The Blasphemy Against the Holy Ghost: An Inquiry into the Scriptural Teaching Regarding the Unpardonable Sin -- By: Barnard Franklin

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 093:370 (Apr 1936)
Article: The Blasphemy Against the Holy Ghost: An Inquiry into the Scriptural Teaching Regarding the Unpardonable Sin
Author: Barnard Franklin


The Blasphemy Against the Holy Ghost:
An Inquiry into the Scriptural Teaching Regarding the Unpardonable Sin

Barnard Franklin

Introduction

Much error and little truth are evidenced in the popular sermons on “The Blasphemy Against the Holy Ghost.” Were it not for the confusion occasioned by the various opinions of men, a few words might suffice to explain the nature of this awful Sin. The various theories advanced are confusing and only reflect the many “explanations” offered by different ones.

Whatever the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is, it involves eternal guilt beyond the pale of divine forgiveness, and it need be committed but once to incur its penalty.

Without question, every unregenerate sinner who dies in unbelief must of necessity reject divine mercy for a last time. And, of course, this final rejection becomes a sin that

can never be forgiven. But the same can be said for the first rejection, and the second, and the third! And, too, all the other sins of the impenitent dead are forever unpardonable!

The preaching of the gospel of the grace of God is negative as well as positive. “He that believeth not shall not see life,” is the teaching of Scripture, and the true evangelist will warn against the awful sin of unbelief. But neither unbelief nor the final rejection of Christ can rightly be called the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

In this age grace reigns, and “as long as there is life there is hope.” Each successive denial of Christ may serve to harden the sinner’s heart. But why should any assume that the voice of the Spirit in conviction grows more faint with each denial? Would it not be more in keeping with the great love demonstrated at Calvary to believe that with each successive rejection of the gospel message God would increase the force of the Spirit’s appeal? Obviously, it takes a more forceful appeal to move a man of fifty, than it does to move a lad of fifteen.

Then, what is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? It is neither a problem in metaphysics nor a question to be settled by external evidence. It is solely a question of divine revelation. What saith the Scripture?

The Unpardonable Sin, A Fact

There is an unpardonable sin, and, according to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, the one committing it is “guilty of an eternal sin” (Mark 3:29 R.V.). The purpose of this paper is to enquire into the exact nature of this unpardonable sin so as to leave no doubt as to its character.

There is a modern concept of the “unpardonable sin” that is very popu...

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