Are you preaching to what your people actually face? Their faith is costing them their jobs. Their children are being persecuted at school. Their college is banning their Christian clubs.
When they tell us they want to silence the church—when they tell us their opinion is the only one allowed—when disagreeing will cost you your rights, your job, and even your life—when they burn buildings, protect killers, and convict innocent people—the church should have no response? Do we sit back and just give away our freedom of religion and speech?
Liberals want a New American Civil War. They want one party rule. They say the Republican Party, and Evangelical Christians must be stripped of power. They want to make America into California.
Peter Leyden, CEO of new media startup Reinvent, and Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, said this in an article entitled The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War.
They say, “What about the need for checks and balances? Many Americans might be wary of trusting a political environment where one party has complete control of political power.”
They insist that one party rule is an utter necessity: “America can’t afford more political paralysis. One side or the other must win. This is a civil war that can be won without firing a shot. But it is a fundamental conflict between two worldviews that must be resolved in short order.” Are these wacko ideas from the fringe? No, they are mainstream leftist ideology. We are in a moral civil war. How shall we preach in moral civil war?
There is a story of tyranny that is our model for this moment. Terrorists took control of a city and demanded that the entire city become slaves or face death. It gets worse. Just to stay alive every man, woman, and child had to agree to have their right eye removed.
The elders of the city begged for them to hold off 7 days so they could send messengers to get help. Since the terrorists were spoiling for a fight they agreed.
1 Samuel 11:3 is one of the most chilling verses in scripture because it shows the unimaginable horror the people felt: “Then the elders of Jabesh said to him, ‘Hold off for seven days, that we may send messengers to all the territory of Israel. And then, if there is no one to save us, we will come out to you.’”
Put yourself in the place of those men facing the disfigurement of their wives and children. If you were one of those elders tasked with choosing messengers—what kind of messengers would you choose? Who would you choose to go get help?
You would not pick smooth talking salesmen. You would not want a wordsmith or an entertainer. You dare not send a psychologist or a life coach.
They had to go get an army. They had to make people cry and get angry. They had to convince people—who might believe this was not their fight—to take a stand.
The Bible says they went to Gibeah where King Saul was, and everyone who heard them began to weep. King Saul was filled with holy rage and galvanized the nation to save the people of Jabesh Gilead in a mighty victory.
Who will save us from the disfigurement of America, and the church, by the left? What kind of preaching shall we choose to loosen the grip of tyranny and regain our freedom? The same kind of messengers the elders of Jabesh Gilead choose.
The Holy Spirit is leading preachers to adjust to the new, real world. He is sending out an urgent appeal: Preach as if they are stealing your country…because they are. Preach as if your people are suffering under persecution because they are. If you have the heart, God will give you the words. Time is running out.
When I warned about a new law in California, a lady commented, “the Church is awake and powerful in California.” A brother responded, “Then why is California going to hell in a handbasket?” Ouch.
What I am about to say is a cry—a loving cry for leaders in California to wake up and please consider what I say no matter how painful the facts may be. I know I am speaking out a deep love and burden for my home.
I survey the moral devastation and then hear someone boast that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church in California. I have to ask, if the gates of hell have not prevailed then what on earth is going on? If this isn’t prevailing, I’d hate to see what is. The answer is—as is so often the case—to read the verse again.
Matthew 16:18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
I am begging God for this message to get through to my fellow leaders. The first clue lies in the phrase, “I will build.” There are two construction projects going on simultaneously in the church. Men are in charge of one, and Christ is in charge of the other.
That these two branches coexist in the Body of Christ is clear in Jesus’ own words: John 15: 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
Both branches are connected to Him, but only one abides in Him. Both can grow side by side until the appointed time. It is easy to see the difference.
The churches men build don’t stand a chance against Satan, and Satan doesn’t stand a chance against the church Christ is building.
Man made churches avoid the front line. The one Jesus builds draws its life from engaging and defeating the powers of darkness.
The church man builds, refuses to offend. The church Christ builds refuses to be ashamed.
It totally breaks my heart to say this…California is littered with Christian projects built by man, and for man. This explains how immorality spread, even as churches got bigger. It explains why California government is working so hard to ban Christianity.
It makes me weep to have to say this but…Paul levels a stern warning to all who build “for God” by their own design. 1 Corinthians 3:10 “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Beloved, there is a terrifying outcome for those who build fake works. They will all stand before God and be judged for their works. 1 Corinthians 3:12 “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
Beloved, the autopsy on California leaves no room for another verdict!
Let everyone who reads this heed this warning! There are disastrous things about building Christian projects by human power that aren’t readily apparent.
