Blaspheme of the Holy Spirit by Pastor Don Moore

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Blaspheme of the Holy Spirit by Pastor Don

What I love about the Bible studies Pastor Don teaches is, if someone has a question, Pastor Don has no problem answering the question, and will spend the time necessary to make sure people fully understand the teaching.

Pastor Don told us, when a person dies confessing Jesus as Lord, they go to Heaven, and they will find out that the streets are really not gold, but a translucent material that looks like gold. They will see so many wonderful things they will say, I didn’t believe that, I didn’t understand it. And then they will find out truths, some of which they will then say, “Why didn’t my pastor tell me that?”

Examples of this are on Resurrection Sunday, why did some churches permit Easter eggs? Why didn’t churches celebrate the Passover? Why did the churches not share all the truths of the Bible? Pastors will be held accountable for misleading the sheep. Some feel that there is no hell, that God will not judge harshly. They are mistaken. It tells us very clearly in the Word.

2 Peter 2:4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;

God made provision for judgment. There are 2 judgments. One is the judgment seat of Christ, and God will reward works done in His name, and the other is the Great White Throne Judgment.

Pastors, teachers, prophets may confess and repent that they have missed a move of the Lord. Some will not realize they had to believe the virgin birth. There are false teachers out there and we have to discern true teaching from false. We need to know the Word of God.

But a human being is responsible for what they know.

God is judging and God is fair in His judgments so there may be a possibility of clemency, of release and forgiveness in there. It may seem incredible, but there is a possibility that if Adolf Hitler repented he could be saved (the probability is he did not repent and has faced judgment for he had a satanic bent).

Some think they will be judged on the basis of their works, if all they did on the earth, were continually evil, God judges the thoughts and intent of their hearts. They can beg forgiveness and repent, but God would also read their heart. Only those who are truly saved would have new minds and new hearts and they would have changed while still on earth.

When the Jews denied the Messiah, God blinded their hearts because of their disobedience. Paul writes that the Jews will be saved, but he doesn’t know how. It is a mystery.

Fallen angels, satan, and everyone whose intent is to do evil and love it, and still want to sin, if they don’t repent during their life on earth, why would they do it later?

We can’t forget salvation is by faith. If you repent after you know what the Bible says is true by experiencing it after death, then you are not accepting salvation by faith, but by knowledge.

2 Peter 1:5-9  and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,

God knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and reserve the unjust for punishment in the day of judgment.

2 Peter 1:10-14 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord. But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, enticing unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.

Those who choose to perish in their own corruption will reap what they sowed. They will have refused God’s offer of a new heart, choosing to maintain their practices and hearts of stone.

2 Peter 1:15-17 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;  but he was rebuked for his iniquity: a dumb donkey speaking with a man’s voice restrained the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

Pastor Don reminded us of Balaam, who chose to disobey God, and helped Israel’s enemies figure out a way to pervert the moral behavior of the Israelites. And God calls such behavior wells without water.

2 Peter 1:18-20 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. (20) For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.

Verse 20 begins to lay out the conditions for blaspheme of the Holy Spirit. “For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the later end is worse for them than the beginning.”

2 Peter 1:21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

Satan won over 1/3 of the angels by deception. These angels knew the truth – as satan did – for they were in Heaven, worshipping God, and knew He is Lord, and they turned from the truth and went off on their own. That is the blaspheme of the Holy Spirit. There are specific things that need to occur for this to happen. To see it in another place, we are going to look at Hebrews, for God tells us that by the testimony of two or more witnesses the truth can be discerned.

Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,

In order for the blaspheme of the Holy Spirit the person has to know, live, and function within the basic doctrines of Hebrews 6:1-3 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits

The heavenly gift is Jesus. And they have to have been partakers of the Holy Spirit.

In order for a person to have salvation, the Holy Spirit has to convict us of sin. None of us have never sinned. Only Jesus walked on this earth sin free. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin and lets us know we need a Savior. The Holy Spirit brings Jesus the Christ and leads us to a relationship with Jesus. When we are in trouble allah, buddah, Bill Gates won’t show up. But Jesus will.

