What is the Unforgivable Sin?

The Unforgivable SinWhat is the Unforgivable Sin?

The thought of having committed the unforgivable sin has been placed on so many Christians and it’s a tremendous burden to carry. Especially those who attend these false Christian churches of today. They question the peculiar/unbiblical happenings around them and the strange teachings being taught and they are told by the Pastor or congregants that they are blaspheming the Holy Spirit and therefore have committed the unforgivable sin.

“…Modern Protestant interpretations of the sin include the deliberate labeling of good as evil, as rejecting the conviction of the Holy Spirit, of publicly attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_sin

Matthew 12:24 “But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.”

Matthew 12:31-32 ” 31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”

Luke 12:10 “And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.”

Fear that you have committed the unforgivable sin is totally unnecessary.  All sin is forgivable, including blasphemy. Remember this, Peter denied Jesus Christ 3 times, yet Jesus Christ forgave him. (Luke 22:54-62)

So what is this unforgivable sin?

The unpardonable sin against the Holy Spirit existed only while Jesus Christ was ministering on earth. The unpardonable sin, like the one in (Matthew 12); cannot be committed today. We are not able to attribute the miracles of God to Satan, like the Pharisees did to Jesus Christ when He performed miracles right in front of them.

The Jewish leaders / Pharisees of Jesus Christ’s day committed the unforgivable sin by accusing Jesus Christ in person while He was on earth, of being demon possessed. They had no excuse saying that. They didn’t do this because they misunderstood Him or say this out of downright ignorance; the Pharisees knew fully well that Jesus Christ was their Messiah sent by God to save Israel. They knew Old testament prophecies were being fulfilled left right and center. They personally saw Jesus Christ’s miraculous works, and they heard Him preach the Gospel Truth. But they deliberately went out of their way to deny the Truth and slander/blaspheme the Holy Spirit by saying that Jesus Christ was empowered by a demon named Beelzebub (Matthew 12:24).

They connected Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit’s power directly to Hell and not to God. They stood right before Jesus Christ the Son of God and defiantly closed their eyes and became willfully blind. They had rejected Him outright. Jesus Christ was saying that this was blasphemy of the Holy Spirit – it was unforgivable.

The sin of unbelief:

It is important to note, that if people reject Jesus Christ, they are committing the sin of unbelief.  A person who lives their entire life in unbelief until his death, will not be forgiven. This unbelieving person will spend their eternity in hell.

2 Corinthians 7:10 “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”

The sin of denying Christ after you have known Him:

Hebrews 6:4-6  “4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

2 Timothy 3:5 “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

As the Holy Spirit draws all men until Himself (John 6:44), many many people have shared in the Holy Spirit’s convicting work of sin in their lives and have had a little taste of heaven. But after a while these people reject Jesus Christ outright and fall away – they want nothing to do with God.  They have rejected Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His gift of salvation and have said for example; “I tried following Jesus Christ and He’s a myth, He’s plain rubbish. I’m an Atheist now – there is no God.” By doing this they are in fact crucifying Jesus Christ the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public shame.  There are no second chances for those who believed in Jesus Christ and then denied Him outright thereafter.  These people were never saved to begin with; they knew Jesus Christ, believed in Him to a point, they appeared godly (false Christians) but denied God’s power in their lives. They were never saved to start with and because of the hardening of their heart which will be because of the permanent decision they make, they can’t be renewed.  It is not God who has turned His back on them, but the person who will forever want nothing to do with God.

The Mark of the Beast:

Revelation 13:15-18  “15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”

Revelation 14:9-11   “9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

Revelation 14:10-11 “10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

The Mark of the Beast is a mark that will be placed in or on a person’s forehead or right hand during the 7 years Tribulation as a sign of allegiance to the Antichrist. People will take the Mark of the Beast through deception (signs and miracles – Revelation 19:20) and coercion (you wont be able to buy or sell -Revelation 13:17). Receiving the Mark of the Beast means pledging total allegiance to the Antichrist (Revelation 14:9; 16:2) and worshiping him.  It is a decision that you will make all on your own. The hearts of men who take the mark of the beast will be so wicked that no matter what plagues God pours out on mankind for them to repent, they will not repent and give Glory to God.

Everyone who has taken the Mark of the Beast will develop the most horrific sores on their body.

Revelation 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

Revelation 16:8-11  “8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. 10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.”

