Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

Some of you will be surprised, but this is a terrifying feeling of panic, doubt, and spiritual fatigue expressed by some Christians. I receive email after email from scared Christians who cannot relieve the anxiety of their feeling that they have committed a sin that cannot be forgiven by God. Because of this, they feel hopeless, without an advocate in this world that can rescue them from the fires of hell.

Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

Where does anyone get such an idea? Well, from the Bible. Mark 3:28-29 says:

“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”

This fearful passage is repeated in all three synoptics (Matt. 12:31-32; Luke 12:10).

The difficulty is obvious: the Gospel of Jesus Christ presents unqualified forgiveness to all who repent of their sins (1 John 1:9; Rom. 10:13; John 3:16; et al). This is why the Gospel is so easy to preach. There are no reservations for those who tell of God’s love and hope. No matter what a person has done or thought in the past, God offers hope through the cross of Christ. John 6:37 says, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” It does not say, “I will certainly not cast out…unless they have committed a sin that is beyond hope of repentance.”

So how do we reconcile this “unforgivable sin” with the clear message of forgiveness found throughout the Bible? I will try to answer this, but more importantly, I want to answer the question of whether or not you have committed this sin and are beyond hope.

What is Blasphemy?

The word “blasphemy” is not an easy word to define. It is used many ways in many contexts. Today, many people think that saying certain curse words such as G-D constitutes blasphemy. Others see it as accepting divine acclamation and authority. I have many people who believe that it is thinking a bad thought about God, like “I hate God” or “Get out of my life!” None of these are true.

Almost all lexicons define this word as having to do with speech. It is something uttered or spoken. BADG says that it is “to speak in a disrespectful way that demeans, denigrates, maligns.”

What is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?

Jesus says that people can be forgiven of any sin, even blasphemy against him. But for some reason, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a distinct type of sin.

Now, it is important to note that in no account do we find the religious leaders who caused Jesus to issue this warning mention the Holy Spirit at all. Therefore, how can we say they actually uttered anything against him? All they did was attribute the works of Christ to the works of Satan. After Jesus had performed a miracle — healing a man and casting out a demon — the religious leaders said:

Mark 3:22 “The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, ‘He is possessed by Beelzebul,’ and ‘He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.'”

Everything we see here seems to be speaking against Christ, not the Holy Spirit. However, the reality is that when one speaks against Christ in such a way, he is speaking against the Holy Spirit.

These religious leaders were attributing the work of God, which had its power in the Holy Spirit, to Satan. They were basically saying that Christ was not who he said he was and his life and work were energized by the Devil, not God. This is a pretty serious accusation. And, again, is it very important to note that they did not actually speak these words out loud about the Holy Spirit, but Christ knew the words were expressions of the beliefs of their heart. Keep that in mind as it is not really about speaking, but the heart behind the words spoken. As Christ said:

Mat 15:18-19 “But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. 19 “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders [blasphemies].”

These people who committed the unforgivable sin truly believed, deep in their hearts, that Christ was of the devil. And this was a willful persistent belief about which they sought no repentance. It was not merely the words spoken.

Have You Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

It all comes down to this question. Have you committed the unforgivable sin? I don’t know. But I do know this, if you are worried that you have committed this sin and it is causing great anxiety upon your soul before God, then I don’t think you have. If you believe that Christ is God, his works were of God, and he died for your sins, then I absolutely know you have not committed it. To commit it requires a willful, persistent, lifelong rejection of Christ’s work. You don’t even have to know about the Holy Spirit.

Sam Storms puts it this way:

“Those who are most worried that they may have committed the unpardonable sin have not. This is a sin for while there is no concern, no conviction, and no anxiety, and thus no repentance. It is a sin that is so hard-hearted and willful and persistent and defiant that the one committing it couldn’t care less that he or she is committing it.” (Tough Topics, 88-89)

Another thing to consider is this: If this sin was so easy to commit, for example, a person says a certain formula or puts a particular set of words together, why isn’t this mentioned many times in Scripture? More than that, why isn’t it more clearly laid out? The closest we have is from Paul in 1 Cor. 12:33: “Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, ‘Jesus is accursed’; and no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.” But notice, if you say “Jesus is Lord” (which is an expression of your heart), then this is from the Holy Spirit. It is the opposite of the unforgivable sin. If you believe that Jesus is Lord, you cannot have ever committed the unforgivable sin.

If you look throughout church history, you will find multiple views about this sin. At the same time, there is agreement that one who has trusted Christ cannot commit this sin. For Origen, it is only those who have finally and decisively turned their backs from grace. Novatian calls it defiance of the ground of the Christian faith and life. And Augustine says that this text does not suggest that blasphemy makes repentance impossible.

The point is that this sin is not really a unique sin. It is an ultimate rejection of the Gospel. It is never coming to Christ for repentance. It is looking at Christ and laughing in your heart with a persistent rebellion against the power of the Spirit who is giving testimony about him (John 15:26). Therefore, while I understand the fear that people may have about this sin, I can promise you that if you have ever come to Christ, recognizing who he is, and said “Have mercy on me, the sinner,” then there is no possibility that you have committed this sin. Take comfort in this. The devil may be trying to rob you of your security by whispering in your ear that you must take ownership of a sin you can never own.


