SMALL CHURCHES: GOD’S SECRET WEAPON

Why are they God’s secret weapon?   The answer lies in what happens when a nation gorges on sin.  Nothing can protect the sin sick soul from disgust, nausea, and the unholy hangover.
A convicted heart can reach the point where a slick church concert, outfitted with lights and fog, or a canned motivational spiel, can repulse them, just as much as the sin they are trying to escape.
A soul soaked in the sludge of our time, can yearn to collapse at a simple wooden altar, sob deep tears of remorse, and welcome the warm hand of a true pastor on their shoulder.
How can a small church be God’s secret weapon? I discovered how when I read something about the birth of Christ.  Matthew Henry said, “If the Son of God must be brought into the world, one might justly expect that he should be received with all the ceremony possible, that crowns and scepters should immediately have been laid at his feet, and that the high and mighty princes of the world should have been his humble servants; such a Messiah as this the Jews expected, but we see none of all this; he came into the world, and the world knew him not; nay, he came to his own, and his own received him not.”
It was a token of their sin that the Jews believed such lavish pomp and circumstance would greet the birth of Jesus.  Are we no less wicked when we assume revival will be born  on gleaming campuses, amid varied enticements, extracted from the wisdom of fast food marketing?
We can miss the birth of an awakening just as much as they missed the birth of Christ.   America has many forgotten Bethlehems.  There are many hidden Mangers where revival can, and will be born.

Why the small church?  Maybe because a special brokenness dwells there.  Think of the couples who faithfully lead undersized churches. They have done all they know to do.  They have been called fools for passing on the gimmicks that might have grown their crowd.  They watched families leave them for the greener pastures of regional churches.
Sunday after Sunday, they sigh. and once again call up the courage to lead their people with integrity and patience.  They pray and see no great change.  However, God has shown me that when they least expect it the fire will fall.  A supernatural signal will go out.   And because they know no one but God did it they will leave their hand off of moving of the Holy Spirit.
Revival can come to any size church.  There is nothing wrong with a big church that got big the right way, and for the right reason.  And no church will stay small in revival.
Why is a small church God’s secret weapon?  Because it is the last thing Satan expects.  Even though he reads this, he will still be totally unprepared.

 

It’s time for the Body of Christ in California to do some deep soul searching. 

Business as usual has proven to be a colossal failure. The massive mega churches in the Golden State—with their tens of millions of dollars—have not made a dent in the greatest moral meltdown in California’s history.

California is just 24 hours away from a law—California Assembly Bill 2943—that can forever change how Christians will be treated in this state. It could also, easily lead to banning Bibles.

Have you seen any organized protest?  Do you hear many mega church pastor call for action on the final Sunday before the Senators vote?  My guess is not much.   I did get wind of a common theme: We don’t need to do anything because the gates of hell would not prevail against us.”

Such arrogance has taken its toll on believers.   One lady—influenced by this thinking—said this on our Facebook page: “the Church is awake and powerful in California.”  A brother responded, “Then why is California going to hell in a hand basket?”

Which begs a bigger question: why did the gates of hell prevail in so many places…even inside some churches?  Look at these verses again to see why:

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.”

Jesus said: “I will build.”  There are two kinds of churches: The one He is building, and the one man is building.  Can anyone deny California is overrun by man made religious empires?

Yes, they look right on the outside, and they are Christian, but they are disconnected from the life of Christ.  Jesus said, “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.  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.” -John 15: 5,6

Christ will build something through the preacher who abides in Him. But relying on a fad growth model cuts them off of from the life of God.  Cut branches don’t dry up instantly—man made churches can thrive for a season on leadership skills and marketing talent. Human powered religious centers are sustainable until the right crisis arrives.

There is a devastating cost to these manufactured churches—and they anger God.  He is angry that they have dulled the Body’s natural ability to sense danger.  He is enraged that they kept his sheep from preparing for the moral landslide in California.

