A religious spirit has been unleashed. This devil is beating church leaders down to a docile lump. Preachers who once stood against sin and persecution, are letting the Bride of Christ turn into the battered wife of the State.

The ban on singing in church is both wholly illegal and unenforceable. Disobeying it is a no-brainer. But many preachers can’t even draw the line here. Read this giddy and submissive letter to church members from a Spirit-filled denomination that has over 1,300 churches in California:

“We will worship this Sunday without singing our praise to God. We were strongly encouraged by our ____________ denominational head to follow the strictest guidelines which in California has a ban on singing. Thank you for your understanding. We trust we will be able to sing in worship to God soon.”

Several reactions come to mind. First, who are they trusting to allow them to worship God soon? Second, Daniel prayed anyway, despite the decree of authority. Peter preached anyway, after being ordered to be silent. But we can’t bring ourselves to sing, anyway?

How have we fallen for such a ridiculous attack? Because, the religious spirit is the most powerful in Satan’s army. The religious spirit is the worst—the vilest—the most potent of devils. Why? Because its assignment is not the world, but the church itself.

Demons are working the streets to foment riots, killing, and chaos. The religious spirit works on the inside of the church, particularly among preachers, to permanently render them powerless. It is this demon of religion that blinds us to the towering injustice being levelled at us. This ban is the most insane double-standard ever.

Democrat Governors and Mayors encourage BLM marches and demonstrations, but church singing is banned because it supposedly spreads viral vapors. But aren’t vapors present when BLM marchers are shouting things like “kill the cops” at the top of their lungs, as they march shoulder to shoulder?

Bill de Blasio has this explanation for the madness, “Calls for social justice (by which he means marches) were too important to stop.” The message here is that the church, worshiping God, is not important. They are sending the message, “Don’t sing. We can tell you to do whatever we want.”  But, if we, as the church, can’t draw a line in the sand now, when will we? How far are we going to let them go?

It is this religious devil that makes preachers comply. It is working hard to make traitors out of preachers. Matthew Henry predicted it when he wrote concerning those who were “settled teachers in the church, and had gained reputations as such, but afterward betrayed the truth they had taught, and revolted (turned back) to error…”

He goes on to explain why such a preacher is a prize: “and from such the danger is the greater, because least suspected. One false traitor in the garrison may do more mischief than a thousand avowed enemies (outside).” The damage a preacher can do in this condition is frightening.

There are 3 things a religious spirit brings.

  1. A Hypocritical Spirit. “There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him”” (John 3:1-2).

Nicodemus admitted the miracles of Jesus were undeniable. He and all the Jewish leaders knew who Jesus was. Yet, he came to Christ under the cover of night. Neither he nor the other leaders would take a stand for the truth. They knew the rejection and ridicule they would face. Likewise, a devil whispers in the ear of preachers that they must comply with stupid laws, rather than risk ridicule.

  1. A Territorial Spirit. They must hold onto their place (position). The religious devil drives ministers to protect their place, and their turf. After the resurrection of Lazarus, the religious leaders did not see it as an astounding miracle, only a political threat.

“Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place (position) and our nation.” Notice the first thing they worried about was their place, not the nation (John 11:47-48).

This demon makes a man think about his salary, prestige, and his control of people. His first love is gone. His priority is self-preservation. They will not oppose the ban on singing, because they are afraid of losing their place.

“When the profession of Christianity begins to cost men dear, then shall many be offended…” -Matthew Henry. 

  1. Hatred against their own roots. Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other. Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.” Everyone was rejoicing, except the leaders. Their Jewish heritage is one of miracle after miracle, but not only were they not rejoicing over this miracle, they wanted to kill Jesus! (Matthew 12:13)

A religious demon drives a minister to hate what he used to love, even to oppose his first love. A religious spirit can actually make a man who once loved the move of God become boiling mad at people who are obeying God, or pressing toward revival.

We all know that 2020 is the year that Satan launched the highest tide of evil in American history. Wave after wave has struck our nation, with the intention of destroying us. Now, the greatest devil of all is at work—the religious spirit among leaders. This devil has come to destroy the people of God from within.

There is nothing worse than to see devils controlling a man that God once used.  And there is nothing more glorious than seeing men and women of God rise up in the Name of Jesus and send this religious devil back to the pit of hell.

