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I think I've committed the unpardonable sin, what should I do?

Discussion in 'Christian Advice' started by Scottishsoul, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. Scottishsoul

    Scottishsoul New Member

    United Kingdom
    Okay so this is my first post on this website and have a lot to say because I feel I need guidance. For a few years I believed in god but wasn't aware of the bible and nature of sin so I believed that if I was a good man in life I could go to heaven. Then about two years ago I stumbled across a YouTube video of one man's testimony of his conversion to Christianity from Islam. In the video the man illustrated the reality of sin which resulted in death and eternal separation from god in hell. This terrified my heart deeply and I was unable to think properly, sleep or relax at all for a few days. I knew from then on that at sometime in my life I would have to become a christian to go to haven. But I was/am to worldly, I kept thinking about my future and time in this life that I rejected god's gift of salvation, I was too scared to read the bible because I didn't want to hear about hell and was too scared to pray for salvation in case for what ever reason it wouldn't work, or I wouldn't say the right thing and get discouraged. Every time someone mentioned god or the bible it gave me anxiety. Also during this time I remembered when I was a kid I cursed god at a summer camp and heard about the unforgivable sin "blasphemy against the holy ghost" and since god is the father/son/holy ghost I was terrified to the core that I'd committed this sin, so that if I tried to repent it wouldn't work. Although I still wanted to give repentance a try so I first set a date of 23rd september 2018 to prepare, then I delayed until November, then delayed again until christmas eve when I finally had the courage to research the "unforgivable sin" because I was still scared that I'd committed it when I cursed god as a kid. I came across a YouTube video on the subject by an american pastor called Charles lawson:

    This video in one sense relived me that what I said when I was a kid at summer camp was not unforgivable but what I had been doing the past year and a half by rejecting god was! That night I prayed to give my life to jesus and went to bed feeling relived. The next morning however I was riddled with anxiety and fear and spent a lot of the day praying to be saved just to confirm that I was. Ever since then I could feel my heart becoming more hardened over time and even though I pray twice day and read the bible, I'm so easily discouraged and feeling hopeless. The worst part is I really don't feel I care much and I hate it. I hate the way my heart is and would like nothing more to wake up one day and be truly praising and loving god from the bottom of my heart and to really feeling that joy and peace of his love and know I'm going to heaven. I don't know if I'm a lost cause at this point, I don't want to give up but every time I pray my heart is to hardened and callous I can't focus. I know this is my fault for rejecting god, but I don't know what else to do.
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  2. sunshine100

    sunshine100 taken by Sam the love of my life Supporter

    United States
    Hello and welcome
  3. Dave G.

    Dave G. Well-Known Member

    United States
    Let me say this as simply as I can possibly utter it: If you committed the unpardonable sin you would not give a hoot and you wouldn't even be here with us right now.
    Do you believe Jesus is real and came here on earth to die for our sins, died, buried, rose again and sits at the right hand of the Father now ? You either believe that or you don't.
    You prayed to Him so you must have a speck of faith in Him and Jesus Himself said that's all you need. A small amount of faith is given to each of us, from that small beginning your life in Jesus begins. Follow Him, follow His teachings, believe and trust in Him, find more sermons about faith. Never give up.
  4. Neostarwcc

    Neostarwcc Eternal life is a free gift. Amen. Supporter

    United States
    Everyone is afraid of committing this sin at least once in their lifetime. You didn't commit the unforgivable sin unless you died in unbelief. That is the one and ONLY unforgivable sin. So if you haven't come to Jesus yet I suggest you do and quickly. Because Christ can come back at any moment or you could die. So give yourself to Jesus now before it is too late.
  5. d taylor

    d taylor Active Member

    United States
    You have not committed the unpardonable sin, you can not commit the unpardonable sin.

    That was a sin that was committed by the Nation of Israel. And can not be repeated now by any individual

    If you want further explanation i will provide more information.
  6. Tempura

    Tempura Newbie Supporter

    You're not a lost cause. It's always more about what God does than what you do.

