Charlottesville: Killing big fat lies.

I waited for some of the dust of Charlottesville to settle.  I didn’t want to write a knee-jerk, click bait blog about that tragedy.  Now I am prepared to respond.  We were all sickened by the violence and hatred.  Nevertheless, we must have truth.

Charlottesville: Killing big fat lies.

By Mario Murillo

I waited for some of the dust of Charlottesville to settle.  I didn’t want to write a knee-jerk, click bait blog about that tragedy.  Now I am prepared to respond.  We were all sickened by the violence and hatred.  Nevertheless, we must have truth.

In A Man for all Seasons, Sir Thomas More is asked to arrest a man who was bad and dangerous, but had broken no law.  More said he would not overrule laws even to arrest the devil.

William Roper: “So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!”

Sir Thomas More: “Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?”

William Roper: “Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!”

Sir Thomas More: “Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!”

In Charlottesville, great lies were put forth—big fat ones.  But those lies were celebrated because they are lies that will allegedly rid us of racism.  Today’s leftist would break every law to get at the evils they see in society.

Without debate, without law, as the police were ordered to stand down, Antifa protesters destroyed private property.  Sorry, it doesn’t matter what you think of the property.  The rule of law was broken.  Today, it is a statue, tomorrow it could be your house…while your children are sleeping.

Many of today’s liberals are disgusting traitors to liberalism.  Clarence Darrow and Edward R. Murrow—liberal icons, would have been among those who would condemn removing monuments illegally.  They would ask, “where will it stop?”

When will this move on to banning Tom Sawyer or perhaps burning books?  Already we see the insanity in Chicago where a pastor wants to remove everything associated with…are you ready, George Washington!

The media will never admit this: not all of those who came to protest the removal of Confederate Monuments are white supremacist, and some who came to stop the protest are, themselves, racist.  To deny this is to lie—a big fat one.

Many on the left love to say that America is institutionally racist.  That myth was shattered by the election of Barack Obama.

However, those who scream institutional racism only want you to see one brand of racism.  They refuse to condemn their own racism.  They also refuse to see how our culture is codifying and institutionalizing a new racism.  This is the worst form of racism.

It is the worst because it is intellectualized, it is trendy, it is good for business.  It provides camouflage for acts of tyranny against innocent people.  It replaces old oppression with new oppression.

Terms like white privilege are no less racist than saying black privilege.   In many colleges right now, white students must—in the name of education—take sensitivity training to understand what their whiteness has done to society—that is racist.   When dorms post signs saying whites are excluded—that is racist.

When members of Black Lives Matter chant “Pigs in Blanket”, or “what do we want? Dead Cops”—that is racist.

Another big fat lie: we are for diversity.  This one makes my head explode!  Google fires an engineer for expressing an opinion.  Now be honest, and look at this this statement and see if it hits you with the same boatload of irony it hits me:  We are for diversity, but since you disagree with our diversity you are excluded. You’re fired!”

People planned to picket Google until they received death threats from Antifa.  End of debate.  That it!  They want all debate to end.

My friend, the left is against diversity.  They can only survive when group think is enforced. In simple terms…they want everyone to think the same way…otherwise, common sense leaks in.

It is this breathtaking hypocrisy that allowed the University of California—the birth place of the Free Speech Movement—to ban free speech.

What we are seeing is a culturally acceptable ethnic cleansing.   The left is in such a fever to cleanse that they have removed all reason and accountability.  They are so diseased with self-righteousness, that they were outraged because President said in Charlottesville there was hate on both sides.  Huh?

If the phrase “All Lives Matter,” offends you, it is only because you don’t believe all lives matter.

ABC, CBS, NBC are instruments in this cleansing—this one-sided point of view.  Television is reducing complex subjects to emotional arguments.  They have blurred the line of reality and indoctrination.  Edward R. Murrow saw this coming and said, “Our history will be what we make it. And if there are any historians about 50 or 100 years from now — and there should be preserved the kinescopes of one week of all three networks — they will there find, recorded in black and white and in color, evidence of decadence, escapism, and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live.”

