The Sin Unto Death

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.


You Tube video: Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort debate atheists.


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.

~ Christine


Here is my original post from 2007:

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The “Sin Unto Death.”

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.

1Jo 5:21  Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.[fn4

5:16 Greek your brother.


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18 Responses to “The Sin Unto Death”

  1. Paul H. Lemmen Says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Thanks for re-blogging this Paul! a quick note – I really appreciate getting your re-blogging feeds because I get to read many interesting blog articles!

      I plan to do a post on a topic that I saw via your blog – at least I think it was from one that you re-blogged yesterday! It’s about the fear of the WH and our actual pResident – Valerie Jarrett – being so scared of Benjamin Netanyahu addressing Congress in March. Today, I read that Democrats are not going to show up for the Netanyahu speech. Why? Because they are doing so in “support” of Zero! Isn’t that ridiculous? How far will these idiots go in following the pied piper into a nuclear Iran abyss??

      Thanks again for your support of my blog – really appreciate it!

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  2. Cry and Howl Says:

    I’ll need to come back to this one Christine. I do have some stuff to add. I’m working right now, Rina is in Alaska and I’m not in a good mood.


  3. GMpilot Says:

    1. Oh, so your god didn’t get the message wrong; you did. It should have been ”All of our crimes and sins can be forgiven except one. I stand corrected.

    2..Your link to “Sin Unto Death” is broken.

    3. Ah, I remember that debate: that’s the one where Comfort claimed at the very beginning that he could “prove god scientifically, without even mentioning faith” and then did exactly the opposite, by calling in faith (starting at 13:14, if you’re curious), and quoting Heb 11:16. So, less than fifteen minutes in, Comfort invokes faith—which he said he wouldn’t do—and effectively loses the debate right there.
    But hey, lying in the name of the Truth™ isn’t really a lie at all, is it?


    • christinewjc Says:

      I thought that you were more logical than that, GM.

      Forgiveness for sin committed by us all requires confession and repentance. When a person refuses to repent, his/her sin stays upon his/her own soul. His/her rejection of the sacrificial death (done in place of all of us sinners) of Jesus Christ on the cross creates the situation where it is of no effect upon the soul. Therefore, the sinner dies as a reprobate – precisely because he/she has purposely rejected the mercy, grace and love offered to him/her through Christ. When he/she appears at the Great White Throne judgment, he/she has no Advocate afforded for the remission of his/her sin. Thus, the sinner faces Holy God, knowing that he/she has rejected the price paid for him/her by Christ on the cross, which is the only means given by God through Christ for the forgiveness of his/her sin.

      I checked the link and it works for me.

      Comfort may have “lost” the debate in your eyes, but he and Kirk Cameron had the chance to share the Gospel on TV in front of a huge audience. IMHO, I think that is more valuable than winning a debate.

      P.S. The atheists broke the rules too because they mentioned the Bible several times while attempting to make their points.


  4. GMpilot Says:

    I checked the link and it works for me.
    It didn’t for me. I just checked it again, and it still doesn’t. I believe you, but it’s not working here.

    Comfort may have “lost” the debate in your eyes, but he and Kirk Cameron had the chance to share the Gospel on TV in front of a huge audience. IMHO, I think that is more valuable than winning a debate.
    Yeah, that’s what you said back then, too. Apparently it’s never occurred to you that the RSS also made their points known to a larger audience, as well. After all, the gospel is shared on TV every day of the week. But if one can do that and win the debate, that’s even better.
    P.S. The atheists broke the rules too because they mentioned the Bible several times while attempting to make their points.
    Really? I didn’t see them making a show of claiming they could prove their points without invoking ‘faith’ or the bible. I’ll look again…
    Nope, only Comfort said that he could…and he didn’t. It’s right there on the video.


    • christinewjc Says:

      My apologies GM! I thought that you were referring to the link within this blog post, not the comment section of the former one! I have fixed it over there.

      Here it is again:

      Sin Unto Death [From former Talk Wisdom blog at Blogger].


    • christinewjc Says:

      I recall that the atheists used the Bible (in negative ways) in their discussions; usually meant to mock and rail against what Ray and Kirk were stating.

      The atheists’ “faith” was within themselves while disparaging the God of the Bible. They claimed to be former “Christians,” so I guess you three must have a lot in common.


      • GMpilot Says:

        I recall that the atheists used the Bible (in negative ways) in their discussions; usually meant to mock and rail against what Ray and Kirk were stating.
        But you don’t recall that the ‘crocoduck’ and the ‘bullfrog’ were mockeries (in negative ways) of everything we’ve learned about biology. Short memory you have there.

