SHOCKING BREAKTHROUGH

What God did last night can’t be described as just ‘a good meeting.’ This is something far beyond a good meeting. Dinuba knows—I mean the whole city knows—that something supernatural is happening in the tent!

Not only did they jam the tent, they filled it to its maximum capacity. We had taken the precaution of bringing two truckloads of chairs. We didn’t anticipate that we would need all of them, but as it turned out, it was barely enough.

Now, due to the excitement that tonight’s meeting has generated, we will have to make a third trip to get more chairs. Tomorrow night (Monday, October 7, 2019) has been announced as a miracle service. There is absolutely no doubt that an army of God’s people will scour the area to bring in those who need a miracle.

The way God’s people took the challenge, I fully expect them to be just like those who sought out the Lord: 54 “And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized (Jesus), 55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to where they heard He was. 56 Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.” (Mark 6:54-56)

The sermon that came thundering out of me tonight in Dinuba was the most forceful challenge I have ever unleashed on an audience. I began with a question. “Who knows when it will ever be this way again? Whatever you do, you must do now.  Whatever changes you need to make in your schedule, you need to make them now.”

I repeat that challenge to you: The worst mistake you can make is to think this meeting is about Mario Murillo, or worse, to think it is a good event rather than a once in a lifetime encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever you do, you must do now.  Whatever changes you need to make in your schedule, you need to make them now.

Churches are unified. Workers are abundant. We are on a site granted by the city of Dinuba, California itself. That is extraordinary favor!

Our greatest crime would be a partial response to a total blessing. Pastors, I must exhort you not to seek self-preservation. This is way bigger than just your church. God is up to something far greater than church growth. You must seize the moment when God has placed the arrows of deliverance in your hand:

2 King 13: 15 And Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and some arrows.” So he took himself a bow and some arrows. 16 Then he said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow.” So he put his hand on it, and Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. 17 And he said, “Open the east window”; and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot”; and he shot. And he said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them.” 18 Then he said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”; so he struck three times, and stopped. 19 And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.”The king of Israel made a partial response to a total harvest, as did Simon Peter:

Luke 5:4 “When (Jesus) had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”We must fully obey the Lord.

We must let down all the nets.  Let down the nets of time. Let down the nets of influence. Let down the nets of zeal.

We must know the hour of our visitation. This meeting will either be remembered as a massive breakthrough or as a tragically missed opportunity—missed because we allowed unimportant things to be more important than the things of the Kingdom of God.

After my initial challenge to those in the tent, I went on to speak to those who were unsaved, telling them, “You need to know when God is sending you help. Come forward now in total surrender.”  I was told that 150 came forward to be born again, but, as always, only God knows the true number.As the Word of God says, when His Spirit comes upon you, you will never be the same:

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. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you.”

What happened tonight is going to make history. I guarantee it! My greatest challenge will be getting to sleep tonight. This is because a vibrant, fiery army is out there at work. They are going to bring the sick and lost to the tent. I will be kept awake by the thought that what was once just a vivid dream about Highway 99—the Corridor of Glory—is now a powerful reality, and is in no way daunted by the ‘impossibility’ of revival coming to California.

Stay tuned!  God is just getting started!

 

 

Greatest Question

As you read this our tent is going up. Thousands know we are coming. A rare kind of unity exists between leaders here, and an amazing anticipation is in the air. We have more volunteers and prayer warriors for this event than any previous tent crusade. There is a buzz on the streets.

Many who are involved in this outreach are starting to talk about an awakening. They seem to sense that we could see a revival—and they don’t mean just ‘a good meeting’—they mean a moral outbreak that could sweep an entire region into the kingdom of Christ. I am talking about Dinuba, California.

So tonight I am pondering a great question: What starts a revival?

Here we are, two thousand years after the church began, and Christian theologians still don’t know what starts a revival.   Authors by the dozens release new books to tell us what the “steps for revival” are.  No sooner are they out, than the Spirit falls in a manner that totally contradicts their books.   As soon as we add a “step” to revival, God steps over our step…

Often 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 old 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? It is certainly in us to do that, 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, am I right?  But the evil one 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, let’s face it, it is truly beyond us to 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!

