Paul Washer's Gospel Of Fear And Uncertainty
by David J. Stewart | January 2016
Romans 4:5-6, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.”
If you agree with Paul Washer that a person cannot write down the date, time and place when they became a born-again child of God, then you have believed ANOTHER GOSPEL. Here is a disturbing quote from Evangelist Paul Washer, in which he criticizes the idea of a new believer writing the date, time and place down in the back of their Bible. You need to understand that Mr. Washer is a follower of John Calvin (aka, Calvinism), which teaches the heresy of the Perseverance Of The Saints. That is, the false teaching that a Christian believer will persevere in holy living, or else they didn't really get saved. This is adding human effort (works) to the Gospel, which is a false plan of salvation.
“We talk about the Germans of the 20th century that brought on their higher criticism. It is not near as dangerous as conservative Baptists with their gospel reductionism. How dare we, all these stupid evangelists walking around telling men after they've made some little prayer that they need to write their name in the back of their Bible, and put the date and if the Devil ever comes to them, they need to show him that. That is Roman superstition, it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ. You see we've turned the gospel into a flu-shot.”
SOURCE: Paul Washer Sermonette
Paul Washer further states...
I ask so many people, “How do you know you're saved?” You'd be surprised—especially in Latin America, because of the evangelical preaching that's been there, and the evangelists that come through there, and Europe and other places, and boast about great numbers of people who are converted, and yet are not. How many people answer that question, when I say—“Do you know you have been saved?” They say, “Yes.” “Why?” “I made my decision.”
Do you realize they're looking unto a decision and the sincerity of their heart in making that decision. That's their hope. Others tell me, “I prayed that prayer; that's what has me full of confidence that I'm onward to glory!” Paul said, “It's neither circumcision nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” Is there evidence that you are a new creature? And one of the greatest evidences is that you recognize your entire destiny is bound up in the person and the work of the Son.
SOURCE: How Do I Know If I'm Saved?
Clearly, Paul Washer does not believe that a person can be saved by making a simple DECISION to trust the Gospel. The Bible teaches that a man is saved the moment he BELIEVES the Gospel (Mark 1:15), that is, Christ's death on the cross for our sins, His burial, and bodily resurrection three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). This is “THE GOSPEL.” Romans 3:19 says that God's Law was given to silence every mouth of self-righteous boasting, so that the whole world would become GUILTY BEFORE GOD!!!
Repentance is not a turning away from sinful behavior to be saved. That is reformation. Repentance is a change of mind—a change of mind from anything and everything that hinders a man from coming to Christ by faith to be saved. We are saved by BELIEVING, not by repenting; but if we didn't repent, neither would we believe. Repentance is necessary for salvation, but it simply means “a change of mind,” nothing more. Thus, we repent TO believe. We don't repent AND believe.
In the preceding video, Paul Washer says that it is not enough to BELIEVE one time to be saved. He says you must continue to BELIEVE your whole life. He also says that it is not enough to repent one time; but rather, he says you must continue repenting your whole life. This is why Paul Washer teaches you cannot merely jot down your name, time and date that you got saved. Mr. Washer is very wrong! Washer has corrupted God's plan of salvation, turning it into a process instead of an instantaneous new birth. The Bible plainly teaches that eternal life is a “gift” (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9). Romans 5:15 calls it a “free gift.” If, as Mr. Washer falsely claims, a person is required by God to continue believing and repenting the rest of their earthly life, to prove they are saved, then no one can ever really claim eternal security. If persevering in holy living is a requirement to KNOW that you are saved, then works are required for salvation. It is that simple.
Paul Washer is a theological liar! The very second that you place your trust (faith) in the Son of God—Jesus, the Christ—Who died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and miraculously resurrected three days later (seen by several hundred eye-witnesses), according to 1st Corinthians 15:1-6, YOU ARE BORN-AGAIN IMMEDIATELY AND PERMANENTLY. Once saved, always saved! In Paul Washer's corrupt plan of salvation, he warns that you should “be very afraid” if you are still living a deliberate life of sinful behavior. That is not Biblical. The way you choose to live your life, has nothing to do with what you are trusting to get you into Heaven. If your faith is in the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, all the sinful behavior in the world cannot keep you out of Heaven.
In Paul Washer's False Gospel, You Cannot “KNOW” You Are Saved in a Moment
In his preaching, Mr. Washer often expresses disdain for the practice of soul-winners having converts write their name, time and date in their Bible. I remember the place and some of the details, but not the date or even year that I was saved. I think I was 13, or close to. I didn't think back then about writing down the date. I wish I had. So I am 100% in favor of soul-winners asking converts to write down their name, date and time that they believed the Gospel.
