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No Forgiveness ??? – June 23rd, 2024

Dr. Rob White - June 23, 2024

No Forgiveness ???

Are we guilty of the unforgiveable sin––probably not.

Scripture References: Mark 3:20-35

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In this week’s sermon titled “No Forgiveness???”, Dr. Rob White of Athens Universal Life Church delves into the challenging topic of the unforgivable sin, as presented in Mark 3:20-35. The core message is that while most sins can be forgiven, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is deemed an eternal sin, a concept that can cause significant anxiety among believers.

The sermon begins with a discussion of a heartwarming story about a baby hippo named Owen and a century-old tortoise who formed an unlikely family. This anecdote highlights that families can be formed through love and care, regardless of traditional structures. Dr. White emphasizes that true family members are those who do the will of God, aligning with Jesus’ teaching that His true family comprises those who follow God’s will.

The scriptural focus is on an incident where Jesus’ authority was questioned by the scribes, who accused Him of being possessed by Beelzebul and casting out demons by the power of the devil. Jesus counters this accusation with the principle that a house divided against itself cannot stand. This sets the stage for Jesus’ warning about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which He describes as an unforgivable sin.

Dr. White explains that the scribes’ sin was not just their slander against Jesus but their profound spiritual blindness. They were unable to recognize the good in Jesus’ actions and instead labeled it as evil. This inability to discern good from evil, he argues, is at the heart of the unforgivable sin. It is not that God is unwilling to forgive, but rather that the person’s heart has become so hardened that they cannot repent.

To illustrate, Dr. White references historical and modern examples, including Adolf Hitler and a nightclub owner who desecrated a church, to show how extreme moral corruption can lead individuals to a point where they no longer seek forgiveness.

The sermon closes with a reflection on C.S. Lewis’s insights about the pure in heart, emphasizing that those who seek forgiveness and strive to see God are not guilty of this eternal sin. Dr. White reassures the congregation that the very act of seeking forgiveness is a sign that one has not committed the unforgivable sin.

In conclusion, the sermon encourages believers to maintain a soft heart, open to recognizing and embracing the good, and to continually seek God’s forgiveness and guidance in their lives.

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