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.  So, if it is that simple and obvious, then why aren’t we doing it?  Why in fact are we doing everything else but that?  Again, is it because Satan 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 merely a set of statements we have been told to make, and statements we have been told 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 a strange verse.  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.”  Israel has been waiting for centuries to gain legitimacy, because with the Law comes an identity and a legacy.  So why does God instead delay 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 in 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)  Can it be that simple?

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

When can we know that revival has started?  In my studies, I have noticed a common denominator among the great revivalists who have 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.

Jesus said, “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 them felt that revival was months 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.  And the still small voice of the Lord spoke to me, “No matter how small that wave is, it is an ocean wave.  It is a relative of the tsunami.” 

Yes, a tidal wave can travel at 500 miles per hour, yet it is still nothing but an ocean wave, just larger.

“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 much 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 that was spoken in prayer for revival at any gathering where women prayed, began the 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 continue to come, in faithful and ever increasing power.

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

Now a special video message from Mario Murillo about what starts this Sunday

THE EXACT SAME SICK JOKE

This whole impeachment farce is the Russian Collusion investigation all over again. Exactly.

As Yogi Berra said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Democrats are following—to the letter—the script from the disastrous Mueller investigation. They have learned nothing from their folly. And, once again, they got nothing.

If Sal Alinsky and Bozo the clown collaborated on a playbook, this would be it. So, in the style of a playbook, I will show you how it works:

Step one: Locate a bogus source with a bogus story and then hide the source.

Step two: Treat the story like it’s true. Rant and rave to deflect simple questions. Only hang out with like-minded idiots from your leftist base, so you can scream and get cheers from people who do not care about facts. Drown everyone else out.

Step three: Accuse Trump of breaking a law that he did not break. Meanwhile, protect one of your own who actually committed the very crime you are accusing Trump of.

Step four: Sic your media dogs on the story. Push the fabricated crime and bury the story of the real crime. And why do this? Because the real criminal is running against him for President.

Step five: I can’t wait to tell you about this one later!

Okay, have you got it?

Step one, again: We still don’t know the source of the Russian Collusion story. We now know it was a hoax based on a dossier someone just made up. Comey and McCabe at the FBI just wanted to get Trump. They abused their power.

Today, we know that the story of Trump abusing power to get Biden investigated by the Ukrainian government is based on hearsay and a biased interpretation of the law. (more on the law part later.)

So, lo and behold, once again, we can’t know the source, aka the whistleblower.  (Republican senator Grassley of Iowa should be ashamed that he is helping protect this source.)

Step two, again: Schiff, Waters, Pelosi, AOC, and the usual suspects are again screaming to impeach Trump. And, they deflect all requests for facts or for the rationale behind their outrage in a most maddening way. They are stirring up the base that hates Trump—a mob that doesn’t want to be confused by facts.

Step three, revisited: Hillary Clinton really did commit the crime they accused Trump of. She colluded with the Russians when she paid them to dig up dirt on Trump. Not to mention her crime of illegal use of a secured server while she was Secretary of State. She, not Trump, should have been investigated. Then there is the alleged collusion with a uranium processor to funnel raw uranium to the Russians. She has never properly explained that, or Bengazi…

Now it is clear—because we have it on video—that Biden, not Trump, was guilty of interfering in the Government of the Ukraine. He used his power…and bragged about it, to withhold a billion dollars in aid to the Ukraine unless they removed a prosecutor who was investigating the company that his son was working with. Amazing isn’t it?

Not only this, but we now know that Trump acted with complete transparency and within the law—a law that was ratified under (are you ready?) Bill Clinton. That law called for free exchange of information between the Ukraine and the President of the United States.

Step 4: Just as they buried Hillary’s actual crime and promoted Trump’s non-crime, they are doing it again.

Have you heard much about Biden extorting the Ukraine to save his son, or that he pushed for a prosecutor to be fired in exchange for American aid? If you don’t know it’s because only 12% of news stories are about Biden’s crime, while the other 88% is screaming to impeach Trump.

Step 5: Have it all blow up in your face. Do you remember Robert Mueller trying to defend his investigation before congress? He looked dazed and confused. He could not say that Trump had committed any crime. Democrat Nadler looked like a cartoon character, as he was desperately trying to get something out of nothing.

Well, gentle reader, it’s going to happen again. Only this time the backfire will be bigger. At this hour Nancy Pelosi suspects as much. Her sardonic smile is currently more strained than ever because, beneath all of this is the rumble of an American volcano—an eruption is forming the likes of which America has not seen in 160 years and the Democrats are standing on ground zero. Pass the popcorn.

