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I'm 99% Sure I Committed the Unpardonable Sin - Ask Pastor Tim

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    Maybe I've said this before,
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    the two topics that seem to be
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    the most sought after,
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    of the most interest that James posts,
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    it seems like either have to do
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    with the battle against
    sexual sin and temptation,
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    or this one classic question
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    has to do with the unpardonable sin.
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    And we've dealt with it.
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    We had a special -
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    we filmed a special interview basically
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    where I dealt with that,
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    and then have we ever dealt with it
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    in any other APT's?
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    Five times?
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    So, that's how often
    this situation comes up.
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    Let me read it to you.
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    "I've committed the unforgivable sin -
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    99% chance.
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    I just want to ask you
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    what happens when you commit it?
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    Because here's what happened to me.
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    Everything went away.
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    Honestly, everything.
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    Even temptations now - I have none."
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    I don't think that's exactly
    what he means to say.
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    I think he means that
    even with temptations,
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    everything has gone away.
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    He has no ability to resist or fight
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    I think is what he means.
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    "Emotions - I have only fear.
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    I don't even love my family anymore.
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    It all happened two days ago
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    after I blasphemed the Holy Spirit
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    in my mind.
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    I didn't mean the words that I said,
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    but somehow I said them from my heart
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    in my mind.
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    It was just like in one
    second, there it was.
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    I cannot believe it.
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    I asked God if I've really done this,
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    and my conscience says that I did.
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    I've been begging for forgiveness
    and nothing happened.
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    I cannot recognize when
    I commit sin anymore.
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    I'm not being convicted.
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    I wish I was never born."
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    Now, let me just say this.
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    When a person is perceived
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    to be struggling,
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    oftentimes what that provokes,
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    or we think should be provoked from us
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    is pity.
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    But the thing is with spiritual things,
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    sometimes the things
    that people struggle with
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    or the problems that they have
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    is not actually something to be pitied;
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    it's something that they
    are to be blamed for.
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    There are ways of handling
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    problems that people have
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    that can seem less than compassionate.
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    I feel like I have read so many -
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    this is the classic question.
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    There are so many individuals.
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    I've spent I don't know how much time
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    with people on the phone
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    and by email,
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    and if I've spent that much time,
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    James has probably spent a
    hundred times that amount.
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    Craig is answering.
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    He's dealing with that.
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    Do you ever give those things to Jeff?
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    James: A lot of the unpardonable
    sin ones Jeff gets. Yes.
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    Tim: Okay.
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    So here's Ichabod Spencer.
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    This man lived about 200 years ago.
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    He was a pastor in the northeast.
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    He wrote this book.
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    I highly recommend it.
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    It's called "A Pastor's Sketches."
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    What this book is -
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    now you talk about photographic memory -
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    he must have had a photographic memory.
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    He could interview somebody
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    and then sit down and write
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    and record the conversation that he had
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    word for word.
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    And this is what we have here.
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    We have him dealing with people -
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    both Christians in struggles that they had
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    and unbelievers -
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    him dealing with them
    in an evangelistic sense.
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    It's an extremely helpful book.
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    He deals with some problems
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    that are timeless.
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    They're not just things people
    struggled with 200 years ago.
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    And here is a short chapter
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    where he deals with a young lady
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    who believed that she
    committed the unpardonable sin.
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    And I want you all to hear it.
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    Because what has struck me
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    about the vast majority of the people
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    that think that they've committed
    the unpardonable sin,
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    is even if you could convince
    them that they hadn't,
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    I'm not really convinced these people
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    are lining up to be saved.
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    I think the real problem is
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    they think that it's no
    longer within their capacity
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    to be saved when they want to be saved
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    and that's what concerns them.
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    Not that they really want to be saved;
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    they just want to know that they can be
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    if they want to.
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    And they've done something,
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    and whether the devil's involved in it
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    and whispering in their ear
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    and condemning them,
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    or trying to convince them
    that they've committed it
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    when they haven't committed it,
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    I don't know.
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    How much it's their own conscience;
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    how much it's their own ignorance.
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    But listen to this.
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    "Her most common topic..."
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    This young lady he's speaking to.
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    "Her most common topic
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    was the magnitude of her sins.
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    She was such a sinner
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    that there was no mercy for her."
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    And he would try to convince her
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    the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth
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    from all sin.
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    Well, at this point, he doensn't know
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    that she thinks she has committed
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    the unpardonable sin.
