When Josh and I drove to the tent, we passed a junkyard. We saw police with guns drawn. We knew then we were in the right place—our place. We are in Stockton, California—one of the nation’s hardest hit cities for violence, poverty and addiction. We are partnering with Frank Saldana and Inner-City Action.
What God is doing in Stockton is awesome. The crowds are seeing proof of the power of Jesus. The miracles are compelling. Many souls are saved and bodies healed. However, this blog is about something way beyond Stockton.
The real message of this letter is epitomized by this phrase: Striking at the heart of evil and despair. A great urgency grips me. I believe our nation teeters on the edge. Satan wants to blow out the flickering candle of the Gospel here at home. The Body of Christ is almost totally unprepared for a coming storm because they are feeding on fluff. The denial that most believers live in today is horrifying.
The signs and wonders revival with Inner-City Action continues until May 27. Check out the poster for more information about guest speakers and details.
I thank God that this letter is going out to believers who do get it—who want to broom away religious cobwebs and obey God. The American church needs a dynamic reeducation.
American Christianity needs electrode paddles to the chest. But you cannot wait for that! You, right where you are, need to become a weapon that strikes at the heart of evil. To strike at the heart of evil and despair, do these things:
- Face reality! American Christians assume the problem will stay in the inner city. The fire that rages in our inner cities is not going to stay there. This fire is burning its way towards your house right now. Unchecked, this fire will burn down the whole nation.
A straight-A high school student—with no ties to gangs or drugs—walks out of a convenience store into a hail of bullets. When I found out about this senseless killing, I asked how it could happen. The answer was, “He was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Then it hit me like a Mack truck: Satan is turning entire cities into THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME.
- Wake up to the work: We are not doing a good work—we are doing the work. A well-meaning Christian said, “Mario, you are doing a good work.” I gently corrected him by showing him how other Christians misuse that phrase.
If someone says, “You are doing a good work,” it is often code for, “I am glad I don’t have to do what you are doing.” The connotation is: this is a special work and not for everyone. But it is for everyone. Saving America is every believer’s business. Getting filled with the Holy Ghost to serve is the mandate for every child of God. We are not doing a good work—we are doing THE WORK.
Years of bad teaching coaxed the church away from the real work. The self-entitlement gospel changed the focus to self-fulfillment instead of fulfilling the great commission. That is one big reason we woke up to an America we can’t recognize.
What do we have to show for this compromise? We gained a system that harmlessly herds thousands of Christians into impressive campuses but we lost an entire generation, our values and soon—without a miracle, our freedom.
Jesus said in John 9:4, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”
- God is forging us—you and me—to be the people He has been looking for.
If Church history teaches us anything, it teaches us that God waits for someone to rise in the Name of Jesus and thrust a spear into the heart of evil. God is always on the hunt for people who will heed His call to action:
Ezekiel 22:30 — So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.
Isaiah 63:5 — I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so my own arm achieved salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me.
1 Samuel 14: 6 — Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “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.”
Too many servants of God are powerless—sitting out this great battle—because they refuse to pay the price for a miracle-working anointing. They circle around the problem but never strike it directly. They have no heart for war.
- Paying the price means you don’t stop no matter what. Remember I told you we would target 10 cities? We targeted them alright, but we were shocked by the blow- back from the enemy.
In one city, we walked into a firestorm of divided churches, violent gangs, and massive apathy among the Christians. The result was a disappointing event.
This setback hit me hard, but it points out a reality of spiritual warfare: perseverance. Are we willing to learn from our errors, get back up and attack again with greater force than ever? Are we ready to keep going no matter what? The thought of backing off when a nation and lost souls hang in the balance is too terrible to consider.
Evangelists are supposed to give glowing reports filled with pictures that make donors feel their money is well invested. Are you also willing to weep with us in our disappointments? Will you stay with me if the vision takes a little longer than we first imagined? Will you trust my honesty about our progress?
Are you willing to see how some important victories can’t be quantified in numbers and pictures? After we work with a church, young pastors become permanent revivalists—our workshops jettison hundreds of Christians out of apathy and mediocrity—we mentor other outreach ministries to make them bolder and more effective.
I am not saying we won’t see massive outreaches…those are in the works. What I am saying is that the battle is fierce—we must be fiercer than the battle. I never told you this would be easy…but I know it will be glorious.
Now I want to offer one last question. It is a question that means the world to me:
- Are we doing what we say we do? Every ministry should continually ask itself, “Are we doing what we say we do?” If I write you a letter, can I say without hesitation, we are doing what we say we do?