Can a person who receives the Mark of the Beast be forgiven and saved by Jesus Christ after they have made this dreadful decision because their hearts are terribly wicked? The answer lies within the following verses (Revelation 14:10-11).  No you can’t, not because God won’t forgive you, but because you will refuse to repent.  The moment you accept and declare your allegiance to Satan you will “…drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

Because of this decision you make you will align yourself with Satan once and for all and you will refuse to repent – you will alienate yourself from the love of God forever.

Ones eternal destiny is totally at stake and the lake of fire (hell) is reserved for all those who take the Mark of the Beast.  If you take this Mark, which will be clearly identified to all, so no one will take it without realizing what they are taking, you will be denying God outright and worshiping Satan as your master instead. You will eternally separate yourself from God because you refuse to repent.

All those who refuse to worship the ‘image of the beast’ will be killed. (Revelation 13:15)

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Deborah (Discerning the World)

Deborah Ellish is the author of the above article. Discerning the World is an internet Christian Ministry based in Johannesburg South Africa. Tom Lessing and Deborah Ellish both own Discerning the World. For more information see the About this Website page below the comments section.

23 Responses

  1. Helena says:

    Hi Deborah,

    I came across this website last night and I am absolutely trilled by all the info.thank you!

    I left the Church of my Childhood 2 years ago as I had a hunger for deeper knowledge of the Lord and his Word and because they could not makeup their minds about the gay issue.If I look back now I realize that the Holy Spirit assist me all the way while I was studying on my own. I recently went to another church and the pastor is really spirit filled and I so happy to be part of a familie in Christ again. Great was my shock when they invited an obvious NAR pastor and the :dazed: first words out of his mounth was Kingdom now, 5 fold ministry etc. He even played weird music and instructed us to say the following over and over “I am a house of prayer……..the rest I cannot remember”. We were supposed to wait for the Holy Spirit.

    My dilemma is that I do not know where to go now as it seems All The dominations are infiltrated by word/Faith, NAR movement. I live in the Somerset West and would like to hookup with a group that believe in the Sola scriptural, fide,gratia, Christus & Gloria.

    William Booth said the following a 100 years ago:

    I consider that the chief dangers wich confront the coming century will be:

    Religion without the Holy Ghost
    Christianity without Christ
    Forgiveness without repentance
    Salvation without regeneration,
    Politics without God and heaven without hell

  2. Hi Helena :hi:

    Did you know William Booth was a Methodist? And worst of all he was a Freemason: Please see here for proof.

    Helena, just as a matter of interest, are you a Calvinist?

  3. Helena says:

    HI Deborah

    I am not Methodist or Calvinist

    I grew up in the NG Kerk

    I only started recently to investigate the different doctrines because I realized I have to know where I stand on all points.

  4. Helena says:

    Are not most of the dominations in South Africa have roots in freemasonry?

  5. Daisy says:

    Deborah…I understand it being alarming that he was a Mason, but are you concerned about him having been Methodist? (I think back then it was a Biblical denomination and not so erroneous as it is now).

  6. Dear Helena

    You said “Are not most of the dominations in South Africa have roots in freemasonry?”

    Yes, possibly all of them.

  7. Hi Helena

    Oh that’s good news 🙂 Sometimes we all get caught up in false denominations every now and them and the Holy Spirit shows us quite quickly the errors and tells us to leave…

  8. Dear Daisy

    Methodist’s interesting bunch they are. For 1 they believe that Jesus Christ died for everyone in the world (which is true) but they say because of this…everyone is going to heaven.

  9. Daisy says:

    But was that their teaching historically (around Booth’s time) or more recently?

  10. Hi Daisy

    Their teaching was rotten from the start and it got progressively worse and worse…

  11. Ida says:

    May God bless the writer of this article. This is vital information for every person. It should be translated into all languages, and distributed to the ends of the earth.

  12. Daniel soares says:

    i am a backslider who wants to come back to christ,i have sinned wifully, i dont know if it is a unforgiveble sin, i want to repent but the coldness and fear of hell make everthing hard to handle, i discovered that i have OCD, blasfemous thoughts …
    I have desire to do the will of god(i know that it comes from him, is that rights?) but hebrews 6 and 10 scared me a lot and make me hopeless
    I used to look for calvinistc explanations for this issue, but i would love to know the point of view of the most of the people here have cause is diferent that i always used to see

    Thanks for open this space for discuss about unforgiveble sin


  13. Daniel Soares,

    If you had committed the unforgivable sin you would not have been so grieved over your sins. The fact that it grieves you so much proves that the Holy Spirit is convicting you of them and encouraging you to confess them so that you may receive forgiveness for all your sins.

