Before Wasting Another Minute Seeking Vengeance, Validation or Vindication From Anyone, Better Read This First
Is There Any Such Thing As An Unforgivable Sin?
By Minister Paul J. Bern (1st John 2: 1–2; Mark 3, 28–29; Matt. 12: 22–24)
Have you ever done anything that was so bad, you thought God would not or could not forgive you? Believe it or not, this is an everyday occurrence, so you’re not alone. Have you sinned so greatly that all hope is lost for you? The Bible’s clear warning can help you see for yourself. One of our most agonizing worries is the fear of being cut off from God. Even more distressing is the thought that one may be cut off forever, with no chance of redemption. Some fear that they have committed the ‘unpardonable sin.’ If you want deliverance from your guilty feelings — if you want to repent and you want relief for your feelings of despondency — there is a remedy available. God wants us to be a part of His family — literally as his adopted children — and to share in His loving way of life. He wants us to learn from our mistakes as we repent and change our lives. In other words, God wants us to grow in Him.
Scripture explains that those who have actually committed the unpardonable sin have seared their consciences — meaning they are totally consumed with rebellion against God. They are not worried about committing the ultimate transgression. Just what is the unpardonable sin? Put simply, it is a sin that will not be forgiven. God is willing to forgive our sins if we repent of them, if we are sorry for them and if we are determined to change, as it is written: “My dear children, I write this to you so you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only ours but for the sins of the whole world.” (1st John chapter 2, verses 1–2) But when one sears his conscience to never repent, he cannot be forgiven. Jesus states the problem clearly. “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” (Mark 3:28–29).