Sins against the Holy Spirit


  1. Final Impenitence

The sin occurs when someone just refuses to accept forgiveness and mercy for their sins. The persons are unwilling to allow the Holy Spirit to free them from the bondage of their sins, because the persons believe they are unworthy to be forgiven.

  1. Presumption

Presumption is the opposite of Final Impenitence.

Persons sin gravely when they presume the forgiveness of God.  They sin deliberately because they know God is merciful, they presuppose His mercy, but obtain God’s wrath rather than His mercy.

Presumptuous persons are not contrite for their sins. Such persons remain guilty of the sins committed, and further incur the sin of presumption.

  1. Despair

The despair is a sin against the Holy Spirit for the loss of hope. It is a theological virtue whereby one confidently expects to obtain a future good.

  1. Resisting the Known Truth

Jesus told His apostles shortly before ascending to Heaven, “but the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”  (John 14:26)

The Holy Spirit’s job is to lead all men to the truth. Yet, one can resist vehemently the truth.

  1. Envy of Another’s Spiritual Good

Be happy with what you get; contentment is a lost virtue in our culture.

  1. Obstinacy in Sin

Rather than having the humility to admit they are wrong and need to repent, the persons persist in sin. They give the Holy Spirit no room to operate and reject Him completely while increasing their pride.

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