THE LEFT IS VICIOUSLY ATTACKING FRANKLIN GRAHAM AND TRYING TO MAKE IT LOOK CHRISTIAN

When you read the headline that “10,000 Christians” signed a petition to remove Franklin Graham from the ministry, what did you think? Did you get the impression that he had done some great evil—and many of his supporters want him out?

The fake news media squealed with delight as they spread this story. But the headline is very misleading. This vicious attack—sneaking in under a “Christian” banner—is just slander. How do I know this? Well, wait until you hear who organized the petition.

The group is called Faithful America. How do I put this lovingly? Faithful America has a very twisted view of what Jesus taught. For instance they believe that you—yeah, I am talking about you—are immoral for supporting President Trump. Think of them this way: They are to Christianity what the Flat Earth Society is to geography.

Though called ‘Faithful America’, this group is–in my opinion–neither faithful nor American.

Here’s what they say about themselves on their website: “We work together for immigrant and refugee rights, climate justice, and full LGBTQ inclusion, among other important social, economic, and racial justice causes that reflect the values Jesus taught.” Their reflection is coming from a broken mirror. Certainly not the Bible.

Now you know why the petition got a lot of signatures…it’s not just leftist-Christians, but anti-God, Trump haters jumping on the bandwagon.

Here is the crime they said Franklin Graham committed: “The final night of the 2020 Republican convention began with a partisan appearance from notoriously homophobic preacher Franklin Graham, who prayed, ‘“I thank you tonight for our President, Donald J. Trump…in the mighty name of your Son.”’

Franklin has been totally silent about this petition. I know why. He shouldn’t answer questions about this any more than he should answer questions about unicorns.

So then why am I commenting?

First, because we need to stand with Franklin Graham. He is a heroic figure in our nation and the world. He has endured a walk of faith few of us will ever understand. I can’t imagine stepping into his father’s shoes, as he has. He has handled it better than any human since Joshua replaced Moses.

Franklin Graham had the Biblical understanding, courage, and discernment to go against the grain of lukewarm and false Christianity, and to take a very unpopular but necessary stand. I thank God for Franklin because he has acquitted himself with grace, courage, and integrity. Franklin has done God, his dad, and all of us proud. And he continues to do it every day in many unsung ways.

His Samaritan’s Purse International Disaster Relief and World Medical Mission have touched the lives of tens of thousands, here and around the world. They bring food, medicine, doctors and nurses to disaster sites. Their Operation Christmas Child provides gifts for the needy. Operation Heal Our Patriots provides ministry and services to veterans. Issues such as clean water, hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, discipleship and many other outreaches can be seen at: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/

Check it out and support it!

Also, go to Franklin Graham’s Facebook page and sign up to receive his posts. They are timely and anointed: https://www.facebook.com/FranklinGraham/

I am going to ask you to share this blog because, maybe, in some small way, it could be a part of a groundswell of support and encouragement for this man who has been sent forth from God. Your comments are also appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

GET BACK TO THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

The mobs who are tearing America apart have succeeded so far, because they have been able to make Christians feel alone, overwhelmed, and resigned to the lie that this is the new normal. The mobs can do this because they are organized and coordinated, and the church is not. We are under a demonic cloud of psychological manipulation.

The church is being flooded with advice, but that advice only seems to add to the confusion and heaviness. There are many things we need right now, but one stands out. An answer that was right under our noses, and it is so simple we missed it.

We need to correct the worst mistake that the Spirit-filled/ Charismatic/ Pentecostal movement ever made. We need to return to preaching the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and we need to make it a priority to start praying for believers to be filled!

Whatever happened to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?  You don’t hear about it anymore.  Churches don’t pray with people to receive it anymore.  And there’s a big reason why.

Preacher, if you stopped presenting the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to your people—Satan made you do it.  If there is no room in your service for people to receive this urgent gift—the enemy has seized control of your agenda.  If your people don’t even know what it is—you will answer to God.

No matter how noble, persuasive, or convincing the argument, the decision to exclude the Baptism of the Holy Spirit from the life of the church, is a decision conceived in hell.

Omitting this Baptism was a masterstroke of Satan.

He knew this was the most destructive deception possible.  It created lukewarm Christians.  It single handedly wiped out a huge amount of our soulwinning.  And, it opened the door to untold heresy.

Today, we are swimming in more false teaching, false prophecy and false Christianity than ever before.  All across the internet, ministries dabble in New Age-hybrids of Christian faith, exotic extremes, drunkenness and even perversion.  Turns out, the church is the other swamp that needs draining…

Noted Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias said, “I had dinner with the most popular preacher on television.  He told me that he did not see much difference between Islam and Christianity.”

How can we hang the blame for such foolishness on the way we have neglected the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?   Let’s examine the evidence.

Jesus said, However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all Truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13).

Jesus calls Him the Spirit of Truth.  He imparts hunger for the Truth.  It is futile to layer Truth on the unwilling soul.  False teaching abounds because there is a lack of hunger for Truth that the Holy Spirit awakens.  Let’s go back to the root issue:

Don’t make a move without it!

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “Which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:4-5).

The church has no witness without it.  Acts 1:8 states: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The Apostles considered it an extreme urgency for all who have believed on Christ as Savior, to be filled with the Holy Spirit. 

-Acts 8:14-15: “Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.”

-Acts 19:1-6: “And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So, they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So, they said, “Into John’s baptism.”  Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.”

We have two extremes in the church:  Those who believe in nothing and those who believe in everything.

Or to put it another way: We have those who know nothing of what the Bible says, and those who believe anything anyone says about the Bible. Both are products of a lack of discernment and power.  It is only after you experience the real presence and power of God that you know what is fake.

Look at the discipleship that resulted from the Baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost:

Acts 2:41-43: “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.”

One big reason that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not preached today is because it is the natural enemy of church marketing.

