The Sin Unto Death
Dr. Brad Whitt
1 John 5:16-17
Intro: I want you to take your bibles now today, and I want you to turn with me to 1 John chapter 5, if you will. 1 John chapter 5, and for those of you who failed VBS, 1 John just happens to be in the New Testament. (1st John comes right before what book? 2nd John, that's right.) 1 John chapter 5, beginning in verse number 16, and I want to talk to you today about a very serious subject. I want to talk to you about a very somber subject. I want to talk to you about a very sober subject. I want to talk to you today about what the Bible calls, "The Sin Unto Death." "The Sin That Leads To Death."
The Bible teaches that out there in front of every single, solitary person - whether that person is saved or whether that person is lost - the Bible teaches that there is a deadline; there is a boundary line, there is a point in their life, there is a place in time where God finally, ultimately says, "That's it. I've had enough." And when God does that, the Bible says, in effect, that He signs your death warrant.
Now, in the life of a lost person we would call that deadline either the "unpardonable sin," or "sinning away your day of grace." One is an attitude and the other is an action, but either way a person can so reject the conviction of God and the wooing of the Holy Spirit that God will say, "That's it. I'll never bother you again. I'll never come to you again. I'll never speak to you again. I'll never touch your heart again. I'll never ask you to be saved again." And when that happens, the Bible teaches that that person is just as sure of hell as if they were already there. They may live another 30, 40 even 50 years - they may not even live another 24 hours - but from that point on they are consigned, condemned to a devil's hell.
As a matter of fact, I believe that I've even seen examples of this as a pastor, where people have committed the unpardonable sin, blaspheming the Holy Spirit, ...
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