Paul Washer’s Youth Sermon

I have been trying to say this – in unfortunately subtle ways – for SO MANY YRS!
Paul says it so well.

This might be termed a "shocking sermon" by some, but it's really not shocking at all. It's just that we're not used to hearing our salvation evaluated in this seemingly 'shocking' way. Nothing he said is heretical - even tho he may have called our culture of leading ppl to Christ heretical. But, honestly, is he wrong? Where in the Bible does it say that you are saved by praying a simple prayer to 'ask Jesus into your heart'? Nowhere! The only pre-req, as it were, is that "If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved," (Rom. 10:9-10). There's no magic formula here.

The biggest issue is that we're not used to being called on to live a holy life. The most frustrating thing I've found in working with youth is that they come to Christ, have amazing experiences of the Spirit, but cant be bothered to read their Bibles or pray. It's actually really heartbreaking. No wonder both Pauls (Washer and the St.) admonish us to "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?" (2 Cor. 13:5)

All this to say, maybe we think the message is shocking cuz we're too comfortable with our wordly Christianity. To that I say, 'too bad for us!' We need not only to get over ourselves, but completely examine ourselves. Are we in the faith? Do we pursue righteousness/holiness? Do we even know what those words mean, and what pursuing them entails? If not, maybe we need to come to Jesus in FULL repentance, unlike the first time around.


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