Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit

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When I was a teenager, I was bombarded with thoughts to say something bad about the Holy Spirit. These thoughts were intrusive and intense.  By this time I had already become a youth leader. The enemy used my fear and ignorance about this topic to fill my mind with no-good ideas so that in return I can commit an unforgivable sin. I did not know much about spiritual warfare at the time nor did I have a greater understanding of the Holy Spirit as I have now, but I loved the Holy Spirit and knew that these thoughts were not mine.

There was this fear in me that if I was to say something against the Holy Spirit, I would be damned for all eternity. I have committed the unpardonable sin. I was scared and lived in fear making sure I would not say or think anything against the Holy Spirit. After some time, these thoughts subsided and then disappeared. As I read the Bible, I see that some of these fears are planted by the devil, but also ignorance can play a huge role in empowering the temptation. 

Let’s dig deeper into this.

If you want to understand any topic in the Bible, for example, what blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is, or what Jesus meant by it, you have to read what the Bible says in the context – so read the chapter before and the chapter after for a broader perspective. 

“Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” Matthew 12:31-32

Why did Jesus talk about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? Matthew 12:22-30 (before the verses about blasphemy) deals with the story of Jesus healing the mute and blind by casting out a demon from the person. Pharisees quickly jumped to conclusions claiming that Jesus was casting out demons by the power of the devil. Jesus responded by saying that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. So, in context, blaspheme against the Holy Spirit is discrediting miracles, especially exorcisms of evil spirits. 

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Now, in the gospel of Mark, we can see that similar things occurred. Pharisees accused Jesus of delivering others by the power of demons. They claimed that he stated that Jesus had a Beelzebub – which means he had demons. Jesus responds by saying that the devil is not having a civil war. The devil is organized and the only reason why demons are cast out is because, the Holy Spirit is manifesting the kingdom of God. Therefore, Jesus goes on to claim that it is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. In fact, Mark points out that Jesus did warn about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.


So the topic of blasphemy was mentioned as a response of Jesus being called a devil for casting out a devil. A similar story repeats in Luke chapter 11 and 12. 

Notice that the Pharisees did not say anything against the Holy Spirit, they credited exorcism and healing to the devil when it was clearly done by the power of the Holy Spirit. Could it be that if we look closer into the context we would see that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit has very little to do with what we say against Him, but more with what we say about his works? 

If you are battling with thoughts or attacks in your mind that say something against the Holy Spirit. Let me direct you towards a few things that will help you overcome that battle. 

1. Focus more on the baptism of the Spirit than blaspheme of the Spirit. Living in fear of sinning against the Spirit is not what God wants us to do. Perfect love casts out all fear. Holy Spirit does not come to live in you, because you are sinless, but when you allow him to fill you and immerse you (word baptism means “immersion”) you will sin less. Focus more on building your relationship with Him than living in fear of sinning against Him. As believers we can sin against the Holy Spirit by limiting Him, grieving Him, quenching Him and even resisting Him. Holy Spirit knew that you would not be perfect when he came to live in you. None of your faults, mistakes, or even sins come as a surprise. If we repent and turn to Him, intimacy will be restored.

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No where did Jesus tell his disciples to live in fear of sinning against the Spirit. In fact, Jesus told them to wait for baptism – full infilling of the Spirit. We should do the same. Live with expectation of Holy Spirit filling us, then us disappointing him.

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2. Resist the thoughts of blasphemy by speaking God‚Äôs word. The temptation to say something bad about Holy Spirit can happen to anyone. Being tempted does not mean we have sinned. When we are tempted, we feel dirty and guilty. Jesus was tempted, yet he did not sin. In fact, he was tempted to worship the devil. Yes, bow down and worship Satan. That’s bad temptation. So that tells me that being tempted with crazy stuff does not mean that I am a sinner. It just means that there is a bad devil. 

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In Hebrews 4:15 it says that Jesus was tempted in every way as we get tempted. We don’t see a physical devil speaking to us during times of temptation, however, many of our temptations are in the level of the mind, in our thoughts. I suggest that Jesus’ temptation was in the area of thoughts, but his victory was through his mouth. Jesus did not fight the devil with thoughts, he fought him with word of God. The best way to overcome temptations in our thoughts is through our mouth. The way we overcome temptation in our thoughts is with our words. 

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We must do the same. When the devil sends a thought to blasphemy the Spirit – verbally respond that you love the Holy Spirit, he is your comforter, guide and friend. Shut down those thoughts with your words. That is what happened to me as a teenager, I would verbally say the opposite when those thoughts would come. Let the weak say, I am strong. When tempted – speak not what you feel, but what you know and believe. 

3. Avoid speaking against miracles, especially deliverance done by Christian ministers whom you do not like. There are false miracles, false prophets, and false everything. For everything real there will be a counterfeit. The devil is a copy cat, he is a duplicator – God is the creator. We must not fear that. Satan misused the scripture when tempting Jesus, yet Jesus fought him back with scripture. If Satan abuses the Bible, that does not mean we should be cautious with our Bible. Just because magicians performed miracles by the power of magic and demons, it did not mean Moses needed to retreat to only talking to the Pharaoh instead of demonstrating the power of God.

