HE BEING DEAD YET SPEAKS

“Brother David, we need you now more than ever, we need you to wake up the American church!”  That was my cry when it hit me that today is the 6th anniversary of this prophet going to heaven.  He preached a message that we rarely hear today.  He preached it with a total disregard for his own success or safety.  He spoke the counsel of God with a convicting compassion…”God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.”  Hebrews 11:4

HE BEING DEAD YET SPEAKS

By Mario Murillo

When he aimed his voice at the corruptions in the church it was devastating.  Here is a sample from 1998: “The majority of churchgoers today soundly reject all prophetic warnings of a coming storm. Indeed, the American church today is the most blatant ‘feel good’ church in all of history. But, like Israel, we’re only experiencing the calm before the storm!

While Moses spent forty days on the mountaintop, Israel indulged in a spirit of lawlessness. The people wanted to play and relax, so they abandoned all godliness. You remember the result: It ended in a drunken, naked orgy around a golden calf.

Likewise today, Christians by the multiple thousands are casting off the yoke of Christ, tossing aside all limits and restrictions. This attitude is prevalent in many of the books and magazines you find in Christian bookstores. It’s almost as if our leaders are saying, ‘Relax! God isn’t hard. He’s our Daddy, we’re all his kids, and we’re meant to have a good time. Don’t let anyone disturb your fun!’”

Look carefully at what the man of God is saying—he is spotlighting a disaster.  What is that disaster?  We cannot accept warnings.  False pastors cash in on this carnal appetite for denial in the people.  Even good pastors are hostages of audiences that demand soothing sermons.

Prophets like David Wilkerson were labelled Gloom and Doom. What we don’t get is…it is those who keep lying and refuse to warn the church who are the real gloom and doom. Gloom and doom is when someone deliberately leaves you unprotected and unprepared.  This warning came before 911, before Barack Obama–before gay marriage was legalized–before our standing in the world became so dangerous.  David was describing our condition in 1998—we have degenerated dramatically since then…how chilling is that?

David explains why he was so adamant: “Yet, let me ask you: Why does God tell his prophets to shout their warnings from the housetops? He wants to warn his people – to stir us up to seek him! He wants to convict us of all our attempts to cast off Christ’s yoke and cozy up to the world. He wants us to keep our eyes on Jesus – to seek heavenly things – because those are the only things that will stand in the coming storm!”

Tragically, Christians all over America disregard any crisis that does not directly impact them.  And even after all of the storms that have come, we still do not repent!  As I write you the storm brother David predicted is unfolding. Journalism is dead.  Fake news is standard issue.  Campuses are silencing conservatives and soon will silence Christians. Persecution is here.

Many were relieved when Donald Trump became president. Now a hurricane of hatred being leveled at him and his family—he is subjected to a media assault that prior generations could not have imagined.

Did last Sunday’s soupy sermon get you ready to stand and fight?  The idea that the seeker model will survive the next wave of persecution is laughable at best.

However, preparation was a  key element of David Wilkerson’s preaching. He was sent to warn the wicked and remind the righteous of God’s power to keep us in adversity. Consider: “The purging will not seem joyous, but rather grievous. But you will soon glorify the Lord for the results in your life. All the anxiety will be gone. All worldly ambition will die. Your spiritual eyes will be opened to truth. The Spirit will give you revelation knowledge. You will exchange the riches of this world for the true riches of Christ Jesus. You will wake up each morning with an over-flowing joy. Your soul will cry out “I found what my soul has been longing for. Rest–beautiful rest in my Lord.” You can then say with David, the Psalmist — “In his presence is there is fullness of joy; at his right hand there are pleasures forevermore…” (Ps.16:11). 

David Wilkerson’s words are more relevant and powerful now than ever.   He could comfort with as much power as he could correct. Here are the last words he ever wrote:

“That is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger, overwhelming questions: “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.”

Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind: “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Don’t quit on God—just do not trust him anymore. It doesn’t pay!”

Even questioning God’s existence will be injected into your mind. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries. Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.

To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness, you will soon hear the Father whisper, ‘I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.’

Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.” Amen.

GIVE ME 3 HOURS AND YOU WILL BE REVOLUTIONIZED

 

Give me 3 hours and you will be revolutionized.  Why not you?  Become the weapon our nation needs now.

By Mario Murillo

Millions of Christians are done with watered-down Christianity.   To them, it has been a terrible waste of time and money.  They say that modifying the Gospel “not to offend” totally backfired.   By omitting the “offensive” parts they also removed its power to transform society and contributed to the present downfall of our nation.

They are intensely frustrated.   They see large churches filled with people who are systematically weakened—too weak to ever impact American culture.  They say we are losing the battle for America’s soul for stupid reasons.  They remember the legacy of true Christianity.  They know its power to change nations.

We have the best message humanity has ever heard—and the best book ever written.   We have the all-powerful Holy Spirit sent to aid us.   We have access to power, strategy and wisdom.  All of this and more was supposed to direct our operations.

They ask disturbing questions.  Why have we cast it aside?  Why have we accepted a cheap substitute?  Why would we rather let America die than admit our desperate need?

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But they also see their own need.  A fast growing number of Jesus followers want training and power.  They want the skills of their spiritual ancestors.  They want the Jesus within them to overtake the culture around them.  They want to convert lost souls to Christ.  They want to see true signs and wonders.  They want to see victory in their everyday life.

God forged a new weapon at Mario Murillo Ministries—a weapon that answers the monumental, unspoken frustration in the heart of millions of believers.  It will yank believers out of the Christian Witness Protection Program and turn them into lions.

We call it the Warrior’s Workshop.  A workshop that makes a bold claim:  With just 3 skills we’ll revolutionize America.  You will get these skills at my Warrior’s workshop…a workshop that took me 40 years to build.

The best way I can describe it is this:  The object of military training is not to prepare men for war but to make them long for it.   The same is true of this workshop—it makes you yearn to reach out—heal the sick—and walk in total victory.

Give me just 3 hours and you will be revolutionized.   Why not you? You can become the effective weapon our nation needs now.  See you there!

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NOW THAT TRUTH IS THE NEW HATE SPEECH

 

 

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NOW THAT TRUTH IS THE NEW HATE SPEECH

By Mario Murillo

Truth is the new hate speech.  Light has become darkness, lies have become truth, villains have become heroes, and love is now hate.  What do we do?  Especially because the teachings of Jesus Christ are now intricately and essentially banned in the United States.  This censorship is designed to weaken the nation, centralize control and to bring down America.  Many believe it is too late.

What is even worse is that modern preaching is setting believers up to crash and burn when they face persecution.  Instead of arming the church to push back on the onslaught of censorship some sermons are actually weakening the resistance of Christians.

I do not often drop the God card.  I never claim to hear from the Holy Spirit unless it is undeniably clear.  Today, I hear from Him!  My spirit jumped at the revelation of the very hour we are living in.   To begin with I felt deep hope and a high sense of urgency.

I feel that the Lord is telling me to say “It is not too late but there is work to do” This was reinforced by the verse He gave me, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”- John 9:4

Immediately after that these next verses were branded in my soul:

Acts 14:2-3: “But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. 3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”

I am going to offer 4 specific steps from these verses.  I believe that they hold a powerful key to understanding the moment we are in and the exact direction we must take.  Read it with great openness.  Let the mediocre Christian take heed.  Let leaders and preachers give severe heed to these words of direction.  I do not believe they are my words.

1. Ask God to show you what you are doing by the Holy Spirit and abandon everything you are doing—no matter how sacred it seems—on your own power.  

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Let us begin by repenting of our greatest mistake.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to run the Church, grow the Church.  He was sent to make us effective and relevant to the culture.

We are guilty of taking away His authority and running the church by our own wits.  We have failed miserably.  Sadly, even failure has not stopped men from controlling the things of God.

In every generation hell belches out a new weapon of mass destruction.  Heaven is neither passive nor taken by surprise.  God creates a weapon of choice by the anointing.  Then He seeks that one who will take up that weapon in the Name of Jesus and thrust it into the heart of darkness.

