What Is the Unforgivable Sin?


What is the unforgivable sin in the Bible? Jesus warned the Pharisees of this danger when they challenged his authority after exorcising a demon. How does this blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus calls it, relate to the apostasy related to us in Hebrews 6, and the “sin unto death” in 1 John 5? In today’s Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. Ben Witherington compares and contrasts these three points of dire warning from Scripture.

View our growing playlist of Seven Minute Seminary.

Download the audio for this Seven Minute Seminary & subscribe via iTunes.


Dr. Witherington joined the Asbury Seminary faculty in 1995. A prolific author, Dr. Witherington has written more than 40 books and six commentaries. He is a John Wesley Fellow for Life, a research fellow at Cambridge University and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for the Study of the New Testament and the Institute for Biblical Research. In his leisure time, Dr. Witherington appreciates both music and sports. It is hard to say which sound he prefers: the sophisticated sonance of jazz sensation Pat Metheny or the incessant tomahawk chant of the Atlanta Braves faithful. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, he is a dedicated Tar Heels basketball and football fan. He and his wife, Ann, have two children.