Friday, August 27, 2010

What Is The One Thing You Cannot Be Forgiven For?

Bush Campaign Chief and Former RNC Chair, Ken Mehlman, has recently announced that he is “gay”. He stated this:

"It's taken me 43 years to get comfortable with this part of my life," said Mehlman, now an executive vice-president with the New York City-based private equity firm, KKR. "Everybody has their own path to travel, their own journey, and for me, over the past few months, I've told my family, friends, former colleagues, and current colleagues, and they've been wonderful and supportive. The process has been something that's made me a happier and better person. It's something I wish I had done years ago."

Is Mehlman’s sexual sin the one thing you cannot be forgiven for? No, of course not! Remember Moses? Moses was forgiven for murder!

But there is only one thing you cannot be forgiven for!

If you just knew about this one thing you could possibly avoid it!

I heard a minister once declare that even Adolf Hitler could have sincerely and truthfully asked forgiveness for all his many sins, paid society for his incurred debt, and therefore would have as good a chance as anyone to go to Heaven. This is the extent that God forgives and loves us!

The most fateful words ever spoken by Jesus had to do with the fearful possibility of committing the unpardonable sin. He said, "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." Matthew 12:31.

So, what is this “blasphemy” against the Holy Spirit? Does it mean disrespect; is it words, spoken in anger against the Spirit; what is it?

Before answering all the troubling questions people ask about the unpardonable sin, a glorious truth needs to be recognized. We serve a God of infinite love and compassion. It is not His will that anyone should be lost. He has made provision in His Word for every soul to be cleansed and sanctified. The incredible promise of 1 John 1:9 applies to every man, woman, or child in the world today: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

On the condition of sincere confession, God promises to forgive any sin, regardless of its nature. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18.

What a special assurance for those who have violated every law of God and man in their wild plunge into degradation. God loves them still! There is no guilt too great for Him to cleanse away. He waits with outstretched arms to receive any who take the first step toward His forgiveness and mercy.



So … what is so important about the Holy Spirit that it becomes unpardonable to “blaspheme” it? It all revolves around sin and what sin is. The Bible defines sin as;

"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." 1 John 3:4. Paul enlarges on that statement by declaring that sin is the breaking of the Ten-Commandment law. "I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet." Romans 7:7.

So, sin is the breaking of God’s law, some associated sin wrapped around the 10 Commandments. And yes, the Big 10 covers all sin!


Besides teaching us all things, Jesus indicated that the Spirit will also "guide you into all truth." John 16:13. Every searching student of the Word has probably experienced this teaching, guiding influence of the Holy Spirit. There can be no true insight into biblical truth without the enlightenment of this Spirit of God.

But wait, what about "offending" the Holy Spirit?


The third mission of the Holy Spirit is to convict of sin. Jesus said: "It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment." John 16:7, 8.

It is the special work of the Spirit to reprove or convict us of sin. When wrongs are committed, the conscience is pricked with a sense of guilt. Please take note that as long as we allow the Holy Spirit to teach, guide, and convict, we could never be guilty of committing the unpardonable sin. But suppose we refuse to acknowledge these three offices of the Spirit in our own personal experience with God? That is when people approach the deadly parameters of the worst sin on record.

1Timothy 4 tells us what this means and gives us a couple of examples. “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth”.

This offense to the Holy Spirit, this total lack of "guilty conviction", simply disallows the Holy Spirit to work with you and I; the Sinner. We cannot be forgiven because we don't allow it! This is the sin we cannot be forgiven for!

So, when Mr. Mehlman says it’s taken 43 years “to get comfortable” with his sin, has his conscience been seared? I don’t know; that’s between him and God.

If a church teaches vegetarianism does it mean their consciences have been seared?

If a church teaches that it’s Priests cannot marry or it’s OK to be “gay”, does it mean their consciences have been seared?

The Bible declares many behaviors as “sin”. If you’re a professed Christian but you approve of gay marriage, does it mean your conscience has been seared? What if you approve of adultery? What about drunkenness? What about all the other things expressly mentioned in the Bible?

The examples of Sodom and Gomorrah are in the Bible for a reason. In our modern world it is easy to see how we are becoming more and more like these two biblical cities.

And we know what happened to them!

Remember, our feelings of GUILT comes from the convicting influence of the Holy Spirit, SHAME comes from Satan! If you have no more guilty conscience about something you know to be wrong, your conscience may be seared as with a red hot branding iron!

Ref Article: Point of No Return

The Observer

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