Why is Paul Washer against this practice? It is because he is a Calvinist. A “Calvinist” is a person who follows the theological beliefs of John Calvin (1509-1564). Unfortunately, all five major points of Calvinism are heresy! Calvinists errantly believe that a person cannot claim to “KNOW” they are saved, simply because they profess faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ; but rather, they must also persevere in obedient faith and continued repentance from sins throughout their entire life. At best, such a corrupted Gospel is caught between grace and works. In others words, Washer says, you don't have to do works to be saved, but if you don't have works, you're not saved. That's effectively what he is teaching, and it is of the Devil.
In sharp contrast to Mr. Washer's heresy, the Word of God PROMISES salvation TO THEM THAT BELIEVE. The manner in which you decide to live does not affect your salvation. I know that offends Calvinists, but it is the truth. Eternal life is a gift. A gift is a take proposition, not a give proposition.
Paul Washer's Mother Feels Unsaved When She Sins Because of a False Gospel
Evangelist Paul Washer admits in his sermon titled, “EXAMINE YOURSELF,” that his own mother sometimes doubts her salvation because of sin in her life. I felt sorry for her when I heard that. What a heavy unnecessary burden to carry, wondering if you're not saved because you're a sinner! Why Men Go To Hell (MP3 sermon by Dr. Curtis Hutson, “Men are not lost because they won't quit their sinning!”). I realize that a man's mother is dear to him, and so I tread carefully on this matter. I respect Paul Washer's right to his own opinion and I pray for him and his family from time-to-time when I think of him, particularly for his neck injury (which is similar to my own stenosis, radiculopathy and displaced disks).
When I heard Paul Washer say that his own mother felt unsaved because of her sins, I knew right away why she felt that way—It is because of a wrong mindset toward the Gospel. May I say, kindly, these are the consequences of the heresy of Lordship Salvation. When you indoctrinate people with heresy, teaching them that holy living is required to validate, evidence and seal one's salvation, then you cause them to live in a world of uncertainty, fear and doubt. Everyone always has sin in their life! No one can live above sin. Some men can live above reproach, but no man can live above sinning. We all sin! Everyone sins! Paul Washer admits that all men sin, but he teaches that a true believer will repent of that sin and forsake it, which is not necessarily true. God chastises and scourges His children when they go into sin (Hebrews 12:6-8). Albeit, this doesn't mean that every Christian forsakes sinful living when God chastises them. Some believers would rather live in the pig pen of sin, as evidenced by Samson, Lot, Demas and Solomon. The Apostle Paul struggled with sin continually, and so does every believer (Romans 7:14-25). Only a wicked hypocrite would rejoice, spread gossip and condemn others when they sin (Matthew 7:1-5). Such wickedness defines America these days.
The Epistle of 1st John teaches that the evidence of salvation is the indwelling Holy Spirit, not an upright life. Many unsaved people live an upright, moral, respectable, life. The test is not whether or not a believer lives a holy life; but rather, is there a desire to please God because of the indwelling Holy Spirit. 1st John 3:24, “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” As you just read, we KNOW that we are saved by the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Our churches today are filled with people who live the Christian life in all it's aspects, BUT THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN BORN-AGAIN!!!
The reason why Paul Washer's mother fears she may not be saved is because that's what she has been errantly taught. Lordship Salvation places the burden of sin upon the sinner's shoulder, instead of 100% upon Christ on the cross. The heresy of Lordship Salvation demands behavioral modification and continuous holy living, to verify that one is saved. Paul Washer is a dangerous false teacher, because he denies that a man can be born-again and KNOW immediately that he is forever safe and secure in the Father's promises. According to Mr. Washer, only the test of time can evidence whether a person is saved or not. Washer berates anyone who dares to teach that a new believer can instantaneously KNOW that they are saved. Kindly, Paul is wrong. The Bible teaches that eternal life is a gift, given by the PROMISE of God. Titus 1:2, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” Paul Washer propagates fear, uncertainty and religion; but not the true Gospel.
