[Ray answers a young man's concerned he
committed the Unpardonable Sin]
Thank you for your email and comments. Part of the reason you feel so bad
about your sinful condition is because of the false teachings you undoubtedly
received as a youngster.
The Bible speaks of the "foolishness of youth," so it should not be
surprising that as youths we all have done stupid and foolish things--God
expects it. However, when God reveals Truth to us, those feelings of
guilt are designed to TURN US AROUND and go a different direction. A
guilty conscience is one of the worst things we can carry around with us.
Many people speak of the "UNpardonable sin" as thought the Scriptures
actually spoke of such a thing. They DO NOT! There is no such thing as an
"unpardonable sin" in the Bible.
Well, then, what about Matt. 12:-31-32? Let's read it in a proper
"Therefore I am saying to you, Every sin and blasphemy shall be
pardoned men, yet the blasphemy of the spirit shall not be
It certainly SOUNDS like the blasphemy of God's spirit is an unpardonable
sin, doesn't it? Let's continue reading:
"And whosoever may be saying a word against the Son of Man, it will
be pardoned him, yet whoever may be saying against the holy spirit, it shall
not be pardoned him, [ever? continue reading...]
neither in THIS EON [age]
nor in that [age]
which is IMPENDING."
Now then, does it really say this sin is UNPARDONABLE? It is only
unpardonable "in this age" and also "in the age to come [the impending age]."
So it doesn't say it will NEVER be pardoned--only in this and the coming age
will it NOT be pardoned.
What about the age AFTER the coming age? Ah, there is the answer. We
live in what the Bible calls "this present wicked age." But the age to come is
the ONE THOUSAND year reign of Christ in His kingdom on this earth. The sin
against the holy spirit will not be pardoned in either of these two ages. When
then? The age AFTER these two ages. After the one thousand year reign of Christ
comes the white throne judgment in which ALL the unbelievers of the world will
be judged. Judging has to do with setting things RIGHT, not condemning to some
fabled hellhole of eternal torture in fire.
In Rev. 20 and 21 we read of God's purging lake of fire which will deal
with all unbelievers and their sins. There will be many there who have
blasphemed the holy spirit. But in that age of judging and setting right, even
they will receive pardon and salvation. It is God's will and desire to save ALL
MANKIND (I Tim. 2:4). And God will certain fulfill ALL THAT HE HAS PURPOSED
But the main thing I would tell you, Kevin, is that if you FEAR that you
might have committed this sin, it is actually evidence THAT YOU HAVE NOT
committed this sin. Those who blaspheme the holy spirit HAVE NO CONSCIENCE
about their sin and therefore don't even care. Since you care and are concerned
it is proof that God has given you a heart that wants to do right. So follow
God's leadings in your life and these feelings of guilt will leave you.
In the near future I will have a paper on the Lake of Fire posted on my
site explaining these verses in Revelation that the world of Christendom have
perverted to make it appear that God is going to torture most of His children
in fire for all eternity. Nothing could be further from the truth.
May God be with you!