Is There A Sin That Can't Be Forgiven?
By Ray Brubaker
When an American Airlines jet crashed in Chicago killing 275
persons it became the highest death toll of any aviation accident
in the United States. The plane disintegrated into a ball of fire
following the loss of an engine.
Strangely enough, the power loss in a recorder left only one
word on the tape... the word "damn."
The word "damnation" is a word used in Scripture meaning
destruction. Or in some instances the Greek word translated
"damnation" means judgment or condemnation.
As we might wonder--Why was almost all cockpit conversation
aboard this ill-fated jet wiped out leaving just one word on the
tape... a word used in swearing... a word meaning destruction?
Do our words that we speak have significance?
Indeed, what a tragedy. And yet the Scripture speaks of
damnation as the fate of all who reject Jesus Christ and live in
Listen to this verse in 2 Thess. 2:12 that bespeaks the awful
fate of every sinner that dies without Jesus Christ. For we read:
"That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but
had pleasure in unrighteousness."
Beloved, don't let this be your fate. "Life" can be yours...
"Eternal Life," "Life More Abundant," if you'll only trust the
Saviour as your Lord who died and rose again that you might be
forgiven and set free from your sins.
Thus the Scripture makes it clear that God is not willing that
any should perish but that all come to a knowledge of the truth.
Yet, Jesus declared that man has a choice in the matter,
saying: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he
that believeth not shall be damned." DAMNED..what an awful word.
Today we continue our discussion on the UNPARDONABLE
SIN.. And we point out that there is no sin too great but that God
has forgiveness ... except what we refer to as "the unpardonable
In the city of Chicago and located only a few blocks away from
the Moody Bible Institute is a park where anyone has the right to
express themselves on almost any subject. At least, it was so
when I was a student.
The park was given the affectionate name "Bughouse Square."
Students were requested not to frequent the place because of the
danger of being assaulted.
But for some of us students we could not resist the temptation
to go and listen to those who were arguing for a cause in which
they believed, or who may have been arguing for the sake of
Quite often you would have those standing on their soap box
espousing socialism, or preaching atheism.
Otto Klink was such a character. Once in the open air,
standing on a soap box at midnight, he tells how he argued against
the existence of a personal God.
As is customary on those occasions, a great crowd of people
gathered to hear what he had to say.
Klink bellowed. "Now I am going to prove to you that there is
no God. If there is a God, I give this God the chance to kill me in
two minutes. If I am not dead in two minutes, then there is no
Silence reigned. Soon a minute was gone. Then a minute and
a half. Some in the audience started to walk away. Others began
to shield their eyes.
After the allotted time, Klink shouted, "Two minutes are gone.
I am still alive; and there is no God."
Some time afterward Otto Klink became a believer. In the
GOSPEL HERALD, published in August, 1940, he wrote an article
on the unpardonable sin.
Said Klink: "Even that awful thingthat I did years ago when I
was a bad-mouthed atheist, an evolutionist, and an anarchist, was
not the unpardonable sin. Ifit had been, I should not be preaching
to you now. If God could save a wretch like me, there is hope for
any one of you. Why do you reject this marvelous Saviour, the
Lord Jesus Christ? God loves you and wants to save you and fill
you with the Holy Spirit," says Klink.
What is the unpardonable sin? What is the sin of blasphemy
against the Holy Ghost that cannot be forgiven?
There are some who believe that only those living in our
Lord's day could have committed this sin. For they saw him,
they observed his miracles, they knew the prophecies of a
coming Messiah that he claimed to fulfill, and yet, they said that
he cast out demons through the power of Satan, and they said of
him that he had an unclean spirit. That accusation is said to be
blasphemy that has no forgiveness. For those who made the
accusation made up their minds to reject the claims of Christ
that he was the messiah.
At the stoning of Stephen among those in the audience was the
Apostle Paul who was then Saul who helped arrange these stonings.
Stephen, addressing his persecutors, declared: "Ye stiffnecked
and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do resist the Holy Ghost:
as your fathers did, so do you."
Resisting the Holy Ghost is a sin. But it is a sin that can be
repented of and forgiven. For the Apostle Paul was one who
resisted the work of God but who repented and was converted.
Then there is a sin of grieving the Holy Spirit. As we read in.
Ephesians 4:30, "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby
ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."
When an unconverted person is convicted of sin by the Holy
Spirit there should be an immediate response to God's loving call
to repent and receive the Lord. For then there would come
forgiveness and peace.
However, rejection of the Holy Spirit could bring an end to the
times and ways that God speaks to your heart.
The story is told of a lad who had a dove so tame it would sit
on his shoulder and take food from his hand. One day he held out
a tempting morsel, and just as the dove was about to eat he
clutched his hand tightly closed. The bird turned away disappoint-
ed. The boy held out his hand again. The dove came forward
timidly until it was ready to snatch up the morsel of food and
again the hand was closed. With dropping wings the dove went to
the farthest corner of the room. It was some time before it
returned. Then once more the hand was extended. The dove
hesitated. It was just about to take the food when the hand was
closed again. This time the dove spread its wings and flew away.
The boy never saw it again.
So the Holy Spirit may be grieved and if rejected time and
again may no longer speak as he once has done. Don't grieve the
Spirit by closing your heart to him.
As serious as it is to grieve the Holy Spirit that is not the
unpardonable sin. As long as there is a tug at your heart, and you
know you should be saved, God is still speaking to you and you
should respond at once.
The sad aspect of this is, however, that it is possible to go on
grieving the Holy Spirit until you no longer experience conviction
for sin. That is a sad state to he in.
Of King Saul we read how the Lord departed from and and did
not answer him any more.
