Paul Washer Calls for Purity in Our Pulpits at the Leaders Luncheon

The luncheon was held at the beautiful Marriott hotel where church leaders from across the US gathered for fellowship and to hear Paul Washer speak on purity in the pulpit.

RC Sproul, Jr. laughs with luncheon attendees.


Paul Washer speaking with luncheon attendee.

More than 200 men gathered for the event.

Geoff Botkin takes notes during the main message.

Paul Washer delivered a stellar message on 1 Timothy 4 calling for a return to purity in our pulpits.

Starting in verse one, he pointed out that the apostasy which is evident in much of the American church should not be surprising or discouraging, because the Spirit expressly says that it will happen. Christ says that “They went out from us because they were never of us.” When these men leave the Church, she is not being weakened, but Christ is in fact purifying her as He has promised. False teachers can actually even act like a compress on a wound, drawing out the infection by attracting away and consolidating those with “itching ears.” Washer stated that he has been astonished at what he sees happening in the church today as he preaches all over the country: God is raising up young men and families who are hungry for the Word. Young men who are searching it and asking questions, and laboring to apply it to their lives.

In explaining what the Apostle Paul meant by a “doctrine of demons,” he made this really crucial statement: “A doctrine of demons is any doctrine taught within the confines of Christianity which does not place Christ at the very center.” We in the family-integrated church movement face a danger, and this danger may seem surprising. It is the danger of making our churches be family-centered. It is dangerously easy to react to the unbiblical methodologies behind youth ministry and let ourselves be defined by family-centricity, but we must preach Christ. The sufficient Scripture which we endeavor to live by, teach, and which we want to define us completely places Christ at the center.

Paul closed his message with a call for training in godliness. The word the Apostle Paul uses for “training” has reference to the rigorous training of an athlete. An Olympian denies himself for years, straining past the point of exhaustion over and over, in order to run a 10-second race and win a medal which is not even real gold. How much more effort should men devote to knowing God? We should not to be studying with the purpose merely of preparing our sermons; we should be studying to prepare ourselves—by seeking God. As Washer said, “My family’s greatest need is a godly man.”

The man whom God can most powerfully use is the man who is least about self. A man who can be alone in the presence of God—a man to whom God is the most pressing reality. That kind of man can say in truth, “the God before Whom I stand,” and speak without fear of man, because he fears that God more. That kind of man will be useable.