Posted tagged ‘Paul Washer’

Jesus doesn’t need your heart (if that’s all you’re giving Him)

March 23, 2010

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

The whole idea of “you can’t judge a book by its cover” is not in the Gospel of Jesus. As a matter of fact, He said just the opposite: “you will know them by their fruit”

We have in our baptist churches this idea that you need to “receive Jesus”, and maybe “in your heart”.
This is, first and foremost, not biblical, and, secondly (but also important) not in the history of the church.
Our salvation is not a process in which God does half of it, and we do the other half. It is a supernatural work of God. It’s not simply jumping out of the way to hell and jumping in the line to heaven.
The moment we are saved we become new creatures (if we are truly saved)
And this change will affect everything in our life. I don’t believe there’s a single area in our existence that will remain untouched by God.
How can we, then, live, talk, think (and, yes, even dress – there are dress codes in the Bible) like the world!?

Today the notion of worldliness is almost lost. And this happens because the doctrine of sanctification is also almost lost.
It doesn’t bother us that we cannot be told apart from the world.
The moment you bring this up in a conversation (“we are Christians, we are not supposed to do that”), you are reminded instantly of the Pharisees. “You don’t know their heart” goes the reasoning further.

This is not a salvation of works. We are saved by faith alone. But this faith is always accompanied by godliness. Not in order to be saved, but as a result of being saved.
“Sola fide” (by faith alone) emerged with the Reformation, as a reaction to the Roman Catholic idea that good works are neccessary for salvation.
But look at what we, the baptists, have done: the Gospel that we are proclaiming holds that it doesn’t matter how we live, as long as Jesus “is in our heart”!
We have reduced the supernatural work of God that transforms us to almost nothing, since we can (presumably) live the way we used to when we were in and of the world.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”

“for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

Jesus can, and will look at your heart. But He doesn’t need to.

“A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”

What happened to 1 John, 2 Peter, the sermon on the mountain?
Did we stop reading that? (and preaching that)

How can we say that Jesus is in our heart, but this doesn’t neccesarily affect the whole body?

This is the litmus test:

“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you– unless indeed you fail the test?”

We are supposed to take holiness seriously. And also take sin seriously.

A quote by JC Ryle (that we should probably hear more often) :”Perhaps you think the saints of God [are] too strict and particular and serious. You rather avoid them. You have no delight in their society. There will be no other company in heaven”

Is Christ our banner?

October 27, 2009

Some thoughts by Paul Washer (from one of his podcasts):

A  pastor I know, a dear man of God, called me and said “Brother Paul, I’d like you to come to preach to my church because I believe many of them are lost. And I said “Why do you believe many of your members are lost?” He said “because they are homeschoolers”.

Now I homeschool. So does he. And I said “Brother, you homeschool”. “Yes, I do. But anytime a group of people make homeschooling their banner rather than Jesus, they have gone astray”

You see, you’re off-center, unless it’s all about Christ.

Brother Paul is right. Are we as excited about Christ as we are about yesterday’s game/show on TV? Or our profession/job/hobby?

Do we, as Christians, talk about Him, when we meet? Or do we talk about everything under the sun except Christ?

Our banner, as Christians, shouldn’t be anything except Him. Not homeschooling, not social activism or politics, nothing. Not that these things aren’t good. But when we are more concerned about “voting the right way” or promoting the right values in the public space, something is wrong. We should be perceived as the Christ’s church, rather than as a voting bloc or as being against you-name-it social cause (abortion/same sex marriage/God out of school). I think we should be more concerned about “God back to church” than about “God back to school” or “the 10 commandments back to the law courts”.

Paul Washer on worship

September 10, 2009

The book of Psalms is a songbook. Of worship.
So yes, you can sing. But here is something it would be very important for you to understand: if you ever write a book on the doctrine of God, you’re gonna notice something very unusual. What I mean by the doctrine of God is you write a book on all the Bible teaching about the attributes of God. You know what you’re gonna discover? That more than 50 percent of your entire book will come from Psalms. You will find most of the texts about the attributes of God in the book of Psalms.

So our singing ought to be theological. And if you are gonna have a worship leader, he needs to be a theologian. He needs to know God. And he needs to walk in the fear of God and holiness probably even more than he who preaches the Word. It is a terrible thing what we do in churches in regard to worship. Because we do not know the fear of God. A young boy has a guitar and he can sing well…let’s have him lead worship. We ought to realize that in the book of Leviticus God killed two worship leaders. Because they did not worship Him conform to the Scriptures. Worship is a dangerous thing.

Another thing that we need to realize is this: worship is supposed to be didactic. It is supposed to be a tool for teaching. Let me read a text to you. Colossians 3:16:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

So worship springs forth out of someone who is saturated by the Word of God. And and the purpose of singing in the church is first and foremost, to bless God. Secondly, it is didactic, to teach those who are singing, to admonish them, encourage them, and even be, I suppose, a witnessing tool for those who are listening that are unbelievers. This is a problem I have with much of the modern music. Not all of it, but a lot of it. They don’t follow these principles. It’s more about feelings.

