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“It’s Just The Truth…”

Paul Washer

Many people mistake my advocacy of sound & sober preaching for the advocacy of passionless and somber teaching.

On the contrary, I believe in passionate preaching – primarily when the preacher is passionately pointing to Christ as the ONLY hope of salvation and AWAY from his own talent and charisma.

One of the most passionate and unyielding defenders of the faith on the mission field today is Paul Washer (you can follow him on Twitter as well). I wrote about Washer’s uncompromised message last spring, and a recent exchange in the comment threads of another post inspired me to post this video of Washer (found at Grace Community Church’s YouTube page):

I know that many of you will comment on how much you disagree with Washer on many things – primarily his Southern Baptist background – and accuse him of being a legalist and much more, but you cannot ignore the merit of his passionate plea for truth and honesty in the pulpit in evangelizing the Gospel.

As sad as it seems, many who are deceived are no longer victims of their deceivers – if they remain under teaching that is in direct opposition to the Gospel then they are aiding and abetting in the apostasy. The lust of the flesh and the desire for the material riches that the vipers have attributed to “gawd” is what keeps many tethered to false churches across the globe. As the Apostle Paul succinctly warned his young protege’ (and Washer repeats in the video):

2 Timothy 4:3-4 (New American Standard Bible)

 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

 4and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

False teachers feed, nourish, and grow on the lust of their followers. The sheep have essentially created “teachers” based on their selfish desires, attracting wolves to feast on their flesh like a thrashing victim attracts sharks in the ocean.

The only way to combat false teaching is to continue to present the truth of God DIRECTLY from His Word. The more we combat lies with THE TRUTH, the chasm between God and His enemies becomes even more evident.

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The Narrow Gate Vs. The Narrow Path

I want to end the week with something that will make you think.

I found a video produced by the Heart Cry Missionary Society. They are a missionary ministry of First Baptist Church of Muscle Shoals (Alabama), featuring Paul Washer. Heart Cry actually takes the Gospel into the world by evangelizing across the globe – even in remote jungles.

The video highlights what many in the Christian church need to hear today: salvation and repentance.

Take a look:

***Paul gave the same message to a group of 5,000 attendees at a youth conference and stunned every kid in the room into silence (here’s a full version of his message to the youth audience – it’s 47 minutes in length, but worth watching in it’s entirety).

Paul is a Southern Baptist, and he points that out quite often. I don’t necessarily advocate his denominational allegiance, but that doesn’t diminish his point.

He rightly points out that most Christians feel “safe” because they prayed the pray of salvation, yet they live lives counter to scripture.

He used Matthew 7:13-29 as a frame of reference, but he focused primarily on verses 13 and 14:

The Narrow and Wide Gates

 13(A)Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.

 14“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

I was guilty of the same misconception – aided by my childhood pastor (in my youth) and my former pulpit pimps (in my adulthood).

The average Christian couldn’t be identified in a police line up because we look and act just like the world we were sent to preach against.

We covet money and things.

We enter into and exit out of casual relationships (including sex).

We divorce just as much as the unsaved do.

We watch the same movies and listen to the same music.

Our kids are just as unruly and hedonistic.

All of that, and yet we proclaim the Name that is above every other name? How can that be?

It can “be” because we bought the “enter through the narrow gate” part of scripture, but we don’t want to embrace the “narrow path” part of the equation.

Once we accept God’s gift of salvation, we must TURN AWAY from the things that He hates. Even if (and most likely, when) we fall into sin again, we MUST REPENT/TURN AWAY AGAIN and run to Him.

Not in some cosmic game of “I’m Sorry”, but as a sign that we are utterly hopeless and lost without Him.

Therein lies the danger of the seeker sensitivity movement: we reach out to the lost – as we should, but we don’t tell them the “fine print” of true salvation and repentance of sin.

We can’t confess the narrow gate and continue to live our lives in the broad way – especially as we evangelize Christ to a fallen world.

The two are diametrically opposed, and the ambiguity causes others to stumble in their pursuit of God.

When Paul was questioned by believers (an interesting note) about his authority to preach the Gospel, he spoke plainly (my emphasis in bold):

1(A)This is the third time I am coming to you (B)EVERY FACT IS TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE TESTIMONY OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES.

 2I have previously said when present the second time, and though now absent I say in advance to those who have (C)sinned in the past and to all the rest as well, that (D)if I come again I will not (E)spare anyone,

 3since you are (F)seeking for proof of the (G)Christ who speaks in me, and who is not weak toward you, but (H)mighty in you.

 4For indeed He was (I)crucified because of weakness, yet He lives (J)because of the power of God For we also are (K)weak [a]in Him, yet (L)we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.

 5(M)Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; (N)examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you–unless indeed you (O)fail the test?

 6But I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test.

 7Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear unapproved.

 8For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.

We too must stop questioning God’s plan of salvation and repentance and whether or not it’s “convenient” to our lifestyle.

We must examine ourselves to see if we’re really in the faith – then we must do everything possible to ensure that we stay on that narrow path.


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