The Best Kind of Church

What is the best kind of church for this dark hour?  What kind of church transcends outward success and has true impact? What kind of church does not kill its pastor or crank out lukewarm believers?

Right now God is recruiting men and women to lead a new kind of congregation. He is asking for volunteers to build churches that can save America. He is offering you a glorious opportunity to build a storm proof, battle tested family of believers.   An army who will not just survive, they will thrive.

I am writing to the sincere, brokenhearted pastor and to the people who love that pastor. I want this to be a word that brings life, hope and direction. You will not hear this in any seminar on church growth. It is a radical departure from what you have been told.  But there is no doubt this will work.

1. Let go. Let go of the stress of human church growth models. Let go of the nasty people—both the pharisitic who criticizes all you do and the parasitic who sucks the life out leadership.  Let go of the pressure to please anyone but God.  Let go of the fear of finances. Let go of the fear of failure. Now what are you left with? You are in a complete state of joyous dependency on God. 

2. Seek Jesus. I am absolutely telling you to break away and seek God. Don’t seek guidance. Don’t seek provision. Don’t seek growth. Just seek Jesus until He is more real than anything you fear.

David Wilkerson said this after Christ set him free from man made ministry: “Now, my greatest joy is waiting upon Him for direction. I have made time to be alone with Him, and have prepared my soul to abide in His quiet presence. He is letting me sense what the Spirit is saying to this generation. The more He empties me, the more He fills me with a desire to depend only on Him for everything. I see now that all along the Lord was waiting for me to lay down all my plans, all my ambitions, and be given over to Him as a bond slave. The sweat is now gone – the pressure is off. He is recreating all my values.”

3.Tell the people they are destroyers of the works of the devil. Does that sound oversimplified or strange? The fact is, this is the most lethal announcement Satan will ever hear in your church .

1 John 3: 8 tell us that Jesus was purpose driven: “for this purpose was the Son of God revealed that He might destroy the works of the devil.”  However, the purpose that drove Him was totally unlike what modern preachers love to talk about.  Jesus is a destroyer of the works of the devil.  Why is that important to note?

It shows the people the purpose that should drive them.  They are an extension of the purpose of Christ and not some freelance boring substitute. So much is said about being purpose driven. Here is the purpose!

If the people redefine themselves as destroyers of the works of the devil it will instantly transform your meetings. Gone is the harmless fellowship or self-help seminars. From this point on, church services are demonstrations of the power of God and training sessions for your people to go out and destroy the works of the devil.

Your people will cease to attend church to do time, or learn to tread water. They will expect miracles. That part is the key to reaching modern America.  If church becomes a center for Holy Spirit led signs and wonders. If the moving of the Spirit is free and balanced then outsiders will see undeniable proof of the power of Christ. That becomes the attraction.

Today we have been ushered into one of two extremes in church models. One is totally entertainment business model that runs like a machine. The other, sadly, is a model of reaction where declining attendance and religious defiance drives preachers to preach angry sermons and put increasing bondage on their dwindling numbers.

Church should attract but for the right reason. When the reason is right it, brings people who are hungry for truth, who need a miracle, who yearn for deliverance from addiction, perversion and all the damage of our sick and stupid culture.

Best of all they not only come—they stay. You don’t have to cater to their whims because they have met Christ and have been ruined by His glory.

4.Give the Holy Spirit actual and not symbolic control to make revival sustainable. Once you start growing and the crowds come, you will need wisdom from beyond this world to make it sustainable. Don’t violate the power that brought you this miracle by falling back into human wisdom and old habits. Determine to make your dependency on the Holy Spirit real not symbolic or mystical. The more you do this the clearer His guidance will become.

How can you not try this? If the possibility exists for a congregation that is excited, unselfish, supernatural and uniquely forged to save America why wouldn’t you be open? I pray you will!

