Today I found out about a website that saddens me. It is something I feel we should all pray about and pray for those who are participating because they do not know the Truth of the Lord.
The site is called The Blasphemy Challenge (I'm not going to link the site, but you can search for it if you want). The are offering a free copy of the DVD The God Who Wasn't There to anyone who is willing to upload a video in which they deny the Holy Spirit. They are basing it on the verse Mark 3:29 which says "But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin."
I'm not sad because I believe these individuals uploading the videos are damned eternally and can not be saved. I'm sad because they are believing the lies of the enemy. I'm sad because they don't understand how much the Lord really loves them and what He has done for them.
As far as the committing of an unforgivable sin, I believe this verse is being twisted. This is what the enemy does. He twists the truth, which works better than outright lies. While I don't claim to know everything regarding God's Word or even this verse, I don't believe this means just vocally denying the Holy Spirit, although that is a large part of it.
I've done some research online to see what others say about this. One site, Got Questions.org, claims this sin can not be committed any longer because it relates specifically to the action reported in the Bible in the context of the verse. Jesus has been accused of performing miracles in the name of Satan, instead of by the power of the Holy Spirit. This article states because Jesus is no longer on earth, this sin can not be committed any longer.
I don't tend to believe this is the case. I do believe that denying the Holy Spirit though is a very deliberate act in which the person performing the act knows EXACTLY what they are doing. And I mean REALLY knowing. These poor individuals making these videos may think they know what they are doing, but they really do not know God. I believe this sin means you know God and deliberately turn your back on Him. I've often been told, if you are worried that you may have committed this sin, then you haven't.
There very well may be some on this website that are committing the unparodonable sin, but that is not a call that I can make. Only they and God know their true intentions and understanding of what they are doing. I pray that this is not the case and that the Holy Spirit will speak to them and turn them around. Either way, this fills me with a deep sadness. I truely don't understand how someone can totally turn their back on their Creator. A few years ago this site would have angered me, but the closer I get to God, the more these type of things just sadden me.
Some other articles I found regarding Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit include:
I don't necessarily agree with everything in each of these articles, but they do give you food for thought.
If you do a search for it, you'll come up with tons of articles.
The bottom line is that if you love God and are worried about having committed this sin, then you have not.