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    He's pressing her.
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    He's visiting with her from time to time.
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    "One day, as I was urging this point,
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    and entreating her to be reconciled to God
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    by yielding her heart to the persuasions
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    of the Holy Spirit,
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    she said to me,
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    'I believe I've committed
    the unpardonable sin.'"
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    Now listen to how he interacts with her.
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    "What makes you think so?"
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    See, that's a good question to ask people.
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    People who come along and say,
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    "I've committed the unpardonable sin."
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    Well, ask them why they think so?
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    Because what you want to be
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    is you want to be a soul doctor.
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    You want to try to help people.
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    Why would they think
    that they committed it?
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    "'Well, I feel so,' she said hesitatingly.
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    'What makes you feel so?'
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    'Well, the Lord would have forgiven me
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    before this time if there was
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    any forgiveness for me.'"
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    And he says to her,
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    "He will forgive you now
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    if you will repent of sin
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    and trust in the redemption of Christ."
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    Now listen, no matter what anybody says
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    they think they've done,
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    I'll guarantee you this,
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    if somebody repents and trusts
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    the redemption of Christ,
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    they will be saved.
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    You say what if they've
    committed the unpardonable sin?
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    I don't care what they've committed.
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    If they will trust Christ,
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    Jesus said He will not turn away anybody
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    that comes to Him.
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    That's what He says.
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    And so that's a good
    place to go with people.
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    No matter what you think
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    that you've committed,
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    if you will repent of sin
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    and trust in the redemption of Christ,
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    He will forgive you now.
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    That's based on His promises.
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    "'No,' said she,
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    'I've committed the unpardonable sin.
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    There is no forgiveness for me.'
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    She wept and sobbed aloud."
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    So this isn't superficial with her.
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    This is deep. She feels this.
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    "Said I, 'How long have you been thinking
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    that you committed the unpardonable sin?'
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    She answered, 'I have
    known it a long time.'"
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    See, that was a good
    first question he asked.
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    What makes you think you've committed it?
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    Now, here's a good question too
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    when somebody asks it.
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    What is the unpardonable sin?
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    You know, you get a lot of people
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    that think they've committed it.
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    (incomplete thought)
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    Listen to how she answers.
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    "'What is the unpardonable sin?'
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    She answered, 'the sin
    against the Holy Ghost
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    which hath never forgiveness
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    neither in this world
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    nor in the world to come.'"
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    But see, although that's
    correct what she said,
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    that isn't what the sin is.
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    "He says, 'What is the sin
    against the Holy Ghost?'
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    After much hesitation, she replied,
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    'It is the sin that
    Jesus Christ mentioned,
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    speaking against the Holy Ghost.'
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    He asked her, 'Have you been
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    speaking against the Holy Ghost?'
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    'Oh no, I have not done that,' said she.
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    'What then do you mean?
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    What is your unpardonable sin?'
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    She gave no answer."
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    You see, that's the thing that you would
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    ask somebody is
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    have you been speaking against the Spirit?
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    I mean, you remember what those Jews did?
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    They were saying that Jesus
    had an unclean spirit.
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    (incomplete thought)
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    And they were doing it maliciously.
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    They were doing it willfully; purposely.
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    It's not like a thought
    shot through their minds,
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    and they're like, "Oh no!
    I thought that thought!
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    Now I've committed the unpardonable sin!"
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    They're attacking Christ.
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    They're maliciously saying,
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    "He casts out demons
    by the prince of demons."
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    You see what they're doing?
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    And she said, "No, I have not been."
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    "She gave no answer.
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    I continued to ask,
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    'When did you commit
    this unpardonable sin?'
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    She said nothing.
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    'Tell me what it is.' She said nothing.
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    'How came you to commit it?'
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    She said nothing.
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    'What makes you think
    you've committed it?'
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    She said, 'God would have forgiven me
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    before this time if I
    had not committed it.'
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    'Before this time? What do you mean?'
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    'Why I have been a great while
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    seeking religion.'
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    He answered, 'Because you've
    been so long seeking it,
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    you think it's no present fault of yours
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    that you have not found it?
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    But that God will not forgive you
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    because months ago you committed
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    the unpardonable sin?
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    Is that what you mean?'
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    'Yes sir.'
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    'Very well,' said I.
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    'I suppose you want nothing more of me
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    if you're unpardonable.
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    I can do nothing for
    you if that is the case.
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    I may as well leave you.
