A FATAL MISTAKE
The Unpardonable Sin
“A Fatal Mistake” by Joe Crews
Friends, I do not need to remind you that we live in a serious world today. We realize that if some country carelessly uses the hydrogen bomb, it will be fatal for all of us. We are afraid, as the bombs and intercontinental missiles get bigger and bigger, that some day, some place, somebody will get a little careless and push the wrong button and the world will go up in smoke. I quote from Sir Phillip Gibbs, “Scientists today are filled with grave anxieties about the near future and predict dark things. They are afraid of the powers in men’s hands.”
Another statesman says: “The heart of the nations is sick with FEAR. Statesmen... are terror stricken and perplexed.”
You will recall that Jesus Christ said “men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming.” Luke 21:26.
Men surely could make a fatal mistake in the handling of exploding atoms. Many people do not realize that 400 years before the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, God prophesied through His prophet Joel the atom bomb in the time of the end. It would be one of the signs of the end. Speaking of the last days when God is going to pour out His spirit upon the world, Joel said, “And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.” Joel 2:30.
I want you to think a moment about the words “pillars of smoke.” What does that mean? We have surely seen since 1945 a terrible destruction that comes by fire with great pillars of smoke. The original Bible, of course, was not written in English. Most of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek. I found it very interesting that the Hebrew word for “pillars of smoke” was “timroth.” And the Hebrew lexicon (the Hebrew dictionary) tells us what the Hebrew word “timroth” means. Gesenius’ Lexicon is considered to be one of the most authoritative and one of the best that has ever been published. It was written about a hundred years ago by that great Hebrew scholar, Gesenius. Now remember that Gesenius didn’t live in our day. He had never seen an atom bomb, or its explosion, or the pillar of smoke! Remember also that the prophet Joel was describing something that he had seen in vision and was using the best language he could in his day to describe it. And this Hebrew scholar Gesenius wrote down in the Hebrew dictionary over 100 years ago for this word “Timroth” that it means “a pillar or column of smoke that spreads out at the top like a palm tree.”
Isn’t it amazing? Written down over 100 years ago as the correct meaning of the word “Timroth”—the word Joel used to describe the last days over 400 years before Christ was born in Bethlehem. He was describing a pillar or column of smoke that spreads out at the top like a palm tree. How amazingly clear God used the prophet Joel to predict the last days of the earth—that there would be in the hands of men the atom bomb power with the capabilities of dealing a fatal, stunning blow to the history of man. And yet as fatal as this could be to mankind, I am thinking of a fatal mistake with far more serious consequences than this. Man could die in an atomic explosion and still have the hope of coming up to live again at the second coming of Christ on the resurrection morning, if his name was in the Book of Life. But what if his name was not in the Book of Life? What if he had willful sins that were not pardoned? What if he had committed the UNPARDONABLE SIN? And came up in the resurrection of the wicked at the end of the 1000 years, only to face the judgment of God and die the second death. Surely this would be the most fatal mistake a man could make. And the Bible says this is the “FATAL MISTAKE THAT WILL SEND MILLIONS TO DOOM.”
In Matthew 12:30,31, Jesus warns of the unpardonable sin, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” Please notice that one is all the way with Jesus or else he is against him. There is no neutral ground; there is no half-way mark. Oh, I wish we could realize that.
Jesus says, “A man is either for me and goes all the way with me, or else he is actually scattering away from the truth.” Then He goes on to say, “Wherefore 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.” What a statement! Jesus says, all kinds of sin can be forgiven, but there is one that cannot be forgiven and that is sinning against the Holy Spirit. The individual who keeps on pushing off, and pushing off and pushing off and fighting off the Holy Spirit, by and by there comes the hour when God can do nothing more for him and the Holy Spirit ceases to work and leaves him forever.
In order to understand how men commit the sin against the Holy Spirit, it is necessary that we understand the work of the Holy Spirit. As it says in John 16:7, 8, “I tell you the truth,. . .it is expedient for you that I go. If I go, I will send you the Comforter.”
