Can a Christian commit blasphemy and be lost?

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Blasphemy is a serious matter in Christian faith. It is often understood as speaking irreverently or contemptuously about God or sacred things. The question of whether a Christian can commit blasphemy and be lost is a topic of theological debate within Christianity. To address this question thoroughly, it’s important to examine key biblical passages and doctrinal perspectives. Let’s delve into this important question, exploring various viewpoints within Christianity.

Understanding Blasphemy in Christianity

The concept of blasphemy has roots in both the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, blasphemy is condemned and punishable by death under Mosaic Law (Leviticus 24:16). In the New Testament, Jesus warns against blasphemy, stating that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven (Matthew 12:31-32).

The passage in Matthew 12:31-32 is pivotal in discussions about blasphemy and salvation. In the New King James Version (NKJV), it reads:

“Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.”

This passage raises questions about the nature of the unforgivable sin and whether it is possible for a Christian to commit it. Traditional interpretations often assert that the unforgivable sin is a persistent rejection of the work of the Holy Spirit, particularly attributing the works of God to Satan, as the Pharisees did when they accused Jesus of casting out demons by Beelzebub (Matthew 12:22-32).

Can a Believer Commit Blasphemy?

The Bible teaches that a person, who accepted Jesus as his personal Savior can in the future choose to reject the Lord and commit blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. This is because God created men with the freedom of choice. An example of this is King Saul, who was once converted and filled with the Holy Spirit (1 Samuel 10:11,13) but later on in his life, he chose to follow his own ways. Consequently, he lost his faith in the process and thus committed the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (1 Samuel 13:14). And as a result, “the spirit of the LORD departed” from him (1 Samuel 16:14).

The Holy Spirit teaches us the things we need to know for our salvation (John 14:26), guides us into all truth (John 16:13), and convicts us of sin (John 16:7, 8). Not only does the Spirit expose sin; He convicts of positive righteousness. He urges men to accept the righteousness of Christ, both the imputed (Romans 10:3–10) and the imparted (Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:13). Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the gradual persistent rejection of His pleadings to repentance.

Therefore, as long as a person allows the Holy Spirit to teach him, to guide him, and to convict him, he is not guilty of committing the unpardonable sin. But if a person refuses the Spirit’s ministry in his heart, then starts the path of committing the unpardonable sin. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is, therefore, a constant resisting of the love of God’s Spirit to the point of not being able to hear His voice, thus hardening the person’s conscience (1 Timothy 4:2).

This is the “grieving away” of the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul urged the believers saying, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit, wherewith you are sealed” (Ephesians 4:30). A believer that rejects the call to repent, eventually, loses the desire to obey God, and therefore cannot be saved because he has rejected the Spirit that convicts of sin (John 16:8). Each believer is free at any point to continue with the Lord or not to continue in His path. Divine love doesn’t force man. Humans are free to choose their own path.

Theological Perspective

The Bible teaches the doctrine of freedom of choice. The Lord says,”choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). Based on the Biblical doctrine of freedom of choice, the Arminian theology emphasizes human free will and the possibility of apostasy. It typically holds that a Christian can commit blasphemy and be lost if they persist in rejecting the Holy Spirit’s conviction unto salvation. They teach that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit represents a willful, ongoing rejection of God’s grace and conviction.

Conclusion

The question of whether a Christian can commit blasphemy and be lost is an important issue that deals with salvation and the freedom of choice. The Bible teaches that persistent rejection of the Holy Spirit’s work can certainly lead to spiritual loss. Ultimately, questions about blasphemy and salvation should lead Christians to reflect on the seriousness of sin, the necessity of repentance, and the assurance of God’s grace.

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