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    You may go to your closet and tell God
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    as you kneel before Him
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    that you are willing to repent,
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    that you're willing to trust in Christ,
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    you're willing to obey God in all things,
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    and that it's no fault of yours
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    that you're not a Christian.
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    Tell Him that the only thing now
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    in your way to salvation
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    is that old unpardonable sin
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    which He will not forgive.
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    Goodbye.'
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    I left her at once."
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    Now, you think.
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    I would say that to this man.
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    I would say that to anybody
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    who thinks they've committed
    the unpardonable sin.
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    See, that gets right to the point.
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    Are you saying that you're ready
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    to take Christ at His word
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    and trust what He's done on that cross?
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    You're ready to turn from your sin?
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    You're ready to follow Christ
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    and take His commandments
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    as your daily meat, your daily food,
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    and follow Him?
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    You're ready to do that?
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    You desire to do that?
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    And you're telling me
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    that you're actually repentant
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    and you're believing,
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    but God won't save you
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    because of that unpardonable sin?
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    You see, that would make God to be a liar.
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    Because God says if you trust His Son
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    you will be saved.
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    You will not be ashamed.
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    Scripture says that if you repent,
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    you will not likewise perish.
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    If you don't repent, you will perish.
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    If you do repent, you'll be saved.
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    God's a liar otherwise.
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    (incomplete thought)
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    So, he walks away.
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    Now listen, let me tell you this.
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    Too often, especially
    with young believers,
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    you can feel like if people
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    are willing to listen,
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    you'll just talk on and on and on
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    and on and on and on...
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    Some of you are getting
    involved in door-to-door ministry.
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    You do not have to talk to
    somebody for two hours
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    just because they're willing to talk.
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    You can tell them the truth.
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    If they have valid questions,
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    you can seek to answer them,
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    but you don't have to go in circles.
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    You can walk away.
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    Do you notice that the rich young ruler,
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    Jesus didn't debate with him.
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    He laid it all on the
    table, and that was it.
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    In that case, Jesus wasn't
    the one that walked away;
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    the rich, young ruler was.
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    But you know what? Same thing.
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    You do not have to go on and on.
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    I'm afraid that many
    less mature Christians
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    would have sat with this girl
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    and they would have almost carried her
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    into the kingdom.
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    He walked.
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    And you know He often did that.
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    You know, Asahel Nettleton -
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    he was a contemporary of Ichabod Spencer.
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    He was very greatly used
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    in the second Great Awakening.
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    He would walk away from whole churches.
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    He would stay away from whole churches.
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    If he saw that their
    attitudes weren't right
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    about revival;
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    if he saw that they
    weren't trusting the Lord,
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    they were trusting him...
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    (Incomplete thought)
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    It's not our calling to simply say
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    as much as we possibly can
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    to every single person in this world.
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    In fact, we're told things like
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    don't cast your pearls before swine.
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    Jesus told His own disciples
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    if they don't receive you,
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    you shake the dust off
    your feet and hit the road.
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    It's amazing sometimes we feel like
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    we just have to go on and on and on,
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    like our multitude of words
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    is going to persuade them.
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    You know what? If they
    don't receive the truth,
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    there's a place just to walk away.
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    And sometimes that can
    be the most powerful thing,
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    because what you're doing -
    you gave them the truth,
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    now you're leaving them with the Lord.
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    By the way, it's the Lord you need to have
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    speak to people through your words
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    more than your multitude of words.
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    "The next day..."
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    See, he walked away from her
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    and how she's not comfortable.
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    Her own conscience is going crazy.
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    "The next day, she sent for me again.
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    I found her as I did not expect."
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    See, he expected that this
    was going to be beneficial.
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    And that she'd come to the Lord.
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    He said, "I found her in
    the same state of mind;
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    brooding sadly over the unpardonable sin.
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    After much conversation and aiming
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    to remove the difficulty
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    and assuring her of her error,
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    she still insisted,
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    'I've committed the unpardonable sin.
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    I know I have. I know I have.
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    I know I have.'
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    I desired her after a few moments
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    to quit her agitation
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    and fix her thoughts on things
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    which I was going to say to her."
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    You know what he said to her?
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    He said young lady,
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    I'm going to speak to you plainly.
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    He said you're going to understand
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    every word I say.
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    That's good.
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    "Some of the things which I shall say
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    may surprise you,
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    but I want you to remember them.
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    All along through the summer
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    I've treated you with the utmost kindness
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    and indulgence.
