America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President
When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in particular. So perhaps the most accurate description of his antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of faith is contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor. In fact, there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions.Listed below in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisors guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.1. Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:
2. Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of Biblical faith:
3. Acts of hostility toward Biblical values:
4. Acts of preferentialism for Islam:
Many of these actions are literally unprecedented – this is the first time they have happened in four centuries of American history. The hostility of President Obama toward Biblical faith and values is without equal from any previous American president.
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 Adan Salazar, “DoD Training Manual: ‘Extremist’ Founding Fathers ‘Would Not Be Welcome In Today’s Military’,” infowars.com, August 24, 2013.
 Chad Groening, “‘I cannot answer your question:’ Air Force Sgt. says lesbian commander booted him,” One News Now, August 20, 2013.
 “Military gives bonuses only to same-sex couples,” WND, August 20, 2013.
 Melanie Korb, “Air Force Invites Drag Queens to Perform on ‘Diversity Day’,” Charisma News, August 19, 2013.
 Chad Groening, “Attorney demands answers for Air National Guard sergeant punished for beliefs,” OneNewsNow, July 15, 2013.
 Todd Starnes, “Chaplain Ordered to Remove Religious Essay From Military Website,” FoxNews Radio, July 24, 2013.
 Hellen Cook, “Pentagon Censors Christian Art,” Christian News Wire, January 21, 2010.
 Todd Starnes, “Obama ‘Strongly Objects’ to Religious Liberty Amendment,” Townhall, June 12, 2013.
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 “Pentagon May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith,”Breitbart, May 1, 2013.
 Todd Starnes, “Air Force Officer Told to Remove Bible from Desk,”Townhall.com, May 3, 2013.
 Jack Minor, “Military Warned ‘evangelicals’ No. 1 Threat,” WND, April 5, 2013.
 Todd Starnes, “Army Removes Bible Reference from Scopes,” Fox News Radio, April 22, 2013.
 “Chaplain endorsers ask Air Force for equal time,” Alliance Defending Freedom, April 30, 2013.
 Todd Starnes, “Pentagon: Religious Proselytizing is Not Permitted,” Fox News Radio, April 30, 2013.
 Billy Hallowell, “Obama Opposes NDAA’s ‘Rights of Conscience’ for Military Chaplains & Members, Vows to Protects Rights of Gays,” The Blaze, January 4, 2013; Paul Conner, “Obama calls NDAA conscience clause for military chaplains ‘unnecessary and ill-advised’,” The Daily Caller, January 3, 2013.
 “U.S. military insignia no longer allowed on Bibles,” CBN News, June 14, 2012.
 Patrick Goodenough, “White House ‘Strongly Objects’ to Legislation Protecting Military Chaplains from Doing Same-Sex Weddings or Being Forced to Act Against Conscience,” cnsnews.com, May 16, 2012.
 Markeshia Ricks, “Bible checklist for Air Force lodges going away,” Air Force Times, April 16, 2012.
 Ken Blackwell, “Gen. Boykin Blocked At West Point,” cnsnews.com, February 1, 2012.
 Geoff Herbert, ” Air Force unit removes ‘God’ from logo; lawmakers warn of ‘dangerous precedent’,” syracuse.com, February 9, 2012.
 Todd Starnes, “Army Silences Catholic Chaplains,” Fox News Radio, February 6, 2012.
 “Air Force Academy Backs Away from Christmas Charity,” Fox News Radio, November 4, 2011.
 Todd Starnes, “Obama Administration Opposes FDR Prayer at WWII Memorial,” Fox News, November 4, 2011.
 Jenny Dean, “Air Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans,” Los Angeles Times, November 26, 2011.
 “Maintaining Government Neutrality Regarding Religion,” Department of the Air Force, September 1, 2011.
 “Wounded, Ill, and Injured Partners in Care Guidelines,” Department of the Navy (accessed on February 29, 2012).
 Jason Ukman, “Air Force suspends ethics course that used Bible passages that train missle launch officers,” Washington Post, August 2, 2011.
 “Houston Veterans Claim Censorship of Prayers, Including Ban of ‘God’ and ‘Jesus’,” Fox News, June 29, 2011.
 Todd Spangler, “U.S. firm to remove Bible references from gun sights,”USA Today, January 21, 2010.
 Patrick Howley, “Obamacare installs new scrutiny, fines for charitable hospitals that treat uninsured people,” The Daily Caller, August 8, 2013.
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 “Pentagon: Service members now allowed to wear uniforms in gay pride parades,” NY Daily News, July 19, 2012.
 Jerry Markon, “Health, abortion issues split Obama administration and Catholic groups,” Washington Post, October 31, 2011.
 Luis Martinez, “Will Same Sex Marriages Pose a Dilemma for Military Chaplains?,” ABC News, October 12, 2011.
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Believers bashing believers over Bruce/Kaitlin
Back in the day, parents felt guilted into reading Dr. Benjamin Spock. “Understand your child without correcting your child,” became the mantra of modern parenting.
