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Not Permanently Changed


This week’s quote comes from Paul Washer. You can hear it for yourself thirty-one minutes into this sermon.

Let’s imagine that I show up late. All the leaders are angry with me, and they say, “Brother Paul, don’t you appreciate the fact that we are giving you the opportunity to speak here? And you come late?”

And I say, “Brothers, you have to forgive me. I was out here on the highway, and I had a flat tire. I got out to change the tire, and when I was changing the tire the lug nut fell off. I wasn’t paying attention, and I ran out and I grabbed the lug nut. As soon as I picked it up, there was a 30 ton logging truck going 120 miles per hour about 10 yards in front of me. It ran me over, and that’s why I’m late.”

Now there would only be two logical conclusions:

  1. I’m a liar.
  2. I’m a madman.

You would say, “Brother Paul, that is absolutely absurd! It is impossible, brother Paul, to have an encounter with something as large as a logging truck and not be changed!” And then my question would be to you, “What is larger: a logging truck, or God?”

How is it that so many people today profess to have had an encounter with Jesus Christ and yet they are not permanently changed?

Posted by Jacob Abshire on September 14th, 2009 - 10:43 pm
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One Comment on “Not Permanently Changed”

  • Clark Higgins, February 16, 201010:44 pm

    I actually listen to the sermon the other day before I came across your site. It definitely stood out to me. Our christianity is plagued with comformity to worldly standards,and apathy towards the standards of God. Being a christian is almost equal to being spiritual which by just means to believe in God (some don’t acknowledge Him). But the truly converted cannot have an encounter with God and not be changed. But with our short attention span we must feed that Spirit within with a daily dose of His word. I always say continual growth cannot happen of one of the following is lacking, the Word, worship, and witness.