It is time for the church of Jesus Christ to sing louder!

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41 thoughts on “THE RELIGIOUS SPIRIT

  1. excellent— do I have your permission to send this out to my email contacts?  Pastor Jeff Daly

    1. Churches are already muzzed once they signed up for the 501c3 tax exemption with the IRS. It’s no great surprise what they will agree to — sell outs.

  2. 2 Timothy 1:7
    For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

    Revelation 21:7-8
    7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
    8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    2 Corinthians 6:16-18
    16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

    What more is there to say? As it is Written! I’m of the thought of Joshua, he said in “Joshua 24:15
    And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

    1. Yeah, true followers of Christ will serve Him with a LOUD voice. The prophetic trumpet is not a whisper.

  3. Mario’s messages are getting better and better. THIS message is off the charts excellent. Satan is wailing over this exposure of his tactics. The freedom of speech is the first thing the devil attacks and strikes down. Don’t shut up and you won’t be shut down and shut out. Let the high praises of God be in your mouth, and you will shut the devil up, shut him down, and shut him out. SHOUT YES. CLAP YOUR HANDS ALL YOU BELIEVERS, SHOUT UNTO GOD WITH THE VOICE OF TRIUMPH.

    1. Wow I am in
      Amazement with this word I believe and I will not be shut down or quiet I will praise aloud!!!!!

  4. I am a California citizen and resident. Is it possible for me to meet Mario Murrilo in person. I would drive my own car just to talk to him about The Ekklesia Rising.

    Thanks for considering my request.

    On Sat, Jul 11, 2020, 23:21 Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “A religious spirit has been unleashed. > This devil is beating church leaders down to a docile lump. Preachers who > once stood against sin and persecution, are letting the Bride of Christ > turn into the battered wife of the State. The ban on singing in chu” >

  5. Governor Newsom is an Embezzler

    On Sat, Jul 11, 2020 at 11:19 PM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “A religious spirit has been unleashed. > This devil is beating church leaders down to a docile lump. Preachers who > once stood against sin and persecution, are letting the Bride of Christ > turn into the battered wife of the State. The ban on singing in chu” >

  6. Are these really ANOINTED preachers called of our Heavenly Father to go along with the voice of demons NOT to sing and give honor and glory to the MOST HIGH??? I question these preachers true calling and obedience…religious spirit…? Humm… mere DISOBEDIENCE/FEAR!!!!!!!!! Praying for Divine Encounters!!!! 💕💕🙏🏾🙏🏾

  7. Thank you so much for your boldness and encouragement! The Church we attend hasn’t opened yet. Emails are sent out to us each week. When and if we ever open, we will be required to follow our governor’s mandates. This means our elders have listed about sixteen rules we must follow. One of which is no singing. We are told we will practice social distancing, have to wear masks, no singing, leave the building orderly and not congregate in the parking lot. There will be a shortened message and prayer. I am very disheartened and quite upset over these rules and regulations. The leaders are following a man’s rules instead of GOD’S. If these rules aren’t changed I’m not sure we as a family will be able to return. Our religious freedom has been taken. I thought they’d be stronger in their faith. Thanks for making things clear.
    Blessings to you and your ministry.

  8. “They (godless) gather themselves for war.” ps 140:2

    “ Their (Democrats) words are smooth like butter but war is in their hearts” Ps 55:21

    They seek to:
    “ Overthrow the path of the righteous” Ps 140:4
    But the Bible says:
    “But GOD Covers my head in the day of battle” Ps 140:7


      1. THAT IS AWESOME MEGAGENIUS!!! If it were Copeland and Jakes, that would be a miracle in itself! never heard them shake awake the people like this!!

      2. Dwayne, Go see Copeland and you can hear him shake you awake in person. THAT WOULD BE AWESOME. YOU WOULD GET A DOUBLE MIRACLE!!!

  9. It is atrocious what these Democrap leaders are pushing. We need to PUSH BACK! We Can NOT Follow the rules of these DEVILS! They want control! They have NO REASONABLE, LEGITIMATE reasons for making these HYPOCRITICAL rules. Responsible people wear masks and are CONSIDERATE enough to protect others as well as themselves. These DESTRUCTIVE “protesters” are spreading GERMS along with their HATE! Let each congregation set their own rules and PUSH BACK against these lying HYPOCRITES!

