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How to Grow in Holiness

“Adam no sooner heard the voice of a holy God in the garden, but he considered his own nakedness with shame and fear.  We must be touched with a sense of our uncleanness,” wrote Steven Charnock, the Puritan English Presbyterian minister who died in 1680.  “The clear beams of the sun discover that filthiness in […]

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A Beautiful Sunset: Profane Next to Beauty of God

“All things which God has made on the earth express His glory. His wisdom and goodness, His power and holiness, are seen everywhere. The whole earth, with all its mountains, seas, streams, trees, animals, and people, lay the foundation of His praise,” wrote Albert Barnes, the American Presbyterian minister who died in 1870. Paul Washer […]

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Our Sinlessness Results from Valuing His Holiness

 “God is absolutely distinct from all His creatures, wrote Louis Berkhof, the  American-Dutch Reformed theologian who died in 1957.  “This may be called the majestic holiness of God.” “Lots of people hear the word ‘holy’ and they think ‘sinless,’” explained Paul Washer.  “Think of a woman with her carrots; she cuts and separates.  God is […]

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Washer is awestruck that holy God wants a covenant with sinful man

“When it comes to His holiness – it’s not something He has to work at. He is holy! And you can enter into a covenant with Someone like that.  The One who died for you is ‘holy, holy, holy’,” said Paul Washer. In Scripture, the holiness of God is the one attribute which is repeated […]

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To replicate Christ is a defamation

“What’s more like God?” asked Paul Washer. “The seraphim or a worm? Neither. “There is no one or nothing like the Lord. He is far greater.  Any attempt to replicate Him in statue or picture is a defamation,” said Washer. Artists depicted the face of Jesus on the back of a tract used for evangelism […]

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God’s Beauty Surpasses Streets of Gold

Paul Washer said, “I’m asked, ‘What topic should people study for a Ph.D?’  That’s simple: God’s beauty.” He explained that he spent most of his years hunting squirrels in the woods, where he fell in love with the beauty of God’s creation. “There is more for us than rules, ethics, and morality.  There is something […]

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Our Savior is not a little lamb, waiting to eat out of our hand

“I have had sinners tell me, ‘I will stand toe to toe with God in heaven.’” said Paul Washer with alarm. He is convinced that most Christians have an overly pedestrian view of God, a too familiar view of Him. “You will melt before him like a tiny figurine before a blast furnace,” warned Washer.  […]

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God is Worthy of Our Fear

The Exaltation and Humiliation of Christ

Japanese cherish the cherry blossom; Christians should cherish Christ

The Japanese say that a cherry blossom is of such beauty that would not be a wasted life for a man to spend his entire life contemplating a single flower,” said Paul Washer. “When we hear about the seraphim, we want to discover who they are. Those are the thoughts of the petty and the […]

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Washer: You cannot sin if you grasp God’s holiness

James Montgomery Boice says, “What Isaiah saw was the closest thing in all of Jewish writings to the living and holy God.  Then John takes the most exalted vision of God in the Old Testament and says it was a portrait of a carpenter who was about to be crucified. “This is astounding!” declared Paul […]

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Even the seraphim, the greatest beings, bow down to our holy God

“Great theologians and the prophets of the Bible are quick to explain that they did not see the essence of God, but pieces of His glory,” explained Paul Washer. John 1:18 says, ‘No one has ever seen God.’ John Calvin says that the prophets of old saw things associated with God: His throne and His […]

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The cure to every malady: A greater vision of God

“When I am loveless, I need a greater vision of God,” declared Paul Washer. “When the world pulls at me, and it does, I need a greater vision of God. For every malady, I find the cure is to find a greater vision of God.”

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To walk in truth is to walk on razor blade

Paul Washer said, “Sometimes I’m afraid to walk on the Highway of Holiness.  To walk in the truth, is to walk on a razor blade.  Antinomianism on one side, legalism on the other side. Taking away what God has said or adding to what God has said. “The only solution is to keep my eyes […]

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Paul Washer: Doctrine of Demons vs. Gospel of Christ

Paul Washer addressed the seemingly anti-climactic statement of Paul in 1 Timothy 4:1-3 about what would be considered a doctrine of demons.  Paul is setting the stage for something dramatic. The lead-up would suggest that Paul was about to reveal who the anti-Christ is. “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some […]

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