When God falls, church culture instantly changes.  Human promotion becomes obsolete.  An audience morphs into an army.  An insatiable hunger for the Word of God replaces sales-pitches.

The preacher who withholds the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is guilty of treason—of withholding a priceless gift that was bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus. They are guilty of holding back an edge of power that would keep the believer strong, alert, and able to win others, a gift that endows them with a prayer language which pierces all adversity.  How dare we hold this back!

The Pentecostal revival is the greatest Christian revival in history.  Beginning in the humble Azusa Street Mission, it has blazed for on for over 100 years, with over 650 million converts.  Only one thing explains it:  The Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is the answer for this dark hour!

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. A Special message to all of our friends from Mario Murillo Ministries

Why do we offer you books? It is certainly not to blunt the impact of the message you just read. In fact, these books reinforce the message we are trying to spread. More on that in a moment.  So, why do we offer them to you?
When the pandemic closed our tent crusades, church meetings and rallies, the Holy Spirit commanded Mario to keep our staff on at full salary, and trust Him. He obeyed and God has provided. But another thing the Holy Spirit grants are wise ideas. And we needed one. That is when the War Chest Collection was born.
If you look at the page you will see no advertising. And there never will be. And if you get our newsletter you will see that we have stopped raising money for projects we can’t do right now. But even that was not good enough for us.
In this pandemic we needed something that was truly a win-win situation. We prayed for something that would help the people, and us, that was not a garish fund raiser.
Then, we remembered how John Wesley taught his young preachers to always bring books with them that would help the people. Why not then, at a time when people have time to read, offer them something that will empower them and at the same time keep us strong and ready to go as soon as the door reopens?  
We are amazed at the impact of Vessels of Fire and Glory. That book is not just blessing people—it has started a movement! Critical Mass remains required reading in many Christian schools and has never stopped influencing people who pray for revival. Edgewise offers wisdom for living in the last days. Together they provide you with solid, hard-hitting and encouraging truth. Not a bad thing just now.
The War Chest Collection has handed the enemy a double defeat by empowering God’s people and keeping us strong and ready.
Thank you for listening and get your War Chest Collection today. Turn your summer read into equipping, encouragement, and fire! We are all going to come out of this mightier than ever!   -Mario Murillo Ministries

The War Chest Collection: three powerful books by Mario Murillo for only $27. This amazing offer includes free shipping and a signed copy of Vessels of Fire and Glory. The war chest is an army’s first order for victory. The doors will soon open for tent crusades and we must replenish our war chest. This is a true win-win situation. Not only will you get three excellent books for only $27 but your money will go toward winning souls.

Use this link to order right now  https://mariomurillo.org/product/war-chest-collection/

WHY GOD IS LAUGHING AT YOUR PLANS

Three men. Barack Obama, George Soros, and Bill Gates have plans—plans that could envelope the world. They are feverishly putting the finishing touches on strategies to redefine the human race. They are the apostles of the “new normal.”  The first conspirator wishes to rule through a puppet President. The second one is funding and managing global anarchy. The last one named seems to be pinning his hope on a mandatory vaccine.

Pandemic, economic collapse and rioting provide the perfect situation for men to seize power. It is right out of the book most favored by the Deep State: Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals. The proof of their power grab? The illegal shutdown of churches.  The elites who believe they are on a higher level of wealth and power, also believe, “Never waste a crisis.” And if there is no crisis available—you create one.

The Bible looks these three men in the eye and asks, “Why would you be planning something so foolish and so doomed to fail?”  Specifically, in Psalm 2:1, it says “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?”

Bob Dylan said it loud and clear in his song When He returns: “Of every earthly plan that be known to man, He is unconcerned. He’s got plans of His own to set up His throne when He returns.” 

The devil has deceived Obama, Soros, and Gates. They think they are working for the greater good. Satan convinced them they are building a utopia of justice, happiness and health. Instead, if what they are trying to create were ever implemented, it would result in the most sinister world-order imaginable. They, like Biden, are mere puppets.

How do we know they are puppets? Throughout history, tyrants and moguls have lusted for control. Ultimately, they develop a specific hatred—a hatred of Christ, the rightful Ruler of the world. And they never realize why they hate Jesus, or who is pulling their strings.

The jealousy that consumes Satan, knowing that Christ will someday rule the earth, will seep into anyone who serves him. Satan hides this fact. As Keyser Söze said in the film, The Usual Suspects: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.

Barack, George, and Bill don’t believe Satan exists, let alone that he is using them and instilling in them his hatred for Jesus.

This trio opposes Christianity and Israel. They are working to rid the world of the laws of God. Psalm 2:2-3 describes them: “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us

These three men are formidable foes. They wield astonishing power. They have mountains of money, unlimited connections, and enormous influence. Will they drive the church underground? Is it possible that they can indeed plow under the entire moral foundation of America, and even the world? Is God concerned?   

Actually, God is laughing. He is laughing at their plans. Back to Psalm 2, in verse 4 it states, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.” God laughs and mocks their plans. He heaps divine ridicule on them.

But, God’s dealings do not stop there: verse 5, “Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure…”  God is not only laughing at their plans, He will wreck their plans. His wrath will be poured out on their vain imaginings.

The word backfire does not begin to cover the next act of God against men who try to bury the church and set up their own kingdom. The nations are the express inheritance of Jesus Christ. Psalm 2 goes on to say in verses 7-8. “The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”

That is why Jesus turned the devil down when he tried to tempt Him with all the kingdoms of the world. Jesus was going to get them anyway!

There is no doubt that we face a time when evil will make the greatest bid for control in history. I believe we are in that moment. I believe that evil in all of its vile colors will now rise to crush our freedom and our churches. But God is watching the tyrants. And His eye is on His beloved.

