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delight, to persecute, capture, try, scourge, mock, and crucify the Savior. Finally, in the end, this was done with a pronounced hatred and defiance of Christ, a devilish pleasure in mocking and slandering Him, and without any remorse, sorrow or concern for their souls or for eternity.

    "Can a person commit the unpardonable sin today? If so, how would this take place?" Marie asked.

    "Let me give an example," her teacher replied. "Randy was born and raised in a Christian home and always attended a Christian school and church. Re was convinced of the truth in both mind and conscience. At special times in his life, he even 'tasted,' or emotionally felt something of the power of God and His truth.

    "However, in his teen-age years, Randy found other friends who influenced him to attend places, engage in behaviors, and lead a lifestyle which contradicted that which he was being taught in home, school, and church. The first time he attended a wrong place, his conscience warned him loudly. But, he overstepped his conscience repeatedly. After some time, his conscience hardly sounded when he went there. God the Holy Spirit had lit the candle of conscience several times, but each time he had chosen to blow it out. Finally, God did not light it anymore.

    "Worse yet, because home, school, and church testified against his new lifestyle, Randy began to hate what was good and to call the truth a lie and good as evil in his life. Statements like the following were heard from him increasingly: 'I hate my parents - they're so strict. They just don't want me to have any fun,' or 'This rotten school - you can't do a thing here. All there is here is a bunch of preaching and I'm sick of it!'; or 'Church is such a bore. If I didn't have to go, for sure I wouldn't be there!'

    "Deep down, Randy knew better. He knew the truth. But instead of changing his lifestyle and seeing sin and Satan as enemies, he hardened his heart against the truth to hold on to his sins. Religion and Christ began to become his enemies. He began to hate, mock, and ridicule his home, school, and church - especially because they were Christian, because they taught God's truth. Feelings of remorse or sorrow over his attitude or evil comments regarding parents, teachers, or church officebearers became less and less. Concern for his soul and eternity grew colder and colder. Satan, sin, world, and doing his own desires became the good things to speak well of; and God, religion, and Christian teachings increasingly became

 

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

Of how much sorer punishment suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

- Hebrews 10:26-29

If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

- I John 5:16

 




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