The American death march does not surprise the Holy Spirit.  He already knew and is driving us to prayer for an effective counter-attack.

It is all summed up in the words of Samuel to Saul: 1 Samuel 10:6-7, “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.”

Waiting on God for power is the highest duty of a preacher.  Prayer must saturate us before we go forth. Those who believe that God must instantly honor our prayers are deluded by modern church entitlement.   We must seek, utterly convinced that power is coming, but at the same time brutally committed to wait as long as it takes.

This first step will cost you friends, church members and it will impact your lifestyle.  This is nothing compared to the disaster you will avoid.

2. Do not abuse prayer! Numbers 22: 18-19, Says, “Then Balaam answered and said to the servants of Balak, ‘Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more. 19 Now therefore, please, you also stay here tonight, that I may know what more the Lord will say to me.’”

Balaam acted noble but greed was in his heart.  He totally contradicts himself.  First he says, “Keep your money, God said No.”  Then he asks the money people to spend the night to see if God changes His mind.

The classic reaction to my blogs on America’s disaster is, “All we need to do is pray.”  Nobody believes in the power of prayer more than I do.  However, there is a widespread abuse of prayer.  Prayer is being used as an excuse for delay, remain silent, and escape.


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The key to the Lord’s Prayer is, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Prayer is going to give you direction.  If you pray until you get the direction you like you have the spirit of Balaam.

This abuse of prayer even hit Moses.  He knew what he was supposed to lead the people through the Red Sea.  God got angry!  Exodus 14:15 says, “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!’”

Disobedience is a prime reason we have lost this generation.   Many were told what to do about the nation and simply ignored it.  Intercession has even become a substitute for soul-winning.

God has been offering wisdom, direction, and power during the entire Obama regime.  We are at the point of destruction because few leaders have listened and obeyed.

If God sees that you want no part of the warfare, that you refuse to touch the unlovely, and you simply do not want to deal with your local human tragedy, then He will skip over you to get someone else.  Mordecai warned Esther about remaining silent:  “God will save the nation but you and your family will be destroyed.”

3.  Ignore the accusations of hate: When Christians address gay marriage they often begin with a disclaimer: “I am not trying to be hateful.” Quit wasting time with misnomers. There is no widespread hatred of gays in the church. The hate is not coming from us; it is coming at us! The slander, smearing, obscene language, and death threats are spewing out of radical feminists, and gay activists, radical Islamists, not Christians.

Simply speak the truth in love.  Do not apologize or condemn.  Offending people is unavoidable.   Save your energy, tell it straight and leave the results in God’s hands.

4: We must make way for signs and wonders and supernatural acts of God like never before.   Jesus knows they are the only way we will get our message across in this toxic atmosphere. The miracles of Jesus not only continue today, they will accelerate.  The phrase, “speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands,” speaks loud and clear to our time.

History teaches us something important: When the Word of God is summarily rejected and immorality has spiked, the Holy Spirit has more than met the challenge with increased power to preach and towering miracles to confirm the message.

Finally, all four of these actions are summed up in the reality that we are at war.  We did not pick this fight but, by God, we are going to finish it.

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3 Reasons this is Exactly the Right Time to Seek Revival

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Three reasons why this is exactly the right time to seek revival

By Mario Murillo

This is exactly the right time to seek revival.  Here are 3 reasons why:

1.  The big SO WHAT in the Bible: Admit past revivals went extreme. Admit most attempts at revival misfire at ignition (many alleged awakenings were actually snooze alarms.)   Admit millions of Christians repose in impotent slumber beneath motivational mush.  Admit revival camps won’t unify because of their “we-must-lead-the-revival-or-else attitude.  Admit current cultural conditions make revival the impossible dream.   In short, I say, admit conditions within and without could not be worse for revival…and I say, “SO WHAT!”

Never mind that I said it—Paul said it!  “For what (so what) if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.”  -Romans 3: 3, 4.

-It’s a lie to say bad attempts at revival mean we should not try again.

-It’s a lie to believe comatose Christianity cannot be jolted back to life.

