Many of the most pivotal moments in history were not appreciated at the time. We are at such a moment and we do not even realize it. Something is taking place that seems routine. It is actually monumental—an earthquake is shifting the spirit in Washington.
WHAT WASHINGTON WILL DO SIGNALS A REBIRTH OF CHRISTIAN FAITH
By Mario Murillo
Billy Graham will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. Mario, that is as it should be. Billy Graham is a legendary American. Of course he is, but are you forgetting what Washington is?
Barack Obama would never allow this tribute to Billy Graham. Neither would Hillary Clinton—who ran on the progressive, anti-church platform of Obama.
Washington moved so far to the left under Obama that we are still weeding out the deep state sleeper cells in many government agencies—especially the FBI. Under Obama, their hubris was as much against the church as it was Trump. (See this link to my blog on how Obama was the most biblically hostile president ever.) https://wp.me/p1vrzp-3DQ
Did you know 9 presidents in a row welcomed Billy Graham to the White House? Obama did not.
Obama made a token visit to Montreat N.C to visit Billy Graham. But, when Graham endorsed Mitt Romney, Obama ordered the IRS to suspend the nonprofit status of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
The swamp people in D.C. are seething and boiling today. Their dream of a Godless America has taken a massive hit. A man of God will be honored in a highly visible way. A spirit has been broken. The unwritten code that Christian faith is not welcome in Washington has been shattered.
Where are the voices that stopped Manger scenes and insisted we have a holiday tree? Where are the gas bags who screamed for separation of church and state, and sued every time they found an iota of faith expressed in a government setting? Silenced and properly rebuked, they mutter in the crevices of Washington today.
Like everything else about Billy Graham’s life the timing of his death is divine. He held out until some key things happened. One of the most important was the election of Donald Trump.
Trump loved Billy Graham. Our president is not a perfect man but he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit, and that influence grows because of the prayers of millions of believers. Trump championed the cause of our faith in government.
Everything within me says this is just the beginning. As Billy Graham lies in state, words of faith once banned, will be freely spoken—not only in by formal speakers but by the rank and file in restaurants, schools, and every hall of power. The subject of the Gospel of Jesus Christ—Billy Graham’s passion—will be recounted by more in D.C. than if He was doing a crusade at the Washington Redskins football stadium.
The nation will stop and honor a man of God…but I believe, a rebirth of Christian faith in America will start. Glory to God in the highest!
Today, you will read many things about Billy Graham. Greater writers and more famous voices than I will pay tribute to this singular man sent by God. I have chosen a different path for my words about him.
I will leave it to the more qualified to astound you by recounting the achievements of this evangelist of evangelists. Let me take you on another course…
In front of a barn in the middle of nowhere, a group of farmers met to pray. One of them spoke up and said, “I don’t know why but I believe that from this spot, the Gospel will go around the world.” Not far away, a little skinny boy did his chores—his name was Billy Graham.
In that day, Mortdecai Ham blazed a trail of revival. His fiery sermons electrified vast audiences. Yet, one of his crusades was a devastating disappointment. This entry was in his diary: “This week only 2 souls were saved.” One of them was a 12-year-old Billy Graham.
My soul drew a strange comfort every year that Billy Graham was kept alive. He was the Christian father praying for a wayward nation. He was the national pastor whose very presence made me feel that there was a hand of protection on America. He gave me hope that our nation could still repent.
I am choking back tears of sadness and dread. Does his departure signal the fact that we have finally crossed the deadline? Or does his entrance into heaven mean a fresh mantle of soul winning will fall to many men and women. Everything in me screams “LORD LET IT BE THE LATTER!”
Thank God we have a president who will honor Billy Graham. Thank God, that the many angry and hateful voices, who would strip America of every last semblance of Christ, will be forced to relive the miracle of a country boy, with a simple message who spoke about Jesus to more people face to face, than anyone in history.
Thank God that perhaps, today’s preachers will get a lesson.
