Beware of Paul Washer

Paul Washer: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Some Excerpts of his Sermons:

“Let’s just go for just a moment over to Genesis just quickly with me. Chapter 6, Verse 5,

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” — ‘only evil continually.’

I simply read this text one time preaching at a university and a young reporter came up to me and he said, ‘I don’t agree with your interpretation!’ And I said, ‘young man, I didn’t interpret the text, I read it.’ And he said, ‘well, I don’t agree.’ I said, ‘young man let me tell you something…if I could pull out your heart right now, if I could take every thought you have ever had, from your first waking moment until this very hour, if I could take every thought you’ve ever had, not just your deeds, but your thoughts, only your thoughts, and I could put them on a video and I could show that video to all here in this auditorium tonight you would run off this campus and you would never show your face here again because you have thought things so wicked and so perverted you cannot even share them with you closest friend. As a matter of fact, if your closest friend knew some of the thoughts you have had against him, he would no longer be your friend. And young man I do not know that because I am a prophet, I know that because it’s what the Scriptures say and I know that like you I too am a man.’ I can say the same thing about every one of you here tonight. You would spend every ounce of energy to hide from everyone in this room what has gone through your mind just in the last hour. Don’t tell me that Scripture is not right, when it talk about all men having sinned, because all men are sinners. Go to Genesis 8 for a moment, Verse 21: ‘And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma and the Lord said to Himself, ‘I will never again curse the ground on account from man, for the intent of mans heart is evil from his youth.’ This could mean, evil from childhood, evil from a babe.”

Paul Washer admits that ‘Calvinism is good theology’, therefore it should be no surprise that he is ready to stretch text in the Bible to fit his biased Theological suppositions. Here we have an example of this deceit. (1 Cor. 4:2)  As we have seen before, Genesis 6:5 is a prime passage for the Reformed Faith’s doctrine of ‘Total Depravity’. Of course this portion of Scripture also speaks of Noah, but as we have learned from other Reformed thinkers, he really wasn’t righteous after all, even though the Bible (Sola Scripture?) SAYS he was! (Gen. 6:9; Ezk. 14:14; Heb. 11:7) The endeavor here by Washer is to connect Genesis 6:5 to 8:21 and in the process PROVE that All men are Sinners, NOT because they imitate Adam and transgress God’s Law of their own volition, but because they sinned with Adam in the Garden! (Federal Head Theory) In trying to advance this tenet, Washer actually disproves it!

“And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.'” (Gen. 8:21)

Washer is LYING to you when he says the word “YOUTH” can be honestly translated as “babe,” meaning infant of course! The word in the Hebrew holds a strict definition of “youth or early life.”  An example of this term in another portion of Scripture is found in 1 Sam. 17:33.

“And Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.’”

Hence, when David fought Goliath he was NOT a “babe,” instead, he was a “young man”! (1 Sam. 17:58)

MANY Scriptures show that man is born innocent and therefore NOT morally depraved as Washer, a Calvinist,  suggest. (Deut. 1:39; Ecc. 7:29; Psa. 139:13-14, etc.)

Another excerpt of Washer:

“Here is something you need to understand, Hitler was not an anomaly. Hitler was not a phenomenon. Hitler was what everyone in this room has to potential of being and not only that, you need to understand that even in the wickedness of Hitler, Hitler was still restrained by the common Grace of God. And you need to know this, if it weren’t for the common Grace of God, restraining you in your unconverted state, you would make Hitler look like a choir boy. What we do not understand is what Scripture teaches about men — men are evil! You say, ‘well I don’t agree.’ That’s because you have grabbed enough of Christianity to stand, but you don’t believe the Bible. The Scriptures testimony is against you, and all men is that we are born with evil and we are evil. Do you have to teach a child to lie? Do you have to teach a child to be self-centered? Do you have to teach a child how to selfish? Do you have to teach a child how to be brutal to other children? They learn that on their own. Set them free, discipline them not, and see what you have in ten years — a monster. Why? Because what Scripture says is true. And you hold your ears and you say, ‘I don’t want to hear it , I don’t want to hear it’…in the same way that a person dying from cancer is in denial and says to the doctor, ‘ I don’t want to hear it, I don’t want to hear it’. That by cupping the hands over your ears you close yourself off from any remedy. The first thing you must embrace is this…all men are born in sin and given over to sin and all men are born hating God.”

