Paul Washer’s Shocking Sermon

Here’s the sermon that often doesn’t get Paul Washer invited back.  And no, it’s not because he’s boring.  Washer preaches with clarity and passion.  The reason Washer has caused such an uproar in some places is because he makes a frontal attack on some of Evangelicalism’s most sacred cows:  Assurance of Salvation, and sincerity in “making a decision” for Christ.

Washer pulls no punches.  Nor does he just attack for the sake of attack.  He attacks these forms of Evangelical religion like a surgeon attacking a cancer. He dissects and explains.

Washer rails against how Evangelicals are so quick to proclaim people ‘believers’.  One of the most damnable practices in the church is when a person doubts their salvation, they are usually taken back to that day when they “made a decision” for Christ and “asked Jesus into their hearts”, neither of which are statements found in Scripture (apart from a poor hermeneutic).  We are often guilty of giving people a false assurance that is based more on the ‘sincerity’ of their decision than on the presence of a transformed life.  Washer claims this tactic sends countless people to hell.  At the very point that a person may be coming to Christ with a legitimate doubt about salvation, we kill off that work with a sloppy proclaimation of false salvation.

Washer broadsides contemporary evangelistic practices, including child evangelism and Sunday School programs. He says he would not put his children in 80% of the Sunday school programs, because the gospel presentations we give to children are so seriously distorted they border on heresy.

This message needs to be preached to every church in America.  The congregations response would serve as a good litmus test of spiritual health.

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12 thoughts on “Paul Washer’s Shocking Sermon

  1. The first time I heard Paul Washer when I was searching to web to hear the True Gospel. I could tell the moment he walked on the pulpit that I needed to hear him. The first few words was genuine and his countenance was of someone who had spent time with the Lord. His message or should I say, the gospel, is making me to be spiritual leader in home for my family.


  3. Are you saying that the work of Christ may be killed off by a sloppy presentation of the gospel?
    We need the gospel to be preached with power, sincerity and perhaps, some pathos. Remember all those for whom Christ died will be there at the end, not one will be missing. I remember a wonderful conversion under the preaching of a .Roman Catholic! unbelievable. It’s true much of the preaching in the churches today is poor. lacking in doctrine, unscriptural given by people who have no God given right to do it. But don’t say they will over-rule God and send people to hell who may be ordained to eternal life..

  4. The Gospel is what wields power, not us. And it is a particular truth that can be so distorted as to render it meaningless. It is a message that we all have a God given mandate to preach to the world, not just some who have a “God given right.” God will not loose any of his people. Paul Washer isn’t saying we “over-rule” God. But we have a very simple, clear message that many have and are distorting into a false gospel.

  5. For a sincere believer who doesnt just by word believe but their life is some reflection of Christ and they are growing, are you saying even this person shouldn’t have assurance? The two scared cows you mention, it is as if youre saying these are wrong? Because I rest in Christ and His completed and finished work, nad have assurance, this is wrong, Can you explain that?

  6. LGC, I am not Paul Washer. My site links to sermons and lectures spoken by others. If you would like to ask him a question you can reach him through his missions website Heart Cry. It’s been so long since I’ve listened to his message I’m not sure I could answer your question fairly.

  7. Sermon:
     Shocking Youth Message Stuns Hearers, So Shocking the Preacher Was Never Invited Back
    Paul Washer
    Matthew 7:13-27
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    I have listened to so many of Paul Washers’ sermons and I believe that God used this man in my journey when I thought I am ready if we had to be raptured now. But to my horror I relised I am so far from it. I now push in and press fwd so much on a higher level. Thank u so much Paul for being obedient to God and not afraid to stand up for speaking the truth. I have never heard or sean any preacher so sincere and compassionate about people. He knew how much him and his fam would be persecuted for the truth he has spoken and yet he unselfishley given up everything to follow what God has called him to say and live out Gods Word. I really appreciate the truth thats so many preachers are afraid to preach. There is just no more time to to sugar coat the message, time is ticking ver fast. And thats what I have learnt now to stop being afraid of offending others but be open and honest when called for when speaking about God. It takes a lot of courage to be that person but the Holy Spirit makes u bold.

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