THE WAR ON REPENTANCE

Destroying America is one of Satan’s highest priorities.  The thought of a post-American world makes him giddy with delight. He can’t plunge the earth into utter darkness while the United States is a world power.  That’s why he’s labored so tediously, and forcefully to bring down our nation.

His great obstacle is the praying church.  They stop him dead in his tracks.

His only hope is to fool the the church into defeating itself.  Satan has studied the Bible and the church for millennia.  He knows our Achilles heel.  He finally found the right tactic: bury the doctrine of repentance.  He used cheap grace to do it.

The following are two quotes on cheap grace.  One is from Joseph Prince and the other is from Detrick Bonhoeffer. They are direct quotes.  They reveal a startling contrast.

Joseph Prince said, “His grace is cheapened when you think that He has only forgiven you of your sins up to the time you got saved, and after that point, you have to depend on your confession of sins to be forgiven. God’s forgiveness is not given in installments.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”

The first is saying we cheapen grace by repenting.   The second is saying we cheapen grace by not repenting. 

Which one do you believe?  I believe Bonhoeffer who—by the Grace of God—faced down Hitler.  Actually, there’s no choice…Jesus not only taught us to repent, He taught us to do it daily.

In Luke 11, Jesus said, “when you pray.”  How often are we supposed to pray?  Everyday.   What is in that prayer? : “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” That is repentance.

The war on repentance—and the cheap grace that started the war—is vividly portrayed in 1 Corinthians 5.  A sin in the church was so outrageous, even the pagans had never heard of it:  A man had taken his mother as his wife.

Even though it brought shame on the church, the leaders did not want to correct this man.  They declared war on repentance.

Was it because he was a popular personality? 

Matthew Henry said, “He might be a man of great eloquence, of deep science, and for this reason very greatly esteemed, and followed, and cried up, by many among them. They were proud that they had such a leader. Instead of mourning for his fall, and their own reproach upon his account, and renouncing him and removing him from the society, they continued to applaud him and pride themselves in him.”

Do you really think the American Church is any less guilty of covering sin in order to protect a celebrity?  Who among us has not heard of rampant immorality?  Who among us has not seen popular leaders caught in gross sin, given a slap in the wrist and quickly returned to their pulpit?   The justification is a mantra that has become so tiresome: “grace covers all of this, I don’t need to repent.”

There are many godly men and women in ministry in America.  But there is also a club of leaders who cover for one another’s sins.  They trade pulpits, they live in regal splendor, and they protect their people from the rightful demands of God.

Paul was horrified by the wicked behavior of the leaders in Corinth.  It had trashed their reputation in the city.  Paul was so grieved that he ordered them to turn the man over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh so that his soul might be saved.

Where are the men and women of God today who are horrified by unfettered carnality?   Where is the pastor who is responsible for the young man who currently preaches using liberal portions of obscene language boasting of his deliverance from “Evangelical Christianity?”

Paul brought such swift and supernatural correction that it produced godly sorrow.  And you know what… he was glad, for their sorrow produced life.  In 2 Corinthians 7:9 he said, “Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance.”  How can anyone read that and say  we never need to repent?

Their war on repentance is more evil and dangerous than you know. They have disarmed a truth that is central to saving our nation.  They have done it to control people and hold on to power that all rightfully belongs to Jesus.   It is so dangerous that God’s hand must expose this falsehood.  He must bring down strongholds of counterfeit Christianity, and restore biblical authority.

But something good will come of it.  Look for nobodies to step up in awesome power like Paul.  They will rebuke this insane foolishness and release the soldiers of Christ to true authority and levels of power we have not seen.

Small churches will be chosen to turn the tide.  Vessels too humble to image promotion will indeed be promoted.

Nevertheless, God has stopped winking at the war on repentance.  He will punish those who kept the church from “turning from their wicked ways.”  The sword is even laid at the root.  God will not let America die at the hands of those who are fighting to keep us from repentance.

Billy Graham at his best

 

 

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Billy Graham Crusade in the Los Angeles Coliseum 1963

America liked us better back when we told the truth.

By Mario Murillo

This is written with deep love for and loyalty to the local church. There is no desire to take a cheap shot at anyone or to divide the church.  I have to write this because love does not lie or withhold needed correction.

America has abandoned God, Christian values, Israel and is racing toward disaster.  Evil festers when good men do nothing.  Denying it will not change it or make it go away.  Its effect on you and those you love will not be stopped by delusional teachings of spiritual entitlement.

So how do we turn the American Church around?  That is the question I posed in a previous post.  Now I continue to answer that burning question by saying this:  in order to turn the church around we must face the fact that America liked us better back when we told the truth.

Here is an illustration from the Bible.  Jonah ran from his calling.  This brought a great storm.  The captain had a gut feeling that nature was angry about something. They found Jonah sleeping and asked him who are you?   When he admitted he was a runaway prophet.   Jonah 1:10 tells us, “Then the men were exceedingly afraid, and said to him, “Why have you done this?” For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord because he had told them.”

