Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Denzel Washington's Faith

Angie here: This article came across the Assist news wire I get daily. I love hearing about public personalities and their faith stories because it's interesting to see how others live out their faith in daily life--much like we explore here at the Faith Girls. I hope you enjoy this one too. Feel free to pop over to Mark Ellis' blog and read more on the topic. But before you do, please leave a message on someone you admire and tell us a little about them, their faith, and how they live faith daily.

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reprinted with permission from Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Denzel Washington tells GQ he reads Bible every day, had powerful encounter with Holy Spirit

By Mark Ellis
Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS) -- Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington told GQ Magazine he reads the Bible daily and had an intense encounter with the Holy Spirit in his twenties.
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"I read from the Bible every day, and I read my Daily Word," he told GQ's Michael Hainey. The devout Christian and son of a Pentecostal minister also talked about his father's influence in his life.

Washington said it was not difficult to be a preacher's son. "He wasn't a taskmaster, but there were certain things you couldn't do. He had his own church, and it was a long Sunday, because you had to be there all day."
While Washington felt some rebellion as a teen when his church attendance began to feel like "a job," he's thankful for his father's presence and influence.

"Everyone I grew up with didn't have a father. I had a father. My father was a decent man. He was a very spiritual man and a gentleman."

The double Oscar winner had an unusual encounter with the Holy Spirit as a young person that left him changed. It happened in the church he still attends, 30 years later. "The minister was preaching, 'Just let it go,' Washington recalled.

"I said, 'I'm going to go with it.' And I had this tremendous physical and spiritual experience," he says.


Mark Ellis is a senior correspondent for ASSIST News Service and the founder of  He is available to speak to groups about the plight of the church in restricted countries, to share stories and testimonies from the mission field, and to preach the gospel.

1 comment:

  1. What a great article, Angie! Thanks for sharing. I didn't know that about Denzel. What a great interview. I think it's great that he was willing to open up like that.