I don’t mention any names in this blog. I wanted you to see—if you get to see—how extreme things have gotten. Censorship is no longer just about what you say, it is about what they think you are saying. Soon they will censor what they think you are thinking. Consider yourself fortunate if this information is not blocked—or if you got to it before it was.
I am about to talk to you villains who are burning down our house. They are using lies and bankrupt ideas to set their fires. I will use another vehicle that is new to me: I am going to direct this blog directly to the guilty. I am going to rebuke them. You may think that is unloving…maybe even unchristian. That hits on why we have lost so many moral battles.
To win them—we were told—we must be nice. We couldn’t have been nicer. We didn’t win them. In fact, our niceness made them hate us more. Love sometimes delivers a “thanks I needed that” message. Occasionally, the truth should hurt…especially when a nation is at stake.
Wicked people have torched the truth and it’s your children’s future that’s on fire. It’s time you realized that something truly dark is looming on the horizon.
Is there hope? There is great hope. In fact, it was at a low ebb of faith like this that the Jesus movement exploded.
BURNING DOWN OUR HOUSE
You doused America with flammable lies. Every room, every stairway, every doorway soaked in combustible falsehoods. Then you struck the match. Now the house is burning down. A five-alarm fire.
Like crazed villagers, you scream “it is for the greater good” as you torch everything in your path. History chases you pleading: “this has never worked, and it will never work.” But do you listen? Reason hunts you down and cries, “you will make the world worse than it was before.” But it doesn’t matter.
You’ll will enforce truth by lying? You’ll conquer hate with what, new hate?
You’re attacking evil? Please explain: After you tell every lie, break every law—and evil not only survives but turns back on you—what truth or law will be left to protect you? What love, justice, and mercy will be left to build that better world?
I hear some teens declare, “My parents are idiots so ban all the guns.” Or, “if I can get an AR 15, what’s to stop me from getting a nuclear weapon?” The entire military maybe? All this money and attention is being thrown at you because you’re a pawn. To them you’re no timeless warrior. To them you’re the flavor of the month. To them you’re 15 minutes are almost up.
Then there’s the older protesters. The revolution is going to usher in the better world? Your claim to be “woke” feels more like a joke. You are flush with hate. Will you magically be fair—with justice for all—once you have the power? Face it, you don’t want to end oppression. You want to be the new oppressor.
You scream “by any means necessary!” But do you know what is necessary? Truth, justice, equality, and prosperity come from God—from honoring His Word. We’ve reaffirmed it for thousands of years. The only time it has ever gone right for America is when we’ve honored these self-evident truths. But, does history matter to a mind high on mythical ideology or pot?
You claim science is on your side. But it is science that refutes you. It is science that knows you falsified your research on gender, weather, and so many things in order to sell your agenda.
Insanity is when you keep doing the same thing over and over again hoping for a new result. Hate is when you keep the same thing over and over again—even though you know it doesn’t work—because it hurts the right people.
You see nothing wrong with censorship. You’re fine with rioters shutting down free speech. You’re okay with sanitizing a religion of hate and twisting the golden words of the Carpenter of Nazareth into hate.
Then there are the sophisticated arsonists. Governors, special counsels, media CEOs, late night comedians, Senators, all spouting the party line in robotic unison. You spew the same mantras. You claim the same sanctimonious ramparts.
“We must make America like California!” Have you tried to educate a Christian child there? Have you tried to run a small business there? Have you tried to eat, sleep, breathe, or find shelter there? Have you tried to get over the murder of your son, or daughter by someone who wasn’t supposed to be there? Why would you wish California on the rest of America?
Next is the fire starter who got fired and decided to write a book. It’s no revelation, it’s a pouty, whiny, rag filled with self-congratulation, half-truths and hate. A thousand chimps on a thousand typewriters given eons of time could not create such a tower of self-pity and victimhood.
Then there’s you—the sore loser playing with matches. The crashing bore who stayed at the party too long. You would rather contaminate the narrative with your delusional entitlement, than let the nation move on.
Finally, there’s the arsonist who couldn’t leave power gracefully. You were afforded the highest honor and you turned it into a tool to dismantle a nation. You’re the angry tenant who trashes the apartment. Only you go one better…you leave toadies in governmental sleeper cells to do your bidding. You started all the fires you could to keep bringing down the nation.
To all of you comes a solemn warning. America is not just a country. There’s something deep in our soil. Something too deep for a Marxist to understand. And if your hopes and dreams rest in bringing this nation down you just might end up fighting God Himself. There are millions of people praying at this hour. They don’t want your brand of country. They don’t want angry values and hollow promises. They want freedom. They fear the Lord…and He watches over them. You are trying to burn down our house just remember, its not just our house…it’s His.
Are you preaching to what your people actually face? Their faith is costing them their jobs. Their children are being persecuted at school. Their college is banning their Christian clubs.