We can fear and hide or we can stand and watch God give us weapons of supernatural effectiveness, words to preach that can’t be resisted, and miracle provision to finish our course with joy. These are dark days, but God has not forsaken us. God is laughing at their threats!

Barack Obama, George Soros, Bill Gates—you would do well to abandon your course. A mighty God protects us. The devil whom you serve, is already doomed, and he will take you three down with him.

My final warning is this, gentlemen—beware of what God plans to do about your plans.

Psalm 2:9-10, “You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel. Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be warned, you judges of the earth.”

Our God reigns, and the kingdoms of this earth shall become the Kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ!

 

 P.S. A Special message to all of our friends from Mario Murillo Ministries

Why do we offer you books? It is certainly not to blunt the impact of the message you just read. In fact, these books reinforce the message we are trying to spread. More on that in a moment.  So, why do we offer them to you?
When the pandemic closed our tent crusades, church meetings and rallies, the Holy Spirit commanded Mario to keep our staff on at full salary, and trust Him. He obeyed and God has provided. But another thing the Holy Spirit grants are wise ideas. And we needed one. That is when the War Chest Collection was born.
If you look at the page you will see no advertising. And there never will be. And if you get our newsletter you will see that we have stopped raising money for projects we can’t do right now. But even that was not good enough for us.
In this pandemic we needed something that was truly a win-win situation. We prayed for something that would help the people, and us, that was not a garish fund raiser.
Then, we remembered how John Wesley taught his young preachers to always bring books with them that would help the people. Why not then, at a time when people have time to read, offer them something that will empower them and at the same time keep us strong and ready to go as soon as the door reopens?  
We are amazed at the impact of Vessels of Fire and Glory. That book is not just blessing people—it has started a movement! Critical Mass remains required reading in many Christian schools and has never stopped influencing people who pray for revival. Edgewise offers wisdom for living in the last days. Together they provide you with solid, hard-hitting and encouraging truth. Not a bad thing just now.
The War Chest Collection has handed the enemy a double defeat by empowering God’s people and keeping us strong and ready.
Thank you for listening and get your War Chest Collection today. Turn your summer read into equipping, encouragement, and fire! We are all going to come out of this mightier than ever!   -Mario Murillo Ministries

The War Chest Collection: three powerful books by Mario Murillo for only $27. This amazing offer includes free shipping and a signed copy of Vessels of Fire and Glory. The war chest is an army’s first order for victory. The doors will soon open for tent crusades and we must replenish our war chest. This is a true win-win situation. Not only will you get three excellent books for only $27 but your money will go toward winning souls.

Use this link to order right now  https://mariomurillo.org/product/war-chest-collection/

 

 

 

THE RELIGIOUS SPIRIT

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!

P.S. A Special message to all of our friends from Mario Murillo Ministries

Why do we offer you books? It is certainly not to blunt the impact of the message you just read. In fact, these books reinforce the message we are trying to spread. More on that in a moment.  So, why do we offer them to you?
When the pandemic closed our tent crusades, church meetings and rallies, the Holy Spirit commanded Mario to keep our staff on at full salary, and trust Him. He obeyed and God has provided. But another thing the Holy Spirit grants are wise ideas. And we needed one. That is when the War Chest Collection was born.
If you look at the page you will see no advertising. And there never will be. And if you get our newsletter you will see that we have stopped raising money for projects we can’t do right now. But even that was not good enough for us.
In this pandemic we needed something that was truly a win-win situation. We prayed for something that would help the people, and us, that was not a garish fund raiser.
Then, we remembered how John Wesley taught his young preachers to always bring books with them that would help the people. Why not then, at a time when people have time to read, offer them something that will empower them and at the same time keep us strong and ready to go as soon as the door reopens?  
We are amazed at the impact of Vessels of Fire and Glory. That book is not just blessing people—it has started a movement! Critical Mass remains required reading in many Christian schools and has never stopped influencing people who pray for revival. Edgewise offers wisdom for living in the last days. Together they provide you with solid, hard-hitting and encouraging truth. Not a bad thing just now.
The War Chest Collection has handed the enemy a double defeat by empowering God’s people and keeping us strong and ready.
Thank you for listening and get your War Chest Collection today. Turn your summer read into equipping, encouragement, and fire! We are all going to come out of this mightier than ever!   -Mario Murillo Ministries

The War Chest Collection: three powerful books by Mario Murillo for only $27. This amazing offer includes free shipping and a signed copy of Vessels of Fire and Glory. The war chest is an army’s first order for victory. The doors will soon open for tent crusades and we must replenish our war chest. This is a true win-win situation. Not only will you get three excellent books for only $27 but your money will go toward winning souls.

Use this link to order right now  https://mariomurillo.org/product/war-chest-collection/

 

OUR MOST DESPERATE NEED IS TO GET BACK TO THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

The mobs who are tearing America apart have succeeded so far, because they have been able to make Christians feel alone, overwhelmed, and resigned to the lie that this is the new normal. The mobs can do this because they are organized and coordinated, and the church is not. We are under a demonic cloud of psychological manipulation.

The church is being flooded with advice, but that advice only seems to add to the confusion and heaviness. There are many things we need right now, but one stands out. An answer that was right under our noses, and it is so simple we missed it.

We need to correct the worst mistake that the Spirit-filled/ Charismatic/ Pentecostal movement ever made. We need to return to preaching the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and we need to make it a priority to start praying for believers to be filled!

Whatever happened to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?  You don’t hear about it anymore.  Churches don’t pray with people to receive it anymore.  And there’s a big reason why.

Preacher, if you stopped presenting the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to your people—Satan made you do it.  If there is no room in your service for people to receive this urgent gift—the enemy has seized control of your agenda.  If your people don’t even know what it is—you will answer to God.

No matter how noble, persuasive, or convincing the argument, the decision to exclude the Baptism of the Holy Spirit from the life of the church, is a decision conceived in hell.