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    I've always come to you
    when you've sent for me
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    and many times when you
    have not sent for me.
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    It's because I feel
    kindly towards you still
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    and wish to do you good
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    that I shall now say
    some very plain things
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    which you may not like,
    but they are true."
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    This is another thing.
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    If you want to deal with people's souls,
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    you often have to tell them things
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    they don't like.
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    You see, he was a man who knew
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    when to walk away,
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    and he was also a man to say
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    hard things to people.
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    This is where I'm coming back to this.
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    You get a person that's struggling
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    with the unpardonable sin.
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    Oftentimes the feeling I get
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    is that the people want pity.
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    They want you to help them.
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    They want you to pity them.
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    They want you to feel bad for them.
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    They want you to enter in
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    to their pity party.
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    Now, you're going to maybe think
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    what he says is cruel,
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    but I want you to hear him very carefully.
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    "First, you say that you have committed
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    the unpardonable sin,
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    but you do not believe what you say."
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    Now, obviously, he got her.
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    Because he said to her,
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    have you spoken against the Holy Spirit?
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    And she said no at first.
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    And then she couldn't answer.
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    "And he said,
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    'you don't believe what you say.
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    You believe no such thing.'"
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    Now look, that's not to say
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    that there aren't some people
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    that you come across
    who really do believe it
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    and may be under a
    vicious attack of the devil.
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    Bunyan is a great example of that.
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    He was attacked with that.
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    I remember that happening to me
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    after I was saved.
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    It didn't happen when I was lost.
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    It happened after I was saved.
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    I was bombarded with these thoughts.
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    But he said, "you believe no such thing.
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    You know indeed that you're a sinner,
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    but you do not believe
    that you've committed
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    the unpardonable sin.
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    You're not honest;
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    not sincere when you say so.
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    You do not believe it.'"
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    Anyways, he's just there -
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    he's pegging her on her own words.
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    Some people do actually believe it.
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    But I think what he says after this
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    is so applicable to so
    many of these cases.
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    "Second, it is pride.
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    A foolish pride of a wicked heart
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    which makes you say
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    that you've committed
    the unpardonable sin."
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    Now, I suspect if I would
    have read that and said,
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    okay, what would you all say to her,
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    probably none of you would have
    raised your hand and said,
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    "I'd have said that she had a foolish,
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    prideful, wicked heart..."
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    which makes him say
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    that he's committed the unpardonable sin.
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    You say, how is that?
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    Listen.
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    "Influenced by pride
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    you half-strive -
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    only half after all -
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    to believe you've done it."
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    And you know what he says?
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    You wish to exalt yourself.
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    You say how?
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    You see, that's what pride is.
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    Pride is when we exalt ourselves.
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    How can it be that many people
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    who claim to commit the unpardonable sin -
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    how would that be an exalting of self?
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    What sort of sin is an unpardonable sin?
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    It's like the sin of all sins.
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    It's like you're a sinner greater
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    and further and blacker and deeper
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    and darker and more sinister
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    and more debauched and more depraved
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    than anybody else.
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    You're the worst of the worst.
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    It's one thing if the Spirit
    of God has broken you
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    and you can say like Paul,
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    "I'm the chief of sinners."
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    That's one thing.
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    When you're able to say that in humility.
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    When you're able to
    say that in brokenness,
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    but you also are able to cling to Christ
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    and trust what He's done.
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    It's another thing when a person says
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    they're this horrible sinner
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    and then they turn around and say
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    but I won't take God at His word
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    and trust His Son.
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    He says, "you wish to exalt yourself.
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    You pretend that it's some great
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    and uncommon thing which keeps you
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    from being a Christian.
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    It's the unpardonable sin.
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    Pride lies at the bottom of all this."
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    And then third, right on the same note.
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    "You have no occasion for this pride."
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    He says there's nothing
    uncommon about you.
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    You're just an average sinner.
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    "You're very much like other sinners.
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    It's not likely that you could commit
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    the unpardonable sin,
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    even if you should try.
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    I don't think you know enough to do it."
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    You see, one of the things that the Jews -
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    they had great light.
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    Jesus was doing these miracles
  • 24:18 - 24:22
    right in front of them.
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    They knew - even in their own councils,
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    they would say,
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    we know that nobody can do these things
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    unless God is with them.
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    That a notable miracle has been done?
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    They knew.
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    And they would look at that.
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    They would watch Jesus heal.