A ministry must always manage itself toward an outcome. What is the outcome of our efforts? Why are we doing this? Do our actions take us to the goal God gave us? Are we willing to cast everything aside—even good things—if it does not take us to our goal?
When it comes to conviction—when it comes to dedication and hard work—I will put my staff ahead of anyone. Are we doing enough? We are desperate to do much, much more. Are we as effective as we want to be? Not nearly, but we will be. The answer is summed up this way: We will strike at the heart of evil and despair.
“You’ve lost me.” That’s the despairing voice of millions of our children. “I don’t get your anger. I don’t get what you are trying to tell me. I can’t understand the things you say are important—you’ve lost me.” What will become of them? What nameless horror awaits them in the future? They know that are not valued. They know they don’t really matter to America anymore.
They are trying to tell us, “You’ve lost me because you do not care about me.” Tragically, the majority of people who are in their lives, on any given day, do not care about them. In fact, these activists do not care about anybody’s children—not even their own.
The left really doesn’t even want children. Seattle and San Francisco have more dogs than children.
In all the noise “progressive” education is making about sex education, diversity and human rights one thing is painfully clear: none of it is about the child. The noise is for a minuscule number of grown ups–not the children–that liberals see as oppressed. For Social Justice Warriors there is no tomorrow.
In a telling moment on Fox News Tucker Carlson asked Bruce/Kaitlin Jenner the reason for his/her activism. The answer was illuminating: “so the next generation will be tolerant of those like me.” It’s not about what children are going through—it’s not about building a future for them…no, it’s about the cause—the forced transformation of how children should think. It’s about bulldozing over our current values, no matter what the cost or who it hurts.
Teachers unions make sure the damage begins early. Most grammar school classrooms are echo chambers of indoctrination. Your little girl is shamed for not accepting her duty to bring down the patriarchal system. Your little boy is shamed for, well, being a boy. Your child is taught to hate America and everything it stands for.
Of course, these lefties have no solutions. They only have grievances. They know what they want to tear down. Then there are the universities.
The welfare of the next generation also means nothing to modern universities where, inflammatory rhetoric trumps reading, writing and math. Campuses are churning out automatons who can’t think logically, defend their rage, or read their own diplomas.
Look closely into the eyes of protesting students—especially the younger ones. You will see half-baked convictions. You will see hysterical behavior from an unsure devotee. They don’t know if it’s right but they do it anyway out a dysfunctional need for the approval of pseudo-intellectual tyrants. They want academic approval—chanting and screaming, then like battered children, they’ll glance over at the abusive parent and ask, “is this what you want me to do?!”
And what these professorial bullies want them to do is believe something utterly stupid: i.e. “Your words are like physical violence to me, so I must use violence to silence you.” Many student protesters can’t explain their protest—heck, they can’t even spell it. Check out a few of their protest signs!
That brings me to my most important question: How will they be able to feed themselves with this bogus education? How will they survive? Most importantly how will they value freedom enough to protect it?
They are urged to explore their urges—to operate on free-floating anger. But they cannot persevere. They possess no marketable skill—nor the will to gain such skills.
Why on earth are we giving these villains destroying our children quarter. Here’s something all sane people laugh at: federal funding for institutions who want to overthrow the federal government. Liberal education is turning into the crime of the century. They have disgraced themselves.
“You’ve lost me.” That phrase should awaken a fire in your soul. Begin with your own child! Hold them like you never held them before. Give them the weapons to defeat destructive emotions and dastardly ideas. Remember how we made fun of home-schoolers…not so much now huh?
I once sat at a round table discussion with other media ministries. They were talking about future vision and what their ministries would look like in 5 years. There were a lot of lofty projects in the works.
When it came my turn—they were not prepared for my answer. I told them I was re-calibrating everything to go after the young. I told them I was in the throes of fresh surrender to the Holy Spirit. I told them that we hear the cry of a tortured generation.
I told them the young need meetings where supernatural power gives them proof of Christ. They need events where the preaching fills them with direction—where God puts the Holy Ghost on them to make them mighty souls the gates of hell cannot defeat. We need to do way, way more but this is a start.
We have only just begun to fight for them. I hope you’ll join me in this fight. At least I hope you will answer the call of God.
One thing I know beyond all knowing—when this generation of children says to me “you’ve lost me,” I will roar back—there is no way we will ever lose you!