For starters, they persecute the true church in a way that is worse than the world does. How? By making Bible preaching offensive—by giving believers an appetite for fast food—by discouraging true pastors who feel foolish for sticking to their convictions—by leaving them feeling betrayed, when you steal their people, and herd them into a faceless crowd, where they no longer have accountability.
I am praying right now that my cry will be understood by leaders. I am travailing for leaders to wake up while there is still time.
But there is an even more hideous fact: Satan may be actually helping you build. He’ll even give you the money. A hundred million dollars is chump change to Lucifer, if it gets him the prize he seeks: a center where thousands can be disarmed and neutralized.
My precious brothers and sisters, what could be a better trophy of hell that an artificial church? It has all the right features but no power. It is the perfect distraction. The devil can freely defile a culture in plain view of the church and she will be powerless, or oblivious to stop it.
If you insist on defending your empire, and you refuse to see how useless it was to stop the destruction of California, then it is already too late.
But I can’t accept that it is too late. I know there are true men and women of God in California. God wanted to give pastors in California something so much more than a big church—He wanted to give them a giant church filled with giants.
Let’s finish the verses about the branches: John 15: 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. That is the church we are talking about and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
Should a preacher be an outspoken critic of government and politicians? Should soul winners take sides the political arena? When I first began doing it, the unanimous verdict was no. Now let me tell you an amazing story…
In 2011, I knew the greatest threat to America and the Gospel was going to come from Washington D.C. and Sacramento CA. The Holy Spirit led me to begin a blog and arm people with truth and Scriptural knowledge to combat the iron curtain that I saw coming down on our nation.
You would not believe the threats I got. Not just from left wing wackos, but from Christians. Church folk thought I was violating my calling and the left wingers said they were going to sick the IRS on me. Some leaders I really trusted blasted me for even thinking of doing this.
Seeking God about doing this blog, put me through unimaginable torment. I had to be sure I was right. My heroes, Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Kathyrn Kuhlman, and David Wilkerson would have struggled with my decision. Then something really important dawned on me: Preachers must discern the times they live in.
Everyone one of my heroes did just that. They did things that had never been done before and they were brutally criticized for it. David Wilkerson for being photographed at a criminal trial for delinquents, Oral for going on television, Kathyrn for being a woman preacher…all of them broke new ground.
Then God gave me understanding of the time I lived in, and the ground I had to break. Let me explain it this way: say you are barbecuing in your back yard. There’s a fence between you and your neighbor. One day, after years of peaceful coexistence, your neighbor jumps the fence, and with a crazed look, charges your wife. He means harm. What do you do? Tell yourself it is unloving to attack the crazed neighbor?
Obama jumped the fence and went after the church. Now, the left never stays in their own yard. They continually attack our freedom of religion, and speech. Then I heard a life-changing phrase in my spirit: Christianity will survive without America, but America will never survive without Christianity. Now I knew my mission was to help spare America from disaster.
I also concluded that my spiritual heroes lived in an era when the church was respected, and there was civil discourse between political parties. I needed models of preachers who preached at the dawn of tyranny in their nation. I needed Dietrich Bonhoeffer from Hitler’s Germany and Watchman Nee in Mao’s china. It became undeniable what I had to do. I had total peace and confidence and began writing. However, my anxiety was only beginning.
In the first month, May 2011, only 58 people read it, by the end of the year only 2,200 people had read it. The enemy laughed at me, and told me it was a miserable failure, and the only thing I had done was to close the doors of churches. Somehow I kept trying.
The blog didn’t just face rejection from the church, it was going against the headwinds of technology. America’s attention span was shrinking fast. Experts told me I had no hope of success because no one reads long articles. If I wanted to be heard, I had to do short snappy videos. The Holy Spirit said no. I had to write the blog. Often, they’d be over a thousand words. Somehow, against all odds, I held on.
Now it was 2012 and something amazing started. By December, 300,000 people read the blog. Not only that, preachers took heart from my posts and began to boldly proclaim truth and speak out. Some of my harshest critics admitted they attacked me out of their own fear to speak out. The foundation of a new understanding, began to emerge. It turned into a groundswell.
Everywhere I traveled, people would come up to me, and tell me how much the blog meant to them. Copies appeared in the most surprising places. The heads of a large denomination gave it to their executives. It was quoted on television, radio, referred to in books, read from pulpits and even mentioned in Washington. Since then, it has been viewed in 224 nations and territories. Then at midnight last night it happened…
The blog reached 3 million views. Think of that! 3 million people have read it! This little blog, which had no chance of surviving is now the mouse that roared. Thank you to all my regular readers—some who have stood with me since the beginning—for doing something historic! And, the best is yet to come.