It is false doctrine to teach that a person cannot KNOW THAT THEY ARE SAVED IMMEDIATELY. My friend, you can and should write down the DATE, the TIME and the PLACE that you received Christ as your personal Savior. Just as you have a physical birthday, you also have a spiritual birthday if you are saved. Paul Washer has turned God's simple plan of salvation into a difficult religious process of reformation. Paul Washer assured his mother that she is saved, because of the fact that she feels she is not saved. That is, he says her doubts evidence that she is saved. What garbage theology!!! Folks, doubting your salvation, when you sin, is not proof that you are saved. I can't believe Paul Washer even said that! I know that I am saved because the Bible PROMISES eternal life to those who BELIEVE the Gospel. “I KNOW I AM SAVED” because I believe God keeps His PROMISE to SAVE THEM THAT BELIEVE (1st Corinthians 1:20). 1st Corinthians 1:21, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”
My friend, Paul Washer is causing people to worry, fear and doubt their salvation; whereas God intended for men to KNOW they are saved by simple faith in the Gospel. Please don't misunderstand me. Most religious people today are not saved, because they have accepted a substitute instead of the Gospel, but I don't want those lost sinners to fear and worry about it... I WANT THEM TO GET SAVED AND THEN IT WILL BE SETTLED FOR EVER!!! You don't need to fear, you're either SAVED or LOST! Settle it! Believe the Gospel and it will be settled!!! What Paul Washer is doing is scaring people to doubt their salvation every time they allow sin in their life. In fact, Evangelist Paul Washer Teaches Watching Bad Stuff On TV May Be A Sign You're Not Saved. Paul Washer's fearmongering is totally unbiblical, because he is teaching a false plan of salvation that requires works. If you're following Paul Washer's teachings, then you ought to be afraid... VERY AFRAID! Paul Washer is spiritually blind, and he is leading the blind into the pit of Hell!
1st John 1:6 Speaks of “Fellowship,” Not Getting Saved
In his video sermon, “EXAMINE YOURSELF,” Paul Washer errantly teaches...
Look at this, in verse 6—If we say that we have fellowship with Him (if we say that are a Christian) and yet we walk, we lead a style of life in the darkness—We lead a style of life that contradicts the attributes and the nature of God, what God has told us about Himself—Our style of life reflects nothing of God's character—And our style of life totally contradicts what God has said to be His will—Then we are a LIAR when we say we're a Christian! We've got to understand this!
SOURCE: Examine Yourself
1st John 1:6, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” This passage of Scripture is not talking about salvation; but rather, fellowship (just as it says). The subject is fellowship, not sonship. Judas had fellowship with Jesus, but went straight to Hell when he died. We get saved because we trust the Savior, not because we fellowship with Him. Paul Washer is a dangerous spiritual teacher, who says that a person is not saved if they continue in a sinful deathstyle. If eternal life is genuinely a “free gift” (Romans 5:15; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-10), then it cannot be conditioned upon the manner of life that the recipient lives. Any child can understand the concept of a gift; yet most preachers today corrupt the Gospel by confusing Discipleship with Salvation.
Paul Washer is not teaching the regenerative new birth, which is a free gift. God's plan of salvation for mankind is simple—Anyone who comes as a sinner to the cross of Calvary—receiving Christ's sacrifice on the cross as full-payment for their sins, believing that Jesus bodily resurrected from the dead the third day—that person is a born-again child of God! Paul Washer says this is not the way to be saved. According to Washer, the life you live will determine whether or not your repentance and belief were real or not. Thus, Mr. Washer is ADDING human effort to the Gospel, requiring a changed life and holy living in order to complete one's salvation. You must understand that Washer views salvation as a PROCESS instead of a NEW BIRTH. He'll lie and say that he believes in the new birth, but then he totally contradicts himself by saying that unless you continue believing and repenting (which he errantly views as forsaking sinful behavior), then you were never saved at all.
The Gospel is defined in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 as three things: 1) Christ's death on the cross for our sins; 2) His burial which officiated His death; 3) Christ's bodily resurrection from the dead after three days. Mark 1:15 commands all men, “Repent ye, and believe the Gospel.” This does NOT require turning away from sinful habits, forsaking the world, surrendering to Christ's Lordship, joining a church, getting water baptized, changing your life, confessing Christ to men, et cetera. We are saved simply by believing the Gospel. What Paul Washer is teaching is satanism, leading the naive into the Lake of Fire. Please don't be deceived by the Devil (Matthew 7:13-15; 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15).
Paul Washer's Calvinistic views are not the free gift of eternal life. Since eternal life is based upon God's faithfulness and not man's faithfulness, every believer CAN KNOW—beyond any shadow of a doubt, without reservation, without doubt, without uncertainty, without delay, without having to prove them self over a lifetime—THAT THEY ARE SAVED ETERNALLY, SECURELY AND PERMANENTLY!!!!!!!! Eternal life is based upon God's PROMISE (Titus 1:2; John 3:16), and not upon man's effort. It is typical of false prophets to speak with a forked-tongue. In one breath they call eternal life a “gift,” but in the next breath they say you must stop living in deliberate sin to have it. That is impossible to do! (Romans 11:6). Salvation is either by GRACE or by WORKS, but it cannot be both. Please listen to the excellent, doctrinally sound, eye-opening sermon, “Caught Between Grace And Works,” by Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold.
