Paul Washer Quotes

~as transcribed by Rose Michels

Archive for the tag “missions”

From: The Great Privilege

You may be in a church where God is working, but is God working in you as an individual?  ~Paul Washer

I feel that ‘missions’ has lost its message.  That we’ve become strategist and missiologist and we have forgotten that, first and foremost, we are theologians and prophets.  And that our tasks are not to do missions.  Our task is to take the truth−God’s truth revealed in God’s word, to the world.  ~Paul Washer

Rather than being pragmatic and doing what we think will work, we are to do what’s right, whether it works or not.  ~Paul Washer

If you realize that absolutely everything in this temporal sphere is dust and rot, then you will begin to have a zeal for God.  And when you have a zeal for God, you’ll have a zeal for missions.  ~Paul Washer

I don’t need to be a prophet or the son of a prophet to know what your God is.  I only have to watch your life. ~Paul Washer

You will draw your next breath only because God gives it. ~Paul Washer

He [God] needs nothing from you, so Him calling you to Himself, asking you to come and serve is not a need to be fulfilled, He’s offering you a privilege.  ~Paul Washer

He [God] offers you the privilege to know Him, to enter into a relationship with Him, and to follow Him with everything!  ~Paul Washer

In the new covenant, everyone is allowed to come as near as he desires.  ~Paul Washer

We can so easily spot the tiniest error in the life of another man, be we ourselves can commit the greatest atrocities against God …  the most heinous crimes, and be totally, totally ignorant to it.  ~Paul Washer

What does He [God] demand from us?  Everything!  ~Paul Washer

Jesus promises you two things, a cross to die on and eternal life.  ~Paul Washer

He’s [God] everything, or He’s nothing.  ~Paul Washer

I know we are a man-centered people and we think it’s all about us, but we are wrong.  ~Paul Washer

So difficult is our salvation that only GOD can make it possible.  ~Paul Washer

The evidence that you repented unto salvation one time ago, a long time ago, is that you are still repenting today and growing in repentance.  ~Paul Washer

The evidence that He changed your life is that He’s still doing it, and if He’s not still doing it, He didn’t do it to start off with.  ~Paul Washer

Go offer your employer what you offer God and see how long you’ll last.  Offer even acquaintances what you offer God and see how long they remain your friends.  Offer your family what you offer God and see how long you have a family.   ~Paul Washer

We can get all excited about missions but do you witness to the guy sitting down beside you?  ~Paul Washer

One thing the church growth guys got right was is this … 20% of the members of a church do 80% of the work and 80% do nothing.   ~Paul Washer

You’re not called to congregate in order to watch other people minister.  You’re called to congregate in order to be fed by the word of God and worship and then spend the rest of your week ministering unto the people of God and for the glory of God.  ~Paul Washer

Don’t talk to me about world missions unless you’re going to talk to me about this [the local church].  ~Paul Washer

God’s only got one thing going and it’s not a denomination and it’s not a program.  It’s a bride!  And that bride manifests itself in the local church.  ~Paul Washer

How long will you do this?  Why will you not repent and throw away everything and serve the Lord? ~Paul Washer

Don’t come down here and just pray a little prayer and think every thing’s okay and go back.  Deal with the fact that you are being confronted with the Gospel that demands everything from you.  ~Paul Washer

If your heart is truly regenerate, you’ll say, “AMEN, let Him take it all!  He’s worthy!”  ~Paul Washer

You see, you start believing this book [the Bible] and it can really be radical.  ~Paul Washer

It is better to be a secularist … it is better to be an atheist, to claim nothing of God and from God than to claim God and enter into that claim half-heartedly.  ~Paul Washer

One of the greatest signs of hope for a church is when God comes to them and speaks a hard word, because it means that they’re still His people.    The most terrifying thing is when the only thing you hear is good stuff.  ~Paul Washer

He [God] looks upon the one who is broken and contrite before His word and trembles at it.  So in that, dear saints, for those of you who are saints, be encouraged.  Be greatly encouraged.  He, who began a good work in you, will finish it. ~Paul Washer

He’s [God] invited you into the privilege of being a part of this great work that He is doing and if you accept that privilege, praise the Lord!  How bountiful and purposeful your life will be.  ~Paul Washer

One of the most terrifying things about judgment, to me as a Christian is this … to have put before me, before my view on judgment day, all the great privilege that was granted me and I despised it for trinkets that burned up in the fire.  ~Paul Washer

Why are we here?  Why does that heart of ours beat if not for Him and the advancement of His kingdom?  ~Paul Washer

The ‘much’ that you’ve done … how much of it is eternal?  ~Paul Washer

‘Missions’ is very simple.  There are only two ministries in missions.  You’re either called to go down into the well or you’re called to hold the rope for those that go down.  Either way, there should be scars on your hands.  Where are your scars?  What has it cost you to be a Christian?  ~Paul Washer