I was a little brother to the great evangelist scandals of the 1980’s. I remember how the most popular magazine of the day posted a gallery of well-known evangelists. Under each picture was a list of their sins. The last picture was of Billy Graham with this caption underneath: Above Reproach.
Many young preachers learned nothing about integrity from those scandals. Instead of fearing God and humbling themselves they invented new ways to express pride and materialism. They lust for best sellers and mansions.
What they never got—and still do not have—is the impact on society of a Billy Graham.
One simple example is when he toured the eastern bloc nations. Not long after his crusades, the Soviet Union broke apart. A careful look shows the first nations to discard communism were the same places where this man of God preached. Impact not popularity. Get it?
Maybe you can see today—my dear brother—how much more he would have said to Oprah than you did.
Our loss stings. Perhaps the sting is divine. Let preachers feel it. Let them see how thundering the Cross, the Blood, repentance, and hell, filled the largest stadiums in the world. It can again.
The word paragon is an interesting word. It means a model of excellence. A towering, convicting, awe-inspiring paragon of evangelism has gone to heaven.
Whatever happened to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit? You don’t hear about it anymore. Churches don’t pray with people to receive it anymore. There’s a big reason why.
Preacher, if you stopped presenting the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to your people—Satan made you do it. If there is no room in your service for people to receive this urgent gift—the enemy seized control of your agenda. If your people don’t even know what it is—you will answer to God.
No matter how noble, persuasive, or convincing the argument, the decision to exclude the Baptism of the Holy Spirit from the life of the church, is a decision conceived in hell.
Omitting this Baptism was a masterstroke of Lucifer.
He knew this was the most destructive deception possible. It created lukewarm Christians. It single handedly wiped out a huge amount of our soul winning. And, it opened the door to untold heresy.
Today we are swimming in more false teaching, false prophecy and false Christianity than ever before. All across the internet ministries dabble in new age hybrids of Christian faith, exotic extremes, drunkenness and even perversion. Turns out, the church is the other swamp that needs draining.
Noted Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias said, “I had dinner with the most popular preacher on television. He told me that he did not see much difference between Islam and Christianity.”
How can we hang the blame for such foolishness on neglecting the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? Let’s examine the evidence.
Jesus said, “John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
Jesus calls Him the Spirit of truth. He imparts hunger for truth. It is futile to layer truth on the unwilling soul. False teaching abounds from the lack of hunger the Holy Spirit awakens. Let’s go back to the root:
Don’t make a move without it!
Acts 1: 4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
The church has no witness without it. Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The Apostles considered it an extreme urgency for all who believed to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
–Acts 8: 14 “Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.”
-Acts 19: 1 “And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.”
We have two extremes in the church: Those who believe in nothing and those who believe in everything.
Or to put it another way: We have those know nothing of what the Bible says and those who believe anything, anyone says about the Bible. Both are products of a lack of discernment and power. It is only after you experience the real presence and power of God that you know what is fake.
Look at the discipleship result of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost:
Acts 2: 41 “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.”
One big reason that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not preached today is because it is the natural enemy of church marketing.
When God falls, church culture instantly changes. Human promotion becomes obsolete. An audience morphs into an army. An insatiable hunger for the Word of God replaces sales pitches.
The preacher who withholds the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is guilty of treason—of withholding a priceless gift bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus—of holding back an edge of power that would keep the believer strong, alert, and able to win others. It endows them with a prayer language that pierces all adversity. How dare we hold this back!
The Pentecostal revival is the greatest Christian revival in history. Beginning in the humble Azusa Street Mission, it has blazed for on for over 100 years, with over 650 million converts. Only one thing explains it: The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
We are coming to Las Vegas to win the lost and heal the sick on a scale we have never known. We are going where gangs operate. We are going where addicts languish. We are going where the homeless sit in despair. This Living Proof Tent Crusade will feature the widest range of ministries we have ever assembled.
We are going in the power of God. Our mission, is to open the flood gates of heaven on the abyss of human suffering. Never—and I mean never—has the fire for winning souls burned so hot within me.
