Is every sin forgivable? Well, the short answer to this no. The interesting thing about the concept of unforgivable sin is that the sin itself cannot be committed by someone who doesn't know God. The unforgivable sin can only be committed by those who are familiar with God. Follow me here. Take, for instance, this account of what happens to the house of Eli and his two sons Hophni and Phinehas:
How can God forgive the person whose heart is so hard that they have nothing but contempt for the source of atonement? If you so disdain the source of your forgiveness that you loathe, misuse and desecrate it, how can you be forgiven by it?
You can't desecrate something you're unfamiliar with. These two young men grew up "in the church" and they were PK's (priests' kids). They knew better. They were raised with the knowledge and understanding of what these sacrifices were for and yet they desecrated them. To desecrate the LORD's offering is a grievous sin.
How does one desecrate the LORD's atoning sacrifice today? It is by desecrating offerings, holding in contempt the source of atonement. You can't hold Jesus in contempt if you've never heard of Him. Certainly in the time of Samuel there were other sinners both large and small bringing their sacrifices to the Temple at Shiloh to have their sin atoned for. God didn't pronounce any of their sin as unforgivable. The unforgivable sin was committed by the church people who knew better, but used the LORD's sacrifices as a source of personal gain, thereby treating them with contempt.
If you play church with what is consecrated to the LORD, look out.
One facet of this is how people "earmark" their monetary gifts to God. Checks are written with terms and conditions. We want to decide how the money gets spent so we tell the church what to do with it. "Here is my offering, now do what I say with it." No. We should give to the LORD with no strings attached. We give our money, not as an atoning sacrifice, but as a trust sacrifice. We enter the arena of playing church with God's offerings and thereby showing contempt for Jesus who gave all with no strings attached when we supposedly give to Him, yet tell Him what to do with it.
Brothers and sisters this shouldn't be so.
Tithes and offerings are to be freely given from the heart and then released by trust into the hands of God. Remove the strings, mandates, dictates and directions. Do not show contempt for the selfless sacrifice of Jesus by attaching selfishness to your "gift."
Are your offerings to God released and let go freely into His hands?
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.
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