-It’s a lie to think revival egos cannot be broken down into vibrant unity.

-It’s a lie to believe that our culture—or any other culture for that matter—is greater than the power of God.

In short, let God be true and every “expert” made a liar.

SO WHAT!  So what if we deem this the worst of times for revival if—in fact—history shows it is the best of times for a revival.  Yea, in these very times, God demonstrates His power.

Clear away the cobwebs…see the burning question:  Does anything going on today overrule the power of taking God at His Word?

SO WHAT IF OTHERS HAVE FAILED.  DOES THEIR FAILURE MAKE THE PURSUIT OF REVIVAL ANY LESS NOBLE?  DOES IT MEAN GOD WILL NOT REWARD US AS HE PROMISED?  THE FAILURE IN REVIVAL IS NOT FALLING DOWN BUT IN STAYING DOWN!  

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2.  God sends revival in the worst of times. At key moments when God’s people assume that the darkness will prevail and moral awakening is utterly impossible, God will drop a measure of His Spirit on humanity.  This deposit of His life immediately renders people desperate and they stampede to the place of Glory.  Simultaneously, God drops a deep and wide spirit of prayer on His people. 

Masses instinctively realize that this gift is the cure for their inner agony!   Believe me; God knows how to incite reckless abandon on the part of sinners.  It is unmistakable when it happens.

Welsey Duewel said, “It is almost as if God’s spiritual fire from heaven has touched down like a powerful tornado of blessing and leaped from place to place.  All these divine manifestations have been marked by an unusually widespread awareness of God’s presence, God’s mercy, and God’s transforming power in the lives of people.”

How can a society—as jaded as ours—be the tinder of revival fire?  The answer is as simple as hurricanes.  The tropical lows create the violent winds.  Nature rushes in to fill a vacuum.

Activist judges and liberal leaders have starved America of God!  Rather than create a society that is immune, they have inadvertently created a voracious appetite predicted in the Bible. Watch out when the banquet hall of revival opens. There will be a feeding frenzy!  Amos 8:11 says, ““Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord.”

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3.  The return of the true revivalist. Spirits of pride, entitlement and control—in our leaders—are consumed in the fire of awakening. Basic truths—buried under the rubble of profane doctrines and seductive sermons—rise again to gleaming splendor.   Brace yourself!  Classic preaching on the Cross—the Blood—the second coming of Christ will take center stage in thousands of pulpits.  

Beware the revived pastor in all his degree—but beware most of the return of the true revivalist.   The devil carries no dread like the dread of the arrival of the true revivalist: unselfish to the core—unstoppable in the pursuit—unswerving in direction.

Satan still licks wounds inflicted by John Wesley, George Whitefield, Charles Finney, Evan Roberts and William Seymour.  The devil camouflaged the era of each of these men with suffocating despair.  They slashed the stage props and commanded heaven to invade earth.

Beware the arrival of the true revivalist.  They will be God-possessed!  Simply put, they own a supernatural drive, enthusiasm, excitement, and single-mindedness in pursuit of their destiny. The look in their eye says, “to stop me you’ll have to kill me!”  They carry that elusive “fire in the belly” that manifests itself in drive, enthusiasm, excitement, and single-mindedness in pursuit of a goal—any goal.  All true revivalists have it.  Many well-educated, intelligent, endearing and presentable preachers do not and never will.

Let me adapt Israelmore Ayivor’s words to describe the true revivalist:                                                                                                   

-Their critics make them strong!
-Their fears make them bold!
-Their haters make them wise!
-Their foes make them active!
-Their obstacles make them passionate!
-Their losses make them wealthy!
-Their disappointments make them feel appointed!
-Their unseen treasures give them a known peace!

These are three reasons…but we have every reason to drop to our knees right now and begin to ask for the greatest thing we will ask for.

 

 

 

 

YOU ARE NOT A PROPHET UNTIL YOU ARE WILLING TO REBUKE THE KING

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There is no longer any possibility of innocent Christian support for Obama.  There is no way the “prophetic movement” will have any legitimacy if it ignores the true role of prophets.