Omitting this Baptism was a masterstroke of Satan.

He knew this was the most destructive deception possible.  It created lukewarm Christians.  It single handedly wiped out a huge amount of our soulwinning.  And, it opened the door to untold heresy.

Today, we are swimming in more false teaching, false prophecy and false Christianity than ever before.  All across the internet, ministries dabble in New Age-hybrids of Christian faith, exotic extremes, drunkenness and even perversion.  Turns out, the church is the other swamp that needs draining…

Noted Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias said, “I had dinner with the most popular preacher on television.  He told me that he did not see much difference between Islam and Christianity.”

How can we hang the blame for such foolishness on the way we have neglected the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?   Let’s examine the evidence.

Jesus said, However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all Truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13).

Jesus calls Him the Spirit of Truth.  He imparts hunger for the Truth.  It is futile to layer Truth on the unwilling soul.  False teaching abounds because there is a lack of hunger for Truth that the Holy Spirit awakens.  Let’s go back to the root issue:

Don’t make a move without it!

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “Which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now” (Acts 1:4-5).

The church has no witness without it.  Acts 1:8 states: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The Apostles considered it an extreme urgency for all who have believed on Christ as Savior, to be filled with the Holy Spirit. 

-Acts 8:14-15: “Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.”

-Acts 19:1-6: “And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So, they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So, they said, “Into John’s baptism.”  Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.”

We have two extremes in the church:  Those who believe in nothing and those who believe in everything.

Or to put it another way: We have those who know nothing of what the Bible says, and those who believe anything anyone says about the Bible. Both are products of a lack of discernment and power.  It is only after you experience the real presence and power of God that you know what is fake.

Look at the discipleship that resulted from the Baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost:

Acts 2:41-43: “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.”

One big reason that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not preached today is because it is the natural enemy of church marketing.

When God falls, church culture instantly changes.  Human promotion becomes obsolete.  An audience morphs into an army.  An insatiable hunger for the Word of God replaces sales-pitches.

The preacher who withholds the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is guilty of treason—of withholding a priceless gift that was bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus. They are guilty of holding back an edge of power that would keep the believer strong, alert, and able to win others, a gift that endows them with a prayer language which pierces all adversity.  How dare we hold this back!

The Pentecostal revival is the greatest Christian revival in history.  Beginning in the humble Azusa Street Mission, it has blazed for on for over 100 years, with over 650 million converts.  Only one thing explains it:  The Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is the answer for this dark hour!

 

 

 

A true win-win. For only $27 you not only 3 life-changing books, you help win souls, and keep our voice to America strong. All proceeds from these books go directly to the outreaches of Mario Murillo Ministries.

 

The War Chest Collection: three powerful books by Mario Murillo for only $27. This amazing offer includes free shipping and a signed copy of Vessels of Fire and Glory. The war chest is an army’s first order for victory. The doors will soon open for tent crusades and we must replenish our war chest. This is a true win-win situation. Not only will you get three excellent books for only $27 but your money will go toward winning souls.

Use this link to order right now  https://mariomurillo.org/product/war-chest-collection/

Vessels of Fire and Glory

Vessels of Fire and Glory is Mario’s newest book. It reached number one on Amazon among all Spirit-filled books. John Kilpatrick who led the Pensacola Revival said this after he read Vessels of Fire and Glory: “As I read the manuscript for Mario Murillo’s new book, Vessels of Fire and Glory, I said to myself, “Finally!” Mario has measured the church and the nation in this season and did not hold anything back. His honesty is like the sun rising inside a dark cave. This release is a paradox—it is sobering and refreshing; it is symptoms and the cure. I believe this revivalist has penned a treatise that should be in the hands of all who lead the work of God.”

 Edgewise

Here is a book about the end times with a totally different approach. It does not focus on how the world will end but on how to live as the curtain comes down on humanity. Powerful, practical, and encouraging.

Critical Mass

Critical Mass is the best-selling book Mario Murillo has ever written. It has been acclaimed as a classic on how to pray for, surrender to, and sustain revival. It is required reading in many colleges and training centers.

Use the link below to order yours right now!

War Chest Collection

 

GOD IS LAUGHING AT YOUR PLANS

“Of every earthly plan that be known to man, He is unconcerned. He’s got plans of His own to set up His throne when He returns.” –Bob Dylan

Three men. Barack Obama, George Soros, and Bill Gates have plans—plans that could envelope the world. They are feverishly putting the finishing touches on strategies to redefine the human race. They are the apostles of the “new normal.”  The first conspirator wishes to rule through a puppet President. The second one is funding and managing global anarchy. The last one named is pinning his hope on a mandatory vaccine.

Pandemic, economic collapse and rioting provide the perfect situation for men to seize power. It is right out of the book most favored by the Deep State: Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals. The proof of their power grab? The illegal shutdown of churches.  The elites who believe they are on a higher level of wealth and power, also believe, “Never waste a crisis.” And if there is no crisis available—you create one.

The Bible looks these three men in the eye and asks, “Why would you be planning something so foolish and so doomed to fail?”  Specifically, in Psalm 2:1, it says “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?”

The devil has deceived Obama, Soros, and Gates. They think they are working for the greater good. Satan convinced them they are building a utopia of justice, happiness and health. Instead, if what they are trying to create were ever implemented, it would result in the most sinister world-order imaginable. They, like Biden, are mere puppets.

How do we know they are puppets? Throughout history, tyrants and moguls have lusted for control. Ultimately, they develop a specific hatred—a hatred of Christ, the rightful Ruler of the world. And they never realize why they hate Jesus, or who is pulling their strings.

The jealousy that consumes Satan, knowing that Christ will someday rule the earth, will seep into anyone who serves him. Satan hides this fact. As Keyser Söze said in the film, The Usual Suspects: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.

