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The Unpardonable Sin
Knowing God and His power, and all the greatness He has called you to, and yielding it to another time and time again.
We must agree with Godís word, and we agree with others before God, by adding the Amen to what is said that we agree with.
We can agree to part of what is said by adding to the particular part the Amen or agreement. We can disagree or not agree by our silence.
Perhaps it is easier to understand by substituting the words I agree wherever we would otherwise use the word Amen. When we use the words I agree, it becomes very clear that we are agreeing to what was prayed or is being prayed, confessed or spoken. And to agree, we must understand what is spoken. It would be improper to advise God that we agree to what is not understood. And in doing it (agreeing to what we do not understand) time and time again in ceremonial prayer, we damn ourselves to the point where there is no recovery.
Proverbs 6:1-5 (ESV) 1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, 2 if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, 3 then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. 4 Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; 5 save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
Proverbs 27:13 (ASV) 13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge that is surety for a foreign woman.
Mark 7:7-8 (NIV) 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.' 8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men."
Matthew 12:31, "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men." If a person truly listens to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and asks for pardon and forgiveness that person is not guilty of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, is any sin that a person clings to by continually resisting the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Keep in mind that there is not one specific sin that is unforgivable, such as lying, stealing or murder, but rather a perpetual hardening of the heart and willfully sinning against God and man (1 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:15). In Acts 7:51, Stephen says the following to the Pharisees, "You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you." In a nutshell the unpardonable sin is any sin that a person doesnít want to give up, confess, or even ask forgiveness for and additionally doesnít want to hear any more about it from the Holy Spirit.
Any sin mankind wants pardon for is forgivable, however, if we turn our backs on the voice of the Holy Spirit we begin to silence His convictions and eventually we cannot hear His convicting power. This effectively blocks the working of God in our lives because we have reached a point where we are unable respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
(Please read the following illustration for further understanding and clarity.)
Consider this illustration of the unpardonable sin. Imagine you are tired of the the Holy Spirit convicting you of a particular pet sin. You want to completely remove His promptings even though the voice is warning you of danger and lovingly trying to show you the right path. So what do you do? You begin building a theoretical brick wall to block your conviction. Each brick in the wall represents a singular time you reject the conviction of the Holy Spirit. As you continue to reject the Holy Spirit, the "voice" you hear gets softer and softer. You become more and more confident in your current pathway of life. Eventually, as you lay more and more bricks down you cannot hear the Holy Spirit anymore, thus effectively cutting off your way of repentance and therefore salvation.