The Myth of the Unpardonable Sin

Salvation and Eternal Security

Regarding the specific question concerning a loved one’s eternal security, my response, in summary, usually sounds something like the following.

There is nothing in the Bible that ever indicates that a believer in Christ can ever lose their salvation, their eternal security. The Apostle Paul is clear that there is now therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Paul continues in that chapter to state that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ, including death—by any means (Romans 8:28-39).

The “Unpardonable Sin”

Some ask whether suicide might be the “unpardonable sin.” The only unpardonable sin is to willfully and permanently reject God’s offer of salvation through Jesus Christ (John 3:36).

Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death atones for all the sins of his people—past, present, and future (Romans 3:25). Believers in Christ enjoy God’s enduring and complete forgiveness for all their sins (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

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2 thoughts on “The Myth of the Unpardonable Sin

  1. While the Bible is not clear that suicide is the “unpardonable sin” of “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit”, it’s hard to deny that it is an ultimate rejection of God’s gracious gift of life.

    As a Christian with a mental illness who has attempted suicide myself, I grieve for the Warren family and can appreciate Matthew’s struggle. At the same time, the way we respond we someone commits suicide needs to be both compassionate and truthful. Most importantly, we need to send the message to people enduring the profound agony of clinical depression to “Choose life.”

    Thanks for the post.

    • Thanks for the comment. It does pose questions specifically around the authenticity of one’s salvation, but to lose it is a whole different question biblically which I think is actually the wrong diagnostic question, but the most common in light of these kinds of tragedies. I think we agree there. It is a topic I too struggled with and by Gods grace now I I rest in my future hope regardless.

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