Everyone is given a measure of faith. What we choose to do with that faith is up to us. Do we want to walk around being god in our life and reject Jesus, or make Jesus Lord of our life? Where are we going to put our faith?

Pastor Don told us we are seed planters, and every seed adds up. So never give up on the unsaved. But he suggests not preaching at people all the time. Learn to shut up and let them see you have a sweet tongue and let them observe how Jesus works through your life and actions. They will see a change in you.

Pastor Don also told us it is natural to complain. Many people go home and complain about the pastor of their church, their fellow parishioners, and your unsaved love ones hear your complaints. Why would they want to go to church with you if everyone is so awful at your church? And if they do go, they are going to be more focused on observing those whom you complained about rather than going to worship God.

We went back to Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,

In order for the blaspheme of the Holy Spirit to occur, they have to have worked with the Holy Spirit, had repentance of dead works and faith toward God, been baptized, functioned in the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead.

Hebrews 6:5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,

They would have to have experienced the Rhema Word of God – the inspired, breathed in Word of God. When we read the Bible we can read it like a novel or we can read it looking for God to speak with us. When God opens up a passage of the Bible for us it becomes a Rhema Word. The living Word. We get revelation from God.

Jesus is the prophecy of the future. For the blaspheme to occur we have to be 1. enlightened by the truth, 2. had a saving relationship with Jesus, 3. be functioning in the Holy Spirit with signs and wonders, 4. have the supernatural Word of God, and 5. prophecy of Jesus within us. We have to know all of these for verse 6 to be able to occur.

Hebrews 6:6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

We have to go back to verse four for the start of the sentence, “It is impossible…” if they fall away to renew them to repentance. If you reject the Work of the Holy Spirit, talk bad of the Holy Spirit, and then make a fully informed decision that you do not want Jesus, the Gospel, prophecies in your life anymore, and walk away, it is impossible to renew you to a second repentance.

That being said, a believer who has doubts, a person who is struggling with Christ does not fit that category. We all have ups and downs in our faith. But a person who has tasted fully of the gifts of God, has operated in the gifts of healing and prophecy, is well grounded in their faith, has a strong relationship with God and the Holy Spirit, knows Jesus and THEN turns their back on it all can blaspheme. (Pastor Don was asked if a person is worried about blaspheming the Holy Spirit is that a good indication that they haven’t, for they don’t want to. He said that might work, but then he gave the following example.)

A biblical example of one who blasphemed the Holy Spirit is Judas. Judas rejected Jesus and the cross. He went out with the disciples when Jesus commissioned them and laid hands on the sick, cast out demons, and functioned fully in the gifts of the Spirit. He walked with Jesus, knew Jesus, learned about Jesus’ mission, and then chose to reject Jesus. He couldn’t repent and say, “I didn’t know…”

Pastor Don talked about a time when his son was three, and went to a store with him. His dad paid for what he purchased and started walking out of the store. His son had grabbed a candy bar and started eating it. When his father discovered this, he took his son back to the store, explained that we have to pay for the candy or else it is stealing. His son did not know that you had to pay for the candy bar, so he was not guilty of the sin of stealing in this situation. He couldn’t be punished to eternal damnation for what he did not know. But once he knew what stealing was, then he would be guilty of the sin.

Another biblical example is lucifer and the fallen angels. They were with God in Heaven, knew God intimately, and rejected God.

In order for a sin to be forgiven we have to

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Peter sinned, but he repented. He came back to Jesus and the cross. Judas did not.

Some people want to do evil, and when evil is unmasked, they repent – not at the cross, but they are sorry they got caught. If they repent and ask forgiveness, God will be faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The repentance and forgiveness is through the blood of Jesus.

But if you reject Jesus and the Cross, it is impossible to renew you to repentance for Jesus would then have to be sacrificed again.

Satan takes over nations, substitutes everything and blasphemes God. In order to stop this from occurring God has to put an end to it. He cannot let the cancer grow.

Someone asked about why God instructed the Israelites to completely kill all of the enemy, men, women and children. It did not seem consistent with a loving God.

Pastor Don responded. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did not have enough Jesus to stop sin and perversion. In their day might made right, and everyone did what they wanted.