 

 

 

THE RIVER RAGES ON

It had been announced that the meeting would begin at 6 P.M. But it’s only 5:30 P.M. and the church is already full. People are parking several blocks away from the church now. You can see people racing toward the building, because they can hear that we have already started singing.

I can’t number the California myths that I am watching die right before my eyes. They say Sunday nights are a bad time for a meeting—especially in California. Most churches have given up trying to meet on Sunday night. They say that Christians here have been beaten down so badly that they are apathetic. They say that unless you have a gimmick attraction like a famous worship team, the people won’t come out. They say California Christians love to straggle in late. They say a lot of things.

But, this audience is ready! They are electric with expectancy. Their worship is unbridled. They are out-singing the worship team!

Now I am standing in the pulpit, surveying the crowd. The Spirit of God overpowers this unworthy servant and I am strictly ordered to ask a woman to stand up who is sitting three rows back and two seats in. God wants it made very clear that she is about to be healed. Every eye is on her. Here is the video of her healing.

Why I am able to know the multiple illnesses that ravage her body is still beyond me. It breaks me, and it is deeply humbling. It floods me with the fear of the Lord. Now I am commanded to declare her miracle. There is no doubt that pain and sickness have just vanished. All glory to Jesus!

When it is time, I bring the message of the night. I quote Mark 6:5 “Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.” I ask the pastors surrounding me this question: “Can God do a mighty work here?”

Interestingly, the worst and the best miracle rallies Jesus ever had take place in that same chapter. His hometown saw few miracles, but when He went across the lake, miracles exploded:

54 And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him,

55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry those who were sick on beds to wherever they heard He was. 56 Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.” (Mark 6:54-56)

His hometown knew Him so well that they didn’t know Him at all. The people on the other side of the lake “recognized Him.” They had revelation about His power, His glory and what it means to have Him in the vicinity.

Christianity is the only movement in the history of the world where the Founder attends every meeting. We must recapture the wonder of “wherever two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20)

Suddenly, I had to stop preaching. Miracles are coming to people across the meeting hall. The Holy Spirit told me to have a man place his hand over his chest. I tell him, “You have heart disease!” His wife instantly begins weeping for joy, as he is healed. Here is the video of his healing;

It is difficult and often not wise to pick the most dramatic miracle of the night. But when he was healed, the whole place went up in praise. Now I am standing beside a woman who cannot walk. Again, I am instructed to tell her she is being healed and that the reason she can’t walk is because she had fallen down the stairs. At first, she limps, barely able to hold her balance. Suddenly, she starts running! Praise explodes!

Now dozens are claiming and receiving their miracles!

The night ends as it should. I tell the audience to come to Jesus and be saved—but they must make Him Lord. They are only saved if they surrender and make Jesus Lord of their lives. Some say a hundred souls are saved. Others say more. Only God knows the true number.

We are so grateful to Hanford Pentecostal Church of God and Pastor Bobby Guerra for hosting this amazing night.

I see a hunger for Jesus that should terrify the devil and the God-haters of California.

Why should you rejoice? Rejoice, because this is a sign for all of America. The Corridor of Glory along Hwy. 99 has claimed another territory for revival. The Living Proof of a new day for the Church in California means a statewide outpouring of the Holy Spirit has begun! Next Sunday, we will be in Dinuba, CA. Please, join us! Hallelujah!

 

Did your pastor tell you to vote?

There were a large number of pastors in the room when I asked the audience, “Raise your hand if your child was suspended from school for witnessing or wearing a Christian T-shirt.” Hands went up. Then I asked, “Raise your hand if you were fired from your job for witnessing or because of something Christian you posted on social media.” Again, hands went up. The pastors looked stunned. Many of them had no idea what their congregations have been going through because of persecution from the Left.

I gently prodded the pastors. “This is what your congregation is facing. Are you training them to face this? Better yet, what are you doing to stop this?”

It has been estimated that 75% of the pastors in America have not taken a stand in their pulpits against the Democrat agenda. Think about that. Even after all we have learned about Planned Parenthood selling body parts from aborted babies. Even after Democrats openly promised to give healthcare, a college education, and financial aid to illegal aliens, things not available to American citizens or even military veterans. 

Think about that: With the highest stakes ever—and the Christian vote being essential for the survival of America—3/4s of American pastors have not even spoken to their congregations about getting out and exercising their rights as United States citizens.

