First of all, Mario Murillo Ministries is still a California Corporation and we are dedicated to seeing revival here. However, to learn how the church lost her witness here demands brutal honesty.
15.8 million Californians claim to be Christian—more by far, than any other state in the union. When California went abjectly hippie, communist, one has to wonder where were the Christians? Let’s stipulate that only one third of all believers in California can vote. According to statistics, that would still be 5.26 million people.
Jerry Brown won a popular vote of 4.3 million votes and his opponent got just under 3 million. Why couldn’t the Church—with her vast store of congregants—come up with another 1.3 million votes to win the election? If every Christian who could vote, voted for righteousness, they would have won by a landslide. There’s a bigger question:
Why did Christians vote for Jerry Brown? We know they did, because he could not win without their vote. The church had the power—at every turn—to stop the liberal agenda in California. Why didn’t she?
I know that judges overturned the will of the people with Prop 8. I get that there are union crime families in California. I realize that free speech is dead on the left coast. I also know there is widespread voter fraud. All of that considered, it still does not explain how such a vast voting bloc could be neutralized.
This is not a hatchet job on believers in the Golden State. I have sacrificed a great part of my life for the churches there. I don’t believe the fault lies with rank and file believers. I also know there are many godly pastors faithfully serving on the West Coast.
No, this disaster snuck in like a Trojan Horse. I saw it firsthand and preached against it from the first day I saw it. It was a masterstroke of Satan that began over 30 years ago. When I tell you the culprit, a part of you will be shocked, and another part will recognize why I am right instantly.
The problem was the church growth movement. More harm than you can possibly imagine came from the seemingly innocuous words “church growth movement.” And, yes indeed it was a movement.
The initial victim was unity. The next victim was soul winning. The final victim was Bible literacy. Here is how it worked:
When numbers mattered more than anything, California pastors began to see other pastors as the competition. Hollywood, drugs, atheism, and sexual perversion were no longer the threat—now it was your brother in Christ. Ministers became suspicious of one another, and began to isolate themselves citing their “big vision.”
Then, these regional pastors inadvertently created a new morality. Sin was not the sin defined in scripture—sin was now anything that hindered growth. By removing the offensive parts of the Bible, they also removed the parts that had the power to change people.
They steered clear of righteousness by saying “confrontational messages offend the very people we are trying to reach.” This is code for “it is bad for business.”
To maximize growth, churches felt compelled to become self-contained entertainment centers, who didn’t need anyone else. This destroyed mass evangelism, like what we saw with Billy Graham in neutral stadiums and auditoriums. The photo below is from the Billy Graham Crusade in the Los Angeles coliseum in 1963. 120,000 are inside and 30,000 more could not get in. This is unimaginable in Los Angeles today.
Soon California churches became expert at drawing audiences but leaving them unchanged by the Gospel. Hundreds of thousands could belong to a church and see nothing wrong with abortion or gay marriage. Why? Because their spiritual leader never talked about it. Believers assumed that all of this was acceptable under the constant drumbeat of inclusiveness.
When the pastors noticed that the people loved their “nonreligious” appearance and behavior, they began to let down their guard. The innocent wine and cocktails turned in a drinking habit. Other dark trends that I will not mention became common among these leaders. Thus, they were powerless to address the rampant immorality in their congregations. They were also powerless to form a multi-church statewide voter movement.
Soon, Movie stars, pop stars, and famous athletes became status symbols for these churches. Instead of the mega pastor discipling these celebrities, the celebrities discipled them. It became impossible for these preachers to quote scripture, teach doctrine, or oppose liberal agendas.
Finally, taking a stand against left wing politicians became unloving. Pastors escaped their duty by saying “that is not my calling.” They took the Bible out of context in telling them that any political statements were judgmental. Any Christian voter registration effort was downplayed or banned.
Soon Satan had tightened his noose and masses of Christians were oblivious to the warfare around them—most of all, they were ignorant of the ultimate price their children would have to pay for their doctrinal illiteracy.
The things these pastors preached gave no inkling of what believers were about to face. Their child could be suspended for wearing a Christian t-shirt. Their job in Silicon Valley could be lost if they testified on the job. Textbooks that taught alternative sexual lifestyles were forced on their children. The streets grew violent and the Universities became intolerant. In short, these churches prepared their crowds for a world that doesn’t exist and did not stop the one that now exists.
California Christians—there is still hope! The Christian history of California proves that great movements of God can come out of nowhere. The Jesus movement appeared when a flood of immorality gripped the state. God can do it again!