 It came to a head when I met with the leader of a famous revival organization.  I assumed that this would be the last place I would find compromise.  To my horror and surprise he warned me that my comments about Obama were opposite their culture.  In other words, I had to shut up about Obama or I couldn’t preach there anymore.

My response was immediate and direct.  “What if this is the same cheap grace, false honor excuse that the pastors of Germany used to remain silent while Hitler expanded his power?  What if God is ordering His vessels to rebuke Obama? Do you want to be one of those men of God with blood on his hands because you remained silent when you should have rebuked the tyranny?”  He said he agreed with me but I never heard from him again.

Turn on Christian television and it won’t be long before you see a false prophet today.  He will tell his victims that they are about to be blessed and favored.  Then he will make an utterly meaningless, high probability prediction.  It always sounds sickeningly similar.  “The Lord has shown me that you are about to be wealthy beyond your dreams.  You do not realize how much Daddy loves you and wants to bless you.”  

This kind of ministry, in this current crisis, is extreme denial bordering on insanity.  Christian television should be calling the Christians to action against the war on our values!both-extremes copy

Since the first misguided “Christian psychologist” discovered that Christians needed to feel valuable, we have been treated to an unending stream of toxic sludge that has left the army of God flabby, drowsy and AWOL during America’s greatest moral disaster.

At some churches, rolling on the floor, drooling while making animal noises is considered the “moving of the Spirit.”  Then there is the other extreme:  Pastors preach sermons that sound like a late night monologue, stringing together phrases straight out of fortune cookies, making sure that they end on time and leave the audience spiritually unscathed.

Both extremes carry the same lie: We have become too valuable for sacrifice.  We are too blessed for the Cross. We are too entitled to join the rest of the Christian world in persecution and holiness.  

God is sending the “Preachers of Los Angeles” and all the rest a solemn warning:  START LIVING AND TELLING THE TRUTH OR THE ANOINTING AND BLESSING ON YOU WILL VANISH. .  God is issuing a dire warning to the false prophets who infest the church: REPENT OR IT WILL COST YOU YOUR LIFE AND YOUR SOUL! 

Barrack Obama has left us no choice.  He never says anything good about Christians.  He never says anything bad about Islam. He foments racial hatred, destroys marriage, and respect for the police (he has given more due process to the terrorists in Guantanamo than to our cops).  He punishes Israel.   He is working to wipe out the freedoms and hopes of the next generation. charade-copy copy

He is a wounded animal bent on destroying everything we hold dear.  If the ministers of God had obeyed the Holy Spirit they would have risen up in one voice of holy outrage and driven the king out of office.

Moses rebuked Pharaoh.  Samuel rebuked King Saul.  Nathan rebuked David.  Daniel rebuked Nebuchadnezzar.   John the Baptist rebuked King Herod.   Stop it!  Don’t use the title prophet unless you are willing to rebuke Obama and his abomination.  Speak truth to power or you are nothing but a prophetic poser.

There are signs of hope.   A very successful pastor prepared to do a series based on the Wizard of OZ at his mega church.  He spent thousands on props.  He wanted to dazzle his congregation.   Then one night he woke up from a deep sleep and realized that God had left him.  He felt utterly devoid of God’s presence and peace In his life.  He despaired of life itself. 

In his desperation he cried out to God.  God was grieved by his entire ministry.  He had ceased telling the truth.   He repented to the bone.  The congregation joined him in tearing down the props as if they were idols.   “We were once a harmless congregation,” he said.  “Now the Holy Spirit is moving in our meetings with great power.  We are becoming a mighty army!”

 

BELIEVERS BASHING BELIEVERS OVER BRUCE JENNER

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

50 Shades of Grace

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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

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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.”how

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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!

REVIVAL STARTER

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Revival Starter

By Mario Murillo

Two thousand years later Christian theologians still don’t know what starts a revival.   Authors release books to tell us the “recipe for revival.”  No sooner are they out than the Spirit falls in a way that totally contradicts the book.   As soon as we add a “step” to revival, God steps over our step.