Still doubt it?  Ask yourself: Have you heard anything from the pulpit of your church about registering to vote? My guess is that you have not and that 75% may actually be a low estimate

Despite all the warnings, 15 million Christians did not vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections. I remember warning pastors again and again to register their people to vote. Here is an actual quote from a blog I wrote in October, just before the disastrous midterms:

“If Nancy Pelosi returns, as they predict she will, the Democrats will instantly take over the Russia investigation.  They will move to impeach Trump and will go after Kavanaugh again.  Expect a torrent of subpoenas and gridlock.” Every word came true.

I am an advocate for pastors.  They have a daunting task today that is nearly impossible. There are many great men and women of God in America.  That is what makes this virtual blackout, this deadly silence on the subject of voting so bewildering.

What does the Bible say? Isn’t a pastor, above all, a watchman?

7 And you, son of man, I have set you as a watchman to the house of Israel. And you shall hear the word from My mouth and warn them from Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, O wicked one, surely you shall die. And you do not speak to warn a wicked man from his ways that wicked one shall die in his iniquity, but I will require his blood at your hand. 9 But you, if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his own iniquity, but you have delivered your soul.”   −Ezekiel 33:7-9

The silence of every pastor who does not cry out as a watchman is helping bring a world of hurt on the very flock they are called to protect.  Do they understand how the sheep will suffer in a world of anti-God laws, hateful leaders, a devastated economy, and a nation that will be far more divided that it is now?  No matter how high-sounding their words, if they fail to protect the Bride of Christ, they have failed in their most basic duty.

One of these pastors said to me, “I will not allow divisive politics to enter the Kingdom of God.”  That sounds right, doesn’t it? However, keeping silent does exactly what these pastors condemn: IT BRINGS POLITICS INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

Let me show exactly how this is:

A preacher once blurted out to me: “Mario, you are political!”  So I asked him “Okay then, why aren’t you warning the church to vote against the evil of the Left? My guess is that you are afraid of losing people and losing tithes. It’s the same as saying it would cost you votes, and campaign funds.  You are the politician not me.”

Not speaking out brings the Kingdom of God into evil. This evil has hidden in the past behind politics, but now that it is exposed as a force that hates God, the church, Israel, and America, this evil must be opposed.

What we are trying to stop is not politics, but a satanic agenda.  Ever since the Obama administration, it has stopped being about politics, and it has became spiritual warfare.

The decision to seek self-preservation above the good of the people and the nation is the curse of modern church life.

But there is another villain in this situation that I am calling out. It is the lukewarm Christian who threatens their Pastor if he dares to preach the truth.  If you have in any way threatened your pastor—by removing your money or your influence—because they preach against abortion or declare that marriage is only valid when it is between one man and one woman…God help you! 

I don’t care how much you think you are right to be a Never-Trumper or a pro-Democrat Christian, boycotting your church and intimidating your pastor is dead wrong.

Remember: if you are still voting Democrat, you are voting the pro-death ticket. If you are still a registered Democrat, is it because your parents and your family have “always voted Democrat”? Stop right there. Why would you continue to follow leaders who have taken their Party so far left that JFK would not even recognize it? They are so far left as to openly advocate godless Socialism. Your party has left YOU. Read the platform. They are all-in, and have embraced: Abortion and infanticide, the LGBTQ agenda, gay marriage, and terrorist groups such as Antifa. The Left has declared that they are the party of Atheism. They do not support Israel. They consider Christianity to be in need of “evolving”—and are prepared to make that happen, by force if necessary.

I am sorry to say this, but if you don’t know what is at stake—if you don’t know why voting against the leftist agenda is a natural extension of your faith in Christ—if you don’t know why sitting out the 2020 election would be a disaster…blame the pulpit.

Tens of millions of Christians had the power to vote these evildoers out of office.  And, God help us, right now 15 million of them are not even registered to vote.

THE STUPIDEST IDEA

In the history of stupid decisions, this may be the all time stupidest decision yet. Moving to impeach Trump is so stupid that it has all the earmarks of an act of God. It feels like God has turned them over to a madness that has them careening toward self-destruction. It demonstrates both, that they are desperate to appear relevant, and that they realize they are losing. It has to be the hand of God if Democrats are all on board to do the last thing they should ever be trying to do.