Mario Murillo says, “Many Christians are fed up with the world system—especially the way it operates in the church. They leave church thinking, ‘this is not it, there’s something bad wrong here.’ They can’t stomach the glitzy entertainment centers anymore…”
IS GOD DOING A SECRET WORK IN YOU?
by Mario Murillo
Many Christians are fed up with the world system—especially the way it operates in the church. They leave church thinking, “this is not it, there’s something bad wrong here.” They can’t stomach the glitzy entertainment centers anymore.
They are angry at ego-centric pastors with grandiose, expense and carnal visions. They accuse them of being distracted—even derailed from their first love. Disciples are abandoning attraction churches—something revolutionary is happening inside them. God has started a secret work in them.
Many honest Pastors are also in divine turmoil. The enemy condemned them for having a smaller church. After years of blood sweat and tears their churches were battered, broken and diminished because they can’t compete with mega-mania.
And why can’t they compete? It’s because they keep their integrity! When they see large crowds and big money pour effortlessly into churches that either hide or pervert the Gospel…it’s easy to feel like a fool for staying true. The Bible says, “Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain, And washed my hands in innocence. For all day long I have been plagued, and chastened every morning.” Psalm 73:13,14.
However, our friend in Psalm 73 came to a great conclusion. After being bull-dozed by the success of the wicked he took action “16 When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me—17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.” Many pastor’s hearts are crying out for more—for a miracle they can’t even describe.
When he entered the sanctuary exhausted and discouraged, the greatness of God began to overtake him. He saw that there is no version of this battle where Satan wins. This is a part of the secret work God is doing in pastors!
A growing number of hungry hearts agree—with all its money and crowds—the compromised church did nothing to rebuke America’s sin. The seeker model was a house of cards against the onslaught on the unborn and marriage. While men slept, we had millions of abortions and marriage was destroyed. The last 10 years we have lost battle after battle in government, education and the media. We are a hopelessly divided nation—to a large extent the pulpit is to blame.
Charles Finney said, “If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.”
Deep, deep in my soul where the real knowing happens—I know God is doing something new. Every atom of my being tells me that God is doing a secret work in His people. God is finished with hirelings. He is drawing a remnant out of corruption and into a special, supernatural nearness to Him. They will empty themselves of everything, every ambition will be burned out but one…to love and please Christ.
Is God doing a secret work in you? Has God closed you in and stripped you of all enjoyment of lesser things? Are you in divine frustration because you are going to be a part of something only God can do?
What if millions of Americans get so miserable that they cry out to God in total desperation? What if their cry is too deep and their hunger is too great to ever be happy in a lukewarm church? This is why the Holy Spirit is recruiting a new breed…a breed that can be trusted in an awakening.
God is doing a secret work! He is pulling a remnant to Himself. He is taking the prophetic core and communing with them—training them—empowering them—preparing them for one last mighty blast of power. The Holy Spirit sees that our nation hangs by a thread. The death-rattle is in America’s throat. Before God allows destruction—He is going to do one last massive miracle. What will that look like?
-People no one’s ever heard of will come to the forefront. They will arrive with awesome power and piercing messages. Not all of them will be regular ministers. In fact, the majority will not leave their secular careers as God is using them. Some will be children!
-Strange locations will house massive outpourings. Churches that have been small for years will become ground zero of God’s presence. People will flock in from everywhere to these centers of fire and glory. Stunning signs and wonders will rock entire communities. These churches will be forced to stay open 24 hours a day.
God is doing a secret work in you. He is making you miserable to make you into a miracle.
A.C. Valdez was a child at Azusa Street who later became an evangelist. God showed him the future and here is what he said: “All the electrifying adjectives in the dictionary shaken together, pressed down and running over will not begin to describe the soon-to-come, greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit of all times-what the Bible calls “the latter rain.” You are going to see lay members carry out an amazing ministry through gifts of the Holy Spirit. There will be wholesale cures of “incurable” conditions, healings of the blind, deaf, dumb, and handicapped, and creative miracles that will strain the imagination. For those born without eyes ears, fingers arms or legs-or those who have lost them through disease or accidents- God will make new ones. Many astonishing miracle swill happen to bring on an international Christian breakthrough.” I believe A.C. Valdez is not talking about a time far off in the future.. he is talking about now because, my friend it is now or never.
One of our regular donors wrote: “How could you go to Bethel in Redding?! I can no longer support you” They withdrew their monthly support to help me win souls. Now, I will answer their question with a question.
We better start talking to each other
By Mario Murillo
One of our regular donors wrote: “How could you go to Bethel in Redding?! I can no longer support you” They withdrew monthly support that helps me win souls. Now, I will answer their question with a question.