Nevertheless—it is simple truth: the church growth movement was destructive. Instead of building on the Rock—which would have given them a large church anyway—they built on sand. The storm that Jesus warned us of has come. They sent sheep out of their services unprotected and unable to withstand the storm of left-wing tyranny that has set the state adrift in a sea of chaos.
Christians across America, take a lesson from California. If the most popular churches in your state resemble the ones in this blog beware, the same crisis is already in your state.
Remember the horror you felt when you thought Hillary might be president? Save that feeling, you’ll likely need it this November. Up until today I could say Republicans had an edge for the midterms because of money and the victories Trump has won. Now, I can’t say that.
An old familiar virus is infecting the church. It is removing the sense of urgency that got Trump Elected. It is bringing back failed ideas that sidelined the church in two disastrous presidential elections.
In 2008 we were warned what Barack Obama would do. Pastors didn’t think it was right to get involved in politics. On top of that, millions of Christians, with a murky understanding of the Bible voted for him. Those fallacies are back in the church.
Obama ended up being far worse than we could have imagined. The vast machinery of the left that he set in place is still dismantling our freedom. How soon we forget the price of apathy.
By taking the House and the Senate, the left can do as much damage as having Hillary in the White House. The first thing they will do is impeach Donald Trump. While it will take more than impeachment to remove him from office—they will move to do that next.
Before you write me off as an alarmist let me ask some simple questions?
Do you see Christian Leaders trying to rally the church to stop leftist candidates? Think about what everyone is preaching right now. Do you hear anything about the looming threat to our freedom and our children’s? My guess is that you don’t.
Do you notice how many in the church are apathetic because they think that Trump’s victory is the only real victory we need? They are blissfully ignorant of the need for a whole new effort to organize and defeat the coming threat.
Do you realize that there is only one thing you need to know to vote in the midterm election? It goes beyond the fact that they want to take away the second amendment, they would to return to the deficits and government regulations that were strangling our economy and they would go back to the foreign policy that endangered us.
Here is the one thing you must remember: The Democratic Party has declared war on Christianity. Think about it…
Who bankrupted Christian bakers? Who devastated the Little Sisters of the Poor? Who told our chaplains not to mention Christ to our soldiers? Who told pastors they would lose their tax exemption if they told their congregations how to vote? Who put Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s nonprofit status in suspense for telling voters to vote their conscience? Who booed God and Israel at their convention? Who changed marriage? Who made your children go to schools with transgender bathrooms?
(Check out my blog on how Obama was the most Biblically hostile President in history) https://wp.me/p1vrzp-3DQ
You are about to see the vilest campaign in American history. The left will divest itself of all decency. There will be a billion dollars burned on a propaganda campaign to label anyone who supports Trump or Republicans as racist, sexist, homophobic, and mentally challenged.
Christians are just not prepared—at least not yet—to stand against this wicked assault.At this moment, an old lie is resurfacing—it is the idea that to be sweet Christians we must not take stands that make us look bad.
The other lie is the one that says since God is sovereign and omnipotent we should just trust the outcome of November.
The Word of God shows us that God has chosen to use prayer, repentance, and obedience. 2 Chronicles 7:14 begins with “if my people.” That proves it is on us.
Between now and November I will be doing everything God tells me to warn and provoke the church to action.
When I began this blog, I could not see how it could succeed. Now readership is in the millions. Success will not tame it. We will provoke the church in the Trump era…
Success will not tame this blog
By Mario Murillo
My nerves were frazzled the first time I sat down to write something called a blog. I argued with God. I could not see how it would succeed. I knew there would be a firestorm over the things I was compelled to say. I was right about the firestorm.
Now millions have read the blog in virtually every nation of the world. Every day we are amazed at the impact of this little blog.
Check out this excerpt from the first time we spoke out:
“The America we once knew has been taken away. It happened overnight. Because America has changed ministries must change the way that they relate to this new nation.
Government has become our national God. This new God is waging an incremental war on the Constitution. The New York Times just called the U.S. Constitution an evil document that we should give up on.
Obamacare targets freedom of worship. It forces Christian Institutions to violate their religious convictions. Cardinal Dolan the spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of New York calls it “an unwarranted, unprecedented radical intrusion.”
The White House met with Cardinal Dolan and several Bishops met with the White House to talk. He said he was told to “shut up and accept the mandate.”
It is time for the people of God to speak out on the danger of gun control.
Mass shootings have become the excuse to take away our guns. Obama wants absolute power.
Mahatma Gandhi the great pacifist said, “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.”
Thomas Jefferson and James Madison believed that the greatest threat to liberty was not foreign invasion or domestic unrest but rather a standing army and a militarized police force that had no fear of inflicting tyranny upon the people.