It grieves the Holy Spirit that they not only remained silent about wickedness, they actually opposed those who tried to obey God.  Heaven is screaming at their guilt!  Just when they needed to drive back demonic power, and catalyze moral awakening…they instead, tacitly approved of the wickedness.

The guilty know who they are.  They knew it the first time they told a saint they couldn’t raise their hands in worship.  They knew it when they began banning gifts of power, living by the clock, and leaving out Bible turths.

Now the Lord is signaling that a storm is coming.  To set the record straight and to bring revival, God must expose their false foundations.  This breaks my heart.  It makes me weep.

Jesus warned about these storms: “But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”- Matthew 7: 26,27

Think of it as mercy if God brings your house down.  At least your folly is revealed and you can repent before you stand before God.

If God turns you over and allows your charade to go on, that would be the worst.  In this case, your empire becomes a trophy of hell.  Millions of dollars are nothing to Satan to subsidize a factory of false faith and synthetic Christians.  At that point, God will see no difference between you, Hollywood, Godless liberals, or even the porn industry.  To Him you’re doing equal damage.

My prayer is that this gets to compromised preachers in time.  I know some of them.  They know what they are doing is not right…that’s why they suffer greatly.  They harbor tremendous guilt, loneliness, and emptiness.

Frances Chan is an example of a man who would not compromise—he pastored a mega church in Simi Valley.  Something profound gripped him. To the utter shock of almost everyone, he left all to begin a highly effective discipleship work in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco (an area I know well from ministering on those streets.)  God filled his hunger for the life of Jesus to flow through him.

I am not saying every pastor has to leave their church.  I am saying that worshiping size, prestige, and celebrity above the moving of the Holy Spirit has been total disaster for California.  God has declared an end because there is too much at stake.

Now that Sacramento is out of the closet and is declaring war on His Church…God will not wait for you any longer.  This could be a final warning.  God is directing these scriptures to lukewarm leaders and lukewarm churches in California:

Revelations 3: 4 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,

‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”  Amen.

GOD IS PURIFYING THE AMERICAN PULPIT

When the healing properties of sleep is most precious to me, I am awakened by the Lord to pen a warning.  Search what I have written over the years.  You will see that I rarely, if ever, write this way.  Something has happened in the heavens.

A grace period has ended for you false and carnal preachers.  You will be purified or replaced.  The time when God winked at your compromise is over.  You thought God didn’t see: Psalm 73: 11 And they say, “How does God know? And is there knowledge
in the Most High?”

Worse yet, you thought because He delayed your discipline, He gave you license for drunkenness and materialism.

Public confession of sin is coming.  Malachi 3:3 says, “He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the Lord An offering in righteousness.” Not everyone who is disciplined will make the cut.

Look for tragic downfalls—you who have fattened yourselves at the expense of the sheep and left them weak and unprotected.  God told you to resist the wicked winds of political change.  Instead, you hid behind a lame excuse that you didn’t want to be political.

The wicked devices of the left that wrecked marriage, and continue to kill the unborn, are but a few of the evils it was your duty to oppose.  Instead, you self-righteously said you were above politics.

Meanwhile, those political policies oppressed the sheep of God. Godless laws got them fired for being Christian.  You said nothing. Political correctness got their children suspended from school. You looked the other way.   Godless laws bankrupted Bakers and other Christian small businesses.  You were silent.

In your silence, you are taking other people down with you.   You are damaging your audience by only saying what they want to hear. You have not led them forward; you have not removed them danger.  Worse yet, when you finally speak out it is misguided.  Man of

You were silent when Obama worked his destruction.  But now you oppose a president who is doing more for the sheep of God than you. Man of God: Tell the truth.

