The Unpardonable Sin by Rex Yancey

The Unpardonable Sin
Rex Yancey
Mark 3:20-30

Jesus performed a double miracle on the Sabbath day. He went to a church that was filled with lost members, hypocritical preachers, and cold and unconcerned sinners.

These people accused Jesus of working miracles in the power of Satan. These words brought from the lips of Jesus the message of the unpardonable sin.

What is the worst sin you can think of this morning? I have a preacher friend who experienced the nightmare of every good husband and father. His wife was kidnapped by two men while he was visiting the hospital. She was held for several days and raped. All the while, she was witnessing to them and talking about her love for Jesus.

The men were finally caught and sentenced to prison. But the scar they left on this family will always remain. It was a reprehensible abomination. It was a despicable crime--but it was not unpardonable!

Jim Jones took his flock to Guiana. He was a deceitful and despicable character. Anyone who would prey upon simple people in the garb of religious rhetoric and then lead them to mass suicide is evil to the core. But his sin upon until his death was not unpardonable.

Lee Harvey Oswald attended Sunday school for eight years in a Baptist Church. He assassinated John F. Kennedy. He probably died lost. But his sin was not unpardonable.

-What is the unpardonable sin? A lady shouted in church. Two boys laughed at her. They died in a car wreck on the way home. The preacher said they had committed the unpardonable sin.

There are those who preach that divorce is the unpardonable sin. If it is, there will be many people in hell. Our divorce rate is increasing everyday. I would be the first to say that God's ideal is for one man to be married to one woman until death. However, man does not always live up to God's ideal. And when he doesn't God has a word of grace for that man or woman if they confess their sin and repent. Divorce is not the unpardonable sin.

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