Unpardonable Sin



24-32 (ch. 9:34; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15). Eyes Closed to Evidence.--They [the Pharisees] attributed to satanic agencies the holy power of God, manifested in the works of Christ. Thus the Pharisees sinned against the Holy Ghost. Stubborn, sullen, ironhearted, they determined to close their eyes to all evidence, and thus they committed the unpardonable sin (RH Jan. 18, 1898). {5BC 1092.4}


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In the following statement Ellen White defines the act of attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to the agency of Satan as committing the unpardonable sin. One should be most careful lest falling into such a serious sin.


The only proper course to pursue in order to avoid committing unpardonable sin is to study deeply any message that comes to Gods people and meticulously gather all evidence and interpret it so that nothing contradicts. To fail in this important endeavor and to brand a message as deriving from Satan, risks the great danger of committing unpardonable sin if indeed the message is from God.


Some full and free confessions were made, and some who had been wavering expressed their confidence restored. These referred with great feeling to the discourse of Brother White in the afternoon on the unpardonable sin, and expressed their great thankfulness that though they had gone far in their opposition to the work of the Holy Spirit, they had been kept from that great sin of attributing its operations to the agency of Satan.--Ibid. {2BIO 198.5}


Many have not sensed the grave importance of following the weight of evidence formula meticulously as those their eternal life depended on it, for it surely does. This formula must be followed in the use of the Spirit of Prophecy, as well.


Weight of Evidence Formula: "1. Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible 2. All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by diligent application and study 3. Nothing revealed in Scripture can or will be hid from those who ask in faith, not wavering 4. To understand doctrine, bring all the scriptures together on the subject you wish to know, then let every word have its proper influence and if you can form your theory without a contradiction, you cannot be in error 5. Scripture must be its own expositor, [interpreter] since it is a rule of itself. If I depend on a teacher to expound to me, and he should guess at its meaning, or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed, or to be thought wise, then his guessing, desire, creed, or wisdom is my rule, and not the Bible." E.G. White, Second Advent Review and Herald, 11-25-84, pr. 24.


If your findings result in even ONE contradiction, retrace your steps and interpret to that nothing contradicts, for your very eternal life may depend on this work of digging deep in the mines of truth as for hidden treasure. Be very slow to condemn a message as being from Satan, for if it is from the Holy Spirit, you will then commit unpardonable sin. This is a grave issue. The Lord has shown me that quite a number of individuals have committed the serious mistake of all mistakes in regard to my warning message. They truly meet the description of fools who rush in where angels fear to tread.