Luke 12:8-10 “I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels. But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels. Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.”
God is gracious and wants all to be saved but there is a point at which you can’t come back from – a point of no return. The Forerunner Commentary references Matthew 12:31-32 in explaining what the sin is that can’t be forgiven; ” . . . if a Christian commits blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, there is no forgiveness for it. What does He mean? He is pronouncing the terrible fate of those who choose the wrong side. If we blaspheme the Spirit of God, which is God’s power and the agency by which He works, we have determined that God has no power. . . . Doing so makes Him into something else—it changes His nature (Romans 1:22-23)—and that is unforgivable. So we must choose our side carefully, because if we blaspheme what God is able to do, guess where we end up? In the Lake of Fire.”
‘Speaking’ against the Son of Man can be forgiven. What does that entail? Matthew Henry states; “But let no trembling, penitent backslider doubt of obtaining forgiveness. This is far different from the determined enmity that is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, which shall never be forgiven, because it will never be repented of.” Again, repentance is the key. God is gracious and knows we struggle with our doubts, fears and anxieties. Sometime emotions overwhelm us, when they pass our faith in Him remains because it is a rock that anchors against any emotional waves.
Have you ever gotten angry at God and called Him out? Perhaps in grief or great loss you have railed against God and Jesus, thinking He let you down. In times of great stress and fear we sometimes wonder and even demand to know if God cares; “And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?'” (Mark 4:37,38)
Last night my friends and I went to see the movie “Noah”. It was full of inaccuracies and silliness like rock creatures helping Noah build the ark. But worse beyond all bounds – it was full of lies about God’s Holy Spirit. It ascribes to God motives He did not have. The Bible tells us that it was God’s intention all along to preserve humanity through Noah and the arc; “And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” (Genesis 5:17,18) This is NOT how the movie goes.
In Hollywood’s version of the story, Noah’s mercy not God’s saves mankind. God is portrayed as a distant cold killer of humanity. Noah, His servant is portrayed as an out of control maniac bent on killing babies. Noah the movie, like its creator, like Hollywood is man centred. God is made into something else in this slick Hollywood lie and appeals to every carnal sensibility post-modern society has. Hollywood has made its choice and is encouraging many to follow along in its blasphemy.
Some say the movie ‘Noah’ presents evangelistic opportunities; “I think Noah is a great tool for evangelism. Here we have a big name movie in the public consciousness that both points to the Bible and the overwhelming sin of mankind. People are going to be talking about this movie. And the opportunities to turn the conversation towards Jesus are right in front of you.” (Joel A Moroney) I disagree. This movie has been fashioned as a weapon and with an agenda. The movie ‘Noah’ serves the Antichrist spirit and as such cannot be used for ‘evangelism’ any more that a gun can be used to bring peace.
If you want to know the truth – read God’s Word. Unlike Hollywood, the Holy Bible doesn’t lie.
Praise the Lord!