Re: 1 John 5: 16, 17 and unpardonable sins.
What are the sins leading to death–the unpardonable sins?
1 John 5
16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.
17 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.
Cross references to this passage expound, and that’s where I find the interesting stuff (see below): http://mobile.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt12:31,32;Mark3:29;Luke12:10;Heb6:4-6;10:26&version=ESV .
Per these passages, only “blasphemy” against the Holy Spirit is unpardonable, leading to death. Falling back into sin without remorse once you know better (know the Word of God) is a sort of blasphemy and thus also unforgivable.
Then again, we all sin; we’re kind of wired that way. The difference between forgiven and not forgiven is how you feel about your sin, and whether you mean it in your heart of hearts when you pray for forgiveness.
What does this mean regards the fate of people who practice a gay lifestyle, since that is a sin per the Bible?
And why, you might ask, should homosexuals be inclined to feel shame, remorse or need for forgiveness, anyway, for the manifestation of just who and what they are–the way they were born, the way they were made–just because the Holy Bible specifically states that homosexual sexual relations are wrong? After all, the same God who purportedly made all things made gay people, too, and they are people, still.
It is easy to find, today, many liberal minded Christian churches that welcome homosexuals with open arms. My church takes the words of the Bible more literally, thus does not accept the belief that homosexual sexual practices are acceptable, thus we probably repel both straight people who disagree with us and gay people who need to feel loved and accepted for just who they are with none of that guilt stuff.
I can’t change a word of what the Bible says, and I have told you what it says.
I do not expect that my answers satisfy, because the Bible and the Word of God can only be understood through extensive, thorough study–it is that kind of book.
So, I wonder, if a practicing gay couple has never heard of God or the Holy Bible, are they condemned to death, that is, Hell? After all, they don’t know that God says they sin, so they are hardly intentionally disobedient to the one and only great and all-powerful God. So, what could possibly be wrong with how they live? Hmmmm.
Tough questions that divide churches, and sometimes families.
Bottom line, unrepentant practicing gays who know God and those who have never heard of God are pretty much in the same boat, just like anybody who has never come to know God.
Not all people in the world are chosen to be “saved.”. That’s just how it is. Rats and good people, alike, will see Hell.
Fortunately, the converse is also true–that some rats and some good people will see Heaven.
Satan knew of God, and shuddered. (James 2:19)
That’s just how it is.
Cross references for 1 John 5:16-17: Matt12:31,32; Mark3:29; Luke12:10; Heb6:4-6;10:26
Matthew 12:31-32 English Standard Version (ESV)
31 Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man [Christ Jesus] will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
Mark 3:29 (ESV)
29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—
Luke 12:10 (ESV)
10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man [Christ Jesus] will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
Hebrews 6:4-6 (ESV)
4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God [Christ Jesus] to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.
Hebrews 10:26 (ESV)
26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice [Christ Jesus’ death on the cross] for sins,
~~Cindy Fredrickson, May 2, 2011