Modern Parent/Daddy watches 7 year old Jeffrey play with his food. Out of nowhere, the imp grabs a large portion of degraded spaghetti and throws it in daddy’s face. Without changing expression daddy calmly says, “Jeffrey, I know you are trying to tell me something.”
This morning the American Church woke up to Christian pundits who wanted you and me to slowly wipe away the spaghetti and say, “Bruce Jenner, I know you are trying to tell me something.”
Here is one example:
“What I AM doing is asking my fellow believers to get over however repulsed they might be by the sin around them and let their ears hear our culture’s cry of desperation, the cry for identity. It’s louder than it’s ever been before.”
Get over however repulsed we might be? YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS! We are so over our revulsion to sin! We are so, so into hearing the cry!
The very idea of a massive, intolerant church is nothing but a cruel fantasy. There is not a city, hamlet or berg anywhere in America today that does not have an outreach ministry standing ready to answer the slightest whimper. America is overrun with ministries to the homeless, single moms, addicts, and every other human tragedy you can name.
Somewhere at this moment a Christian worker is braving their way into a crack house. Last night, a staff member in Any Town, USA sat up all night with a vomiting heroin addict.
In communities everywhere, pastors walk out of county meetings with tears running down their face because their plea to add a youth center has again been denied by a liberal city council.
The media has falsely applied 60 lashes to the American church. Do we need yet another lecture/lash on tolerance and acceptance from within our own ranks?
This propagates the monstrous lie of liberals. They take a zit like the Westboro Baptist Church and use it to equate us with ISIS. We should be exposing this false equivalency, not enhancing it lecturing believers on intolerance.
But here’s the real proof that the vast, right-wing, intolerant church is nothing but a canard: The church growth movement. This marketing scheme feeds a pastor’s lust for new members. They have more zeal than competing car dealers.
Seeker churches run to and fro to make known their devastating need. They pine for you to visit their convenient campus. You will be out in an hour and pastor is nothing but a harmless video.
Sin is not mentioned for fear of losing people. They vigilantly guard against any hint of Christian doctrine that smacks of repentance. Their sonar is turned all the way up to hear the faintest heartbeat of a potential tither. We have something for everybody!
Yes, indeed, my fellow pundit, we have achieved the non-judgmental utopia for which you yearn. We are the all-accepting jelly fish.
The compassion you claim we do not have, we have in spades. We have a full complement of real compassion and a gigantic overdose of false compassion.
Are you asking a desperately listening church to listen harder? This condemns those who least deserve it while excusing perversion where it is most glaring.
That tact is how we got into this mess in the first place. We feared putting souls under conviction. We could have drained this moral swamp by now; instead, we kept condoning and capitulating and played right into the hands of Satan.
And the Bible could not disagree more: “And if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority.” 2 Peter 2: 7-10
Peter is telling us, “I know these times make you sick, and they should, but God is able to hold you and keep you clean!” That is what we need to say to the church. Amping up the guilt on Christians already worn out by persecution is just wrong. Comforting them and explaining their natural outrage is true compassion.
Do we hear our culture’s cry? It seems to be the only thing we do hear. The one thing we do not hear is the cry of God as He grieves over a sin-sick nation. He yearns to arm us with authority to stand and take our nation back.
Fifty Shades of Grace
By Mario Murillo
“On April 7, 1933, anti-Semitism officially became German government policy when Jews were banned from civil service. This was known as the “Aryan Clause”. Six days before that, there was a boycott of Jewish merchants. The Aryan Clause directly affected the German church because non-Aryans were not only baptized members of the church, but some also held offices in the church. Thus, the door was wide open for discrimination and rejection even by fellow Christians.”
“Later that month, Bonhoeffer addressed a group of pastors with an essay entitled: “The Church and the Jewish Question.” In this essay, Bonhoeffer argued that the church had the right to question and rebuke the state. Further, the church must stand up for the rights of victims of injustice regardless of their religious background. Even further, Bonhoeffer advocated the possibility of jamming the spokes of the wheel of the state. In other words, the church in Germany must be open to the possibility of taking action on behalf of the Jewish people.” – bonhoefferblog
By 1939 Hitler completed a long incremental takeover of Germany. He kept asking for and getting power because the nation was enthralled and the church was apathetic. “How could the Church in Germany sit back and allow this to happen?” that question was posed to Bonhoeffer by American Pastors at the time. His answer was: “the teaching of cheap grace.”
Observe the following quotes:
Here is what Joseph Prince said about Grace: “His grace is cheapened when you think that He has only forgiven you of your sins up to the time you got saved, and after that point, you have to depend on your confession of sins to be forgiven. God’s forgiveness is not given in installments.”
Now listen to Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”
There is no confusion in this debate: Prince says that repenting of sins that you have committed after you are saved “cheapens grace.” Bonhoeffer says that offering forgiveness without repentance is “cheap grace.”