 

Out a dead sleep God said “it is time to fulfill my promise” and He showed me Jeremiah 3:15 “And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”

Satan is not impressed with your billion-dollar empire. He mocks it.  It has no power where it matters.  R.A. Torrey said, “The Devil is perfectly willing that the church should multiply its organizations and its deftly contrived machinery for the conquest of the world for Christ, if it will only give up praying…The Devil is not afraid of machinery; he is only afraid of God. And machinery without prayer is machinery without God.”

Then God told me how He has come to despise the word “Activate.”  He is rebuking the signs and wonders crowd who cheapening the gifts of the Spirit by promising instant activation of gifts.  God is opposed to the message that promises gifts without a relationship to the Heart of the Father.

He will only grant gifts to those who surrender to intimacy with Christ.  It is not an overnight deal—it is a grueling journey, it is the furnace of affliction, and a season of preparation.

Instantism is bringing the prophetic movement down.  Repent or find your movement in the museum of failed revivals.  The enterprise of doling out daily words of prophecy grieves God.  He deems it a horoscope reading.  Worst of all it, has driven the sheep away from the Bible.  All of this prophesying has not led to national awakening.  Consider:

“I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.  But if they had stood in My counsel, And had caused My people to hear My words, Then they would have turned them from their evil way And from the evil of their doings.” -Jeremiah 23: 21,22

We are the cusp of a golden era of soul winning.  God sees the harvest is ripe.  Beware of God most, when He sees the lost searching for Him.  That is when He cleans house. That is when He says, I am going to save the lost—you can let me purify you for service, or get out of my way.”

ARE MEGA CHURCHES NOW A DISTRACTION TO REVIVAL?

Do you believe current church trends  will rescue our nation?  My guess is you don’t.  If you don’t, you are not alone.  A growing number of believers—many of whom will not say it out loud—question the value of attraction churches.

One day, I sat with some “hot names” in church growth in southern California.  We had talked a lot about styles of worship, preaching and marketing.  Being older than most of them, I felt a little bold.  I asked them: “Can any of you give me the name of a mega church in Los Angeles in 1906? “

Not one of them could come up with a name.  Then I said, “but you all remember the Azusa Street Revival, right?  Why is that?”  Because history remembers revivals and forgets mega churches.”  The reason is simple; revivals make history by reforming society.

Those who praise the glories of mega churches never mention how they have no impact on cultural sin.  In this golden age of mega churches, society is experiencing its greatest moral landslide.   On their watch, the number of people who claim to be atheists has doubled.  More anti-God legislation has been enacted than any other time in our history.

But do churches bear any responsibility for the moral landslide of a nation?  Charles G. Finney sure thought so!   He said, “If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are about to fall away, the pulpit is responsible.”

Some will say it is not fair to ask mega churches to reverse national destruction.   But you also can’t have it both ways.  You can’t go around extolling the wonders of these mammoth ministry centers and then say they can’t fix the nation.  If they can’t fix the only thing that needs fixing, what is the point?

But people point out, “They produce musicals as good as Broadway” Or, “They give the average person hope” These achievements ring hollow.  In a simpler time, they would be impressive.  Not today.

This is no time for entertainment.  This is no time for mild cures. Society’s condition has forced rule changes.  A demon possessed culture needs a church with power to cast out devils.  A culture reeling with unimaginable addictions needs a church were the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the fire of God is plainly presented.

Are these churches a distraction to revival?  Let me offer this parable about distraction.  A college football team is losing their homecoming game. Badly.  Halftime is a welcome break.  The people are relieved when the marching band takes the field.

The band leader sees how much the people are enjoying the distraction.  He decides “we don’t need a second half; it is a good thing to just keep the show going.”

The lyrics of American Pie put it this way, “Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
While sergeants played a marching tune We all got up to dance Oh, but we never got the chance ‘Cause the players tried to take the field, the marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed The day the music died?”

You, dear leader of a mega church, must ask yourself, is my church the band that refuses to yield.  Is my mega ministry a distracting substitute for revival?  Am I keeping the church from starting the second half?

