Monday, October 13, 2008

Blaspheming the Holy Spirit?

Ever since I was banned from a certain message board (against their own rules, might I add), I've been somewhat perplexed at the unending stream of questions and issues that go unanswered. So in order to salve my own conscience, I've decided to answer the most incorrectly-answered questions here on my blog. The most recent one is "Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit," and most of the answers by the leaders of the board are sadly off by a long shot. The only person that's even close to correct (dead-on, actually) is a lady. Sad, no? You'd think a board like that would choose males that at least knew their Bibles.

Anyhow, the question, posed by a new Christian with a Charismatic mother, is more or less "What is Blasphemy of the Holy Ghost?" Pentecostals will tell you that questioning "Speaking in Tongues" is blasphemy, and therefore an unpardonable sin, but how does this line up when compared with Scripture?
"But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:" (Mark 3:29)
The scribes had just accused Jesus of casting out devils by the power of Satan, or saying that the Holy Ghost was the Devil. Basically calling the Holy Spirit Satan is the blasphemy that Jesus was talking about.

Under the circumstances, it was because Jesus was on earth, and was the physical manifestation of God. Therefore, saying something like this against Jesus (and the Holy Spirit) was blasphemy. However, that's the only time you see that showing up; nowhere else is Blaspheming the Holy Spirit even mentioned, so you can rest assured that this time is already past. Until the LORD comes back again, and sets up an entirely new government (Rev. 14:6-7), there won't be the ability to actually blaspheme the Holy Spirit as the scribes did.


Rachel said...

Have you ever listened to "God's 3 Deadlines?" Very interesting stuff by a preacher who had been all around and seen many things. People dying days after blaspheming against the Holy Ghost as well as after turning away from God one-last-time (usually yelling at a preacher or cursing him).

I think it's interesting that a lot of questions don't get answered on that board, but i tend to stay out of those discussion because of the arguing. I just wish Samer had time to get online more. As it is, he's so tired after work he rarely gets online for OB. :P

Rachel said...

As far as what you said about it being passed...I believe that people need to realize that they should be careful what they say about God and about the men of God. He can take their lives, and I have seen things like that happen myself.

I know a guy who committed the "sin unto death"...a Christian, of course. Well, it was very sad.

MC1171611 said...

The only thing is that Jesus said there was no forgiveness for that sin, yet we know that we can get forgiveness for any sin that we commit. I'm not negating people dying and God's wrath on certain things more than others: more than just sodomites get turned over to a reprobate mind. However, God is faithful, and not willing that any should perish, and He will not refuse forgiveness (Church Age, Grace) to anyone that asks it, though in some cases He may take someone's life as a result of their sin.

Mrs W said...

This is a good post Vince. I would have answered the question there but I was also banned against their own rules. They would just make up lies if I said anything though so I haven't even bothered. I did however think it was interesting that the board administrator allows me to be banned against the rules, and then wants to be "friends" on facebook. Nope, sorry buddy, I don't think so.

Blasphemy of the Holy Ghost is a dispensational sin. So glad you covered this.