Even those that were in past revivals are no help because history shows that the old revival usually opposes the new revival.  It seems dangerous to be tagged an expert on revival.  As the rock song says, “If I claim to be a wise man then it surely means that I don’t know.”

Revivals have started in more ways than you or I can imagine.  Some began among children.  Some started in prisons. Some were touched off by the very people the church despised the most.    Has God kept us clueless about revival because He knows that anything that we can analyze, we will try to control? That is in us and there is no getting around it.

So why isn’t the devil happy?  We are divided, disorganized and ignorant of his devices.  There is no major threat of revival in America-right?  But he does not relax.  Does he know something we don’t know?   Like maybe revival has never been actually caused by the church?  Does he remember how many times revivals have hit him by surprise?  Does Satan respect one aspect of revival more than we do- that revival can strike at any moment in any place through any believer?

Okay, we can’t truly know how to start a revival and Satan doesn’t know how to stop one.  That dear pilgrim is called an impasse.  Only God can break the tie.  So what can we do?  Brace yourself…WE NEED TO LOOK AT GOD.

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Satan is watching God more than he is watching us because we, my friend are not the threat.  Here is a love/hate triangle:  God is looking at us, we are looking at the devil and the devil is looking at God.

WE NEED TO LOOK AT GOD-Get this and you have taken a giant step forward.  We need to be watching God.  But that is so simple and obvious.  If it is so simple and obvious why aren’t we doing it?  Why in fact are we doing everything else but that?  Again, is it because Lucifer knows how to busy us with stuff that seems holy but is irrelevant to revival?

Even our prayers are often not directed at God.  They are the statements we have been told to make that will supposedly cause God to work.   Face it! God refuses to operate within our formulas.  He operates from a secret.  “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.” –Psalm 25:14

God is looking for a relationship with those who want revival.  Exodus 31:18 is strange.  It says, “And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon Mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.”  Moses and Israel have waited for centuries to gain legitimacy.  With law comes an identity and a legacy.  Instead God delays it for weeks so He can commune with Moses?

Here’s the rub: You want revival, but God wants you.   Is it possible that in all of our arduous efforts we have overlooked the most amazing simplicity of the entire universe-“If you abide in Me and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done.”-John 15:7

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Revival is the natural result of getting so close to God that His secret takes hold and that ignites a chain reaction of others who suddenly cannot live without intimacy with God-and so and so on.

When can we know that revival has started?  Something I noticed in the great revivalists who led the great revivals.  They had an unshakable conviction that a revival had already started.  No matter what anyone said or did they would not back down from the confession “revival is here!”   Much of their preaching was devoted to this conviction.

“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!-John 4:35 Revival starters kept an infectious declaration going no matter what.  Though the people around felt it was months away or years away, the revivalist says NO! IT IS ALREADY HERE!

Again I ask, when can we know that a revival has started? I got my answer one day at the beach when the tide was out.  Gentle white foam tickled my toes.  God said “no matter how small that wave is, it is an ocean wave.  It is a relative of the tsunami.”  Yes, a tidal wave can go 500 mph yet still it is a nothing but a larger ocean wave.

“A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.” –Matthew 12:20.   This verse is saturated with meaning but I will limit myself to the part about the smoking flax.  Jesus is not going to put out any fire no matter how insignificant it looks until justice is victorious.

The first time you cried out for America to be saved God took you at your word and started a revival fire in you. The first syllable said in prayer for revival at any gathering where women pray started a revival.  The first time a pastor told his people how much we need revival the spark was ignited.

The job now is to cooperate with God for bigger and bigger and bigger waves.  The tide rises as the revival core pays the price of obedience.   If they keep to the intention of the revival it will intensify.  If they refuse the hand of man and the ways of Baal the waves will come in faithful and ever increasing power.

How else can I say it?  You are a revival starter simply by wanting more of Jesus.

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Here is some amazing news from the San Francisco Bay Area

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No one but God knew how many would show up.  Many things had happened since I last preached in the San Francisco Area.  For starters, we moved our ministry to Reno California.  Because of that and the fact that we had placed our property for sale, people assumed we were no longer going to reach out to the Bay Area.