Paul Washer Rejects Believing the Gospel for Immediate Salvation
Here again Paul Washer berates “the simplicity that is in Christ” (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4), criticizing Easy-Believism. Washer likens Gospel tracts, praying a Sinner's Prayer, and being born-again to a quick fix-it-all FLU-SHOT...
I ask people, “Are you saved?” They say, “Don't worry about me preacher, I took care of that a long time ago.” You did what? “I took care of that a long time ago!” Oh, something like getting a flu-shot I suppose. “Yep, don't worry about me, I repented and I believed.” Only to tell them—Sir, the evidence that you truly repented unto salvation on that day is that you're still repenting today; and the evidence that you truly believed unto salvation on that day a long time ago, is you're still believing today and growing in both these graces. It's not a flu-shot. It's not something you get done! It's not something you take care of!
How do you know you're a new creature? Because you do the things new creatures do!
SOURCE: How Do I Know If I'm Saved?
Those are some frightening words made by Paul Washer. He says getting saved is not something you get done. Washer is wrong!!! Paul Washer says salvation is not something that you take care of. He is oh so wrong!!! Do you see how corrupt Mr. Washer is in his perverse theology? In Washer's thinking, your entire life either validates or condemns your profession of faith, so that no man can boldly say that he is born-again and safe in Jesus Christ, until he has spent his life proving himself that his faith is sincere, real and lasting. This is works salvation, and not the gift of God. This is NOT the imputed righteousness of God (Philippians 3:9). Genesis 15:6 tells us that Abram (Abraham) was justified by faith, so that HIS FAITH WAS COUNTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! This truth is reiterated in our text verses from Romans 4:5-6.
Kindly, if Paul Washer's mother believed that her salvation is safe and secure in God's PROMISE to save them that believe (1st Corinthians 1:21), then she would KNOW that no amount of sinfulness could ever jeopardize her salvation. Nothing I could ever do, would cause God's salvation to be lost in my life. I cannot lose my salvation, because it is not mine to give or lose, it is God's. Even if I didn't want eternal life, I still couldn't lose it, because I am a child of God by faith. I was born-again at age 13. Once you are spiritually born anew, you cannot be unborn. Salvation is of God, not man (Jonah 2:9). If saved, always saved. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”
I do not hate Paul Washer, God forbid. I pray for God to open his eyes to the truth of “THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST.” 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” There is NOTHING “simple” about Paul's Washer's plan of salvation and the heavy burdens that he lays upon men's shoulders. Mr. Washer is teaching ANOTHER GOSPEL.
Jesus gives an invitation for those who are tired, weary and burdened to come unto Him. Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” I thank God that my salvation is solely based upon completely resting in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul Washer's plan of salvation is something very different, which requires a life of turning away from sin and following Jesus as Lord. This is exactly what Seventh-day Adventist heretic Ellen G. White teaches. Sadly, over half of America's Baptist churches are going straight to Hell to burn in torment for ever and ever, because they are trusting in ANOTHER GOSPEL.
If you agree with Paul Washer that a person cannot write down the date, time and place when they became a born-again child of God, then you have believed ANOTHER GOSPEL. The very fact that Washer would teach something like this evidences that he rejects the simplicity that is in Christ for salvation. Washer rejects the idea of an immediate, guaranteed, eternally secure, salvation. Evidently Mr. Washer has never read in Acts 2:41 that 3,000 people got saved in ONE DAY!!! Amen! Paul Washer condemns any preacher or church who claims to have won hundreds (or thousands) of souls to the Lord in a short time frame. Well, then you had better criticize God Mr. Washer, because 3,000 people came to Jesus Christ in one single day. Gotta love soul-winning!!!
In Paul Washer's way of thinking, the manner in which you live must confirm your profession of faith or else you're not saved. How can such thinking by Mr. Washer be reconciled with our text verse from Romans 4:5 that A MAN'S FAITH IS COUNTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! Clearly, it cannot. I feel sorry for Paul Washer and heretical wolves in the sheep-pen like him, who are condemned of themselves and hellbound in their sins, false religion, and another Gospel. 2nd Peter 3:16, “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” END
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