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NO ONE WILL EVER BE THE SAME: What happened in Houston
By Mario Murillo with excerpt from Sandee Wichkoski
Todd White creates a mass addiction to—one on one—miracle soul winning. Lou Engle performs a collective heart transplant—with the fire of God as his surgical tool. Chris Burns and the worship weapons shift the atmosphere—translating us all to the throne of God. In just 72 hours—people were utterly ruined to lesser living and powerless outreach. They did not simply learn about LIVING PROOF. They became LIVING PROOF.
These are not just my words. These are the unapologetic declarations of the people—people who will tell you with solemn conviction that after this convention they will never be the same. The convention did not end I am not the one claiming this. The people who were there and can solemnly vow to you that they will never be the same.
Look at the shot of Todd declaring fire over a young man. The look on that young man’s face embodies the convention.
But for a real insight to the event it is best to hear—in their own words—the testimony of someone who was there. Here are the words of Sandee Wichkoski:
“Richly blessed at the recent Living Proof World Convention in Houston. Each session built upon the next and the speakers were perfectly ordered to build a progression into a place of consecration for truly understanding the need this Nation has for God.
The worship with Chris Burns was amazing and absolutely essential to opening the atmosphere needed to accomplish the goal of heaven for this gathering. This wasn’t a “come listen to good worship, a message and get hands laid on you so you can feel good about your Christianity”. It was a direct challenge to get real and take your place in the ranks of the radically obedient.
Todd White started, on Thursday night sharing his testimony. As he progressed through that it lead to a hard reality of living in compromise: those around you see the wrong reflection of Jesus, a reflection that can affect them for eternity. As Todd closed he invited those who were living in compromise and compromising their witness of Christ to come forward and settle it at the altar. Before he even finished the invitation people were getting up and rushing forward, weeping and crying out to the Lord. I was sitting back by the sound booth and it looked like over half of the congregation had gone forward.
This repentance, in the church among those who name the Name of Christ, was an important first step and essential key to being able to see and step into intercession with authority for this Nation which is what Lou Engle brought to the table on Friday evening. Lou’s message of surrender to the deeper call to empty ourselves for the sake of the Kingdom was a challenge to live differently, speak differently, and understand differently. His message requires that place of repentance, which simply means to turn and think differently, and consecration. It’s not about us, it’s about Him and His Kingdom in the earth.
That led to Saturday with Mario, seeing His Kingdom on display in word, signs, wonders and miracles and the challenge to get hungry enough to seek after that same manifestations in our own lives as that is the mark of a believer (Mark 16:17-18). There was a rich deposit of history with God imparted…not only from these men as a group but especially from Mario. There was a tangible covering and impartation from a Father of Revival that wasn’t a laying on of hands rather a corporate mantle that was gently laid across the people. A invitation to risk waking up to find ourselves clothed in power to bring tangible change to the world around us.”
As I told you in the beginning…no one will ever be the same
How, despite everything, you can carve out an amazing life now
By Mario Murillo
Almost everything today screams fear. Our minds are battlefields…modern life keeps lobbing grenades of panic and dread. The overwhelming message of today is: true happiness and fulfillment are no longer possible…don’t try to thrive, just survive.
It’s time to make a defiant declaration: Despite everything, you can carve out an amazing life. What, in this mess? Yes…in this very mess.
My title says DESPITE EVERYTHING. That is the central promise of this message. Something amazing can bulldoze the walls of despair and clear a path to an amazing life…even now.
(This message is inspired by a sermon that I preached on Thursday August 27th in the Branson Outbreak. The visitation of God in Branson continues to boggle our minds. In fact, it is, itself, proof of what I am trying to tell you about life today. The Branson Outbreak is defying every law except the law of gravity…and it would not surprise me if people started floating in the air.)
There are many opinions about how much life a Christian can actually have today. The opinions run the gamut. One extreme is the teaching that we are in the great tribulation and we must buy food and equipment and hide ourselves. I disagree with this teaching …(although; it might be wise to have some extra provisions on hand because markets will get hit.) This puts the church on the defensive at the very moment she should be most visible and engaged in a great Gospel offensive.
The other extreme is denial. In this teaching, everything is a preachy, protestant-panacea. With all due respect, I disagree with Joel Osteen. You cannot have your best life now—unless, as John MacArthur observed—you are going to hell.
Heaven is where you have your best life—earth is where you have an amazing life.