        The atheists’ “faith” was within themselves while disparaging the God of the Bible. They claimed to be former “Christians,” so I guess you three must have a lot in common.
        I probably have as much in common with you as I have with them. I relinquished all gods as a bad product, unlike someone I could mention, who traded up from one ‘God of the Bible’ to a better ‘God of the Bible’.


  5. Cry and Howl Says:

    Hey Christine! You know me well enough that I won’t take much of your time. Just a couple of thoughts …

    I know that the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is the only sin that God won’t forgive.
    But I wonder about these sayings …

    Pro. 2:18-19
    18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

    19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
    Pro. 6:32
    32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

    There are many more in Proverbs which tell me that some sins pretty much make damnation a sure thing.

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Hi Steve,

      Welcome back! Hope you are feeling better! Your chore of debating and correcting the liberal leftist progressive commie-fascists at your blog is indeed a draining one. But you always come through with the logic and wisdom to defeat their ridiculous hate-filled arguments.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic. You make a good point through sharing the Proverbs verses.

      You are absolutely right when you wrote:

      “There are many more in Proverbs which tell me that some sins pretty much make damnation a sure thing.”

      I would just add the word, “unrepented” to the word sins.

      I may need to do more research on this, but will try to share some thoughts right now.

      I read the entire Proverb [Proverbs 2] to provide better context.

      It appears to me that verses 18-19 are conveying the fact that once someone is in the throes of darkness through adultery, it is very difficult – if not impossible – for them to get out on their own. Therefore, as the rest of Proverbs 2 instructs us, man is to “incline his ear to wisdom,” and “apply his heart to understanding,” and all of the rest of the positives, as well as all of the warnings given throughout Proverbs 2.

      Prior to Pro. 2:18-19, we read:

      Pro. 2:17b – “And forgets the covenant of her God.”

      So, the seductress woman, described as immoral in Proverbs 2:16 has deserted the covenant of God. Therefore, she is unlikely to repent of her sin. Then, she will take down the man along with her if he stays in that “house” of hers which leads down to death.

      As we know, the Old Testament believers were all looking forward to the coming Messiah. They held (or, were supposed to hold) to the letter of the law (Ten Commandments, those “does and don’ts” in Leviticus and Deuteronomy). When they sinned, they were to sacrifice an animal at the Temple – because only shed blood is for the remission of sin. But back then, the forgiveness was only temporary. They had to sacrifice animals and confess over and over again in order to be forgiven. Could this be precisely why the Proverbs you cited say what they say? Again, perhaps I need to do more research.

      Fast forward to the New Testament and what Christ accomplished in his ministry, shed blood at the crucifixion, death, and resurrection. We know that His Holy Sacrifice was for the forgiveness of all sin – past, present and future, for all of those who repent of their sins and ask Christ to enter their hearts as Lord and Savior over their lives. Scripture informs us that when we repent, our sins are as far as the east is from the west and they will be cast deep into the sea.

      Psa 103:12

      As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

      Mic 7:19

      He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

      Jesus Himself stated that he was the only way to the Father. Those who reject Him, do so at their own peril. Those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit of God (and, obviously reject the salvation offered) have “seared” hearts where they refuse the mercy, grace, and love which would be afforded to them if they humbled themselves and believed in Christ and his sacrificial death on the cross for the remission of their sins.

      I know that you most likely know all of this, but I like to explain for the sake of those who come here to read and may not understand the gospel.

      About that word “seared.” We find it in the following verse:

      1Ti 4:1

      Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

      1Ti 4:2

      Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

      I looked up the term “seared” in a commentary by by A. R. FAUSSET and it says

      having their conscience seared–Greek, “having their own conscience,” &c., that is, not only “speaking lies” to others, but also having their own conscience seared. Professing to lead others to holiness, their own conscience is all the while defiled. Bad consciences always have recourse to hypocrisy. As faith and a good conscience are joined ( 1Ti 1:5 ); so hypocrisy (that is, unbelief, Mat 24:5, 51; compare Luk 12:46 ) and a bad conscience here. THEODORET explains like English Version, “seared,” as implying their extreme insensibility; the effect of cauterizing being to deaden sensation. The Greek, however, primarily means “branded” with the consciousness of crimes committed against their better knowledge and conscience, like so many scars burnt in by a branding iron: Compare Tts 1:15 3:11, “condemned of himself.” They are conscious of the brand within, and yet with a hypocritical show of sanctity, they strive to seduce others. As “a seal” is used in a good sense ( 2Ti 2:19 ), so “a brand” in a bad sense. The image is taken from the branding of criminals.

