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Paul Washer

Paul David Washer
Nationality American
Education Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Occupation Founder/Director, Missions Coordinator, Pastor
Religion Christian (Baptist)
Spouse(s) Charo Washer

Paul David Washer (born 1961) is the Founder/Director & Missions Coordinator of HeartCry Missionary Society[1] which supports indigenous missionary work.[2] He is also a Southern Baptist itinerant preacher. Washer's sermons tend to have an evangelistic focus on the gospel and the doctrine of the assurance of salvation and predestination, and he frequently speaks against practices such as the sinner's prayer, and a focus on numerical church growth.

Biography

Washer says he had a born again experience while studying to become an oil and gas lawyer at the University of Texas. Upon graduation, he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and achieved a Master of Divinity degree. He came to understand that no one could be saved unless repentance from and a turning away from sin was actually apparent as a result of their profession of faith, thereby testifying to the new nature that a Christian receives upon conversion. He has grown to define a Christian as one who continues to grow in repentance in addition to placing their trust in Christ. Although Washer admits that no repentance is perfect, he affirms that a genuinely born-again believer will continue to bear fruit of repentance, holiness, and love for God until they are no longer able to do so. He became convinced that easy-believism permeated the world and that those who had said a prayer or believed in Jesus without walking in step with what the Bible teaches about "Abiding in Christ" (John 15) and being obedient, were genuinely at risk of not having been actually converted. He then decided to take this understanding to others. In his now famous 2002 sermon "Modern American Christianity,[3]" he paraphrases a quote from Richard Baxter: “I’ll preach as a dying man to dying men... and I’ll preach as though I will never preach again.” He moved to Peru where he became a missionary proclaiming the gospel for 10 years, after which time he returned to the United States. Washer resides in Radford, VA,[4] where he lives with his wife and three children.

Washer cites Thomas Watson, John Flavel, R.C. Sproul, John F. MacArthur, George Muller, John Piper, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, Robert Murray M'Cheyne, Charles Spurgeon, Leonard Ravenhill, John Wesley, AW Tozer and Martyn Lloyd-Jones among others, as influences.[5] There are several videos of him preaching at Tim Conway’s Grace Community Church of San Antonio Texas, and he frequently appears on Christian radio to discuss how people are saved.[6]

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