There is a galactic difference between seeking an amazing life and a “best’ life. If your idea of an amazing life is to live without cares or challenges then let’s stop wasting each other’s time—you will get nothing out of this article.
Amazing means: causing great surprise or wonder. That’s it! It is a life that blasts through limits. It is a life that does exactly what everybody said could not be done.
The Bible teems with examples of amazing lives:
-When the last spark of hope died for the slaves in Egypt–Moses saw the burning bush.
-When the world was strangling in global famine–Joseph had already stored up mountains of grain.
-When love and morality were at their lowest ebb–we find the love story of Ruth and Boaz.
-At the moment of total despair–Esther brought deliverance.
-When the Church in Acts was being destroyed–a laser knocks Saul of Tarsus down on the road to Damascus.
They all lived opposite the limits of their era. They brought surprise and wonder.
Here is how you start their brand of an amazing life
1. Dwell: Your amazing life begins by making God your dwelling place. Psalm 91: 1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.”
The most powerful phrase is “because you made God…your dwelling place.” The unbreakable bond created by the decision to dwell in God reduces stress, neutralizes terrifying images and sets you free to do impossible things.
Isaiah 26: 20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. 21 For behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.”
Again, you see a clear call to enter, shut the door and hide in God during times of distress.
Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”
Enter the strong tower! There awaits you a supernatural sense of safety where great plans are created. From the repose of this stronghold you plan without panic, you move forward without distraction, and you know you will finish strong.
2 Discern: Satan has practiced telling lies for thousands of years. We know from scripture that in the last days Satan will sense his doom and break out in a frenzy of deception.
Everywhere you look you see believers who have been fooled, who have been distracted and who have fallen into traps. False prophets are everywhere. Paralyzing images from fear mongers have taken many believers out of commission.
Jesus solemnly warned his followers saying: “take heed that no one deceives you.” You can be fooled off the front line. You can be fooled out of your destiny.
Isaiah 8:12 “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’ Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled. 13 The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, And let Him be your dread. 14 He will be as a sanctuary,
From your dwelling place in God you see (discern) lies. You will not chase a rumor. You see through the tricks and traps. You will not stop vital activities. You will keep moving forward.
3. Deliver: You see that your real reason for being here is to destroy the works of the Devil. This final point is so urgent that I want to take extra care to make my point. Everything about the Christian Faith is rooted in unselfish service. When that focus is lost, the church is overrun by deception, division, and weakness. You would be unstoppable if you left all of your sense of reward to your future in heaven, and only saw yourself here and now as a deliverer.
Ministers fall into two categories: enablers or equippers.
-Enablers lull believers into emotional dependency and selfishness. If a pastor gets you to continually look inward it can be disaster.
-Equippers love people into strength, power and action. Under their influence, you will soon be out ministering. You will activate your gifts.
The greatest need in the American church is a military grade mindset. You are a soldier bent on victory. You are not a patient bent on recovery. The soldier is not seeking comfort and ease. They relish combat and triumph on the battlefield.
The sooner you realize that you are here to liberate others, the sooner you will stop being afraid and confused. You will stop seeking the false comfort of a “best” life, and you will embrace the excitement, and yes, the danger of an amazing life. God is hiring–there is no shortage of wages for the soldiers who renounce all to destroy the works of the devil.
The William Branham Moment
By Mario Murillo
William Branham shocked the world by ripping the thin veil between science and the supernatural. His ministry did not just bless…in many instances, it terrified.
In Los Angeles, a man with cancer stood in the healing line for hours. While waiting, he witnessed every kind of healing imaginable. However, when it was his turn for prayer the evangelist refused. Indignant, the man demanded to know why. Branham said, “You don’t want me to tell you.” The man was now furious and refused to leave without an answer. “You are sleeping with your secretary,” said the evangelist. With that, the man dropped his head and rushed out of the meeting.
William Branham was an answer to desperate prayer and an act of love by God the Father. The Pentecostal movement was dying because of infighting and immorality.
Divine healing had fallen into disrepute. Meetings were often fraught with emotionalism. Charlatans whipped audiences into frenzies. Most healing testimonies were sketchy at best.
Things were also bad outside the church. America was in the grip of fear of nuclear war. Psychiatry was replacing faith. A whole generation was racing away from God. Preachers were at a loss about what to do about it.
