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Paul Washer

Discussion in 'Theological Forum' started by PresbyDane, May 12, 2009.

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    128 vote(s)
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  3. no opinion/do not know

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  1. PresbyDane

    PresbyDane Puritanboard Doctor

    We are in luck over here, at the 14-15 of July we get to host Paul Washer at a school building, were he will talk to a small group the first day, about church-plant and things like that.
    The second day we will invite as many people as possible to come hear him preach.

    So now I would like to know...
    What are your opinions about Paul Washer?
    and maybe some comments on why.
     
  2. Craig

    Craig Puritan Board Senior

    No opinions yet...he seemed to come out of nowhere, though.
     
  3. OPC'n

    OPC'n Puritan Board Doctor

    He's good....too bad he isn't Presby! :D
     
  4. LeeJUk

    LeeJUk Puritan Board Junior

    very good. Watching his video revealed the true gospel to me and dispelled a false image of God I had having went to even a church for a year.
     
  5. christiana

    christiana Puritan Board Senior

    He was interim pastor in Austin TX a few years back, where a friend attended and she shared a few tapes with me. I really liked his statement that the Christian life is like walking the fine edge of a razor blade. I consider him a fine christian who is committed to sharing Christ and especially with the hope of influencing youth in our culture.
     
  6. Grace Alone

    Grace Alone Puritan Board Senior

    The sermons I have viewed by him were challenging, passionate, and doctrinally sound. I'd certainly go hear him if he came here.
     
  7. OPC'n

    OPC'n Puritan Board Doctor

    He does teach the thought that God is wholly other than us rather than other. I don't think he understands what that really spells out. For example, if God were wholly other than us, we would not have His Word because no language would be communicable to us. Other examples would be His communicable attributes etc.
     
  8. ReformedWretch

    ReformedWretch Puritan Board Doctor

    I love Paul Washer, I think he's the best preacher out there today (In my humble opinion). I can't get enough of his preaching/teaching.
     
  9. PresbyDane

    PresbyDane Puritanboard Doctor

    Then you have permission just to comment, there you can put an unlimited number of options
     
  10. Wannabee

    Wannabee Obi Wan Kenobi

    Washer has an eye and mind that picks up on the nuances of what's wrong with churchianity in our culture and lays it bare for all to see in its naked ugliness. Pretenses are dashed to the rocks and gospel charlatans are exposed to the verity of the true Gospel when he opens his mouth. He's not as "reformed" as many here would like, but then, neither am I. :) I'm grateful for his boldness and ability to proclaim truth in a loving but unashamed manner. He's a powerful preacher with similar passions against the abominations of easy believism.
     
  11. christiana

    christiana Puritan Board Senior

  12. Hippo

    Hippo Puritan Board Junior

    No one is likely to give him a thumbs down, the guy has given his life to the Gospel, is a great speaker and a brother in Christ.

    Saying that I do not agree with all he says, but the options in the poll do not allow for such a position.
     
  13. ReformedChapin

    ReformedChapin Puritan Board Freshman

    To me he attacks peoples characters too directly when preaching. A lot of people I know like him because of it. I prefer more the scholarly approach instead of the direct approach.
     
  14. Wannabee

    Wannabee Obi Wan Kenobi

    Ah, you mean things like, "white-washed tombs," "you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves" and "Cretans are always liars." Yea, he does do that. Seems like there's some precedent though. ;)
     
  15. KMK

    KMK Moderator Staff Member

    I haven't listened to enough to form an opinion. Is he a pastor or a traveling guest speaker?
     
  16. Oecolampadius

    Oecolampadius Puritan Board Sophomore

    I truly like what Paul Washer says in his sermons. What I don't like is the way some evangelicals keep gushing about him, like he's the best thing that ever happened to evangelicalism. These people need to know that the reason why Paul Washer is so unusual to them is because evangelicalism is plagued by so many preachers that hardly preach the truth of God's Word.

    If the Lord were to place someone like my own pastor, Jason Wallace, in the setting that Paul Washer is in, I will not be surprised if these evangelicals will react the same way many of them did towards Paul Washer. I hope nobody misunderstands me here. I'm not bragging about my pastor. What I'm saying is that the reason why Washer's preaching is shocking to these people is due to the context/situation. And, these evangelicals need to examine not only their individualistic selves but their own churches and denominations and realize just how bad the situation is when preachers like Washer are uncommon amongst them.