Who are you going to believe? Will you believe Dietrich Bonhoeffer or Joseph Prince? I am going to take the word of the man whose reality in God empowered him to stand up to Adolf Hitler.
I do not mean to scare you but history is repeating itself in eerie and vivid detail. Once again a nation hates Jews…specifically it hates Israel. Once again a government leader is taking power and expanding his control over the life of its citizens. (Its latest takeover is the internet).
Once again, and this is a gigantic once again… the church is silent and coincidently, its most popular doctrine is grace. Not everyone buys into Prince’s hyper-grace but there are 50 shades of grace that permeate millions of Christians. These shades of grace have dulled our natural sense of duty and our capacity to feel outrage in precisely the same way that the German Church was lulled to sleep.
Let me put it another way: You know how you feel when Al Sharpton hustles the notion that we are “institutionally racist?” You sit there listening to him and you know that no racist nation could have elected and reelected an African American president. Sharpton has to keep narrative alive, it’s his cash cow.
I feel the same way when I hear our pulpits continually railing against “conditional love” and “performance Christianity” as if our churches overflowed with people repenting too much or overdoing holiness. I believe that the cheap grace narrative is kept alive on life support for the money.
The American Church is not an overheating engine of dedication and sacrifice. All too often, it is a listless, flabby, biblically illiterate, club of moody consumers that hold pastors hostage to entitlement sermons.
This is why when the Obama Anti-Christ fire drill arrived we failed miserably. We are still failing. I have no doubt that Obama himself shakes his head at what the church has allowed him to do.
Cheap grace will ultimately fail when it is needed most because it causes malnutrition. David Wilkerson said “…Yet, tragically, many today still eat at the table of demons, serving their own lustful appetites, and then attempt to come to the Lord’s table and feast with the righteous. This leads only to spiritual sickness and death because these deceived ones do not discern the true Bread of God. These sickly sheep have become so spiritually weak and diseased by sin that they cannot eat strong meat. Instead, they prefer to nibble at the husks of ear-tickling teachings. They gravitate toward lightness and entertainment rather than the genuine Word. Their spiritual appetites have become dull as a result of eating too much junk food.”
The fact is that I love Grace, the real Grace of God: The Grace that buckles my knees with gratitude and makes me hate sin more than nuclear waste. I yearn not for a shade of grace but the blazing sun of it!
How right was the author of Amazing Grace? “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear.” First Grace stuns us with what God did for us and yes we should feel a towering awe and fear of the mighty love of God. Then the song writer says, “And grace my fear relieved.” Relief comes from repentance, not from avoiding it!
Finally, the writer says, “how precious did that Grace appear, the hour I first believed.” When you experience true Grace it becomes priceless to you. You will want to give your all to host it. You will flee wickedness with unbridled zeal.
Is there hope in all of this mess? You better believe it! It is this Amazing Grace that is about to call people to explosive effectiveness against evil. There is a growing army of believers who are sick to death of the compromise and they are pressing into God. The Lord of Lords by the Holy Spirit has issued the order to arm and anoint a new generation of preachers and believers against this horde of devils that is choking the life out of America.
Out of every quarter of America a signal is going out! “Come out from among them and be separate.” Jehovah is empowering yea, inflaming soldiers who will not break ranks and will see signs and wonders that even transcend what the Book of Acts Church experienced. Get ready for the preachers who know God and create lethal disciples! Men and women are emerging who will pay the price for true conversions, true miracles and true revival!
MIRACLES WILL NOW APPEAR IN MAINSTREAM AMERICA
By Mario Murillo
Doctors will be amazed. Churches will be revolutionized. We will see the dead raised and the miraculous multiplication of food. Millions will experience wonder. But it is not all good news.
Here are the three reasons that miracles are coming that I was given by the Holy Spirit.
1.It is time because the Bible has been rejected. Outpourings of the Holy Spirit and clusters of miracles occur like weather patterns. Jesus said, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. -Matthew 16:2,3.
The Bible which was a guiding force throughout our history has been set aside as a myth. It has never been like this before. Never have we seen such a wholesale rejection of the Word of God like this. Psalm 119:126 says, “It is time for You to act oh God for they have nullified Your Word.” We are now a nation without a Bible. It is been evicted from our halls of government, schools, and even church. It is time for God to act…and He will.
America is now the foreign mission field. The Holy Spirit will now work to confirm the Word with signs following. The miracles, healings, and supernatural signs have been a regular part of outreach in Africa, Asia and Latin America will now appear in America. Resurrections, multiplication of food, angelic visitations
2.It is time because judgment must begin at house of God. When these miracles come it will not be an endorsement of the current church. In fact, I believe that God is displeased with the overwhelming majority of what we call church in America.
These signs and wonders will bring judgment. They will divide churches. They will expose sin. They will even bring death. Remember, Ananias and Sapphira were killed by the Holy Spirit not simply for stealing money, but for doing it in a time of miracles.