Today, the Spirit-filled movement finds itself in the same predicament. Once again, we are mired by division and emotionalism. Only this time it is much, much worse…I’ll tell you more about that later.
1946: Enter William Branham. The atmosphere is low key. There is no attempt to manipulate the people. Branham tells the audience when the angel of the Lord is present—a statement that should sound preposterous, except that astounding things start happening.
Oral Roberts once told me, “There were no hard cases for Branham while he was enveloped by the anointing.” Growths vanished, lifeless limbs awakened, blind eyes opened.
American historian, David Edwin Harrell Jr. described Branham as:
An unlikely leader….his preaching was halting and simple beyond belief. But William Branham became a prophet to a generation. A small, meek, middle-aged man with piercing eyes, he held audiences spellbound with tales of constant communication with God and angels. Night after night, before thousands of awed believers he discerned the diseases of the sick and pronounced them healed.
Like few men have ever been endowed with the raw supernatural power of William Branham. There, for the entire world to see–for medical science to test, were signs and wonders that were incontrovertible.
Branham’s innocence and simplicity would have been his demise had it not been for Gordon Lindsay. Harrell said of Gordon Lindsay, “. . . more than any other man, [he] brought system and unity . . . contributing an orderly mind, keen business sense, boundless energy, badly needed literary skills and an ecumenical spirit.”
Together, Branham and Lindsay were used of God to birth an era. A young Oral Roberts went to Kansas City to hear Branham. The experience led him to resign his church in Enid, Oklahoma and obey God’s mandate to “take my healing power to your generation.”
In Portland, Oregon, T.L. Osborn sat transfixed by the word of the Lord from Branham. This simple sentence from the lips of Branham launched Osborn: “God the Father heals the sick to prove that He raised His Son Jesus from the dead.
Just being used by God to launch Roberts and Osborn made him a vessel that touched millions. But more than that…signs and wonders became a standard part of Spirit-filled soul-winning.
Now we have come to this terrible moment for the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement in America. Compromise has hit us from the most unlikely sources. A pandemic moral/political cowardice paralyzes our pulpits. The wholesale removal of freedom of speech and freedom of religion has met only token resistance from “Spirit-filled” pastors.
Today we have widespread reports of “revivals” that are hugely disappointing. In our heart of hearts we know they are total hype. Healings are claimed but not confirmed.
We have witnessed the rise of an entire “revival” industry that hawks imaginary authority. People are reveling in spiritual fantasy worlds, blending astral projection and UFOs with Christianity.
Travelling ministries today sell high-pitch ecstasies that promise towering results over the enemy, but deliver zero impact on the culture.
I have my suspicions. I wonder if the voices that scream revival the loudest are simply trying to drown out their own unbelief, or if the abuse of GRACE –that has pastors drinking hard liquor after church–is merely defeatism that says, “What’s the use in trying?”
The times are dark, so dark in fact, that they carry a strange hope. Maybe we are finally, finally willing to shed the stubborn sins that have imprisoned us in religious irrelevancy and deception.
Perhaps we are witnessing the creation of a positive vacuum in Pentecostals and in society. This is our best chance to save America. This vacuum is making Charismatic/Pentecostals replace things. These replacements are the key to power.
A real hunger for truth is replacing political correctness. Donald Trump is a symptom of widespread anger with political correctness. We are a fed up culture now. People agree with Trump about America and that is why all of the criticism the media is throwing at him does not stick.
Many believers are angry with politically correct preaching. The cry now is, “Quit feeding us junk food!” We want experience power, not a feel good message. Look around you… the hunger for truth is rising.
A true desperation is replacing our attitude of entitlement. Americans know that they are losing their future to our government. They no longer harbor the fantasy that tells us we’re going to pull out of this just because we are America.
Many Christians realize that they have never known true desperation until now. They don’t want church to make them feel good anymore, they want church to put them right and make them strong. They want something real so badly that they will take it straight—not sugar-coated or diluted.
A true spirit of prayer is replacing artificial prayer. Believers are waking up to the fact that they prayed wrong. They had agendas in prayer. Pastors prayed as if prayer was a booster rocket for their pet program. Prayer is returning to the raw, unconditional surrender that it was supposed to be all along.
The real message here is not the arrival of a man but of an era of explosive miracles. That is what I am sensing and expecting. What we have been waiting for will come in an unexpected package—Branham did!
Maybe we have finally reached total desperation. Maybe now we will trade the unreliable for the undeniable. Let it be, Oh, God.
