Pastor Russell Gray
I am going to attempt to do this study a little different than I normally do by not actually drawing a conclusion; but instead giving you the question and the material and allowing you to come to your own hypothesis or conclusion. Certainly the study material is somewhat biased to a logical conclusion but it is not truly conclusive as you will see. I want to present and you draw the conclusion.
Is there an unforgiveable sin? Some of you, who know me, know I was raised
in the Church of Christ. To this very day my family attends the Church of Christ and my Dad has served as elder in church. In the Church of Christ, I was taught that all manner of sins can be forgiven (Matthew 12:31, Mark 3:28, Luke 12:10).
The Catholics believe the only unforgiveable sin is suicide, because after it is accomplished, you simply cannot ask for forgiveness. Can't petition for forgiveness then you can't receive forgiveness.
In each verse I mentioned earlier that states we may be forgiven of all manner of sins didn't end there. Each of those verses goes on to speak of the blasphemy of or sin against the Holy Spirit and says that it will NOT be forgiven (Matthew 12:32, Mark 3:29, Luke 12:10).
I John 5:16 also says "If any man see his brother sin a sin WHICH IS NOT UNTO DEATH, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin NOT UNTO DEATH. There IS A SIN UNTO DEATH: I do not say that he shall pray for it..." Let's back up here to verse 14 and you will see John is talking about prayer "And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, He heareth us 15) and if we know that He hear us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him 16) (Re-read verse 16) 17) all unrighteousness is sin: and there IS A SIN UNTO DEATH."
What is this sin unto death? First let's consider the ramifications of a sin unto death. Many Bible commentaries say John is speaking of those sins, under Mosaic law, which required death. But is this a valid interpretation? No where does it talk of that in John. It speaks of prayer and praying when one sins, to ask for or petition for forgiveness, but not if the sin is unto death. Mosaic law lists many sins that were worthy of death. But John isn't speaking of physical death here, he is speaking of one's spiritual death - being disinherited, being
cut-off from Yahweh or maybe best put as selling one's birthright to engage in a
sin unto death.
So what could this sin be? How could this sin be a sin against or blaspheme the Holy Spirit?
Jeremiah 11:14 - 16 may give us a hint at what John was speaking of: "Therefore PRAY NOT THOU FOR THIS PEOPLE, NEITHER LIFT UP A CRY OR PRAYER FOR THEM; FOR I WILL NOT HEAR them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble 15)What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she HATH WROUGHT LEWDNESS WITH MANY,AND THE HOLY FLESH IS PASSED FROM THEE? when thou doest evil thou rejoicest 16) the LORD called thy name, a green olive tree, FAIR, and of goodly fruit..."
So both John and Jeremiah write about some sin that Yahweh will not hear their prayers for. Jeremiah 2:21 - 22 "Yet I have planted thee a NOBLE VINE,
WHOLLY A RIGHT SEED: how then art thou TURNED INTO THE DEGENERATE
PLANT OF A STRANGE vine unto Me? 22)For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is MARKED before Me saith the LORD. " Almost sounds like Jeremiah is saying the sin has marked these people so that not even Bippy could clean it off.
Leviticus 21:7 "They shall NOT take a wife that is a whore or profane...Leviticus 21:15 Neither shall he profane his seed among his people..."
I Corinthians 6:19 says: "What! Know ye not that your body is the TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST WHICH IS IN YOU, WHICH YE HAVE OF GOD, and YE ARE NOT YOUR OWN?" Ezra 9:1 - 2: "Now when these things were done, the princes (elders) came to me, saying, the people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have NOT SEPARATED THEMSELVES from the people of the lands...2) For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the HOLY SEED HAVE MINGLED themselves with the people of those lands..."
Our BODIES are temples of the Holy Spirit, which we have of Yahweh. That means not only given to us (anointed) by Yahweh (Genesis 2:7, Deuteronomy
32:8) but that we carry the Spirit of Yahweh in our temples (bodies) and we are not our own but HOLY FLESH and HOLY SEED as well. Holy seed passed from thee - given away to another race is adulterated.
In Genesis 25:23 Rebekah's told there are two nations in her womb. In Genesis
25:30 - 34 Esau sells his birthright to Jacob, in Hebrews 12:16 the author calls Esau a fornicator and profane person. In Genesis 26: 34 - 35 "Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: 35) Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and Rebekah." In Genesis 36:2 we read "Esau took his wives of the
daughters of Canaan..."
