Paul Washer Quotes

~as transcribed by Rose Michels

Archive for the tag “sanctification”

From: Examining the Sinners Prayer

So you walk up to this man [sinner] and you say, “God loves you and He has a wonderful plan for your life!” and he goes, “What? God loves me?  That’s fantastic.  I LOVE ME, TOO!  And He loves me more than I love me?  Well, that’s hard to imagine. I’ll take a God like that.  You got two of them?”  ~Paul Washer

This country is no more saved than; well … it’s as lost as they say in Alabama, “… as lost as a ball in tall grass.”  ~Paul Washer

The problem is, even when we preach the Gospel correctly, then we go to this thing on how to invite men and it’s not biblical or historical.  We get them to jump through some evangelical hoops and say, “yes” to the appropriate questions and we pope-ishly announce them to be saved.  ~Paul Washer

When someone comes along later and tries to preach the Gospel to them because they’re living in the world, they won’t listen.  ~Paul Washer

How many people do you know believe they’re going to heaven because, they’re not trusting so much in Christ as they are the sincerity of the decision they made a long time ago?  ~Paul Washer

Jesus … HIS sheep, they know His voice and they follow Him whether you disciple them or not!  ~Paul Washer

We deal five minutes with a person and their conversion and then we spend the next fifty years trying to disciple a goat into a sheep.  I’m not saying this because I’m angry.  I’m saying this because countless people are being deceived.  ~Paul Washer

The problem is not liberal politicians, its evangelical preachers.  ~Paul Washer

He is the creator, and sustainer and Lord of all things and He is worthy of your honor and obedience.  ~Paul Washer

Instead of telling them God has a wonderful plan for their life – tell them who God is.  ~Paul Washer

If you give them a God made in their own image, I guarantee they’ll accept Him.  But He won’t be the God who saves.  ~Paul Washer

Tell them that everything in their life is going to have to bend to His will.  Repent and believe.  ~Paul Washer

Does our Gospel presentation make men excited about what God can do for them on this earth, or about whom God is?  ~Paul Washer

The question is not, “Do you know you are a sinner?” the question is this, “As you have heard me preach the Gospel, has God so worked in your life that the sin you once loved you now hate?”  ~Paul Washer

You go up to the devil and ask if he knows he’s a sinner and he’ll say, “Well, yes I am!  And a mighty fine one at that!”  ~Paul Washer

You must use the Holy Scriptures to teach them ─ the Holy Spirit using the sword to penetrate their heart and to show them what it truly means to be a sinner!  ~Paul Washer

Don’t touch the ark of God!  It is the God of Israel who is wounding people with regards to their sin.  Do NOT comfort the soul that God is breaking.  ~Paul Washer

Next, they’ll say, “Do you want to go to heaven?”  Have you ever had anybody say, “No, I’d rather go to hell.”  My friend, understand this, everyone wants to go to heaven.  They just don’t want God to be there when they get there.  ~Paul Washer

The question is not, “Do you want to go to heaven?”  The question is, “Do you want God?”  ~Paul Washer

Then they ask, “Do you want Jesus to come into your heart?”  Does it bother anyone that this formula or language is not found in the New Testament?  ~Paul Washer

“But I got saved that way!”  No, you got saved in spite of that way not because of that way.  ~Paul Washer

A man is saved only by faith … only by faith.  ~Paul Washer

In that moment of salvation, of belief, they are opening their lives to the person of Jesus.  ~Paul Washer

It [salvation] is not this flu shot mentality of an invitation of the Gospel.  ~Paul Washer

We call men to repent and believe.  And if they repent and believe, truly in that moment they are saved in that moment. But the evidence is more than just the sincerity of a prayer.  It is a continuation of the working of God in their life through sanctification.  ~Paul Washer

It is absurd to think that a man can believe in Christ, with his heart, and it not have a radical affect on the rest of his life.  ~Paul Washer

If someone is truly converted, they will publicly confess Christ in word and deed.  That does not mean presenting them in front of the church on the night of their supposed conversion.  ~Paul Washer

When God saves a man, He is regenerating his heart, turns him into a new creature, and the evidence is this … he will live like a new creature and he will confess Christ.  ~Paul Washer

The man who has truly believed in his heart … his life will be marked by a biblical confession of Christ in word and deed.  ~Paul Washer

We have taken that truth, that if you truly believe and you confess Christ even if it costs you your life … we have taken that beautiful truth and reduced it down to, “If you pray a little prayer before a bunch of people in a church in America, you can be guaranteed you were saved if you think you were sincere.”  ~Paul Washer

Again, the moment a person calls on the Lord he is saved.  But the evidence is not that one time in their life they were sincere when they prayed a prayer.  The evidence of their salvation is … is there genuine repentance?  Is there faith? And do both those evangelical graces continue on in their life and grow?  ~Paul Washer

The evidence of justification by faith is the ongoing work of sanctification through the Holy Spirit.  ~Paul Washer

Christ is not knocking on the door of a sinner’s heart, but on the door of a wayward church.  ~Paul Washer

The evidence that a person has truly opened their life to Christ is continued fellowship with Christ.  ~Paul Washer

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