      So, in effect, perhaps such “searing” was implied in the Proverbs verses when they state:

      “inclineth unto death”
      “paths unto the dead.”
      “None that go unto her return again”
      “destroyeth his own soul”

      We know that David committed adultery and murder. But he finally realized his awful sins cried out to God for forgiveness and repented.
      He was even called, “a man after My own heart”:

      Act 13:22

      And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

      And even further, Jesus came via David’s line:

      Act 13:23

      Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

      Act 13:24

      When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

      I may be going too far with this right now but I must say that we know Jesus was born of the virgin Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit, because she “knew” [didn’t have sex with] no man.

      This is often a sticking point with non-believers. But we know the reason for this. Jesus needed to be born sinless, in order to be the sinless sacrifice for the remission of sins for mankind.

      Further explanation can be found in Revelation 12. Notice that verse 17 says, “[the dragon] went to make war with the remnant of her seed.”

      Rev 12:17

      And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

      Science tells us that the seed is from the man and combines with the ovum of a woman. However, Mary knew no man. Therefore, the “seed” of the woman was divinely planted in her womb. The Incarnation of Jesus Christ was a miracle performed by God.

      Jesus came through the line of David through ancestry, but the “Holy Thing” within her womb was sinless.

      Luk 1:35

      And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

      Ah!! I’m writing too much. This could be a new post.

      Lastly, I wanted to mention what happened to the two thieves that were crucified on the crosses on either side of Jesus.

      In Luke 23 The soldiers and one thief mocked Jesus – telling him to “save himself and them” and if He was truly the Son of God, to “come down from that cross.” We also know that Christ could have called down legions of angels to “rescue” Him from that cross. but if He did that, He would not have accomplished God the Father’s will and He would have re-entered heaven alone; rather than “crushing the head” of satan for all eternity. The result is millions and millions (if not billions) of saved human beings headed for eternity with God.

      One thief relented, confessing that they both (the two thieves) were guilty, but this Man had done nothing. He said to Jesus, “remember me when you enter into your kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “today, you will be with Me in paradise.”

      We don’t even know what kind of other sins that one thief committed, but when he repented at a moment which was close to the hour of his death, he was forgiven of his sins and told by Jesus Himself that he would be with Him in paradise!

      The other thief, who didn’t repent, was guilty of the sin unto death.

      Well, that’s my take on it. Anyone who sees it differently, please share. I am constantly learning from others who study Scripture and my prayer is to always be accurate. But I do make mistakes. Scripture doesn’t! Hallelujah that we always have the truth of the Bible to rely on!


      • GMpilot Says:

        I know you already know this, but…

        Mark 15:32
        “Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him.

        Matt 27:44 Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.
        (emphases mine –GM)

        The ‘nice’ version of the story is told only in Luke.
        Mark is the oldest gospel, and therefore the most likely authentic one. Matthew is heavily plagiarized from Mark. Yet only the Luke account ever gets repeated in the churches. Why is that story preferred over the reports in Mark and Matthew? Perhaps because it gives Jesus the opportunity to confirm the promise of forgiveness and an afterlife for the thief who ‘repents’? Or was this a later addition to the crucifixion story, in order to sweeten the deal among converts to the new faith?

        I see you’ve quoted the NKJV. Does the NIV no longer satisfy you?


      • christinewjc Says:

        The fact that the thief who finally repented had reviled Jesus beforehand makes the record of his confession even better.

        I use the NKJV, KJV, NIV, and sometimes (but not preferred) even the NLT.


      • GMpilot Says:

        The point I was making is that Luke disagrees with Mark and Matthew: they make it plain that neither of the thieves repented. Then along comes Luke, who claims that one of them did. As you’re so fond of saying, they can’t all be right. So why do you and others consider Luke to be true, and the other two false? Especially since all three books are supposedly ‘inspired’ and factually correct?

        Since none of the gospels were written until at least a generation after the events they describe, this sounds like factional warfare between those who said “Jesus did this” and “Jesus didn’t do that.” Forty years is plenty of time for memories to get blurry.

        The fact that the thief who finally repented had reviled Jesus beforehand makes the record of his confession even better.
        Except that it is not a “fact”. Not according to Mark and Matthew.

        I use the NKJV, KJV, NIV, and sometimes (but not preferred) even the NLT.
        I’ve been using the NIV all these years out of deference to your tastes. Since you’re more cosmopolitan now, I shall be also.


  6. Cry and Howl Says:

    I enjoyed your answer Christine. I do know that if we ask for forgiveness then God is faithful and just to grant it. I wonder at times though … hmmmm … how to put this … it seems to me that a person would not even be able to ask forgiveness unless he/she is stirred by God’s Spirit. In other words, if God won’t let one repent / ask forgiveness then they won’t be able to. Kind of like Esau who sought a place of repentance and was rejected ” though he sought it carefully with tears.”

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  7. Revisiting “The Unforgivable Sin.” | Talk Wisdom Says:

    […] I brought over a post on this topic from my former blog and posted it here on 2/3/15.  A good discussion began in that comment […]


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