The Unpardonable Sin

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Can God forgive every sin? The truest answer is, “Yes, God can forgive every sin, but He will not forgive every sin.” Rather than universally forgiving every sin, God has chosen to forgive the sins of those who respond to the Holy Spirit’s conviction with repentance. Understanding this truth is key to understanding what is commonly termed “the unpardonable sin.” In Mark 3:22-20, Jesus was slandered by a group of religious professionals known as the scribes. They attributed the miracles that He did to the working of Satan. Jesus responded to their libel by pointing out the fallacy of their logic, and from there, He went on to warn about the danger of what they were saying. This was the context in which Jesus revealed “the unpardonable sin.” “Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.” (Mark 3:28-29) The unpardonable sin is not stealing, murder, or adultery. It is the sin of disregarding the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s ministry to the lost is to point out their sin and their need for a Savior. If a person does not respond to the Holy Spirit’s work with repentance, they will not be forgiven of their sin. Forgiveness will always be available to them if they repent, but they will remain lost until they do. Everyone must accept Christ as their Savior to have their sins forgiven.