A Testimony from Paul Washer

by Paul Washer

First of all, Our Master is a kind and gracious Master. He loves His lambs. He is the Good Shepherd. But even when that Good Shepherd may ask us to give away our very lives for Him–it is reasonable to do so. It is unreasonable to do anything else. It is so unreasonable to live for a temporal passing world, that has been given over to fools. It is very reasonable to live for the Lord! Now, let me say something about reasonable service. This is going to help you. It’s a short personal testimony about something that the Lord did in my life:

•I took great pride in my devotion and my dedication.

•I took great pride in that I studied harder than anyone at seminary.

•I took great pride in my preaching on the streets and living with street people.

•I took great enjoyment in knowing that students would be sitting around tables having a good time until I showed up; Til ‘Moses’ came down from the mount.

•I took great pride in people seeing me tired.

•I took great pride in hearing people say, “That young man is just giving his life away”.

•I took pride in people seeing that I was poor. And that I would not take anything from any man.

And then one day I was with a man who discipled me for years. You might know him. George Mueller. I was re-reading brother Mueller. And I caught a statement that I’d never heard before. He said this:

He never wanted anyone to see him tired, burdened, distraught, or needy, because they might think that his Master was cruel, uncaring, and unable to provide for him. You do not glorify God by what you do for Him as much as God glorifies himself by what He does for you. Never forget who is saving who here!

I used to think that I was glorifying God by giving away absolutely everything, by wearing myself out and everything else, but what I was doing was glorifying self.

Never forget, when it says that we are to glorify, whether we eat or drink or any other thing, we are to do all to the glory of God! Never forget, that eating and drinking is receiving from the Lord! When you eat, from where does that food come from?…From the Lord! When you drink, from where?…

We glorify God more by demonstrating to people all that the Lord has done for us, instead of demonstrating to everyone what we’ve done for the Lord.

And that is a statement that will Free.You.Up.

-Paul Washer

Boredom in Heaven

“If heaven were heaven because of streets of gold and gates of pearl, if that were all, you would attempt suicide within 10,000 years from boredom” -Paul Washer

“Everyone wants to go to heaven, they just don’t want God to be there too.” -Paul Washer

“The critical question for our generation – and for every generation is this: if you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasure you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied in heaven if Jesus wasn’t there? -John Piper

Paul Washer Quotes

Paul washer quotes as recorded by Jesse Johnson.

“There are very few people who are known for evangelism, and yet who fall into the trap of liberal theology. It is very hard to get influenced by liberalism when you are out trying to win souls for Jesus.”

“I believe in the sovereignty of God over salvation, because I know that the conversion of a man is an absolute impossibility.”

“The doctrine of the sovereignty of God affects preaching in this way: every time, before you get into the pulpit, you ask yourself, ‘Lord, can these bones live?’ The answer: ‘only if you make them alive.”

“Many seminaries turn out good preachers who do not lead godly lives. There are so many people out there who are concerned about the preparation of the sermon that they leave behind the preparation of the man.”

“To help yourself in your devotional life, ask this question over and over again, ‘how does the death of the son of God lead to my forgiveness, and how is that seen here in this passage?”

“Pastors need to recover the lost practice of staying up late and getting up early for the purpose of prayer. There is a sense that in the evangelical culture we have let the charismatics steal our heritage. We get to those powerful passages on prayer and go into defense mode against the wrong teachings of the charismatics, rather than into extolling the virtues of all-night prayer.”

“A structured sermon is good, but don’t ever turn God into a propositional statement. Someone should write a book on the idolatry of expository preaching.”

[On the role of parents vs. the youth pastor in training children]: “God did not give you a child to turn his spiritual development over to a 21-year-old with mousse in his hair who thinks he is cool.”

“As a pastor, always do theology in the context of the local church.”

“Preaching should never grow dull. There is never a time where truths have already been explained, so the pastor runs out of things to say. Semper reformanda, so the truths need to be rediscovered every generation.”

“If a pastor studies a passage to figure out how to preach it, it will be a powerless sermon. If you labor over something to be preached, all that will happen is it will be heard. Instead, you have to ask: ‘What has this passage done to me?”

“Charismatics repeat the errors of the mystics. The problem with the mystics is that they were looking for the word of God in every place but the Bible.”

“Evangelism is why I exist. If everyone in the world was saved, you would never see me again. I’d move out to the mountains and be with my family.”