The double lives of carnal pastors will come to light. The sickly grace message that has believers sleeping around and getting drunk will be plowed under by the true fire of God. Evangelists who operate in false gifts by the power of familiar spirits will be exposed as fakes in front of their audiences.
Judgment indeed will begin at the house of God but it will not end there. Look for public officials, celebrities and anti-God voices to be suddenly removed.
3.It is time because America is on the brink of destruction. The White House is demonstrating breathtaking stupidity by betraying Israel. Israel, to its eternal credit, rejected the stupidity of the White House and placed its fate into the hands of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jesus.
There is no doubt that America has crossed a deadline. The White House is guilty of the most blatant animosity toward the things of God that we have seen in American history.
The executive branch of our government is literally shaking its fist at God and daring Him to intervene. If God does not act now there will be no America. But there will be a World War Three.
There is radical, remnant core who have not bowed their knee to Baal. There is a growing army who have discarded dead religion, repented of a prayless life and will obey the voice of God. They are the rightful heirs of a new anointing that will shatter the darkness. They will flow in true gifts of power and speak only the counsel of God!
I believe that these miracles, signs and wonders will be upon us within a few weeks. But never forget that this is sobering news…God is giving America one more chance.
Jesus’ Words Backed by Archaeology: The Stones Are Crying Out
A few years ago, people exploring caves outside Jerusalem came across the find of a lifetime: an ancient burial cave containing the remains of a crucified man. This find is only one in a series of finds that overturns a century-old scholarly consensus.
That consensus held that the Gospels are almost entirely proclamation and contain little, if any, real history. The remains belonged to a man who had been executed in the first century A.D., that is, from the time of Jesus.
As Jeffrey Sheler writes in his book Is the Bible True? the skeleton confirms what the evangelists wrote about Jesus’ death and burial in several important ways.
First, location—scholars had long doubted the biblical account of Jesus’ burial. They believed that crucified criminals were tossed in a mass grave and then devoured by wild animals. But this man, a near contemporary of Jesus, was buried in the same way the Bible says Jesus was buried.
Then there’s the physical evidence from the skeleton. The man’s shinbones appeared to have been broken. This confirms what John wrote about the practice of Roman executioners. They would break the legs of the crucified to hasten death, something from which Jesus, already dead, was spared.
This point is particularly noteworthy, since scholars have long dismissed the details of John’s Passion narrative as theologically motivated embellishments. Another part of John’s Gospel that archaeology has recently corroborated is the story of Jesus healing the lame man in John 5.
John describes a five-sided pool just inside the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem where the sick came to be healed. Since no other document of antiquity—including the rest of the Bible—mentions such a place, skeptics have long argued that John simply invented the place. But as Sheler points out, when archaeologists decided to dig where John said that the pool had been located, they found a five-sided pool. What’s more, the pool contained shrines to the Greek gods of healing.
Apparently John didn’t make up the pool after all. The dismissal of biblical texts without bothering to dig points to a dirty little secret about a lot of scholarly opinion: Much of the traditional suspicion of the biblical text can only be called a prejudice.
That is, it’s a conclusion arrived at before one has the facts. Scholars long assumed that the Bible, like other documents of antiquity, was essentially propaganda, what theologian Rudolf Bultmann called “kerygma” or proclamation.
But this prejudice does an injustice to biblical faith. Central to that faith are history and memory.
Christians believe that God has acted, and continues to act, in history. For us, remembering what God has done is an act of worship—something that brings us closer to God.
Thus, while these discoveries in the desert may come as a surprise to some skeptics, they’re no surprise to Christians. While archeology alone cannot bring a person to faith, these finds are an eloquent argument for not dismissing the truth of Scripture before at least examining the evidence, because, as we are learning every day, Jesus meant it when He said, “The very stones will cry out.”
THE RENOVATION OF YOUR LIFE
By Mario Murillo
We have learned that the vast majority of those who read this blog regularly are concerned about three things: America, your loved ones and your walk with God. We also know that you are not afraid to speak out against the tyranny of our government.
All of that tells us something else: You are seeking more of God. Because of this, you are likely to attend a conference, seminar, convention, or retreat this year.
Let me suggest that you pray seriously about the Living Proof World Convention. I could promise you a no frills truth centered event that will confront all of the matters that I mentioned but the big reason you should come is something different: An outpouring of the power of God that will root out the things that are holding us back and will imbue us transforming power and fire.
You will meet the growing number of believers who are finished with dead religion and compromise. Join hearts with those who love America and believe that there is a supernatural solution. If you are facing the battle of your life maybe this convention is the answer from the Lord that you have prayed for.
Our conviction: The American Church will not be turned around by supermen but by supernatural men. We do not need better equipment, new organizations, novel methods, but vessels that the Holy Ghost can use—vessels who pray with prevailing might. God does not flow through religious machinery but through human beings, he does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer.