  10. Matthew 22:9 says … “Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.” So … since meeting at Church to sing and chant is prohibited, then THE PLAN has to be this !!! Every Sunday, until the sun goes down, Christians need to meet up at the capital – Sacramento – to sing and chant and pray … while MARCHING around the capital !!! It’s a very simple plan and was used in the Old Testament – Joshua chapter 6:1 – 6:27. Now … talk is cheep … so, who’s gonna take the lead on this ??? Anybody … Anybody … Anybody ???

  11. This man had no religious spirit. He was the greatest spiritual warfare practicioner of his time. He held schools of ministry to help believers discover their ministry. He was given the ability to impart the same anointing on his life unto others who would go out and do the works of God. He taught believers how to effectively defeat the devil and drive him out. He taught believers how to pray and get powerful breakthrough results through warfare prayer principles. God so highly prized His servant that He told this man that the ministry and anointing that had been on his life was not to die. He was instructed to build a legacy center in order for the ministry to carry on after his passing. His name? Morris Cerullo, from San Diego, California, who passed into Glory July, 10th.

  12. Again I believe Mario is speaking from the heart of our Father God. I have found out in this battle were in against the religious spirit that I myself was getting into judging. Sometimes wishing and praying for Gods hand to come in and destroy some of these people. Waking up this morning the Holy Spirit asked where did your joy and peace go? I had to stop and think about it, I have not been feeling inside or out ward peaceful. My joy flew out the window especially when listening to the news every night. The religious spirits takes all kinds of forms, with me it was I had the right to be angry of how God is being treated. Somehow when my joy flew out the window it took my love for these evil doers with it. As Mario has said meaning times we fight the good fight of faith realizing are fight is against satan and his devils not the people he is using. Jesus said Father for give them while hanging on the cross. our fight isn’t against flesh and blood even though that is what we experience on the outside. Don’t let the religious spirit steal your peace and joy which is a true marker of where we all stand. Thank you Mario for being a voice calling out in the darkness awake, awake, God is calling you out.

  13. A true voice crying in the wilderness—I pray you don’t stop no matter what the cost. May angels continually keep a protective hedge around you and your family. Blessings!

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Bill Beaty…Mario will tell you that the same Spirit he is echoing from within him, is the same Spirit that resides in you! We all have the ability to speak the truth among those within the sphere of our authority. Each one can reach one…God is scanning the earth for voices He can show Himself strong. We all have a mandate to speak the truth. Mario will be the first to tell you that he is not a one man show. Read the divine scroll of credits! It is a cast of hundreds of thousands…I am looking for your name to scroll up! Be blessed!!!

      1. I read the divine scroll of credits. It’s not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord. It is the Spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing. I thank God for Mario Murillo’s example. He is indeed a true voice crying in the wilderness

  14. Dear brother Mario,

    You speak with words that no man can withstand or contradict! Thank you for your Brilliance and courage! The Lord Has kept you in His quiver for this very hour!

    Let’s fight on!!

    Your brother in Christ, Vincent

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  15. Well, I’m one hundred percent in with this word from Pastor Mario. I am bothered that our church seems to be so willing to bow to the whims of our leftist governor and the madness that has taken over this state. Since Pastor Mario has had to discontinue his crusades, look how much worse California has become. Is there no bottom to this pit? The entire country has deteriorated since the churches have been on lockdown. These governors and other leftist politicians are enjoying telling parishoners they cannot sing praises to God! The worse the rioters act, the more they are coddled and favored, while more restrictions are put on the law-abiding. They are spreading the virus, and it’s being blamed on churches and restaurants. When are Americans going to say, “Enough!”. When are God’s people going to take their stand in Christ?

