I feel compelled to spotlight a preacher of God’s word that the world probably knows little about. He doesn’t have a large church congregation, nor has he written any Christian bestsellers. He doesn’t ooze with charm and charisma nor does he have a pleasantly melodious voice. What he does do extremely well is passionately preach Christ and him crucified. He has become quite well known throughout the Reformed and discernment spheres of Christian blogdem, and I want to dedicate this post to the outstanding work of God he is laboring hard for each and everyday. His name is Paul Washer and he is the founder and director of HeartCry Missionary Society. He also serves as an itinerant preacher and speaks at churches all over the country. You can read a brief biography of his life and ministry here.
I first became aware of Paul Washer through a message he preached to a youth gathering a couple of years ago. The sermon blazed like wildfire through the blogosphere and I listened to it from a link at Slice of Laodicea. I couldn’t believe my ears. He broke every rule of seeker sensitivity without blinking an eye. He shattered the myths of easy-believism ‘I said a prayer’ evangelicalism without mercy. He preached the hard message of the gospel; that of dying to self, taking up the cross and following Christ. He didn’t promise the kids health, wealth and prosperity. He spoke from experience the true reality of facing death on a daily basis for the cause of the gospel while working as a missionary in the jungles of Peru. He then rebuked the youth for thinking a radical Christian as someone who wears a Christian t-shirt!
The message left me in awe. I had never heard such bold preaching, but I knew every word he spoke to be true. My chest burned with a kind of heaviness that was not burdensome, or condemning, but yet convicting. I feel like that every time I hear a Paul Washer message. He challenges me in my sanctification and forces me to examine the authenticity of my justification before Almighty God. Paul leaves no stone unturned in his messages. He does not hesitate to rail against modern Christianity and the teachers who promote a false gospel. He does so with great conviction and always accompanied by the word.
I believe Paul Washer to be a modern day prophet. No, not at all like the Kim Clement’s of the world, spouting predictions that more often than not, do not come to pass, nor ever speak of the glory and excellency of Christ. No, Paul Washer speaks as a forth teller of God’s word and does so with great forthrightness and fortitude. He never backs down, never spares his audience the hard truth of Gospel message in all its fullness. He is unafraid to tell a person he is lost and headed for hell. But he is just as quick to tell that same person of the saving grace of God found in Jesus Christ, his Son.
To help you know Paul Washer a little bit better I am providing several video clips as a sample of his excellent Christ-centered messages. I will also provide links to a repository of many more of his messages so that you can listen to them at your leisure.
May God give us an army of men like Paul Washer in these last days, that the lost may hear and obey the unvarnished gospel of God, ushering multitudes into God’s kingdom.
Sit back and be ministered to today!
Shocking Message to a Youth Gathering
The Meaning of the Cross
Not Ashamed of the True Gospel