Is Cursing the Holy Spirit the Unforgivable Sin?

Cursing the Holy SpiritMany Christians wonder about the nature of the unforgivable sin and whether or not they have committed it. It is often taught in some churches and Bible studies that cursing the Holy Spirit is the unforgivable sin. This post shows that while it is a sin to curse the Holy Spirit, cursing the Holy Spirit is not the unforgivable sin.

First of all, we must recognize that there are various sins we can commit against the Holy Spirit. These include the sins of grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30; 1 Thess 5:19). Quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit are basically a denial of what the Spirit is doing or a refusal to participate in His work, which means blasphemy against the Spirit must be more serious than these.

Blasphemy against the Spirit is also a sin, and is a sin which will not be forgiven. In fact, it is the only sin which Scripture says is unforgivable. But is Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit the same thing as cursing the Holy Spirit? Some think so. In Matthew 12:31-32, Jesus equates blasphemy of the Spirit with speaking against the Spirit. As a result, many argue that the unforgivable sin is cursing the Holy Spirit.

But when we understand what a curse is and what it means to curse the Holy Spirit, we will see that cursing the Spirit, though a grievous sin, is not the unforgivable sin.

What is a Curse?

But what constitutes a curse?

It is more than just being angry at someone, or calling them bad names.

A curse is when one person wishes or expresses a desire that some sort of adversity, calamity, or misfortune would fall upon someone else.

Blasphemy is best defined as “a reviling judgment” which is not the same thing as a curse.

Furthermore, there is no hint anywhere in Matthew 12:31-32 of anybody cursing the Holy Spirit.

Thus, cursing the Holy Spirit is not the unpardonable sin. There is no hint of anyone in the context committing this sin, or even thinking of doing so.

In fact, most Jewish people at that time did not even believe in the Holy Spirit, so how could they curse Him? They couldn’t.

So cursing the Holy Spirit is not what Jesus had in mind when He spoke about the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

If you have made the mistake of cursing the Holy Spirit, or cursing at Him, do not be afraid that you have committed the unforgivable sin.

You haven’t.

Instead, go to God, confessing your sin, and thanking Him for the forgiveness you already have in Jesus Christ.

Learn More About the Unforgivable Sin

If you have questions about whether or not you have committed the unforgivable sin, here is a whole series of posts I have done on this topic. Feel free to read them all! Please note that most of these posts were drawn from my book, Why You Have Not Committed the Unforgivable Sin, which you can purchase from Amazon for less than $6.

Comments

  1. RM says

    I copied this from another site, this confuse me , ther are so much teaching that it’s confusing
    Yeah, I believe all sins have been forgiven through the finished work of Jesus (except the one that Jesus said would not be forgiven – see below). If a person doesn’t believe before they die, they have already been forgiven of all sins, but they haven’t received it by faith. They die as someone who has been forgiven through what Jesus did, but without having received His life. That’s the difference right there. Being forgiven isn’t the same as being born again as a new creation… born again into new life.

    The sin that won’t be forgiven… blasphemy against the Holy Spirit… is made a little more clear in the Mark 3 account of this same story. Jesus has just cast out a demon from a man, and the scribes are accusing Him of casting out demons by Beelzebub.

    Jesus responds to them by saying that a house divided against itself cannot stand, etc. He says a strong man’s house can’t be plundered unless the strong man is first bound. In other words, it’s a silly notion to say that Satan can cast out Satan.

    Jesus then leads into His talk about the unforgivable sin.

    Mark 3:28-30
    “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, but is subject to eternal condemnation” — because they said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’”

    They are saying that the spirit that Jesus has is UNCLEAN. They are blaspheming (speaking evil of) the Holy Spirit. And to that effect, they are unbelievers.

    Rejply

    • says

      I am not sure I understand your questions, but I think I answered it in some of the other posts on this topic, which are listed in the links above. Read through some of them and let me know what you think.

  2. Michael Robinson says

    I’m sure I have committed this sin, because one night when I was praying to God I thought of when the Holy Spirit talking to me and a I said the word bad. I don’t know why but for some reason I meant that it was bad at the time. I don’t know if you can help but I don’t know what to do.

    • says

      You definitely have not committed this sin.

      God is not so petty that a misspoken word will offend Him enough to send you to hell. He loves you WAY more than that. Even if you had spoken bad words on purpose, this is still not enough for God to cast you away from Himself forever.

  3. says

    THANK YOU so much for “doing your homework” and breaking apart these words. I have done a lot of studying in the past (and heard lots of sermons) on blaspheming the Holy Ghost, but they never addressed this particular topic which I have always wondered about–off and on–because of my cursing the Spirit long ago in my past (but after being saved). One of the best teachings I had heard, that you alluded to, was that the religious leaders wanted the praise of men more than the approval of God, and hence condemned Jesus. Knowing that I hadn’t done that brought some degree of comfort; but under the Mosiac covenant anyone who spoke God’s name lightly was put to death; therefore, I thought, one could deduce that saying, “I curse you, _____,” etc., would be much worse than simply saying, “God,” or “Yahweh,” in the O.T. as a byword. I am so glad I found your website, thank you so much. I feel this nagging doubt I have had has somewhat crippled me spiritually. I will “arise” now by the grace of God;) and move on up spiritually, with, I feel, more strength and confidence in God. Thank you.

    • says

      Thank you Tresha. I really want to write more on this subject (and related topics) in the future, and will hopefully be able to do so later this year. Hope you stick around and learn more along with the rest of the people who are here.

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