“Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” – Matthew 12.32
The bible teaches that there is one sin in which there is no forgiveness, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.
But what is that?
Most of my readers will have some level of acquaintance with what the Shepherd’s Chapel teaches about these things, here’s a brief refresher…
According to the Chapel only the “elect” can commit it during the tribulation when they are delivered up before the Antichrist to give a testimony in the Pentecost tongue. The “elect” according to the Chapel is a specific number of literal Hebrews, the 144,000.
Muray teaches that it is not possible for anyone else to commit this sin other than the elect. He assures us that he has serious doubts that any of the elect will commit this sin, though the possibility remains…
When seen for what it is we find a serious level of religious manipulation with this doctrine but I will let you decide how that is the case.
In Matthew we find the Pharisees bringing some pretty serious accusations against Jesus Christ on account of his miracles, we read…
“But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.” – Matthew 12:24
Jesus was by the power of the Holy Spirit perfoming miracles, such as casting out devils. The Pharisees acknowledged that Christ had power but was essentially calling that power Satanic.
They were calling the Spirit that was within Christ giving him the power to do such things, Beelzebub, an unclean spirit.
Jesus gives his reasoning for how this was not so then gives them this ominous warning…
(Mat 12:31) 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.
(Mat 12:32) And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
So on closer inspection we see that this circumstance and what Jesus is talking about has absolutely nothing to do with the so called “elect” denying the Holy Spirit the ability to speak through them during the tribulation. None whatsoever.
You have to witness the power of the Holy Spirit to blaspheme it. The pharisees witneseed this in a very powerful way and denied that Spirit.
They were calling the Spirit of Christ, an evil spirit. They asserted that the work that He did by the Spirit was a work of evil. The pharisees continuously witnessed Christ’s power to perform miracles and sought to destroy Him.
Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is complete defiance and rebellion against the unveiled presence and glory of God… not something the Chapel’s elect do during a fictitious tribulation scenario when they refuse to speak in tongues.
Notice that Jesus doesn’t even say that the pharisees are guilty of this sin but warns them that they are in danger of committing it. It is a sin that when committed makes repentence impossible. We should seek the Lord dilegently to understand the nature of such a sin…
Murray’s teaching about the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is sheer nonsense and obscures the true meaning of the text.