Have You Committed an Unforgivable Sin?

When I was growing up, in Sunday school they taught us about the unforgivable sin. Looking back, I think it was a ploy to keep us in line. Actually, pretty smart.


Photo Credit: Beth Rankin

Photo Credit: Beth Rankin


Because of certain statements of Jesus it was taking the Lord’s name in vain. So all good Christian boys followed the rule that no matter what happened it was ok to swear like a sailor but don’t use God’s name in vain.

Actually that lesson took. If I still hit my thumb with a hammer I can use very colorful language but never that one.

Then later on suicide was added to the list. If suicide is a sin then when you commit it you obviously can’t ask for forgiveness.

Seriously, that one became troubling to me because of friends who’ve committed suicide.

Then in seminary the enlightened ones expanded that list to include any sin which you hadn’t asked forgiveness for.
That got a little oppressive. Frankly, there were days I just couldn’t keep up.


I found myself living in a kind of suspended fear.


Wondering, “Did I commit some sin I don’t remember? Am I in or out?”

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Discovering True Healing

Number 33 in the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!


When I pastored I can’t tell you how many times I talked with people struggling with unresolved guilt.


Photo Credit: Hartwig HKD

Photo Credit: Hartwig HKD


Regret over actions which broke up their marriage. Words they spoke which estranged their children. Destructive behaviors which ruined their health. Poor choices which led to financial collapse.

Frankly, I look back occasionally with regret at things I’ve done, in some cases decades ago. I’m still haunted at times and wish I could undo a word or action but I can’t.

Then compound that with so often the religious response to someone struggling. “I wonder what they did. Boy they must have done something really bad. Wow, God must be punishing them for something big.”


No wonder we’re left feeling helpless and hopeless at times.


And the real tragedy? It so often keeps us from finding the real healing that releases us to move forward into the amazing life God offers.

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Freedom From Our Failures

“Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him.”  (Ephesians 1:4 GNT)


So many people live with regrets and the unresolved pain of personal moral failure.  Guilt over letting  themselves down and hurting others they care about.  Some psychologists feel unresolved guilt is one of the leading causes of emotional illness. [Read more…]