SOME CHURCHES ARE FILLED
The word ‘blasphemy’ is from the Greek word ‘blasphemia’. It basically means ‘injurious, defamatory, abusive, insulting, denigrating speech against God, One of the Trinity, sacred things. It is the antithesis of worship and reverent honor.
Blasphemy is directly disobeying the second commandment, It is the uttering of words of hatred, of reproach, of defiance, of speaking ill against God.
James 2:7 condemns those who "blaspheme that Name by which you are called’‘.
James 2:7 (KJV)
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
Blasphemy is not respecting God, His Name, His Person, His work, His nature, and it is a grave sin. Blasphemy is slander against God. It is speech injurious to God. It is irreverence, abusive, scurrilously talking about Deity.
The pharisees claimed Jesus had blasphemed, when He claimed equality with God. If it had not been true, it would have been ‘blasphemy’. Yet, many today claim to be a ‘god’ or claim to be ‘Jesus’ returned.
"For a good work, we stone Thee not, but for blasphemy, and because Thou, being a man, makest Thyself God."
Jesus was not blaspheming when He spoke, for His words were from deity, His words were true, His words were in agreement with God.
"Why doth this Man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God?"
Blasphemy is saying anything about God that is not true. Some claim God failed them. That is blasphemy, for He never failed any of us. We fail Him, He never fails us. Talking lies about God, falsely accusing Him is blasphemy. It is a common sin, found in most churches, and seldom, it seems, repented.
The movie ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar’ was blasphemy against our Lord, for it villified Him, it denigrated Him from Who He actually is. Some may laugh at the mockery of our Lord, and condone the blasphemy said against Him, but it is the most vile of sins.
Some mild forms of ‘blasphemy’ that bother me when I hear them, is when some say God’s name as an ‘expletive’. They say things like, ‘Oh my God, why have you done that?" God’s name is not an expletive, He is the great Creator of the universe, He is too awesome to misuse His holy name in that way. It dishonors Him.
Blasphemy is to ‘speak against’ or to defame God.
Words against me, hurt a bit, but words offensive to the Lord, blasphemy, are the harshest, most despicable sin possible for their mouths to utter. How can sins like that flow from the mouths that once preached the Word, that once flowed rhema? We need to cleanse ourselves from that filth. God is going to have the Holy Spirit do a cleansing for the church, for the filth and sin that degrades the church is so horrible, the church is not anywhere close to 'without spot or wrinkle'. The church itself is defiled and in degradation (to put it mildly).
Revival and foul smelling garbage, in the same sites, in the same churches, ought not to be so, and God is displeased to the max.
Blasphemy in Christian circles, laughing at degradation of our loving and wonderful Lord, that blasphemes the person of Jesus, utterly sickens me inside, and grieves the Spirit of God. Intercession is the only thing keeping those ones from immediate judgment. The Lord's willingness to hear that intercession is nearing an end.
"Wherefore, I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men, but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever SPEAKETH A WORD AGAINST the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him, but whosoever SPEAKETH AGAINST the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come."
Some claimed that Jesus had done His miracles by the power of Beelzebub. Jesus showed how foolish that blasphemous statement was, for why would the devils cast out devils, or why would the devils try to undo the work they have been doing. Then Jesus went on to explain that sins of blasphemy against Him could be forgiven, but sins of that kind against the Holy Spirit would never be forgiven.
There is a reason for that difference. For the Person of the Holy Spirit, has His own nature, personality, work, and ministry. He is a sensitive Person, our closest friend, our Comforter, and our Advocate; yet He is easily quenched, grieved, and denied. He loves us, but is easily made "jealous." He is a jealous lover of each saint. By offending Him, we may lose His power, His presence, His conviction, and perhaps even our salvation. The subject of- sins we could commit against Him- is very serious, and needs to be considered carefully.
Misplaced love will cause us to deny the very nature of the Spirit, that is - to love.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV)
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
This state is predicted for the last days, when many Christians will have a powerless religion. We are instructed by Paul in II Timothy to turn away from such Christians, who by their misplaced love, deny or turn away from the power of the Spirit.
Ephesians 4:30-31 (KJV)
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Some "grieve" the Spirit. As seen above, Ephesians 4:30-31 tells us that bitterness, wrath, anger, etc. between the saints will "grieve" the Holy Spirit. Others will "quench" the Spirit. Some will "resist" Him. A few will try to even "lie" to the Spirit. The really foolish will "vex" the Spirit. The most blatant will "blaspheme" the Holy Spirit. These sins are seen in the church far too often. The biggest problem is that there is far too little teaching on these sins. How can we adequately avoid such sins when we know so little about them? The churches spend time on rules, and enforcing traditions; yet, they cannot seem to find time to talk about these serious sins against the Holy Spirit.
