March 31, 2015

Denzel Washington: Actor Describes First Encounter With Holy Spirit

Denzel Washington

Actor Denzel Washington has never been shy about being a man of faith.

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.'”

Denzel Washington

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.

Denzel Washington



  1. Greer Aaron's

    I am so happy that my favorite actor is a man filled with the Holy Spirit. Mr. D continue to honor your God and your wife. Love you always

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