It is at this point that squeamish believers look for an inspirational bottom line—pithy encouragement.  It’s not that simple.  We are in a season where all who love freedom must wake up.  We must see that our lukewarm prayer is out of order.  The sermons of denial must be replaced with prophetic vigor and a burning conscience.  This is the most dangerous moment in our history.

The Surprise in San Francisco

A stunning rebuke to watered down Christianity came from an unlikely place: San Francisco.

It was my honor to partner with Chris Burns and the amazing army that formed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park.  THE SOUND was an outreach of many powerful worship artists, dynamic speakers, and a committed core linked hearts to bless the city.  But one thing that happened has wide implications to all believers. A scientific experiment will help you appreciate what I mean.

Biologists put a thick pane of glass in the middle of a large rectangular aquarium.  After filling it with water, they stocked it with small fish on one side of the glass barrier and their natural predator on the other.

Over and over, the larger fish slammed into the invisible barrier trying to feed on the smaller fish.  This went on for days until they gave up.  Then, the scientists removed the glass divider and saw something remarkable: The predators behaved as if the barrier was still there—they didn’t try to eat the small fish. They didn’t even try to go to the other side of the tank.

When we think of San Francisco—and rightly so—we think of smug, anti-God intellectual, lovers of pleasure.  We also think of youth—hard wired, by activist educators, to reject Christ. The church is conditioned not to fish here. There’s your glass pane.

In outreach after outreach, Mario Murillo Ministries has never acknowledged a glass barrier in San Francisco.  It was true again on July 6th and 7th when we joined forces with Chris Burns to win souls in the city.

Holy Ghost boldness overtook me.  I preached an unvarnished soul-winning message.  I refused to employ verbal gymnastics to appeal to a sophisticated culture.

Why—if this place is so hard—did so many respond, so immediately, to a direct gospel appeal?  Nothing was sugar-coated.  It was no credit to oratory.  It was a simple case of hungry and hurting souls reaching out to Jesus—because He was offered to them.

The pictures tell you how many came forward.  Even more astounding was the report Chris gave me about the invasion the next day: “We saw hundreds saved as we took over Golden Gate Park.”

Time and time again, I’ve warned the American church…there is a great harvest in our nation, even in San Francisco.  And…if there is a harvest in San Francisco, how much more in the rest of America?

Fish treading water refusing to eat is ridiculous; preachers refusing to harvest is beyond ridiculous—it is an embarrassment to our cause.  Watered-down, apologetic, murky preaching is a grandiose, inexcusable, waste of time.

Here is the giant question: why are so many Americans so hungry for Christ now?  The answer is simple: our culture made them miserable—a culture created by an elite core of power brokers.  It might be Hollywood; it might be our—hell-bent on telling Americans what to think—media.  They dictate what we should believe, what is good for us, what is right behavior and finally, what would make us happy. None of it works.

Social prophets bludgeon us with progressive platitudes and put a muzzle on any opposing voice.  Group think is the only way Americans can believe patently stupid contradictions: free speech is a threat to freedom—open marriage deepens commitment—suicide is victory—violence is love.

They can control almost everything, but one thing they cannot control: the damage on the soul—the vacuum that hi-tech selfishness creates—the misery of trying to endure on medicated self-pity.

The American church is bitterly failing a generation because we are still hoodwinked by an old model.  We still see the reluctant seeker—the spiritual looky-look.  We don’t see the desperate hearts that grope in darkest America.

We are failing a generation because we are not stronger than our excuses.  The empty calories served up on Sunday morning are a tribute to denial.  They deny the power of the Gospel, and they deny the hunger of the people.  Half-cures are now irrelevant.

