Note: Blasphemy Broadcast
JULY 9, 2021
Did Steve's broadcast on the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit mess you up? Now doubting your salvation? Check out these comments by Steve.
If the 7/9/2021 Key Life broadcast has you worried about and struggling with the fear of committing blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, it only proves your relationship with God.
It is a sign that you have not committed the sin of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (what is referred to as the unforgivable sin). If you had committed that sin, you wouldn’t care at all about God, about your relationship with him or about spiritual things in general. And this is what will protect you in the future as well.
1 John 5:16 and Matthew 12:30-32 refer to the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. This “can” be forgiven–God forgives all sin (past, present and future). It is the business of the Holy Spirit to convict people of sin and to point to Christ. Therefore, when you blaspheme against him (the Holy Spirit), it is not that God won’t forgive; rather, you are not asking for forgiveness. In other words, you keep saying “no” to the Holy Spirit. When this happens, the methodology for forgiveness is no longer there. The person has cut himself or herself off from the guidance and conviction of the Holy Spirit. In fact, that person is beyond caring about sin at all.
Those from the Reformed tradition, including myself, tend to believe that the person who has actually committed blasphemy against the Holy Spirit perhaps was never saved to begin with. It is not an issue of “once saved, always saved,” eternal security.
As long as we’re on the subject…The Scripture teaches “once saved, always saved,” eternal security. One cannot–under any circumstance–lose his or her salvation. You can’t lose your salvation if you truly accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior…no matter what you do or don’t do. If salvation were based on us, we would all be in trouble! Rather, salvation centers on repentance and faith in Christ (John 3:16; Hebrews 2:3). It proceeds from the love of God and is based on Christ’s atonement on the cross.
For Christians who worry about committing blasphemy, they have simply not committed it. Their concern over their relationship with God as well as with sin and God’s forgiveness are clear evidences of the fact that their salvation is safe and secure.
Steve has more to say on assurance in two of his blogs…