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Ask Donnell: What Is Blaspheming Against The Holy Ghost?

Ask Donnell: What Is Blaspheming Against The Holy Ghost?

We received the following question from Roshawn;

Hi Donnell,
Blaspheming against the Holy Spirit is something that I have not understood and anytime I come across it I ask God for an explanation. Now hear this; I was at my computer watching a sermon on YouTube and the preacher in his message (not titled about the Holy Spirit) gave this explanation in connection to Matthew 12:31&32 and I quote:

"God has already promised you some things, but you can talk against the promises of God and lose that promise on the earth. You can say things like; "You know it looks like I’ll never get out of debt." What God has promised you is that you will be the lender so when you say something that is an idle word, that is against what God has promised, you have blasphemed the Holy Ghost. And when you blaspheme Him you will not be let off in the earth and you will lose that reward in heaven."

Those are strong words Donnell. So someone can lose their healing, financial deliverance, and how much more so simply? Help a sister out here- can you confirm this? is this so?

Roshawn, this is one of those questions I've danced around for many years because I just didn't want to answer it. However, now you've backed me against the wall so let's just deal with it once and for all. Before I make any comments about what the preacher said in the YouTube video let me say something. Any explanation that is used to expound on a scripture reference needs to be substantiated either by contextual, historical or background research, "Word" studies and/or simply other scripture references. A Bible teacher can't just say what a scripture means, he has to say why. Even if the explanation is presented as a direct revelation from God, in order for us to teach it as truth to others we need to do our homework.

That being said, let's practice what we preach! We'll begin with the scripture reference.

Matthew 12:31&32(NKJV) - “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

The Greek word used here for blasphemy is "blasphēmia" which means;

1) slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another's good name
2) impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty

It comes from the root word, "blasphēmos" which means;

"speaking evil, slanderous, reproachful, railing, abusive."

These definitions depict blasphemy against The Holy Spirit as a very strong, forceful, declaration of hate that's directed specifically against The Holy Spirit. In other words, you can't blaspheme against The Holy Spirit by mistake. It's impossible to say something and be like; "Oops, I think I blasphemed against The Holy Spirit." That's not going to happen. For someone to slander or hurl abuses at The Holy Spirit, that person's heart has to be full of hatred against God because Jesus said in Matthew 12:34 that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Hence, a Christian cannot blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.

Here are some Biblical examples to help you understand what blasphemy against God looks like;

Revelation 13:4-7(NKJV) - So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.

Revelation 16:8-11(NKJV) - Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory. Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

Blasphemy against God is no joke. It's essentially what Job's wife meant when she told him in Job 2:9 to curse God and die. The Antichrist will set the standard of blasphemy against God and those who choose to follow his lead will also pay the ultimate price. When the bowls of God's wrath are poured out upon the earth these lost souls who would have taken the mark of the beast will refuse to repent and will verbally blaspheme God.

There will be no forgiveness of their sin so they will spend eternity in hell. Why is this significant? This is an exact illustration of the type of blasphemy Jesus was talking about as an unpardonable sin. This is way more than just speaking words of doubt instead of faith. This is a conscious, verbal assault on The Spirit Of The Lord out of pure hatred. People with the guts to do that are literally out of their minds.

The truth is that you can't even blaspheme against any other heavenly beings without paying a high price. Here's how Apostles Peter and Jude addressed that issue.

2 Peter 2:9-12(AMP) - Now if [all these things are true, then be sure] the Lord knows how to rescue the godly out of temptations and trials, and how to keep the ungodly under chastisement until the day of judgment and doom, And particularly those who walk after the flesh and indulge in the lust of polluting passion and scorn and despise authority. Presumptuous [and] daring [self-willed and self-loving creatures]! They scoff at and revile dignitaries (glorious ones) without trembling, Whereas [even] angels, though superior in might and power, do not bring a defaming charge against them before the Lord. But these [people]! Like unreasoning beasts, mere creatures of instinct, born [only] to be captured and destroyed, railing at things of which they are ignorant, they shall utterly perish in their [own] corruption [in their destroying they shall surely be destroyed],

Jude 1:7-9(AMP) - [The wicked are sentenced to suffer] just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the adjacent towns—which likewise gave themselves over to impurity and indulged in unnatural vice and sensual perversity—are laid out [in plain sight] as an exhibit of perpetual punishment [to warn] of everlasting fire. Nevertheless in like manner, these dreamers also corrupt the body, scorn and reject authority and government, and revile and libel and scoff at [heavenly] glories (the glorious ones). But when [even] the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, judicially argued (disputed) about the body of Moses, he dared not [presume to] bring an abusive condemnation against him, but [simply] said, The Lord rebuke you! But these men revile (scoff and sneer at) anything they do not happen to be acquainted with and do not understand; and whatever they do understand physically [that which they know by mere instinct], like irrational beasts—by these they corrupt themselves and are destroyed (perish).

Some people's hearts have become so corrupt that they have developed unnatural boldness against God. This is the kind of boldness that the devil will put into the heart of The Antichrist. Just think about it! Our human minds cannot understand the powers of the spirit yet some of us think we can shake our fists towards heaven. In 2 Kings 19:35 and Isaiah 37:36, the Angel of The Lord killed one hundred and eighty five thousand Assyrians at once. That's it! They were dead! The Bible did not say an army of angels killed all those people it said The Angel of The Lord. That's serious. I've witnessed the boldness of some "militant" atheists and it fascinates me. They dare to open their mouths to revile against God because they don't understand Him. They have no fear of The Lord and that's a dangerous place to be because if He comes after you, you're done!

Last, but not least, let's get a contextual understanding of what triggered Jesus' statement on blasphemy against The Holy Spirit. We can get a much better grasp of what Jesus was saying if we could understand why He was saying it. His statement was not made in a vacuum, it was part of a conversation. Let's take a look at the conversation.

Mark 3:20-30(NKJV) - Then the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. But when His own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, “He is out of His mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.” So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house. “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”— because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Let's first answer this simple question. Why did Jesus say that one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven? The answer is right there in the scriptures. Because they said, "He has an unclean spirit." The truth is that the Holy Ghost lived inside of Jesus and by saying what they said the scribes were really calling the Holy Ghost a demon. That's a direct insult! Therefore, Jesus had to warn them to stop while they were ahead. If they stayed on that path they may have eventually developed the boldness to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and book their place in hell.

In sum, as you can see, the explanation you received from the preacher on YouTube really does not mesh well with the "word study", contextual background check nor additional scriptures we presented today. Blaspheming against The Holy Ghost is a deliberate act directed specifically to The Holy Ghost. It's not indirect. It doesn't just happen. For someone to have the guts to blaspheme against God that person has already rejected God and has chosen an eternity in hell. There's no forgiveness for it.

What the preacher said in your quote made sense in terms of watching your words and making sure you speak words of faith at all times. Yes, since life and death are in the power of your tongue (Proverbs 18:21) you cannot just say anything you please and not expect to reap a harvest from your words. However, using this principle in the same context as blaspheming against the Holy Ghost is a bit extreme. We can't lump the two together.

It is true that Jesus said in Matthew 12:36 that we will be judged for every idle word we speak on the earth. However, it doesn't have to get that far. We can be forgiven if we choose to repent according to 1 John 1:9 for speaking words of doubt. In contrast, we cannot be forgiven for blaspheming against The Holy Spirit. Those are two different things. One is a forgivable sin and the other is unforgivable. It's human nature to doubt sometimes and struggle to believe but blasphemy against God is an act empowered only by the devil.

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