The only way it succeeded was because God was in it. He is the only reason it broke through all the barriers. All the glory goes to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
The intention of the democratic party is clear: They want votes no matter what the cost. There is nothing noble about what they are doing. They don’t care about poverty, they don’t care about safety, they don’t care about equality. They are in it for votes. Period.
All their rhetoric about poverty, equality, religious freedom and human rights is pure window dressing.
They are betting that no matter how much harm comes to innocent Americans—it is worth it. No matter how much they damage cities it is worth it. No matter who, and how, anyone gets hurt, it is worth it.
The illegal vote is omnipotent to them. They will harm Americans in poverty in favor of illegals. They will break Federal Law for illegals. They will hurt their own constituents—they will abandon people who voted for them.
They have till March to deal with DACA, and Republicans have already said they want to help. It was a fight they didn’t need to start. It was grandstanding—they threw a bone to illegals. They shut down the government knowing it would cut off the money to our soldiers, children, and a host of others. The last time the government shut down it cost 24 Billion dollars.
You really believe their intentions are honorable? Having failed every demographic group, they ever swore to help—having left a trail of devastation, littered with homeless camps (see video below) and despair—they seek fresh meat—someone unfamiliar with their record of failure, someone to keep them alive.
A sanctuary city—to them—means something totally different. It means a sanctuary for career politicians to remain in power. It means sanctuary for bankrupt and failed policies.
California is now the king of poverty. Still, they pursue a course of pure madness. Businesses are already leaving California…so what do they do? After Trump lowered the corporate tax rate—California introduced a bill to take half of the money businesses will save.
“California lawmakers are targeting the expected windfall that companies in the state would see under the federal tax overhaul with a bill that would require businesses to turn over half to the state. A proposed Assembly Constitutional Amendment by Assemblymen Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, and Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would create a tax surcharge on California companies making more than $1 million so that half of their federal tax cut would instead go to programs that benefit low-income and middle-class families.” -SF GATE
And do what with it? Actually? Fund health care for illegals. I can’t make this stuff up.
Now look at this video of Southern California, the homeless capital of America
I am walking the Streets of San Francisco. I snap this picture and something blasted in my spirit: “all that can be shaken.” God has made His choice. God has chosen His targets. God will strike suddenly.
2018: the year that everything that can be shaken will be shaken.
-You companies who have used your wealth and power to persecute the righteous will now be shaken.
-You politicians—who have ruined America for decades will suddenly disappear.
-You preachers who have handled the Word of God deceitfully and cheapened Grace to finance your private life of drunkenness, whoredom, and materialism will have your gift removed in public humiliation.
God shook Himself. He waited. He was patient. He gave you time to play church. He let you have your blessing toys. He looked away in hopes we would come to ourselves. His blessing and his goodness did not bring you to repentance. No, it became a license to go deeper into counterfeit Christianity.
The America church is guilty of great crimes against the Holy Spirit. We told Him to leave and lets us grow Christianity incorporated—the worst thing we could have done.
It’s why we couldn’t stop Barack Obama—why we made no cogent case to save marriage, the unborn, or free speech—why we stood by and watched America change overnight—why we were helpless to intervene when our nation began hating everything that made her great.
Trump was only the beginning of this shaking. He is rude, he is offensive—by design. His words uproot and tear down. He is a wrecking ball to international corruption. His crudeness is a tool of a God with a plan. He makes you queasy? He scares you? That’s nothing…
Just wait till they try to get him out of power. Oh how his enemies rejoice thinking they have nailed him as a racist. They will fail for 2 simple reasons: He is not a racist and he is in power for a divine reason.
Watch the most powerful people attack and crumble. Watch liberal heads explode as Trump remains—not because he is holy or even a good leader—but because he is chosen to wreak havoc on the world system.
Why now you ask? Why has God rolled up His sleeve to root up false ministries? Why is He accelerating His earthquakes? I wondered. I asked. The answer was stunning but not surprising. Here are the reasons:
-We are at the moment when Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter along with leftist leaders will unfurl a cyber-iron curtain. Christians will be marginalized. Values that violate our Constitution and freedom of religion will be enforced. Bible preaching will be a hate crime. (How sickening! Carnal ministers were toadies in this plan to drive the church underground and terrorize Israel.)
-God sees the coming mid-term elections. Without a miracle by November, Nancy Pelosi will again be the Speaker of the House. What a plague. We are only months away from a leftist backlash that will transcend anything in our history.
God came to the inescapable decision that revival must come now or the nation is lost. He will pour out wrath…but He will also pour out His Spirit. Hallelujah!
Look for despised little churches—faithfully preaching the Word of God—to become centers of Glory, miracles and mass conversions.
Look for nobodies to come on the scene like a righteous tornado and roar repentance with such power that their voice will echo in the penthouses of power.