The compromised church isn’t the only problem.  Some churches are just strange. There are pastors who pull their hair out trying to understand why new visitors don’t come to church.  They never consider that their shenanigans are weird to outsiders and their members are too embarrassed to invite friends.

When their bizarre and self-serving antics make visitors walk out, they smugly assume they are under conviction.  No…they just think we’re crazy.

The crushing heartbreak is that both these extremes—with their useless methods—continue to be celebrated.  Meanwhile, a nation dies, and lost souls go into eternity.

Every day, Satan sells a new drug that kills kids faster.  Every hour, a new perversion twists the minds of our children.

 

Mario Murillo Ministries walks the tightrope of the radical middle.  The tepid church rejects us because we preach fire and operate under Holy Spirit unction.  The hyper-emotional church rejects us because we use rigid discipline to keep it real for lost souls.

Right now, I should be rejoicing over the harvest in San Francisco, instead, it ignites fire in my bones.  Millions want the power the Gospel offers.  Leftists lie about it, and Christians misrepresent it.  Nevertheless, I am filled with hope.

There is a story of 4 brave lepers that mirrors the experiment about the fish:  God had scared the enemy away but the city under siege didn’t realize it.  2 Kings 7: 7 “Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives.  And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it. 9 Then they said to one another, ‘We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent.’”

All the resources to save a starving city sat unused.  The army they feared was gone.  They simply didn’t bother to check the enemy’s camp.  The same is true now.  God keeps everything ready that we need to reach America.  If only we would see that and act on this great promise.

Mario Murillo Ministries is not going to sit and wait for squeamish theologians to figure out how hungry Americans are for Jesus; and how much provision stands ready for those who will rightly divide the Word of God.  The harvest in San Francisco is only the beginning of surprises that God has in store.  Come with us on this great adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AN INCONVENIENT FIRE

Bad news for the lukewarm church, fake preachers, and left-wing God haters.  In this moment of depravity and despair a single shaft of light has pierced the darkness and started an inconvenient fire.

AN INCONVENIENT FIRE

By Mario Murillo

What is this fire doing?  It is spreading an insatiable hunger to know God—just God.  A growing number of believers want to know God Himself—they want just Him.  They are not thinking about anything He can do for them.  They must know Him—more than oxygen, food and water—they must have God!

This fire awakens an ancient hunger—the hunger that possessed saints of old.  A.W. Tozer said, “Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they had found Him the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking.”

And those who already know Him want to know Him better.  Tozer continues: “Moses used the fact that he knew God as an argument for knowing Him better. “Now, therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight”; and from there he rose to make the daring request, “I beseech thee, show me thy glory.” God was frankly pleased by this display of ardor, and the next day called Moses into the mount, and there in solemn procession made all His glory pass before him.”

But why would this be the worst nightmare to masked Antifa thugs, tepid seeker churches or false ministers?   Isn’t this fire pulling saints off the front lines into a full-time pursuit of God?   How can this be a threat?  It is the greatest threat!   NOTHING TERRIFIES SATAN MORE THAN A WIDESPREAD HUNGER TO KNOW GOD:

-It puts them into the place and condition that Jesus has yearned for His church.  They are in God’s presence devoid of ideas, agendas, or blueprints.   Their intercession is no longer contaminated.  Prayer is no longer a booster rocket for pet projects.  They are self-emptying to see God in His beauty.

God has triumphed over their dead works.  By doing this He kills the source of their anxiety, cares and inadequacy.   David Wilkerson said, “I had more ideas than any preacher in America. Ideas on how to evangelize. How to organize New Testament programs. The programs and ideas were successful enough to entrap me and keep me on the treadmill of busy-ness.

But all along my heart yearned for more. I knew the blessing was not in building. Not in some well-planned scheme to reach the lost. Not in bigness, and not in activity. I discovered the hard way, that the glory of God, the peace and joy of the Spirit, was in being stripped down, emptied, and made totally weak.”

