Who are Sons of Perdition and what is the unpardonable sin?

Alright guys! So repentance and forgiveness are huge themes in both the

Bible and the Book of Mormon. And as Jesus Christ who makes it possible for

us to repent and be forgiven of our sins. But the scriptures also talk about one

sin in particular that is so serious that there is simply no coming back from

it. An unpardonable sin. So let's talk about it. What the unpardonable sin is,

what it is not, and who's even eligible to commit it.

In Matthew 12, we read, "I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be

forgiven unto men but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be

forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh the word against the Son of Man, it shall

be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be

forgiven him, neither in this world neither in the world to come."

Mark 3 says, "But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never

forgiveness but is in danger of eternal damnation." We read similar verses in Luke

12, Hebrews 6, Hebrews 10, and in the Book of Mormon in Alma 39, 3rd Nephi 29, and

Mosiah 16. So what does it mean to blaspheme against or denied the Holy

Ghost. Well here's what Joseph Smith said about it. "What must a man do to commit

the unpardonable sin? He must receive the Holy Ghost, have the heavens opened unto

him, and know God, and then sinned against him. After a man has sinned against the

Holy Ghost, there is no repentance for him. He's got to say that the Sun does

not shine while he sees it and he's got to deny Jesus Christ when the heavens

have been opened unto him, and to deny the plan of salvation with his eyes open

to the truth of it." President Spencer W Kimball also added that "The sin against

the Holy Ghost requires such knowledge that it is manifestly impossible for the

rank-and-file to commit such a sin." In other words, you really cannot commit

this sin by accident. You can't be tricked into it. You have to have a

perfect knowledge of Christ and his mission and then purposefully choose to

throw that knowledge in the trash. Now what does it mean to have perfect

knowledge? Well, in the case of the brother of Jared from the Book of Mormon,

he isn't described as having a perfect knowledge until he literally saw Jesus

and because very few people have that kind of witness of Jesus Christ, very few

people could commit the unpardonable sin, even if they wanted to.

In Latter-day Saint jargon, Satan and his angels, along with those who commit the

unpardonable sin, are known as Sons of Perdition. Hailing back I think to John

17:12. I briefly mentioned the Sons of Perdition back in an episode about life

after death. "There's also a tiny group of people who

will qualify as Sons of Perdition but it doesn't apply to me, you, or most of

humanity, so we're skipping that too." And now we've come full circle. After the

final judgement, the Sons of Perdition are cast out into outer darkness forever.

As far as we know, they will never have the opportunity to inherit a heavenly

kingdom of glory but we don't know what outer darkness is, where it is, or what

it's like. We just know that it's not heaven and it's not a pleasant place to

be. It's like Walmart on a Saturday during a toddler convention. Now there

are some people who speculate on who qualifies as a Son of Perdition and who

does not. A lot of people say Cain is a good example of a Son of Perdition. Many

people throw Judas in the pool as well but ultimately God will be the judge.

It's probably not a great idea to go around calling people Sons of Perdition.

"If you wrote this and you're watching, you're pretty close to going to

Hell." That's kind of rude and probably not anywhere close to the truth. If

you're worried you've committed the unpardonable sin, remember this: the fact

that you're worried you've committed the unpardonable sin is a pretty good

indicator that you have not committed the unpardonable sin. I don't think those

individuals who have sinned against the Holy Ghost are particularly remorseful

about it. They preferred it. Anyway, I know that denying the Holy Ghost might still

seem like a pretty vague concept. I wish I could define it in more specific terms

for you. I wish I could give you a whole list of sins that qualify as denying the

Holy Ghost, but I can't because we just don't have that much information about

it. Just keep doing your best to follow Christ and you'll have nothing to worry

about. In fact, you could probably do your worst and you still wouldn't have to

worry about it but that's terrible advice so do your best. Check out our

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