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Part 1 – Paul Washer

Today I heard Paul Washer had a heart attack and is in critical condition.  I do not know the outcome, if he lives, I pray he will examine the gospel he has been teaching others, and be sure that he understands THE gospel, so that he might not perish.  Pray for that.  Pray for any who follow after him to look to the Word for the truth, to be noble (Acts 17:11).

PW-shockingI am starting a blog here on Lordship (Loadship) teacher Paul Washer.  It is spur of the moment, so it will be added to.  It’s been on my mind many times to do so.  I know this will not be very pleasant likely, as some feel he is sincere, (and he may be, but if so, sincerely wrong). I do not judge the man to be sincere, or insincere either way.  

I am only here to deal with the doctrine in the light of God’s Word. Paul Washer says an awful lot of things that the Scriptures do not say. And he uses an awful lot of God’s Word, in a way that doesn’t line up with the truth.  Case in point, this picture below on his Facebook quotes page.

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BUT IN DIRECT CONTRADICTION TO WHAT PAUL WASHER SAYS ABOVE, THE BIBLE SAYS: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.  Matt 26:41

Every time we talk to God about sin in our lives, we are praying.  These types of banners are typical of Washer’s accusatory and holier-than-thou style.  Is this preaching the Word of God?  Or is it preaching the words of Paul Washer?

I am putting this post up just as a beginning outline of some things I will cover.  The first time I saw Washer, I was disturbed by his teaching and not in a good way.  The video I saw part of and turned off was his ‘shocking youth message‘.    I have heard the whole thing, and we will deal with the message on this continuing series Lord willing.

Later I heard a ‘gospel’ message that wasn’t the gospel I know from the Bible.   Many more times, I listened to his messages, each time, not the Word of God I knew.  I was upset as I saw many following after him.  Funny, the underlying factor always seemed to be, “you’re not saved if you haven’t done THIS or you haven’t done THAT“. And ‘this or that’ that he was using, wasn’t once, “did you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ”?  

We do expose sin in the church, but what about the world?  Yes indeed Paul the apostle said God commanded men everywhere to repent, but these men will have you believe that this equates to ‘repent from sin’ (it does not) and it is their job to go out and judge the world and judge people who say they have believed the gospel, and judge them to not be saved.

What does the Bible say?

For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth.  1 Cor 5:12-13a

In this same chapter, Paul judged the Corinthians for not disciplining, nor mourning over this grave sexual immorality.  But he never judged them to be unsaved, or even suggested it.  He gave over the carnal sinner to Satan for the destruction of his flesh BUT…. Paul (by the Holy Spirit) judged him to BE SAVED)…

So Paul Washer… 

Are you to judge whether someone is a false convert?

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.  1 Cor 4:5

Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.  Rom 14:4

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There are many things I’ll be talking about, one will be the very sad and empty testimony of his wife’s ‘conversion’.  The 12 years she went through being accused while listening to him preach, and not once hearing from her testimony, that she came out with truth, but more accusation.  Tragic.

I’ll also be discussing his continual accusation of the brethren.  And if Paul Washer is saved, we need to talk about what his remedy should be if he believes someone is not saved.  He uses his own remedy.  Can we prove we are saved in the fleshly works?  Whose job it is to convict the world? (John 16:9-11).

JudgeNotLestAnother thing we’ll talk about is his incorrect usage of the passage in Matthew 7 regarding the false prophets. Does Jesus say in His Word we will know Christians” by their fruit?  Where is that?  This is NOT rightly dividing God’s Word, nor trembling at His Word Mr. Washer (2 Tim 2:15; Isaiah 66:2)

He misuses this passage spoken to false prophets to instill fear into believers, (or worse — keep the lost — lost).   He never really preaches the good news of the gospel to give them hope, but a ‘gospel’ of man-centered works.  He also wrongly defines the narrow way, and instead of applying that way to being Jesus, He applies it instead to our works, as if a person’s walk is the narrow way.

He and John MacArthur do similar things.  It was hearing Paul Washer that inspired me to look up John MacArthur’s teaching on the same passage.  And it birthed the blog here on just one of his ‘teachings’ of the narrow way which is the ‘only road to heaven‘ but which consists of nothing but a long list of man-centered works almost identical in style to Paul Washer.  But, birds of a feather…

I do pray you will be watching for it, as I am able, and if you have any questions about specific things, feel free to ask.  I will try to answer any sincere questions as we go along.  All others who are here to argue, accuse, berate, I cannot allow to continue. Sound speech that cannot be condemned and reasoning with the Word.

Stay tuned… READ PART 2 HERE