Jesus could be in only one place at one time after He took the form of man, the likeness of human flesh. But when He ascended to heaven, He sent the Spirit in a special way to be present with them and He could be all over the world at one time. “And when he is come, he will”—now notice, “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment, . . . when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.” John 16:8, 13. So the work of the Holy Spirit is to guide men in an understanding of the Word of God, to guide men in the search for truth. To guide men, to condemn and to convict of sin. That is the work of the Holy Spirit.
Now I would like to ask, through what does the Spirit speak? I find that some people say, well, the Spirit speaks to me through impressions and dreams, or, I have visions, etc. But generally speaking, friends, there is one avenue through which the Holy Spirit speaks and that we find referred to in 2 Peter 1:19, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place.” Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth.” John 17:17. It is not enough to read the Bible; it is not enough to believe the Bible. There is only one thing that counts and that is that we “take heed.” “For 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.” 2 Peter 1:21. Who was guiding Isaiah when he wrote these prophecies? Who was guiding Daniel as he wrote those prophecies? Who was guiding Peter and Paul as they wrote? Oh, my friend, bear that in mind, the whole Bible was dictated and directed by the Holy Spirit. When an individual disregards or rejects one part of the Bible, he is resisting the Holy Spirit. It is absolutely fatal for an individual to disregard one portion of the Word of God and discard it.
Oh, I wish that men could realize that. There is no hope in the world of a modernist being saved unless he repents. A man sits in judgment upon the Word of God and picks out this part and picks out that part, will not accept this and will not accept that, and takes his finite, human judgment and sets it up above the wisdom of God and the writings of the Holy Spirit.
There is no hope in the world of that individual being saved. A man cannot sin against the Holy Spirit and be saved. It cannot be done. The Bible is God’s Book, from Genesis to Revelation, dictated by His Holy Spirit. It is God’s Holy Book, and when a man disregards or rejects a portion of that Word, he is fighting against the Holy Spirit. And, remember, my friend, for that, there is no forgiveness. This book was given by the Holy Spirit; those men did not write their own opinion. They wrote as they were directed by the Holy Spirit of God and it is fatal to reject or neglect a single portion of that sacred, that Holy Word.
There is another thing that I think we ought to mention. The Holy Spirit, when He speaks to a man today, is going to agree 100% with what He said to Peter and Paul and Isaiah. Isn’t that right? I wish we would keep that thought in mind. It is very, very important. I find people who claim to have visions. They claim to have had special revelations. If they are from God, they will agree 100% with the written Word. The Holy Spirit gave this Book—the Bible. Back there holy men of God wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is not going to reveal to a man down here in this day something contrary to what He gave in the written Word. So when individuals come to me and tell me of marvelous experiences which they have had, wonderful visions and all of that, but contrary to the written Word of God, I know, my friend, that is not the power of light. It is from the powers of darkness. And the Bible says, “Try the Spirits,” or “test the Spirits, for many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1.
Jesus warned us about our saying we are saved and yet we are unwilling to follow His pattern, His truth, His commandments. He said we can say “Lord, Lord,”—even sing in the church choir or teach Sunday School and be lost, if we are not willing to follow Him all the way. Matthew 7:21-24. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
It is a fearful thing to think that individuals will discard part of the Bible, and yet men do. Christ, in all of His preaching called to witness the sacred Word of God, so that men would be without excuse in the judgment day. For everything that He taught was based upon the Word of God—the writings of the prophets.
John 9:41, “Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind,ye should have no sin; but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.” It is not counted to man as sin when he has been disobeying in honest ignorance. When a man has known no different, that will be forgiven.
Paul says, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent.” Acts 17:30.
But when He gives the light in His mercy and in His love, when He trusts the light to a man, then, my friend, He expects that individual to follow it. For it says in James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” It was not sin last week. It was not sin a month ago. Why? The light of truth had not shone into that individual’s life. But once the light comes, once it shines upon his pathway and a man sees, Jesus says that from that time on, he becomes accountable to heaven.