    Many christians go through something similar. I did. First they take the first step of faith, and the next 342394329 steps can be fear, confusion and struggle. It's like we're trying to be everywhere at the same time, absolutely certain of everything, absolutely assured and godly, perfect even. Some of us, myself included, are very very susceptible to fear and easily controlled by it. When I let fear control me, I simply don't know what I'm doing, and in my mind I'm turning God into a machine that gives a certain response to certain things I do or think and that's all He is for me then. In a perverse way, I almost feel that God doesn't have His own nature, but whatever I do has some sort of power over Him. If I feel good and peaceful and loving and strong in faith, that means God loves me now. If I feel sinful, fearful and doubtful, that must mean I made God hate me. In the end all of that is centered around myself, not God. But God is greater than our struggles, greater than our fear, and more graceful than any of us here.

    Don't give in to fear. Think of everything you're going through as learning process. You're learning and growing, and God will teach you how to walk in spirit, bit by bit. Give every fear, every worry to Him. Ask Him to take care of you, instead of running around and trying to conjure something magical into existence yourself. Whatever you feel, you don't have to trust your feelings, God is greater. Think of Christ on the cross, praying for those who crucified Him. Don't give in to despair, let God take care of it. Don't think you have to be certain level of holy before you pray or ask Him anything, but pray as you are. He wants you as you are, we can't pretend, He can't be fooled. He knows what you are, better than you do. He knows what you're dealing with, better than you do. He's delighted when people search Him. All my struggles led me to a place where I had no more confidence in myself, in my ability or wisdom, not even in my own faith sometimes, and I had to depend on Christ alone. Turns out Christ is still as much alive as He ever was, and He is growing us in spirit. He has this. He knows how to do this. He knows how to break some unhealthy walls we have built around ourselves.

    No fear. God loves you, and in time you will know Him, and you will love Him back because of what He did and does to you. We're all growing, all learning. Focus on Christ, and in love, which is greater than all the knowledge and even greater than the faith that moves mountains, because without love they are nothing. Said a prayer for you, Christ will carry you over the worst and will not let you go.


    Oh, and about repentance. I've seen that around here lately. People seem to be so broken because they don't feel like they're repenting enough. As if there is a trick to it, like "now I did it! I repented! I repented like the best of them! This is surely enough, God will be pleased!". Few days ago I saw this quote from an old english minister CH Spurgeon (from the 19th century I believe), and it was amazing. I don't think it as an accident. Here:

    “I hear another man cry, “Oh, sir my want of strength lies mainly in this, that I cannot repent sufficiently!” A curious idea men have of what repentance is! Many fancy that so many tears are to be shed, and so many groans are to be heaved, and so much despair is to be endured. Whence comes this unreasonable notion? Unbelief and despair are sins, and therefore I do not see how they can be constituent elements of acceptable repentance; yet there are many who regard them as necessary parts of true Christian experience. They are in great error. Still, I know what they mean, for in the days of my darkness I used to feel in the same way. I desired to repent, but I thought that I could not do it, and yet all the while I was repenting. Odd as it may sound, I felt that I could not feel. I used to get into a corner and weep, because I could not weep; and I fell into bitter sorrow because I could not sorrow for sin. What a jumble it all is when in our unbelieving state we begin to judge our own condition! It is like a blind man looking at his own eyes. My heart was melted within me for fear, because I thought that my heart was as hard as an adamant stone. My heart was broken to think that it would not break. Now I can see that I was exhibiting the very thing which I thought I did not possess; but then I knew not where I was. Remember that the man who truly repents is never satisfied with his own repentance. We can no more repent perfectly than we can live perfectly. However pure our tears, there will always be some dirt in them: there will be something to be repented of even in our best repentance. But listen! To repent is to change your mind about sin, and Christ, and all the great things of God. There is sorrow implied in this; but the main point is the turning of the heart from sin to Christ. If there be this turning, you have the essence of true repentance, even though no alarm and no despair should ever have cast their shadow upon your mind.”
  7. paul1149

    paul1149 that your faith might rest in the power of God Supporter

    United States
    “But what do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘My son, go, work in the vineyard today.’
    “He answered, ‘I don’t want to! ’ Yet later he changed his mind and went.
    Then the man went to the other and said the same thing. “ ‘I will, sir,’ he answered. But he didn’t go.
    “Which of the two did his father’s will? ” “The first,” they said. -Matt 21:28-31​

    Put the past behind you. It is holding you back, and the frustration is ruining what should be the joy of your salvation. Give Philippians 3 and 4 a read, about letting go and rejoicing in God's goodness. Any sin is forgivable as long as you repent, and he who is forgiven much, loves much. Also see 1Jn 1.9.

