Paul Washer and Repentance

I’ve been listening to Paul Washer for a few minutes. A friend of mine listens to him regularly. I haven’t really wanted to, mostly because I had heard his style while overhearing others listening to him.. I hadn’t really heard anything he’s said, but I did know he is famous for his hard-nosed preaching. I consider that a great plus, but I didn’t think his style was worth wading through.

My mistake.

Really good sermon, especially in light of the abundant ignorance and tradition in the church today. He could do with a little clarification from the early churches, but really no one ought to be able to complain a guy who can get to the point like Mr. Washer does in this video.


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2 Responses to Paul Washer and Repentance

  1. Jon says:

    Ah… Paul Washer.

    My regard for him has greatly softened in recent years. I remember watching that sermon 7 years ago and being paralyzed with fear for some days afterward – A fear which for many who watched it, (I gather) lead to some kind of epiphany but for me (and many other I gather) contributed to further inner spiritual depression & doubt.

    I couldn’t stand him or any of his sermons for some years after then until I decided to sit down with the intention of writing a thorough point-by-point critique of one of his sermons (not the same one). I found a transcript and began going through it, soon to discover that there was nothing majorly wrong with what he was saying nor did I find it disturbing despite finding it objectionable when I had listened to it. I therefore realised that it was mainly his delivery that I didn’t like, rather than the actual content (It’s probably my British reserve but I don’t find shouty American preachers compelling).

    Since then I conceded that he has is place and that his overall message that faith is evidenced by actions (I’m inclined to say ‘duh!’) is correct. I also found the following video to be interesting where he discusses the ‘shocking message’ (and comes across as a really nice chap, actually):

    All that said, I do take serious issues with a kind of preparationism that I have heard him imply in some sermons (i.e. that you must grovel before God for an indefinite time before he saves you and that he hasn’t saved you until you have some kind of big experience) as I find it in opposition to scripture as well as being generally abhorrent.

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