set themselves in such lofty or “divine” positions to gain control over people, as well as those who knowingly or unknowingly revere such false leaders as "gods'' and “christs,” are committing blasphemy against the Lord Jesus Christ, (Mt. 23:1-14.) This type of idolatry and blasphemy form the dogma of Theosis, which turned the unscriptural church clergy into so-called ‘Christian christs and gods.’ Of course, such idolatry and witchcraft stem directly from the ranking orders of the occult and the unbelieving world, (read Jesus’ warning Mt. 24:4-5, 11, 23-28.)
Decidedly rejecting Jesus also constitutes blasphemy against God and results in the “unpardonable sin” because He Alone is The Life, Light, Truth, and Way, and “no one comes to the Father except through Him.” This pertains to unbelievers as well as so-called believers who lead double lives. Thus, Jesus warned in Luke 12:8-10, “…He who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.” So, fearing and respecting men more than God by consciously denying or rejecting Jesus before them, translates into the “unpardonable sin.” This does not mean we must throw our own Godly works or the Precious Pearl Jesus “before [undiscerning] swine and give what is holy to the [uninterested] dogs” to avoid the sin of blasphemy. In reality, we cannot share our Most and Holy God if there is no open door to welcome Him. What Luke 12:8-10 actually mean is that many believers might seem completely dedicated to Jesus until their unsaved friends and family enter the scene. Then, they turn into secret agents and easily forget their commitments to Jesus and the members of His body, by turning their backs on them to ‘party’ with their religious but unsaved family and precious unbelieving friends. Such double-mindedness or spiritual schizophrenia flourishes because they fear they will lose their family and friends and thus they “deny Him before men.” Such Jesus-deniers are church angels but friends-and-family worshippers, who need to repent from rejecting Jesus and submit themselves on all levels of life to Him above all else.
Claiming the authority to forgive people’s sin is also deliberate blasphemy, (Mt. 9:1-3.) That’s why the Pharisees, not accepting the fact that Jesus Is God in the flesh of a mere Man, accused Him of blasphemy when He healed the sick by forgiving their sins. Yet, the Roman Catholic Church, which made her priests into so-called spiritual ‘fathers’ who can even allegedly ‘forgive the sin’ of their church members, are decidedly trying to replace the Lord Jesus, as only God can forgive sin, (Mark 2:7.) This amounts to one of the worst forms of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
· The Moral Law that governed the Old Testament Covenant of the Hebrews, as well as the New Testament Covenant for all believing humanity, (Jn. 3:16,) described the sin of blasphemy in Leviticus 24:10-16, as follows, “…Whoever curses his God... and blasphemes... shall bear his sin… and be put to death.” Some people say that to shout “o my god!” all the time is not “taking the Name of God in vain.” Well, to “take His Name in vain” means to make His Name ‘nothing’ or ‘worthless” by not really calling on Him, but actually using that phrase as well as His Name as swearwords. They actually “curse God and blasphemes” in one go! Left unrepented under Jesus' New Testament Covenant, this equates to being refused entry into the spiritual Kingdom of God now, (1 Cor. 6:9-10,) and into heaven after death or at Jesus’ return to earth.
However, Rev. 21:7-8 gives us hope if we knowingly or unknowingly committed any form of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Here, God declares, “He who overcomes [by continually repenting from sin, withstanding it, and fleeing from it where humanly possible to remain at Jesus’ feet] will inherit [eternal life.] But the cowardly, [who hid their unrepentant hearts and disobedience from God to justify their sin,] the unbelieving, abominable, [spiritual, emotional, and physical] murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, [e.g., who commit witchcraft with God’s Word by teaching false doctrine and by either rejecting or perverting the gifts, power, and Personhood of the Holy Spirit,] idolaters, [who love and follow men and their comforts above God and the Truth of His Word,] and ALL liars shall have their part in the lake of fire…”
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM ESAU'S HARD-HEARTED UNREPENTANCE FROM WHICH HE COULD NOT TURN ALTHOUGH HE DESIRED IT WITH TEARS, AND WHICH SEPARATED HIM FROM GOD?
(See at the beginning of this article the Scriptural proof of God’s grace for those who “strayed from the faith” and what ‘blasphemy against the Holy Spirit’ or ‘the unforgiveable sin’ really is.)
The Book of Hebrews makes it clear that the stubborn rejection of Jesus, the Truth of His Word, and the conviction of His Holy Spirit can result in the example of Esau, “who sold [or demeaned] his birthright for one morsel of food” - or in spiritual, New Covenant terms, ‘who invalidated his eternal life in heaven for temporal pleasure.’ This seems very legalistic as God does not reject our true remorse and confession of sin with the sincere motive of repentance, (1 Jn. 5:8-10.) The real context of Hebrews 12:12-17 shines God’s light on this difficult passage. There is much more to the “falling away” of the “profane” Esau, who rejected God so completely that even though he deeply desired to repent, could not find the grace of God to turn to Him again. God also gives the following significant warnings in this context, “Pursue peace with all people AND holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully that any fall short of the grace of God [or decidedly leaves the faith;] lest any root of bitterness [or the deliberate shunning of God Himself,] springs up to cause trouble… and defile many…”
1. According to the above, which explicitly warns that disobedience to pursue peace and living in holiness will contribute to forfeiting eternal life, some once-saved-always-saved Bible commentators Eisegetically, (or drawing their own conclusions instead of Exegetically extracting the true meaning from the passage,) say, “The repentance, which Esau sought with tears but could not find, only pertains to selling his birthright to his brother, not to his eternal life.”
