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.
When I warned about a new law in California, a lady commented, “the Church is awake and powerful in California.” A brother responded, “Then why is California going to hell in a handbasket?” Ouch.
What I am about to say is a cry—a loving cry for leaders in California to wake up and please consider what I say no matter how painful the facts may be. I know I am speaking out a deep love and burden for my home.
I survey the moral devastation and then hear someone boast that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church in California. I have to ask, if the gates of hell have not prevailed then what on earth is going on? If this isn’t prevailing, I’d hate to see what is. The answer is—as is so often the case—to read the verse again.
Matthew 16:18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
I am begging God for this message to get through to my fellow leaders. The first clue lies in the phrase, “I will build.” There are two construction projects going on simultaneously in the church. Men are in charge of one, and Christ is in charge of the other.
That these two branches coexist in the Body of Christ is clear in Jesus’ own words: John 15: 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
Both branches are connected to Him, but only one abides in Him. Both can grow side by side until the appointed time. It is easy to see the difference.
The churches men build don’t stand a chance against Satan, and Satan doesn’t stand a chance against the church Christ is building.
Man made churches avoid the front line. The one Jesus builds draws its life from engaging and defeating the powers of darkness.
The church man builds, refuses to offend. The church Christ builds refuses to be ashamed.
It totally breaks my heart to say this…California is littered with Christian projects built by man, and for man. This explains how immorality spread, even as churches got bigger. It explains why California government is working so hard to ban Christianity.
It makes me weep to have to say this but…Paul levels a stern warning to all who build “for God” by their own design. 1 Corinthians 3:10 “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Beloved, there is a terrifying outcome for those who build fake works. They will all stand before God and be judged for their works. 1 Corinthians 3:12 “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
Beloved, the autopsy on California leaves no room for another verdict!
Let everyone who reads this heed this warning! There are disastrous things about building Christian projects by human power that aren’t readily apparent.
For starters, they persecute the true church in a way that is worse than the world does. How? By making Bible preaching offensive—by giving believers an appetite for fast food—by discouraging true pastors who feel foolish for sticking to their convictions—by leaving them feeling betrayed, when you steal their people, and herd them into a faceless crowd, where they no longer have accountability.
I am praying right now that my cry will be understood by leaders. I am travailing for leaders to wake up while there is still time.
But there is an even more hideous fact: Satan may be actually helping you build. He’ll even give you the money. A hundred million dollars is chump change to Lucifer, if it gets him the prize he seeks: a center where thousands can be disarmed and neutralized.
My precious brothers and sisters, what could be a better trophy of hell that an artificial church? It has all the right features but no power. It is the perfect distraction. The devil can freely defile a culture in plain view of the church and she will be powerless, or oblivious to stop it.
If you insist on defending your empire, and you refuse to see how useless it was to stop the destruction of California, then it is already too late.
But I can’t accept that it is too late. I know there are true men and women of God in California. God wanted to give pastors in California something so much more than a big church—He wanted to give them a giant church filled with giants.
Let’s finish the verses about the branches: John 15: 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. That is the church we are talking about and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
By Mario Murillo. I realize this is a post from March it is reposted because this bill passed the Assembly but goes before the CA Senate this Thursday.
This is no exaggeration. It is not the overreaction of an overly emotional preacher. I challenge you to come up with a different conclusion than I have to this proposed law. Here is what the law will do:
CA/AB 2943 will prohibit resources concerning treatment or ministry in order to reduce or eliminate same sex attraction or gender dysphoria. Essentially, conferences, counseling, teaching, books, or publications, where money is exchanged for the resource, would be prohibited.
No exchange of money can be allowed for a book that suggests recovery from same sex attraction or gender dysphoria? No conference can do so either? Oh wait, the Bible does that. And oh, yeah a Bible Conference will do that.
This is no slippery slope. This is the cliff.
This frontal assault on the Christian faith is a giant step toward outlawing Gospel preaching as hate speech. What will stop them from removing tax exemptions? What will stop them from removing the right to assemble? What will stop them from shutting down any group that doesn’t fall in line with their gender values?