Barack, George, and Bill don’t believe Satan exists, let alone that he is using them and instilling in them his hatred for Jesus.

This trio opposes Christianity and Israel. They are working to rid the world of the laws of God. Psalm 2:2-3 describes them: “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us

These three men are formidable foes. They wield astonishing power. They have mountains of money, unlimited connections, and enormous influence. Will they drive the church underground? Is it possible that they can indeed plow under the entire moral foundation of America, and even the world? Is God concerned?   

Actually, God is laughing. He is laughing at their plans. Back to Psalm 2, in verse 4 it states, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.” God laughs and mocks their plans. He heaps divine ridicule on them.

But, God’s dealings do not stop there: verse 5, “Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure…”  God is not only laughing at their plans, He will wreck their plans. His wrath will be poured out on their vain imaginings.

The word backfire does not begin to cover the next act of God against men who try to bury the church and set up their own kingdom. The nations are the express inheritance of Jesus Christ. Psalm 2 goes on to say in verses 7-8. “The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”

That is why Jesus turned the devil down when he tried to tempt Him with all the kingdoms of the world. Jesus was going to get them anyway!

There is no doubt that we face a time when evil will make the greatest bid for control in history. I believe we are in that moment. I believe that evil in all of its vile colors will now rise to crush our freedom and our churches. But God is watching the tyrants. And His eye is on His beloved.

We can fear and hide or we can stand and watch God give us weapons of supernatural effectiveness, words to preach that can’t be resisted, and miracle provision to finish our course with joy. These are dark days, but God has not forsaken us. God is laughing at their threats!

Barack Obama, George Soros, Bill Gates—you would do well to abandon your course. A mighty God protects us. The devil whom you serve, is already doomed, and he will take you three down with him.

My final warning is this, gentlemen—beware of what God plans to do about your plans.

Psalm 2:9-10, “You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel. Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be warned, you judges of the earth.”

Our God reigns, and the kingdoms of this earth shall become the Kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ!

 

Breaking News from Mario Murillo Ministries! A true win-win. For only $27 You can get 3 life-changing books and help win souls in the coming tent crusades in California.

 

The War Chest Collection: three powerful books by Mario Murillo for only $27. This amazing offer includes free shipping and a signed copy of Vessels of Fire and Glory. The war chest is an army’s first order for victory. The doors will soon open for tent crusades and we must replenish our war chest. This is a true win-win situation. Not only will you get three excellent books for only $27 but your money will go toward winning souls.

Use this link to order right now  https://mariomurillo.org/product/war-chest-collection/

Vessels of Fire and Glory

Vessels of Fire and Glory is Mario’s newest book. It reached number one on Amazon among all Spirit-filled books. John Kilpatrick who led the Pensacola Revival said this after he read Vessels of Fire and Glory: “As I read the manuscript for Mario Murillo’s new book, Vessels of Fire and Glory, I said to myself, “Finally!” Mario has measured the church and the nation in this season and did not hold anything back. His honesty is like the sun rising inside a dark cave. This release is a paradox—it is sobering and refreshing; it is symptoms and the cure. I believe this revivalist has penned a treatise that should be in the hands of all who lead the work of God.”

 Edgewise

Here is a book about the end times with a totally different approach. It does not focus on how the world will end but on how to live as the curtain comes down on humanity. Powerful, practical, and encouraging.

Critical Mass

Critical Mass is the best-selling book Mario Murillo has ever written. It has been acclaimed as a classic on how to pray for, surrender to, and sustain revival. It is required reading in many colleges and training centers.

Use the link below to order yours right now!

War Chest Collection

 

 

GOD IS LAUGHING AT YOUR PLANS

“Of every earthly plan that be known to man, He is unconcerned. He’s got plans of His own to set up His throne when He returns.” –Bob Dylan

Three men. Barack Obama, George Soros, and Bill Gates have plans—plans that could envelope the world. They are feverishly putting the finishing touches on strategies to redefine the human race. They are the apostles of the “new normal.”  The first conspirator wishes to rule through a puppet President. The second one is funding and managing global anarchy. The last one named is pinning his hope on a mandatory vaccine.

Pandemic, economic collapse and rioting provide the perfect situation for men to seize power. It is right out of the book most favored by the Deep State: Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals. The proof of their power grab? The illegal shutdown of churches.  The elites who believe they are on a higher level of wealth and power, also believe, “Never waste a crisis.” And if there is no crisis available—you create one.

The Bible looks these three men in the eye and asks, “Why would you be planning something so foolish and so doomed to fail?”  Specifically, in Psalm 2:1, it says “Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?”

The devil has deceived Obama, Soros, and Gates. They think they are working for the greater good. Satan convinced them they are building a utopia of justice, happiness and health. Instead, if what they are trying to create were ever implemented, it would result in the most sinister world-order imaginable. They, like Biden, are mere puppets.

How do we know they are puppets? Throughout history, tyrants and moguls have lusted for control. Ultimately, they develop a specific hatred—a hatred of Christ, the rightful Ruler of the world. And they never realize why they hate Jesus, or who is pulling their strings.

The jealousy that consumes Satan, knowing that Christ will someday rule the earth, will seep into anyone who serves him. Satan hides this fact. As Keyser Söze said in the film, The Usual Suspects: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.

Barack, George, and Bill don’t believe Satan exists, let alone that he is using them and instilling in them his hatred for Jesus.

This trio opposes Christianity and Israel. They are working to rid the world of the laws of God. Psalm 2:2-3 describes them: “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us

These three men are formidable foes. They wield astonishing power. They have mountains of money, unlimited connections, and enormous influence. Will they drive the church underground? Is it possible that they can indeed plow under the entire moral foundation of America, and even the world? Is God concerned?   

