Paul's Passing Thoughts

Calvinist Paul Washer: Christianity is Perpetual Death and Rebirth

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 7, 2014

In the following short clip, Paul Washer expounds on Reformed orthodox’s definition of the new birth: the Christian, which remains dead in trespasses and sin, experiences perpetual rebirth under the preaching of preordained prophets of God.  This doctrine known as mortification and vivification, or “deep repentance/new obedience,” is well articulated in the Calvin Institutes and is formal Reformed orthodoxy. Hence, when will discernment bloggers say enough is enough and stop playing footsies with “old Calvinism.” No part of a false gospel will heal. Facts used in the commission of a false gospel will not heal. Why is this so hard to understand?

And just in case you need more convincing, consider this excerpt from Michael Horton’s “Christless Christianity,”  p. 189ff:

God gathers his people together in a covenantal event to judge and to justify, to kill and to make alive. The emphasis is on God’s work for us – the Father’s gracious plan, the Son’s saving life, death, and resurrection, and the Spirit’s work of bringing life to the valley of dry bones through the proclamation of Christ. The preaching focuses on God’s work in the history of redemption from Genesis through Revelation, and sinners are swept into this unfolding drama. Trained and ordained to mine the riches of Scripture for the benefit of God’s people, ministers try to push their own agendas, opinions, and personalities to the background so that God’s Word will be clearly proclaimed. In this preaching the people once again are simply receivers – recipients of grace. Similarly, in baptism, they do not baptize themselves; they are baptized. In the Lord’s Supper, they do not prepare and cook the meal; they do not contribute to the fare; but they are guests who simply enjoy the bread of heaven.

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  1. Brenda Nickel said, on October 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Thank you Paul,

    Would you happen to have a link to this actual sermon of Paul Washer’s so that I can listen to the whole thing?

    Thanks so much and looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Thanks for all the great things you’re digging up!




    • paulspassingthoughts said, on October 7, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      You are welcome Brenda, and thanks to Pearl for digging up the link for me.


  2. Carmen S. said, on October 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    This brings to my mind something that was brought up once by way of a PPT comment.

    Where are the teachers that God has given to the Body of Christ? The perpetual conferences aren’t filled with teachers, but preachers preaching to each other. The pulpits are full of preachers. I am a new creation. Thus, I need teaching.

    Paul Washer can keep his prophets mantel.


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