Do not sit back and watch dark clouds gather. Sweep away the cobwebs, underbrush and weeds of despair and take action! It is high time for you to put on the full armor of God’s power.
This prayer of Peter embodies this convention: Acts 4: 29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Here are some urgent final statements. Pray and ask God if you are to be a part of this groundbreaking event. Act boldly and do not let fear stop you from coming. God will make a way if you are truly serious about having power in these end times. Join Mechelle and me for the renovation of your life and ministry. The Living Proof World Convention has one simple goal: To restore the roar of the American Church.
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By Billy Graham •
Some years ago, my wife, Ruth, was reading the draft of a book I was writing. When she finished a section describing the terrible downward spiral of our nation’s moral standards and the idolatry of worshiping false gods such as technology and sex, she startled me by exclaiming, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”
She was probably thinking of a passage in Ezekiel where God tells why He brought those cities to ruin. “Now this was the sin of … Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen” (Ezekiel 16:49–50, NIV).
I wonder what Ruth would think of America if she were alive today. In the years since she made that remark, millions of babies have been aborted and our nation seems largely unconcerned. Self-centered indulgence, pride, and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle.
Just a few weeks ago in a prominent city in the South, Christian chaplains who serve the police department were ordered to no longer mention the Name of Jesus in prayer. It was reported that during a recent police-sponsored event, the only person allowed to pray was someone who addressed “the being in the room.” Similar scenarios are now commonplace in towns across America. Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone—except God.
Yet the farther we get from God, the more the world spirals out of control.
My heart aches for America and its deceived people. The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. In Jonah’s day, Nineveh was the lone world superpower—wealthy, unconcerned, and self-centered. When the Prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed God’s warning, people heard and repented.
I believe the same thing can happen once again, this time in our nation. It’s something I long for, and my son Franklin recently shared a vision for perhaps the greatest challenge in the history of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association—to launch an outreach called My Hope with Billy Graham that would bring the Gospel into neighborhoods and homes in every corner of America next year.
BGEA has already taken My Hope to more than 50 nations. We’ve worked in close partnership with local churches across each country, and those churches have reported millions of life-changing decisions for Christ. Carrying out a nationwide American version of this evangelistic outreach will be an enormous undertaking, but in my spirit I know God has called us to do this, and I pray He will stir your heart to join us in prayer and support.
Franklin will share more about the project with you as the planning develops. In the meantime, all this year Franklin and his son Will are preaching “repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21, ESV) at Crusade events across North America—from Texas to Canada—and God has blessed the work. Already tens of thousands have heard the Gospel, and many have responded, especially young people.
As I write, I am in the middle of a busy summer enjoying visits with many of my grandchildren and other family members, but also working hard on a new book that addresses some dangerous illusions about eternal salvation that are becoming increasingly accepted in many places. I want to point the world to what the Bible says.
Although age and health restrict my mobility and my stamina, not to mention my eyesight and hearing, I am thankful for the days God has given me, and I am humbled by His continued hand of favor on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The Lord draws people to Himself daily through BGEA’s various evangelistic ministries, and I am so deeply grateful.
May God bless you,
8 things Smith Wigglesworth said about today
By Mario Murillo
On August 11, 1927 Smith Wigglesworth stood in Angelus Temple to preach on preparing for the Second Coming of Christ. He told the audience that liquid fire was consuming him.
Then Smith made this Opening statement: But there will be things that will happen prior to his coming that we shall know. You can tell. I am like one this morning that is moving with a liquid, holy, indispensable, real fire in my bosom, and I know it is burning and the body is not consumed. It is real fire from heaven that is making my utterances come to you to know that He is coming. He is on the way God is going to help me tell you why you will know. You that have the breath of the Spirit, there is something now moving as I speak As I speak, this breath of mighty, quickening, moving, changing, desirable power is making you know and it is this alone that is making you know that you will be ready.
1. There must be special preparation for the return of Christ and at least half of all believers will be totally unprepared.
We have to see that these days have to come before the Lord can come. There has to be ,a falling away.
I want to speak to you very exactly. All the people which are pressing into and getting ready for this glorious attained place where they shall not be found naked, where they shall be blameless, where they shall be immovable, where they shall be purified by the power of the Word of God, have within them a consciousness of the very presence of God within, changing their very nature and preparing them for a greater thing, and causing them to be ready for translation.
This is the day of purifying. This is the day of holiness. This is the day of separation. This is the day of waking. O God, let us wake today! Let the inner spirit wake into consciousness that God is calling us.
There are in the world two classes of believers. There are believers which are disobedient, or I ought to say there are children which are saved by the power of God which are disobedient children. And there are children which are just the same saved by the power of God who all the time are longing to be more obedient.
And we heard the word come rushing, through all over, “new theology” that damnable, devilish, evil power that lived in some of these disobedient children, which in these last days opened the door to the next thing.