-They are suddenly alive the real horror—their own flesh.  The issue is no longer the depravity of the culture but their personal carnality.  This inconvenient fire struck Isaiah with such agony he tossed his prayer for influence and power aside.  All he can cry is; “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”-Isaiah 6:5.   Isaiah is unmade to be remade.

In the towering glory, you see the indescribable.   You see how victorious God is.  How inevitable is His victory!  You see Satan’s utter defeat.  You are transfixed by the wisdom available—the resources at Gods’ disposal—the tactics He can use.  His mighty plan makes our plans microscopically puny.

God will declare to you what He said to Isaiah: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah”- 55: 8,9.

-Here’s what makes this fire so inconvenient:  It was simply not in the plan.

-It was not in the plan for the lukewarm convenient church to level off and be overruled by inconvenient fire.  Attraction based churches fold when God Himself becomes the attraction.

-It was not in the plan for fake ministers to ever stop lying, prospering, or fooling the masses.  The light and heat of this fire will expose and topple them.

-It was not in the plan for left-wing God haters to see their plan to eradicate Christianity from America neutralized by inconvenient fire.

This spreading flame—and the powerful vessels it creates—was simply not in the plan.   So emerges a new vessel—a designed weapon.  An inconvenient person appears on the American stage.  They will own a passion you cannot stop—words you cannot gainsay—and miracles you cannot deny.

HERE’S THE REAL REASON THE LEFT HATES US

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

 

WE WON’T FORGET

We won’t forget how you bloodied people because of the shirt or hat they wore.  We won’t forget how you burned and looted.  We won’t forget how you torched freedom of speech.

We Won’t Forget

By Mario Murillo

We won’t forget how you bloodied people because of the shirt or hat they wore.  We won’t forget how you burned and looted.  We won’t forget how you torched freedom of speech.

Schumer, Pelosi, and you gaggle of Dem leaders who remain silent in the face of anarchy—do you honestly think we will forget?  We will remember your tacit approval of these riots.

We aren’t fooled by your support for open borders.  It’s not about equality…it’s about staying in power.  How can we forget that?

You hapless Hollywood haranguers who spewed murderous venom—comparing Trump to Hitler, and for calling not only for his death, but for the death of his entire family—will not be forgotten.

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You nattering nabobs of journalism will live in infamy.  CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post and The New York Times…you have sold your souls to override the will of the people.  Thanks to the internet, social media, and yes, bloggers, you will be fact checked into irrelevance.  How rich!  You complain that Russia hacked the election…while you were the hack of the century for Hillary.   We will never forget how you are still trying to manipulate reality.

We will remember how you all thought you were a resistance movement.  No one said it better than John Feehery in his article for The Hill entitled Dem resistance is futile:

“America is not on the brink of civil war. Trump is not Adolph Hitler or Benito Mussolini. Nor is the so-called “resistance” really a resistance. It’s a political movement.

It’s certainly no French Resistance, which arose after the Nazis invaded and then occupied France in 1940. 

The French resistance movement started slow but picked up steam as the German regime revealed itself to be a murderous, plundering, racist group of thugs. By 1944, the resistance became a full-fledged army, capable of going behind enemy lines, cutting off telephone lines, blowing up train tracks and otherwise causing mayhem.

The Democratic resistance movement isn’t capable of stopping Trump’s efforts to appoint his own Cabinet officials because Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) helpfully changed Senate rules right before he retired. 

Nor will Democrats be able to stop Trump from appointing his highly-qualified pick to the Supreme Court. 

They aren’t much of resistance movement because Trump is not a Nazi and because the United States is not Germany in the 1930s.

An imperfect understanding of history is every bit as harmful as complete ignorance of history. 

The Democrats, and more than a few Never Trump Republicans, imagine themselves to be brave, solitary figures standing against the rise of a brutal dictator.

That ridiculous. 

We not only have plenty of institutional checks and balances arrayed against any potential dictator. We also are, as a people, a nation that takes its liberties pretty seriously. 