If Government is our new God, Celebrities are our new pastors.
Ben Stein asked, “Where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God? There are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.”
Hollywood is the most powerful propaganda machine in history and it has declared war on our faith.
Ministries must change how they relate to America. 1 Samuel 10: 6 Says, “Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. 7 And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.
Here is what I believe the occasion demands:
The Holy Spirit is saying we can publicly oppose government tyranny while still maintaining a loving witness. Acts 16: 37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out.” Paul had just led a jailor and several prisoners to Christ and now he turns around and exposes politicians who have broken the Roman Bill of Rights.
We must accept the fact that there is a new generation that has no Christian orientation. “And also all that generation was gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, who knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10
We must lay a new foundation of faith in America. We must preach the central doctrines of our faith. The Bible needs to set fire to our sermons.”
The big question now is what does the church do now that Trump is president? In the next few blogs I will open my heart to you about the radical steps the church must take to seize this greatest soul winning opportunity in our lifetime. Once again we must change the way we relate to government.
I know we need fresh fire. Prayer, repentance and waiting for new orders are the keys for the American church this Christmas.
One thing is certain…success will not tame this blog. It will continue to keep its edge. It will continue to provoke, stretch and force minds to think and hearts to examine themselves.
We have heard many sincere believers say they are going to vote their conscience. This means they will vote for a third candidate or they will not vote at all. I do not want to disrespect any believer, but I do want to reaffirm that no matter how you cut it—the most vile and dishonest person we can imagine—gets your help. Your choice not to vote for Trump, no matter how you spin it, helps to put evil in power.
VOTE YOUR SANITY
By Mario Murillo
We have heard many sincere believers say they are going to vote their conscience. This means they will vote for a third candidate or they will not vote at all. I do not want to disrespect any believer, but I do want to reaffirm that no matter how you cut it—the most vile and dishonest person we can imagine—gets your help. That choice—no matter how you spin it—helps put evil in power.
So how can I convince you that you should vote for Trump? Am I asking you to go against what God wants you to do? No, I am asking you to consider the fact that the Bible considers your conscience to be an inadequate source of truth.
Listen to Wayne Stiles:
“God has given each of us a conscience. It is that capacity within each of us that assesses our actions. It’s an internal judge of our standards, but it doesn’t set the standards. It simply evaluates them.
[Gentiles] show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them. —Romans 2:15
Our conscience either accuses us or excuses us of sin. But it isn’t an infallible guide to truth. (Neither is your heart.) God never meant it to be.
Our consciences can be clear and good (Acts 23:1; 24:16; 1 Tim. 1:5, 19; 3:9; 2 Tim. 1:3; Heb. 13:18).
Our consciences can also be guilty, corrupt, and weak (Titus 1:15; 1 Cor. 8:7, 10, 12; 1 Tim. 4:2; Heb. 10:22).
At first we feel guilty for our sins, but the more we do them, the less guilty we feel. In fact, we can even come to believe that what we’re doing is okay. Eventually, the truth no longer affects us. Your conscience is not your infallible guide to truth. Your Bible is.”
The same conscience that makes you feel righteous for not voting for Trump is also excusing you from feeling guilty of helping evil get elected. This is proof positive that our conscience is a weak source of guidance.
Here is the answer: 1 John 3:20 “If our conscience condemns us, we know that God is greater than our conscience and that he knows everything.”
How then do we need to vote? We need to vote our sanity. It is just crazy to put her in power and God doesn’t do crazy. The Bible says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” -2 Timothy 1:7
I am appealing to the power and love of that sound mind. Donald Trump is a man with a past. So was Ronald Reagan who used to wildly party with Errol Flynn. But like Ronald Reagan, Trump has shed that past and as a baby Christian is finding his way.
Eric Metaxas tells us that Chuck Colson—the notorious Watergate villain—took 2 years after his conversion before he became outspoken and heroic in his faith.
Hillary on the other hand is guided by heinous ambition to remove everything you love about America…this ambition is eating her up inside. This ambition has allowed people to die who got in her way. Her outspoken support of killing a baby even at 9 months is proof positive—she does not value human lives.
-Her campaign chairman John Podesta has participated in Satanic rituals. This shows you the source of their power.
-Her husband Bill Clinton has flown to an Island (at least 26 times) that features sex with minors. This shows you the depth of their depravity.
She has called Trump supporters a basket of deplorables. But she will turn the White House into a chamber of horrors.
How should you vote? God is greater than your conscience and knows more than you do. Don’t act out of human conscience…vote out of your God-given sanity. Vote your sanity.