Americans feel a psychic resentment toward the church.  I say psychic because it is intuitive and subconscious.  They really cannot explain why they are angry with us. They may claim it is our politics, or falsely accuse us of racism or even rightly point out our flaws but this present dislike of the church stems from something much deeper.  They are asking us “why have you done this?”

When the outside world observes our illustrated electronic happy talks they get a gut feeling that we are hiding something.   They also suspect that our nation’s storm is partly because preachers are not confronting sin anymore.  As one non-Christian pundit put it “if there was more hell in the pulpit there would be less hell in the ghetto.”

At this point in our national disaster a mega church can be like having the best party going on the deck of the Titanic.  You are having a great time but you will not save America from the frigid angry sea.

Here is the real rub…if numbers matter so much then why are we ignoring the most important statistic? Overall church attendance in America has fallen dramatically.

They liked us better when we were not trying to be liked.  There was a day when men of God stood in pulpits as free men.  They were free of any need to be liked or successful.  A. W. Tozer said, “These free men will serve God and mankind from motives too high to be understood by the rank and file of religious retainers who today shuttle in and out of the sanctuary.  They will make no decisions out of fear, take no course out of a desire to please, accept no service for financial considerations, perform no religious act out of mere custom; nor will they allow themselves to be influenced by the love of publicity or the desire for reputation.”

We are impressed by churches that can draw 15,000 people.  But that is nothing compared to back in the day when America liked us better…a whole lot better.

Look at the picture of Billy Graham in the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1963.  120,000 are inside, and another 30,000, could not get in.  On the scoreboard it says “I am the Way the Truth and the Life.  No man comes unto the Father but my Me.” -John 14:6.   Not one person was offered a door prize.   No one was in the dark about the purpose of the meeting.  Billy stood there and simply told them that they had to come to Christ or be lost for all eternity.

Look at this picture below of Billy preaching in Times Square in New York City.  We cannot even imagine anything like this happening today.

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When Billy prayed for sermons he focused on hearing what the Holy Spirit wanted him to say.  He wanted a message that God could use and not words that would dazzle the audience.  Billy died to his private opinions in the pulpit.  He got out of the way so that the Holy Spirit could work on the audience.

We bought into the lie that if we made nice and took out the scary parts of our message we would be liked but we ended up more despised than ever.  Proverbs 28: 23 He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward than he who flatters with the tongue.

Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas said Jesus did confront his culture with truth — and he ended up being crucified because of it.”  “I believe it’s time for pastors to say, you know, I don’t care about controversy, I don’t care whether I’m going to lose church members, I don’t care about building a big church. I’m going to stand for truth regardless of what happens.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

50 Shades of Grace

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Fifty Shades of Grace

By Mario Murillo

“On April 7, 1933, anti-Semitism officially became German government policy when Jews were banned from civil service. This was known as the “Aryan Clause”. Six days before that, there was a boycott of Jewish merchants. The Aryan Clause directly affected the German church because non-Aryans were not only baptized members of the church, but some also held offices in the church. Thus, the door was wide open for discrimination and rejection even by fellow Christians.”

“Later that month, Bonhoeffer addressed a group of pastors with an essay entitled: “The Church and the Jewish Question.” In this essay, Bonhoeffer argued that the church had the right to question and rebuke the state. Further, the church must stand up for the rights of victims of injustice regardless of their religious background. Even further, Bonhoeffer advocated the possibility of jamming the spokes of the wheel of the state. In other words, the church in Germany must be open to the possibility of taking action on behalf of the Jewish people.”  – bonhoefferblog

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By 1939 Hitler completed a long incremental takeover of Germany.  He kept asking for and getting power because the nation was enthralled and the church was apathetic.  “How could the Church in Germany sit back and allow this to happen?” that question was posed to Bonhoeffer by American Pastors at the time.  His answer was: “the teaching of cheap grace.”

Observe the following quotes:

Here is what Joseph Prince said about Grace:  “His grace is cheapened when you think that He has only forgiven you of your sins up to the time you got saved, and after that point, you have to depend on your confession of sins to be forgiven. God’s forgiveness is not given in installments.”

Now listen to Dietrich Bonhoeffer:Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”

There is no confusion in this debate:  Prince says that repenting of sins that you have committed after you are saved “cheapens grace.”  Bonhoeffer says that offering forgiveness without repentance is “cheap grace.”how

Who are you going to believe?   Will you believe Dietrich Bonhoeffer or Joseph Prince?   I am going to take the word of the man whose reality in God empowered him to stand up to Adolf Hitler.  

I do not mean to scare you but history is repeating itself in eerie and vivid detail.   Once again a nation hates Jews…specifically it  hates Israel. Once again a government leader is taking power and expanding his control over the life of its citizens.  (Its latest takeover is the internet).

Once again, and this is a gigantic once again… the church is silent and coincidently, its most popular doctrine is grace.  Not everyone buys into Prince’s hyper-grace but there are 50 shades of grace that permeate millions of Christians.  These shades of grace have dulled our natural sense of duty and our capacity to feel outrage in precisely the same way that the German Church was lulled to sleep.