Most will remember that the Lord Jesus is in nature like a "LAMB." There needs to also be the recognition that the Spirit is, in nature, like a "DOVE."
"BEHOLD, THE LAMB OF GOD, THAT TAKETH AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD... THE SPIRIT DESCENDING... LIKE A DOVE, AND IT ABODE UPON HIM."
The dove, like most birds, will easily be put to flight. Yet this "DOVE" remained upon this "LAMB." Jesus, as a lamb was submissive, meek, and gentle. If our nature is like the Lord's, the Spirit will remain upon us. If we become like a "bull", the Dove will be put to flight. Too many Christians want to have a nature that is unlike a lamb's. They wonder why they do not have the presence of the Spirit abiding with them, as some saints have.
The lamb is a simple creature. It is helpless, without the Shepherd. It makes no schemes to achieve its purposes. It lives an uncomplicated life. It is easily shorn, for it offers no resistance to the giving up of its rights. A lamb never resists, complains. As a sheep is silent before its shearers, so Jesus was silent before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7). The lamb is a peaceful animal. It bears no grudges, seeks no revenge, holds no bitterness. Upon such a Lamb, the Dove can remain. If we want to maintain the presence of the Spirit, we need to take on the very nature that was the Lord's, the nature of a lamb.
The sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit is the result of many other sins that proceed such grave sin.
SIN # 1 QUENCHING THE SPIRIT
There is a warning in I Thessalonians against quenching the Spirit. This sin is very serious, for if we hinder the Spirit's work, we lose some very great benefits to our Christian life.
I Thessalonians 5:19
"QUENCH NOT THE SPIRIT."
The Greek word for "QUENCH" is the word - sbennumi. This word means "to extinguish as a fire." It is the same word used in Ephesians 6:16, where we are told that the shield of faith will "QUENCH ALL THE FIERY DARTS OF THE WICKED ONE." In the same way that the devil shoots "FIERY DARTS" of evil toward us, the Spirit also shoots darts of conviction, of comfort, of encouragement, of exhortation at us. It is possible to quench His darts. He sends them to help us maintain a relationship with the Lord. When the darts of the Spirit are quenched, the Spirit is frustrated in His efforts to help us. His help is vital, we cannot do without it.
Fire is one of the many symbols of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, cloven tongues as of fire sat upon each of the 120. The Holy Spirit is likened to seven lamps burning before the throne of God in heaven (Rev. 4:5). The fiery darts of the Spirit will PURIFY. The purification effect of fire is necessary for the Christian.
"EVERYTHING THAT MAY ABIDE THE FIRE, YE SHALL MAKE IT GO THROUGH THE FIRE, AND IT SHALL BE CLEAN."
The fiery darts will also INFLAME. The fire of our soul needs ignited to love and action.
The fiery darts will also ILLUMINATE. Moses' face shown with the glory of the Lord (Ex. 34:35). Stephen, who was full of the Spirit, had his face glowing with the glory of the Spirit as he was stoned to death (Acts 6:15). We need the darts of the Spirit to illuminate our lives, and cause us to glow spiritually.
The resistance of some to the darts of conviction, result in many that continue in their sins. They won't listen to the still small voice speaking to their heart about their unforgiveness, jealousy, anger, etc. If these sins continue, as they will, if we quench His darts, the judgment of the Lord will eventually come. Don't quench the darts of the Holy Spirit.
Some quench His darts of encouragement, and exhortation. Some may feel His encouragement to get out of bed on Sunday morning and go worship the Lord. To deny His dart of encouragement will quench the Spirit's effort. Saints through the years have gotten so used to quenching such darts, they have forgotten how wrong that can be. The Spirit may exhort one to go witness, or to call a friend to encourage them, or begin to intercede in the Spirit--quenching those darts can have serious repercussions.
SIN # 2 GRIEVING THE SPIRIT
"AND GRIEVE NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, WHEREBY YE ARE SEALED UNTO THE DAY OF REDEMPTION."
The word for "GRIEVE" in the Greek is the word, lupeo. It is the same word as used in Romans 14:15:
"...IF THY BROTHER BE GRIEVED WITH THY MEAT."
and in John 21:17:
"PETER WAS GRIEVED BECAUSE HE SAID UNTO HIM."
