Actor Denzel Washington is a practicing Christian who has no problem openly sharing his faith with his fans. And in a recent interview with “Access Hollywood,” he revealed that a random woman once prophesied that he’d grow up to preach and teach to millions.
It all unfolded when he was sitting at his mother’s salon on March 27, 1975. It was there on that day that Washington said a woman delivered a “prophetic vision” involving his future — an irony considering that the actor had just failed out of school and was, at the time, pretty directionless.
“She had a prophecy. I had flunked out of college and I was sitting in my mother’s beauty shop, and I could see her in the mirror behind me,” he recalled, noting that the woman kept staring at him. “She said, ‘You know young man, you are going to travel the world and speak or preach to millions of people.'”
The woman wrote down her prophecy on a blue envelope — something he said he still has decades later. His mother told him that the woman was an old church member who was known to have the “gift of prophecy.” Four months later, Washington started his acting journey, traveling the world and becoming a household name.
“This was supposed to be my life … she called it,” Washington said. “I knew I had a purpose.”
Watch the actor explain what unfolded in the salon that day below:
As Faithwire recently reported, Washington once considered becoming a pastor, but later decided against that plan. While the actor, who is a practicing Christian and whose father was a Pentecostal minister, “thought about it,” he said he initially “hated” going to church” as a kid.
“Because we had to go to church, I hated it … it was like a job,” Washington said. “I rejected it in my early teen years, when you’re working stuff out.”
Of course, he’s come full circle now, oft-times openly speaking about the power the Christian gospel has had in his life.
According to a 2010 Christianity Today article, Washington reads his Bible every morning, chooses roles he can remedy with his faith and has been a member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles for more than three decades.
(H/T: Relevant Magazine)
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