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Paul Washer

January 12, 2009

Did you try to picture how would John the Baptist look like? (in his preaching)

Or the apostle Paul?

I  think it would look like Paul Washer. Powerful and fierce for the Lord. A kind of Leonard Ravenhill (I never heard him preach, like I did Paul Washer, but I read “Why revival tarries”. And the tone is the same).

Then, at times I would think about what it would take to be invited on a national TV program to talk about Jesus. And to be invited again.

Again, I think about the John the Baptist, who preach against Herod and his affair, and about Paul and Barnabas who were imprisoned and stoned because of their message against the world. I think it is almost impossible to preach the same message these men of faith did and be liked or invited again. Sure, there are enough godly preachers whose message is biblical and maybe even have national audience at some point in time. But none of them is as fierce as Paul Washer (or at least I didn’t hear anyone like him). 

I think he not only would never be invited again, but his message would last maybe 2 minutes, after that any producer in the world would cut him off. You won’t hear from him anything that is ear-itching. Even in evangelical circles he is not wanted to preach. Like it was the case with the speech he gave at 2002 Youth Evangelism Conference in Montgomery, Alabama, USA. He was speaking about what he thought it was wrong with Evangelicalism (at least in US). Very harsh. And when some applauded, he said “Why are you clapping!? I’m talking about you here.” You could hear a pin drop. Of course he was never invited again (and I’m sure he will never be).

This video is Shocking message. It is a must see, I think.

He also maintains that “the sinner’s prayer” is the greatest heresy in American Evengelicalism and that this sent a lot of people to hell. 

And I think he has a point.

Another (somehow similar video) is 10 Indictments Against the Modern Day Church

Paul Washer is definitely worth reading and hearing. 

Listening to him definitely makes one want to know God more, to love Him more, to let Him have more of us, to love our neighbour more.

And he reminds people all the time that nothing is about us and that everything is about Christ.

What else I learned from him: 

– doctrine matters (even if it is not enough)

-the best way to be against the culture is to be biblically oriented

-to read about the puritans

-that the doctrine of “carnal christians”, so loved in the Evangelical churches, is a trap, and it’s not biblical

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John MacArthur

January 12, 2009

John MacArthur is the first preacher I heard tell about the pragmatism in our modern church. In short, this theory (which fits the American way of life) says that if you get results as a church (many church visitors, many getting saved, etc) then your methods are good. If you have results, then it’s a good method. Of course, there are also extreme methods (like “emerging church” or “purpose-driven church”), but I assume this is always tempting, even if we don’t get as far as Saddleback or Willow Creek. 

In my opinion, MacArthur has a sound doctrine (and of course this should be the most important factor). By the way, he’s a calvinist (not sure whether a five-point one, but he has a good dose of calvinism nevertheless).

By the way, a joke from one of his Q&A sessions. Someone asked if there will be pets in heaven or animals altogether. And he replied “no, there’s no evidence in the Bible that there will be animals in heaven”. Ok, did he continue, we are told in Revelation that Lord Jesus will ride a white horse. And, then, in a tone of “ok, you got me here”, “Yes, there will be a white horse in heaven. But that’s all” 😉

For me, he (and his ministry, Grace to you) has been a blessing (and continues to be). A lot of free sermons, on virtually every topic.