Here’s why:

1. This attempt by the enemies of America to impeach President Trump will never succeed. The Constitution requires a two-thirds super majority to convict a person being impeached. This project is dead on arrival. Nancy Pelosi in caving to the socialist wing of her party will confirm the worst fear of all fair-minded Americans: Democrats do stupid things because their hatred of Trump matters more to them than the American people they are supposed to be representing. They are not working on the problems Americans face every day, and the voters are not interested in the socialism and junk-science environmentalism they are selling.

Democrats have apparently learned nothing from the Mueller investigation. 2 years and $25 million dollars produced absolutely nothing: zero, zip, and nada. There was no Russian collusion.  And now the public knows that the Democrats knew all along there was no collusion, and that they spent a ton of taxpayer money to ride that lie into the ground. Now they are at it again, and I promise you, the public will punish them for this.

2. House Representatives and Senators who vote for impeachment will risk their own reelections. Every Democrat Congressman in a battleground state, and any Republican Congressman in any state, will risk failing to be reelected if they vote to impeach, because their votes will be a matter of public record.

3. It will backfire like the Mueller investigation and force Democrats to face a real scandal: Joe Biden. In a video of his 2018 comments at a panelfor the Council on Foreign Relations, Joe Biden seemingly admitted to withholding military aid to Ukraine as a pressure tactic to force the firing of a prosecutor he did not like. Biden’s comments may see new scrutiny amid whistleblower allegations that Trump improperly called on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden.

Notice how quiet Joe is about impeachment. Notice the squeamish, guilty smile. He is going to wish that the Democrats had left this one alone.

The previous stupidity of the Mueller investigation has created more new investigations into the totally corrupt and partisan way that Trump was investigated. Andrew McCabe will tell you that false investigations backfire as he and James Comey now face investigations for their role in using the intelligence community to smear Trump.

Here’s what McCabe  said about impeachment and the Ukraine Call: “There’s Concern If It Doesn’t Live Up To The Hype People Will Be Disappointed”

4. None of this is affecting Trump’s approval rating. Today, with the threat of impeachment factored in, Rasmussen has Trump at 51% approval rating. That’s much higher than Obama at this point in his presidency. The vile and vicious attacks have hardened the support of Republicans for Trump, while giving moderate Democrats ‘Trump Scandal Fatigue.’

Given all this, we must ask, “Why would they do it? Why start down the same stupid road with even stupider reasons?” The answer: It must be God.

We now know the only reason Democrats want to impeach Donald Trump: blind hatred. But the only thing He is guilty of is being elected President and upsetting all their plans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROUND ZERO CHURCHES

Right before our eyes, the church is changing. The great focus of the soul-searching taking place in our lifetime is happening right now, and it is happening in mega-churches. Many of these super-congregations are realizing that they have reached the limits of their relevance to Americans.

Many leaders are coming to this shocking conclusion: Satan has done a number on us. Many now say the devil used a counterfeit church-growth model to deceive the gullible and discourage the faithful.   When righteous pastors looked at the staggering growth of Seeker Churches, they felt overwhelmed and even wounded.  They wondered, “What am I doing wrong?  Am I a fool to hold on to my integrity?”  

Growth seminars have proliferated all over America and they have preyed on weak Pastors. David Wilkerson said, “Ministers from small churches are being told, in so many words, ‘Attend this mega-church pastor’s seminar, and you will find the keys to success. You‘ll eventually have a church as big as his.’”

Yet these ‘keys to success’ are only causing pastors to become more discouraged. They end up being convinced that they are failures if they do not see spectacular growth.  They tell me, “I am not doing anything significant for God. He just isn’t using me.”

Many mega church experts now admit that ‘making nice’ with secular America did not have any impact on the spread of violence, perversion, and atheism.  To their dismay, they now confess that these things have greatly accelerated on their watch.  After our complete makeover and compromise of the Gospel message, society ended up hating us even more.

We have been trashed, bashed, and left for dead.  Now it is time for the Body of Christ to push back on all of the lies, threats, and ominous predictions about our demise.  America is ripe for the church to make a massive comeback.  You heard me, a massive comeback!

I know that all the experts are saying that the Church has lost America and will never get it back.  These kinds of lies have made the rounds for centuries.  Usually, they pronounce that the church is dead—right before a major revival takes place.  The last time I saw it was when the “God is dead” movement swept America in the 1960’s—only to be swallowed up by the Jesus Movement.

