Blasphemy and Sacrilege

What does the Word of God say in regards to Blasphemy and Sacrilege?
Matthew 12:31 “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

Jon Watkins  Online Ministries   August 16, 2015

Who is the Holy Ghost? That is, what the King James translators decided to translate it as. It should have been translated Holy Spirit. Meanings of words have changed since the King James Bible was translated from the Greek in 1611. Then, a ghost was thought of as a “breath of wind” that would brush over a candle flame making it flicker. Today, ghost means a disembodied spirit and that is not what the Holy Spirit is. The Holy Spirit is a person just like God and Jesus. He is the third person and third member of the God-head, hence the word Trinity. It is the same change like the word Gay. 50 years ago gay meant you were happy. Today, if you say you’re gay, it means you’re homosexual or lesbian. Ghost and Spirit are both correct. It would be better due to word changes to use Holy Spirit, and I prefer Holy Spirit. Even today with word meanings that change, people assume that anytime spirit is used it constitutes the Holy Spirit and hence attributed to the work of God. NOT SO! When used in a Biblical context referring to the Holy Spirit it is. When used in new age or witchcraft terms, it is an un-holy spirit, a demon spirit.

What is the role of the Holy Spirit?

John 16:7-11 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”

  1. He is here on earth to administer the affairs of God the Father and God the Son
  2. The Holy Spirit is the one who brings conviction to a person and the one who is responsible to draw the lost to Christ. John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
  3. Stands before God and Jesus representing an individual. He is our intercessor.
  4. Responsible for conviction of a Born Again believer. There is no other way for one to be convicted of sin. One must have the Holy Spirit to realize what he or she may do is sinful.

What constitutes the sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit?

It is any remark, word, curse or attributing the work of the Holy Spirit to the works of satan. A very good example is people who don’t believe that speaking in Tongues is for today and they say “its of the devil”. These ignorant souls are in some cases saved, but have no idea what the workings and gifts of the Spirit are. If they are like I was, they were taught exactly that. If it is done knowingly and maliciously this is when it becomes “unpardonable” because it is a rejection of the workings of God.

More will be added to this at a later date.

Sacrilege – Romans 2:22 “Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?”

This comes from Teaching the Word – by By Dr. Paul M. Elliott Visit the website for the entire article.
A Word Used Only TwicePaul’s focus, especially beginning at verse 17, is the hypocrisy of making one’s boast in the Law. The word that Paul uses in verse 22, translated “commit sacrilege” in the KJV and “rob temples” in the NKJV, is used only twice in the New Testament. Here in verse 22, it appears in the verb form hierosuleo, which means, literally, “to rob temples.”In Acts 19:37, the noun form of the same word is used. That passage gives the account of a riot incited against Paul and his companions by those who made their living producing images of the goddess Diana. The city clerk of Ephesus, attempting to quell the riot, spoke in their defense, saying, “these men are not hierosolous,” literally, temple robbers.

What is the point in these two passages?

A Capital Crime

According to historians, some Jews of the Dispersion actually made a self-righteous business venture of looting pagan temples and selling the idols, or the precious metals of which they were made, for profit. This was a direct violation of Deuteronomy 7:25: “You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the Lord your God.”

Not only was this a violation of Old Testament law, it was also a violation of Roman law. Josephus and Philo both say that hierosuleo, robbery of temples, was a crime on a par with treason and murder in the Roman world, punishable by death. There was also a Roman law against stealing sacred books and monies from the Jewish Temple, promulgated by Caesar Augustus. But since Romans 2:22 refers to temples in the plural, and has “abhor idols” as the antithesis, it is highly doubtful that Paul is asking Jews if they rob their own Temple. However, the fact that Jews would rob pagan temples, when even Roman law protected them against the robbery of their own Temple, would only add to their hypocrisy in the eyes of Gentiles.

Paul uses hierosuleo in Romans 2:22 because robbing pagan temples was one of the more blatant contemporary examples of Jewish hypocrisy, and would be a cause of blasphemy of the name of Jehovah among the Gentiles (2:24).