Today everyone has an opinion about everything. That’s fine. However, calling anything and everything that moves as heretics or giving the devil credit for miracles and deliverances in other ministries, where you have never been, is border line blasphemy. There are miracles done by witchdoctors, prophesies by psychics and a focus on angels and energy by the New Age cult, but all of that should not make us label everything as demonic. The Pharisees did just that. Jesus acted outside of their norm. He broke all their rules and traditions. When they could not discredit the validity of miracles, they accursed him of having a demon. The Pharisees of today are the same – they glorify the Moses of yesterday, crucifying the Christ of today. It grieves the Holy Spirit. 

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Some men and women of God are faulty. Nevertheless, it still does not give us a reason to call it a heresy or give Satan praise for what was done through them. A man and a woman of God is like a glove – God is the hand. Gloves rip, but the hand remains. Some of the people God used throughout history had an abundance of problems – kind of like the rubber gloves in your house. Yet, that is the best God had. We still read writings of some of these faulty men, yet, God used them. I wish that Noah who got drunk, Moses who murdered, David who committed adultery and Solomon who practiced idolatry didn‚Äôt commit these sins, but despite their shortcomings, they were still used by Holy Spirit and we read about their feats of faith regularly. 

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4. If you blasphemed the Holy Spirit in ignorance, there is mercy for you. I know a lot of people who used to look at deliverances and say it’s fake, its demonic, its all staged, until it happened to them or until their child needed deliverance. I have had parents repent for calling our church demonic, because not long after, their kids started to get demonic attacks. These families would need help so we would pray for their situation. Usually the negative comments people made came from ignorance. We all have said something out of foolishness that was not pleasing to the Holy Spirit. God is more merciful than we think. 

Paul rejected Christ and persecuted the church in ignorance and in unbelief. “Although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” 1 Timothy 1:13. Did you see the word “blasphemer” in there? Paul was one of those Pharisees who blasphemed, but after encountering Jesus, he realized he had no idea what he was doing. When God’s grace opened his eyes, he repented and put his faith in Jesus. Instead of becoming an apostate, he became an apostle. There is hope for you if you fell into temptation of saying something under pressure of intrusive thoughts, or committed it in ignorance. I believe God’s grace is bigger than our sin. We must repent and receive His mercy; and go and sin no more. 

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In summary, all of this teaches me how important the Holy Spirit is. We must walk close with Him in these last days. That is the only way to walk in the supernatural and avoid grieving Him. It is the only way, also, to avoid falling into a Pharisee spirit by keeping the fire alive on the altar of our heart. When you are close to the Spirit you will not criticize revival, because you will be busy creating it. 

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This blog was written by Vladimir Savchuk.

Pastor Vlad is the lead pastor of Hungry Generation Church, an author of “Break Free” and “Single, Ready to Mingle” and a founder of free online school “Vlad’s School.” To download free e-books, sermon series, small group study guides go to

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        1. No, you don’t blasphemed they holy spirit, ir You are conserned about that ir means that You are not in sin, Also negativo intrusive thoughts are from they enemy, not from You, You didnt blasphemed, they enemy has done it in Your mind, and he is trying to make You think You did it. You are free from sin.

      1. Mr. Savchuk:
        I know you wrote this article 2 years ago, but I am just now seeing this. And I have to speak out to let you know that you’re teaching error with this message. You have completely misunderstood what the Bible is saying about this topic. And your confusion will certainly lead some astray from the truth. If you are a true believer, please pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal to you the truth of what He is saying in His Word. You can also study what every reputable Bible commentary says about this topic, and you will see your error quite clearly. I pray that you will repent from this false teaching and publish a commentary that points out the error and point people to the truth. If you need help, feel free to reach out to me and I will try to help.

      2. Hello I’ve i would love to meet with you if possible I’m in need of help thank you.. I’m battaling my mind with blasphemous thoughts and To a point where I pick up the Bible and can’t read without unbelief coming in and weird feelings please help

      3. Hi Vlad,

        I need help I hope you respond. I’m 16 and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior in August. I’ve had blasphemous thoughts that I do not want, it’s getting better but I’m worried I’m becoming numb. I have no one to talk too. I just want to be sure you can’t commit this sin in your head. I’m just worried. I believe God gave me a sign, because in school the counsler called me me up, she wanted to give me a book about being a new Christian, It’s called “Jesus calling”. I felt a warmth in my heart and hope, that I didn’t commit that ugly thing. I remember getting emotional, the first thought that came in to my mind was “God was working behind the scene.” The hope last little while, then I remembered a blasphmous thought that I did not mean, and I just felt down again. I just want God to love me and forgive me.