To see this take place we will need a new Church model, one that looks nothing like what we see today.   We need ‘Ground Zero Churches.’

Christian leader: take heed. I am pleading with you to consider a dynamic option for your church.  I want you to consider becoming a Ground Zero Church. That consists of a strong and healthy church which grows without stress, compromise, endless striving, or vicious competition.

Let’s define a Ground Zero Church.  They are the epicenter for God’s dealing with a specific region. They are a body of believers that have made the supreme covenant with God.  Here are the features of a Ground Zero Church:

1. They believe that God can do it here.  I wonder what would happen if, let’s say, we got a jumbo jet packed full of fired up Bible College students on their way to the mission field. We take off out of New York’s Kennedy Airport, headed for a country somewhere overseas.  Instead, we order the pilot to make very wide circles over the Atlantic for hours, finally landing somewhere in New Jersey.  As soon as we get off, we are hustled into vans and dropped in New York City.

I am convinced that they will raise the dead, save thousands, and deliver many from demonic oppression, and signs and wonders will abound— just because they think they are overseas.

Many Christians have deluded themselves into thinking that the reason miracles are not happening in America today is because the poor in foreign nations have a more simple faith. They think Americans are just ‘too sophisticated’ to respond.  The Bible paints a much different picture.  In Acts, God knocked Saul of Tarsus, the zealot-intellectual-Pharisee, flat on the ground.  He became the Apostle Paul, the chief architect of the New Testament Church.  And when the Holy Spirit first fell upon the Gentiles, it was in the house of Cornelius, a Roman Centurion, a powerful man of wealth and influence.

 2. Ground Zero Churches allow the Holy Spirit to transform their congregation into a core zone of irresistible glory:  Paul described the overpowering effect a church gathering could have on the outside world: 24 “But if all of you prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. 25 And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.” (1 Corinthians 14:24-25)

Matthew Henry commented on these verses, “God can, when he pleases, strike awe upon the worst of men, by the tokens of his presence in the assemblies of the faithful, and force them to acknowledge that God is with them of a truth.”

There are many examples of places where the overwhelming presence of God dropped hardened sinners to their knees.

-A reporter from London came to Wales to investigate the Welsh revival.  The presence he felt when he entered Wales shocked him. He exclaimed, “This is a nation haunted by God!”

-During the Great Awakening, hardened sailors on clipper ships reported being seized with conviction of sin when they entered certain zones off the American coast.

-When Jonathan “Praying” Hyde walked past the door to the bar at a hotel, sinners dropped off of their bar stools onto their knees and began weeping under the powerful conviction of the Holy Spirit.

-There are many true stories about revivals that took place in churches where the presence of God was so powerful that people who were just driving past the church would find their cars turning into the parking lot on their own. When the drivers got out, they were so overpowered by the Holy Spirit that they practically had to crawl to the door of the church. They would come, weeping, down to the altar to get saved.

3. Ground Zero Churches pull the trigger that God has hidden in their culture.

Throughout history, obedient missionaries who listened to God and observed the way God had prepared a culture through history, detonated revivals.  This gave them a supernatural relevance:

-700 B.C. a plague kills one third of the population of Athens.  Epimenides, a teacher who believed in the one true God, orders the city leaders to sacrifice prize rams and the plague stops.  They build an altar to the unknown God.  Paul pulls the trigger 744 years later, in Acts 17:23, “I even noticed that you have an altar to the unknown God.  He Whom you ignorantly worship, I openly proclaim!”

-Koreans had a name for God that did not come from any pagan religion.  White missionaries refused to call God by that Korean name, thinking it would be a compromise.  Finally, while in prayer, one of the missionaries realized that this name was the result of the dealing of God long ago in Korean history. The moment that He called God by that Korean name, revival exploded.

-The Lihue Indians wore knots of rope around their wrists.  A missionary from England, realizing that this was a symbol for their slavery to sin, preached that Christ cut these rope bands when He died on the cross.  Pandemonium struck, as tens of thousands of the Lihue started sobbing and begging to have their bands cut off.

We cannot fear what our culture looks like right now.  The Holy Spirit already has a message and a plan that is uniquely designed for this present darkness.  Seek the Lord and believe that He not only wants to, but that He will change your church into a Ground Zero Church, and save this lost nation of ours.