During the Second World War over 600,000 men were rejected for military service in the United States army because they could not read or write, and during the Korean War another 300,000 were rejected for the same reason. It is an amazing fact that about eleven percent of American adults are illiterate for all practical purposes—which means they can’t even read street signs or look for a job in the help-wanted columns of the daily paper. Ten million of these people are over twenty-five years of age, and they can’t read about disease and its prevention, or learn any new facts or truth from the millions of printed pages that are published daily.
Here is a good question to ask: how responsible can these illiterates be held for a knowledge of law? And what about right and wrong? Does God hold people accountable for truth that they are not able to read about or do not understand?
An important thought on the sin of ignorance. In Bible times God forgave sins of ignorance until the knowledge of truth came to a man. Then, he was required to bring immediately a sacrifice to atone for his past sins of ignorance, else the past forgiveness would not stand. How different people react today when they find they’ve been breaking one of God’s commandments ignorantly. The majority take the attitude, “Oh, I’ve been living the other way so long, I can’t change so abruptly now. If I’d known it before when I was younger, it would be different. But I’m sure God has accepted me, and will not hold me accountable.” Oh, what a tragic mistake! When a sin of ignorance comes to a man, he must confess his past error and change his ways else he will be responsible and liable in the solemn day of judgment.
There are parts of the Bible that have been neglected, have been overlooked. But God in His glorious plan has revived those great truths in the last days and the light is shining out in greater fullness than ever before. But I’ll tell you, friends, it is a very solemn thing to reject, or neglect one single part of what God has written.
Now another thing in the matter of the Holy Spirit. That brings in the matter of baptism. When does the Holy Spirit plan to take over the life fully and completely without reserve? In Acts 2 when Peter was preaching that great sermon at the time of Pentecost, the people came under great conviction and cried out under the impress of the Holy Spirit, “men and brethren, what shall we do?” Acts 2:37. “What shall we do? How can we be saved? How can we find salvation?” They had come under conviction, and that was the direct work of the Holy Spirit. Peter told them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (verse 38). I want you to see, friends, that is the call to every man, woman and child. No man, knowingly, can reject or neglect baptism and expect to be saved. The Holy Spirit comes into the heart without reserve when that individual has turned his back upon sin and has gone forward into the watery grave and has died to the old way of living, is buried and rises to walk in newness of life.
There are many individuals, friend, who are neglecting baptism, are just satisfied with a baby baptism, or sprinkling, Satan’s counterfeit, which means nothing in the eyes of God. It is not found in the Bible—it is man-made entirely and is founded upon the sands of tradition and that alone, and an individual who knowingly puts off baptism, is resisting the Holy Spirit. Peter insists, “. . .every one” of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus. And then the individual will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Spirit of God stands waiting to enter that heart more fully at the time he is baptized to take possession of that life and guide him on step by step.
It is no wonder, I guess, that Satan is trying to keep people from taking their stand for baptism. It is no wonder also that he fools a lot of good people into thinking, “Oh, I don’t need to worry. I was baptized, you know when I was a baby;” or “I was sprinkled,” or “I was poured and I meant well. God has answered my prayers since and I have been a good person. I think it is all right; I don’t need to worry.” You do need to worry! Jesus commissioned the disciples, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:15,16. We can’t go halfway.
No wonder Satan is trying to get individuals to commit the sin against the Holy Ghost by refusing baptism. That is when the Holy Spirit is to come and take complete charge of the life in a special way.
There is another thing about this matter of the Holy Spirit’s coming in. It is also upon condition. That condition we find in John 14:15-21. Christ is speaking: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” There you see, friend, that the keeping of the commandments is the love of God wrought out in our daily lives through Christ, and is the condition of the Holy Spirit’s full entrance into the hearts.
