Originally Answered: A question to Baptists & other Christians who believe that speaking in tongues doesn’t happen today anymore?
It's a good question, William, and you came to a pretty understandable and a logical conclusion that it might be the "Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost" that the Bible is talking about.. But, no, I don't buy it..
I think that's probably a little tough on the guys that are just following the "party line" or dogma of their particular church denomination. True, that the Baptists don't accept many of the "manifestations" and gifts of the Holy Spirit for the present day (generally). But --on the other hand-- and let's be fair-- it's also true that the Pentecostals don't generally accept "eternal Salvation" (or: "once saved -- always saved" by the blood of Jesus, rather than by our own works). "We gotta be really "Holy" and even get "Sanctified" or attain some state of "sinless perfection". So that we can sort of somehow help Him KEEP us saved, by our own "goodness",".. which Isaiah says "STINKS"! And the word he uses is the Hebrew word for a "menstrual rag". (Pardon the Bible's French, but that means a used Kotex.) (Isaiah 64:6)
Let's face it, that is just as UN-scriptural as you can GET! "ALL have sinned..!" Romans 3:23 (And believe-you-me! ..we ALL do EVERY DAY! That's actually laughing up God's nose, and making a mockery of God's Word, which says YOU, on your OWN, can do NOTHING good, at ALL! (John 15:5) And so in a sense, is also "blasphemy against the Holy Ghost".. don't you think so? And the Baptists might say (and in SOME cases rightly so), that rolling on the floor, or barking like a dog or lurching as one speaks, has little or NOTHING to do with furthering the message of salvation.
The purpose of the Holy Spirit, is an outpouring of God's Power, and His love, to enable you to WITNESS: to tell others about Jesus and SALVATION, through believing in Him and speaking the truth . It is not a toy or a game, (which it has TRULY become in SO many congregations). That is rubbing the Lord the wrong way, but the perpetrators are so spiritually blind and UN-attuned, that they do not even SEE it.
No, I personally think the "Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit" that the Lord was talking about was something MUCH more basic and rudimentary than that: I think He was simply talking about saying that Jesus did NOT come and that He was NOT God's Son and that He DIDN'T come to save us. (You get my drift?)
Saying Jesus is NOT the Messiah who died for your sins is the only sin that cannot be forgiven! Why? Because how can you be forgiven, if you don't believe He can DO it, or that He is Who He says He is?
1st John tells us that every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is or God. (1 John 4:2)
And no man can say it , except by the Holy Spirit
Paul says "..do all speak in tongues?.." (1 Corinthians 12:30; 14:23) The inferred answer is obviously NOT! (Though it IS a wonderful gift!) He then goes on to tell us that there are some other gifts that are MORE important than speaking in tongues. (Covet to prophecy) "Shoot for THAT one!"
Many gifts.. same spirit.
I think the major "sin" in this particular business is NOT an "unforgivable" one, but rather the self-righteous, "holier-than-thou" business of saying "I have no need of thee" (1 Corinthians 12) and that's SAD, and destructive, and sows discord, and disunity and division and "schism". But as rotten, and self-righteous as it IS, still, is not "unpardonable".
People sit there and look down at their brothers and sisters and say, "OH, you can't do THAT and be a Christian!"
Why don't different "brands" of Christians get to know each other, at least a wee, wee bit?
Reminds me of a song from that old wild west musical "Oklahoma!"
"Terratorah folks kin all be neighbors, Terratorah folks kin all be pals, Rainchuhs dainse wit da fahmuhs dawtuhs, Fahmuhs dainse wid duh rainchuhs cows!"
But I think some of 'em are still gonna be down here arguing doctrine, even after Jesus comes and gathers us up there! Ha!
Edit: I hope the "sober and serious religionists" among us won't get all bent outta shape when I make the comparison of Galatians 4:6 to Fred Flintstone. What was Fred Flintstone actually saying? What is the "Deep meaning" or "hidden interpretaion" of "Yabba-dabbah-DOOOOO!"? Does it MATTER? The guy was ELATED! He was HAPPY and enthusiastic about SOMETHING! Is anything WRONG with THAT? I know what "Shondo-borandai!" means, but I ain't gonna tell YOU! Why do you think they call it an "UNKNOWN tongue"?'Cause you can't figure it OUT! He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth his own spirit. When you're falling off a cliff, would you say "AHHHYYYIIIEEEEEEEE!!" Or would you just remain in silent prayer? Actually totally up to YOU!
I revert (again) to song texts:
"Come senators and congressmen, throughout the land,
And don't criticize what you can't understand.."
"The Times They Are a Changin'!" --Dylan
Same principle applies to religious doctrinal hairsplitting! (1 Corinthians 1:10)