I have to admit, from the beginning, that I have no interest in Paul Washer. I know some Romanians are enamoured with this preacher, but I am structurally allergic to this kind of over-the-top, fiery, aggressive, neo-Calvinist crusaders.
While most of us could live well without him, it seems that others cannot live without Washer, even in Ukraine, as you could see, in the article below, from Scot McKnight’s blog. I thought this objective assessment might be helpful for some.
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If you’ve been to a foreign country you may well have had an experience like the one John describes below. That country could well be — and often is — awash in controversies that have absolutely no hearing in the USA. Issues, persons, concerns, politics … it always varies. John tells the story of the influence of an American, Paul Washer, in the Ukraine.
What do you know of Paul Washer?
John Frye writes…
On my recent ministry trip to Lutsk, Ukraine, I was asked by some friends there what I thought of Paul Washer. My friends told me that Paul Washer is the subject of great discussion, even admiration by many Ukrainian Christians, especially the youth. I was a little taken back and I had to confess, “I’ve not heard of Paul Washer. I’ll ‘google’ him when I get to the States and let you know.” When I got home I did just that and 427,000 results popped up in 0.32 seconds. I also asked Scot McKnight if he knew anything about Paul. Scot had the same confession as mine.
What’s up with this—my Ukrainian friends are all abuzz about an American Christian leader that has not appeared on my radar screen? Not that my screen is all that big. Scot McKnight invited me to write a short post about Paul Washer for Jesus Creed.
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My Romanian readers may also read HERE an article on Washer from Vasile Tomoiaga. The English readers may also make some sense of it by using Google Translate, if at all interested.