    And welcome. :)
  8. Itsyoursmyfamily

    Itsyoursmyfamily New Member

    United States
  9. Itsyoursmyfamily

    Itsyoursmyfamily New Member

    United States
    God is loving and forgiving.
    Surrender yourself to God.
    Within your own mind.
    The choice is yours.
  10. AvgJoe

    AvgJoe Member since 2005 Supporter

    United States
    Hi Scottishsoul & welcome to CF!

    Question: "What is the unpardonable sin / unforgivable sin?"

    The unpardonable/unforgivable sin or “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit” is mentioned in Mark 3:22–30and Matthew 12:22–32. Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter” (Mark 3:28), but then He gives one exception: “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin” (verse 29).

    According to Jesus, the unpardonable or unforgivable sin is unique. It is the one iniquity that will never be forgiven (“never” is the meaning of “either in this age or in the age to come” in Matthew 12:32). The unforgivable sin is blasphemy (“defiant irreverence”) of the Holy Spirit in the context of the Spirit’s work in the world through Christ. In other words, the particular case of blasphemy seen in Matthew 12 and Mark 3 is unique. The guilty party, a group of Pharisees, had witnessed irrefutable evidence that Jesus was working miracles in the power of the Holy Spirit, yet they claimed that He was possessed by the prince of demons, Beelzebul (Matthew 12:24; Mark 3:30).

    The Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day committed the unpardonable sin by accusing Jesus Christ (in person, on earth) of being demon-possessed. They had no excuse for such an action. They were not speaking out of ignorance or misunderstanding. The Pharisees knew that Jesus was the Messiah sent by God to save Israel. They knew the prophecies were being fulfilled. They saw Jesus’ wonderful works, and they heard His clear presentation of truth. Yet they deliberately chose to deny the truth and slander the Holy Spirit. Standing before the Light of the World, bathed in His glory, they defiantly closed their eyes and became willfully blind. Jesus pronounced that sin to be unforgivable.

    The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, specific as it was to the Pharisees’ situation, cannot be duplicated today. Jesus Christ is not on earth, and no one can personally see Jesus perform a miracle and then attribute that power to Satan instead of the Spirit. The only unpardonable sin today is that of continued unbelief. There is no pardon for a person who dies in his rejection of Christ. The Holy Spirit is at work in the world, convicting the unsaved of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). If a person resists that conviction and remains unrepentant, then he is choosing hell over heaven. “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6), and the object of faith is Jesus (Acts 16:31). There is no forgiveness for someone who dies without faith in Christ.

    God has provided for our salvation in His Son (John 3:16). Forgiveness is found exclusively in Jesus (John 14:6). To reject the only Savior is to be left with no means of salvation; to reject the only pardon is, obviously, unpardonable.

    Many people fear they have committed some sin that God cannot or will not forgive, and they feel there is no hope for them, no matter what they do. Satan would like nothing more than to keep people laboring under that misconception. God gives encouragement to the sinner who is convicted of his sin: “Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8). “Where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Romans 5:20). And the testimony of Paul is proof positive that God can and will save anyone who comes to Him in faith (1 Timothy 1:12–17). If you are suffering under a load of guilt today, rest assured that you have not committed the unpardonable sin. God is waiting with open arms. Jesus’ promise is that “he is able to save completely those who come to God through him” (Hebrews 7:25). Our Lord will never fail. “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2).

  11. AvgJoe

    AvgJoe Member since 2005 Supporter

    United States

    Mankind’s Need of Salvation

    What do I need to be saved from?