We have talked quite a bit about the commandments of God. You can hardly get away from it and read any page of the Bible. But why do I mention it today? I want you to notice again, “If ye love me, keep my commandments, AND. . .”—Ah, there is the next part. And what? “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the spirit of Truth;. . .He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:15-17, 21. I want you to see that the reception of the Holy Spirit in the life is upon the basis, the promise, of keeping the commandments of God. I wish we could realize that more fully. How many, many individuals are being deceived on that very point. They feel that they can know that they are saved, and yet they go right ahead and each week, break the commandments of God. Why, my friend, it is bad enough to break God’s commandments now and then. That is bad enough. But to plan to—Next week I’ll not be able to keep the fourth commandment, and the week following I’ll trample His commandments under foot, and the next week, and the next”—leading right on to eternity. Why, there is no hope of salvation, absolutely no hope of salvation, for it says in Hebrews 10:26, “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.”
That is a fearful text, my friends. That is like a great warning STOP sign in the path of every individual leading on to eternal life. It says, “HALT!” Wait a moment! If you are breaking the commandments of God knowingly, remember this; you stand accountable in the eyes of God and there is no way that Jesus’ blood can atone for one’s sins. “If ye love me” do what?—“keep the commandments.” How many of them should we keep? We have to keep them all, for if we keep them all but one, it says, we are guilty of all. (James 2:10). I would to God we could realize it, friends, it is that premise upon which the Holy Spirit enters the heart, “If ye love me, keep my commandments; and I will send you the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.” Then, do you remember that very sad, that very solemn text? “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” I John 2:4.
I don’t know, friends, how to get around these texts, do you? You would hardly believe what we as preachers have to listen to sometimes as we practically see people sinning against the Holy Ghost. I’ve had people come up to me and boast of how they had had the so-called baptism of the Spirit many years ago. Boastingly claiming it, and then with the next breath turn right around and say, “Oh, I can’t keep the commandments of God.” It is a fearful thing, friends, bringing down judgment upon themselves. It is utterly impossible to have the Holy Spirit in the life unless the life is fully surrendered to the will of God and that individual willingly and knowingly conforms to the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
One lady said, “I know that I’m not keeping the commandments, I know it.” But then she defended herself: “But I don’t feel that I am lost for I had the baptism of the Spirit.” I’ll tell you, friends, I think it is high time that we begin to check on this thing that people are calling the baptism of the Spirit and find out what kind of a spirit it is, don’t you think so? There is danger there. The Holy Spirit today is going to agree 100% with what He wrote back there in Bible times. A man cannot stand up and preach in the name of Jesus Christ and claim the power of the Holy Spirit, when he is knowingly breaking God’s commandments—any part of them. It cannot be! A house divided against itself is going to fall. Jesus put that very clearly. There must be a uniformity in the message.
Here is an illustration: A man had heard about true Bible baptism for the first time. He said, “I can see that baptism is right, but I was sprinkled when I was a baby, or I think I was. And my mother’s dead and I’m afraid I might be going against my mother’s will if I was baptized.”
Friends, isn’t it God’s will that counts? When the truth is plain, how can we say “no” and expect eternal life? Our mothers and loved ones that have died will be judged by the light of the truth that they had opportunity to see. And if we expect to see our loved ones on the resurrection morning, then we must be willing to follow the truth that God brings to us. I cannot see how a soul would dare come up to eternity, come up to death’s door without being baptized by immersion if he understood the truth of the matter. Surely that would be fatal.
The Spirit of truth will agree with what the Holy Spirit wrote in the Bible. Remember the great yardstick of the Bible; Isaiah 8: 20, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
One of the most prevalent fears today among a certain class of people is whether they have lost their last chance to be saved. What about that point of no return? And the sin that even God will not forgive? I have met men and women who really believed that they had committed the unpardonable sin, and what miserable, pathetic people they were.
No doubt there is such a sin, because Jesus spoke of it in Matthew 12:31, and He called it the sin against the Holy Spirit. He didn’t go into any detail in describing the nature of the transgression, but let me give you an out-and-out New Testament definition for the unpardonable sin. You will find it in Acts 7:51, “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost; as your fathers did, so do ye.” You know, there are a lot of things much clearer in the Bible than we often realize.
