Holy Spirit

Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

June 22, 2017 // 62 Comments

Here is a conversation I have on a regular basis: Reader: “Paul, I’m worried that I have committed the unforgivable sin.” Me: “You haven’t.” Reader: “But I had these terrible thoughts about the Lord…” Me: “You didn’t commit an unforgivable sin.” Reader: “I shook my fist at heaven and [...]

How Does the Holy Spirit Convict Us?

September 25, 2014 // 164 Comments

“Through the law,” says the mixed-grace preacher. “It is by God’s law that we are convicted. When you sin, the Holy Spirit will remind you of God’s holy commands and show you the way to go.” The mixed-grace preacher says the law shows us the way of life. Yet the hyper-grace preacher Paul said the law [...]

How Does God Deal With Our Sin?

March 15, 2013 // 120 Comments

Lately I have spent more time thinking about my sin than I have in a long time. Don’t panic – I haven’t done anything stupid. It’s just that I rarely think about my sin as sin. Let me explain. I know I am far from perfect. I make mistakes. So let me call a spade a spade and admit that, occasionally, I [...]

Conviction vs Correction

February 28, 2013 // 76 Comments

What I say: “God never convicts us of our sins.” What they hear: “God is oblivious to our sins. He never corrects us nor rebukes us.” What they think: Hebrews 12 says otherwise so Paul is in error. This issue of conviction of sins is fast becoming an unnecessary shibboleth among Christians. Sincere [...]

10 Myths about the Ministry of the Holy Spirit

May 15, 2011 // 16 Comments

Religious people tend to view the Holy Spirit as a kind of Divine Bookkeeper, a recorder of men’s sins. But if Jesus did away with sin once and for all by the sacrifice of Himself (He 9:26), what’s left for the Holy Spirit to do? He must be unemployed! In Part 1, we looked at 10 myths surrounding the Person [...]

10 Myths about the Holy Spirit

May 11, 2011 // 112 Comments

One of the biggest signs that a believer does not fully understand what happened at the cross of the Calvary, is that they are scared of the Holy Spirit and His work. They view him as a Convictor and Policeman even though Jesus called Him the Comforter and Counselor. Their perceptions are shaped by old covenant [...]

What is the Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?

April 21, 2011 // 203 Comments

I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin. (Mk 3:28-29) Although many fear that they have done unforgiveable things, Jesus clearly said that there is only one unforgiveable [...]

What is the Unforgiveable Sin?

April 20, 2011 // 45 Comments

I have heard of people who lived their entire lives thinking that they were cursed because they, or their parents, had committed the “unforgiveable sin.” It was partly this conviction that made Søren Kirkegaard the gloomy Dane. If you sincerely believed that you were utterly beyond redemption and without [...]