When they tell us they want to silence the church—when they tell us their opinion is the only one allowed—when disagreeing will cost you your rights, your job, and even your life—when they burn buildings, protect killers, and convict innocent people—the church should have no response? Do we sit back and just give away our freedom of religion and speech?
Liberals want a New American Civil War. They want one party rule. They say the Republican Party, and Evangelical Christians must be stripped of power. They want to make America into California.
Peter Leyden, CEO of new media startup Reinvent, and Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, said this in an article entitled The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War.
They say, “What about the need for checks and balances? Many Americans might be wary of trusting a political environment where one party has complete control of political power.”
They insist that one party rule is an utter necessity: “America can’t afford more political paralysis. One side or the other must win. This is a civil war that can be won without firing a shot. But it is a fundamental conflict between two worldviews that must be resolved in short order.” Are these wacko ideas from the fringe? No, they are mainstream leftist ideology. We are in a moral civil war. How shall we preach in moral civil war?
There is a story of tyranny that is our model for this moment. Terrorists took control of a city and demanded that the entire city become slaves or face death. It gets worse. Just to stay alive every man, woman, and child had to agree to have their right eye removed.
The elders of the city begged for them to hold off 7 days so they could send messengers to get help. Since the terrorists were spoiling for a fight they agreed.
1 Samuel 11:3 is one of the most chilling verses in scripture because it shows the unimaginable horror the people felt: “Then the elders of Jabesh said to him, ‘Hold off for seven days, that we may send messengers to all the territory of Israel. And then, if there is no one to save us, we will come out to you.’”
Put yourself in the place of those men facing the disfigurement of their wives and children. If you were one of those elders tasked with choosing messengers—what kind of messengers would you choose? Who would you choose to go get help?
You would not pick smooth talking salesmen. You would not want a wordsmith or an entertainer. You dare not send a psychologist or a life coach.
They had to go get an army. They had to make people cry and get angry. They had to convince people—who might believe this was not their fight—to take a stand.
The Bible says they went to Gibeah where King Saul was, and everyone who heard them began to weep. King Saul was filled with holy rage and galvanized the nation to save the people of Jabesh Gilead in a mighty victory.
Who will save us from the disfigurement of America, and the church, by the left? What kind of preaching shall we choose to loosen the grip of tyranny and regain our freedom? The same kind of messengers the elders of Jabesh Gilead choose.
The Holy Spirit is leading preachers to adjust to the new, real world. He is sending out an urgent appeal: Preach as if they are stealing your country…because they are. Preach as if your people are suffering under persecution because they are. If you have the heart, God will give you the words. Time is running out.
Millions are a captive audience on Easter. Will the preachers say what they need to say? Experts say no. They claim the euphoria of having a crowd will dull the edge of truth. They claim that someone who has been a motivational speaker all year won’t suddenly become a spiritual reformer.
If they’re right, Easter will be the greatest missed opportunity of the church year. What needs to be said? I will brave an answer, not out of arrogance, but out of a broken heart. I would shed the typical formality and begin this way:
This morning I need to explain how our nation flipped so suddenly, and began calling evil good, and good evil. This also happened on the day Jesus died. Pilate was doing everything he could to free Jesus…when things took a dark turn.
Pilate told the crowd he would give them a choice to release a prisoner. He was certain they would free Jesus.
Many in that crowd heard Jesus teach and their souls were lifted to heaven. Some gained freedom from their dark past. Some in that mob had been healed or their children were healed.
Nevertheless, a demon-driven change came over the people to get Jesus on the cross. Those who cried “hosanna he that comes in the name of the Lord.” Now scream, “crucify him, crucify him!”
But it is not enough for them to condemn the innocent; they must also release the criminal. Having called good evil, they must not call evil good. Who was their choice? In Matthew 27:16 Barabbas is called a “notorious prisoner.” In Mark 15:7, echoed in Luke 23:19, he was “in prison with the rebels who had committed murder.
Those same evil spirits have fueled the change that has come over our nation. Many of our citizens have now gone against all of their former values.
It was not God’s will for the disciples to defeat the mob and save Jesus from the cross. However, now that He won, we have the right and responsibility to do it.
So, I ask you why then—why are we letting them destroy everything that made us great? Why do we passively sit back and watch a movement—that claims to be working for justice—create even more injustice?
They make railing accusations: “you are a woman without a mind—you are man without a soul—you don’t deserve to live because of who you voted for. Even though you are law abiding, we will take what you have because someone else abused what you have. My need for self-expression outweighs your right to be a child.”
When they tell us they want to silence the church—when they tell us their opinion is the only one allowed—when disagreeing will cost you your rights, your job, and even your life—when they burn buildings, protect killers, and convict innocent people—the church should have no response? Do we sit back and just lose our freedom of religion and speech?
