Baptists/Re: the unpardonable sin

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I believe I did the unpardonable
sin.I'm scared and sorry. I was a way from the Lord for many year's like the prodigal woman. I'm ashamed then I was in the hospital. The Holy Spirit gave me very strong convictions and didn't heed them.I denied what he told me to do then I lied about it. When I got home from the hospital, I woke to the feeling that the Holy Spirit left my chest and I heard the words- no sins will be forgiven. This is no where in the Bible,  I know this. I have no peace or joy.I've confessed this sin.I need help please.

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Dear Patricia, from what you relate in this question there is nothing to indicate that you have not done anything that many of God's people have done since the Fall.  

Prodigal = restored
Disobeying a clear command of God, be it from Scripture, a sermon, the still small voice has happened many times over the centuries. Sometimes there were some tough consequences, but there was also the offer of restoration if there was repentance.  Lies?  Happens a lot.  

There are many interpretations of what the unpardonable sin is and it is doubtful you would be concerned about it if you did.  

Looking at the context Jesus warned of this when the Pharisees who accused Him of casting out demons by the devil.  I don't think you did anything like this. You obviously believe that the Holy Spirit is God or you would not be so upset about Him possibly leaving you.

Now, you have been through a lot and you were feeling guilty when this experience happened to you. Samson did not know the Spirit had departed from Him so it does not seem that the Holy Spirit says goodbye.  

By the way, Samson violated his Nazarite vow by being with Delilah and by telling her the secret of his strength.  

Did God totally forsake him?  No God heard him and allowed him to destroy more of his enemies in his death than he had done in his life.

David committed what were basically the two unpardonable sins of the OT. There was not a sacrifice for those sins. They required death.  He had trouble in his life, but God still blessed and used him.

So, was this voice of God? As you said, there is nothing like that in the Bible.  

You were seeking to come back to God, but had an issue with whatever God wanted you to do and disobeyed.  That is a roadblock to fellowship. but not a means of losing relationship.  I once told God that I did not care what He said about an issue in my life.  I regret that and I later confessed it.  I will always be a son no matter how stupid I get.

You did a stupid thing and confessed.  What is confessed is forgiven per 1 John 1:9.  The real sin is when we do not accept the forgiveness.  It is hard because we are reminded of it constantly by our own sense of guilt and by the enemy who is greatly pleased to remind us if we should go for a period where we have forgotten it and moved on.  It normally happens when we are seeking to do something for God or the Church.  Then comes the enemy to remind us what dork we have been in the past.  he does not what us to be joyful and mature. Putting us in despair is what he enjoys because we live in a pit and do nothing for God and do not have the joy of His presence accessed by faith and His grace.

You failed.  Guess what God uses failures because that is all He has to work with in mankind.  If what yoy did was the unpardonable sin there might be three or four truly saved Christians in the world.  

Isa 55:7  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

That was in the OT before Christ.  How much more is that true in the age of Grace?

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Jesus is your Savior and husband.  Go to Him!  If a heathen king loved Esther so much that he did not have her killed when she approached him against the rules how much more will Christ extend His arms of love and grace to one of His Bride?

Father, I ask now that your grant Patricia peace that passes all understanding as you wrap your arms around her drawing her close to You.  Place a hedge of thorns around her to keep evil from her and her from evil that she may walk henceforth in the joy of an heiress to the Kingdom because of Calvary.  Amen and Amen!

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Dr. Ronald E. Shultz

Expertise

I am more of a polemicist than an apologist. I especially desire to answer questions concerning discipleship/holiness, "gray areas", etc. If all you wish is an argument then I am not your man. Sincere seekers only need e-mail me.

Experience

I have ministered in several states since my conversion in 1975. I participate in many forums and have written two books. I recently changed to Assembly of God, but after 40 years, I can still answer questions about Baptists and doctrinal issues that are common to many sects.

Organizations
American Association of Christian Counselors since 2009
Texas Navy Association since 2008
Texas Civil Defense since 2008-10
American Legion since 2002
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, since 1994
Life Member NCOA, 1973
Dover AFB Honor Guard, 1971-73

Publications
Poem, "Cowboy Up" published in an anthology by American Poets Society, 2004
Author, Jail House Religion, Xulon Press, 2004
Author, The Power of Holy Women, Xulon Press, 2003
Messianic Literary Corner published 45 poems, 2003+
Tract “Which Way To God” published on http://www.tracts.com/whichway.html, 1998
Several poems published on various web pages, 1997,1998,1999
Author, Metamorphosis, copyrighted, partially published collection of poetry, 1968-94
Article, “Why I Prefer Expository Preaching”, published in Canyonview Bible Seminary's Expositor, 1988

Education/Credentials
Doctor of Theology, Slidell Baptist Seminary, Slidell, LA, 2001, Summa Cum Laude
Master of Theology, Christian Bible College, Rocky Mount, NC, 2000, Summa Cum Laude
Bachelor of Religious Education , Administration minor, Piedmont Baptist College, Winston-Salem, NC, 1982, Cum Laude
Evangelical Teacher Training Association, Teachers Diploma, Winston-Salem, NC, 1982
Other study: Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, AL - 1975-78
Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA - 1976-77
Interim Ministry For Today's Churches - 2000


Awards and Honors
Heritage Registry of Who's Who, 2006-2007
Editor's Choice Award, International Library of Poetry, 2003
America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals 2001-2002
Stratmore Who's Who, 2001-2002
Guest Class Speaker Texas A&M, Commerce, 1999
Gubernatorial Commendation by Texas Veterans Commission, 1999
Dallas VA Certificate of Pride in Public Service, 1999
Guest on the Kevin Bullard radio program KPBC AM 770,1997
Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 1996
Editor's Choice Award, National Library of Poetry, 1995
Who's Who in Poetry, 1992
United States Army Achievement Medal, 1990
Personal testimony dramatized for international radio program Unshackled, 1986
Outstanding Young Men of the South, 1981
United States Air Force Commendation Medal, 1978
Two USAF suggestion awards, 1976
NCO of the Quarter, 1975
Freedom Foundation Award, 1975

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