Look for campus ministries to rise because millennials will see the blatant persecution and turn Christianity into a celebrated cause.
Look for preaching to be matched with miracles—confirmation of the WORD by medically inexplicable healings.
Look for God to pull out all the stops to save America. Look for every ministry fueled by man to fall by the wayside to make room for the voices that cannot be shaken.
Writing this blog brought me great turmoil until something happened that removed all doubt. I walked the streets of San Francisco fighting an inner war. Suddenly my cell phone rang. It was my good Friend Ron McIntosh—president of Victory Bible College in Tulsa.
He asked me, “what is God telling you about 2018?” Before I could answer him, he said, “God showed me it will be a year where everything that can be shaken, will be shaken.”
Soul-sucking disaster upon disaster, and yet America does not pray. But, I get why. The word of God says, “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God…”1 Corinthians 2: 14. What I don’t get is how the American church can still think this is a game.
The world is on fire. Because of man, and nature—Earth is ready to explode. Meanwhile the church—like a party on the deck of the Titanic—pats herself on the back for her “big events.”
Nothing has stopped—or even slowed down—America’s depravity. We have spent more money, time, and talent than ever—yet the church never asks, why we keep doing things that don’t work?
When the church
-Feeds a sick nation, a sick gospel, that does not deliver from evil, and worse, makes the already converted weaker, we must think it is a game.
-Our kid preachers’ highest aspiration today is to preach in tight shirts with bulging biceps, live in a mansion, strut like a rooster, and be adored as a celebrity life coach. They must think it is a game.
-When the enemy is no longer the works of Satan, but the unsuccessful life—we are playing a game. We must return to the Bible. The Bible needs to set fire to our sermons.
Many of my Spirit-filled acquaintances are also playing games. Facebook is like a Petri dish for Pentecostals. In one compressed medium, you witness the banal bacteria that excites Charismatics today. Witness the games:
-Titles like Prophet and Apostle are flung around indiscriminately. Every garish emotional experience is hawked as being from God. One “prophet” says he went back in time and visited Moses. Who of us has not scratched our heads at preachers, in ill-fitting jeans, live-streaming from a near-empty church, that they are the vessel of the hour?
– “Prophetic” conferences promise that you will get “a word of knowledge” as if the Holy Spirit was On Demand. Or they offer formulas to “activate” gifts of the Spirit. This is New Age philosophy. God is not a force to manipulate—He is an awesome person to be adored and obeyed. Gift arrive, as the Spirit wills, to hearts broken—emptied of self—for the lost, the poor, and the forsaken.
-Everything seems based on angelic visitations, dreams, visions and trips to heaven. Most of our time is spent on these “experiences” and not on rock-solid instruction from the Word of God.
I believe in dreams, prophecy, healing, angels and visions. But if they are from God they will drive us to the front line of the culture and not into emotional safe zones. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty to the tearing down of strongholds.” -2 Corinthians 10:4 We are nowhere near strongholds because we think it’s a game.
Beloved, this is not a game. Christians toying with materialism, celebrity, alcohol, compromise and carnality spell doom for America. Google, Facebook, Apple, YouTube and the rest of Silicon Valley threaten to pull the plug on churches. Every day they inch closer to censorship. Will your zany videos matter if no one can see them?
Our preaching ricochets off a culture careening into indescribable debauchery. Soon it will illegal to preach the doctrines you are now ignoring. What a horror! Pastor you wake up one day with remorse over the truths you ignored—but now they’re banned.
Mario is there any hope? My hope in God’s fierce love for America. He will not let this nation go without a fierce fight. My hope is in some of the last people you’d expect.
My hope is in the discouraged preacher. Honest-to-God preachers who feel like fools when they see the runaway success of compromise. Psalm 73:12 says, “Behold, these are the ungodly, who are always at ease; They increase in riches. 13 Surely, I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence. 14 For all day long I have been plagued, and chastened every morning.”
My hope is in those who chose to fail honestly rather than succeed artificially.
Are you struggling with decreasing numbers and falling finances, even as you present a Christ-centered, Bible based pulpit? God sees you! Hold on just a little longer. Fire is coming that will cause a stampede and you won’t know where to put the crowds.
My hope is in the Christian nobodies. Have you failed? Did man take away your pulpit? Get ready…your brokenness is a key to the fire of God in this hour. A nationwide hunger for reality is about to make shallowness obsolete.
Are you a teacher, business person, police officer or stay at home mom? Do you burn with a passion for your community? Get ready for vision and anointing right where you live!
The hour is so dangerous that God must bring down religious empires and promote others to great power and influence. Satan is also playing games. I believe that God—through the last people we expect—is about to teach Satan what war really looks like.