Actually, God is laughing. He is laughing at their plans. Back to Psalm 2, in verse 4 it states, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.” God laughs and mocks their plans. He heaps divine ridicule on them.

But, God’s dealings do not stop there: verse 5, “Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure…”  God is not only laughing at their plans, He will wreck their plans. His wrath will be poured out on their vain imaginings.

The word backfire does not begin to cover the next act of God against men who try to bury the church and set up their own kingdom. The nations are the express inheritance of Jesus Christ. Psalm 2 goes on to say in verses 7-8. “The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”

That is why Jesus turned the devil down when he tried to tempt Him with all the kingdoms of the world. Jesus was going to get them anyway!

There is no doubt that we face a time when evil will make the greatest bid for control in history. I believe we are in that moment. I believe that evil in all of its vile colors will now rise to crush our freedom and our churches. But God is watching the tyrants. And His eye is on His beloved.

We can fear and hide or we can stand and watch God give us weapons of supernatural effectiveness, words to preach that can’t be resisted, and miracle provision to finish our course with joy. These are dark days, but God has not forsaken us. God is laughing at their threats!

Barack Obama, George Soros, Bill Gates—you would do well to abandon your course. A mighty God protects us. The devil whom you serve, is already doomed, and he will take you three down with him.

My final warning is this, gentlemen—beware of what God plans to do about your plans.

Psalm 2:9-10, “You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel. Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be warned, you judges of the earth.”

Our God reigns, and the kingdoms of this earth shall become the Kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ!

 

Breaking News from Mario Murillo Ministries! A true win-win. For only $27 You can get 3 life-changing books and help win souls in the coming tent crusades in California.

 

The War Chest Collection: three powerful books by Mario Murillo for only $27. This amazing offer includes free shipping and a signed copy of Vessels of Fire and Glory. The war chest is an army’s first order for victory. The doors will soon open for tent crusades and we must replenish our war chest. This is a true win-win situation. Not only will you get three excellent books for only $27 but your money will go toward winning souls.

Use this link to order right now  https://mariomurillo.org/product/war-chest-collection/

Vessels of Fire and Glory

Vessels of Fire and Glory is Mario’s newest book. It reached number one on Amazon among all Spirit-filled books. John Kilpatrick who led the Pensacola Revival said this after he read Vessels of Fire and Glory: “As I read the manuscript for Mario Murillo’s new book, Vessels of Fire and Glory, I said to myself, “Finally!” Mario has measured the church and the nation in this season and did not hold anything back. His honesty is like the sun rising inside a dark cave. This release is a paradox—it is sobering and refreshing; it is symptoms and the cure. I believe this revivalist has penned a treatise that should be in the hands of all who lead the work of God.”

 Edgewise

Here is a book about the end times with a totally different approach. It does not focus on how the world will end but on how to live as the curtain comes down on humanity. Powerful, practical, and encouraging.

Critical Mass

Critical Mass is the best-selling book Mario Murillo has ever written. It has been acclaimed as a classic on how to pray for, surrender to, and sustain revival. It is required reading in many colleges and training centers.

Use the link below to order yours right now!

War Chest Collection

 

 

A terrifying collision with the Glory of God

Many who were once vibrant soldiers, today languish in a shadow existence.  They are out of church, disconnected from their former passion and sick in body and soul.  The ongoing political debate and demonstrations have only added to the crisis. The conflicting opinions of church leaders leave the army of God baffled and vulnerable.

The problem is, with all the anger, division, loud perversion, and persecution, Christian teachers find their instructive messages woefully inadequate.  What happened?  The answer is…life.   Life happened, and it is gripping believers with fear.  This is a new kind of fear coming from the screaming villains, who now have an out-sized influence.

The church in America needs a terrifying collision with the Glory of God.  But right now we are awash in ‘advisory sermons.’ The titles are similar and predictable: “How to handle fear, uncertainty, finances, relationships, marriage, and children.”   We are drowning in whiteboards, blackboards, statistics, PowerPoint Presentations, props, and illustrations.

We’ve been taught to death. We need to pour gasoline on what we’ve been taught and light it on fire.

Happy-face sermons do not give believers the power they need to overcome in a time like this.   What is happening now runs clear off the over-optimistic maps drawn in pulpits. Tragedies can uproot neat formulas like a palm tree in a hurricane.   Hip theories will collapse like a brick house in an earthquake.

Leaders have brought a lot of this on themselves.  The culture has changed dramatically in the last few months—but the American pulpit has not.

Why are we surprised that modern believers suddenly need more?  The power that could answer a thousand questions and extinguish a myriad of personality ills has been ushered out of church.

Closing the altars, ordering people to tone it down, and focusing on recovery programs indeed brought in a crowd.  However, what is the end game if the crowd leaves as weak as they came—and in some cases weaker—without power to face the culture of a nation gone berserk?

Paul’s cure was simple: an undeniable encounter with the fire of God…”that your faith should not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:5).

The answer for conquering fear today is to burn it out!  Just for shock value, I’ll use this phrase…perfect love casts out fear but so does perfect fear.  No doubt many will think it is crazy to take a wonderful verse like 1 John 4:18: “perfect love casts out fear” and mess it up.  But I am not messing it up I am fulfilling it!

PERFECT FEAR DOES INDEED CAST OUT FEAR!  We have downplayed and even banned something that Christians desperately need…A TERRIFYING COLLISION WITH THE GLORY OF GOD.

Go back with me to 758 B.C.  Isaiah the prophet enters the Temple in fear for his life.  The tide of public opinion has turned against him.  The death of his friend and protector King Uzziah has put the finishing touch on 5 years of ministry that seemingly had no impact on Israel, and Isaiah felt like he had just been treading water.  His despair is now complete. He enters the Temple looking for comfort from God.

He kneels in prayer, resting his elbows on the altar seeking solace from the storm. Instead, the building starts quaking, knocking his elbows so that he is now punching himself in the face.