In Noah's day the people sinned continuously, disobeying the
voice of God, until we read where the Lord says, "My spirit shall
not always strive with man..." Gen. 6:3a
We read how in the midst of the world's wickedness that the
Lord was grieved at his heart. For the world was corrupt,
filled with violence, and the thoughts of men's hearts were only
It was then when the Spirit could no longer get through to
people because they were so wicked that the Lord declared he
would destroy man, "for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the
earth." (Gen. 6:12)
Could it be that we are fast approaching that day when God is
about to destroy us for our many ways that we disobey and thus
For Jesus said, "as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it also
be in the days of the Son of man."
How it behooves us to hear and to heed God's Word and not
excuse our sinning by saying, "Everybody is doing it so I will do
it. Everybody is getting a divorce so I will get a divorce. Every-
body is remarrying so I will remarry. Everybody is flirting
so I will flirt."
That, my friends, is how the Holy Spirit can be grieved so that
He no longer speaks as He once did and we can go on thinking what
we are doing is all right until the day when our Lord comes. Then
we may discover too late that we weren't ready for His coming
In I John 2:28 we read, "And now, little children, abide in
him; that, when he shall appear, we mayhave confidence, and not
be ashamed before him at his coming," or as Dr. Wuest trans-
lates, "in shame shrink back from him at his coming.
How will it be when the Lordcomes? Will you be able to wel-
come him with open arms? Are you abiding in Christ? I John
3:6 says, "Whosoever abideth in him sinnethnot." So, if you are
looking for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ you will not want
to be found sinning. Rather, you will want to turn from sin that
grieves the Lord and live a life of holiness and purity. For our
Lord is coming for a bride that is attired in garments of white,
without spot or blemish.
How can be we ready for our Lord's return?
By walking in obedience to His Word, and doing His will.
Years ago I was preaching at a Baptist Church in Georgia
when coming up the road was a man bent over and walking with a
cane. He had a lusty look, unkept hair, teeth missing with a
devilish grin. As he neared the church, walking at a very slow
pace, I could hear him mumbling something. I listened more
dosely to hear him saying: "For the wrath of God cometh upon
the children of disobedience." He kept repeating it, "for the
wrath of God cometh upon the children of disobedience."
It was as if the needle got stuck in the groove of a phonograph
record. I was finally able to engage him in conversation and got
the impression that God had called him to the ministry at one time
but he got into sin and disobeyed the wooing of the Spirit.
In Ephesians 5 we find the Lord speaking to the Christians,
saying, "Be ye followers of God, as dear children; and walk in
love, as Christ hath loved you."
Then we are warned: "But fornication, and all uncleanness,
or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as be,cometh
saints: neither filthiness, or foolish talking, nor jesting, which
are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye
know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous
man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of
Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words:
for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the
children of disobedience. Be ye not therefore partakers with
them." See Eph. 5:1-7
Did you hear it?
If you are a believer and you engage in the same sins that the
world is committing, you are identifying with the world. If you are
committing adultery, if you are lying and cheating your fellowman,
being covetous, "greedy for gain," you are certainly in danger of
not being ready for the coming of our Blessed Lord.
The Scripture is all the more important when you realize this
message was ,given to believers. We are told, "Let no man
deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh
the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye
therefore partakers with them."
If you are not a believer it is important that you wake up to the
need of responding to the call of God when the Lord speaks to your
Before Moody was converted, he worked in a cornfield hoeing
with a man he called Uncle Reuben. Every now and then Uncle
Reuben would stop hoeing as if to ponder an important decision.
Moody went to the man and asked him what was the matter.
The old man said, "Well, son, you see that house over there?
That is where my mother used to live and now my sister lives
there. I was fourteen years of age when I left my mother's home
to make my way in the world. My mother gave me a New Testa-
ment and told me to read it faithfully, especially Matthew 6:33 -
"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you." The man told his mother
he would not forget it.
The next Sunday he went to church in a. distant city, and the
preacher got out his Bible and read from Mt. 6:33, "Seek ye first
the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things
shall be added unto you." The minister preached his sermon and
then made a call for prayer, pointing his finger to say, "Young
man, give your heart to God."
He refused. Next Sunday he went to church in another town
and the preacher there read from the same text, and after his
sermon pointed his finger to say, "Boy, come give your heart to
Afterward, the young man went out of the church and into the
cemetery where he knelt between the tombstones. He told God
to leave him alone. He wanted to make his way in the world first.
From then on, the young man no longer experienced conviction.
Moody was not saved at the time but after his conversion he
remembered what Uncle Reuben had told him. Fie tried to get in
touch with the old man but found he was in a padded cell, dan-
A month later, Moody arranged to visit Uncle Reuben who when
he saw him grinned insanely and said, "Young man, seek ye first
the Kingdom of God and His righteousness."
Moody broke down and wept. Here was a man paying the
penalty for his rejection of God's love. And although Moody
believed any man could be saved here was a man who spurned
God's love, crossing an unseen line, from which he never
Uncle Reuben was later discharged from the asylum. He was
still insane but no longer dangerous. An~l when he saw Moody, he
pulled his hair and laughed insanely, "Ha, ha, ha. Young man,
seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Ha, ha,
ha. And all these things shall be added unto you."
The Bible says, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of
the Living God." While God is speaking clearly, through His
Word, and by His Spirit, now is the time to heed this message
and receive the Lord. Simply open your heart to the Saviour.
Say to him, "I believe you died on the cross for my sins, and I
receive you as my Saviour and Lord to live for you forevermore,
and be ready when you come."
What a thrilling decision. Seal it with a prayer and a pledge
to tell someone immediately what you have done. And lead them
Indeed, "Be ye therefore ready also, for in such an hour as ye
think not, the Son of man cometh."