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Let me put it another way: You know how you feel when Al Sharpton hustles the notion that we are “institutionally racist?”  You sit there listening to him and you know that no racist nation could have elected and reelected an African American president.   Sharpton has to keep narrative alive, it’s his cash cow.

I feel the same way when I hear our pulpits continually railing against “conditional love” and “performance Christianity” as if our churches overflowed with people repenting too much or overdoing holiness.  I believe that the cheap grace narrative is kept alive on life support for the money.

The American Church is not an overheating engine of dedication and sacrifice.  All too often, it is a listless, flabby, biblically illiterate, club of moody consumers that hold pastors hostage to entitlement sermons.   

This is why when the Obama Anti-Christ fire drill arrived we failed miserably.  We are still failing.  I have no doubt that Obama himself shakes his head at what the church has allowed him to do.

Cheap grace will ultimately fail when it is needed most because it causes malnutrition.  David Wilkerson said “…Yet, tragically, many today still eat at the table of demons, serving their own lustful appetites, and then attempt to come to the Lord’s table and feast with the righteous. This leads only to spiritual sickness and death because these deceived ones do not discern the true Bread of God. These sickly sheep have become so spiritually weak and diseased by sin that they cannot eat strong meat. Instead, they prefer to nibble at the husks of ear-tickling teachings. They gravitate toward lightness and entertainment rather than the genuine Word. Their spiritual appetites have become dull as a result of eating too much junk food.”

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The fact is that I love Grace, the real Grace of God: The Grace that buckles my knees with gratitude and makes me hate sin more than nuclear waste.   I yearn not for a shade of grace but the blazing sun of it!

How right was the author of Amazing Grace?   “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear.”   First Grace stuns us with what God did for us and yes we should feel a towering awe and fear of the mighty love of God.  Then the song writer says, “And grace my fear relieved.”  Relief comes from repentance, not from avoiding it!

Finally, the writer says, “how precious did that Grace appear, the hour I first believed.”  When you experience true Grace it becomes priceless to you.  You will want to give your all to host it.  You will flee wickedness with unbridled zeal.

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Is there hope in all of this mess?  You better believe it!  It is this Amazing Grace that is about to call people to explosive effectiveness against evil.  There is a growing army of believers who are sick to death of the compromise and they are pressing into God.   The Lord of Lords by the Holy Spirit has issued the order to arm and anoint a new generation of preachers and believers against this horde of devils that is choking the life out of America.

Out of every quarter of America a signal is going out!  “Come out from among them and be separate.”  Jehovah is empowering yea, inflaming soldiers who will not break ranks and will see signs and wonders that even transcend what the Book of Acts Church experienced.  Get ready for the preachers who know God and create lethal disciples!  Men and women are emerging who will pay the price for true conversions, true miracles and true revival!

SOMETHING IS RISING OVER RENO

SOMETHING IS RISING OVER RENO

The outside world holds on to a myth that Reno is a dusty back alley overrun by alcoholics and drug addicts.  Some locals don’t mind this myth if it will keep the population from exploding.   However the secret has gotten out that Reno is the future.

Companies like Tesla, Apple, Amazon and other bulwarks of Silicon Valley have done their homework and realize this. They also know that there is a quality of life… of family life that improves every day. That is why they have relocated major operations to Reno.    

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However there is something else about Reno that we wanted you to know.  On March 30, 31 an extraordinary gathering of Christians will take place in Reno called the LIVING PROOF WORLD CONVENTION.   It all began when Evangelist Mario Murillo felt compelled to move his ministry to Reno.  Here he explains his move:

“This is where the vision will have room to breathe.  This is where we will build the fresh approach to a timeless message. In this place, we will develop signs and wonders Crusades, send out evangelists and dig a well of uninterrupted intercessory prayer for an American Awakening.

We will not make a flashy entrance or present ourselves as some kind of cure to the city.  We are soldiers on assignment and we want to find our place in what Jesus is already doing here, and come alongside those who will receive us.

We are not here to replace but to replenish existing outreaches here.  We will not barge in or force ourselves on anyone but we will extend a humble hand of friendship, help and the opportunity to see revival.

We will grow deep roots in Reno; however our target is the United States.   This is our staging area to choose targets cities for LIVING PROOF.”

LIVING PROOF has this simple message to the unchurched culture of America: “Trade an evening of your life for a touch from God that can last a lifetime.  Come if you need healing.  Bring someone you love who needs a miracle.  Come because we have living proof of God’s love and power in our time.”

The LIVING PROOF WORLD CONVENTION marks the official launch of this nationwide crusade.  However, this convention is much more than that.

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This is why we want to invite you to two historic days of the Living Proof World Convention. The theme of this convention is The Power and the Plan to save America. 

Everyone knows that America is in dire need of a supernatural awakening.  The power and the plan for such a miracle must come from the Holy Spirit.  He has the only plan and the only power that will work.

