The Oscar winner is a member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles and even donated $2.5 million to help the church build its new sanctuary.
In a interview with GQ magazine, Washington discussed his Christian values and how important reading the Bible is for him.
“I read from the Bible every day, and I read my Daily Word,” Washington shared. “I read something great yesterday. It said, ‘Don’t aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference.'”
The 60-year-old actor also spoke with the men’s style glossy about the first time he experienced the Holy Spirit during a service during a service at his church, West Angeles.
“The minister was preaching, ‘Just let it go.’ I said, ‘I’m going to go with it,'” he recalled. “And I had this tremendous physical and spiritual experience. It did frighten me. I was slobbering, crying, sweating. My cheeks blew up. I was purging.”
The emotional encounter in God’s presence overwhelmed Washington, the son a Pentecostal preacher, and he phoned his mother afterwards for some clarity.
“It was too intense. It almost drove me away,” Washington confessed. “I called my mother, and she said I was being filled with the Holy Spirit. I was like, ‘Does that mean I can never have wine again?'”
The actor, who played an angel opposite Whitney Houston in the 1996 film “The Preacher’s Wife,” did not leave the church and has actually been a member more than 30 years.