Here is the most critical fact: If you live in California, You must act today. The State Assembly is trying to ram this through with minimal public notice. Sacramento must hear from you today. Can you believe that today Monday March 26th is the last day to lodge your opposition to this bill?
Share this with every believer you know who lives in California!
If you live in California act now. Here’s what to do:
Date: Lodge feedback by Monday, March 26, 2018
Contact: Assembly Member Ed Chau
Email (most effective): email@example.com or fax to (916) 319-3222.
Phone: (916) 319-2049
Also contact the Republican Consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR THE REST OF US:
How did California get to where it could consider such an attack on the bill of rights? For one thing, deep depravity has settled into the California State Assembly. But like it or not, the other thing was the apathy and ambivalence of Pastors and believers alike. That must be a wake up call to us all.
It is hard to believe that we are seeing the attempt to pass a law to persecute Christians. But it is worse than that: California’s madness could end up punishing Christians across America. If AB2943 becomes law, it will embolden the forces in other states, who hold to these same radical views where you live, to create similar laws. IT IS TIME TO PRAY AND OBEY.
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.
Kamala Harris just made the most chilling statement I have even heard a politician make. She said California is the future of America. How big a boatload of Kool-Aid would you have to swallow to consider that a positive statement?
The last time I heard a threat like that, I was a boy and Nikita Khrushchev said, “your grandchildren will grow up under communism.” That didn’t happen. Neither will Kamala’s threat.
San Francisco was once the crown jewel of California. Today, my home town is a smoldering mess. I was there recently. It shocked me how it had degenerated. Human waste, dirty needles, and the odor of death hung over the city.
I felt a danger on the streets, I had never felt before. I wasn’t afraid of crime per se…it was more the disintegration of civilization itself. Market street was an endless line of dazed people—sitting up against the walls in lawn chairs—in front of even the swankiest stores, smoking marijuana. One report said San Francisco is now worse than some of the poorest cities in the world.
Fully 25% of America’s entire homeless population lives in Los Angeles. Cali liberals are so defensive about this, they ban videos on social media that showed the homeless camps.
California ministers can’t say they weren’t warned. I know I did my share. The last few years I lived there I made several new enemies because of the message the Holy Spirit burned in my soul.
I preached in many of the larger spirit-filled churches in the state. I was very clear: I told them we had 5 years left. I told them the things we had to do. If not, God could not use them to stem the disaster that awaited California.
Here’s what I said in a nutshell:
-You must make your church a nuclear reactor of outreach and holiness. If you do not, your church will degenerate into a hospital for disgruntled and anemic saints. In such hospitals, the patients rise up and kill the doctors. That is what is happening now.
-I said you better preach and teach the Cross, the Blood, and core Bible convictions. Arm your people with values and the reasons behind those values. Preach truth now, I said, or a day will soon come the truths you are avoiding will be banned. That happened. The user friendly message which was a mistake then, is the only one approved by government now. If it gets out that you preach moral values now, you can easlity be protested and prosecuted.
-Finally, I implored them to sharpen their rebuttal to California’s insane values on marriage, drugs, crime, prostitution laws, propaganda in childhood education. I warned them they were too busy in their isolated kingdoms to come together as one voice that could influence voters. This one was the most painful thing for me to watch. When bill after bill came before California voters, the silence of the church was deafening.
Jerry Brown accused Trump of declaring war on California. Imagine, our Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to Sacramento to enforce Federal Law and the Governor calls it a declaration of war.
Governor Brown, it is you who declared war—on your own people. You put a bulls eye on the middle class. That’s why they are leaving in droves. You made Christian parents send their kids to classrooms where their faith was bashed as bigoted and false. On your watch, California went from number one to dead last in many categories, including being named the worst state overall.