    If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

    My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 1:8-10; 2:1-2).

    Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

    Please read this article:

    And this article.

  14. Dear Daniel Soares

    Please read those articles Tom gave you in the comment above. Also please read here: seeking-salvation-deliverance

    Just to let you know Daniel, you can ask Jesus for forgiveness for your sin, but you must too want to change your ways, and you can only do this with the help of the Holy Spirit :nod: So, ask Jesus for forgiveness, accept that you are forgiven and thank Jesus for forgiving you and then tell Jesus Christ you WANT to and WILL change your ways. You ask Jesus Christ to help you change your ways, to give you the strength to change your ways.

    With your OCD ask Jesus Christ in prayer to give you the strength to stop, it’s not a good idea to seek outside human sources to give you psychological life skills to get your OCD under control, the best is to ASK JESUS CHRIST to give you the strength to stop and then THANK HIM 🙂 And you keep asking Jesus to give you the strength to stop until it’s under control. But first sort out your salvation Daniel and your blasphemous thoughts (See article seeking-salvation-deliverance)

    Please stay away from the doctrine of Calvinism. You are saved Daniel, not chosen (predestined) by God to be Elect before the foundation of the world or worse chosen by God to go to hell.

    [Edited by DTW – I am not saying that people with OCD or people who have blasphemous thoughts are not saved, heaven forbid. Christians suffer from OCD and many other disorders and many Christians go through times in their lives where Satan attacks them with blasphemous thoughts. This comment above is to Daniel Soares and him alone.
    However all Christians with OCD must ask Jesus Christ in prayer to give them the strength to stop or get it under control.]

  15. Desiré says:


    I know how you feel. I had sudden blashemous thoughts and I knew it was an attack from satan.I have some form of ocd but bind it Jesus name and renew your thoughts (Romans 12:2) I found the open door that led to these things and the open door was I didn’t have enough faith to believe God loves me like all His children. It was an ongoing battle for more than a year and I’m only getting victory now bit by bit day by day. Stay in die Word of God, pray without ceasing and ask God to help you memorise scripture and use it to war against demonic attacks.
    (James 4:7)

    Also remember there are a lot of bothers and sisters in Christ going through the same. Pray for them also and don’t give up, you WILL have victory over this with the help of the Holy Spirit.

  16. Laurens le Roux says:

    Naand Tom,
    Laat ek tog net ter aanvang sê dat ek die wêreldse respek het vir hierdie webwerf. Die inligting en insigte wat hierop gedeel word is waardevol.
    Ek het egter ñ probleem met hierdie artikel en dit kom na vore uit my meegaande kommentaar. Ek wil allermins ñ woordestryd ontketen, maar die aangeleentheid lê swaar op my gemoed en sal graag jou reaksie daarop wil ontvang. Dankie by voorbaat.

    Sonde teen die Heilige Gees

    My uitgangspunte by hierdie beredenering is as volg:

    • Die Heilige Gees is die outeur van die Bybel.[ Dit is ñ besondere boek; 1 Tess.2:13; Hebr. 4:12; Spr. 30:5]
    • Woorde is baie belangrik, want dit verskaf betekenisse. Die regte woorde moet gebruik word om die regte betekenisse oor te dra, anders vind misleiding plaas.

    Lukas 21:36
    Bronteks vir die 1933/53 Bybelvertaling [textus receptus]
    Waak dan en bid altyddeur, sodat julle waardig [kataxioō]

    geag mag word om al hierdie dinge wat kom, te ontvlug [ekpheugō]

    en voor die Seun van die mens te staan.

    Bronteks vir die 1983 Bybelvertaling [Westcott en Hort; Nestle/Aland]
    Maar wees waaksaam en bid altyddeur dat julle die krag kan ontvang [katischusete] om deur al hierdie dinge wat gaan gebeur, behoue deur te kom [ekpheugein] en om voor die Seun van die mens te verskyn.”

