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Abigail (0)
Q: What is the meaning of 1 John 5:16?
A: Dear Abigail,
Jesus taught that all sin can be forgiven except the sin against the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31-32). God will forgive every sin that we confess (1 John 1:9), but He cannot forgive if we will not truly confess our sin. The The sin against the Holy Spirit, sometimes called the "unpardonable sin," is not a specific sin like lying or murder, but could be any sin that we persistently refuse to confess to God.

What John is telling us in 1 John 5:16 is that we should always pray for others, and God will answer our prayers. When he says "There is a sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that," he is trying to help us understand that even though we pray for others, there are some who, because of their stubborn resistance to the Holy Spirit's conviction, will not be helped by our prayers because they refuse to confess. Notice that John doesn't say "I do not say that one should pray for them," but "for that." There is no need to pray for the forgiveness of a specific sin or action that someone refuse to confess to God, but as long as there's hope, we should continue to pray for the person, knowing that our God is mighty to save!
Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!

Your friend,
Pastor Howard


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