What is “sin that leads to death” in 1 John 5:16?

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1 John 5:16 (NIV) Emphasis Added
If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that.

In that passage, it says that “there is a sin that leads to death.” What sin is this text referring to? Is it referring to a specific sin?

Also, is it “a sin” as in “a specific sin that leads to death” or is this a more generic concept of “sin” as in “there is a type/category of sin that leads to death”?


  • Reply January 11, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    good question Link Hudson Isara Mo

  • Les Snowden
    Reply January 12, 2019

    Les Snowden

    is the death he is talking about spiritual death ? as in the wage of sin is death

  • Joey Felts
    Reply January 12, 2019

    Joey Felts

    It is sin we are unaware is wrong

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