· Let us see if their interpretation can be correct. This passage does not state exactly when Esau became “profane” or godless, blasphemous, and irreverent. It seemingly began with “selling his birthright” to his brother, (Mt. 5:21-26.) Then, it escalated way beyond natural life here on earth when Jacob and their mother Rebecca deceived their father Isaac into blessing him instead of Esau, the firstborn,
· We should pause here to note that God did not justify Esau’s anger by what Jacob did. However, looking at Jacob’s history, it is certain that God did not let Jacob walk away from what he did without retribution, (Genesis chapters 28-32.) God Is always Just and Righteous. He is not the friend of sin. However, it is terrible but true that, no matter the circumstances, doing our own will instead of submitting to God’s will always separate us from the Lord Jesus Christ if our choices are left unrepented, (1 Sam. 15:21-22 KJV.) The unrepentant rejection of God’s Moral Law to “Love the Lord your God [above all]” leads to the rejection of God Himself. Thus, Hebrews 12 verses 14-17 take the life of Esau to the spiritual realm. “The root of bitterness that sprang up,” (Gen. 27:34-40,) was seemingly cultivated by Esau’s “profane” or blasphemous rejection of God Himself after his brother and mother deceived his father to bless Jacob in his place. “For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance [from his initial pledge to sell his birthright for ‘one morsel of food,’ as God kept him to that senseless bargain,] though he sought it diligently with tears.”
So, can we conclude that Esau’s hard-hearted unrepentance was fed by unforgiveness? Initially, yes. But when he met Jacob again after twenty years, Esau did forgive him, so the “pursuing peace” statement in this passage seemingly ‘does not pertain to Esau,’ (Genesis 33; Heb. 12:14.) The Scriptures are not clear about how Esau’s spiritual life deteriorated after he met his brother again, but Hebrews 12:25-29 take all this in consideration and warn, “[Use the sad life of the profane, (blasphemous) Esau as an example, as] God is a consuming fire...” Those who persistently turn away from Him to indulge in sin, are definitely risking their eternal lives in the presence of God.
2. Hebrews 12:16 continues “[Look carefully…] lest there be any profane fornicator like Esau [among you…]” In Deuteronomy 17:17, “God forbade even the king to take more than one wife as they will make him go astray,” because He commanded, “The two shall become one flesh.” Both male and female fornicators and adulterers are harlots. Sexual sin always transfer evil spirits between the two harlots, (1 Cor. 6:15-20.) Thus, the history of how the fornication and adultery of both Jacob and Esau affected even the next generations, is legendary. Jacob obeyed Isaac their father not to take a wife from Canaan, and “he inherited the land where he dwelt as a stranger,” (Gen. 28:7-9.) But Esau deliberately disobeyed Isaac, and became the father of the Edomites, a violent, cruel, militaristic people, who still “live by the sword,” (Gen. 27:39-40; 28:1-9.) Meanwhile, Jacob fell into polygamy and his stormy life describes how he paid for it, learnt from it, and became obedient to God. However, Esau submitted to no one and neither considered the warnings of his father nor God’s precepts of the Moral Law. As a result, he fell into total profanity (or blasphemy) through fornication and adultery.
· It is no wonder that Esau became a violent fornicator who “lived by the sword.” It is a literal and Scriptural fact that where fornication and adultery are, violence, lies, manipulation, and every other evil follows, (Gen. 29-31; 27:46; 1 Cor. 6:15-20; Mal. 2:13-16!) Unrepentant fornication, adultery, and whatever pertains to it, eradicate obedience “to pursue peace with all people;” spouses especially, as it instantly breaks God’s holy marriage covenant and “destroys [marriages, families, and] the temple of the Holy Spirit,” (Mt. 19:9; 1 Cor. 3:16-17.)
3. The above also brings into perspective the commandment in Hebrews 12:14 to “live holy; without which no one will see the Lord.” Just as those who live in self-gratification, fornication, and refusal to “pursue peace with all people,” repentance from living unholy is mandatory to “see the Lord.” We cannot pursue Godly peace if we must forfeit personal holiness. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep my [Moral Law] commandments,” (Jn. 14:15.) Just as we will have to reject Jesus’ morality to “become one in body with harlots [because we then] sin against our own bodies, which must be the temple of the Holy Spirit,” we will become unholy if we remain chained to profane people, (1 Cor. 15:33.) He who is joined to a harlot is one body with her… But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him…” (1 Cor. 6:15-20;16-17.) Thus, Paul lamented, “If anyone defiles the temple of the Holy Spirit, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you [must be.]”