        1. You don’t blasphemed they holy Ghost, there we’re only some intrusive thoughts from they enemy, justo rebuke it, they are not Your thoughts, are they enemy’w thoughts. You are free from sin

          1. You don’t blasphemed they holy Ghost, there we’re only some intrusive thoughts from they enemy, justo rebuke it, they are not Your thoughts, are they enemy’w thoughts. Don’t worry

  1. Great article, thank you. I love your your no nonsense
    Solid Biblical base teaching.
    Many Blessings

  2. It’s really helpful for us Christians to be more aware of blaspheming the Holy Spirit.. We are no longer an ignorant.. Thank you Ptr. Vladimir.. God bless you more

  3. Another great read. Lots of info and direct. This allows the reader to understand exactly to the point what blasphemy is. Thank you again.

  4. Thank you for this. I’ve been enlightened. One thing that I’ll always carry with me is: If you don’t know, don’t say. Just to avoid making conclusions over things you know nothing about.

    God bless you Pastor Vlad

  5. “When you are close to the Spirit you will not criticize revival, because you will be busy creating it.”

    Love this last sentence.

    Leaning, trusting and building your relationship/intimacy with God will help you discern what is truly from the Kingdom of Heaven.

  6. Great teaching. Wisdom!

    I believe great revival is coming to Pasco Wa, A supernatural revival that is going to explode before the eyes of the world. We might think it’s already there but is still slowly growing, advancing and the importance that Hungrygen gives to the Holy Spirit is the key for that. I saw a tsunami been born right at the location of Hungrygen Church. It was covering the Land of Washington starting in Pasco, Wa. Blessings!!!

  7. I have struggled with this fear since I was 12, I am now 16. And I can personally say Jesus gave me victory to overcome this fear! Hallelujah! God has the victory!

    1. Thanks for sharing Diana. It seems that many struggle with this but by God’s grace over it. To Him be the glory.

  8. I believe this beautifully written bible based approach to explaining this ‘vague’ topic will see a lot of people find freedom from the Enemy’s trap. The article couldn’t have ended in a better way “When you are close to the Spirit you will not criticize revival, because you will be busy creating it”.

    The fact that the Holy Spirit truly wants to be our friend & walk with us daily, still suprises me till today.

    Bless you Pastor Vlad

    1. According to Jesus – they are forever lost! But I think that this sin makes a person not even realize that they are committing it.

      1. I thought that I blasphemed the Holy Spirit cause, I consciously tried to say imma kill the devil when I was singing and I said the Holy Spirit somehow but I stopped my self like half way, like (HolySpir… with half of the I and. But I repented of saying imma kill Satan because the word basically don’t blasphemy supernatural beings. I just thank God that I did not blaspheme The Holy Spirit I love. I’m just going to keep running this race with patience, taking every step by faith.

  9. Thank you for the teaching. I have been praying for a while now to
    receive the Holy Spirit baptism but I’ve still not been baptized. I’ve been in several
    Holy Ghost services as well but nothing. Am I doing something wrong? Please help

  10. God forgave me, thank you so much! Love you Pastor Vlad! God used you mightily and I hope He will continue to do so and I believe He is now.

  11. I would love to say thank you for always sharing these great articles with we, your fellow brethren in Christ. May God grant you more grace nd wisdom to finish well and strong . In Jesus Name. Amen.

  12. Thank you so much. This was EXACTLY what I’ve been going through lately as a teenager. Now I realize that these aren’t my thoughts, but the enemy’s. God bless you.

  13. Brother does your ministry give bachelor’s of theology degree?
    I mean if someone wants to be spiritually mature do u give them schooling?

  14. Thankyou so much for these points. They are perfect for me wanting to learn more about the Holy spirit. Its kind of Ironic how the Holy spirit is leading me to learn about the Holy spirit and I am preaching about him this week on Sunday ! Man, GOD is GOOD

  15. I personally been struggling with these thoughts for a while fearing the worst but your article made me relized God loves each and everyone one of his children.God Bless You.

  16. What if you questioned the Holy Spirit in a spite of anger as things weren’t going your way. What if you uncontrollably questioned the Holy Spirit and if it worked since things weren’t working out for you. I’ve been living under fear for so long ever since. I was mad at God and I questioned if the Holy Spirit even worked. I regret every bit of saying any of this and I just want to go back and not do any of this. I love God so much and I want to be a disciple of his

  17. Hi Vlad, I was playing a competitive game on the phone and every time I lost I got annoyed and with the feeling of anger came thoughts of blasphemy, I am worried, I love the Holy Spirit and I would never do that, what do you say about this situation?

  18. I’ve been in shambles and been crying and begging for forgiveness. I was told something about the Holy Spirit (That was false but I wasn’t thinking) and he said if you didn’t believe it, you’re blaspheming the Spirit by denying his power. And I was afraid. He said the the Spirit allowed things (not gonna repeat it) but I said something worse by accident and by slip of the tongue and I have been terrified 😭😭 I have cried out for mercy. I love the Lord and I wish to serve him. And to think I did something by accident 😖 terrifies me.

  19. I have been struggling with this myself for the past couple months. I will have intrusive thoughts that are basically blasphemy angst the Holy Spirit they are not my thoughts and I’m choosing not to believe the lies. I could most definitely need some deliverance at this point because I do feel afraid.

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