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The Christian Post writes that although Hollywood A-lister Denzel Washington has shared his faith openly at public speaking engagements, he only recently revealed why he never became a preacher like his father.

In an interview with ABC News for his film, “The Magnificent Seven,” Washington talked about his upbringing. He explained that his father was a minister so they were never exposed to Westerns films like the one he now stars in. Instead the only movies Washington recalled seeing as a child was the Bible epics, “King of Kings” and “The Ten Commandments.”

2016 Toronto International Film Festival - 'The Magnificent Seven' Premiere - Red Carpet

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Washington’s father was a Pentecostal preacher who was a pastor belonging to the Church of God in Christ denomination for 60 years so going to church for Washington felt “like a job” and it turned him away from wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps. He did however admit that he contemplated it but chose not to go that career path.

“You had to go at night, you had to go in the afternoon,” he told ABC. “I rejected it in my early teen years, working stuff out.

Although he did not become a pastor, Washington, a member of Los Angeles Church of God in Christ said that, “There’s never been a time where God didn’t direct, protect, and correct me,” Washington passionately attested. “There may have been times where I was less than faithful to him, but he had faith in me.”

(Source: The Christian Post/ABC News)

Also See: Denzel & Pauletta Washington Raise $17 Million For African American Museum & Denzel Washington Tells Graduates: ‘True Desire In Heart for Good Is God’s Proof’


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