17 Responses to “Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?”

  1. Need help with a way I’m feeling
    Why do I feel hate In my heart like I’ve been cheated out of lofe

    • Hey Clarence,

      I’m sorry you feel that way. Could you provide a little more information for what you’re feeling?

  2. I do not know if I have OCD thoughts or my mind won’t stop saying “F*ck at the Holy Spirit never means never F*ck at the Holy Spirit” every time it would repeat I would get anxious, but now I don’t get anxious and feel like Jesus wants no part of me because the Spirit may have left. And now I’m crying so hatd it’s hard for me to type.

    • Hello. You are forgiven. In order to commit the unforgivable sin you not only have to think it say it, but you have to mean it. The sin comes from your true heart, and the fact that you fear that you did, means you didn’t. I would reccomend try to talk to God, in which if you pray hard enough, he will answer you in the form of his still, soft voice and ask him if you have committed it. I hope that helps!!! 😉

  3. Horrible mental disorder to have. I’m not sure if there is forgiveness or if God treats that person an exception to this sin, since these thoughts are unintentional. What’s in the heart is to NOT think of these offensive words against the Holy Spirit. But the more you stop these thoughts from bursting, the more they rapidly and uncontrollably pop up. The scary question is, will that person be held liable and responsible for his uncontrollable and unintentional blasphemous thoughts come Judgment Day?

  4. I feel hopeless, I can’t sleep at night thinking I was blasphemous towards the holy spirt. My mind thought pretty awful things towards the holy spirt. But at the same time I don’t no. I think I feel God I’m so lost and confused.

  5. From what i have researched the fact that you even feel convicted or anxous is proof that the Holy Spirt is still working in you

  6. I was in service and just getting new to the apostolic Pentecostal way. I had this man pray for me and speak in tongues. I tried to speak as well but faked. Now 5 months later after I’ve been baptized and crying in church for the first time last month and getting goosebumps and loving God and now told I committed an unforgiving sin and I said before I didn’t know and was getting started could I really go to hell because I’m worried

  7. Zack,
    If you have been born again, and did not understand and you faked. God will forgive you for that. To blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to want nothing to do with him it is to reject him….It is to know that he is real and to say i want not part of him..It is not the thought that the enemy puts in your head, it is the turning away from the Holy Spirit in unbelief… You have not once said that you did not believe in the Holy Spirit and you have not once said you have rejected him. Not sure who told you that you committed that sin, but if you love God and you still feel him and you still want to serve him and obey His Written Word and His Spirit…..You did not commit the unforgiving sin…THat is a totally rejection of the Holy Spirit work in your life,,,

  8. I’m 14 im really scared cuz sometimes I think bad thoughts I don’t want to go to hell for eternity is there any thing that I can do to prevent doing it

    • Assuming Christianity is true (which I have come to the conclusion that it is), you would need to ask Jesus to change you and take away your sin, and really believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead (something supernatural).
      Read john 3 in the Bible also.

      If you need any help reply to this!

  9. This article was very helpful, along with the one with historical proof for Christianity.

    Thank you, I am struggling.

    God Bless you.

  10. I believe I have committed blasphemy of the Holy Spirit
    I never knew there was such a sin until I heard someone speak about it.
    Then it was like an obsession in my mind. I constantly thought about it.
    One day I became really angry and cursed the Holy Spirit.
    I confessed this to my very religious wife. She was very upset.
    Thinking back…since that day….bad things kept happening to me.
    I lost my family (all died), lost my wife (conflicts).
    Went into deep depression and lost what few friends I had.
    I have always believed in God since my dad told about Him.
    But was never religious. Until meeting my wife…never attended
    church regularly. Since losing my family, wife and friends…I have
    been going to church regularly. I pray to God for help every day.
    But I don’t feel His presence. I pray specifically for forgiveness for
    my blaspheming every day…included in any and all prayers.
    But nothing.
    I can barely function. I am still in deep depression.
    Am I doomed? I feel disconnected from all the world.
    I am so sad all the time.

    • No Michael, sounds like intense demonic oppression.
      Research ‘open doors to demonic oppression,’ get in touch with the most solid, Spirit filled Christian you know, and start praying & then, all the followup work (breaking and living free from years of heavy oppression is not always the cleanest fastest process). You are not doomed but def living under the devil’s thumb so to speak. Remember, our thoughts can also come from outside our hearts and minds and the fact that you care about this shows in your heart of hearts, you desire the Spirit.

  11. Hi,
    I’m a born again christian ! Last night after bible study I came Hom and was under spiritual attack ! I got afraid of the unpardonable sin! I ended up listening to this YouTube video about the unforgiven sin! The guy said it’s what the pharisees did! As I was listening to the video and hearing I was telling myself it wansnt you know who then starting telling myself it was the Holy Spirit ! I know that JESUS is the Son of God and I was trying to fight off a spiritual attack and then I felt like I really had committed the unpardonable sin! All I can do is cry and pray! I wasn’t by no means being like the Pharisees and I didn’t mean to say anything bad! So now am I doomed? I’ve asked forgiveness and I feel like God don’t want me! Plz help

  12. What exactly did you do?

  13. My dad is dying s horribly painful death due to cancer. The other night my aunt kept saying how God will never leave us or let us down. I said maybe not but it feels like he hates me. She said no he doesn’t. And I said well maybe I hate him. I immediately felt a tug on my spirit and have repented but I still feel like God has left me. Have I committed the unforgivable sin?

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