We are not the Weimar Republic. We don’t have inflation hitting 300 percent. Unemployment is not at 30 percent but at 4.8 percent. 

We might have our fair share of disagreements, but we have a constitutional process to resolve them amicably, without bloodshed.”

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We will not forget how thugs, thieves and liars tried to pawn themselves off as guardians of liberty.

We are only two years away from having to remember.  We will not loot, lie, or burn… we will vote.  We will enter the booth with vivid images of both your lawless behavior and the politicians who sided with you.

But there are other things we will not forget: 

We will not forget the soldiers who died to give us the freedom of speech that you are so wholeheartedly abusing.

We will not forget the unborn whose rights—in the name of rights—you have so blatantly disregarded.

Most of all, we will not forget that we are one nation under God.  We will never forget the holy advantage prayer has been in every national crisis.  We will never forget the Bible—the sacred scriptures that formed the character that made us great.

Lastly, we won’t forget the power of forgiveness.  Many young hearts, because of peer pressure, are being swept up in a frenzy of deceit.  We know Christ has the power to open their eyes and give them new life.  We will never forget compassion and the Good News!

OBAMA OPERATIVE HINTS AT MILITARY COUP

“A former Defense Department official under the Obama administration has raised the specter of a military coup to remove President Donald Trump from power.

OBAMA OPERATIVE HINTS AT MILITARY COUP

“A former Defense Department official under the Obama administration has raised the specter of a military coup to remove President Donald Trump from power.   In an editorial penned for Foreign Policy, senior Pentagon policy official Rosa Brooks publicly suggested a military insurrection against the Trump administration may be the only option to oust one of the most divisive presidents in American history.

“Donald Trump’s first week as president has made it all too clear: Yes, he is as crazy as everyone feared,” Ms. Brooks wrote. “[One] possibility is one that until recently I would have said was unthinkable in the United States of America: a military coup, or at least a refusal by military leaders to obey certain orders.”

For the first time in her career in public service, including three years as senior counselor to the Pentagon’s policy chief from 2009 to 2011, “I can imagine plausible scenarios in which senior military officials might simply tell the president: ‘No, sir. We’re not doing that.’” -Carlo Muñoz – The Washington Times – Thursday, February 2, 2017

In my vigilant effort to keep you informed—not with hysteria or extremism but facts—I submit this crucial information to you.  We are witnessing a joint effort by the left to overrule your vote and topple our government.

The riots are not by accident.  The incessant railings from Movie Stars, Pop Stars are scripted for maximum impact.  We are watching a concerted effort to take down of the Constitution of the United States.

Anarchy is a part of the plan.  Democrats staying away from committee meetings to stop Trump appointments is part of the plan.  Placing operatives to leak information from the White House are a part of the plan.

Even the Super Bowl is not safe…Lady Gaga will use her half time performance at the Super Bowl to rail against our values, against you, me, and our newly elected president.

Look for rioters to take to the streets—burning and looting their way across America—with the tacit approval of the Democratic Party.  In the name of equality, they will go after our rights.  In the name of justice, they will practice total lawlessness.

How poignant is it that the rioters in Berkeley who snuffed out free speech were holding signs that said “Hate free Zone?”   They also did something prophetic: They screamed against fascism by practicing fascism.  No one can verify the origin of this statement but it certainly fits the current situation: “The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.”  (For some reason the left truly hates that quote and tries to call it right wing extremism).

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The left understands that if the Supreme Court is balanced by Conservatives, the left will lose power for at least a generation.  Their goal is clear: Discredit Trump and force their way to power.

If ever you prayed for our president, pray for him now.  Think of this…there have been 12,000 tweets in the last 24 hours calling for his assassination.   How is that possible without advance planning?

