What is the unpardonable sin?
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Question: What is the unpardonable sin?
Answer: The most controversial verses concerning the unpardonable sin are in the gospels. Jesus himself taught about this kind of sin:
"Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were amazed and said, 'Could this be the Son of David?'
"Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, 'This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.'
"But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: " . . . If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself . . . And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, BY WHOM DO YOUR SONS CAST THEM OUT? But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you . . .
"'Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men . . . whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.' " (Matthew 12:22-28, 31-32, NKJV throughout)
Now let us take a look at the verses in Mark regarding the unpardonable sin:
"And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He (Jesus) has Beelzebub," and, "By the ruler of the demons He (Jesus) casts out demons."
"So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: 'How can Satan cast out Satan? . . .
"'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 . . .' " (Mark 3:22-23, 28-29)