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Denzel Washington does some preaching in ‘New York Times’ interview

Denzel Washington
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In a recent interview for the New York Times, famed Hollywood actor, Denzel Washington, 63, shared a lot about his Christian faith.

Maureen Dowd was interviewing Denzel about his most recent movie, ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ and The Blaze provides a few of Denzel’s comments:

“If you don’t have a spiritual anchor, you’ll be easily blown by the wind, and you’ll be led to depression.”

I’m a God-fearing man. I try not to worry. Fear is contaminated faith.”

The enemy is the inner me. The Bible says in the last days — I don’t know if it’s the last days, it’s not my place to know — but it says we’ll be lovers of ourselves. The No. 1 photograph today is a selfie, ‘Oh, me at the protest.’ ‘Me with the fire.’ ‘Follow me.’ ‘Listen to me.’ We’re living in a time where people are willing to do anything to get followed. What is the long- or short-term effect of too much information? It’s going fast and it can be manipulated, obviously, in a myriad of ways. And people are led like sheep to slaughter.”

Denzel even encouraged Dowd to download a Bible app and start reading the Bible because it relates so much to real life:

Start with the New Testament, because the Old Testament is harder. You get caught up in the who-begot-who-begot-who thing.”

READ: Denzel Washington turns NYT interview into Christian sermon: ‘In heaven, there are going to be two lines, the long line and the short line, and I’m interested in being in the short line’ AND Denzel Washington, Man on Fire

Denzel’s prophetic word

I am not sure how much of a readership the New York Times has, but a prophetess in the church that Washington’s family attended, prophesied that Denzel would be preaching to millions.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Denzel recounts what happened:

It was March 27, 1975. I started acting four months later. She said, “You know young man, you are going to travel the world and speak or preach to millions of people…

She said that, and then she wrote “prophecy.” She couldn’t even spell it well. Then my mother wrote “preacher.” And then I wrote my name—and it was on a blue envelope; I still have it.

So when she left, I said to my mother, “Who was that lady?” She said, “Well, she’s one of the oldest church members in town, and she’s known to have the gift of prophecy.”

This was supposed to be my life. She actually called it before… It’s nothing I did. It’s by the grace of God.

READ: Denzel Washington reveals a prophecy that said he’d preach to millions 42 years ago

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