Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and the Unforgivable Sin

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What does it mean to “blaspheme the Holy Spirit”?

I overheard people at church talking about blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and calling it the unforgivable sin. But I didn’t think there was any sin that God couldn’t forgive! I’m scared I committed this terrible sin of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit without knowing.


Before anything else, we want to assure you: If you’re worried that you might have committed the sin of “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit,” then you haven’t.

We’re glad for the chance to explain.

What is “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit”?

The sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit is essentially the sin of rejecting Christ.

By continually rejecting God’s free gift of salvation in Jesus, a sinner sears his conscience (ignores the voice of the Holy Spirit) and stiffens his neck. Eventually, he gets to the place where genuine repentance is no longer possible.

This stubborn and unrepentant attitude — persistent self-hardening — is the chief mark of true blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

That’s why we feel certain that you can’t possibly be guilty of this sin. If you’re afraid that you may have offended God without realizing it, your heart is obviously in the right place.

Context is key

Jesus’ statement about this “unpardonable sin” of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit came as He was speaking specifically about the grumblings of the scribes and Pharisees.

After witnessing the power of Christ in the healing of a demon-possessed man, these religious leaders made comments like, “It is only by Beelzebul,” or “By the prince of demons he casts out the demons” (Matthew 12:22-24 and Mark 3:22).

Basically, the scribes and Pharisees were rejecting the grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ. They were rejecting it by attributing Jesus’ works to the power of the devil. They weren’t just doubting or even denying the truth. Instead, they were wickedly contradicting what they had seen with their own eyes. This is the context of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit!

The writer to the Hebrews might have been thinking of the scribes and Pharisees when he spoke about those who have “trampled underfoot the Son of God  … and outraged the Spirit of grace” (Hebrews 10:29, ESV).

Their proud and high-minded attitude was exactly the opposite of yours. 

So have you committed the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? To reiterate If you’re worried that you might have committed the sin of “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit,” then you haven’t.

Can we help?

Call us for a free over-the-phone consultation at 1-855-771-HELP (4357). We have a staff of licensed or pastoral counselors who’d be glad to speak with you. In the meantime, you might like to dig into the resources listed here.

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