What I am about to say will never appear in a Christian Magazine.  You will never hear this in a mega Church pulpit.  I will—once again—be accused of abandoning my calling.   Many leaders will totally shy away from the words I am about to speak:

THE AMERICAN CHURCH HAS BEEN CALLED OUT AND SHE FALLING BACK ASLEEP.  It has only been days since God granted a reprieve from certain destruction and already pastors have fallen back into passivity and lukewarm ministry.  Never forget, it was the people in the pew that put Trump in office.  This movement was not led by a majority of pastors.  Most sat it out and only complimented Trump only after they saw the ground swell of support.  Now that the heat is on, they are scurrying back to their safe place.

We are faced with the greatest threat to freedom of our lifetime.  How will we explain to our children and grandchildren—who will live under this tyranny—that we did nothing?

So, who am I to say anything?  I am not the famous leader of a denomination or a Christian movement.  I am just a simple man with a simple voice.

Unlike some of your favorites, I am a preacher beholden to no one but Jesus.  I do not have the clout of others, but I do have the courage.   It is time for Christian leaders to condemn this anarchy with one voice.   It is time for true awakening.  It is time for reformation.  It is time for the Word of God to be loudly and majestically declared to a sick and confused generation.

The Cake

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The Cake

By Mario Murillo

Here is the news: “The former owners of an Oregon bakery have been ordered to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who were refused a wedding cake, in the latest front in the battle between religious liberty and individual rights.

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein, who owned the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, Ore., to compensate the couple for emotional and mental suffering that resulted from the denial of service.

The Kleins had cited their Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage in refusing to make the wedding cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer.”

Okay, I disagree with the gay militants and the bakery in this situation.  In my opinion, the American church and gay community both need a lesson, a lesson that I hope this message will bring.

I began my ministry in San Francisco where I was born and raised.  That fact alone should tell you a lot about my development as a preacher.  In other words, I learned to coexist with the gay community.  Gay marriage has been tacitly legal here since the Gold rush.  I grew up with gay parades.

Unlike so many of my fellow preachers, I have always preached behind enemy lines.  There is one thing that I have heard for my entire ministry: “you cannot win souls here, the people are too hostile toward God.”  I heard that in San Francisco.  I heard it in Berkeley where I first witnessed the power of God change angry radicals into Christ followers.

We have conducted 5 major Christian crusades in San Francisco.  We are the only evangelistic ministry ever to be granted use of the sacred Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in downtown San Francisco.  We drew a crowd of 14,000 to the Cow Palace Arena that included a mass of unchurched people.  ( Below is the picture of the Cow Palace crowd.)

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Now wrap your mind around this: we have never, not once, been picketed or harassed by gay militants and we have never compromised our Biblical stand on sin.

How were we able to do this?  We did it by weeding out the misguided radicals in the church and in the gay community.  We made the effort to explain our attitude to rational thinkers who disagreed with Christianity.  It did not always work but it help build respect, albeit respectful disagreement.

Our approach was to show them that we believe in preserving dignity and open dialogue and we sought out those in every movement that are of like mind.  We even gave them our phone numbers to call to complain about any of workers who stepped over the line.

As impossible as it is for some extreme gay radicals and Westboro Baptist types to imagine, there are rational people on both sides who want to engage in civil discourse.

One thing that I learned early: never insult anyone’s intelligence.  Ministries that want it both ways are silly.  It doesn’t work to hide what the Bible teaches in order to be liked.  The Gay community can read.

This is why I disagree with mega churches that are muting their beliefs in order to be accepted by the Gay community.  That works on some, at least until they find out what it you actually believe.  Thinking people will realize what you are doing, and will be insulted.

One of my heroes is David Wilkerson.  He stood against sin in America.  His church was not nestled securely in the Bible belt.  His Times Square Church in New York City proclaimed holiness in the epicenter of immorality.  Strippers, transvestites, and every so-called alternative lifestyle were right outside their door.

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No one protested them as hateful and David never compromised.   Untold numbers have walked in and found in Christ. Nothing works better than compassion with conviction.