Satan knew all of this, and viciously attacked me. Many of you know what happened. After standing for 4 crusade services back to back—some lasting 3 hours—I felt a strange pain in my left leg and spine. After a long flight home it became excruciating.
This is extremely rare. I have been blessed with strength to endure brutal schedules for over 50 years. I have flown 6 million miles on American Airlines. That doesn’t the miles on many other airlines.
This became the greatest test ever. After 3 doctors, X-rays, cat scan, and an MRI they were still guessing about the source of my pain.
The amount of intercession that has gone up for me is humbling and convicting. This ordeal hardened my resolve. I told Satan, “there is no version of this where you win.” I confessed, that the same power that flows in our meetings, will overshadow me through the prayers of the saints.
While doctors theorize, God works. Every time people pray over me, the pain decreases and mobility increases. Could I have been instantaneously healed? Of course! But a healing is a healing no matter how it comes.
There is something I am looking forward to. It drives my recovery. On Saturday March 24th we will serve lunch to pastors and leaders in the Las Vegas area. It will be my honor to open my heart about the miracle I expect in April. The luncheon is free but we need your reservation to order the food. Call 775 238 3473 to reserve your place at this luncheon.
Not only this, but that night we will have a night of miracles and worship that is open to the public.
Advertisers say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. We say, what happens here will not stay here! It will not stay in Vegas or even in Nevada. Lord let revival fire sweep the land!
Good morning America how are you? Don’t you know me I’m your native son? The answer for the homeless is no, America doesn’t know you. And many of our leaders are heaping an insult on you worse than your cold nights on the streets.
Many people believe that America wants to give aid to others rather than their own.
A growing number of Americans have these things to say: “If you are illegal in California, and other sanctuary states, you essentially have more rights than natural born citizens. You can get healthcare before disoriented veterans who lost limbs fighting for our freedom. Why? Because they don’t know how to play the system.”
“Homeless citizens don’t have the advocacy groups you do. No one is protesting for homeless Americans—especially homeless children. You can commit crimes that would put Americans in jail. The proof came when Los Angeles authorities helped shield convicted felons who were here illegally until ICE was finally able to arrest 221 of them. They do not offer that buffer to homeless Americans.”
“Our children must pay for college you get it free. Democrats will make sure you get a driver’s license.”
“In Silicon Valley, laid off Americans are forced to train their foreign replacements—yes, that’s right—the ones who are taking their jobs.”
“We take billions away from hard working Americans, and pay for all of this for you. Then sit back and watch many of you protest, screaming at us, waving the flag of your nation—the nation that abandoned you—in our face, and call us intolerant, and racist.” Average cost is 84 billion a year.
“How can Americans bear to look at Nancy Pelosi, Jorge Ramos or the gaggle of leftist activists? They favor those who broke the law to get here above those who were born here.”
No nation can victimize their own this way and long survive. These verses portend our doom: Lamentations 5: 1 “Remember, O Lord, what has come upon us; Look, and behold our reproach! 2 Our inheritance has been turned over to aliens, And our houses to foreigners. 3 We have become orphans and waifs; our mothers are like widows.”
Famous pastors—under the influence of some zany theology—side with illegals against their own. There is nothing righteous about opening our borders without securing it against those who come to steal, rape, murder. There is nothing noble about letting them sneak back in time and again.
This year, Mario Murillo Ministries allied with Inner City Action, will be flooding the homeless with basic necessities.
Beware you do not make false assumptions about MMM. While I unapologetically decry the wrong done to homeless American citizens, we do not make any distinction when we are on the streets giving out food and clothing. We don’t talk about citizenship. We talk about Christ. We see every life as a soul for which Jesus died—and that is all we see.
Should people come to America and find opportunity? YES! Should we put basic demands on them and let them flow through a system of naturalization. Again Yes! But without law and order we will destroy hope for those who are born here and for those who are going through proper channels to become Americans.