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    They would know the
    miracles that took place,
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    and they knew miracles took place.
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    They knew He cast out demons.
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    They knew He healed the sick.
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    They knew that He did this.
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    And they looked at it and they said
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    the devil enables Him to do that.
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    He's just saying the unpardonable sin
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    is basically this -
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    it's the idea that you have all this light
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    on who Christ is,
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    on who the Spirit is,
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    and you specifically say -
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    with all that light -
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    you specifically blaspheme
    the Spirit of God.
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    (Incomplete thought)
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    He's not even imagining that she has
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    sufficient light to do that.
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    "'Why?' said she,
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    'Is there not such a sin?'
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    'Well, yes, but you don't know what it is,
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    and you don't know enough to commit it.'"
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    Now, this fourth one I think is huge too.
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    He says this to her,
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    "You are one of the most self-righteous
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    creatures I ever saw."
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    So he's told her she's full of pride.
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    Now, one of the most self-
    righteous creatures I ever saw.
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    Now you have to stop and think.
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    Why would somebody be considered
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    by Spencer to be this mass
    of self-righteousness?
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    See, I think this is what you
    want to remember especially
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    in dealing with people who believe
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    they've committed the unpardonable sin.
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    "You try to think
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    that you're not to blame
    for your irreligion."
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    You see? It becomes an excuse.
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    "Well, I can't become a Christian."
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    "I can't repent."
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    "I can't fall down before
    God in surrender."
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    "I can't." Why?
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    "I've committed the unpardonable sin."
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    In other words, it's not my fault.
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    And you know what it implies?
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    Well, I would do all of
    that if God would let me,
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    but God won't let me
    because I've committed
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    the unpardonable sin.
  • 27:23 - 27:26
    He says to her,
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    "You try to think that you're willing
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    to be a Christian,
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    and would be a Christian,
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    if it were not for that unpardonable sin
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    which you try in your pride
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    to believe you've committed.
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    You pretend that it's not your present
  • 27:42 - 27:46
    and cherished sin which keeps you
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    in your impenitence."
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    Now that's huge.
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    You see what he's saying to her?
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    The reason you're not a Christian
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    is because you've got sin in your life
  • 27:57 - 27:59
    that you love,
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    and you're not willing to let go of.
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    And what you're wanting to do
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    is blame God for the fact,
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    because God invented this unpardonable sin
  • 28:11 - 28:13
    and you want to convince
    yourself you've committed it
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    and therefore give you an excuse
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    as to why you're not turning from your sin
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    and embracing the sacrifice of Christ.
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    That's exactly it.
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    And that is the feeling that I get
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    from most of the people.
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    You don't get the sense that it's:
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    "I'm wicked,
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    and I'm looking to the healing
  • 28:48 - 28:52
    that's found in Christ's suffering."
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    That's not it.
  • 28:53 - 28:56
    It's typically:
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    "Well, I can't become a Christian.
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    I just can't." Why?
  • 29:00 - 29:02
    "I've committed the unpardonable sin."
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    And what they're implying is,
  • 29:03 - 29:05
    well, I would become one
  • 29:05 - 29:07
    if it wasn't for that unpardonable sin.
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    I would become one if
    it wasn't for the fact
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    that the doorway's been shut on me.
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    That's just not true.
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    The reason they're not becoming Christians
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    is because they love their sin
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    and they won't come to the light.
  • 29:22 - 29:25
    And that's what he's calling out.
  • 29:25 - 29:27
    "You pretend that it's not your present,
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    cherished sin which keeps you
  • 29:28 - 29:30
    in your impenitence.
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    Oh, you are good enough,
    surely, to repent.
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    You would repent.
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    Indeed, you would,
  • 29:37 - 29:40
    if it were not for that unpardonable sin.
  • 29:40 - 29:41
    That's your heart -
  • 29:41 - 29:44
    full of self-righteousness and pride."
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    Fifth, "Your wicked heart clings
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    to this idea of the unpardonable sin
  • 29:50 - 29:54
    as an excuse for your
    continued impenitence;
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    for your living in the indulgence of sin,
  • 29:56 - 29:59
    unbelief, and disobedience
    to God every day.
  • 29:59 - 30:01
    And your excuse will not stand.
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    You make it insincerely.
  • 30:04 - 30:06
    It's not the unpardonable sin
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    which hinders your being a Christian.
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    It's your wickedness of heart,
  • 30:10 - 30:12
    your pride, your vanity,
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    and your insincerity."