How many opportunities, in this world, have you lost because of your identification with the name of Christ?  ~Paul Washer

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To better understand the context from which these quotes are taken, I urge you to view the full video sermon at:


From: The Cost of Not Following Christ

I just praise God for who He is.  That He is so kind.  That He is always working to sanctify us, to change us, to mold us. ~Paul Washer

There are no great men of God. There are only pitiful, weak, sinful men of a great and merciful God.  ~Paul Washer

I’ll always start everything I do with Him [Christ] because it’s nonsensical to go anyplace else until you’ve dealt with Him.  ~Paul Washer

We’ll be talking about the thought of following Christ, but have you ever thought of the cost of not following Christ?   ~Paul Washer

The Christian life, and missions, is supernatural. ~Paul Washer

You cannot serve Christ apart from the Holy Spirit. ~Paul Washer

There is no greater message, no greater thought than what Christ has done for us on the cross. ~Paul Washer

The more we know about Him, the more we will be pushed, moved, strengthened to follow Him. ~Paul Washer

The Gospel is the only message that can save. ~Paul Washer

There has never been one moment in your life that you loved God as He ought to be loved. Yet, there was never one moment when Christ did not love the Lord His God with all His heart, soul, mind and strength. ~Paul Washer

The moment you believed Christ, you were forensically, or legally, declared righteous before the throne of God. ~Paul Washer

You are righteous, not based upon your own virtue, not based upon your own merit, but based upon the virtue and merit of another−Jesus Christ the Lord. ~Paul Washer

He [Jesus] always was, and is, and will be the spotless lamb of God.  But on that tree, the sins of His people were imputed to Him. ~Paul Washer

God did not make people because of some need.  He made people out of the overflow of His abundance, not His lack. ~Paul Washer

The only way you could ever be blessed in anything, is because He [Christ] died cursed in everything.  ~Paul Washer

That blessing of yours that you boast of, and rightly so … think of the cost every time if rolls off your lips. ~Paul Washer

The last thing the accursed person will hear when they take their first step into hell, is all of creation standing to its feet and applauding God because God has rid the earth of them. ~Paul Washer

The pain of the cross is not what puny men did to the mighty Christ; the pain of the cross is what God the Father did to His only begotten Son.  ~Paul Washer

You have a great problem, a terrifying problem.  God is good, and you are evil.  And because He is good, and loving, He must deal with evil, loveless people like you. ~Paul Washer

Christ did suffer physically, that was a part of our redemption.  It was necessary.  We had to be saved by a bloody sacrifice.  But, if you leave it there, you have not taught the people anything about the cross. ~Paul Washer

It was Christ on that tree who reached up and took the cup of the wrath of God out of the hand of God and drank it in the place of his people.  ~Paul Washer

When a man gets saved, he gets saved from God.  The justice of God was coming for you.  God saved you from Himself, God saved you for Himself, and God saved you by Himself. ~Paul Washer

When He [Christ] became incarnate, and He left the glories of heaven, He knew exactly what He was doing.  He knew exactly what it would cost. ~Paul Washer

Jehovah Jireh?  It’s not talking about providing a car.  It’s talking about providing a lamb.  The Lord will provide a lamb who must die under the wrath of God. ~Paul Washer

Now, you and I who believe can say, “God, my God, I know that you love me since you have not withheld your Son … your only Son whom you loved, from me.” ~Paul Washer

I care not a cent for motivation if this [the Gospel] does not move you to motivation.  If this does not motivate you to missions, then nothing will move that stone, dead, cold heart of yours. ~Paul Washer

Men hate God all over the world.  There are not people around this world waiting for us to go to them and tell them [the Gospel].  When you go there and tell them, they won’t even want to hear it.  But you GO for HIM and then by preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the spirit of God will come down and raise the dead and He will get a people for Himself. ~Paul Washer

What this world needs today are preachers who preach the Gospel over, and over, and over, and over again. ~Paul Washer

Is it any wonder why Spurgeon is considered the greatest preacher who ever lived?  I’ll tell you why.  Because he knew the Gospel and that’s all he preached.   And it never got boring to him.  ~Paul Washer

If you go out to the field, don’t take with you some system, don’t take with you some strategy.  You take with you a bible, you walk out into that plaza, you open that bible up and you preach Christ! ~Paul Washer

The real Gospel … preach it and call men to repentance and call men to faith and let them know this, that the evidence of true conversion is the continuing work of sanctification.  That is the evidence.  ~Paul Washer

As my wife likes to say, “What part of GO don’t you understand?” ~Paul Washer

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To better understand the context from which these quotes are taken, I urge you to view the full video sermon at:

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