Pastor and author Tim Challies of Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto has assured Christians worried they have committed the one unpardonable sin of the Bible.
Challies reflected in a video posted on Facebook on Tuesday that at one point, nearly all believers wonder “Have I committed the unpardonable sin? Have I broken God’s law in that way?”
He said that some people are “really concerned, racked with guilt, racked with worry” over this, but he assured them it is unlikely they have gone that far.
Defining the unpardonable sin in question, the pastor took to Matthew 12:31 in the Bible, where Jesus says: “Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.”
Similarly, Mark 3:29 reads: “But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of eternal sin.”
Challies said that such passages “sound terrifying,” adding that he has done a lot of research and study into the topic.
He said that the theological consensus defines blasphemy against the Holy Spirit as an act that involves “ascribing the work of the Holy Spirit accomplished through Jesus Christ to Satan.”
The author explained that what this means is that a person must know that Jesus Christ is God, yet still decide to ascribe His work to Satan.
Such a person “is not just ignorant,” he added, “but willfully and knowingly rejects Jesus as Messiah.”
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Source: Christian Post