Now let me put a bottom line on all of this:

1.Oregon is stupid to pursue this action against the bakery. You need to rethink your actions in this case. Your position is totally legal, but this is a new day.  By forcing Gay Marriage on America, the Supreme Court created a new discriminated group: Christians who oppose Gay marriage for religious reasons and practice civil disobedience.  Civil disobedience is a modern American tradition from Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez to Harvey Milk.

It is ironic Oregon; you are prosecuting civil disobedience by using a law of anti-discrimination that was created by civil disobedience.  It is understandable that you are amateurs at this since liberals have only recently become the oppressive majority.

Oregon, you need dismiss the fine and find an accommodation for Christian Businesses or you will start a new revolution. Your punishment seems harsh and bred out of the current frenzy of anti-Christian sentiment.  By squashing Sweet Cakes by Melissa you will galvanize the Church and probably win them sympathy from groups that have long dwelled in the liberal camp.

Besides you look silly. What a headline: HIPPIES FROM PORTANDIA SQUASH FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION. And think about history Oregon.  Montgomery had Rosa Parks, Berkeley had the free speech movement and you had the cake deal.

2. Christians need to find better ways to express civil disobedience, but we do need to disobey.  The law of the land is clear and in this instance, a restaurant, bakery, etc., may do business with whom it chooses. Conversely, there are laws against discrimination in service based on gender, race, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, and age that trump any signs or private property arguments to the contrary.

The Bible agrees.  Look at these verses: “1 Corinthians 5:9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.”  Read this again a few times.

Paul would have likely said to Aaron and Melissa Klein…”look you can go ahead and bake the cake because it is not feasible to protest Gay Marriage through business dealings.  Are you going to stop using Apple, Microsoft, Firefox, Google and Facebook because they are advancing Gay Marriage?  In that case, you would have to leave the earth to find moral purity.”

However, you should not bake a cake or make any food for a false Christian.  If someone names the name of Christ and is sexually immoral, don’t feed them or associate with them.

3. Gay radicals and feminists only expose their true goal when they target Christian businesses. This cake thing went way too far. It should have gone down more like this:

-“We want you to bake a cake that says it supports gay marriage, will you?

-“You really don’t want to make me do this, do you? The law is on your side but you are making me violate my conscience.  If you insist, I’ll be forced to do it.”

“On second thought, we would rather have someone who is supportive bake it.”

It is not about marriage when you deliberately target Christian businesses for cakes, photographs and flowers; you are instead making a political statement.  You are taking what you say will be the most beautiful day of your life and stocking it full of people who disagree with what you are doing.  How romantic!

This only confirms that gay marriage is not the goal.  Extreme radical gays and feminists do not seek marriage equality; they are trying to abolish marriage.  Socialists and Secular Progressives know that removing the family gives the government much greater control.  They want to make it illegal to disagree with Gay Marriage and a free society cannot do that.

Neither the church nor gay marriage is going away anytime soon.   Agreeing to disagree is the only way a free society can survive.

You want to keep Portland weird not fascist.

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4.  The Church must get way beyond pastry.  The line drawn in the sand should begin by exposing those who want to make it a crime to disagree with gay marriage and those who spew hatred in the name of Christ.

Ministers should not be forced to do gay weddings.  The government must not deny or remove nonprofit status because of Christian convictions.

The Supreme Court made the same massive mistake with gay marriage that they made with abortion.  They abused power and ripped the debate out of the hands of the people before it was resolved.  This guarantees division. Remember, Roe V Wade birthed the pro-life movement.

There is no doubt that some took this unconstitutional action to mean open season on Christians.  Christians must now band together and resist the abuse of freedom of religion for the sake of future generations of Americans.

If that means disobeying laws that directly violate our freedom of religion so be it.  But it doesn’t mean we can’t start by  appealing to reason and promote civil discourse when and where it is still possible.