4 Things we must do now that we are illegal

United States Supreme Court Building

4 Things the Church must do now that we are illegal

By Mario Murillo

Yes,  we are now illegal.  Bobby Jindal is right.  He said, “’The Supreme Court decision today conveniently and not surprisingly follows public opinion polls, and tramples on states’ rights that were once protected by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that. This decision will pave the way for an all-out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision.’ “

So what do we do now that the Supreme Court overruled our freedom of speech and freedom of worship?  These verses give us the answer:

“But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. 3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.” – Acts 14:2-3

This model says, “stand your ground, push back on the poisoning of minds and let God confirm His message through us with miracles.  To get to this level, we must take these 4 steps.

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1.Do nothing without prayer: When leaders from the underground church in China toured America they said, “It is amazing what you have been able to do without the Holy Spirit.”

Let us begin by repenting of our greatest mistake.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to run the Church, grow the Church.  He was sent to make us effective and relevant to the culture.

We are guilty of taking away His authority and running the church by our own wits.  We have failed miserably.  Sadly, even failure has not stopped men from controlling the things of God.

In every generation hell belches out a new weapon of mass destruction.  Heaven is neither passive nor taken by surprise.  God creates a weapon of choice by the anointing.  Then He seeks that one who will take up that weapon in the Name of Jesus and thrust it into the heart of darkness.

The American death march that culminated in legalized gay marriage did not surprise the Holy Spirit.  He already knew and is driving us to prayer for an effective counter-attack.   He will create a new breed for this new need.

It is all summed up in the words of Samuel to Saul: 1 Samuel 10:6-7, “Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 7 And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.”

Waiting on God for power is the highest duty of a preacher.  Prayer must saturate us before we go forth. Those who believe that God must instantly honor our prayers are deluded by modern church entitlement.   We must seek, utterly convinced that power is coming, but at the same time brutally committed to wait as long as it takes.

However, as you will now see, we dare abuse prayer or wait to act when God speaks.

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2. After you pray and hear from God, obey!   Numbers 22: 18-19, Says, “Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, ‘Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more. 19 Now therefore, please, you also stay here tonight, that I may know what more the Lord will say to me.’”

Balaam acted noble but greed was in his heart.  He totally contradicts himself.  First he says, “Keep your money, God said No.”  Then he asks the money people to spend the night to see if God changes His mind.

The classic reaction to my blogs on America’s disaster is, “All we need to do is pray.”  Nobody believes in the power of prayer more than I do.  However, there is a widespread abuse of prayer.  Prayer is being used as an excuse for delay, remain silent, and escape.

The key to the Lord’s Prayer is, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Prayer is going to give you direction.  If you pray until you get the direction you like you have the spirit of Balaam.

This abuse of prayer even hit Moses.  He knew what he was supposed to lead the people through the Red Sea.  God got angry!  Exodus 14:15 says, “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!’”

Disobedience is a prime reason we have lost this generation.   Many were told what to do about the nation and simply ignored it.  Intercession has even become a substitute for soul-winning.

God has been offering wisdom, direction, and power during the entire Obama regime.  We are at the point of destruction because few leaders have listened and obeyed.

If God sees that you want no part of the warfare, that you refuse to touch the unlovely, and you simply do not want to deal with your local human tragedy, then He will skip over you to find the burning one.

God anoints people to speak truth to power.  How can someone think they are a prophet if they refuse to rebuke the King?

Dear Pastor, do you know where you stand on abortion, same-sex marriage and this frenzy to erase Christianity in America…or, are you still praying about it?


3. Ignore the accusations of hate: When Christians address gay marriage they often begin with a disclaimer: “I am not trying to be hateful.” Quit wasting time with misnomers. There is no widespread hatred of gays in the church.  The hate is not coming from us, it is coming at us!  The slander, smearing, obscene language, and death threats are spewing out of radical feminists, and gay activists, not Christians. 

Simply speak the truth in love.  Do not apologize or condemn.  Offending people is unavoidable.   Save your energy, tell it straight and leave the results in God’s hands.

4. We must make way for signs and wonders. They are the only way we will get our message across.

The miracles of Jesus not only continue today, they must accelerate.  The phrase, “speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands,”  speaks loud and clear to our time.

There are churches that oppose the supernatural and there are those that abuse the supernatural.  My opinion on miracles is sandwiched between two extremes.   My reverence for the gifts of the Spirit compels me to seek balance.

Those who have banned miracles and those who binge on emotionalism must both repent.  We need meetings where people see the power of God confirming our message.

History teaches us something important: When the Word of God is summarily rejected and immorality has spiked, the Holy Spirit has more than met the challenge with increased power to preach and towering miracles to confirm the message.

Finally, all four of these actions are summed up in the reality that we are at war.  We did not pick this fight but, by God, we are going to finish it.

5 thoughts on “4 Things we must do now that we are illegal

  1. Is it time for the Church to exit the State’s marriage industry? I think so. In fact it may be the only prudent choice in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. You see, currently Pastors are licensed by the State to engage in a State recognized solemnization ceremony. This makes them State actors in the marriage industry and the religious aspect of their officiating is of no interest of the State. This also makes them State actors subject to federal Section 1983 Civil Rights lawsuits for denial of a fundamental constitutional right. This fact has been a non-issue until today. Today, SCOTUS transformed traditional marriage into an individual personal liberty interest and fundamental right of every person including same sex individuals. Some are already saying this personal liberty interest fundamental right will soon include polygamy. So, if I were a Pastor, I would have a serious discussion with my board and attorney whether I should surrender my State license to conduct “State” marriage ceremonies. Going forward, the Pastor should only issue a Pastoral Marriage Certificate consistent with the Church’s doctrine and advise his/her congregants to also get a civil magistrate to issue them a State-recognized “marriage” certificate if they want the “legal” benefits of such. This will help preserve the Pastor’s First Amendment defense. And, if someone is feeling somewhat angry and confrontational (desiring some constructive civil disobedience), the congregants might just present their Pastoral Marriage Certificate to the County Marriage Bureau and demand that they issue a State Marriage Certificate. If they refuse, consider bringing a 1983 Civil Rights lawsuit against the County and State to enjoin the current licensing scheme and solemnization requirement by a licensed individual. Because what goes around comes around and the judicial “strict scrutiny” required (e.g. a compelling State interest that is narrowly tailored to achieve such interest) will also ultimately destroy the requirements in the current law, freeing Pastors from the State actor threat.

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