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St. Vincent

Hebrews 9:15, 24-28
Psalm 98
Mark 3:22-30

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the unforgivable sin

"Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven." —Mark 3:29

Jesus defines the unforgivable sin —blasphemy against the Holy Spirit — as accusing Him of being possessed by the devil (Mk 3:22). In Luke's Gospel, He refers to blasphemy against the Spirit as refusing to acknowledge Him publicly (Lk 12:9-12). In both cases, those sinning know the truth but intentionally pervert or conceal it. Blasphemy against the Spirit may be intentional denial of the truth either vocally or silently. This sin is unforgivable because those sinning by denying the truth would refuse to admit the sin and thereby never ask for forgiveness. Some of the religious leaders of Jesus' time knew Jesus was innocent but they did not oppose those plotting to kill Him (Jn 8:45).

Abortionists know the fetuses they abort are human beings but pretend this is questionable. Some reporters intentionally slant their stories or even lie outright. In war time, countries often manipulate data to justify destroying their enemies. Many business people know that the products they produce or market are not good for people but rationalize their sin and do it anyway. If we are lying to ourselves in any area of our lives, we may be walking into the territory of the unforgivable. We may be dangerously close to crossing a line after which we will never repent. We must be true to Jesus, the Truth (Jn 14:6).

Prayer:  Father, may I never commit the sin of denying my sin.

Promise:  "Christ was offered up once to take away the sins of many; He will appear a second time not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await Him." —Heb 9:28

Praise:  St. Vincent endured horrible tortures at his martyrdom by singing praises to Jesus.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Effects of Sin on audio AV 81-3 or video V-81.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 13, 2006

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