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Unpardonable sin is rejection of Holy Spirit's conviction<BR>

QUESTION:

Is suicide the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?

ANSWER:

To blaspheme means to disgrace or slander someone's good name. Jesus said, "any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven. And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man (Jesus), it shall be forgiven him; but whoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come" (Mat 12:31). So what do these heavy words mean?

The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to point people to Jesus Christ (John 16:7-15). He does this by periodically allowing unbelievers to sense an uncomfortable feeling of conviction of sin in their hearts, in order to drive them to salvation in Christ.

We are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners naturally (Jer 17:9). The Holy Spirit attempts to convince us of who we are that we might seek God's forgiveness. One could say the Holy Spirit comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable, both to their own good.

Simply put, the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is the rejection of Jesus Christ. That is why Jesus noted the unforgiveness lasting throughout the ages. The Spirit is calling people to Jesus and to reject the invitation is to remain in sin according to the bible. God loves you (John 3:16), and provided the sacrificial blood of His Son for the cleansing of every vile sin (1John 1:7-9). To reject that sacrifice personally is to stubbornly remain in sin, in essence declaring, "I do not want or need this biblical salvation."

It is interesting that people never smash their thumb with a hammer and scream any other name but that of God or Jesus. Jesus Christ has become such a convenient curse word and yet the Bible says "there is no other name under heaven by which men must be saved" (Acts 4:12). To say "no" to Jesus is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit's wooing as He earnestly entreats people to come to Jesus.

I heard of a WWII aircraft carrier in the north Atlantic that sent out four planes in search of enemy U-boats. They had a specific time in which to accomplish their mission and return. These pilots assumed a false sense of confidence that they could exceed that time restriction in order to fulfill the mission. While they were out, enemy ships entered the waters of the carrier. The carrier cut off all lights and communications to remain unnoticed. The desperate pilots were unable to find the carrier, ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea.

The time comes when light and communication ceases, therefore it is of great importance that we yield to the prodding of the Holy Spirit while we can (2Cor 6:2). To assume we will always have opportunity is a bad assumption. It is good to remember that no decision for Jesus is a "no" decision (Mat 12:30). There is no neutral ground with Jesus Christ.

Occasionally people will express their concern that they have already committed this unforgivable sin. Their concern reveals that they have not. Concern shows a person cares and those who commit this sin do not care.

Thus scripture indicates no reference of suicide being the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. The biblical view would force the issue of someone being either in Christ saved, or out of Christ lost, whether they commit suicide or not.

Shalom y'all

Pastor Huck Kusner

Calvary Chapel Black Canyon City

(Huck Kusner pastors the Calvary Chapel Church in Black Canyon City. To submit a question or for information, write Pastor Kusner at The Calvary Corner, PO Box 1816, Black Canyon City, AZ 85324. Email is blackcanyon@calvarychapel.org).

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