2. There will be many Christians who believe that they can do whatever they want and God will look the other way.
People are tremendously afraid of this position because they have heard so much on this line: “Oh, you know you are the elect of God! You are sure to be all right.” There have been in England great churches which were laid out upon these things. I thank God that they are all withered. You will find if you go to England those strong people that used to hold all these things are almost withered out. Why? Because they went on to say whatever you did, if you were elect, you were right. That is wrong.
The elect of God are those that are pressing forward.
3. It will be common for preachers to deny the existence of hell. Denying hell prepares the way for antichrist.
What? No hell The devil has always said that What does Christian Science say? No hell, no devil They are ready for him. The devil has always said no hell, no evil. And these people are preparing, and they do not know it, for the Man of Sin.
4. It is offensive to talk about the Blood of Christ
When I spoke about the blood and when I spoke about this infernal thing, the whole place was upset. You be careful when anybody comes to you with a sugar-coated pill or with a slimy tongue. They are always of the devil. The Spirit of the Lord will always deal with truth. These people never deal with truth. They always cover up the truth.
Do you believe it? Who can do it? THE BLOOD CAN DO IT! The blood, the blood, oh the blood! The blood of the Lamb! The blood of Jesus can do it. Spotless, clean, preserved for God.
Give the devil the biggest chase of his life and say these words, “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanseth us from all unrighteousness.
5. The world will look to worship a man and will overlook his faults to get him into power. These people are determined to have a man. They know someone has to come. We know Who He is that is coming. They begin to make a man. So they find a man in India, they polish him up as much as they can, and they make him as — well, in appearance, but you know we are told by the Lord that there is soft clothing goes onto wolves’ backs.
6. That people believe that certain preachers are of God simply because of their crowds and their buildings.
A person said to me, “You see, the Christian Scientists must be right — look at the beautiful buildings. Look at all the people following them.”
Yes, everybody can belong to it. You can go to any brother you like, you can go to any theater you like, you can go to any race course you like, you can be mixed up with the rest of the people in your life and still be a Christian Scientist. You can have the devil right and left and anywhere, and still belong to Christian Science.
7. As Churches turn away from the Holy Spirit many believers to go to false teachers.
The secret of many people going into Christian Science is a barren church that had not the Holy Ghost. Christian Science exists because the churches have a barren place because they haven’t the Holy Ghost. There would be no room for Christian Science if the churches were filled with the Holy Ghost.
8, The last days are a time for the true people of God to engage in extravagant asking.
Up to this present time the Lord’s word is for us, “Hitherto ye have asked nothing.” Surely you people that have been asking great things from God for a long time would be amazed if you entered into it with clear knowledge that it is the Master, it is Jesus, who has such knowledge .of the mightiness of the power of the Father, of the joint union with Him,, that nothing is impossible for you to ask. Surely it is He only Who could say “Hitherto you have asked nothing.”
So God means me to press you another step forward. Begin to’ believe on extravagant asking, believing that God is pleased when you ask large things.
Preface By Mario Murillo:
“Near the end of their lives great men of God seem to be most outside of self and clearly able to tell the counsel of God without regard to reputation. Steve Hill, David Wilkerson and Kenneth Hagin were from three distinctly different camps of the Body of Christ and yet they all saw the same judgment coming to America.
In the case of Kenneth Hagin the discovery of this vision is even more startling when you consider that he was most identified with prosperity, health and victory. It is unexpected that he would issue a warning of judgment, persecution and suffering or that he would ever say that America had one last chance.
So the real story here is 2 Corinthians 13:1 “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” God is telling us we still have a chance but that rampant false doctrine, compromise and deception have all but destroyed our desire to repent and repent we must because time is running out.” MM
America’s Final Call
By Kenneth E. Hagin
As I looked to the west, I saw what appeared to be a tiny dot on the horizon. It was the only moving thing I could see. As I watched, it grew larger and came toward me, taking on shape and form. Soon I could see it was a horse. As it came closer I could see a man upon the horse. He was riding toward me at full speed. As he approached, I could see he held the reins of the horse’s bridle in his right hand, and in his left hand, high above his head, he held a scroll of paper.
When the horseman came to me, he pulled on the reins and stopped. I stood on his right. He passed the scroll from his left hand to his right hand and handed it to me. As I unrolled the scroll, which was a roll of paper 12 or 14 inches long, he said, “Take and read.” At the top of the page in big, bold, black print were the words “WAR AND DESTRUCTION.” I was struck dumb. He laid his right hand on my head and said, “Read, in the Name of Jesus Christ!”
I began to read what was written on the paper, and as the words instructed me, I looked and saw what I had just read about. First I read about thousands upon thousands of men in uniform. Then I looked and saw these men marching, wave after wave of soldiers marching as to war. I looked in the direction they were going, and as far as I could see there were thousands of men marching.
I turned to read the scroll again, and then looked and saw what I had just read about. I saw many women —old women with snowy white hair, middle-aged women, young women, and teenagers. Some of the younger ones held babies in their arms. All of the women were bowed together in sorrow and were weeping profusely. Those who did not carry babies held their hands on their stomachs as they bowed over and wept. Tears flowed from their eyes like water.