I’m gonna be very honest with you. And if you’re gonna get angry with me,  just forgive me.
Much worship in the churches today is nothing more than a celebration of flesh. It is an exercise in emotions. If you begin to feel the presence of God during the high emphatic notes of the song, when the rhythm has been lifted up, and the music is just glorious, and you only feel the presence of God then, it’s not the presence of God you’re feeling. It’s emotion. I have known people, some of the holiest people I know, that would sit down and worship. They have no music. I’m not saying this is the only way to do it. It’s not. But they have no music. Someone would say “Let’s sing hymn number. 52” and they’ll start singing. And then another person will say, after it’s over: “what about hymn 103?” and they’ll start worshiping. They’re some of the godliest people I know on this planet. Who understand worship deeply. And yet you bring people to that church who are all about the music. And they’ll go “boy, this is dead”.  Because their idea of life is not the true presence of Christ. It’s these amazing songs that lift your emotions. There’s not necessarily something wrong with that, but be very careful. Once I was with a group and they said “God is here. Man, the music was going, God’s here!” I said “no, He’s not”. And they said “how do you know?” “Because most of you would be dead if God was here. Because He is a holy God. And you know the sin that is going on in this church. People get so in the flesh because they feel something.

I hear people say “I was shaving this morning and Jesus appeared to me”. Did you stop shaving? They’re so nonchalant about the presence of God. In the Bible when the presence of God showed up “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts”. Isaiah’s experience. You say “that’s Old Testament”. John on the isle of Patmos when Christ appears falls as a dead man. I’m not saying that the presence of God is always like that. But when it’s never like that, when it’s always “bless me, bless me, bless me”, “joy, joy, joy”, “dance, dance, dance”, something is terribly wrong.

For Him, by Paul Washer

March 4, 2009

Transcript of one of his messages (one of the most powerful I’ve heard)
In case you’d rather listen, turn the computer sound down first 😉
The video is here.

You don’t need self-esteem. You need the knowledge of God. It’s all about Him!
Your heart beats for Him!
You were given breath for Him!
You were given strength for Him!
You were given a mind for Him!
You were given everything you were given for Him, and it is only by living for Him that you’ll ever going to have find purpose or meaning.
And even in that you will not find purpose and meaning, if your goal is to find purpose and meaning.
You should believe in Jesus Christ, you should repent and you should serve Him even if He sends you to hell because He is worthy of repentance, He is worthy of faith, and He is worthy of service, though you get nothing from it.
Do you understand that kind of Christianity?
Well, it’s all about Him!
And not about men.
For what reason does our heart beat? For what reason does our chest draw in breath?
There is only one reason, and this is for Him.
Men were not made for men.
This world was not made for men
Men were made for God.
And the christian says “I was born in sin and in sin my mother conceived me”.
I have broken every law of God and I deserve the full extent of His just wrath against me.
I am trusting in the virtue and the merit of another.
Jesus Christ my Lord.
All to Him.
“Nothing in my hands I bring
Simply to the cross I cling”
I need no other argument, I need no other plea
It is enough that Jesus died
That He died for me.
A young man came tome one day and he said “You’re right, brother Paul, Jesus is all we need”.
I said “young man, Jesus is all we have, He’s not just all we need”.
Outside of Him, there is nothing.
You need to understand that that great book of Colossians does not only teach us that the world was created by Christ and for Him but it was created in Christ.
Everything outside of Jesus Christ is not reality!
Everything outside of Jesus Christ is absolutely absurd!!
Everything outside of Jesus Christ is death!
There is nothing. There’s no reality, there’s no logic, there’s no sense, there’s no reason, there’s nothing that works, everything was made to be in Christ
Your greatest problem is lashing yourself down to this truth, Total surrender to the person and will of Jesus Christ for the glory of Jesus Christ

That men might see what they are and in seeing what they truly are,having their hearts exposed, they will see their need of a Saviour.
But while you play with them, and cuddle them and protect their so-called self-esteem, you at the same time damn their soul to hell. Seems like every time I get up to preach in a meeting some person would get up and sing a song that asks the question “Oh, God, what did you see in me, that you saved me!?” and I feel like a kid in school with his hand raised in the back: “Oh, pick me up, I’ll tell you.” What did God see in you!? He saw an object of wrath. He saw someone who broke every law he ever made and lived a dislocated perverted life.That’s what He saw. Why did He save you? Two reasons:
1) God is love
2) To demonstrate His glory, His mercy, His attributes.
Not only the world, but even beyond.
You were given everything you were given for Him!
And it is only by living for Him that you’ll ever going to find purpose or meaning.

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