Sanctuary cities are monsters that kill the hope for both homeless citizens and demoralizes legal immigrants who spent years to become citizens. We should never have punished innocent people to perpetuate a left wing state.
I am warning lukewarm Christians—silent, comfortable, and with strained necks, looking the other way—this growing menace will touch your life.
This injustice screams to God from the ground. His eyes are a nation that has chosen to declare war on its own. The billions squandered buying new votes for the Democratic Party could have cleaned the streets, emptied the homeless camps, hospitalized war vets, and saved children.
For heaven’s sake can you, Mr. and Mrs. Christian form an opinion, brave a conviction and—Lord help us—find a voice?! Get off the fence!
Remember this Fall, what the Democratic Party has said loud and clear to all Americans: WE CARE ABOUT OTHERS MORE THAN AMERICANS. Punish the evil doers. Throw them out of office. Enough is enough!
The next time you kneel before God, try explaining to Him why you have chosen to be neutral about your own children’s future. Yes, that’s right…someone is taking their inheritance and giving it to another.
This is where I am supposed to redeem myself with some positive, chicken soup, cuddly closing that comforts you. The only comfort should come from the fact that you shook off your fear and compromise and rose up to do the right thing.
This the blog that dragged me kicking and screaming to my laptop. I emphatically yet respectfully protested to the Holy Spirit. I knew this blog would cost me more than any other. Here goes…
Stopping school shootings will be the most divisive issue of 2018. Write it down. It threatens to become a debate that will plunge America into an even darker time. It will expose our penchant for half-cures.
These words, from the song For what it’s worth by Buffalo Springfield is prophetic to right now: “There’s battle lines being drawn, Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.”
Gridlock will keep us from a cure. Politicians will scream at each other. Celebrities will shed crocodile tears on late night shows. Millions will be poured into maintaining falsehood. What you will not see is truth and honesty about this horrible subject. Most will simply want to appear to care.
The tired voices will drag out the usual suspects. It is amazing how truth survives in our group think nation. Questions still break in to disturb our presumptions. Here they are:
WE NEED TOUGHER GUN LAWS! If that is so, why is Chicago—with the strictest gun laws in America—a killing field?
A bigger question: We aren’t we enforcing the laws we have already. How will a new law help? Every mass shooting involved a law that was not enforced or a killer who fell through the cracks by schools, who just wanted to make them some else’s problem, or agencies like the FBI, that ignored warnings.
In a chilling development, The New York Post reported this: “Before Nikolas Cruz carried out his mass killing at a Florida high school this week, police responded to his home 39 times over a seven-year period, according to disturbing new documents.”
It’s not fair to pin this completely on them but one thing must be asked: If you can’t, or won’t, enforce the laws already on the books why do you think is will do any good to add more?
The fact that this is all they can come up with, shows they are not after solutions—but are simply blathering the mantra of their agenda. Here comes more agenda…
WE CAN’T JUDGE PEOPLE: A mindless culture is endangering all of us. This is the culprit: silence in the face of obvious derangement.
This boy was identified as a menace several times. But no action was taken. Why? It is because we have created a society that accepts all behavior and there’s a tyranny to judge anyone.
When people in San Bernardino noticed neighbors carrying vast armaments into their house and chanting in Arabic, they said nothing. They admitted they didn’t want to be labeled racist. The next day, they killed 14 people and seriously injured 22.
Neighbors in Mesquite, Nevada noticed even heavier weaponry loading into a house with all the windows blacked out. They never told police. Not long afterward, Stephan Paddock, opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 851 injured.
Famed professor Jordan Peterson related something that happened in a University classroom. A six-foot blonde man stood before the class and said he was in fact, a five-year-old black girl. The teacher asked if any student thought it was weird. Not one spoke up. In a secret poll 22 of them admitted it was weird but were terrified to speak out.
