Needed Sermon I'd been wondering about this for a few days. This sermon then arrived in the email subscription... good timing. Thank you for answering this important question. I had become somewhat weaker by being constantly careful and "testing the spirits" as the Apostle John wrote. This was leading me to become overly cautious to the extreme and becoming suspicious regarding works of the Holy Spirit. This talk brought me back to equilibrium. I prayed for forgiveness for becoming so overly cautious. Great sermon Dr Cairns!
Scott McMahan (2/24/2009)
Often-asked in Pentecostal circles A good answer to a question that is often answered badly, or speciously, by those in the Pentecostal and Word of Faith camps. If you're in this group and worried about the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, this is a good answer that succinctly (Dr. Cairns did it in five minutes; I didn't think he could answer a yes/no question in under an hour!) explains the context and intent of this passage, an area where the Pentecostals sometimes struggle. This answer shows what the passage was intended to mean in its context, which should help people who are afraid of having committed this sin understand what the original point of including this passage was. Because Pentecostal/Word of Faith teachings are so sensitive to the Holy Spirit, this often comes up among them, but it can occur to anyone. Good answer!
Dr. Alan Cairns served for 25 years as pastor of Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC, before retiring and being named Pastor Emeritus in 2007. Prior to coming to the United States, he pastored Free Presbyterian churches in Dunmurry and Ballymoney, in Co. Antrim,...