How can we remain silent about the great evil in our nation, on the very day we celebrate Christ’s victory over evil? He did not just win, He devastated demonic power.
I am not talking about politics…I am talking about evil. I am talking about evil your children will live under. I am talking about evil that will make it impossible to preach the Gospel in our nation. We should ignore this?
Jesus did not just die for our sins—He died to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 says, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
I will go so far as to say that victory over evil is the central theme of the Easter story. The resurrection of Jesus was an attack that disarmed Satan. Colossians 2; 15 “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
It is the calling of the church to enforce the power of the Cross, and the Resurrection, on the works of Satan. This is what it’s all about. Today—above all days—we must realize it!
God is looking for people who will rise up, based on the authority won on Easter, and declare to the powers and principalities in heavenly places, “you must take your filthy hands off of our nation!”
I would tell the relatives and guests that becoming a Christian means forsaking all to follow Christ…and by doing so, they would receive power—power unlike anything they had ever experienced before.
Since Easter was an explosion—celebrating it should also be an explosion! If only we would repent. Then we could truly celebrate. If only the people of God would surrender on Easter. The power of the resurrection would overtake us. Great shouts of Hosanna, tears of joy would overwhelm us. And an inward fire to rise up to change our nation. Hallelujah!
Let today be the day the song is not just words: “There is power in the Name of Jesus, to break every chain. There’s an army rising up to break every chain.”
Every day since my injury I have written an original blog. It’s one way I make the devil pay for attacking me. This the is one I have been waiting to post. But there’s a catch.
The catch is not a lot of people read about this subject. This should not surprise us. Since this is the most powerful way to stop Lucifer, he is trying to bury its very existence. So, if no one wants to hear it, then what made me go ahead and write it? You did.
I have been profoundly moved and encouraged by the growing hunger for the deep things of God in our readers. So what is the most important thing?
To get our answer we must first reach a conclusion about America. Arthur Matthew said, “The central influences of life are being taken over by men from the bottom levels of society in contrast to earlier generations. God’s authority in society is mediated from the top in the punishing of evil and the rewarding of good. But when control is taken over by the men at the bottom, we may be sure that the devil is in it.”
Satan is behind the marches, the media bias, the deepening immorality. The men from the bottom of levels have seized this moment to erase Judeo-Christian values. All of it—taking the guns, destroying marriage, voter fraud, abortion, open borders, are just ploys to bring America under the control of demonic power.
Yes, I am a political conservative. I comment on all those subjects. But I know that ultimately, I must deliver a direct blow to Satan and his minions, by the power of the Holy Spirit, or I will never see America set free. The crisis is the church doesn’t know how to do this.
We wrestle not with flesh and blood but with principalities and powers. Sadly, the church hardly wrestles at all. You know that most Christians around you have no clue how to oppose or pray down the powers that control our culture. I hope you want to learn how—because that my friend is the most important thing I have learned.
Many have come to rely on this blog for different reasons. I am convinced that the greatest service this blog can provide is only now beginning to appear.
It came as I was angry and frustrated spending so much time on my back. I felt helpless to doing anything important—I needed to get back in the battle. The Holy Spirit said I could do the most important thing I have ever done—right here in this room.
I could remove demonic barriers. I could disrupt evil plans from my room. But strongholds and barriers are not removed by God’s omnipotence until the believer takes the initiative and stands his ground in the heavenly places to engage the powers of evil that are causing our national perversion—the forces that are causing all the misery in our culture.
Those who can take their stand between heaven and hell and pray—not like we are praying now, but praying with the full realization of the Cross, and the victory Jesus won there.
Arthur Matthew describes it this way: “they take their position in Christ in the heavenlies and wrestle with and withstand the powers of evil that are manipulating the willing puppets on the streets.”
The kind of resistance that drives Satan back—that cuts off the supply of his puppets here on earth—brings into confusion those who would do us harm, cannot be done arrogantly.
Listen to more of Matthews:
Such resistance against supernatural powers is not done boastfully or presumptuously, but humbly as befits those who realize that they have no might in themselves and t they owe everything to the grace and power of God. The exercise is not a call for self-advertisement as some would make it. It is the ordained function of those who are in Christ and, I think we should add, of those who are filled with the Spirit. God does not commission men not filled with the Spirit to fight his battles. Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit when he confronted Elymas the sorcerer and exposed the devil’s attack and defeated him (Acts 13:9). It is not to be passed over that the command to be filled with the Spirit comes in the context of the Christian’s walk on earth and his warfare in the heavenlies.
I am learning to cut off the devil’s power through prayer—prayer in a new and living way for America. I believe that this is what you crave and together we can unleash this great power of prevailing prayer right now.
First of all, Mario Murillo Ministries is still a California Corporation and we are dedicated to seeing revival here. However, to learn how the church lost her witness here demands brutal honesty.