Hosea 5:7 "They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have BEGOTTEN STRANGE CHILDREN..." While this verse is not about Esau/Edom but Israel and Judah the next one is about Esau/Edom Malachi 1:7 "Ye offer POLLUTED BREAD upon mine altar; and ye say, wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, the table of the LORD is contemptible." Do you see the ramifications here. Esau through his adulterated seed polluted the bread (bodies) and by asking in what way have we polluted Yahweh by our race-mixing, just by saying that they say that Yahweh's table (way) is contemptible to them
Malachi 2:10 - 11 "Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by PROFANING the covenant of our fathers? Judah hath dealt treacherously and an ABOMINATION
IS COMMITTED in Israel and in Jerusalem, for Judah hath PROFANED THE HOLINESS OF THE LORD which He loved and HATH MARRIED THE DAUGHTER
OF A STRANGE god."
Hebrews 12:17 "For ye know how that afterward, when he (Esau) would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears." Malachi 2:13 - 15 "And this ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that He regardeth not the offering any more or receiveth it with good will at your hand 14) Yet ye say wherefore? Because the LORD hath been a witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion and the wife of thy covenant. 15)And did he not make one? Yet had he THE RESIDUE OF THE SPIRIT, and wherefore one? That HE MIGHT SEEK A GODLY SEED, therefore TAKE HEED TO YOUR SPIRIT,
and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
But does this sin of race-mixing mean that it is unforgiveable? What if done in ignorance? Leviticus 4:14 - 15 "And if the whole Congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hid from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done somewhat against any of the Commandments of the LORD concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty 15) when the sin, which they have sinned against it, IS KNOWN..." or take verse 23 "Or if his sin, wherein he hath sinned, COME TO HIS KNOWLEDGE..." Then what constitutes ignorance? Having not ever been told? Or having been told the Truth but also being deceived and told (and believing) an untruth? True ignorance of the Truth or ignoring the Truth for an untruth? Let's take a look at Nehemiah 13:3 "Now it came to pass, when they heard the Law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude."
Verses 25 - 27 "And I contended with them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by GOD, saying, Ye shall NOT GIVE YOUR DAUGHTERS UNTO THEIR SONS, NOR TAKE THEIR DAUGHTERS UNTO YOUR SONS OR FOR YOURSELVES. 26) Did not Solomon, king of Israel sin by these things? Yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his GOD, and GOD made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin 27) Shall we hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our GOD in marrying strange wives?"
We know that race-mixing is against the commandments of Yahweh and we break our covenant to serve Him faithfully and loyally when we are violating racial laws and commandments. Is there forgiveness for race-mixing? What if done in ignorance? What if you separate yourself after learning the Truth? What if there are children of that illicit relationship, children that are mamzers? Children that you have polluted and/or corrupted the seed by adulterating it? Is race-mixing a sin against the Holy Spirit? Is polluted seed a sin against the Holy Spirit? I, of course, have my own opinion here and such may be obvious from how I presented this study.
I do not apologize for this nor do I offer my opinion on the subject. It may be argued that rebuke of the Pharisees and Christ's mention of the sin or blasphemy against the Holy Spirit had to do with the Pharisees saying that Yahshua was casting out devils by Beelzebub and were thereby were blaspheming the spirit by which Yahshua did heal. But I ask you to read the progression of the conversation that was taking place. In Matthew 12 verse 22 the Pharisees bring a blind and mute man to Yahshua and Yahshua healed him.
In verse 23 the witnesses were amazed and said: He must truly be the son of David (King), in verse 24 the Pharisees say that Yahshua only casts out devils through Beelzebub the prince of devils (here inferring that Yahshua was of the satanic seed and an unclean mamzer); verse 25 begins that Yahshua knew their thoughts (secret thought and implications of what they said), the verse goes on to say a kingdom divided cannot stand and verse 26 says if "Satan" cast out "Satan" which begins to address the Pharisees accusation: If I was of the Satanic seedline and cast out Satan how would his kingdom stand? Verse 27 you say that I cast out devils by the name of Beelzebub, it is your own "mixed" children who does this (remove the question mark in, verse 27 and make it a statement) let the be the judges.
Verse 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of Yahweh, then the kingdom of Yahweh is come. Verse 29 that one must bind the strong man (Satan) before he can "spoil" his house. Verse 30 Those not with me are against me if you do not gather (Israel) with me you scatter (Israel). Now the verses that are the subject. Actually Yahshua answered the first part and that ended with verse 30. Now read verses 31 - 37. They all go together because Yahshua is speaking of the same thing, He speaks of corrupt fruit from a corrupt tree then says "0 generation of vipers (serpent seedline), how can ye, being evil. Then when the Pharisees say "Give us a sign that you are who you say you are" in verse 38 then Yahshua answers in verse 39 An evil and adulterous (racially mixed) generation...
Yahshua was saying in verses 31 - 39 that they blasphemed the Holy Spirit with their polluted genes just as in Malachi 1:7 they showed contempt for Yahweh
from their polluted arid mixed bodies (genes) and you can't show open contempt for Yahweh and receive forgiveness.