    Wat merk ons uit hierdie twee vertalings

    1. Verskillende griekse woorde is gebruik in hierdie twee vertalings;
    2. daar is dus twee verkillende betekenisse van Lukas 21:36;
    3. watter vertaling is die waarheid, want hulle verskil;
    4. een vertaling lieg dus.
    5. Die Heilige Gees is die outeur van die Bybel. Die Heilige Gees lieg nie, elke woord is gelouter [Spr. 30:5].
    6. Een Bybel is vals, watter een?
    7. Egtheidstoetse uitgevoer op die 1983 vertaling toon aan dat dit onbetroubaar is.
    8. Die Heilige Gees het met Lukas 21:36 ñ belangrike boodskap aan die mensdom oorgedra- ñ boodskap van die Wegraping aan die einde van die tyd. Hierdie waarskuwing van die Heilige Gees is “in sy gesig teruggegooi”
    9. Ons het hier te make met ñ sonde teen die Heilige Gees. Mat 12:31,32 [AOV]: 31 Daarom sê Ek vir julle: Elke sonde en lastering sal die mense vergewe word, maar die lastering teen die Gees sal die mense nie vergewe word nie. 32 En elkeen wat ‘n woord spreek teen die Seun van die mens, dit sal hom vergewe word; maar elkeen wat spreek teen die Heilige Gees, dit sal hom nie vergewe word nie, in hierdie eeu nie en ook in die toekomende nie.
    10. As die nuwe Bybelvertalings ñ sonde is teen die Heilige Gees dan bevind die mensdom hom tans in ñ onbeskryflike gevaarlike plek.

    ñ Versoek vir kommentaar wat ek aan http://www.thebereancall.org ñ paar jaar gelede in hierdie verband gestuur het, het die volgende antwoord tot gevolg gehad.
    Dear Laurens
    Scripture declares that its text is a work of the Holy Spirit. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Peter 1:21 tells us, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

    The Lord clearly views the integrity of His Word as a critical concern. In Revelation 22:19, John is specifically told (regarding the Book of Revelation), “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, andfrom the things which are written in this book.”

    Now while this specifically addresses the prophecies of Revelation, we certainly can take an application as to how the Lord regards those who would deliberately corrupt His Word.

    Since the “Gospel” is inextricably a part of Scripture, Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

    God’s clear admonition concerning His Word comes early in the Scriptures. In Deuteronomy 4:2, the Lord states, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”

    In Proverbs 30:5-6, we are exhorted, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

    We can have no doubt how the Lord views His Word and we can conclude that a deliberate twisting of the Word of God is clearly a sin against its author.

    Thank you for writing.

    Moet ñ waarskuwing teen die gebruik van moderne Bybelvertalings, as die pes van die moderne tyd, nie wyd en syd verkondig word nie? Het ons nie met die volgende te make nie?
    2 Tess. 2:10-12 [AOV]:10 en met allerhande verleiding van ongeregtigheid in die wat verlore gaan, omdat hulle die liefde tot die waarheid nie aangeneem het om gered te word nie. 11 En daarom sal God hulle die krag van die dwaling stuur, om die leuen te glo, 12 sodat almal geoordeel kan word wat die waarheid nie geglo het nie, maar behae gehad het in die ongeregtigheid.

  17. Dankie Laurens. Ek sal jou later moet antwoord want dis nogal ‘n mondvol.

  18. Susan says:

    I am terrified. I am an unbeliever who committed the unforgivable sin over 2 years ago. I would like to repent, but God won’t allow it. I have to go to hell. Thanks for listening.

  19. Susan says:

    I am an unbeliever, who committed the unforgivable sin over 2 years ago. Hod will not let me repent. This is terrible z.

  20. Hi Susan, The fact that you feel remorse proves that you have NOT committed the unforgivable sin. Jesus extends his heartiest invitation for you to repent in Matthew 11:28-30.

    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Mat 11:28-30).

    You can do it today if you want to. In fact, you can do it right now. He will never cast you away. Do not let the devil keep you away from Jesus.

  21. Hi Susan, once again I must stress to you, that the fact that you are terrified of God’s judgments proves that you have NOT committed the unforgivable sin.

  22. Susan Simpson says:

    Hello, Thanks for your fine article. Unfortunately, I committed the unforgivable sin over 2 years ago I am an unbeliever. I am the most stupid and selfish and wicked person o earth. Thanks for listening.

  23. Dear Susan Simpson

    Sorry to tell you but you were never born again to begin with. You were an unbeliever before you so called committed this unforgivable sin of yours. You still and will always have a choice, you can stay they way you are because you want to be that way, or you can always come to Jesus Christ and repent because you hate the way you are and truly believe in Him to be truly born again.

    Thanks for listening.

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