The truth is we never ever planned to stop reaching out here.  We simply believed that we could not afford to own property in such an expensive area while attempting to build a world headquarters in Reno.

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Then we got an offer on the building in Martinez.  Now I was haunted by all of the memories of what God did in that building.  I thought about what a strategic location for the Gospel it was.  I wondered aloud in prayer “surely Lord you can provide for both locations!”

I did not realize that it was God who was provoking these thoughts in me.  He confirmed my next move when He said “multiply, do not divide.”  Not only were we to keep the property in Martinez, we were to revolutionize it into a media stage for the whole world by live streaming Living Proof.

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We told our real estate agent not to sell.  We began to take giant leaps of faith to make a fresh start in The San Francisco Area.  Then we took the boldest step of all.  I knew that we were not to do something basic with the stage, it had to be dramatic…it had to make a statement!

I met Richard Jones in Louisville Kentucky while doing an outreach at Evangel World Prayer Center with Pastor Bob Rodgers.  Richard is a muralist and a pastor who has done work for Joyce Meyers and Perry Stone. Richard does both murals and set design.  I talked to him about recreating the skyline of San Francisco on our stage and he got excited.  He flew out and buried himself in the work completing it, astonishingly, in just 10 days!

How would the people react to our return?  Whatever doubts I had were trampled under by the overflow crowd that filled the building within a few minutes.  We looked for every last chair we could find!  The people were excited.  They were stunned by the new stage.

The worship team from Star of David Ministries ignited the people.  My message talked about Good Friday and the miracle of Easter.  I reminded them of the prophecy that God gave me of an outpouring in San Francisco that was confirmed by Bob Dylan. blog 4

Then came the time to relaunch and declare the vision of this house.  I told them that every 90 days we would be back to conduct Living Proof Crusades on this stage and live stream them to the world.

This is when the healings broke out in the building.  This was without a doubt the most forceful presence of healing power that we had ever seen in the ARC.   After many were healed, I made the call for salvation.  Several marched forward to be saved!

The surprises and blessings were not done yet.  It was time for me to explain the most complex part of the vision.  I stated clearly that we had to expand our relationship with the churches in order to see revival.  I told them that we would call the pastors of the region together to win souls and heal the sick.

“However”, I said “the ARC should not be empty on Sunday Mornings.”  We had to plant a church.  My problem was to find a true spiritual son who truly cares for the people.  Paul had this same crisis until God provided: “Philippians 2: 20 I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare.21 All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ. 22 But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News.”

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I introduced Edgar and Janay Banks and the crowd roared their approval.  I called elders and pastors to the front to pray, prophesy and ordain them into the ministry.  I will never forget the power that fell as we ordained them.

What will happen now is multiplication.  We will see our efforts in Reno, San Francisco and the rest of the nation accelerate until a holy fire engulfs our nation!  Wow!  All of this in just one night.

Power to Save a Nation Fell On Reno Nevada

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Power to Save a Nation Fell On Reno Nevada

by Mario Murillo

She had been bedridden most of the last 8 years.   Her body was attacking itself.  She takes the extraordinary step of faith to come to the Convention last night.   The Holy Spirit reveals in detail what is happening in her body and then this happened:   Power, raw power, living power coursed through her body and made her well, completely well.  She gleefully demonstrated the full and free use of her arms and legs.  She could not remember the last time that she felt no pain, no weakness and no despair.

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A young generation of believers had never seen a miracle.  The impact was stunning and the effect will be lasting.

Lasting results are the hallmark of this first Living Proof World Convention. From the jump there was no doubt about the hunger of the people.  Hunger does not begin to describe it!  The unexpected crowd of spiritual warriors that came to Reno made it plain that they want America to be saved.

Worship led by Jason Michael, the worship team from Day3 Church in Los Banos California, and Alyssa Friend was powerful and irresistible.  The blend of voices and instruments did not just hit you. It went through you!