I think of a high school teacher; a mathematics teacher. He said, “Why is it that sometimes the Bible is so confusing? One says this and one says that. Why didn’t God just put it down in plain black and white just what He expects of us, just written down there and tabulated 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10?” He used that illustration. Well, friends, that is exactly what He did do! He gave the commandments on tables of stone, but then, suppose you come along and say there is one of those that you don’t want to keep. Can’t you see what a spot God is in? He wants to make it clear; He wants to make it simple; He wants to make it so everyone can follow it, but when He writes it out plainly carved on tables of stone, people turn aside and say, “Oh, that is the letter of the law.” And they go on, and it doesn’t do any good. It is a fearful thing when God tries to deal with man and tries to save his soul, and then man looks for a loophole instead of light. Oh, friends, be careful! In your search for eternal life are you looking for a loophole or are you looking for light?
Now I bring you the simplest, clearest definition of the unpardonable sin I have ever found—right from the New Testament. In Acts 7:51 is recorded the defense of Stephen, “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost; as your fathers did, so do ye.” Ah, there it is, the unpardonable sin—fighting against the Holy Spirit. How? Hiding behind father’s religion. “As your fathers did, so do ye.” How many times people point to a picture on the wall, “My grandfather was a preacher” or “My grandfather was. . . so-and-so. He was a great man. He was a religious man; I don’t think I need to change. Grandfather’s religion was good enough for him, and it is good enough for me.”
Ah friends, that is what Paul thought, too, until God had to smite him with a bolt of heavenly lightning to show him his error. He said, “I have served my God with a clear conscience from the days of my forefathers.” Yet he was wrong, absolutely wrong. Here it says, “As your fathers did, so do ye.”
There is many and many a man who is fighting away the Holy Spirit, simply saying, “Well, father’s religion was good enough for him, and I think it is good enough for me.” No. Religion is progressive. Much of the Bible has been trodden under foot through the years and must be restored and followed once more in its entirety. I must keep walking in the light to be saved. It is not just a question of what church I belong to. I may be a Roman Catholic; I am saved if I am walking in all the light that I have had or had the opportunity to have. If there is one bit of light that I have had that I do not follow, I will be lost as a Roman Catholic. It is the same with the Church of England; it is the same with the Lutheran Church; the same with the Baptists, or the Adventists, and the same with the Methodists. It is absolutely imperative that I shall walk in all the light. If there is one portion that I am not willing to accept and not willing to conform to, remember, I am resisting, I am fighting against the Holy Spirit, and I will be lost when I refuse to obey all. Grandfather’s religion may have been good enough for him; undoubtedly it was. He lived up to the light of his day. But as God gives you and me additional light, you and I are duty bound to follow it.
Now he goes on to say, “Having resisted the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do ye . . .Who have received the law. . .and have not kept it.” (verse 53). That is a New Testament text, too. There is a plain out-and-out statement of what it is to fight the Holy Spirit, resisting the Holy Spirit, hiding behind father’s religion and the customs and tradition of our forefathers “and having received the law.” We memorized it—we learned it as children in Sunday School—“but have not kept it.” Oh, my friends, what a fatal mistake it is to learn to repeat the law of God with the mouth and be able to repeat those commandments with the lips, and then come up face-to-face in the judgment to meet them again, but we have not kept them! It will condemn us. “Be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only.” James 1:22. Oh, the tragedy of resisting the Holy Spirit. And remember, the greater the light of truth one professes, the greater will be his darkness and condemnation if he does not follow it.
There is another way of resisting the Holy Spirit. I have mentioned three already. Let’s review them briefly:
1. By rejecting part of the Bible. That is a fatal mistake against the Holy Spirit. A man is bound to be lost if he rejects even a part of God’s Word.