I looked at the scroll again, and again I looked to see what I had read about. I saw the skyline of a large city. Looking closer, I saw the skyscrapers were burned-out hulls. Portions of the city lay in ruins. It was not written that just one city would be destroyed, burned, and in ruins, but that there would be many such cities.
America’s Last Call
The scroll was written in the first person, and seemed as if Jesus Himself were speaking. I read, “America is receiving her last call. Some nations already have received their last call and never will receive another.”
Then, in larger print it said, “THE TIME OF THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND This statement was repeated four or five times. Jesus also said this was the last great revival. He went on to say, “All the gifts of the Spirit will be in operation in the Church in these last days, and the Church will do greater things than even the Early Church did. It will have greater power, signs, and wonders than were recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.”
I Believe in Visions we have seen and experienced many healings, but we will now behold amazing miracles that have not been seen before. Jesus continued, “More and more miracles will be performed in the last days which are just ahead, for it is time for the gift of the working of miracles to be more in prominence. We now have entered into the era of the miraculous.
“Many of my own people will not accept the moving of my Spirit, and will turn back and will not be ready to meet Me at my coming. Many will be deceived by false prophets and miracles of satanic origin. But follow the Word of God, the Spirit of God, and Me, and you will not be deceived. I am gathering my own together and am preparing them, for the time is short.”
There were several other exhortations to watchfulness, to awaken and pray, and not to be deceived. Then I read, “As it was in the days of Noah, so also shall the coming of the Son of Man be. As I spoke to Noah and said, ‘For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth
‘ [Gen. 7:4], so today I am speaking and giving America her last warning and call to repentance, and the time that is left is comparable to the last seven days of Noah’s time.”
‘Judgment Is Coming.’ “Warn this generation, as did Noah his generation, for judgment is about to fall. And these sayings shall be fulfilled filled shortly, for I am coming soon.” Jesus repeated, “This is the last revival. I am preparing my people for my coming. Judgment is coming, but I will call my people away, even unto Myself, before the worst shall come. But be thou faithful; watch and pray, for the time of the end of all things is at hand.”
Why Some Churches Are Becoming Trophies of Hell
Are our churches becoming Hell’s trophies? Let’s not fool ourselves. The greatest persecution against the church in America is coming from the gay movement and Islam. Indeed it has spread into other parts of the world.
Let’s turn our eyes toward the church and consider the many casualties that are a sobering part of the history of this spiritual war that rages against men’s souls. Knowing that his time is short, there is no doubt that Satan has intensified his efforts to entice Christ’s followers to compromise with sin and the world.
More churches are jumping on the gay bandwagon, and it will soon shock you those who are yet to do so. Major denominations are now sponsoring gay pride parades, performing gay weddings, and receiving and ordaining gay clergy. Such churches are a coveted prize for Satan. Many who once served the Lord, but have since departed from the faith through the seduction of demonic doctrines are trophies of hell.
More churches will also travel on the false unity trail with the Roman Catholic Church and the whole ecumenical movement. They too have become a showcase prize for Satan and trophies of hell.
Statistics also tell us that more than 1,500 pastors per month are leaving the ministry, and some are coming out as atheists. British scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins has a clergy project that is deceiving pastors into renouncing God and Christianity altogether. Former pastors turning atheist are like Demas, a once faithful disciple (Col. 4:14), but then lured by the world (2 Tim. 4:14), deserting their godly associations, have also become casualties of war and trophies of hell.
The teaching of false grace has infiltrated the church where the extremes of it are opening the door even wider for homosexuality and perversion to enter the church. Marriages will be further destroyed through this extreme teaching. More trophies of hell.
There will even be more persecution from within the church from other professing Christians who don’t appreciate true believers standing up for the unadulterated truth of God’s Word, making them uncomfortable in their sin. Unchecked sin in the church will continue to rise as the “love everyone—don’t judge” mantra continues to gain popularity, and the “do as you please” philosophy spreads like cankerworm.
All those who compromise are also to be considered the chief prize of Satan and potential trophies of hell.
These modern day examples cause us to think of Adam and Eve, Cain, Esau, Samson, Solomon, many of Israel’s ancient kings, Judas and some of Paul’s companions who lost out with God. They remind us of the churches in Revelation who compromised, backslid, grew cold, and were disapproved and some disqualified by the Lord.
The Bible is full of good news, but it is also full of bad news and severe warnings, tragic endings and examples of those who did not heed the word of the Lord.
These examples sound a lot like Paul’s admonitions for the Church to learn from Israel’s failures with whom God was not well pleased (1 Cor. 10:1-11). – BERT FARIAS
The World is Falling apart…Come to Reno.
By Mario Murillo
Okay I admit the title is designed to get your attention. Now that I have it let’s talk. The odds are that this year you will attend a seminar, a conference or a convention. The question is why are you going? Is it to receive power, guidance, vital information, or to fellowship with friends and people of like mind?
