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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 classic question
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    that 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
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    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 commit 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 magnititude 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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    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;
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    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'm 99% Sure I Committed the Unpardonable Sin - Ask Pastor Tim
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