In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about the unpardonable sin– the sin for which there is no forgiveness. Here are some excerpts:

The Unpardonable Sin

…[W]hen a person sins against the Holy Spirit, he sins against his own conscience. He sins against the light that is in him. That is exactly what those teachers of the law had done. They had seen Jesus heal a man who couldn’t see and who couldn’t speak. Indeed, they had seen our Lord do many wonderful things. They had witnessed His deeds of mercy; they had heard His words of compassion; but deliberately they had hardened their hearts, and declared His ministry to be the work of the devil…

The Sin for Which There is No Forgiveness

What, then, is the sin for which there is no forgiveness?  It is the sin against your own conscience. The Spirit of God keeps trying to get through to each one of us, whispering to us in the innermost sanctuary of the soul, and saying, without any possibility of misinterpretation, “This is right, and that is wrong!” Suppose a person refuses to obey that still small voice of God as it speaks to heart and conscience. What happens? Slowly but inexorably the voice of the Holy Spirit is silenced, conscience is blunted, and the pitiable individual is rendered incapable of distinguishing between light and darkness, between good and evil…

Spiritual Darkness

…The unpardonable sin is not unpardonable because God refuses to pardon it, but because it leads a person to the place where through his own fault, he becomes increasingly incapable of distinguishing between what is sinful and what is not. It is the sin of so continuously calling good evil or evil good that the power of discrimination is destroyed, and therefore, the power to repent and flee from sin is irretrievably lost. The soul cannot respond to the light of God’s truth, for it now knows no difference between light and darkness…


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


September 29, 1996

Matthew 12:31-32

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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