The times we are living in demand something much deeper. We are facing a threat to our freedoms, our loved ones, our ministries and our souls like never before. We are at a spiritual point of no return.
You do not have time to sit in sessions that do not deal with your actual life. You seek a new level in God. You want something that lasts, something that addresses this dark time.
Recently, someone asked me why the early Pentecostal movement spread so fast. I found that question to be profound and insightful. The asker was assuming that its growth had slowed down. And he is correct. For example, under Reinhardt Bonke, Nigeria became Pentecostal but today it is drowning in radical Islam.
I fear that one reason for this reversal is that the lukewarm mutation created by American Christians spread to the rest of the world.
Spirit-filled Christianity here at home, even as recently as the 1990’s, was focused on winning souls and living pure lives. Since then, sadly, North American Christians have come to fulfill 2 Timothy 3:5 “having a form of godliness but denying its power.”
Spirit-filled preachers leave out vital doctrines from their sermons and caved in on moral issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion. The occasional mega church does not change the fact that we are losing the battle to our culture and that is the only thing that matters.
Others leaders go to the opposite extreme delving into exotic emotional binges.
Many lament the fact that our movement has polarized into both the frozen and the freaky. We now have to choose between churches with either no fire or strange fire.
The answer to our early movement spread because it was real. The fire of God was real. The miracles were real. By trying to “improve the Gospel” we made it unreal. By taking self out of the Gospel preachers can again have great power.
Back to my original point: The odds are that this year you will attend a seminar, a conference or a convention. The question is why are you going?
I am asking you to join me in the mountains receive fresh fire, clear direction and LIVING PROOF
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Why I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
By Mario Murillo
“Here in Britain, it is more likely that people would deny they went to church even if they actually did, on the grounds of embarrassment. To say you’re religious in Britain is to risk excluding yourself. When Tony Blair was Prime Minister, and a rare question arose about his religious views, his press secretary said firmly, “we don’t do God,” and refused to answer.”
This is an excerpt from the preface of Unapologetic, the ground breaking volume by Francis Spufford.
This paints a bleak picture of soul winning in England. It also explains why Islam has made so many inroads in London. Moslems are not ashamed to speak out, nor are they embarrassed by their faith.
This blog is not a rant against Islam, nor is it a call for Christians to seize the White House. It is a call to take a hard, honest, deep look at what is a snapshot of our immediate future.
Soul winning is now a hate crime in England and the trend is growing here. There is a rising tide that calls for Christians to “keep it yourself.” This argument is being put forth by a strange Confederation of voices. Atheists want us to hold our peace because we are irrational and a threat to human progress. Secular progressives condemn us as hating the poor, the homosexual and women. Many modern pastors, including the Pope have asked Christians, “to tone it down.”
There are millions of innocent bystanders who hear the message of Jesus maligned every day. They are caught in the middle between those who, out of hatred, tell lies about the gospel, and those that present an incomplete gospel out of embarrassment.
The answer is not to tone down the Gospel, it is just the opposite: It is time to turn up the true Gospel. By being exposed to the real message of Jesus presented through Spirit-driven vessels, those millions who are stuck in the middle will experience history’s most pleasant surprise.
Everyone that knows me well knows this very singular fact about me: I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But why am I not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
To answer that, you must see the different path this ministry has taken than most evangelists that you have ever heard of. It seems that Christ went out of his way to plunge us in the deep end from the very beginning.
While others have been called to areas of America that are sympathetic to Christian values, we have always been cast into locations that are hostile, atheistic, immoral and highly intellectual.
While still in high school I preached in the Haight-Ashbury; ground zero for the love and peace movement in San Francisco. The ministry went from the frying pan into the fire by moving to Berkeley California during the antiwar demonstrations. We were planted there for the next ten years.
For a great part of the early ministry I rarely stood before an audience that actually wanted to hear what I had to say. You could say that God sent the worst equipped person to convert the best armed opponent.
We do need not to present any further evidence than this to show you the power of the gospel: If there was a flaw in the message, any fantasy whatsoever, the crucible of Berkeley would have blown it to smithereens.
Instead, at each point of challenge something from out of this world would step in and move the ministry forward. The least likely would be converted. A greater proof still is the fact that we had not a clue about what we were doing and yet our numbers kept growing.
We were one of those rare ministries in history where the new converts could explain what God was doing better than we could.
Paul said he was not ashamed because it was the power of God. That is exactly what it was for me…the power of God doing the impossible.
When the words should not have been there they were.
When the money could not have been there it was.
When the method had no business being effective it was.
But finally and foremost, the Gospel proof was the power it put in people. They who hated it were transformed; they who had no power to stave off addictions were resurrected. In short, all who tasted the power of the Gospel had an engine installed that became an impetus to loving and positive choices. That is why I am not ashamed nor will ever be ashamed of the most awesome message mankind has ever heard!