The word means to be sad, in grief, in heaviness, and in this grief so much that one is likely to grudgingly respond. Therefore to grieve the Spirit will result in at least a partial loss of His presence, and a disturbed response from the Spirit.
It is in the presence of the Lord that there is "FULLNESS OF JOY." So with the loss of the presence of the Holy Spirit goes the joy, the power, the assurance, and the usefulness to God that the Spirit's presence gave.
There is also in Ephesians 4:30, a direct warning. It tells us that we are "SEALED UNTO THE DAY OF REDEMPTION" by this Spirit, and directly relates it to the admonition not to "GRIEVE" this same Spirit. To grieve this Spirit, and to continue in this grieving of Him will result in the loss of our seal, our salvation. We can lose our salvation by grieving Him. The "seal" mentioned is a stamp, a symbol of ownership. Wax was made hot and used to seal a rolled up scroll. A signet ring was pressed upon the wax to indicate who had sealed the scroll. The seal was only to be broken by one with proper authority. The Spirit was the One who "sealed" us, and claimed ownership of us. He has claimed us as His own.
In Ephesus, a merchant would go to the harbor, and select certain timber. He would stamp it with his seal, and later send a servant with his signet ring to claim ownership. In the same way, the Spirit has put His seal on each of us, and someday the Lord Jesus will come and claim His own at the rapture. We must beware of tampering with this seal. We desperately need it. We cannot afford to lose, or break the "seal" by grieving the Spirit.
What is it that grieves the Holy Spirit? The context of the verse will answer. We are warned to stop lying, cease being angry, stop stealing, stop evil speaking, put away bitterness, and instead, be forgiving, kind, and tender. This shows us that the Spirit is grieved by the lack of love in the midst of the saints. Many churches have grieved the Spirit over the years.
SIN # 3 LYING TO THE SPIRIT
"BUT PETER SAID, ANANIAS, WHY HATH SATAN FILLED THINE HEART TO LIE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND TO KEEP BACK PART OF THE PIECE OF LAND?"
This sin is dangerous, for Ananias, and later his wife, Sapphira, were stricken dead for this sin. To make a lying proclamation before the church, and before the man of God was considered a sin against the Spirit. Many today will sin, and try to cover the sin by denial. People don't want to admit their failures. They want to look as holy, or holier than others do. To cover their failures, they will deny them. The Spirit will take these lies very seriously. The spirits of lying and deceit will try to destroy many a revival, as they tried in the early church. Peter exercised the discernment of spirits, and revealed the deceit of Ananias. The Lord then struck Ananias dead. We need to confess our faults, and failures to each other. To lie in order to cover them will result in judgment from the Spirit.
In I Timothy 4:2, we are warned that in the last days, some shall be guilty of lying in order to make themselves appear more righteous than they actually are, and these ones will not feel guilty for their sin of lying.
"SPEAKING LIES IN HYPOCRISY, HAVING THEIR CONSCIENCE SEARED WITH A HOT IRON."
Just as in the early church, we will discover in the latter rain church, some who can lie, deceive, falsely accuse, and thereby - sin against the Holy Spirit. These ones are calloused, and insensitive to the conviction of the Spirit. When His conviction is met with a lie, an "I'm not guilty" lie to the Spirit, - He becomes very angry and can still judge abruptly, as He did Ananias and Sapphira.
In times of revival, this sin is met with more serious consequences than at times when revival is not present. This is because the presence of the Spirit is stronger at revival times. The Bible also indicates that "TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS REQUIRED."
SIN # 4 VEXING THE SPIRIT
"BUT THEY REBELLED, AND VEXED HIS HOLY SPIRIT; THEREFORE HE WAS TURNED TO BE THEIR ENEMY, AND HE FOUGHT AGAINST THEM."
A step beyond grieving the Spirit is "vexing" the Spirit. This comes from the Hebrew word, "atsab." It means to cause pain, to anger, to greatly displease. The Holy Spirit can be angered, and as a Person, and this wrong can bring consequences. To "vex" the Spirit will make the Spirit become the "enemy" instead of a "Comforter."
The sin of "vexing" the Spirit comes when the Spirit does great things for the saint. Then, in rebellion and in lack of appreciation, the saint turns away from the Spirit's leading and goes astray purposely. This is "vexing" the Spirit, and is a serious sin. To have the heavyweight boxing champion as your enemy would be frightening. Yet, to have the Almighty Spirit as your enemy is many times more terrifying.