If you are finally ready
By Mario Murillo
“I wish you would give us an answer for America.” I hear that a lot! Oh the answer is out there alright, but you have to be ready. Many believe that they are ready but they are not. The proof that most believers are not ready is the jaw-dropping non reaction to the legalization of gay marriage. This darkest day in American history– brought on by the most outrageous abuse of power ever by the Supreme Court—was met by tepid, scattered, and disjointed outrage.
To be ready means an unshakable passion for change. The sorcerer tried to buy from Peter the power to impart the Holy Spirit. Peter said, “You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God” – Acts 8:21. The daily behavior of millions of Christians and pastors prove they are not ready.
If you are playing games you are not ready. Seeker churches are playing a marketing game. They will never be a force for change in our culture; unless of course, someone invents a way to have moral awakening without repentance.
The hyper-emotional churches are not ready either. They are also playing games. Fire tunnels and prophetic conferences can easily degenerate a version of Dungeons and Dragons. Those who chase blessings and “words” are worse than unready, they are immobilized. They are play-acting at revival.
Do lost souls, national sin, and the loss of our constitution deeply matter to you? If they do not, God will not enroll you to save America. How could He? If you shy away from reality and say silly things like, “I don’t want to know what is going on, it is too depressing,” then you have no part in the solution.
Here are the people who are ready: Pastors who want to influence the culture more than they want a big church are ready. Pastors who are passionate for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and cannot live without winning the lost, are ready. Christians, who are clear that America will soon die without revival, are ready. What is the most urgent sign that you are ready? The answer is an unambiguous conviction to pursue revival even if no one else joins you. God is not waiting for the church. He will start without them. All He needs is one willing vessel. The one willing vessel will unlock awesome power by confessing, “I will do whatever it takes for however long it takes.” What makes this idea come alive is something called the Stockdale Paradox. Here is an excerpt from Good to Great written by Jim Collins: The name refers to Admiral Jim Stockdale, who was the highest ranking United States military officer in the “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner-of-war camp during the height of the Vietnam War. Tortured over 20 times during his eight-year imprisonment from 1965 to 1973,
Stockdale lived out the war without any prisoner’s rights, no set release date, and no certainty as to whether he would even survive to see his family again. “Here I am sitting in my warm and comfortable office, looking out over the beautiful Stanford campus on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I’m getting depressed reading this, and I know the end of the story! I know that he gets out, reunites with his family, becomes a national hero, and gets to spend the later years of his life studying philosophy on this same beautiful campus.
If it feels depressing for me, how on earth did he deal with it when he was actually there and did not know the end of the story?” “I never lost faith in the end of the story,” he said, when I asked him. “I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.”
I didn’t say anything for many minutes, and we continued the slow walk toward the faculty club, Stockdale limping and arc-swinging his stiff leg that had never fully recovered from repeated torture. Finally, after about a hundred meters of silence, I asked, “Who didn’t make it out?” “Oh, that’s easy,” he said. “The optimists.” “The optimists? I don’t understand,” I said, now completely confused, given what he’d said a hundred meters earlier. “The optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, ‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.”
Another long pause, and more walking. Then he turned to me and said, “This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” Why is this Paradox so important to the American church right now? The answer is the last 7 years. These are years that shattered Pollyanna doctrines and fluff faith. We never dreamed it could get this bad this fast. Our version of optimists has left the church. They have fallen away because of persecution.
The remnant is ready for untold power if it heeds this lesson: Things are bad, really bad; deal with it. But never, ever lose faith in the arrival of revival. Embrace the facts no matter how brutal they seem and at the same time believe with all of your might that everything you are doing to see the power of God released on America will be rewarded. When you pray, God will hear. When you speak out people will listen. No matter how unpromising your action feels now, keep going because “there is no restraint with God to save by few or to save by many!” Hallelujah!
WHEN A MAYOR AND AN EVANGELIST TEAM UP TO IMPACT A CITY
By Mario Murillo
John Dukes, Mayor of Yuba City, and I are bound by different covenants. It is his job to faithfully execute his oath of office. It is my job to obey a heavenly vision. We are both servants of God and where our callings meet is in the genuine desire to help Yuba City.
In this current time of national division, it takes courage for any civic leader to declare that the Gospel holds the greatest hope for a community. John has stood before the crowd night after night to declare his belief in miracles and the power of the Gospel to make a city better.