Pastor Don gave an example of what life in Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s time was like. He said, supposing a neighborhood church sees our church building, the new wing and the beautiful “babes” (women) that attend our church. they come in, shoot all the men, rape the women, and pillage the wealth. They pick some of the strong people to be slaves and the good looking women for wives. Only a few are left alive, and all the babies are then sacrificed at the altar. Pregnant women would be disemboweled. That was the culture of the Hittites, Amorites, and all the other “ites” in the days of the patriarchs. The Moabite practices were so evil that they also included prostitution and homosexuality.

Abraham got free of that, but Lot wasn’t free for Lot chose to live near Sodom and Gomorrah.

God knew Jacob/Israel’s 12 kids were going to get into trouble, in that land. There weren’t enough of the Israelites to survive, so God took His children out and planted them in a safe spot – in Egypt, so that they could grow in numbers. Egypt was a pagan culture, but wasn’t as evil as the “Ite” cultures. They spent 400 years in Egypt. Pastor Don said that he wants to meet Sarah in Heaven, for if she was so beautiful at her age that Abraham had to lie about her to protect his life, she must have been quite beautiful.

After 400 years there were more than a million Israelites, and God marched the people toward the Promised Land. But they were knuckleheads. They did not fully conquer the land. God taught them to become warriors in the wilderness. But God knew if evil was not stamped out completely, it could return. Pastor Don told us that if a five-year-old girl was left alive, as she was growing up, she would have remembered what her ancestors did. If the country had a tough situation, she would remember that in the old days they used to sacrifice children to ensure crops, and the idol worship would return to the land.  Culture and tradition’s roots go deep into a person.

Pastor Don comes from a background of Baptist preachers, but he had to go through stuff before he got into a Bible based church. He did not walk away from his faith, but for a while was not walking close to God. Yet God will forgive those who come to Him.

Hebrews 6:7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God;

All know that blessings come from God.

Hebrews 6:8-12  but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned. But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

The ones who commit the blaspheme of the Holy Spirit know the face of God and choose great evil and the face of sin. They misdirect the purposes of God, create their own system with knowledge and evil intent.

Another biblical example is Balaam, the prophet who chose to help the enemy find ways to defeat the Israelites. He was gifted spiritually, he knew God’s voice and was told to prophesy what God told him to say. He did that, but loved money and power far more than obedience to God, and we later learn he taught the enemy how to pull the Israelites away from God.

Pastor Don shared about a prophet that came to his cousin’s church. This man asked his cousin if the “Lord could have His way.” His cousin did not see what was coming, so he said, “Sure, the Lord can have His way.” What the “prophet” proceeded to do was sell prophesies for $29.00. Pastor Don’s cousin stood back and watched, and was surprised to see his parishioners step up to pay for these prophecies. He did not stop it because he felt the people needed to be ripped off to be taught a valuable lesson. He knew they should have known better than pay for prophecies. So the next few weeks he taught them how much in error they were to do that. And Pastor Don’s cousin also learned a lesson, for he should have asked the prophet, “Which Lord?”.

In our church, Pastor Don told us a few years ago someone came into the church and had styled themselves as a prophet. The person got up and taught on the verse that said, “If possible, even the elect will be deceived.” He implied that the elect would be deceived, taking the verse out of context. Again only a few went up to Pastor Don to question that teaching, and Pastor Don had to spend a few weeks educating the people to respectfully question a teaching in the pulpit if it does not follow the whole counsel of God. Pastor Don told us that God had him pray this person out of the church.

We read that verse in the Amplified. Matthew 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and they will show great signs and wonders so as to deceive and lead astray, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones).

It isn’t possible. The devil wants us to believe the elect can be led astray, but the elect has the Holy Spirit to guide them to truth. Deceiving spirits sometimes imitate the gifts of God, even in the Body of Christ, so we need discernment to know where the gift is coming from.

We have tasted the truth of God, it is as solid as concrete. Our knowledge of truth is solid, not an abstraction.

We ran out of time in Bible study.

I hope this helps to clarify the blaspheme of the Holy Spirit. Praying your day is blessed.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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