We are surrounded by prophetic words that promise a massive harvest but what will touch off the explosion that will sweep millions into the Kingdom?  And how would we function during such a miracle?

We are certain that He has shown a plan and a path to power that we want to share with you.

Many preachers are desperate to break out of molds that are holding back their effectiveness. It is our deepest desire that this world convention ignite fires of momentum for continual harvest in every ministry that comes to this event.

There is a growing consensus that we have plumbed the depths of personal blessing, and we have been taught to death.    What we need now is for all of what we have been taught to be set on fire and to have it blaze forth into national repentance, healing and blessing.

Our conviction: The American Church will not be turned around by supermen but by supernatural men. We do not need better equipment, new organizations, novel methods, but vessels that the Holy Ghost can use—vessels who pray with prevailing might.  God does not flow through religious machinery but through human beings, he does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer.

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Do not sit back and watch dark clouds gather.  Sweep away the cobwebs, underbrush and weeds of despair and take action!  It is high time for you to put on the full armor of God’s power.

This prayer of Peter embodies this convention:  Acts 4: 29  Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Here are some urgent final statements.  Pray and ask God if you are to be a part of this groundbreaking event.  Act boldly and do not let fear stop you from coming.   God will make a way if you are truly serious about having power in these end times.

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“Join Mechelle and me for the Renovation of your life and ministry.”  -Mario Murillo

The Living Proof World Convention has one simple goal:  To restore the roar of the American Church.

The Living Proof World Convention will be held at the Boomtown hotel and Casino in Reno in just a few weeks: March 30 and 31.    There is no registration fee for the convention but you must register. 

To register call us now at 775 432 1665 OR CLICK HERE NOW TO INSTANTLY REGISTER ONLINE:       http://mariomurillo.net/living-proof-world-convention/

P.S  Call (775) 345-6000 to get a very special room rate at the Boomtown hotel.  Use the rate code SLPWC

50 Shades of Grace

 

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Fifty Shades of Grace

By Mario Murillo

“On April 7, 1933, anti-Semitism officially became German government policy when Jews were banned from civil service. This was known as the “Aryan Clause”. Six days before that, there was a boycott of Jewish merchants. The Aryan Clause directly affected the German church because non-Aryans were not only baptized members of the church, but some also held offices in the church. Thus, the door was wide open for discrimination and rejection even by fellow Christians.”

“Later that month, Bonhoeffer addressed a group of pastors with an essay entitled: “The Church and the Jewish Question.” In this essay, Bonhoeffer argued that the church had the right to question and rebuke the state. Further, the church must stand up for the rights of victims of injustice regardless of their religious background. Even further, Bonhoeffer advocated the possibility of jamming the spokes of the wheel of the state. In other words, the church in Germany must be open to the possibility of taking action on behalf of the Jewish people.”  – bonhoefferblog

hitler1

By 1939 Hitler completed a long incremental takeover of Germany.  He kept asking for and getting power because the nation was enthralled and the church was apathetic.  “How could the Church in Germany sit back and allow this to happen?” that question was posed to Bonhoeffer by American Pastors at the time.  His answer was: “the teaching of cheap grace.”

Observe the following quotes:

Here is what Joseph Prince said about Grace:  “His grace is cheapened when you think that He has only forgiven you of your sins up to the time you got saved, and after that point, you have to depend on your confession of sins to be forgiven. God’s forgiveness is not given in installments.”

Now listen to Dietrich Bonhoeffer:Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”

There is no confusion in this debate:  Prince says that repenting of sins that you have committed after you are saved “cheapens grace.”  Bonhoeffer says that offering forgiveness without repentance is “cheap grace.”how

Who are you going to believe?   Will you believe Dietrich Bonhoeffer or Joseph Prince?   I am going to take the word of the man whose reality in God empowered him to stand up to Adolf Hitler.  

I do not mean to scare you but history is repeating itself in eerie and vivid detail.   Once again a nation hates Jews…specifically it  hates Israel. Once again a government leader is taking power and expanding his control over the life of its citizens.  (Its latest takeover is the internet).

Once again, and this is a gigantic once again… the church is silent and coincidently, its most popular doctrine is grace.  Not everyone buys into Prince’s hyper-grace but there are 50 shades of grace that permeate millions of Christians.  These shades of grace have dulled our natural sense of duty and our capacity to feel outrage in precisely the same way that the German Church was lulled to sleep.

US President Barack Obama holds up a cop

Let me put it another way: You know how you feel when Al Sharpton hustles the notion that we are “institutionally racist?”  You sit there listening to him and you know that no racist nation could have elected and reelected an African American president.   Sharpton has to keep narrative alive, it’s his cash cow.

I feel the same way when I hear our pulpits continually railing against “conditional love” and “performance Christianity” as if our churches overflowed with people repenting too much or overdoing holiness.  I believe that the cheap grace narrative is kept alive on life support for the money.

The American Church is not an overheating engine of dedication and sacrifice.  All too often, it is a listless, flabby, biblically illiterate, club of moody consumers that hold pastors hostage to entitlement sermons.   

