I have friends who are afraid they might commit the unpardonable sin. Should I be afraid? What will happen to me if I blaspheme the Holy Spirit?
The unpardonable sin is one of the most misunderstood passages in the Bible. It is one that creates a lot of concern for Christians, because it is a sin that leads to eternal damnation. How should we understand this teaching? Is there a warning for Christians?
The teaching on the unpardonable sin must be understood in the context in which it was spoken — under the Old Covenant. The books of Matthew, Mark and Luke all record Jesus' words when He spoke of this sin, for which there is no forgiveness.
"Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come." (Matthew 12:31-32)
"But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation." (Mark 3:29)
"And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemes against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven." (Luke 12:10)
Will this sin send me to hell?
Sadly, many Christians worry about committing the unpardonable sin. They worry that if they speak against the Holy Spirit, if they blaspheme His name, they will receive the judgment of eternal damnation. Could that be?