SIN # 5 RESISTING THE SPIRIT
NECKED, AND UNCIRCUMCISED IN HEART AND EARS, YE DO ALWAYS RESIST THE HOLY SPIRIT, AS YOUR FATHERS DID, SO DO YE."
The same word for "resist" (anthistimi), is used in II Timothy 3:8:
"MOSES, SO DO THESE ALSO RESIST THE TRUTH."
and also in James 4:7:
"RESIST THE DEVIL AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU."
This word means- to stand against, to oppose, to withstand. We are to oppose, and resist the devil. Some will oppose and resist what the Spirit is doing. If the Spirit is working and moving in a body of believers, to go against what He is trying to accomplish is "resisting." In many congregations, while the Spirit is trying to draw sinners to Christ, and showing them the love of the Lord; some so-called "saints" will send them out the other door by their judgmentalism, condemnation, berating, shunning, etc. How dangerous is this resisting of the Spirit's work!!!
The Scripture points out that this sin is in all generations. The "fathers" did this sin. The next, and every generation, will see some resist what the Spirit is doing. The Lord wants us to be sensitive to the Spirit. Some will be so insensitive to the Spirit that they will resist, and fight against what He is trying to accomplish. These people are called "stiff necked." They are stubborn people refusing to bend to what the Spirit wants to do. Their "hearts" and "ears" are not consecrated to the Lord's work. The revival of the last days will reach its "double-portion" when the church is finally purified of those who resist the work the Spirit has always wanted to do.
SIN # 6 BLASPHEMING THE SPIRIT
"WHEREFORE I SAY UNTO YOU, 'ALL MANNER OF SIN AND BLASPHEMY SHALL BE FORGIVEN UNTO MEN; BUT THE BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT SHALL NOT BE FORGIVEN UNTO MEN. AND WHOSOEVER SPEAKS A WORD AGAINST THE SON OF MAN, IT SHALL BE FORGIVEN HIM, BUT WHOSOEVER SPEAKS AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT, IT SHALL NOT BE FORGIVEN HIM, NEITHER IN THIS WORLD, NEITHER IN THE WORLD TO COME.'"
"BUT HE THAT SHALL BLASPHEME AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT HATH NEVER FORGIVENESS, BUT IS IN DANGER OF ETERNAL DAMNATION."
Blasphemy against the Spirit is sin, but not all sin against the Spirit is blasphemy. To utter words against God willfully, malignantly, and knowingly is blasphemy. Not one of the Trinity is more sacred, or more than equal than the others. So why is the blasphemy against the Spirit worse than blasphemy against Jesus or God the Father? It is because of their jobs. Jesus takes people to God. It is the Spirit that brings people to Jesus. So the "Initiator" is the Spirit. He starts the process of bringing people to salvation. He brings the conviction that makes one want to become saved. So if He is grieved so much that He ceases to make a person want to get saved, then that person will never repent to Jesus, so Jesus can forgive.
is convicted by the>>>SPIRIT,
Who leads to >>>CHRIST,
Who restores fellowship with >>>>GOD
If a person blasphemes Christ, the Spirit is still working to bring the person to Jesus in repentance. If one blasphemes the Spirit, who then will convict that one to bring them to Christ for repentance?
The unpardonable sin causes the person to never again feel conviction. If one feels conviction, then that person has not sinned the unpardonable sin.
"WHEN HE IS COME, HE WILL REPROVE THE WORLD OF SIN."
We need that reproof, and conviction. Without it, we will never repent. We won't want to repent.
Paul sinned the unpardonable sin, but he was forgiven because it was done ignorantly in unbelief.
I Timothy 1:13
"...BEFORE A BLASPHEMER...BUT I OBTAINED MERCY, BECAUSE I DID IT IGNORANTLY IN UNBELIEF."
So the Bible seems to indicate that this sin done in ignorance is not unpardonable. When done willingly, and knowingly, it is unpardonable.
"FOR IF WE SIN WILLFULLY, AFTER THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH, THERE REMAINETH NO MORE SACRIFICE FOR SINS, BUT A CERTAIN FEARFUL LOOKING FOR OF JUDGMENT AND FIERY INDIGNATION, WHICH SHALL DEVOUR THE ADVERSARIES. HE THAT DESPISED MOSES' LAW DIED WITHOUT MERCY UNDER TWO OR THREE WITNESSES. OF HOW MUCH SORER PUNISHMENT, SUPPOSE YE, SHALL HE BE THOUGHT WORTHY, WHO HATH TRODDEN UNDER FOOT THE SON OF GOD, AND HATH COUNTED THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT WHEREWITH HE WAS SANCTIFIED, AN UNHOLY THING, AND HATH DONE RESPITE UNTO THE SPIRIT OF GRACE."