This is why when the Obama Anti-Christ fire drill arrived we failed miserably.  We are still failing.  I have no doubt that Obama himself shakes his head at what the church has allowed him to do.

Cheap grace will ultimately fail when it is needed most because it causes malnutrition.  David Wilkerson said “…Yet, tragically, many today still eat at the table of demons, serving their own lustful appetites, and then attempt to come to the Lord’s table and feast with the righteous. This leads only to spiritual sickness and death because these deceived ones do not discern the true Bread of God. These sickly sheep have become so spiritually weak and diseased by sin that they cannot eat strong meat. Instead, they prefer to nibble at the husks of ear-tickling teachings. They gravitate toward lightness and entertainment rather than the genuine Word. Their spiritual appetites have become dull as a result of eating too much junk food.”

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The fact is that I love Grace, the real Grace of God: The Grace that buckles my knees with gratitude and makes me hate sin more than nuclear waste.   I yearn not for a shade of grace but the blazing sun of it!

How right was the author of Amazing Grace?   “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear.”   First Grace stuns us with what God did for us and yes we should feel a towering awe and fear of the mighty love of God.  Then the song writer says, “And grace my fear relieved.”  Relief comes from repentance, not from avoiding it!

Finally, the writer says, “how precious did that Grace appear, the hour I first believed.”  When you experience true Grace it becomes priceless to you.  You will want to give your all to host it.  You will flee wickedness with unbridled zeal.

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Is there hope in all of this mess?  You better believe it!  It is this Amazing Grace that is about to call people to explosive effectiveness against evil.  There is a growing army of believers who are sick to death of the compromise and they are pressing into God.   The Lord of Lords by the Holy Spirit has issued the order to arm and anoint a new generation of preachers and believers against this horde of devils that is choking the life out of America.

Out of every quarter of America a signal is going out!  “Come out from among them and be separate.”  Jehovah is empowering yea, inflaming soldiers who will not break ranks and will see signs and wonders that even transcend what the Book of Acts Church experienced.  Get ready for the preachers who know God and create lethal disciples!  Men and women are emerging who will pay the price for true conversions, true miracles and true revival!

FIFTY SHADES OF GRACE

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Fifty Shades of Grace

By Mario Murillo

“On April 7, 1933, anti-Semitism officially became German government policy when Jews were banned from civil service. This was known as the “Aryan Clause”. Six days before that, there was a boycott of Jewish merchants. The Aryan Clause directly affected the German church because non-Aryans were not only baptized members of the church, but some also held offices in the church. Thus, the door was wide open for discrimination and rejection even by fellow Christians.”

“Later that month, Bonhoeffer addressed a group of pastors with an essay entitled: “The Church and the Jewish Question.” In this essay, Bonhoeffer argued that the church had the right to question and rebuke the state. Further, the church must stand up for the rights of victims of injustice regardless of their religious background. Even further, Bonhoeffer advocated the possibility of jamming the spokes of the wheel of the state. In other words, the church in Germany must be open to the possibility of taking action on behalf of the Jewish people.”  – bonhoefferblog

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By 1939 Hitler completed a long incremental takeover of Germany.  He kept asking for and getting power because the nation was enthralled and the church was apathetic.  “How could the Church in Germany sit back and allow this to happen?” that question was posed to Bonhoeffer by American Pastors at the time.  His answer was: “the teaching of cheap grace.”

Observe the following quotes:

Here is what Joseph Prince said about Grace:  “His grace is cheapened when you think that He has only forgiven you of your sins up to the time you got saved, and after that point, you have to depend on your confession of sins to be forgiven. God’s forgiveness is not given in installments.”

Now listen to Dietrich Bonhoeffer:Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”

There is no confusion in this debate:  Prince says that repenting of sins that you have committed after you are saved “cheapens grace.”  Bonhoeffer says that offering forgiveness without repentance is “cheap grace.”how

Who are you going to believe?   Will you believe Dietrich Bonhoeffer or Joseph Prince?   I am going to take the word of the man whose reality in God empowered him to stand up to Adolf Hitler.  

I do not mean to scare you but history is repeating itself in eerie and vivid detail.   Once again a nation hates Jews…specifically it  hates Israel. Once again a government leader is taking power and expanding his control over the life of its citizens.  (Its latest takeover is the internet).

Once again, and this is a gigantic once again… the church is silent and coincidently, its most popular doctrine is grace.  Not everyone buys into Prince’s hyper-grace but there are 50 shades of grace that permeate millions of Christians.  These shades of grace have dulled our natural sense of duty and our capacity to feel outrage in precisely the same way that the German Church was lulled to sleep.

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Let me put it another way: You know how you feel when Al Sharpton hustles the notion that we are “institutionally racist?”  You sit there listening to him and you know that no racist nation could have elected and reelected an African American president.   Sharpton has to keep narrative alive, it’s his cash cow.