Now Kamala Harris wants to spread California to the rest of America. Wispy liberals across the nation love the idea. This is a repeat of history. The Romans worshiped and emulated Greek Culture. Then Greece rotted from within. But it was too late for Rome to change course—they rotted too. At least we have the advantage of seeing what a failure California’s culture is.
I am not giving up on California. There are millions of Christ followers there. There are thousands of pastors who putting their lives on the line every Sunday to preach the entire Gospel. There are ministries there that I will work with till Jesus comes.
Acts 20:31 says, “Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.” My messages of warning once limited to California are now nationwide. I get it. Not everyone is comfortable with my blogs. I was banned from some churches in California—I expect that ban to spread to other states.
I confess, it is disheartening that churches in other states learned nothing from the folly and cultural impotence of seeker churches in California. It knocks the wind out of me when believers don’t see—regardless of how brash he seems—Donald Trump was a deliverance from certain catastrophe under Hillary.
No matter what I will carry on. Not just because growing audience is starting to listen, or because I see the mercy drops of latter rain, but because these warnings are a part of my calling. And no, California is not in anyway America’s future.
Fasten your seat belt, this is really good news. They gathered with excitement and expectation…but none of us were ready for what happened next.
NOW FOR SOME REALLY GOOD NEWS
By Mario Murillo
It is a good sign…they keep adding chairs. This is happening most of the night. Another good sign: the house is filled with youth—youth who do not know Jesus—who battle everything devil throws at our children these days. The best sign is everyone feels special power vibrating in the room.
We are doing a Living Proof Outreach with Ben Lucero, Isaiah Saldivar and the Awakening 209 in Manteca, California.
My message carries an unusual title: When Satan Helps Start Revival. I begin by describing the strange experience I had after God ordered me to study the youth culture. My research became torture as I fully grasped the curse Lucifer has laid on an entire generation.
I could actually sense the evil one boasting and threatening. He was declaring his wicked intentions: “I will addict them. I will shame them. I will drain them of hope. I will kill them.
Then the voice of God roared, BUT I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON THEM! I tell them “I am here tonight because a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit is coming.” I make a prediction about the emerging army of youth: “You will lay hands on the sick. You will prophesy. You will cast out devils.”
Then I explained how Satan is mentally off. If the devil just wanted to deceive and damn souls he would make everyone content like cattle being fattened for the slaughter. Instead, he tortures, punishes and makes his victims miserable. He can’t help himself. Observe California—creating new laws make it impossible for people to be safe or happy.
-Child prostitution is now legal in California.
-Drug dealers must be let out of prison because of bed shortages.
-Violent felons—some who have killed Americans—in California illegally will not be taken into custody.
-In Silicon Valley, American workers are being fired and replaced by foreign workers—and the Americans have to train their replacements!
-California schools—nearly the worst in the nation— are chock full of corruption, mismanagement and loony curriculum. Reading, writing and arithmetic are out. Brainwashing about transgenderism, anti-Americanism, and anti-Christian studies are in.
Satan is overplaying his hand in California. He is creating a misery and despair in the youth of the state that will drive them to Jesus!
Now the audience began to see the proof of what I was saying. A miracle, pure and simple, hits a young lady. I love it when the Holy Spirit’s word of knowledge is so clear, piercing and detailed that people no longer see the man speaking—only God.
By the Spirit, the story of her life unfolded. The precise illnesses of her body and the childhood trauma that caused them all was revealed. Her total healing rocks the room.
On the heels of her miracle more healings ignite. The vivid details about people’s conditions electrify mighty praise to Jesus the healer.
Suddenly spines straighten, migraine headaches vanish. A man in the back becomes so excited he just gets up out of his wheelchair and begins a little victory dance over his healing. A full 60 minutes of unobstructed healings flood the house with shouts of joy and mass weeping.
God saved the best for last. Never have I seen conviction grip youth like this. It was as if they wanted me to shut up and let them come to Christ. It was an instant response crowned with total surrender. They abandoned their sin as if it were nuclear waste. Notice, in the picture, the overwhelming number of young men who came forward. This is really good news—prophetic news about a coming youth revolution.