    I say this because I personally know of some people who tell me how great Paul Washer is and how much they've been blessed by his preaching. But I ask these same people, "What about the preaching in your church?" They tell me that their pastors do not seem to have a mind for theology and the gospel, if they did preach it, is watered down. In fact, one guy told me that he goes to a "Rick Warren type of church" and he doesn't like Rick Warren at all. Yet, he remains in that church because he says, after all, I can view Paul Washer's sermons on the internet and I have theological books that I read.

    These people don't get it. I don't know if Washer has a fault in this too but I think that this individualistic mindset needs to stop. All too often what I hear from these evangelicals is concern for their individual selves and if this concern is to be ever shared to others, they go about it by recruiting others. Where is the ecclesiastical reform that is supposed to take place? Maybe pastors like Washer ought not only to challenge individuals but also the churches and denominations themselves. :2cents:
     
  17. ReformedWretch

    ReformedWretch Puritan Board Doctor

    I attend a reformed Church (third one in five years due to moving) and I can say I've never heard preaching like Paul Washers. I am not insulting any of the Pastors I sat under, they've just not been Paul Washer, not even close.
     
  18. larryjf

    larryjf Puritan Board Senior

    I like judging by fruit....i played one of his youtube videos for a youth group lesson...it really shook the youth into a more devoted mindset.
    Praise God!
     
  19. Knoxienne

    Knoxienne Puritan Board Graduate

    I like him. He's not one of my favorites, but I like him pretty well and I think he's doing a great work.
     
  20. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    Paul is a much needed prophetic voice in the American/Western church. He has been tested through the years and proven faithful. His mission organisation is outstanding.
     
  21. caoclan

    caoclan Puritan Board Freshman

    I agree that preaching like that is very useful, but not on a weekly basis. That being said, I'm sure if he were a called minister to one church on a permanent basis, his preaching would be more expository in style, rather than itinerant. He does sit, or did if he has since moved, under the preaching of Jeff Noblitt at First Baptist of Muscle Shoals, AL. Brother Noblitt is a fine expository preacher in his own right.
     
  22. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Washer preaches with a purpose to awaken. He is not preaching these sermons in the context of the same church every Sunday. So, any criticisms that he only preaches one type of sermon and leaves out other important elements is totally ignorant of the context. He preaches in a certain context and he brings a certain sort of message for a certain purpose. If he pastored the same church week in and week out I am sure his preaching would sound different.

    He is also the front man for a group, Heartcry, trying to stir up missions interest and get people on fire for missions...and he does a great job at that.

    -----Added 5/12/2009 at 06:21:55 EST-----

    Ha, Sean, we posted the same thing at the same time pretty much.
     
  23. D. Paul

    D. Paul Puritan Board Sophomore

    That's what I say about Art Azurdia. He's not a part of this poll, but...
     
  24. KMK

    KMK Moderator Staff Member

    This answers my question. Thanks. Who are these people you speak of who criticize him? Southern Baptists?
     
  25. Craig

    Craig Puritan Board Senior

    That settles it...I officially like and respect Paul Washer.
     
  26. Matthias

    Matthias Puritan Board Junior

    Here are 2 amazing examples of Paul Washer's preaching...

    [video=youtube;a11ASw5NRUw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a11ASw5NRUw[/video]

    This is him open air preaching in lima peru... amazing

    [video=youtube;OjYLUpHQaiE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjYLUpHQaiE[/video]
     
  27. TaylorOtwell

    TaylorOtwell Puritan Board Junior

    For the context and purpose in which he preaches, I think he does a wonderful job!
     
  28. ReformedChapin

    ReformedChapin Puritan Board Freshman

    Not my style. I prefer to reason with people rather than call them names.
     
  29. Rich Koster

    Rich Koster Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I didn't hear of him before. Therefore, I voted no opinion and subscribed to his podcast.
     
  30. christianyouth

    christianyouth Puritan Board Senior

    I really like the sermons he has preached on what it means to be a true man of God. He talks about having a seriousness about life, which I appreciate so much since I have so many influences, both Christian and non-Christian(not to mention my own sinful heart) that tell me not to be so serious, to just kinda live moral, attend church, and do all I can to get set, financially and live the good life. Paul Washer really preached some real hard messages in that series that convinced me more than ever that the good life isn't the way to go.

    So yep I agree with what the above people have said, he's a great preacher. :judge:
     
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