I feel the same way when I hear our pulpits continually railing against “conditional love” and “performance Christianity” as if our churches overflowed with people repenting too much or overdoing holiness.  I believe that the cheap grace narrative is kept alive on life support for the money.

The American Church is not an overheating engine of dedication and sacrifice.  All too often, it is a listless, flabby, biblically illiterate, club of moody consumers that hold pastors hostage to entitlement sermons.   

This is why when the Obama Anti-Christ fire drill arrived we failed miserably.  We are still failing.  I have no doubt that Obama himself shakes his head at what the church has allowed him to do.

Cheap grace will ultimately fail when it is needed most because it causes malnutrition.  David Wilkerson said “…Yet, tragically, many today still eat at the table of demons, serving their own lustful appetites, and then attempt to come to the Lord’s table and feast with the righteous. This leads only to spiritual sickness and death because these deceived ones do not discern the true Bread of God. These sickly sheep have become so spiritually weak and diseased by sin that they cannot eat strong meat. Instead, they prefer to nibble at the husks of ear-tickling teachings. They gravitate toward lightness and entertainment rather than the genuine Word. Their spiritual appetites have become dull as a result of eating too much junk food.”

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The fact is that I love Grace, the real Grace of God: The Grace that buckles my knees with gratitude and makes me hate sin more than nuclear waste.   I yearn not for a shade of grace but the blazing sun of it!

How right was the author of Amazing Grace?   “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear.”   First Grace stuns us with what God did for us and yes we should feel a towering awe and fear of the mighty love of God.  Then the song writer says, “And grace my fear relieved.”  Relief comes from repentance, not from avoiding it!

Finally, the writer says, “how precious did that Grace appear, the hour I first believed.”  When you experience true Grace it becomes priceless to you.  You will want to give your all to host it.  You will flee wickedness with unbridled zeal.

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Is there hope in all of this mess?  You better believe it!  It is this Amazing Grace that is about to call people to explosive effectiveness against evil.  There is a growing army of believers who are sick to death of the compromise and they are pressing into God.   The Lord of Lords by the Holy Spirit has issued the order to arm and anoint a new generation of preachers and believers against this horde of devils that is choking the life out of America.

Out of every quarter of America a signal is going out!  “Come out from among them and be separate.”  Jehovah is empowering yea, inflaming soldiers who will not break ranks and will see signs and wonders that even transcend what the Book of Acts Church experienced.  Get ready for the preachers who know God and create lethal disciples!  Men and women are emerging who will pay the price for true conversions, true miracles and true revival!

AND NOW A PERSONAL INVITATION TO YOU FROM MARIO.

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Three valid prophets left us warnings: Is it too late for America?

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Is it too late for America?

By Mario Murillo

While they were alive, David Wilkerson, Kenneth Hagin and Steve Hill enjoyed wide acceptance as great men of God.  In the last two days I have posted the final warnings that came from these notable vessels. It was amazing to me how many “fans” of these men never knew about these warnings.  How is this possible?  It is possible because we are being taught to ignore warnings and only listen for blessings.

Some say it is impossible for America to be destroyed because God is on the throne.   America’s demise would never be a reflection on God’s mercy, grace or power, it would be only because we destroyed ourselves.

So is it too late for America?  You do not need a stock answer to this question.  This is an explosive question that deserves a considered opinion.   In the next few minutes I wish to respond to this question and I ask that you reserve judgment until you read what I have to say in its entirety.

Let me begin by asking you a question.  What if a rational Christian told you that they believed it was too late for America?  How would you react?  Would you react by being angry or dismissive?  If so, then you my friend are part of the problem.   Those who say that it is too late for America have a strong case and we are wise, if we want to have any hope at all, to soberly listen.

This is when they say that a nation is finished:

1. When a nation owes a debt that it cannot pay:  If, as the Bible says, the borrower is servant to the lender, then we already belong to China.

2. When the nation’s leader shakes his fist at God:  Some Christians hold to the fantasy that we have a president.  We do not.  We have an activist in the White House.  Obama is shaking his fist at God.  He feels no accountability to our constitution.  He stands with Islam and not Christianity or Judaism.  He is reshaping America.  He is dismantling our greatness because he despises the America that was once one nation under God.

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Many Christians dismiss any indictment of Obama as politics, racism or unchristian because the reality that we have a renegade president is frightening.   However, facts are facts.  They are neither racist nor political.

3. When God sends prophets and their warnings are ignored or rejected:  2 Chronicles 36:15, “And the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy”

We are beyond the place where Pastors merely leave truth out.  Today they mock truth and brand voices from God as radicals.   We see religious empires built entirely out of human wisdom and defended like a crime family.

The church is feverish with 7 deadly sins:  Denial, Arrogance, Entitlement, Deception, Sensuality, Rebellion and Materialism.   For this and many other reasons, America hangs precariously in the balance.

So let me answer the question directly…No it is not too late for America but we must shed many things that we are doing right now and we must shed them with intense zeal… is if they were radioactive waste…or, very, very soon it will be too late.