He looks up and sees Seraphim:  Angels of fire, fire that burns hotter and brighter than any sun. They tower over him from either end of the altar.

Their voices roar, vibrate, boom and dislodge the mighty beams of the Temple!  “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, IS THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.  THE WHOLE EARTH IS FILLED WITH HIS GLORY!”  Back and forth, again and again, they blast this mighty proclamation until Isaiah could not bear the fright!

The mighty God Himself stands before Isaiah unfurling the indescribable train of His Glory!  The prophet convulses beneath the weight of glory.  From the very core of his being came an all-consuming cry… “WOE IS ME!”

The startling effect of the Glory of God—a wonder-working fear—overrules human fear.

No threat matters now.   This demonstration of Glory conquered his suffering.   Isn’t this exactly what Paul meant?: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).   Of course, Paul is speaking of the final GLORY…but it is a part of our birthright to have earthly collisions of glory: “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all” (1 Corinthians 12:7).  An overarching, fear-destroying encounter is the legacy of every child of God.

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”

The twelve disciples were in a boat out on the Sea of Galilee, gripped by fear of the storm.  But when Jesus rebuked the storm their fear of drowning was replaced with an awestruck wonder. They exclaimed: “what manner of man is this that even the wind and the sea obey Him!?”

We are told that General Patton won battles because his men were more afraid of him than the Germans.   Again, ours is not a negative fear, but the holy awe born from the manifestation of God’s glory.

This truth reinforces the fact that “Perfect love casts out Fear” because love disciplines, love gives us what we need… and what we need today is not a subtle pat on the head.   We need a fear-killing encounter!  Solomon said in Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

Why are we blocking people from experiencing the fire of God?  Why would we keep this miracle from people?   I am talking about fire—fire that keeps them from the evil one—fire that forges a reverence, and turns them into your best soldiers

We should have made room and time for people to be so filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit and fire that they are equipped to prevail against all enemies.  If we had, we would not be nursing hordes of Christians on life support. We would have an unstoppable army!

There is still time to reverse course.  If you have never been drenched by God then obey Him and seek to be overcome by His Glory.  If you have received a filling of the Holy Spirit in the past, now is the time to receive FRESH FIRE!

 

Let us place a new weapon in your hand. Mario’s new book that saw this coming and gives the instructions for those would let God forge them into a nation-saving weapon.

Mario’s new book will awaken you to your assignment in God’s work to save America. It’s $15 each or $12 for ten or more. Get a signed copy plus free shipping by clicking here.  https://mariomurillo.org/product/vessels-of-fire-glory/ 

 

A terrifying collision with the Glory of God

Many who were once vibrant soldiers, today languish in a shadow existence.  They are out of church, disconnected from their former passion and sick in body and soul.  The ongoing political debate and demonstrations have only added to the crisis. The conflicting opinions of church leaders leave the army of God baffled and vulnerable.

The problem is, with all the anger, division, loud perversion, and persecution, Christian teachers find their instructive messages woefully inadequate.  What happened?  The answer is…life.   Life happened, and it is gripping believers with fear.  This is a new kind of fear coming from the screaming villains, who now have an out-sized influence.

The church in America needs a terrifying collision with the Glory of God.  But right now we are awash in ‘advisory sermons.’ The titles are similar and predictable: “How to handle fear, uncertainty, finances, relationships, marriage, and children.”   We are drowning in whiteboards, blackboards, statistics, PowerPoint Presentations, props, and illustrations.

We’ve been taught to death. We need to pour gasoline on what we’ve been taught and light it on fire.

Happy-face sermons do not give believers the power they need to overcome in a time like this.   What is happening now runs clear off the over-optimistic maps drawn in pulpits. Tragedies can uproot neat formulas like a palm tree in a hurricane.   Hip theories will collapse like a brick house in an earthquake.

Leaders have brought a lot of this on themselves.  The culture has changed dramatically in the last few months—but the American pulpit has not.

Why are we surprised that modern believers suddenly need more?  The power that could answer a thousand questions and extinguish a myriad of personality ills has been ushered out of church.

Closing the altars, ordering people to tone it down, and focusing on recovery programs indeed brought in a crowd.  However, what is the end game if the crowd leaves as weak as they came—and in some cases weaker—without power to face the culture of a nation gone berserk?

Paul’s cure was simple: an undeniable encounter with the fire of God…”that your faith should not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:5).

The answer for conquering fear today is to burn it out!  Just for shock value, I’ll use this phrase…perfect love casts out fear but so does perfect fear.  No doubt many will think it is crazy to take a wonderful verse like 1 John 4:18: “perfect love casts out fear” and mess it up.  But I am not messing it up I am fulfilling it!

PERFECT FEAR DOES INDEED CAST OUT FEAR!  We have downplayed and even banned something that Christians desperately need…A TERRIFYING COLLISION WITH THE GLORY OF GOD.

Go back with me to 758 B.C.  Isaiah the prophet enters the Temple in fear for his life.  The tide of public opinion has turned against him.  The death of his friend and protector King Uzziah has put the finishing touch on 5 years of ministry that seemingly had no impact on Israel, and Isaiah felt like he had just been treading water.  His despair is now complete. He enters the Temple looking for comfort from God.

He kneels in prayer, resting his elbows on the altar seeking solace from the storm. Instead, the building starts quaking, knocking his elbows so that he is now punching himself in the face.

He looks up and sees Seraphim:  Angels of fire, fire that burns hotter and brighter than any sun. They tower over him from either end of the altar.

Their voices roar, vibrate, boom and dislodge the mighty beams of the Temple!  “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, IS THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.  THE WHOLE EARTH IS FILLED WITH HIS GLORY!”  Back and forth, again and again, they blast this mighty proclamation until Isaiah could not bear the fright!

