Back in 2007 at my former blog, I wrote a post entitled, “The Sin Unto Death.” I brought it over here today because a commenter here at Talk Wisdom wanted me to answer his question regarding “the unpardonable sin.”
The Bible calls the blaspheming of the Holy Spirit as the sin unto death. It is explained (as best I could) in the post below, using Scripture and sharing the reasons why such a sin is unpardonable. Briefly, it’s because the need for confession of sin, repentance of such sin, and the request to invite Jesus Christ the Savior to enter into the heart and live within you through the power of the Holy Spirit – is out-rightly rejected. Those who have heard the gospel, yet deliberately reject it for their entire earthly lives, and then go even further – by blaspheming the Holy Spirit of God – commit the final sin in their lives. The result is rejection of God for all eternity.
One extra note. The link in the post to the debate between two Christians and two atheists no longer displays the video at that site. However, it can be found at You Tube for those who would like to see it.
The following post is by no means absolutely complete. Those who would like to add more Scriptures, comments, and arguments that discuss the sin unto death, please do so. Even rebuttals are welcome.
If you take the time to view the entire debate at You Tube, you will see that neither side moved from their positions. It would be interesting to know whether or not anyone in the audience did.
Pressed for time right now, but will be back to add to this post.
Here is my original post from 2007:
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
During the Nightline debate, Does God Exist between Christian evangelists Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron against proclaimed atheists Brian and Kelly, both atheists claimed to have been Christians in the past. Of course, that is between God and themselves, however, we can get a hint about their spiritual condition based on what the Bible tells us is the “sin unto death” and what the two atheists are saying now.
So-called “ex”-Christians are often revealed as formerly false Christians anyway. They may have had “head” knowledge about Christ, but hadn’t made the decision to invite him into their hearts as Lord and Savior. The act of being born-again is not reversible. We get a hint about this fact from this verse:
Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (bold mine)
Once the Holy Spirit indwells the heart of a believer, it is a permanent conversion. Believers are then “sealed with God,” just as the angels who didn’t rebel against God (at the fall and casting out of Satan and 1/3 of the angels turned demons) were sealed unto God.
Rom 15:28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.
2Cr 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (bold mine)
The meaning of “until the redemption of the purchased possession” refers to the fact that we were purchased by the shed blood of Jesus at Calvary and when we stand before God at the Judgment Seat of Christ, it will be his righteousness that is imputed upon us for redemption; not anything that we did here on earth.
Also, since we still have that “human sin nature” to deal with, Christians still sin (I just did yesterday), but we regret and repent of it because we know that it grieves the Holy Spirit.
Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (bold mine)
In the cases of Brian and Kelly, [Note: the atheists in the video link] their final act of blaspheming the Holy Spirit is not just a sin, but the “sin unto death” (meaning, the only unforgiveable sin leading to spiritual death and separation from God forever). They, as well, have sealed their fate.
Jhn 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
1Jo 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin [which is] not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
Powerful verses! For easier understanding, read the New Living Translation version:
1Jo 5:16 If you see a Christian brother or sister[fn3] sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it.
1Jo 5:17 Every wrong is sin, but not all sin leads to death.
1Jo 5:18 We know that those who have become part of God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot get his hands on them.
1Jo 5:19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the power and control of the evil one.
1Jo 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we are in God because we are in his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.
5:16 Greek your brother.