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When God No Longer Forgives
There is a line that people cross where God can no longer forgive them. Do you know where it is? Have you ever wondered how wicked a person must become before he can be beyond God's salvation? If you have ever tried to share the good news of Christ with others, you have probably encountered those who say: "God cannot possibly forgive me, I'm beyond help." I suppose this position can be a legitimate concern, but is it a fact? Other than the devil himself, can one be so evil as to be beyond forgiveness? Keep in mind that I said that this position could be legitimate. Only God knows the heart of every person, but many who hold this position, do so because they honestly believe it, while others use it as an excuse to continue living their life as they please. Another genuine fear of many, including Christians, is the unpardonable sin referred to by Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. If you have asked Jesus to come into your heart and life, you need not worry about ever committing this sin. You see, the salvation issue was settled and sealed on the day we gave Christ entry into our lives. If you have read carefully what Christ said concerning the unpardonable sin, you will see that it was clearly directed at the scribes and Pharisees, the religious Jewish leaders of the day. Not only did they not believe in Christ, they even dared to ascribe the working of His miracles to Beelzebub, (Satan) and that constituted blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Let us consider some sins that some may regard as unforgivable. Lets begin with murder. Did you know that Moses once killed an Egyptian whom he saw striking a Hebrew? He did so when he thought no one was looking, and then buried him in the sand. (See Exodus 2) And did you know that David ordered the murder of Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba? (See 2 Samuel 11:15) And did you know that the Apostle Paul, then known as Saul of Tarsus, held the coats of the men who murdered Stephen? He even gave his confession afterwards in Acts 22:20. Moses, David, Paul; you won't find bigger Bible heroes than they. Yet, despite their sin, all these were apparently forgiven. It is no wonder then why Paul later wrote: This is a  faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15) This leads us to the sin of adultery. As mentioned before, King David ordered the murder of the husband of the woman he first committed adultery with. Time and space will not allow me to go into more detail concerning other heinous sins, but consider what Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians: Don't you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers - none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God. There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you. (I used the New Living Translation here to give a clearer picture of the types of sins mentioned in 1 Cor. 6:9-11) To answer the first question in this article, that line is passed only when the person gives his last breath on earth, without ever acknowledging Christ and asking his pardon and salvation. If you know of, or have unsaved loved ones, I trust this will encourage you to keep on trying and praying for them. As long as they still have breath, the Door of salvation will be open to them. 
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