    The wrath of God. (Romans 2:5-6)

    Why do I need to be saved?
    Your sin has cut you off from God. (Isaiah 59:2) To sin, means to “miss the mark.” The Bible declares, “all have sinned; all fall short of God’s standard.” (Romans 3:23)

    What is God’s standard?
    To perfectly keep His Law, the Ten Commandments, for your entire life. Keep all of the Law and God will let you enter Heaven. Have you ever:
    1. used God’s name as a curse word? _____Yes _____No
    2. stolen anything? _____ Yes _____No
    3. told a lie? _____Yes _____No
    This is just three of the ten. Answer yes to any? Yes, I have (everyone else has too). You are guilty of breaking God’s Law (as we all are). You have sinned. The “wages (penalty) of sin is (physical & spiritual) death.” (Romans 6:23)

    If you die, without being saved, you will be eternally separated from God and your loved ones. After death, life does go on, either in Heaven (with God) or in Hell (away from God), depending on your acceptance or rejection of God’s plan of salvation.

    God’s Plan of Salvation

    The Futility of Human Effort
    The Bible teaches that no amount of human goodness, human works, human morality or religious activity can get anyone into Heaven. Being a good person, belonging to a religious family, being baptized, going to church, none of these can save anyone. Everyone still falls short of God’s perfect standard. (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 4:1-5, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7)

    The Only Way
    Jesus said to him, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) me.” (John 14:6)

    What must I do to be saved?
    1) Realize that you’re are a sinner. (Romans 3:23, 5:12; 1 John 1:10)

    2) Change your mind about Jesus (repent).
    • Jesus said: “…unless you repent (have a change of mind that results in a change of action), you will all perish and be lost eternally. (Luke 13:5)
    • …now God charges all people everywhere to repent. (Acts 17:30)

    3) Believe the Gospel, that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried and rose from the dead.
    • We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in the same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed His blood, sacrificing His Life for us. (Romans 3:22, 25)
    • For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
    4) Go to God in prayer, confessing Jesus as Lord and your need for forgiveness of your sins. Give your life to Jesus, making Him the Lord of your life.
    • For it is believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. (Romans 10:10)
    • For anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.(Romans 10:13)
    Then you've got to trust Jesus to do His part, to save you, just like He said He will. <~~~Without this part, I spent years doubting my salvation, praying (over & over/again & again) for God to save me, never knowing, for sure, if I was. Ever since I started trusting Jesus to do what He said He will do, I know I'm saved and have never had any doubts about it since then.

    What should I pray?
    Following is an example:

    Dear God,
    I know I am a sinner. I have broken your Law and deserve to pay the penalty for my sins, which is eternal separation from you. God, I need your forgiveness. I believe that your Son, Jesus the Christ, is Lord of all, that He shed His precious blood as payment for my sins and that, on the third day, You raised Him from the dead. I am willing to turn from sin. Jesus, please come into my heart, to be the Lord and Saviour of my life. Live your life through me. In Jesus Christ name, Amen.

    If you sincerely prayed this prayer, you are now saved and the newest member of God’s family. But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn! (John 1:12-13)

    Your acceptance or rejection of Jesus is the most important decision you will make in this life. It is a matter of eternal life and eternal death.

    I accepted God’s plan of salvation, what next?
    A good place to start: Bible Truth - New Convert's Class
  12. mnorian

    mnorian Oldbie--Eternal Optimist Staff Member Administrator Supporter CF Senior Ambassador

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  13. FutureAndAHope

    FutureAndAHope Just me Supporter


    You have not committed the unpardonable sin. All sin is covered by the death and resurrection of Jesus. The cross, is a Godly life given in exchange for our life time of sins. As the bible says "as it is appointed for man to die once, so Christ died once for sin."

    At any point in your life where you are trusting Jesus to forgive your sins you are saved. For the cross is there for you. The unpardonable sin is a state of being where you are so hardened by sin that you no longer cry out for the forgiveness of the cross, but would rather say Jesus is evil, or a devil. But even if that happens, God can still forgive that person, but it is unlikely such a person would repent. Jesus said of the pharisees that they were committing the unpardonable sin by calling Him a devil, but they were still only "in danger of hell fire", I believe they were only in danger of hell, for they could still repent and believe in Him.

    While you believe in Jesus, even with small faith, you are saved.