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The Unpardonable Sin
By Alan Fuller

One Sunday evening, just after one of our revivals had ended, I heard a story. I got a phone call from a fellow member of the church, asking me to pray for a certain group of people that had attended the service. A few of the fellows accompanying that group had witnessed the entire service, of course, and had left with the comment that we were, 'devil worshipers.' They attributed this to the idea that our church body manifests the gifts of the Spirit readily and regularly.

Eventually, as I was praying over the whole incident, and asking for the eyes of these people to be opened, the Lord dropped a few words into my spirit. What He said to me was, "Stop praying for them." I asked why, of course, thinking that it must be the voice of the enemy (after all, God wouldn't want me to stop praying for His people, would He?). But the Lord dropped into my spirit again, "Stop praying for them." Only this time, He added, "Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit."

Needless to say, I dropped everything for several hours and went straight to the Word of God. I studied endlessly on the blasphemy of the Holy Ghost for one reason and one reason alone: I wanted to know if I should continue praying for these people to be made free and whole again.

This is the result of that study and prayer. The Lord has spoken to me recently regarding the journal/study entry I made on the topic after studying. He instructed me to share what I learned. And here it is.

What then, is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Examining the specific scriptures where the Lord Himself spoke of this sin will give us some insight on the matter.

First, we see the topic broached in Matthew chapter 12. The first few verses tells us the story of the blind and dumb man possessed of an unholy spirit. He was brought to Jesus to be healed; but Jesus, in His immaculately perceptive way, saw that the man was possessed, not just ill. And as a result, Christ had compassion on the man, and delivered him of the demonic possession. Then in Matthew 12:24, we read:

But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, 'This fellow doth not cast out devils but by Beelzebub, the prince of devils.'

Then verses 25 and 26 go on to read that Jesus perceived the thoughts/words of these wicked men, and rebuked them with love, attempting to show them the truth. When Jesus spoke, He said,

Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

What follows is further rebuke specifically for the Pharisees, telling them that children who cast out devils in the religious traditions of the time must be casting out devils by Beelzebub, as well. He then states that, if that's not the case, and the Pharisees still think the way they've been thinking, that the children will be the judges of their own ill-thinking parents. Jesus says then, that anyone who is not for Him is against Him.

And my concern for that is this: who are we to think otherwise? If someone is not for us, then they must be against us. There is no grey area. There is not straddling the fence. One cannot agree with you about the supernatural power of God one moment, and within the next few minutes, turn their backs and disbelieve. This is, in effect, the division of an entity against itself. And that, dear ones, causes that entity to falter and fall - period. This is why the scriptures say that a double-minded man is not worthy of the Kingdom of God - he causes too much trouble by trying to please too many masters at one time.

So what does all this have to do with 'the unpardonable sin?' Well, in verses 31-32 of Matthew chapter 12, we read this:

Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world neither in the world to come.

Christ was referring here to the very thing that the Pharisees had said. He was not talking about their calling Him Beelzebub, or Satan. But He was referring to their attribution of the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan.

What the Pharisees said was, in modern-day language, "This guy is using the power of Satan to cast out demonic spirits." So what they actually did was call the Holy Ghost the enemy. They attributed the miracles of the Holy Ghost to a demonic, Satanic spirit. They basically accused Christ of old-fashioned witchcraft.

Although I don't have space to go through this again with the other two examples, the same story is recounted in two of the other three gospels. You can read them in Mark chapter 3 and Luke chapter 12.

So the blasphemy of the Holy Ghost then is this: calling His works the result of Satanic influence or power.

So when those people walked out of our church that Sunday evening and called us devil worshipers, they lost their eternal lives with Christ. Although I don't have the right to make that sort of judgment call, the Word of God does. Let God be true and every man a liar.

Outpouring™ Coach Alan E Fuller is a member of New Hope Fellowship, where he leads worship and sometimes preaches. He also travels and preaches, as well as sings, locally. He is a Spirit-filled Christian Coach and says that the Outpouring™ method of Coaching was given to him by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Alan conducts regular group coaching, 1to1 coaching, as well as teleworkshops where he trains others in the use of the Outpouring™ method of Coaching.

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