IT’S WHITE SUPREMACY! Another mantra is white supremacy. It only took minutes for a writer to claim Nikolas Cruz was part of a white supremacist group. It went everywhere. But alas it is fake news. “Leon County law enforcement sources told the Tallahassee Democrat that they could not find information linking Cruz, 19, to the Republic of Florida Militia, as first reported by the group’s self-proclaimed leader Jordan Jereb.”
Do you see them retracting that report? Of course not, it does advance the narrative. The drumbeat of racism is required to delay the truth. It pays bills and distracts from our real problem.
GET THE GUNS! We have a glaring double standard: Every leftist politician has body guards who carry guns. Every courthouse has them. Every bank has them. But for our children, it is a sacred cow not to have them. Madness.
Depression and mental illness is pandemic. Why? We load the nation down with pills. Why? This has only made things worse. The root cause of is too terrible to consider. The machine that cranks out a Nikolas Cruz operates with impunity. Here it comes…wait for it.
We are guilty of destroying the family. We created a swamp for children to demonize themselves. In our zeal to make everyone right, everything legal, we cursed ourselves with appetites we were not prepared to face. We loosed a monster.
We are a nation of take out. The beast won’t let us sit down to a home cooked meal. But we don’t just take out our food. We take out prayer and believe it makes us better. We take out father figures and expect it makes us wiser. We take out church—and even some churches take out church—and think it will help find ourselves. We take out marriage and magically expect it to improve life for children.
By shaking our fist at God, we have created a society so miserable, so lonely, so fearful that they are despairing of life and losing natural inhibitions. We have torn down the natural hedges against violence and debauchery.
We won’t admit the existence of evil. Nikolas Crus is evil. He willfully gave into the undertow of evil. Satan filled his heart, but he asked for it. He told authorities that voices in his head told him how to carry out the shooting. Many boys writhe in worse circumstances, and don’t kill people.
If a society refuses to admit evil how will they stop it in the future? As the saying goes, the greatest trick Satan ever pulled was to convince people he didn’t exist.
He doesn’t exist because, admitting he exists, invariably leads to an admission about God, right and wrong and repentance. We are wicked and full of sin but would rather mask it under impotent laws, crank science and political correctness.
What a moment for the church! We have words of life for this horrendous moment. We have pulpits that can go back to the Bible and thunder truth. We have the awesome power of prayer. We can tell the masses the truth. We can be like Peter in Acts 2:40 “ He went on in this vein for a long time, urging them over and over, “Get out while you can; get out of this sick and stupid culture!” That is exactly what I am going to do.
The nameless horror has come. Tonight, we are not right wing, left wing, or independent…we are Americans. No parent should send a child to school and have them shot to death. No bystander should do anything but try to comfort the families.
Everlasting shame on anyone who chooses to debate gun control. Shame on any politician who seizes this new Saint Valentine Days Massacre for their own end.
Are we so soulless that we can’t pause our debates—or give our political railings a rest. We have been visited by pure evil. When that happens you guard your mouth and pray.
Mark them. Punish them. Excoriate any voice that uses the media to rail about why this happened, and who is to blame. Remember them, for whoever they are the are the villains of society.
Instead of increasing the pain of these families by giving this your spin, let’s give them a collective hug and tears of true grief for a loss they will feel for the rest of their lives.
No matter what I say, the toxic media will broadcast voices of pseudo rage. Like carnival barkers they will call you to their political side show. Who will be the first traitor of decency to speak words like salt in wounds?
The Bible says that Job’s friends saw his sorrow and suffering was so great they sat and said nothing. They just sat with the sufferer. They sat for 7 days.
We have come to a tragedy for which there are no words. It is simply time to let the love of Jesus emanate from us in prayer. If anyone reading this knows these families I beg you to just sit with them for there are no words for this loss.
Father God, we pray that a comfort from beyond this world will cover the families who lost these angels in Florida. You said that the Father had anointed you to comfort them that mourn. Words are so inadequate for this disaster. Only a blanket of supernatural love will suffice. We open our hearts now to feel their sorrow. Open our hearts to feel your sorrow, for only then can we do what is right for these wounded families.