Part two:  If you want God to save America then do this now

So you want God to spare America.   This is an honorable desire.  It is very near to the heart of God. No one wants to see our nation rescued more than God does.   So let’s take our first step.  Let’s revisit two verses as if they were old friends with something new to say:

Hebrews 11:6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Both of these scriptures feature preconditions. They tell us we have to do something first.   In the first verse we are instructed to come already believing.  We are not here to ask God to show us He is real.  We are here to show Him we are real.

In the second verse we are ordered to humble ourselves and repent.   We are going to intercede not just for our own sins but for the sins of a nation.

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We desperately need a good definition of the word intercession.  We have abused many words but none more than this word.  Intercession means for you to stand between God and a disaster.  In many instances, true intercession means facing the rightful fury that God feels toward a nation.

To say that God is not pleased with America is an understatement of galactic proportions!  For pastors to downplay sin and teach people that America is favored in the eyes of God only accelerates our doom.

Furthermore, any assumption that America is somehow entitled to mercy is deeply offensive to the Holy Spirit.  Billy Graham said “America is now worse than Sodom and Gomorrah.”  We deserve judgment and you dare not approach God unless your realize this.

Yesterday we learned about the 7 deadly sins of the American Church.  As an intercessor you need to know them and pray against them.

Denial:  The sense that all is well and though we do not know how but it will all turn out okay.  This was the prevailing mood among Lutherans in Germany as Hitler was seizing power.  This allows Christians to abide the death of marriage, the rise of Islam and the decline of Christianity by looking the other way.  They hate it when any preacher criticizes the government because they just want everything to be nice.

Arrogance: They boast of spiritual authority they do not possess.  They constantly talk about their “words from the Lord.”  They revel in titles and always seek to be recognized.

Entitlement:  They feel that gifts and blessings belong to them without training, effort or having to prove their character.  Tribulation and suffering are things that happen to other people.  They despise messages about sacrifice.

Deception:  Never have I seen people so gullible as our present crop of Christians. And they are gullible at a time when being gullible is most costly.  All a speaker has to do today is to relate some mystical experience they had and they will get a following.  These are the itching ears of 2 Timothy 3.  They are Biblically illiterate so they have no way to judge their experiences with the Word of God.prayer blog art

Sensuality: Pastoral drunkenness and immorality are now widespread.   If that is the state of the shepherd then what is the condition of the sheep? Perverting grace is a deadly sin!  Jude 1:4 For certain men have crept in stealthily [gaining entrance secretly by a side door]. Their doom was predicted long ago, ungodly (impious, profane) persons who pervert the grace (the spiritual blessing and favor) of our God into lawlessness and wantonness and immorality, and disown and deny our sole Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). AMP

Rebellion:  One of the linchpins of the seeker model is rebellion.  There, I said it.  Why else would you make church so convenient and superficial?  You do it to cater to people with commitment issues.  You build a church for people who do not want to be told what to do.

Materialism: Let me be clear.  God wants to bless us with good things. Where we are derailed is when we forget why we are blessed.  He blesses us with more than enough so that we can give.  Many Americans want to a certain lifestyle and they do not want their pastor to mess with that.  They will even elevate their pastor to superstar status if he keeps the rightful demands of God off of their back.

Finally: The good news is that a righteous core has the power to move God away from judgment but we are nearly out of time.  You have the power to gather others who are grieved over our nation and form a prayer cell.  I challenge you today to read the following prayer of Daniel and by inserting the word America in key places in this prayer you have the perfect model:

Daniel 9:16 “O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us. 17 Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

 

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The church in America has been struck by an iceberg.  Over one thousand preachers a month are leaving the ministry defeated by the open hostility of our culture and the draining effect of lukewarm believers.  We cannot go on this way.  There must be an answer.

What if we had a convention designed to confront the threat against the American Church?  What if we had a convention that brushed aside all of the frills and distractions and instead focused on receiving power and fresh direction?

The American Church will not be turned around by supermen but by supernatural men. We do not need better equipment, new organizations, novel methods, but vessels that the Holy Ghost can use—vessels who pray with prevailing might.  God does not flow through religious machinery but through human beings, he does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer.

It is our conviction that there is a life available, set apart in prayer that only goes out to serve at the direct command of God.  That life can accomplish truly mighty things, things mighty enough to change the course of America.

Do not sit back and watch dark clouds gather.  Sweep away the cobwebs, underbrush and weeds of despair and take action!  It is high time for you to operate in gifts of power.

This prayer of Peter embodies this convention:  Acts 4: 29  Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

As important as the day of Pentecost was to the Book of Acts Church, the outpouring that happened two chapters later was equally crucial.  Pentecost proved that God could pour out His Spirit on the Earth.  The miracle in Acts 4 proved God could do it again.

Join us in the mountains with the firm conviction that God can and will do it again.

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Playing the Grace Card

I want to present to you today a wonderful ans simple explanation by Bob Yandian about Grace and Christians confessing their sins by Bob Yandian. – Mario

DO CHRISTIANS HAVE TO CONFESS THEIR SINS?

