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The Sin Unto Death.

The Sin Unto Death.

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BY E. BANKS DILLARD, D.D.


"All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto
men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be for-
given unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the
Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh
against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in
this world, neither in the world to come." — Matthew xii. 31-32.

"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." — /. John v. 16.
BY E. BANKS DILLARD, D.D.


"All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto
men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be for-
given unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the
Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh
against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in
this world, neither in the world to come." — Matthew xii. 31-32.

"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." — /. John v. 16.

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THE SI UTO DEATH. BY E. BAKS DILLARD, D.D. "All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be for- given unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come." — Matthew xii. 31-32. "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." — /. John v. 16. In approaching this much-discussed and little-under- stood subject, I am aware of the fact that I shall not only advance some new ideas, but also antagonize some posi- tions taken by those who are regarded as almost infallible authority on almost any subject of a biblical nature. It is not that I wish to set up my judgment against the learned and the great, or that I wish to give out, like one of old, that I am the great power of God ; but being actuated, first, by a desire to meet the demands of the many who have said at different times, "Brother Dillard, what is the sin against the Holy Ghost or the sin unto death? " and, second, to know the truth myself; and, lastly, to assert as a free and independent thinker what seems to me to be truth, without fear or favor, believing as I do that God has never yet revealed everything to 44 TH£ SI UTO DEATH. 45 -any one mind, and that I have the same right to discover
 
and propagate truth as has any other man. I therefore invite you to go with me to the examination of this sub-  ject. But first allow me to say, I do not look on this subject as a raven of despair, or flee from its pres- ence as if it were Caesar's ghost; but, on the other hand, I find in the text first set forth a privilege, and in- deed is it not a privilege to pray for our loved ones? And second, I find a promise: "He shall give us life for them who sin not unto death." I therefore con- clude that the rule is, all men can be saved; the excep- tion is those who have sinned unto death. We raise our eyes on a clear night, when the atmosphere is clear and the stars look like light-holes in the floor of heaven, yet we go on and do not say a word, for these bodies are all in harmony with the law of attraction and are moving on in their regular orbits; but just as soon as a little comet drags its fiery tail aross the heavens, all eyes are turned to it, and every paper is writing about it, and every tongue is talking of it — still no one can tell from whence it came or whither it is bound. It is simply an exception> it is a star out of brotherhood, it is matter out of attrac- tion. So we see the great mass of men in reach of mercy and within the brotherhood of love, moving in the cir- cumference of forgiveness and being attracted by the magnetic power of the cross, and think but little about the privilege or the necessity of praying for them. I am impressed with the idea that there are but few persons who ever get beyond the limit of mercy. I sometimes think it is a trick of the old serpent to make men believe 46 TH£ SI UTO DKATH. as long as he can that they are too good to be saved, and then when they break loose from this idea, then he leads them to the other extreme, and now the same fellow is too bad to be saved. Oh, yes, his case is indeed a pecu- liar one : he has sinned away his day of grace, and there is pardon for thieves and harlots, but none for him. At
 
this old Satan doubtless says, "Amen, so might it be." ow, coming to the subject, it seems to me that before we can form an intelligent idea of the sin against the Holy Ghost, we must find out who is the Holy Ghost and what is His relation to the scheme of redemption, or, in other words, what interest has He in my salvation. Whatever may be the relation of the Deity to other worlds, and whatever may be His person to them, one thing is certain and obvious to all Bible students, and that is the fact that God has revealed Himself to this world as three beings, known by three names, and each person having a separate relation to the salvation of every soul; yet there is such perfect harmony that one may be said to be in the other, and whatever one does the other approves. Surely if any proof were wanting on this line, the recognition of the Son by the Father at His baptism, at the grave of Laz- arus, and on the mount of transfiguration, to say nothing of the many times Jesus said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father," and that the Father would send the Holy Ghost, and He would come in the name of the Son. Oh, beautiful union and divine agreement ! For this I can see the most obvious reasons. For example> one could not think of God as one person, holding the THE SIX UTO DEATH. 47 scales of justice in His hands and punishing sin in Him- self. One can hardly conceive of how the same person can enforce law and at the same time suffer the penalty. But when we turn over to John's gospel and read that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, then we see the Father, full of sympathy and love; at the same time, instead of stifling and defeating justice, He is preparing to enforce the law and satisfy justice. Here we see the Father's relation to the scheme of redemption. We follow the Son in His busy life, healing

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