I get letters from those who feel that they have committed the unforgivable sin, Blasphemy of the Spirit. The frantic are feeling that they have crossed the line and they are no longer in the realm of grace but now in the realm of the dead. As I probe a little deeper and ask why they feel such a way they usually respond by saying that they had a “weird thought.” I then probe even deeper and they explain that they have had thoughts of cursing God or having filthy imaginations. Now, although such things are not welcoming to one’s personal space, I do have to remind them of what the Word of God says on such things:
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 KJV).
While the thoughts are intrusive they are not what constitute Blasphemy of the Spirit. The imaginations are a temptation at times and when we resist the thoughts we resist the temptation, therefore, we are not guilty. As I explain this to the person of panic, they are now somewhat relieved to hear that they have not crossed the line of no return. They are now given weapons to combat the wayward daydreaming and bring the synapses under control. I must warn them however, there is a place they do not want to go and that place is “speaking” those things which are dwelling in the thoughts:
“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. 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.” (Matthew 12:31-32).
Now, this is where one does not want their thoughts to progress. If one has gone this far, then they MAY have crossed the line and stepped into the land of unforgiveness, eternal damnation.
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37).
The words that come out of one’s mouth are what will condemn them. We may think certain things in an instant and those thoughts can be immediately cast down and disregarded. But when we speak those things that are ruminating in our hearts then that’s where we will be held accountable.
The Blasphemy of the Spirit is just as the scripture says, “speaketh a word against the Holy Ghost.” That Greek word is “Kata” which means to speak down or against. When Jesus was casting out devils he was charged with casting out devils in the name of Beelzebub:
“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).
“But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you” (Matthew 12:28).
We see that it was the working of the Spirit that the Pharisees were speaking against. They tried to take away the legitimacy of God’s working through his Spirit and deem it merely a working of the prince of devils. This was Blasphemy.
Now in our modern times we may not attribute the manifestations of the Spirit and the workings of God to Beelzebub, but there are other statements made by Blasphemers that will get them eternally condemned. A few of the statements I have heard in the past have risen a red flag. These statements were something to the effect:
“Speaking in tongues is not of God but gibberish”
“Speaking in tongues is of the devil or a kundalini spirit”
The error here is that the person saying such a thing has no understanding of the working of the Spirit and the baptism of the Holy Ghost manifestation so they in their pride and mockery speak down and against the Spirit of God. This is a form of Blasphemy.
Another statement I have heard goes something like this:
“Those people in that church jumping and dancing around look foolish and act like crazy people”
The error here is that the person saying such things has no understanding of diverse forms of worship and praise and with a prideful heart they quickly seek to speak against the glorifying of God. This is major foolishness. God even cursed a woman and made her barren because she mocked the Spirit of God working through praise and worship while David danced in the Sprit:
“And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.” (2 Samuel 6:16).
This may have been a progression towards Blasphemy of the Spirit since it began in her heart and thoughts, Notice the response of David:
“And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.” (2 Samuel 6:21-23).
Another statement I have heard in the past goes something like this:
“You are preaching as a false prophet, and God is not in you”
The error here is that a person is so calloused in their sin that they reprimand the preacher who is under the influence of the Spirit of God and accuse him of being a false teacher/prophet. They speak down and against the preaching and say it is not of God but of the devil. This is a major error. Many of these people are often reprobates or full of pride. That is why it is very important to hold one’s tongue and make sure their words are few:
“Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).
Righteous judgment is a good thing and that is what we must do but we cannot go around randomly slandering people and speaking against ministries for fun. This is what is popular in “exposure” type ministries. Most of these so called ministries are people who are already reprobates or have spirit of jealousy and an evil heart. They are too far gone to realize it. They have lost the conviction and leading of God and become numb to the Spirit. Even though we may disagree with a ministry we should not throw the whole ministry out and deem it of the devil.
For example Kenneth Copeland. It’s easy to go with the flow and call him a false teacher and in some respects in his teachings, he is. I would agree. I am not endorsing him. However, in the past I have heard certain things that he speaks that are in line with scripture and can be a blessing if applied to one’s walk with God. Individual teachings on subjects should be rightly discerned and received or rejected. But to deem the whole ministry and man diabolical, this is major error and unsafe. That is why in this ministry we are not in the business of “exposing” people and judging unrighteous judgments. We may see things that bring an alert and we may speak on that but we must not speak down or against the working of the Spirit. God will separate the wheat and the tares but for now they grow together.
The Spirit will lead and guide one into all Truth. If one is walking in the Spirit of God and obeying his Word and commands then he will have a keen insight as to what is of the Spirit and what is not.
As Jesus stated:
“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?” (Matthew 12:25-26).
Having an awkward thought is not Blasphemy of the Spirit, those thoughts can be cast down and rebuked. But acting upon those thoughts and letting them progress through the lips, now, that is where a man can bring himself into an eternal curse.
“He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.” (Proverbs 13:3).