Dan Wilhelm of the NRA, Jim Carpenter of the Bridge of Yuba City, Sonny Lara Apostle of Star of David Ministries, , Pastor Stan Friend who leads C5 Church in Carson City NV, and Pastor Jim Willoughby of Echoes of Faith, Ontario CA all took a turn at igniting revival in the hearts of the people.

God spoke loud and clear.   The Holy Spirit emblazoned 3 messages in me. Each was a call.  The Power, The Work, The Stand.   Below is a summary of each message.

The Power: “I do not fear for Christianity, I fear for America.   Jesus said that the gates of hell would not prevail against the church.  Christianity will survive without America but America will not survive without Christianity.

I am also here to recruit you to be a part of our Living Proof Crusades.  These are citywide events that are ordained of God to introduce a new generation to Christ the miracle worker.

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Let us begin by repenting of our greatest sin.   Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to run the Church, grow the Church.  He was sent to make us effective and relevant to the culture.

We are guilty of taking away His authority and running the church by our own wits.  We have failed miserably.  Sadly, even failure has not stopped men from controlling the things of God.

We must ask for power, we must wait for power.  We must seek utterly convinced that power is coming but at the same time brutally committed to wait as long as it takes.

It is all summed up in the words of Samuel to Saul: 1 Samuel 10:6 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.”

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The Work:  It is time to let God deliver you from feverish activity and show us the real way to live. Nothing ever said it better than these words from God Calling:  The world has always seen service for me to be activity.  Only those near to me have seen that a life apart, of prayer, may, and does so often, accomplish more that all of the service man can offer me. If man lived apart with Me and only went out to serve at My direct command My Spirit could operate more and accomplish truly mighty things. The world does not need supermen but supernatural men.  People who will persistently turn the self out of their lives and let Divine Power work through them.  Do not fear unemployment! God always has plenty of work to be done and always pays His workers well.”

We will be judged.  It will be clear what we did in our own power and what God did through us.  1 Corinthians 3: 12  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.

Billy Graham said this, “God’s idea of strength and man’s idea of strength are opposite one another.

The Lord told Paul, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9) having learned this lesson, Paul could then say, “when I am weak then I am strong (2 Cor. 12:10).  A paradox?  Not really. Only when Paul admitted to his own weakness and was willing to get out of the way could God take over and work.bLOG 5

If we tried to do God’s will in our own strength, then we can take the credit for whatever gets accomplished. But that is in God’s way!  When we left his strength work through us, then he alone will get the glory– and that is as it should be.”

It is a happy day when we fall before God and declare our utter powerlessness to do the work of God.  Because he is God, He is not fooled by the avalanche of evil. He is not surprised by the sudden changes that have made life so difficult for us.

From the moment that hell belched out its latest threat against the church, the Holy Spirit began to unfold a strategy. We have nothing more to do than two fold ourselves into that strategy and live by the clear and loving commands that emerge from prayer and obedience.

  1. M. Bounds said, “What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer.”

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The Stand:  You have to stand for something.  We have all seen ministers on the Larry King Show or with Oprah completely cave in on their convictions when they were asked straight questions.   The Bible says:

Proverbs 25: 26 A righteous man who falters before the wicked Is like a murky spring and a polluted well.

In order to stand you must follow clear instructions.  “Put on the whole armor of God”, means exactly that: All!  It is tragic that many put on a part of the armor but feel entitled to all of the protection.

Ephesians 6: 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Blog 7

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

Acts 5: 17 Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, 18 and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. 19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”

God provoked the Sadducees to arrest all of the apostles.  The angel refreshed their focus.  Stand together, in the heart of the city, and tell all of the words of this life.

When we take a stand against our flesh, and then take a stand against the evil one, we are able to take a stand in a culture that hates our message.”

The end result of the convention was faith in the power of God to rescue America, a fresh endowment of power, and a rock solid conviction never to back down, slow down or back away from our preordained victory.

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It is only after the convention ended and I had my first full night of sleep in a blue moon does it really dawn on me what God has done.  Living Proof is now fully operational.  A family has formed that has a heart for the lost and America.  We all left the mediocre and the mundane behind forever.  We have seen the glory and received the power.  Amen!