How far are we willing to back up on our doctrine in order to seek unity among Christ’s followers?
3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
Before we get into answering our question, let’s read what Jesus said is the key to blasphemy:
31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. Matthew 12:31-32
Why would speaking against the Holy Spirit be an unforgivable sin? If there is an unpardonable sin, this one is it. Why? For that answer, we must go to 1 John 5:6,
6 It was he who came by means of water and blood, Jesus the Messiah, not by water only but by the water and the blood. The Spirit is the one who bears witness, because the Spirit is the truth.
It is the Spirit who bears witness that Jesus is the Messiah, that He is God in the flesh, and that He is Lord of all. To have the wrong idea about who Jesus is can certainly be forgiven. Saul/Paul was. But, when a person speaks out against Jesus, he is saying that the testimony of the Spirit is a lie. Therefore, the Spirit cannot have any kind of relationship with him as long as he does not believe what the Spirit says about Jesus. Since Jesus gives life and that life is through the Spirit, the rejection of Jesus is the rejection of life, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life” (1 John 5:12).
Now that we have established what blasphemy is, we know that everyone who loves Jesus and lives for Him has life regardless of what else they believe. We can all come together in Jesus’ name and worship Jesus together in solidarity and unity regardless of what else we believe. When we get arrogant about what we call heresy, we are in danger of being at the wrong end of the Scripture, “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 14:11) and “So the last will be first, and the first last” (Matthew 20:16).
Tomorrow, we will look at what heresy is. In the meantime, enjoy the fellowship you have with your brothers and sisters in Christ regardless of what else they believe.
Abba, You hate dissension among Your children. Why, oh why do we demand our own way? Brother Paul said that love does not demand its own way, and aren’t You love? If You don’t, then we certainly shouldn’t! May I be the first to drop the stone in my hand, Abba. I love You and want to be like You. Help!!! Amen.