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    And now he's done with her for good.
  • 30:17 - 30:20
    He says, "I shall never speak again.
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    I shall never again have anything
  • 30:23 - 30:26
    to say to you about the unpardonable sin.
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    If you had any real and
    just conviction of sin,
  • 30:29 - 30:32
    you would never name
    the unpardonable sin."
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    You ought to pick up on that too.
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    When a person truly has a convicting
  • 30:41 - 30:45
    work of the Spirit,
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    that Spirit crushes a man
  • 30:47 - 30:52
    from every dependence in himself.
  • 30:52 - 30:58
    A God-given, Spirit-given conviction.
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    That Spirit will cause
    us to look to Christ
  • 31:02 - 31:04
    and find our hope there
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    and find our help there.
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    He's right.
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    If you had any real and just
  • 31:12 - 31:15
    conviction of sin,
  • 31:15 - 31:17
    you would never name the unpardonable sin.
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    "Some months after this,
  • 31:19 - 31:21
    she called upon me in deep trouble.
  • 31:21 - 31:24
    But now her complaint was that
  • 31:24 - 31:26
    she had a wicked,
    deceitful, and hard heart
  • 31:26 - 31:28
    opposed to the law of God.
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    She became finally, as she believed,
  • 31:30 - 31:35
    a true penitent and professed
    Christianity publicly.
  • 31:35 - 31:37
    But in all her religious exercises,
  • 31:37 - 31:39
    there appeared nothing very peculiar
  • 31:39 - 31:41
    and she never named to me
  • 31:41 - 31:43
    the unpardonable sin again."
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    In other words, he just said in the end,
  • 31:46 - 31:51
    she was just an average sinner.
  • 31:51 - 31:53
    Then he makes one last statement here.
  • 31:53 - 31:55
    "True light..."
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    True light.
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    "True light in the conscience is one thing
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    and a deceitful gloom in the proud heart
  • 32:10 - 32:12
    is quite another."
  • 32:12 - 32:14
    Do you see the difference?
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    You get individuals who feel like
  • 32:17 - 32:19
    they've committed the unpardonable sin,
  • 32:19 - 32:21
    and it just fills them with this gloom
  • 32:21 - 32:24
    and this dread.
  • 32:24 - 32:26
    But he's saying this.
  • 32:26 - 32:29
    This is what he recognized.
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    He lived in the day where I believe he saw
  • 32:31 - 32:35
    five separate revivals.
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    And he saw when the
    Spirit of God was working
  • 32:39 - 32:41
    true light in the conscience -
  • 32:41 - 32:43
    it looked one way.
  • 32:43 - 32:46
    People felt the weight of their sin,
  • 32:46 - 32:49
    and they turned to Christ.
  • 32:49 - 32:52
    And it's as somebody has said before,
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    once you take a sinner and you show them
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    indeed truthfully their sin
  • 32:57 - 33:00
    and you show them the remedy,
  • 33:00 - 33:01
    the work's done.
  • 33:01 - 33:04
    They will run to the remedy.
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    You show them their sickness.
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    They will run to the doctor.
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    And that's totally different
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    than when you get a person
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    who has a proud heart
  • 33:15 - 33:20
    coupled with a deceitful gloom.
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    He says this, "When a sinner
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    has any just sense of his condition
  • 33:25 - 33:28
    as alienated from a holy God,
  • 33:28 - 33:30
    he will not be apt to think
  • 33:30 - 33:33
    of the unpardonable sin.
  • 33:33 - 33:39
    Spurious conviction is
    common but useless."
  • 33:39 - 33:43
    Spurious conviction -
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    where people are convicted -
  • 33:47 - 33:51
    spurious means it's no good.
  • 33:51 - 33:53
    You're all riled up about something
  • 33:53 - 33:55
    that leads to no good end.
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    Just thinking you've committed
  • 33:57 - 33:59
    this unpardonable sin.
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    Anyway, I thought his treatment of it
  • 34:04 - 34:06
    goes to the root of exposing
  • 34:06 - 34:10
    some of the real issues concerning it.
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    (from the room)
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    So from that email,
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    what made you believe
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    with a limited context,
  • 34:18 - 34:20
    that this person who emailed in
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    was just like maybe one of these people
  • 34:23 - 34:26
    that Spencer dealt with
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    and not maybe someone like Bunyan
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    or when he was a young Christian.