2. By refusing baptism, or neglecting baptism.
3. By an individual refusing to keep a part of the commandments of God. The Bible says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments and I will send my Spirit.” and now—
4. By resisting and neglecting the Holy Spirit’s entreaties, and delay.
I want to read to you from Ephesians 4:30. Here the Apostle Paul appeals, “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” God is sealing a people with His seal—His Holy mark in direct contrast to the mark of the apostasy. His Holy Spirit is seeking out the people of God.
I would like to read that again just now. Do you realize that this very day there is danger that somebody who is listening might fulfill this tragic condition in his life, committing the sin against the Holy Spirit? “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Oh, my friends, do not push away the Holy Spirit any longer. We cannot trifle with eternal life. When the Spirit of God speaks, now is the hour! When God calls, now is the time for us to come! We dare not delay.
God is good. He will forgive any sin that a man truly repents of. We are assured that in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
But, a sin must be repented of and confessed or else God can’t forgive it. Is that clear? He cannot wipe it away; He cannot wash it away unless we repent of it. That is absolutely obvious. One time Jesus said to them when they brought Him a report, a hideous report of some awful thing that had happened there in Palestine, Jesus said, “That is bad all right. But don’t you know that all who hear the truth and reject it are likewise accountable. “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” “Except ye repent. . .” If a man repents of his sins, he can be saved. Unless he repents, he will be lost—the unpardonable sin. He may have murdered somebody; he may have committed adultery; he may have stolen; he may have lied; he may have sworn—taken God’s name in vain—and still be saved IF HE REPENTS!
I have known individuals afraid lest they might have grieved away the Holy Spirit and had no hope. If there is somebody who is burdened for fear you might have committed the unpardonable sin, if you feel that call, conviction from God in your heart now and feel that there is danger that you might be lost because you have waited too long, that is a sure sign that God still accepts you. That is a sign that His Holy Spirit is still working, stirring in your heart. Accept the assurance and surrender all immediately. The individual who is in danger is the individual who says, “I’m all right.” That is the individual who is in danger today. It is not so much the great sinner that cries out, “I’ve been a great sinner; I’ve committed a great crime.” For him there is hope. But for the individual who says, “I’m good enough. I’m not very bad. I do this and I do that and I am sure that God will overlook the rest.” For him, there is great danger, for in defending himself and his course of action, he is resisting the Holy Spirit. When one defends a single sin in his life, that will become the unpardonable sin. A man might commit murder and be forgiven. How? By sincerely repenting. A man might hang onto just a little sin and defend that sin, excuse that sin, and be lost.
I often illustrate the point with an alarm clock. You set your alarm to get up at, say, 5:00 a.m. The first morning it goes off, you wake with a start. You try and find that knob, to push it in. Maybe it is in the dark and you knock the clock off the stand onto the floor. But you finally get the button in. Supposing, though, you decide to sleep in a few minutes longer and roll over and go back to sleep. The next day you set the alarm again. But again you decide to sleep in. And, friends, if you do that enough times, the alarm will go off and you will never hear it. It will ring just as loud as ever, but your senses will be dulled to it and you will sleep right through its ring.
It is the same with the Holy Spirit. You hear some truth from the Bible that you have not been following and it bothers your conscience. But you put off doing it. Your neighbor tells you it doesn’t matter. You decide it wasn’t important after all. And so you don’t follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. It will still be truth and the right thing to do, but now you have quenched the Holy Spirit, and your heart or mind doesn’t feel the need to do it. And a person is lost and doesn’t seem to realize it because he hasn’t repented of his sin and the truth doesn’t bother him anymore. And unless he repents, Jesus can’t forgive him. It is an unpardonable sin. An unpardonable sin. Not because God wouldn’t forgive, but because the person wouldn’t ask forgiveness. He didn’t care. He presumed on God—that what God said wasn’t really important.
So David made this his prayer, “Lord, keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me; then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.” Psalms 19:13. Do you remember that? Ah, there it is, another definition of the unpardonable sin. Keep me back from the “presumptuous sin.” What is the presumptuous sin? Presumptuous sin is where the individual knows what is right, and refuses to obey. May God help you to walk every day in the light of revealed truth.