Recently, renowned actor and Academy Award winner Denzel Washington shared with his friend, Pastor AR Bernard, the experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit and how it impacted his life and that of his children.
Through an Instagram Live, the 65-year-old actor told the senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn that he gave his life to Jesus three times.
Surprisingly, he claims that on one of those occasions he had a supernatural encounter with God.
“I was filled with the Holy Spirit and it frightened me. I said, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t want to go that deep, I want to party,'” Washington admitted.
The moment happened at Bishop Charles E. Blake’s West Angeles Church of God in Christ in the ‘80s.
“I went to church with Robert Townsend and when it came time to come down to the altar I said, ‘You know this time, I’m just going to go down there and give it up and see what happens.’ I went in the prayer room and gave it up and let go and experienced something I’ve never experienced in my life,” the “Fences” actor explained.
“I remember calling my mother afterwards and asking her, I said, ‘Well, you know it felt like I was going up in the air, and my cheeks were filled’ and she said, ‘Oh no, that’s the devil you’re purging.’”
Washington also acknowledged that while it was impressive, he could not fully understand it at the time.
Remembering a prophecy
According to the actor, in an interview he had in 2017 for The Christian Post, when he was 20 years old, he received a prophecy that he would preach to millions of people.
He believes that that word would be fulfilled through his work, and he maintains that it has been so.
“My mother said to me when I was 59, she said, ‘Denzel, you do a lot of good. You have to do good the right way and you know what I’m talking about.’ I don’t drink anymore, I don’t do any of those things. I’m all about the message to the degree that I know it, and I’m unashamed and unafraid to share it!”