To sin the unpardonable sin, we must have first been saved and sanctified. It is hard to believe that anyone would want to leave the Lord Who has so loved us. Yet, there are some who, for some reason, turn against the Lord. Then, in this rebellion, these former saints, blaspheme the Spirit who saved them. It is this last part, the sending away of the Holy Spirit, that is the unforgivable part. God can forgive people of terrible sins, but they must repent first. Without the Holy Spirit to cause one to regret their sin, they will not repent. These former Christians will never again want to repent.
The context of the passage in Hebrews 10 shows that it is a "drawing back" (vss. 38-39) that is the first step toward this unpardonable sin. Sometimes, it is a lack of patience in the midst of a trial, that causes Christians to "draw back" (vs. 36). Some have a hard time with the afflictions that come to us as Christians. We don't like being patient, awaiting the deliverance. It is by faith that we must live while we await a miracle of deliverance (vs.38). We, as saints, must beware of the very thought of slacking away from the Lord. The Lord was faithful to warn us of the possibility of it leading to the unpardonable sin. We must be wise and heed His warning. The consequences of failing to heed the Spirit are terrible.
"IT IS A FEARFUL THING TO FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE LIVING GOD."
To treat the Holy Spirit with flippancy, grieving and quenching, without being too concerned with how we have hurt the Person of the Holy Spirit, will lead us from one of these six sins against the Spirit to another. Finally, we will reach the final and devastating one. Let's cease to treat the Spirit lightly. Let's pay Him the proper respect and adoration!
Some try to treat other sins as also -unpardonable, and unforgivable. Divorce, remarriage, etc., even when they are sinful, are forgivable. Many Christians attempt to put them in the category of "unpardonable." Any sin is forgiven upon request, and repentance. The unmistakable sign that one has sinned the unpardonable sin is the lack of guilt and desire to repent.
As Christians, we try to think it impossible that any in "our church" have sinned this unpardonable sin. Yet, the Bible predicts that in the last days, there will be many in the churches that have apostatized. (II Peter 2, Jude 4, II Tim. 3:1-5, II Cor. 11:13-15, I Tim. 4:1-3, I Pet. 4:17-18, Matt. 7:15-23, Matt. 13) These are the ones who can continue to cause trouble, stir up strife, spiritually abuse others, gossip, etc. and never want to repent or change their ways. They can always find justification for living contrary to the two commandments of Jesus -- to love God supremely, and to love their neighbor as themselves. When the altars are empty of tears; when people shout, but can't weep over their own sins, or anyone else's; when judgmentalism is prevalent, but self examination isn't; then it is likely that some have committed the unpardonable sin - or are about to commit it.
As hard as it is to believe, the unpardonable sin is more common than we have thought.
The Lord warned in Matthew 13 that in the last days the "tares" would ripen and be more recognizable than in previous periods.
We are told in II Peter 2, that some false teachers would be at the church "feasts" or dinners.
In II Timothy 4, we are warned that in the last days some shall depart from the faith, following some latter day doctrines devised by demons to lead people from the truth of God's Word.
In I John 4, we are warned that these doctrines need to be tested and tried, because of their deceptiveness.
In II Corinthians 11:13-15, we are warned that some will appear as "ministers of righteousness," and "apostles of Christ."
Over and over the Bible encourages us to "watch," (gregoreo, = stay awake). The deceitfulness of some former Christians (who have lost the possibility of ever finding salvation again, because of their sinning of the unpardonable sin) is great. They may be able:
to do Christian service,
to hold church positions,
to weep (not in repentance, but in feeling sorry for themselves),
to carry on a hypocritical pretense of serving God,
but in reality- they have lost God! There are many that, perhaps have not sinned the unpardonable sin yet, are so close to this terrible sin, that only a revival of great proportions may save them from pushing a little farther in resisting the Holy Spirit to the unpardonable sin. God is sending them messages, dreams, visions, and prophets to warn them. I pray, they listen!
God expects us to recognize apostates, see and rebuke their sin. Blasphemy is far too often seen and heard on Christian television, Christian radio programs, and from pulpits in Christian churches.