Jesus was speaking to some Pharisees and His disciples when He said, “And so I tell you this: no sin, no slander, is beyond forgiveness for men, except slander spoken against the Holy Spirit, and that will not be forgiven. Any man who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but if anyone speaks against the Holy Spirit, for him there is no forgiveness, either in this age or in the age to come”
According to Jesus, Matthew 12:31-32, the only sin that will not be forgiven is slander against the Holy Spirit. Literally speaking, every other sin can be forgiven by God. What did Jesus mean? Possibly, He meant . . .
A popular claim from evangelists and preachers is that they are anointed, and their words are coming directly from the Holy Spirit when they speak. I have even seen cases where a musical band and a “warm-up man” come out prior to the pastor and actually try to summon or conjure up the Holy Spirit.
When this happens, congregants are placed in a very vulnerable predicament. Often the preacher has held himself/herself up as being closer somehow to God, as being a ‘pipeline’ from God to their listeners. If the words of the preacher, indeed, are not inspired by the Holy Spirit, then certainly the congregants are in a position to be lead astray, lead away from God, in another direction.
I believe there are times when a preacher is most certainly inspired by the Holy Spirit. The modest man, or woman, will ponder this inspiration personally, and let the listeners of their words draw their own personal conclusion as to whether or not God is speaking to them through the words of that sermon.
Any preacher falsely claiming to be anointed directly from the Holy Spirit may be committing the exact slander which may not be forgiven by God. This sin is, of course, attributing their own words to God, thereby slandering the Holy Spirit.
The forgiveness of sins is a serious matter. God will ultimately decide when a sin of slander has been committed, and what the consequence will be.