· Another commentary adds, “Esau was [a wilfully unrepentant,] profane, ungodly, [or blasphemous] fornicator, who had no desire for [obedience to God, holiness,] and spiritual things. He was an earthbound man and focussed on earthly things [and temporal pleasure.] Once such a choice is made and acted on, its consequences might never be reversed, and eternal blessing could be lost forever.” As seen, initially, Esau’s loss of his inheritance only pertained to his earthly blessing, but in the context of all Scripture, the Book of Hebrews warns that boundless, unrepentant immorality will follow unrepentant sin and reach to the judgment throne of God, (2 Cor. 5:10.) In New Covenant terms, Jacob repented from egotism and other sin to serve God, but Esau continued to forfeit his eternal spiritual blessings for immediate gratification. There is no doubt that the initial rejection of his blessing became multilevel and grew into heaps of immorality. It is a fact that the more we humans sin, the less we choose to repent, as it takes deliberate disobedience to quiet the Voice of the Holy Spirit, which “convicts of sin, righteousness [in Christ,] and judgement should we continue to disobey Him,” (Jn. 16:8.)
4. Nevertheless, while searching our own motives and behavior to see if we are truly obeying God, we dare not fail to heed the commandment in Hebrews 12:12-17 to also admonish and encourage those who are slack in serving Jesus. His Word warns in Matthew 12:43-45, “[Be careful that the emptiness of unrepentant sin and religiosity, (which substitutes reformation for regeneration of the heart and mind,) leaves room for nothing but satanic deception and control.] Because if a spirit goes out… [while the renewal of the mind through real Scriptural knowledge does not take place to understand and do God’s will and as a result, the person remains in, or returns to sin,] it will return with seven other spirits, and they will enter and dwell in that man, so [he will turn his back on God,] and his last state [will be] worse than the first…” (2 Pt. 1:5-11; 1 Pt. 1:13-14.)
· Does this mean that the Holy Spirit will share His temple of true believers with demons? No. Jesus warned that those who confess His Name and diligently follow Him as His disciples, “will never walk in [profanity or] darkness [for He Is the Light of the world,] but they will have the light of life [through the Holy Spirit living in them,]” (1 Cor. 6:15-20; Jn. 8:12; 1 Jn. 2:20!)
· Jesus’ illustration of the demon possessed man who was once a believer, tells of those who decidedly return to a state of sin, (as a dog that returns to it’s vomit, 2 Peter 2:22,) because they choose not to go on to soul or mind maturity through real knowledge and obedience to the Word, (Rom. 12:1-2.) So, they fall back into their previous state of sin without God, (Heb. 6:1-8.)
· That is why Hebrews 12:14-17 earnestly commands that in our pursuit to live in Godly “peace with all people and in holiness, without which no one will see the Lord,” we must also “look carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God, lest a root of bitterness, [not ‘just’ unforgiveness but also fornication and other ungodliness,] spring up, [and turn stubborn people like Esau away from God.]”
· These are not people that left the ungodly church system. These are truly backslidden people who “will cause trouble [among families, communities, in marriages, and in Godly assemblies,] and by this many will become defiled.” May God have mercy on us all! Because the devil cannot force us to sin, we are “drawn away by our own sinful desires,” (James 1:12-18.) Thus, steering oneself down the steep precipice of no return to God is dreadful in itself, but what is just as terrifying is that believers cannot have worse enemies than backslidden people who still confess the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Tim. 3:1-9!) They “have a form of godliness but deny its power…” And once they become like “swine that return to wallow in their own [filth] again,’ (2 Peter 2:22,) there is nothing more to do for than to “turn away from them,” as their unrepentant “bitterness” against God and His Word “will cause great trouble and defile many” believers, (Hebrews chapter 12.)
This is not to bring condemnation upon believers or those who have “strayed.” This is a warning to “abide” or “remain” in God under all circumstances, and not to allow anything or anyone to turn us against Jesus, (Rev. 3:11!) From the true context of the Word, there are people walking about that are "past" salvation. They have forfeited God's grace to repentance for so long the Spirit “gave them over to their sin,” (Rom. 1:24; 1 Ths. 5:19; Eph. 4:30.) They might seem pious, but they are utterly lost. They have continually committed the sin that is described in 1 John 5:16, "There is a sin unto death: I do not say that you shall pray for it." If people do “not receive the love of the truth to be saved, God will [allow] strong deception that they should believe the lie, [and be condemned, as they] had no pleasure in righteousness,” (2 Ths. 2:10-12.) When Jesus “returns in flaming fire He will take vengeance on unbelievers AND on those who disobey the Gospel of Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction…” (Mt. 7:21-14; 25:1-13; 2 Ths. 1:7-12.)
Father in heaven, again I cry, please have mercy on us all! Thank You Father, that we live by grace in our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise You Father in heaven for Jesus Who took our place in the wilderness, Gethsemane, and on the cross! However, help us to understand the danger believers place themselves into by following false doctrine and doing their own will! May Your Holy Spirit always remind us that Your grace and forgiveness do not give us the go ahead to decidedly continue in sin…”