By Bob Yandian

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Let’s Make The Complicated Simple

Let’s make confession of sins for the Christian as easy as possible to understand.  It is being taught today as unnecessary for the believer and even worse, that it only applies to sinners.  It has become an open door for sin and only the truth of God’s word will reveal truth.  Confession of sins for the believer was never given as a license to sin against God, but to serve Him.  Christian growth is impossible without a way to rid ourselves of the sins we knowing or unknowingly commit.  Something designed by God’s grace for our freedom has turned from simple to complicated and from clear to ambiguous. Lately, much confusion has arisen over this part of God’s plan for our daily life.

What If There Is Only One Verse

It has been said that 1 John 1:9 is the only verse in the New Testament that tells Christians they have to confess their sins. It isn’t (see Acts 19:18), but let’s assume for a moment this is true.  It is asked, how do you build a doctrine on one verse?  Well, there is only one scripture telling us that as sinners we need to believe with our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9,10). Yet, we all agree this is true.  All other verses tell us to believe on the Lord Jesus for salvation.  In other words, all the other verses tell us what to do, believe, but not how to do it.  Romans 10:9,10 tells us how to believe to receive salvation.

What Does Confess Mean?

The word used most often for confession of sins is repent. Although in the Old and New Testament, it is often used for unbelievers, most of the time (over 80%) it is used for believers. The verses in the New Testament, telling Christians to repent, tells us what to do, but not how to do it.  1 John 1:9 tells Christians how to repent. We are to confess our sins. The Greek word for confess, is homologeo, homo meaning same, and logeo meaning to speak or say. It is a compound word, meaning to say the same thing. It would be better translated, not as confess, but as admit or acknowledge.  Nowhere in scripture are believers told to list or name their sins. This is a distortion of the meaning of homologeo.

As a pastor I saw many Christians come for counseling who had sinned. They finally were ready to admit it.  At first they tried to cover their sins, then blamed others, surrounding their original sin with more sins. Carnality always breeds more carnality.  By the time they came to see me, much time had passed and they could not remember, much less name, all the sins they had added to the first. Was God holding them accountable to name each one?  No.  David’s sin did not begin with Bathsheba, but with staying home when he should have gone with his troops to battle (2 Samuel 11:1,2). He got off his bed after sleeping all day, went to the balcony, saw a woman bathing, lusted after her, brought her into his bedroom, had sex with her and got her pregnant. He then brought her husband home trying to get him drunk so he would go to bed with her. But as a faithful soldier he would not go home to her but stayed with the few guards at the gate.  David still tried to cover his sins and had Uriah, her husband, murdered.  Nine months later, an illegitimate child was born to them both.

After a year of sin, lies and denial, David was confronted by Nathan the prophet. God knew David had sinned, Jesus knew, the Holy Spirit knew as did the prophet.  The only one who had to “say the same thing”, was David.  He did not list his sins or name each one. He said, “I have sinned against the Lord”.  He admitted it or acknowledged his sins.  Nathan immediately said, “your sins are forgiven” (2 Samuel 12:13). A year’s worth of sins were cleansed in one moment. That is grace. When the prodigal came home, he did not tell his father how much money he had gone through, how many prostitutes he slept with or how many times he got drunk and the names of all the bars.  He simply said, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight” (Luke 15:21). He admitted or acknowledged his sin, was restored to fellowship with his father and had his privileges restored.

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What About Unknown Sins?

When we acknowledge what we know, that we have sinned against God, He is also faithful and just to forgive us for all we do not know, those sins surrounding the first.  He cleanses us from allunrighteousness as a display of His great mercy. He who covers his sins will not prosper.  But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy (Proverbs 28:13).

Spirit And Soul

Finally, which part of our being are we responsible for to keep clean?  It is not our spirit.  That was cleansed when we were born again and will not need to be made clean again.  The blood of Jesus washed our spirits and will never need to wash it again.  As Christians, we do not and cannot sin in our spirits (1 John 3:9). We sin in our souls, in thoughts which lead to words and actions.  It takes the blood of Jesus to cleanse us in our souls as much as it did to cleanse our spirits at the new birth.  Like Jesus told the disciples when He washed their feet, “He who is bathed (new birth) needs only to wash his feet (confession of sins), but is completely clean”. Bathing takes place one time. Foot washing may need to take place many times. Water is needed for both as is Jesus’ blood for the Christian life. Salvation is for heaven and our relationship with God. Confession of sins is for time, fellowship with God and daily victory over Satan.

Enjoy The Grace Of God

Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater today.  Grace is a wonderful doctrine and I truly believe it is the message of the hour being emphasized by God.  Excesses do not negate a truth.  The sinful excesses of many evangelists did not negate the healing movement. The excesses of shepherding did not negate the truth of the Charismatic Movement. The excesses of prosperity today do not negate the truth of the message of faith.  Like these other movements, the truth of grace will find it’s point of balance.  Let’s enjoy the grace of God together.

Yours in Jesus Christ,

Bob Yandian