The illustration of Hitler is adduced by a lot of Reformed thinkers to promote the Depravity of human nature AFTER the fall. My immediate question to those who support such a position is what about Cain and Able? (Gen. 4) They both came from the loins of Adam and Eve and lived in the POST Paradise era and had the same natures, YET, they both made very different choices. (1 Jn. 3:10-12) According to Washer’s theology, which is 100% Reformed and Augustinian to the core, the human race from Adam, to this day, is ONLY capable of committing evil acts because Free Will has perished in the Fall, therefore, man has not the ability (apart from PRECEDING Grace tweaking his nature) to be like Able and do the right thing! (What about Acts 10:34-35 & Rom. 2:6-8?)

Next, Washer uses the term “Common Grace”. In Calvinism  this type of Grace is reserved for the reprobate who God has decided He will not redeem by the blood of His Son. (t u L i p) Everyone is allowed this Grace by God according to the theology, however, only the ‘Elect’ get “Grace upon Grace” (Jn. 1:16) and given the ability not only to believe, but persevere in the faith. Hence, we see that Washer denies human liberty and attributes the heathens restraint from vices – not to FREE WILL, but to God! The problem that lurks beneath this thought is that since there is no freedom of choice, then God is now responsible for all that comes to pass. (This includes the good AND the evil.)

“From all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass” (Source)  To DENY that God is the Author of Sin is to dismiss His Absolute Sovereignty altogether.”

Moving on.

Washer next uses the child’s ill behavior to PROVE that they are born with evil in their nature. (This “evil” is mere concupiscence, which is classified in Reformed theology as a ‘Sin’ in itself and PROOF of our fallen condition, yet, as we have pointed out before, this is in error because it is found in Paradise — Gen. 3:6 & 1 Jn. 2:16) Strangely enough, Washer accidentally explains HOW this “evilness” comes about: “They learn that on their own” Correct! (Even though this could NOT have been his aim since he believes that the imputation of Adam’s Original Sin ACTUALLY makes everyone sin by necessity.)

Misconduct is a learned pattern, NOT an inbred disease! Children learn from the world around them and imitate what they see. As the Bible says, “aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers” (1 Pet. 1:18) This is what it means to be a ‘child of wrath’! (Eph. 2:1-3) It’s NOT referring to birth, but instead to “a mode of feeling and acting which by long habit has become nature.” (Source)

The testimony of Scripture is that “God made man upright, But they have sought out many schemes.” (Ecc. 7:29) The guilt of the first pair is NOT propagated within their physical offspring! (Deu. 24:16; 2 Kings 14:6; 2 Chron. 25:4; Ezk. 18:2-4; 18:19-20; Jer. 31:29-30) Therefore, embryos and infant-children are innocent before God and NOT depraved as Washer has suggested. (Deut. 1:39 & Isa. 7:15-16; Rom. 9:11) “for where there is no law there is no transgression”, says the Apostle Paul. (Rom. 4:15) Infant children are born blind (no knowledge) and ALIVE without the Law! (Jn. 9:41 & Rom. 7:9) Therefore, until a child “knows to do good and does NOT do it”, there is no transgression with God! (Jas. 4:17 & 1 Jn. 3:4) “Let the little children come to Me and do not forbid them,” says Jesus, “for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 19:14)

The FIRST thing you MUST do IF you wish to escape this horrible theology that Washer promotes is to REJECT what he says you MUST accept, that being, the notion that men and women are born sinners! This is overly stressed by the Reformed movement BECAUSE on it the entire foundation to the T U L I P rest. Until you examine that with Scripture, then you will remain in a doctrinal daze and in bondage to preachers like Paul Washer.

by brother Mike Desario

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One Response to Beware of Paul Washer

  1. Byron says:

    good job

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