“Forgive my directness – but what Paul Washer presents here is NOT the Gospel – the “Good News of Great Joy”!
Compare the content of his “gospel” to that of the apostle Paul. The apostle does NOT begin with “you see the whole problem really comes back to the nature of God. God is just – God is holy – God cannot violate his attributes – he cannot do something that contradicts himself”
He (Washer) fails (somewhat predictably with Calvinists) to mention that God also cannot contradict the supreme and motivating attribute (really, essence) of God: Love! And God (as Love) does not just love “holiness” (which does not simply = justice and righteousness, but also relenting from doing to us what we justly deserve – cf.*Hosea 11:9* ).
HE LOVES SINNERS!
I beg you – do not let the offensive (well, to Calvinist scribes and pharisees) force of these words fail to strike you to your depths:
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…. if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5)
Why do Calvinists forget God’s sovereignty here? God has acted unilaterally to love and forgive us BEFORE we repent and believe! And this applies to all of Adam’s progeny (context of Romans 5).
THIS is the essence of the Gospel! It (the Gospel) is a wondrous “indicative” before it is ever to be applied as an “imperative”!
Again – the essence of the Apostolic Gospel: “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Cor 5) – and from this GOOD News flows the imperative: “Now, be ye reconciled”!
I close with another example of Apostolic preaching of the Gospel: Acts 17 – There Paul the apostle declares to his sinful, pagan audience their filial relationship to God – and His nearness to each one of us! “…we are all His offspring – …He is not far from any of us, for in Him we live and move and have our being”….. YES! – He has set a day wherein we shall be judged by “the man” Jesus Christ – but that has folded within it the Good News that God has united Himself with the human race – and we shall be judged by the one who has entered into solidarity with us – who can empathize with us in our weakness and frailty. I am SO glad I shall be judged by the One who lived and died – and was raised for me (and you) – “To the praise of His Glorious Grace”! (Ephesians 1:6)