How could I not go? Bill Johnson is my closest brother. I grew up with the Johnsons. Earl Johnson was like my dad. Earl gave me one of my very first revival meetings in 1970.
How could I not go? When Mechelle and I were divorced and churches slammed the door in our faces, it was Bill who never wavered and stood with us until, our marriage was miraculously restored 11 years ago.
How could I not go? I want to save America. I stand before thousands of young students at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry—students on fire and yearning to be used of God—students who are teachable. We desperately need young soldiers to expand our outreaches, and they need an outlet for their fervor. I would rather calm them down a little than to try to resurrect some cold, dead cynical student from a stuffy, skeptical, Christian College.
How could I not go? Bethel is a growing force in the Body of Christ that cannot be dismissed.
Our nation is in the most dangerous condition I have seen in my lifetime. Satan is raging through our culture with virtually unobstructed access to your children. The church meanwhile is sidelined for stupid reasons. The Holy Spirit is grieved that we cannot pool our considerable talents and resources to overwhelm the enemy. Signs and wonders would flow on a dramatically higher level if national eldership flowed in humble unity.
Face to face meetings automatically dial down divisions—polarity declines wherever communication begins.
I could use debate skills to make a case for glaring doctrinal error in everybody from the Assemblies of God to Calvary Chapel. If that statement offends you…look out! The greatest heresy is to believe you have achieved doctrinal purity.
That everyone is off on some point of theology is no excuse for heresy—it is motivation for hope. To correct error, let’s start with our own. Jonathan Edwards said,” A true saint is suspicious on nothing more than his own heart.”
Not only that, much of what we hear comes from unreliable sources. In other instances, words were said or written in a moment of excitement. Perhaps, with brotherly and sisterly love the people we criticize would tell us “I never said that,” or, “I am sorry, I’ll take that back. I should have said that better.”
There are many false teachers and false prophets roaming America. That is a different matter. They need to be exposed. Sin needs to be exposed. However, we will not rightly discern truth from error while we are painting with the broad brush of doctrinal paranoia. I know you have seen the hilarious websites where “truth warriors” list everyone they think is a heretic. Almost everyone is on that list and it grows daily.
Another big question is this: are we moved by anger rather than true discernment? Did that former partner of ours let their feelings about Bethel supersede their love for lost souls?
It’s not just heresy hunters that are a threat. Every preacher who grows more isolated from other leaders is also a threat. Instead of talking to each other, preachers continue to throw red meat to their base. This is why we are getting further away from each other. The grace camp keeps getting more hyper. The repentance camp keeps getting more judgmental. The prosperity camp keeps getting more materialistic. The seeker camp casts increasing doubt on the Bible to gain acceptance from the mainstream public.
Preaching your pet doctrine to the exclusion of all others helps to kill America. Ignoring the rest of the Body as you expand your empire is a betrayal of Christ—no matter why you do it.
Bottom line: If you are not alarmed by destruction of the presidency—If you do not see the iron-curtain of mind control ringing down on our colleges—If you do not see the killing fields of drug gangs expanding in our inner cities—If you are blind to the avalanche of immorality and perversion—If you cannot see that time is running out, or that business as usual means certain death…then, you my friend, are an enemy to revival and America.
We need to pray together. We need to obey God together. But first, we better start talking to each other…fast.
Mario Murillo examines and exposes the real reason that the left hates us and why they are on a rampage against us.
HERE’S THE REAL REASON THE LEFT HATES US
By Mario Murillo
The Democratic Party claims to be the party of the poor. Who can deny that virtually every political office in our most decrepit cites is held by Democrats.
They own the ghetto. They controlled the government money that poured into the slums. The human tragedy in the inner city is their science experiment. The killing fields of Chicago are their debacle. Speaking of cities…
August 6,1945 was a tale of two cities: Detroit and Hiroshima. On that day, one was destroyed and the other remained a gleaming, prospering city. Today, the roles are reversed.
Liberalism run amok, addictive handouts doled out by a criminal enterprise combined to kill natural incentive in the heart of Detroit.
Do you know what a Ponzi scheme is? Named for Charles Ponzi, it is a form of fraud in which belief in the success of a nonexistent enterprise is fostered by the payment of quick returns to the first investors from money invested by later investors.
Trillions of dollars later, we must admit that the Democratic Party has supervised the largest Ponzi scheme in history. It is a scheme that can only survive by deflecting blame and distracting from its obvious failure.