The mighty God Himself stands before Isaiah unfurling the indescribable train of His Glory!  The prophet convulses beneath the weight of glory.  From the very core of his being came an all-consuming cry… “WOE IS ME!”

The startling effect of the Glory of God—a wonder-working fear—overrules human fear.

No threat matters now.   This demonstration of Glory conquered his suffering.   Isn’t this exactly what Paul meant?: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).   Of course, Paul is speaking of the final GLORY…but it is a part of our birthright to have earthly collisions of glory: “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all” (1 Corinthians 12:7).  An overarching, fear-destroying encounter is the legacy of every child of God.

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”

The twelve disciples were in a boat out on the Sea of Galilee, gripped by fear of the storm.  But when Jesus rebuked the storm their fear of drowning was replaced with an awestruck wonder. They exclaimed: “what manner of man is this that even the wind and the sea obey Him!?”

We are told that General Patton won battles because his men were more afraid of him than the Germans.   Again, ours is not a negative fear, but the holy awe born from the manifestation of God’s glory.

This truth reinforces the fact that “Perfect love casts out Fear” because love disciplines, love gives us what we need… and what we need today is not a subtle pat on the head.   We need a fear-killing encounter!  Solomon said in Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

Why are we blocking people from experiencing the fire of God?  Why would we keep this miracle from people?   I am talking about fire—fire that keeps them from the evil one—fire that forges a reverence, and turns them into your best soldiers

We should have made room and time for people to be so filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit and fire that they are equipped to prevail against all enemies.  If we had, we would not be nursing hordes of Christians on life support. We would have an unstoppable army!

There is still time to reverse course.  If you have never been drenched by God then obey Him and seek to be overcome by His Glory.  If you have received a filling of the Holy Spirit in the past, now is the time to receive FRESH FIRE!

Hijacking Christianity

I remember that time when a newscaster asked me a ‘gotcha’ question: “What is your opinion on homosexuality?” My answer was simple, “My opinion does not matter, but I will tell you what the Word of God says about it.”

That ended that. She quickly changed the subject. She had hoped I would offer my own viewpoint so she could attack me as a homophobe. She, like so many on the Left, don’t want you to know they are anti-Bible.  Leftists know that millions of Americans believe the Bible is the Word of God.

When Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted by Satan, every time the devil asked a question, Jesus answered him with scripture. See how that works?

Pete Buttigieg is ‘married’ to a man, something the Bible condemns. However, that doesn’t stop him from quoting the safer parts of the Bible, so as to appear Christian. Like many hypocritical politicians, he knows being tagged as a Christian can get him votes. Obama did the same thing.

Pete believes there are mistakes in the Bible. He feels qualified to differentiate which verses we should believe in. That is a rare kind of arrogance, because he is not only placing himself above Bible scholars, he is exalting himself above God.

His brand of Christianity seeks to meld two utterly incompatible views, and he gets away with it because the media never questions anything those on the Left say. And, our culture is subjective, emotional, and rarely follows things out to their logical conclusion.

Now, take the religious tone out of this, and imagine a physicist who believes in gravity, but does not believe in Isaac Newton. He would be laughed out of the scientific community—just as Buttigieg should be laughed out of the presidential race for appropriating only the parts of the Bible he likes.  He is, in essence, hijacking Christianity.

This hijacking happened before. Obama believes babies can be killed at any point during pregnancy, and even if they should survive abortion. That disregard for human life is blasphemy in the Bible. Yet, he claimed he was a Christian. He hijacked Christianity to get votes.

He claimed ‘Gay love’ is a love from God. But the Bible clearly forbids such perversion, and lists it along with several other sins that are anathema to the Lord.

Time to let the Bible speak for itself. Take a look at this one verse from the Greek Interlinear New Testament:

9 οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι ἄδικοι θεο βασιλείαν ο κληρονομήσουσιν; μ πλανᾶσθε: οὔτε πὀρνοι οὔτε εἰδωλολάτραι οὔτε μοιχο οὔτε μαλακο οὔτε ἀρσενοκοῖται

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor a catamite (a man who is used sexually as a woman), nor a sodomite (a man who uses men sexually as a woman),

10οὔτε κλέπται οὔτε πλεονέκται, ο μέθυσοι, ο λοίδοροι, οὐχ ἅρπαγες βασιλείαν θεο κληρονομήσουσιν.

neither thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor thieves will inherit the kingdom of God.  (1 Cor. 6:9-10)

Obama said if the winds of change turned against Islam, he would stand with Islam. How can anyone who calls Jesus Lord—as the Bible teaches—say that? For all this, Obama never hesitated to call himself a Christian. Sadly, even Christianity Today once carried an article defending Obama’s “conversion.”

The trend to uncouple Christ and the Bible is by no means limited to politicians. Even Spirit-filled believers are trying to do it. Most of us have heard preachers talk about their personal experiences that ‘transcend the Bible.’ One preacher went on my Facebook page and called the Bible milk that he had outgrown!

They will tell you they are trusting in the Holy Spirit more than ‘a book.’ But what they are really saying is that they trust in themselves more than the Bible.  The Holy Spirit would never condone abandoning the Bible.

By making same-sex marriage and Christianity compatible, Buttigieg has proven that he, too, is dangerous. By modeling a non-Biblical Christianity, he has shown us he is lethal.

I could respect an honest leftist who would admit they reject the Bible. I can abide them saying they believe the Bible is full of hate—because I can easily prove it is not.

A con artist like Buttigieg needs to be rejected for his massive dishonesty. To use Jesus to get votes, while you are living in open rebellion to the Bible, is to embrace pure evil.

CNN said, “Pete Buttigieg’s rise opens doors to donors that fueled Obama.” The best argument for rejecting Buttigieg is that he is following in Obama’s footsteps. We cannot let him hijack Christianity like Obama did.