The Unpardonable Sin according to Sister Ellen White

The sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit does not lie in any sudden word or deed; it is the firm, determined resistance of truth and evidence.” The Lord has been calling His people.  In a most marked manner He has revealed His divine presence.  But the message and the messengers have not been received but despised. I longed that those who have greatly needed the message of divine love would hear Christ’s knock at the door of the heart and let the heavenly guest enter.  But at the hearts of some, Jesus has knocked in vain. In rejecting the message given at Minneapolis, men committed sin. They have committed far greater sin by retaining for years, the same hatred against God’s messengers, by rejecting the truth that the Holy Spirit has been urging home. By making light of the message given, they are making light of the Word of God..." — Manuscript 30, March 1890, par. 16, 17

"God gives sufficient evidence for the candid mind to believe; but he who turns from the weight of evidence because there are a few things which he cannot make plain to his finite understanding will be left in the cold, chilling atmosphere of unbelief and questioning doubts, and will make shipwreck of faith."

- Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, p. 232, 233, 1876

“What constitutes the sin against the Holy Ghost? It is willfully attributing to Satan the work of the Holy Spirit.” — Testimonies for the Church, vol 5, p. 634.1, 1889

 

Ellen White gives another definition for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit which is significant.

 

"No one need look upon the sin against the Holy Ghost as something mysterious and indefinable.  The Sin against the Holy Ghost is the sin of persistent refusal to respond to the invitations to repent." - Review & Herald, June 29, 1897

"Satan has ability to suggest doubts and to devise objections to the pointed testimony that God sends, and many think it a virtue, a mark of intelligence in them, to be unbelieving and to question and quibble.  Those who desire to doubt will have plenty of room.  God does not propose to remove all occasion for unbelief.  He gives evidence, which must be carefully investigated with a humble mind and a teachable spirit, and all should decide from the weight of evidence."  - Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3, p. 255, 1873

In Matthew 12:22-30 we find Jesus casting out a demon. The Pharisees claimed He did it by the power of the devil.  But Jesus being fully man said He did it by the Spirit of God.

"v22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.  v23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? v24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.  v25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:  v26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?  v27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.  v28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.  v29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.  v30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad."

 

He then informs them that they can speak against the Son of man and be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

"v31 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.  v32 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."

 

Why?

 

Because verse 28 says He did this by the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember that Jesus was the Word made flesh and was fully man. The Pharisees were not insulting the Son of man but the Spirit of God by whose power the demon was cast out and hence were blaspheming the Holy Spirit by attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan.

 

So Matthew 12:22-32 (refer also to Mark's account in Mark 3:20-30) reveals that the unpardonable sin and blasphemy against the Holy Spirit to be attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan.

 

Trinitarians who do not understand this often say that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is trying to share truth on this topic. But it is in fact, Trinitarians that are guilty of blasphemy. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, not another being which was a creation of Satan 348 years after the cross.

 

And so since the Trinitarian accepts Satan’s counterfeit for the Holy Spirit, which is a non-existent being, it is the Trinitarian that inadvertently attributes the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan which is the unpardonable sin! This is clearly a very serious issue. 

 

Friends, believers, beloved, this topic of blaspheming can be quite contentious.  People are misled often about this in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and I would think, many others.  Sadly the King James Bible version refers to the Holy Spirit primarily as a Holy Ghost where the majority of other translations properly refer to it as the Holy Spirit.  In the case of the Scriptures found in Matthew and Mark, it is referred to as “THE SPIRIT.”   I would like to draw your attention to the fact that GOD Himself is a Spirit. 

The Son of man: Jesus Christ

 

The Holy Spirit or “the Spirit”:  God is a Spirit - John 4:23-24

 

God is light – 1 John 1:5 - This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 

Our God is a consuming fire – Hebrews 12:29.

 

God is Love – 1 John 4:7-11, 16, Romans 8:39.

 

God is the Holy Father - John 17:11

 

God is God the Father - John 6:27, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Galatians 1:1, 1:3, Ephesians 6:23, Philippians 2:11, 1 Thessalonians 1:1, 2 Timothy 1:2, Titus 1:4, 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Peter 1:17, 2 John 1:3, Jude 1:1.

 

God is Holy, His existence is referred to as Holy - “I AM HOLY” - Joshua 24:19, Leviticus 11:44, 45, 19:2, 21:8, 21:22, 1 Samuel 2:2, 6:20, 1 Chronicles 29:16, Psalm 71:22, 78:41, 99:5, 99:9, 106:47, Isaiah 5:16, 29:23, 30:15, 43:3, 48:17, 52:10, 54:5, 55:5, 60:9, Jeremiah 60:9, 51:5, Ezekiel 20:39, 36:22, 39:25, Hosea 11:9, Habakkuk 1:12, 3:3, Ephesians 4:30, Revelation 4:8.

 

WHAT GOD IS, IS A HOLY SPIRIT.  GOD IS THE HOLY SPIRIT.  It is His Spirit, the Spirit of GOD.  That is why the sin against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, for it is a sin against God Himself. The one living and true God, and no one else.  And not a portion of a plurality of persons or one of the three persons of a man made creedal godhead that is unbiblical.

“What constitutes the sin against the Holy Ghost? It is willfully attributing to Satan the work of the Holy Spirit.” — Testimonies for the Church, vol 5, p. 634.1, 1889

Ellen White gives another definition for blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

The sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit does not lie in any sudden word or deed; it is the firm, determined resistance of truth and evidence.” — Manuscript 30, March 1890, par. 16

Rejecting a being called "god the holy spirit" (not found in scripture) from the trinity doctrine is not blaspheming the Holy Spirit. It is resisting Truth and Evidence on the matters that pertain to God, and speaking directly against Him that is blaspheming!