At no time does he try to divide or abuse his authority as mayor. He is building a consensus among various groups for the good of the city. To him, this is a logical part of that goal.
He recognizes, as I do, the fever in government today to silence the benefit of faith in the fight against addiction and crime. We believe it is time for government to let God work in our nation. It is insane to ignore the power of God to handle our deepest crisis as a nation.
He and I are taking a bold step of faith. We are teaming up to prove what Jesus can do for a city. It is our prayer that the results will be so undeniable that it will help remove the stigma of religion and silence those who hate God in our government.
But the lesson here is not just for anti-God politicians, it is also for Christians. For reasons that are too numerous to list, many Christians have been afraid to show the power of God to society.
There is a deliberate attempt in these meetings to eschew emotionalism without losing fervor. We want Jesus to overshadow the method so that people will see miracles in plain view. We get out of God’s way so that He could demonstrate His love and power in a way that main street will admit…something real is happening…it is the key to our children’s future and our way of life.
We are not here to colonize Yuba City. We are here to be a helping hand to the downtrodden and forgotten among us. We have no agenda, just a Savior. We are to go about doing good deeds.
Healing is one of those good deeds. A piercing example of this is Peter before the Sanhedrin, after the paralyzed man was healed at the gate, Beautiful. Acts 4:8, “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ‘Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.’”
Teaming up for the good of a city is a wonderful thing. It has already produced important results. We believe that the best is yet to come. Please pray for Living Proof Yuba City!
P.S. We are gearing up for a fresh outreach to Yuba City. The tent is gone but the fire still burns brightly. Get ready for the next phase of this miracle of God. We will be announcing the next series of Living Proof Yuba City very soon.
Why you should come to these nights
By Mario Murillo
Here is urgent news! I want you to join me for 5 unforgettable nights of healing miracles. Let me explain more.
My experience with the power of Christ to heal began in the most unlikely place and at the most unpromising time. This was not a backwater encounter among the uneducated. It was in the light of day on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley during the free speech movement.
Jesus himself said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father”-John 14:12. Those words haunted me and challenged me to answer one of the greatest questions I would ever ask myself: How do I reach this campus?
What happened to me next did not just breakthrough on campus, but it ended up taking me around the world declaring the greatest news that mankind has ever heard. There is not enough room here to give you a detailed account of how the healings began.
What matters right now is that you can receive healing and you can satisfy your soul about the reality of God.
I am not asking you to embrace dead religion or a cult. Reality does not need hype or manipulation. I am asking you to trade just one night of your life to open your heart to God and let Him give you a miracle inside and out.
Not only will Living Proof amaze and liberate you but it will be the best thing possible for someone you care about who battling not just sickness but life itself. Bring someone to this night! Why not? If someone you love is suffering for any reason, bring them and let us pray for them to receive a miracle. Think of all that they have endured to try to get well. Instead of waiting for hours in a cold atmosphere let them experience a loving, joyous, faith-filled atmosphere.
If someone you know is unchurched and is honestly seeking to know that God is real, bring them. My message each night will not just touch the needs of the body but also of the soul. This is a perfect opportunity for them to receive a miracle in their soul.
You should come if you are a Christian who yearns for revival in Northern California. The impact of these nights will not end with just healing miracles. An army of love and light is forming from many churches in this region who are seeking an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It is our deepest wish and expectation that the power of this night will flow out to the entire North Valley area.
IT ALL ADDS UP TO A SIMPLE FACT: THESE ARE NIGHTS YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS AND YOU WILL BE THANKFUL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE THAT YOU MADE THE EFFORT TO EXPERIENCE.
How to Read the Bible
By Donald Grey Barnhouse
Our certainty rests upon the Word of God and upon some of its statements about how
we are to read its pages. An illustration is, perhaps, the best way to come to the heart of
the method. Some years ago I entered the playroom of our home one evening, and found
my two boys at work on a large picture puzzle which had been given one of the members
of the family at Christmas. It was a finely made puzzle, on three-ply wood, beautifully
cut, and among its hundreds of pieces a score or more were designed in the shape of
common things. The little sister, three years old, too young to match the intricately cut
edges of the pieces, had been allowed to pick out those pieces which resembled articles
she knew and arrange them in rows at the edge of the table. She was eager to show me
what she had done. Here was a piece in the shape of a clover leaf; here was an apple, a
wheelbarrow, the letter S, the figure four, an umbrella, a violin and a bird. To her mind
those and the other shaped pieces were the most important things in the puzzle.