If we had given the money directly to the people of Detroit, every citizen would have obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Liberals continue to believe we need to give Detroit more money—we need to tax the rich! We currently tax corporations at the highest rate in the world!
Liberals still blame racism. But what could be more racist than to force feed a mindset of victimization and helplessness? Democrats keep an illusion alive to stay in power. The poor are their workforce. The images of their suffering are Democratic photo ops. Is this the new plantation? If so, then who are the real racists?
Can you understand why some say leftist ideology is more destructive than a nuclear bomb?
We almost had a president Hillary. Many have cited reasons why she would have been a disaster—but they have overlooked the most devastating proof: She spent $1.2 billion—the most in history—on a failed campaign. Trump spent less than 250 million. What would she spend on other failed ventures as president?
Now the left is hell-bent on destroying Donald Trump. What has he done? Trump cut the US Debt by $68 billion and gained 235,000 new jobs in his first month as president!
The left says Trump is a disaster. He is a disaster to them because Trump is exposing the lie that keeps them in power–the lie they use to keep us weak and divided.
George Soros is funding destruction because he hates America. Obama is stoned on his own celebrity and must do all he can to bring Trump down. The left has morphed into a by-whatever-means-necessary terror cell. The left is so hate-filled that all sense of decency, open debate, accountability and reason are out the window.
The uppity left in the ivy halls, the button-down collars, hide their radicalism by granting tacit approval to rioters. The media left have faked news so long that they now don’t remember the truth. Protestors openly attack free speech and admit that they want to erase our right to disagree.
Women’s groups can be pro-Islam and never notice the glaring contradiction—because the target is white Christians and Jews. In the mind of the left…”my enemy’s enemy is my friend.”
A strong America will end their dreams of herding us—whimpering and downcast—into a global village. A vibrant church full of love and good works would end their monopoly on the poor.
God bless America hits them like daylight to Dracula. Why? Because a moral reformation would consign the bankrupt anti-God movement to its proper resting place—the dust bin of history. That is why they hate us
Special note: We fully expect to extract an entire generation of young people out of addiction and violence to turn America back to Jesus. I am imploring you to pray for my team and me as we make this historic inroad to the youth culture in the places where they are being enslaved and killed.
What is about to happen in Bakersfield matters to us all. It marks our entry into the inner cities of America with mass healing miracle rallies called Living Proof. The gigantic step of faith we are taking in Bakersfield will echo into cities across our nation.
At the very least you can pray. If you live within a hundred miles of Bakersfield, please join our cause. The most important way for you to be involved is to bring someone to this epic event.
There are multiple ways for you to be involved. The first step is to call 661 322 4673 right now!
Below is the press release about Living Proof Bakersfield.
Moving Bakersfield beyond violence and division
Mario Murillo and Manuel Carrizales are teaming up to move Bakersfield beyond violence and division. They intend to prove this at an exciting 3-day event in the Harvey Auditorium.
Some say that their claims of moving Bakersfield past violence and division would take a miracle. That is exactly what Mario and Manuel are expecting: A miracle. Here’s why you should take them seriously:
Manuel Carrizales: Since 1991, Manuel Carrizales and Stay Focused Ministries have seen miracles all over Bakersfield. The city sees his powerful television show several times a day. Every week he leads as many as 24 assemblies in the public schools that are famous for their lasting impact on students. His after school mentoring program is considered one of the most effective in the nation. His ministry won the 2016 Nonprofit of the year award from the 34th Congressional district of the State of California.
Through seemingly impossible odds Manuel and Liz Carrizales were used by God to build this amazing ministry. Now they expect an even greater miracle.
Mario Murillo: Mario Murillo rose from poverty in the Mission District of San Francisco. After being revolutionized by Christ, he felt a call to the University of California at Berkeley.
His attempts to communicate were repeatedly rejected. This led him to pray a prayer that would define the rest of his life. “If you called me to this campus, you must help me.” The help arrived in stages. It began with words—a way of saying things that were different than audiences were accustomed to—that seemed to tumble out of his mouth. A small group of students quickly grew to a regular crowd of hundreds.
Then something else happened: students began to report healings. They would testify, that in the Name of Jesus, their sickness had vanished. Now thousands began to attend his rallies.
His international ministry was launched after a 4-day conference in San Jose California extended for 6 months with a total attendance of nearly 250,000 people. Since then Mario’s voice has been heard by millions around the world, bringing a message that zeroes in on the hurts of society.
Witness living proof of the power of God to break addiction, violence, and sickness.