Denzel Washington Opens Up About His Spiritual Experience And Urges Youths To Stand Firm In Their Faith

Date January 19, 2018

My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don't need another plaque. - Denzel Washington

While working on set

The 63-year-old award-winning actor, director, and producer Denzel Washington is shooting a crime/thriller movie called Roman J. Israel, Esq. During an interview, Denzel shared how he, the producer, and writer prayed and read the Bible every day. He adds:

We know Who we work for, and we're just trying to do our best work.


The encounter

Denzel grew up in a Christian based home. His father actually happened to be the pastor of the church he attended, and growing up as a preacher’s kid, Denzel always had to be present during all services. Hence, he felt church attendance was as much of a chore as anything else.

He finally experienced an encounter with the Holy Spirit that never left him the same.

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I had this tremendous physical and spiritual experience, it did frighten me, I was slobbering, crying, sweating. My cheeks blew up. I was purging. It was too intense,” he said.

When he was 20 years old, it was prophesied that he would travel to many nations and preach the gospel. Thus, he has been doing so with his work ever since.

Advice for the youths

Denzel explained how easy it is to get carried away and swayed from Christianity during these days. There is a lot of content released, and it’s our responsibility to remain steadfast and rooted in our Christian beliefs.

Denzel is quite known for sharing soul-stirring, thought-provoking, and motivational quotes. Here are just a few of his quotes to inspire you.

I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it.

My faith helps me understand that circumstances don't dictate my happiness, my inner peace.

You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That's a part of it.


He concluded by encouraging the young people of this generation to stand firm in faith and spread the gospel to others all over the world.

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