15.8 million Californians claim to be Christian—more by far, than any other state in the union. When California went abjectly hippie, communist, one has to wonder where were the Christians? Let’s stipulate that only one third of all believers in California can vote. According to statistics, that would still be 5.26 million people.
Jerry Brown won a popular vote of 4.3 million votes and his opponent got just under 3 million. Why couldn’t the Church—with her vast store of congregants—come up with another 1.3 million votes to win the election? If every Christian who could vote, voted for righteousness, they would have won by a landslide. There’s a bigger question:
Why did Christians vote for Jerry Brown? We know they did, because he could not win without their vote. The church had the power—at every turn—to stop the liberal agenda in California. Why didn’t she?
I know that judges overturned the will of the people with Prop 8. I get that there are union crime families in California. I realize that free speech is dead on the left coast. I also know there is widespread voter fraud. All of that considered, it still does not explain how such a vast voting bloc could be neutralized.
This is not a hatchet job on believers in the Golden State. I have sacrificed a great part of my life for the churches there. I don’t believe the fault lies with rank and file believers. I also know there are many godly pastors faithfully serving on the West Coast.
No, this disaster snuck in like a Trojan Horse. I saw it firsthand and preached against it from the first day I saw it. It was a masterstroke of Satan that began over 30 years ago. When I tell you the culprit, a part of you will be shocked, and another part will recognize why I am right instantly.
The problem was the church growth movement. More harm than you can possibly imagine came from the seemingly innocuous words “church growth movement.” And, yes indeed it was a movement.
The initial victim was unity. The next victim was soul winning. The final victim was Bible literacy. Here is how it worked:
When numbers mattered more than anything, California pastors began to see other pastors as the competition. Hollywood, drugs, atheism, and sexual perversion were no longer the threat—now it was your brother in Christ. Ministers became suspicious of one another, and began to isolate themselves citing their “big vision.”
Then, these regional pastors inadvertently created a new morality. Sin was not the sin defined in scripture—sin was now anything that hindered growth. By removing the offensive parts of the Bible, they also removed the parts that had the power to change people.
They steered clear of righteousness by saying “confrontational messages offend the very people we are trying to reach.” This is code for “it is bad for business.”
To maximize growth, churches felt compelled to become self-contained entertainment centers, who didn’t need anyone else. This destroyed mass evangelism, like what we saw with Billy Graham in neutral stadiums and auditoriums. The photo below is from the Billy Graham Crusade in the Los Angeles coliseum in 1963. 120,000 are inside and 30,000 more could not get in. This is unimaginable in Los Angeles today.
Soon California churches became expert at drawing audiences but leaving them unchanged by the Gospel. Hundreds of thousands could belong to a church and see nothing wrong with abortion or gay marriage. Why? Because their spiritual leader never talked about it. Believers assumed that all of this was acceptable under the constant drumbeat of inclusiveness.
When the pastors noticed that the people loved their “nonreligious” appearance and behavior, they began to let down their guard. The innocent wine and cocktails turned in a drinking habit. Other dark trends that I will not mention became common among these leaders. Thus, they were powerless to address the rampant immorality in their congregations. They were also powerless to form a multi-church statewide voter movement.
Soon, Movie stars, pop stars, and famous athletes became status symbols for these churches. Instead of the mega pastor discipling these celebrities, the celebrities discipled them. It became impossible for these preachers to quote scripture, teach doctrine, or oppose liberal agendas.
Finally, taking a stand against left wing politicians became unloving. Pastors escaped their duty by saying “that is not my calling.” They took the Bible out of context in telling them that any political statements were judgmental. Any Christian voter registration effort was downplayed or banned.
Soon Satan had tightened his noose and masses of Christians were oblivious to the warfare around them—most of all, they were ignorant of the ultimate price their children would have to pay for their doctrinal illiteracy.
The things these pastors preached gave no inkling of what believers were about to face. Their child could be suspended for wearing a Christian t-shirt. Their job in Silicon Valley could be lost if they testified on the job. Textbooks that taught alternative sexual lifestyles were forced on their children. The streets grew violent and the Universities became intolerant. In short, these churches prepared their crowds for a world that doesn’t exist and did not stop the one that now exists.
California Christians—there is still hope! The Christian history of California proves that great movements of God can come out of nowhere. The Jesus movement appeared when a flood of immorality gripped the state. God can do it again!
Nevertheless—it is simple truth: the church growth movement was destructive. Instead of building on the Rock—which would have given them a large church anyway—they built on sand. The storm that Jesus warned us of has come. They sent sheep out of their services unprotected and unable to withstand the storm of left-wing tyranny that has set the state adrift in a sea of chaos.
Christians across America, take a lesson from California. If the most popular churches in your state resemble the ones in this blog beware, the same crisis is already in your state.