By: Jay Dyer
I was, for several years, a huge fan and follower/disciple of Paul Washer. I thought he was a godly leader: a real missionary, and a true “reformer.” I had several of his sermons on tape and, in fact, made copies of his tapes and distributed them to my fellow college students who needed to hear the “true Gospel of God’s grace.” I met him and spoke with him on theology several times. However, I was on a Path that Paul Washer was not on.
As I researched biblical theology and Church History more in depth, and in particular, the formation of the biblical canon, I came to reject common Protestant notions, such as sola scriptura. The simple reason for this is that it was unheard of until the time of the Reformation. Prior to Luther and Calvin, the doctrines of sola fide and sola scriptura were non-existent. There is a complete blackout of Protestant theology for 1,500 years of the Church. Apparently, the Holy Spirit forgot the Church. But that brings me to an interesting point in regards to Paul Washer…
The last time I spoke to Paul Washer, he had me thrown out of a Baptist Church by his followers because I asked him privately where the Church was for the first 1,500 years. Paul told me explicitly, 3 times, as he yelled in my face, “It was a complete blackout, Jay, a complete blackout–a blackout!” So Paul Washer was quite flippant and open about his Anabaptistic view–that the Church had been forsaken, and that the Anabaptists had restored it. But Paul is a Calvinist, and the Anabaptists, for the most part, weren’t. So, apparently, we have a restored Church by heretics, at some unknown time. And somehow Paul Washer has a connection to this small holy band. But who is truly the Church? It can’t be those nasty Catholics–even though in 2001 Paul Washer was quoting a Catholic Bishop in his sermons (St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo)! And it can’t be those baby-baptizing Calvinists, because Paul Washer believes adult baptism is the mark of the true believer’s church.
It can only be the guru Paul Washer himself, who, for all his zeal against Joel Osteen and for all his 1 million hits plus on youtube has suckered the Baptists into following his own, personal, novel views. Consider this same overly dramatic sermon I have seen Paul Washer preach several times–and each time he preaches the same words, with the same emotions and pauses, just as theatrical as a Benny Hinn crusade, but with more Calvinist fire and brimstone.
Are we to believe that God truly moves St. Washer to the same recognition of his own “smallness” and public piety, every time he preaches this rehearsed sermon? Why is it this is the same prayer I’ve heard him say over and over and over, with the same bombastic emotions? Consider what he says at the beginning of his sermon: if he is a false prophet, he should be avoided. He is a false prophet. He does not teach the doctrines of the Catholic Church nor the Ecumenical Councils. In fact, he abhors the Church and her definitions and serves and aggrandizes himself. He is openly a Nestorian, as the lot of Calvinists are.