  16. UK PASTORS PLAN TO SUE GOVERNMENT OVER CHURCH LOCKDOWNS By Australian Prayer Network12/07/2020 International Newsletter A group of UK church leaders have launched a legal challenge against the government over its decision to prevent worshippers from gathering in churches during the Covid-19 lockdown. While the group welcomes the government’s latest announcement that churches will be allowed to reopen from July 4, they are insistent that the government needs to be brought to account over the lengthy closure. One of the signatories, Pastor John Quintanilla of Hebron Christian Faith Church said: “For the first time in centuries, the government made it a criminal offence to go to church on a Sunday. We cannot let this go unchallenged. We need assurances this will not happen again.” The group is led by Christian Concern co-founder Rev Ade Omooba MBE and includes the President of Eurovision Mission to Europe Dr David Hathaway, former Chaplain to the Queen Dr Gavin Ashenden and the President of Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali. The group initially threatened legal action after providing the government with a report from environmental microbiologist Dr Ian Blenkharn, who described the government’s ban on church services as “bizarre” and “unreasonable”. The report added: “In light of the current knowledge of COVID-19 coronavirus infection, and the general principles of infection control, I can identify no scientifically valid barriers to reopening of churches for services.” The group argues that the government should have issued “advice” to churches on infection control and refrained from a direct order to close “backed by a threat of a criminal sanction”. They will further argue that the compulsory lockdown of all churches violated the first clause of Magna Carta, where King John “granted to God, that the Church of England shall be free, and shall have all her whole Rights and Liberties inviolable”. They also claim that the measures breached article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights which protects freedom of religion. The group also seeks assurances that no fines or penalties will be issued against ministers who disobeyed the lockdown. Pastor Ade Omooba MBE, said: “The Government decided unilaterally to treat Churches as non-essential despite the clear importance of gathered worship to Christians. Blanket bans were imposed on churches while businesses were trusted to make their own decisions. Even in the relaxation of measures announced this week, pub and restaurant owners seem to be more trusted than church leaders. This cannot be right and leaves us with no choice but to take legal action. “The government should allow churches to make their own decisions about what kind of ministry to host in their buildings, rather than continuing to impose highly restrictive constraints. “The government should urgently rescind its restrictions on church ministry.” Given the unquestionable Christian basis for many of the liberties we enjoy in the West – including democracy itself – the prohibition of churches signifies a massive departure from our heritage and promotes the secularisation process which marginalises the religion aspect of society.” Matthew Ashimolowo, the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), an Independent Pentecostal Church with over 25 branches in the UK representing over 6000 people, said: “There is a total lack of understanding on the part of the government with regards to how our churches function. The ongoing approach to the church is not helping our communities who see the church not just as a place to go for personal prayers, but where their whole life revolves around. Source: Premier Christian News Print This Post

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  17. Mario, I wish you’d research and write about FEMA’s Clergy Response Teams. There are hundreds of thousands of pastors who have been inducted, trained and brainwashed by FEMA. Recently a few pastors who realized what was really going on quickly left, and made the material in the manuals public. Mark Taylor talks about this. These pastors are traitors, or – at the least – they are beguiled and deceived. But what they are instructed to do is diabolical!!!

    Carol Bassett West Palm Beach


    1. Carol,
      Thank you for this! I looked up FEMA Clergy Response Teams just now. I had no idea!! My head is swirling. ~Monica V. Anaheim, CA

  18. Evil is no longer lurking in the shadows. It is out in the open and right in your face. It is popping up everywhere. The separation is underway, the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the tares, the unwise from wise virgins. When this all shakes out, there will be many mega churches that simply go away. Lampstands are being removed, and many are not aware. Churches all over California should be packed out with true believers, singing praises to our LORD.

  19. Someone gave me the book Vessels of Fire and Glory to read, but I wanted my own and some to give out, but we were allow to only order four and they won’t let us order anymore??

  20. Jill Noble did a Utube Video.. about a National Prayer Call. May 28th. Thousand’s of Well Known Christian’s were on this Call…………. Debra Brix.. Task Force Corona Virus was on this Call… She was NOT Invited. While on the Call.. She Blurted out…. to the Faith Community was the Primary Cause of this Outbreak and that the Churches have to STOP SINGING.. because they SPEW Dropplet’s. Then Debra Brix.. went on to say… Make sure that your Eldery. Take this Vaccine… Next thing with in a Month. Singing to the Lord is being SHUT DOWN… Rise UP . and Praise the LORD.. With a LOUD VOICE. !!

  21. My spirit was quickened while reading Vessels of Fire & Glory! The fogginess of the present-day church dispersed right before my eyes while reading these words written within this godsend book!
    Come Holy Spirit come & have Your way in us! (Your vessels…Your Church!)

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