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    I guess how would you maybe
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    differentiate them?
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    Tim: Well, I mean the thing was
  • 34:39 - 34:43
    that if you go back and
    read "Grace Abounding,"
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    Bunyan's testimony.
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    When he's under attack
  • 34:48 - 34:51
    and being tempted to feel that,
  • 34:51 - 34:53
    he's running to the Word of God.
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    He's calling upon the Lord.
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    He's looking to Christ.
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    That was the same thing I was doing
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    in the midst of all of it.
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    Where you have a gloom;
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    (incomplete thought)
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    "I've committed the unforgivable sin;
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    99% chance.
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    I just want to ask you what happens
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    when you commit it,
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    because here's what happened to me.
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    It all happened two days ago.
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    I didn't mean the words that I said..."
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    So right there I would say
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    he didn't mean the words that he said.
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    That's not the unpardonable sin.
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    If you even start where
    he started with the girl,
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    this isn't the unpardonable sin.
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    But the thing is, "I've asked
    God if I've really done this.
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    My conscience says that I did.
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    I've been begging for forgiveness.
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    Nothing happened.
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    I cannot recognize when
    I commit sin right now.
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    I'm not being convicted.
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    I wish I never was born."
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    You know, "I'm not being convicted,"
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    and yet, "I'm begging for forgiveness."
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    Well, what that tells me
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    is that what he's saying
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    is I don't even sense my sin;
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    I don't love my family.
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    What he's asking forgiveness for
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    is that this one thought
    shot through his mind.
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    And I think the real issue
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    comes back to what was happening there.
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    Is this really a young man
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    that's been convicted of the Spirit?
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    True light in the conscience?
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    Where he sees himself as a wicked sinner
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    and is coming to God to
    be pardoned of all of it.
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    Or, is it really somebody who's wanting
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    to blame God?
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    "I've committed the unpardonable sin,
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    therefore all these things are justifiable
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    because after all, I've committed
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    the unpardonable sin and now
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    God has put me in this place.
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    He's taken away my love for my family.
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    I don't have any conviction anymore."
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    I would just say this -
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    the same thing that was said to the girl -
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    so are you saying you would repent
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    and flee to the cross
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    if only it wasn't for this
    unpardonable sin?
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    I think the difference is that Bunyan
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    was likely already converted.
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    I was already converted.
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    I don't doubt that the devil
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    can play with our minds and thoughts
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    and consciences on this point.
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    You come across the fact that
    there's an unpardonable sin
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    and the devil will be right there
    to tell you you've committed it.
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    There's no use going.
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    But I think the thing is
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    people do all sorts of things
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    where they heard about
    the unpardonable sin,
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    the unforgivable sin,
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    this blaspheming the Holy Spirit,
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    and then what happens is
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    they make an oath;
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    they make some kind of covenant,
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    they make some kind of commitment,
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    they vow and then they break it.
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    We've seen that before.
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    Or, he has a thought that crosses his mind
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    and I think that's the question
    that needs to be asked.
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    What are you saying?
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    Are you saying that you would repent
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    and believe and trust Christ
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    if it just wasn't for this
    unpardonable sin?
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    I think he's hitting at the root
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    of a vast ocean
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    behind these unpardonable sin
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    questions and concerns,
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    that is a tremendous self-righteousness.
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    Obviously, he met repeatedly
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    with this young lady.
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    We only have the ability to work
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    with a paragraph.
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    So, yes, if Spencer sat down with this guy
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    and upon much further conversation
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    and digging have answered differently?
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    Perhaps.
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    But I guess, I have this sense
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    that people are saying:
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    "Well, yes, I would repent
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    and I would believe and I would
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    if it just wasn't for this
    unpardonable sin."
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    That's a total fallacy.
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    (from the room)
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    I guess, yeah, answering emails
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    this comes up, but I've never
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    gone out evangelizing
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    and had a conversation like that.
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    Tim: No, typically that's
    not the kind of thing
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    you'd come across evangelizing.
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    It's the kind of thing
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    that the very nature of I'll Be Honest
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    and the fact that we entertain questions
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    and have this APT
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    and James is available
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    and Jeff is available
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    and Terry and Craig,
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    that they're answering
    all these questions.
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    There's a lot of people
    who find this outlet
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    to try to get some kind of answers
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    for whatever may be plaguing them
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    or troubling them.
Title:
I'm 99% Sure I Committed the Unpardonable Sin - Ask Pastor Tim
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