To see them, and to identify something that was in her world, made it all very interesting.
To her older brothers, however, the shape of individual pieces was merely incidental.
They knew that the violin would become part of a cloud, that the umbrella would be lost in
the pattern of a lady’s dress, and that the other figures would melt into flower garden and
Each Verse Has Its Place
This illustration is almost perfect for the student of the Word of God. The unfortunate
person who takes some text by itself and attempts to build a doctrine on it will be in utter
confusion before he has gone very far. Only with this wrong type of Bible reading can
anyone ever come to the absurd conclusion so often expressed, “You can prove anything
by the Bible.”
When, however, the shape of the individual verse is fitted into the whole divine plan
of the revelation of God, the full-rounded, eternal purpose begins to be seen; and the
whole of the Word of God becomes something so stupendous, so eternal, so mightily
divine, that every rising doubt is checked immediately. There comes, then, a knowledge
of the finality of God’s revelation which becomes as much a part of the believer as his
breathing, or his sense of being alive. Any other possibility cannot be entertained even
for a moment. The believer knows that the Bible is the Word of God, even more surely
than he knows that he is alive.
If we are going to understand the Word of God, we
must have a spiritual attitude toward it. The Lord said
that “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of
God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know
them, because they arespiritually discerned” (I Corinthians 2:14).
God refuses to reveal Himself to just any casual passer
-by. The Lord indicated this when He said in the Sermon
on the Mount:“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs,
neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they
trample them under their feet, and turn again and
rend you” (Matthew 7:6).
This same thought must have been in His mind when He prayed, saying, “I thank thee,
O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, be because thou hast hid these things from the wise and
prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy
sight” (Matthew 11:25, 26). The fact that one must have a spiritual attitude that comes
from spiritual life in order to understand the deep things of the Word of God is also the
true meaning of the great verse which we quote in paraphrase: “For whosoever hath [new
life in Christ], to him shall be given [knowledge of the divine plan and revelation], and he
shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not [the new life in Christ], from him
shall be taken away even that [common sense and deep learning that might make him one
of the world’s leaders of the world’s thinking] he hath” (Matthew 13:12).
Putting the Puzzle Together
The proper method of Bible study, then, is analogous to the putting together of the
puzzle. For any given doctrinal subject, read the entire volume, selecting every verse that
bears on the truth under study. Put all of these passages together, and the synthesis of
the result is the true Bible doctrine on the question with which you are concerned. A
verse from Moses, and one from Ezekiel, and one from Paul, put side by side, each
illuminating the others, fit into the perfect pattern of the whole design and give the
whole light which God has been pleased to reveal on that particular theme. Taken one
by one, the verses may be no more than mere shapes, meaningless as far as the
over-all purpose of the inspired revelation is concerned. This is why the Lord says that
one of the first principles of Bible study is that no Scripture is of “private interpretation” (II Peter 1:20).
The exegesis of the Greek shows that this verse should not be interpreted to restrict the
right of the private individual to read and understand the Bible for himself.
The Lord says that the anointing by the Spirit renders us capable of understanding, so
that we do not need to have any one teach us (I John 2:27). The existence of teachers by
divine order and arrangement is like the original institution of divorce, not because it was
God’s first choice, but because of the hardness of the hearts of men (Matthew 19:8).
The responsibility for reading and knowing the Word and will of God is upon
every individual, who must find out for himself, conclude what he believes and be
ready to give an answer for the hope that is within him, knowing that he will be
answerable to the Lord for the content of his faith, and that he will not be permitted
to present the excuse that he believed what some church or group of clergy interpreted
Editior’s note: Donald Grey Barnhouse Th.D (March 28, 1895 – November 5, 1960), was an American Christian preacher, pastor, theologian, radio pioneer, and writer. He was pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1927 to his death in 1960. As a pioneer in radio broadcasting, his program, The Bible Study Hour, continues today and is now known as Dr. Barnhouse & the Bible.
Two features of the ministry of the late Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse made his witness
unique: his tremendous insight into Scripture, and his remarkable ability to bring the
truths he gleaned from his study to the Christian layman in such a way as to make the
Bible come alive. Those who have heard Dr. Barnhouse teach, and those who have read
his writings, can testify that this is true.
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.”
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.
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!”