In this blog I am going to tell you the most shocking thing that anyone ever said to me. You may notice that I have not blogged in several weeks but the silence has not been because of compromise or fear. I have stayed away from the blog… to prayerfully recalibrate its goals and its direction.
I took a look back to the very beginning of this blog and assessed its direction in prayer. While I do not recant any of the things I have written it is clear that Christ is requiring of me a higher level of effectiveness in communicating.
The most urgent balance that God is asking me to maintain has to do with winning souls in our nation. My entire foray into the political arena was solely because of my passion to win souls.
I have always suspected that the greatest threat to evangelism in the United States is coming from the White House. This is not a leadership that is inspired by values but is driven by its animosities. Something had to be said and something still needs to be said about how our nation’s leader has targeted the gospel of Jesus Christ.
That is why, you will continue to hear vital insights to how your faith is under assault, how God is asking you to take action, and the great hope that we still have for America to be one nation under God.
When the Holy Spirit led me to begin blogging and to convey to you my audience the justifiable alarm that I felt over the loss of our freedoms the cancerous relationship between media and the White House I received a mixture of praise and condemnation unlike any I had experienced in my entire ministry.
Take a close look around you and you will notice that many Christian leaders are now speaking out against our government that were formerly afraid to do so. The failure of this administration and its animosity toward Christian values is so blatantly clear to all that even the most squeamish pastor is now reevaluating their silence.
There are two things we have not yet done in this blog: one is to ask you to partner with us to win souls across the United States and the other is to ask for your fervent prayer support as we lay the groundwork for a massive invasion of souls in 9 West Coast Cities starting tonight.
It was the most shocking thing that anyone has ever said to me. What made it even more shocking is the person who said it to me. He is a man that I trust with my life. He is one of the greatest soul winners in history. He is a man that has weathered our nation’s worst storms in the last 60 years of ministry. He is man whose name you would immediately recognize.
“Mario, you are facing the worst time in American history for soul winning.” Those words hit me like the proverbial Mack truck. He could tell that he had gotten my attention. Then he put in a nutshell his sobering case for why crusading for souls in America today is worse than ever before:
The White House is obsessed with a worship of government. They have such an irrational reliance on a higher power that it paralyzes all debate and consideration of cures outside of their god.
Government worship has brought rampant apathy, a lackadaisical work ethic, and an incurable sense of entitlement. Our $17 trillion debt was born out of this blind faith.
This God of government is a jealous God that will do anything to stay in power. This beast will make and enforce laws against any threat to its existence.
It sees the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the single greatest threat to its power and is in full fury to ban it altogether. It uses the issue of contraceptives to remove religious freedom, the IRS to target preachers who oppose abortion and defend traditional marriage. It intends to abuse hate crime laws to silence people of faith, religious groups, clergy, and those who support traditional moral values. This is why it passed more laws in the last 5 years to hinder or ban soul winning than in the previous 237 years.
2. The entertainment industry’s war on Christians: Why does our popular culture seem so consistently hostile to the values that most Americans hold dear? Why does the entertainment industry attack religion, glorify brutality, undermine the family, and deride patriotism?
Hollywood has broken faith with its public, creating movies, television, and popular music that exacerbate every serious social problem we face, from teenage pregnancies to violence in the streets.
3. Rampant apostasy in the church. Even old-line Christian denominations are modernizing their doctrine, bending the curve to accept things that are forbidden in the Bible. Hypergrace and new age hybrids of the Gospel downplay hell and the great commission.
4. Abuse of end time prophecy in the church. Many Christians see no point to winning souls because they believe that the events of today are a part of God’s plan for the end of the world.
Let all who believe America is doomed read this: God had just pronounced judgment on Israel when these surprising words came from Joel 2: 12-14 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him? The most powerful words to me are “Who knows.” Who knows if it is too late for America? Who knows if God may not have mercy on us one more time?
There is the horrifying picture. At the very moment in history when America’s survival rests solely on repenting and returning to Christ, soul winners get a soul crushing double whammy: persecution from without and betrayal from within.
Then the spiritual general then said to me “The Gospel is supernatural. The gates of hell cannot prevail against the church. God has declared that ‘His word will not return void.’ These times are so bad that they are good. It is at a time like that that God pours out His Spirit. Then he gave me a grave stare and said, “But Mario, time is running out and whatever you are going to do you have to do it now!”
And you know what? That is exactly what we are going to do. In the worst time ever for soul winning, we are going to mount the biggest West Coast outreach in our history. We cannot afford it, sleepy churches will not join us, and the hordes of hell will oppose it. We will rent arenas beyond our budget, wade into hellholes where we are hated and preach a message that experts say no one wants to hear. Because of all of this, we expect amazing results.
We are convicted by the words of Jonathan who said, “Come; let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.” -1 Samuel 14:6
Am I right about you? I have sent this letter to only an elite group of people. You got this letter because I believe that you love America and lost souls. I must test that belief and our friendship. In a different time and place I would not be so bold with you. I am asking you for a one time gift at the end of the year to fill our war chest. I am asking you to give perhaps the largest gift you have ever given to this or any ministry.
Astonishing, isn’t it? America has fallen so far, so fast. This ministry has no choice now; we must empty our accounts, marshal every available soldier and charge into the harvest. Maybe you cannot go with me but your gift of love can. Your extra bold gift will buy us the precious tools to win souls, and lock in the venues where miracles will overflow. You will have a part in every life that is saved!
Maybe you meant to give more this year. Maybe you haven’t given to this ministry in a long time. No matter what, make this your courageous stand against the destruction of America.
Living Proof West Coast
Sunday March 20th
Bethel Church 933 College View Dr, Redding, CA 96003
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (530) 246-6000
Sunday and Monday April 3 and 4
Church of Jesus Christ Spirit Filled
3175 Goldy Way, Sparks, NV 89434
Sunday 10:30 am/ 6:00pm
Saturday April 9th
Azusa Now by The Call
Los Angeles Coliseum
3911 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037 All day, gates open at 6am
Sunday April 17th
Explosion by Star of David Church
520 W Virginia St, San Jose, CA 95125
Tuesday April 19th
700 N Union Rd
Sunday May 1st 9 AM
The Bridge of Yuba City
424 Epley Dr. Yuba City, CA 95991
Sunday May 1st 6pm
The Church of Glad Tidings 1179 Eager Rd, Live Oak, CA 95953
Monday and Tuesday May 2 and 3 7 PM
The Bridge of Yuba City
Wednesday May 4th
First Assembly of God Church
4472 Snook Ave, Clearlake, CA 95422
Friday May 13th
Christ Cathedral Church
2301 White Ln, Bakersfield, CA 93304
Sunday May 15th
Harvest Christian Center
130 3rd St, Turlock, CA 95380