“I can’t be saved.” That’s what the young lady told me. I was preaching in Kansas, and after my sermon, she came to the front for prayer. With tears streaming down her face, she explained that she had joined a satanic group and had signed her name in her own blood renouncing Jesus Christ. She was told she had committed the unpardonable sin and could not be saved. I told her the devil had lied to h…er. The unpardonable sin is the rejection of Christ without repentance. Gen 6:3 says that God will not always strive with man. The Holy Spirit deals with hearts to come to Christ. Without that wooing of the Holy Ghost, a person wouldn’t even want to be saved. I asked her, “Do you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior?” She said she did. I said, “God is the One who put that “want-to” in your heart. The very fact that you want to be saved means that you can be.” Jesus said in John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” I said, “If He doesn’t cast you out, that means He takes you in.” I gave her more Scriptures. She believed and confessed Jesus Christ as Lord of her life. Her face lit up and those tears turned to ones of joy.
Blaspheming the Holy Ghost is continually rejecting His wooing of coming to Christ, continually refusing to yield to Him. The Holy Spirit leads people to the Lord, through the hearing of the Gospel, and the conviction of the heart. To constantly and continually reject that is to blaspheme that precious work of God’s Spirit. Many people curse God in their ignorance, and say and do many things. But God will forgive those who come to Him. That’s not the sin unto death; that’s not the unpardonable sin. Only rejecting Christ without repentance sends one to eternal hell.
Furthermore, only the Blood of Christ can wash away sin. Christians who have sinned can repent and be forgiven in an instant. 1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us. The early Hebrew Christians were warned to not go back to their old practice of animal sacrifices. Hebrews 10:26 explained to them (and to us) that even with willful sin, there is no more sacrifice, no animal sacrifice, no other blood. Only the Blood of Jesus Christ washes away sin. – Tony McCanless