Can we commit the Unforgivable Sin of Blasphemy against the Spirit Today?

I grew up practically scared of committing this sin, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, always wondering if I had already committed and therefore damned to hell.

Neither did I find the preachers I was listening to helpful.  The preachers couldn’t help themselves from importing other contexts and passages to the actual text which mentions “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.”

In fact, one of those preachers was always fond of saying, “Speak where the Bible speak and remain silent where the Bible is silent.”

But It wasn’t until I read the text myself that I truly understood what the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit was.

28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”  (Mark 3 NIV, emphasis added)

The Scripture tells us what the blasphemy of the Spirit is.  The Scripture didn’t leave us in the dark.  Rocket science is not needed.  Just a simple reading of the text.

The eternal sin of the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, according to Jesus, is saying that he, Jesus, possessed an “impure spirit” and therefore crediting an “impure spirit” with the exorcism that he had just done.

The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit was a specific sin, confined to the ministry of Jesus, and therefore is not repeatable.

In other words, we cannot commit the eternal sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.


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5 Responses to Can we commit the Unforgivable Sin of Blasphemy against the Spirit Today?

  1. Jon Hughes says:

    Not sure we can restrict it to just that, TC. John MacArthur comes pretty close in his rhetoric at the Strange Fire conference. Check out the following letter to him from my former pastor, RT Kendall:

    • TC says:

      Jon, the link you provided isn’t working. I read MacArthur’s sermon, and I’m not convinced that we’re talking the same thing here. I agree with much of what he has to say, but such attributions are not blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. How come we only find blasphemy of the Holy Spirit in this one incident and nowhere else?

  2. David Beirne says:

    Do we need to apply it to current times, or does it serve as a stark picture of those whose rejection of Christ was so complete, they are definitely “without excuse”? Kind of like some may feel sympathy for Judas Iscariot for getting a perceived “raw deal”, there should be no sympathy for those accusing Jesus here. These leaders were so spiritually blind that they were literally hope-less. “Cursed is he who has seen and believes not.”

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