While men slept: Where is the adult supervision?
By Mario Murillo
Matthew 13: 24, 25 says, “Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
I am going to talk to you about the behavior of Paula White and Rick Joyner. I put it off until the fire in my bones could no longer be contained. I am pleading out of a broken heart for sanity against widespread foolishness that is really making us look bad to America.
We cannot be harsh, sarcastic or disrespectful in advancing the cause of Christ—but we must also know when silence is a sin. A.W. Tozer said, “To sit back for the sake of peace and allow the enemy to carry off the sacred vessels from the temple is never the part of the true man of God. Moderation to the point of surrender where holy things are concerned is certainly not a virtue; but pugnacity never yet won the battle when the battle was a heavenly one. The fury of man never furthered the glory of God.”
I will strike a balance that will be a deep disappointment both to those who are out for blood and to those who want to maintain an artificial peace.
Here is why I was hesitant to say anything: Job 32: 3 “Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. 4 Now because they were years older than he, Elihu had waited to speak to Job. 5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was aroused. 6 So Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, answered and said: “I am young in years, and you are very old; therefore I was afraid, and dared not declare my opinion to you. 7 I said, ‘Age should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.’ 8 But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding. 9 Great men are not always wise, nor do the aged always understand justice.” Like Elihu, I knew it was not my place to say anything about this…but I was shocked that nobody in real authority is speaking out. That is when I knew it was time to write you this message.
Paula White and her husband promote porn: “Paula White and her new rock-n-roll husband Jonathan Cain are discussing sex one Sunday morning with children and teens in attendance. Her new husband actually suggests that wives and husbands should watch porn together. Paula laughs and snickers at her husband’s statement and says, “I am going to clear some things up, because I know the church world. John and I don’t watch porn. We have never watched porn together.” He’s standing there and knows she’s lying. So then she retracts and says, “He doesn’t watch porn without me.”
If a man stares at another woman, having sex in order to be turned on for his wife…doesn’t Jesus call it adultery? “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28.
Rick Joyner cites a prophecy by Bob Jones from 1988 that predicts revival will breakout when the Panthers win the Super Bowl. Since they lost—I ask with a broken heart—are we to wait until they win for revival? I say this in humble agony…the Bible does not say “If my team.” It says, “If my people.”
We need to shed our arrogance and show the honest to God humility that David Wilkerson displayed in 2000. David Wilkerson said this in 1994 “Right now I sense in my spirit that in less than 5 years there will be no more so-called gospel television networks. They will all fall into bankruptcy and absolute ruin.”
He knew that he was wrong. So in the year 2,000 he apologized and said: “”In prayer, I have told the Lord I am ready at any time to confess I am wrong – that I must have spoken from my own fears or that I have spoken unadvisedly.” Did his apology diminish his standing? Not at all, it enhanced his credibility.
I am writing this as a passionate soul winner. Our nation is divided. Society has never walked in such dark despair. Just as the lost are dying—of thirst for truth and hope—we replace Bible preaching, holy living and true anointing with parlor tricks, sensual sermons and materialism? God help us!
While men slept: My special sorrow is reserved for the leaders who sleep as these weeds are planted. Where is the adult supervision? Where are the leaders who can say “I do not care how big a crowd you can draw or how many books you can sell—you need loving correction.
No matter how tenderly I write…there will be those who will condemn me as judgmental. I fully anticipate a firestorm from their fans. I know my heart…I want the best for each of these ministries. I am crying out of a broken heart.