JESUS made an interesting statement in Matthew 12:31, “Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” He was talking about The UNPARDONABLE SIN.
Over the years, I’ve been asked by a number of very concerned individuals if they had committed The Unpardonable Sin. In most cases they had been involved in immorality of some kind, been arrested for some crime or done something so heinous in their mind they didn’t think there was any way God could ever forgive them. One man in Florida had actually killed someone and wanted to know if he was forever doomed to Hell no matter what he did.
It was JESUS who said, “But the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.”
What does that mean?
“Is there any kind of sin that God won’t forgive? A survey of Scripture will show that God forgives idolatry, murder, gluttony, fornication, adultery, cheating, lying, homosexuality, blasphemy, drunkenness, extortion, and every other kind of sin imaginable, including self-righteousness. He even forgives those who reject Christ. If He didn’t, then no one could ever be saved. Everyone, to one degree or another, rejected Christ before they were saved.”
“There is one form of blasphemy, however, that God will not forgive, and that is ‘blasphemy against the Spirit’ (Matthew 12:31-32). This is a deliberate rejection of Christ in full light of the Holy Spirit’s testimony. These men had spurned the Spirit-wrought conviction that Christ’s claims were all true and rejected Him for political reasons (John 11:47-48). When people have been exposed to the evidence that proves the source of all the Lord’s words and works, and still reject Jesus as the Messiah, they are beyond forgiveness and are settled in their unbelief. It is inconceivable for those of us who know and love the Lord to understand how anyone who is given such full revelation could reject and condemn Him.”
“Those who refuse to believe in Christ lose the opportunity ever to ‘be forgiven … either in this age, or in the age to come’ (Matthew 12:32). ‘This age’ refers to all human history, and ‘the age to come’ speaks of eternity. Forgiveness is forever unavailable for those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit.” 1
But … the UNPARDONABLE SIN is not my concern today. Honestly, I don’t get asked much about it anymore. My focus is on THE PARDONABLE SINS. The sins people, especially Christians, don’t really believe are sins. Many will admit to committing these sins, but they don’t really view them as sins, even encouraging and comforting others when they commit them.
My focus is on THE PARDONABLE SINS. The sins people, especially Christians, don’t really believe are sins.
Here’s the first of FOUR PARDONABLE SINS, at least in the eyes of some:
The Bible is clear we are not to worry. Jesus said in Matthew 6:25, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear …” In verse 34, He said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (NIV)
Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious (do not worry) about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Some common causes of worry are: Money (usually the lack of it), job security, marriage, family, death, relationships, acceptance, sickness and disease, things going on in the world, fear of failure and death.
Most often people worry about things that haven’t happened, will never happen, we couldn’t change even if we wanted to or things that really aren’t worth worrying about in the first place.
People worry because they forget:
Worry is a sin because it represents a complete lack of trust in God. Think about it, worrying believers are a contradiction. What kind of testimony and example does that give to a watching world?
Someone wrote these lines …
Said the Robin to the Sparrow: “I would really like to know … why these restless human beings rush around and worry so.”
Said the Sparrow to the Robin: “Well. I think that it must be, that they have no heavenly Father, such as cares for you and me.”
The fact is, unless God abdicates His throne, we have nothing to worry about. If He does, then we all have plenty to worry about.
So what should we do if we struggle with the sin of WORRY?
#1 – Follow the admonition of Scripture. Peter said we are to “cast all our anxieties on him (JESUS), because He cares for us” (1 Peter 5:7 paraphrased). JESUS said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
#2 – Realize the temporariness of everything in this life. James 4:13-15 makes it clear we’re not going to be here that long. So why waste any of the precious, limited time we have worrying about anything? No storm, trial, trouble, test, or tragedy lasts forever.
#3 – Rest in the promise of His provision. Paul reminded the church at Philippi, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Even the things we have a tendency to worry about we don’t need to worry about, because God will supply whatever we need.
#4 - Confess it and repent of it. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That includes worry.
Worry is not The UNPARDONABLE SIN. We can receive forgiveness for worry. But the Bible says the only way we can be pardoned is if we confess it and repent of it.
WORRY is a SIN.
NEXT WEEK: Part 2
(c) 2017. Barry L. Cameron
1 The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness. John MacArthur. Crossway Books. Wheaton, IL. 1998. Pg. 206, 211-212.
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.