20 thoughts on “The Best Kind of Church

  1. I will add a fifth
    5. Give up your sense of entitlement!
    You are not entitled, you are enlisted and in boot camp. The more Spiritual are in BUDS (SEAL Team Training!)
    You are not entitled to ever greater blessings, you are called to self sacrifice, deprivation and battle! Get used to it!

    (1 Finger points to you [not you Mario!] and 3 to me… [The thumb is an innocent bystander.])

    1. I will add a sixth. All pastors and churches need to break away from the covenant woth the enemy, called the 501(c)3 tax exempt status that restricts what can be said from the pulpit. Jesus said” Give to Caesar what belongs to Ceasar(taxes) and give to God what belongs to
      God.”

      1. I have to agree that the prohibition against preaching against the sin of political figures is a blight on America… And, I agree that it is onerous, decadent, oppressive and in all ways unconstitutional (even though a leftist court ruled for the Johnson amendment).

        I had thought that the Trump administration had modified, in our favor, the enforcement of said gag order. But, as of July 2018 https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/charities-churches-and-politics it appears to not be the case.

        It is interesting that it was l.b.j.’s amendment that formalized the speaking against a candidate.

        Of course all the churches that supported the demoncraps didn’t obey, but the law-abiding Conservatives did which started the mess. IMHO.

        I have mixed feelings about 501(c)3 status in that it doesn’t seem right to enjoy the perks of fire and police protections without contributing to the same.

        But, let me pay said “fees” voluntarily. And, when I actually get a pulpit, I will speak the truth irregardless.

  2. WE ARE PASTORS IN NORTHERN CA. THANK YOU FOR THIS TRUTH……… THIS IS OUR HEARTS……….

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Thanks for the truth! My husband and I left our church 2 years ago b/c Jesus told us to.❣️Now we go to a wonderful church like you describe 😊we drive 42 miles. It is well worth it! The presence of Jesus is there!!!!

  4. Deliverance from religion and religious expectations helps us see that there is a God poised and ready to bring us into a realm of “unto Him who is able to do exceeding, abundantly, above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus.” Thanks again Mario. Some of us are seeing what you are talking about come to pass now!
    God is truly moving, not just talk, but mountains are moving! Strongholds are falling. Devils are being expised and rooted out. Thank the Lord! It is on now!

  5. Your message is very timely and on target. Praying that I, and others receive it. We are in a spiritual battle for America.

  6. AMEN! Refuse the pharisitic and the parasitic…this statement, and all of your messages, are divinely inspired! See you in Sparks in July, Mario and team!

  7. I am so ready and I just moved into an area that is organized religion. But God has me here in this small town for a reason. They have 2 major big events coming up which is Czech festival and it draws crowds from all over the nation. this event is in July…then another one in may is a biker run and they meet here in this small town and we have the best lake in the state of Kansas…God set me into a cute little house next to an open lot and I see tent revival coming here…This is all God has shown me and I am sure that it is from him…I am deeply into the word and have been called a misfit for years as I am bold with messages from God that is in line with what you have been talking for years. This is the season and we are small but warriors for Christ we are…I am open to your teachings as they are perfectly lined up with what our Lord Jesus Christ is showing me…I get so excited that I am not the only one that feels and hears his voice.

  8. this really sounds like one of the best suggested I have heard as most churches are either worried about numbers or turned into coffee shops and even build gyms

  9. I LOVE all of your posts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Filled with truth and encouragement! My pastor just recently started having someone count the number of people that are in church each Sunday. I’ve see where this leads. It is too often a slippery slope. Yes, total dependence upon God is the absolute BEST place to be and it is also the absolute hardest place to be.

    BTW – I live in (and love) California. I am so encouraged at the vision the Lord gave you!

    Blessing to you Mario Murillo!

  10. Mario, I think one of the biggest problems in the Church today is that they don’t preach the Gospel, and when they do, they Preach the wrong Gospel leaving believer confused about their Identity in Christ. The Church is the Church and Israel is Israel, Most Churches can’t separate it. This Country, This World needs the Gospel, The real Gospel as written for the Church.

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