The Bible asks painful questions about times.  Elisha’s servant Gehazi secretly took money and clothes from General Naaman after Naaman was healed of leprosy.  Elisha asked Gehazi, “Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants?”-2 Kings 5:26,26

In a time of mass murder, mass suicide, of hurricanes floods, and fire, is it time for pastors to parade wealth, and grant mild cures?

Haggai asked another painful question: “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?” -Haggai 1:4  The modern application for this is simple:  Pastor, are you building a personal empire, or the Kingdom of God?  Will you allow a nation to go down in flames while you live in a bubble of false victory? 

If we can truly confess that babble has replaced the Bible—that self-enhancement has replaced self-denial –that marketing has replaced miracles—and unconditionally surrender to the Holy Spirit, God will turn our churches into fire-breathing, nation-changing powerhouses.

HE BEING DEAD YET SPEAKS

“Brother David, we need you now more than ever, we need you to wake up the American church!”  That was my cry when it hit me that today is the 6th anniversary of this prophet going to heaven.  He preached a message that we rarely hear today.  He preached it with a total disregard for his own success or safety.  He spoke the counsel of God with a convicting compassion…”God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.”  Hebrews 11:4

HE BEING DEAD YET SPEAKS

By Mario Murillo

When he aimed his voice at the corruptions in the church it was devastating.  Here is a sample from 1998: “The majority of churchgoers today soundly reject all prophetic warnings of a coming storm. Indeed, the American church today is the most blatant ‘feel good’ church in all of history. But, like Israel, we’re only experiencing the calm before the storm!

While Moses spent forty days on the mountaintop, Israel indulged in a spirit of lawlessness. The people wanted to play and relax, so they abandoned all godliness. You remember the result: It ended in a drunken, naked orgy around a golden calf.

Likewise today, Christians by the multiple thousands are casting off the yoke of Christ, tossing aside all limits and restrictions. This attitude is prevalent in many of the books and magazines you find in Christian bookstores. It’s almost as if our leaders are saying, ‘Relax! God isn’t hard. He’s our Daddy, we’re all his kids, and we’re meant to have a good time. Don’t let anyone disturb your fun!’”

Look carefully at what the man of God is saying—he is spotlighting a disaster.  What is that disaster?  We cannot accept warnings.  False pastors cash in on this carnal appetite for denial in the people.  Even good pastors are hostages of audiences that demand soothing sermons.

Prophets like David Wilkerson were labelled Gloom and Doom. What we don’t get is…it is those who keep lying and refuse to warn the church who are the real gloom and doom. Gloom and doom is when someone deliberately leaves you unprotected and unprepared.  This warning came before 911, before Barack Obama–before gay marriage was legalized–before our standing in the world became so dangerous.  David was describing our condition in 1998—we have degenerated dramatically since then…how chilling is that?

David explains why he was so adamant: “Yet, let me ask you: Why does God tell his prophets to shout their warnings from the housetops? He wants to warn his people – to stir us up to seek him! He wants to convict us of all our attempts to cast off Christ’s yoke and cozy up to the world. He wants us to keep our eyes on Jesus – to seek heavenly things – because those are the only things that will stand in the coming storm!”

Tragically, Christians all over America disregard any crisis that does not directly impact them.  And even after all of the storms that have come, we still do not repent!  As I write you the storm brother David predicted is unfolding. Journalism is dead.  Fake news is standard issue.  Campuses are silencing conservatives and soon will silence Christians. Persecution is here.

Many were relieved when Donald Trump became president. Now a hurricane of hatred being leveled at him and his family—he is subjected to a media assault that prior generations could not have imagined.

Did last Sunday’s soupy sermon get you ready to stand and fight?  The idea that the seeker model will survive the next wave of persecution is laughable at best.

However, preparation was a  key element of David Wilkerson’s preaching. He was sent to warn the wicked and remind the righteous of God’s power to keep us in adversity. Consider: “The purging will not seem joyous, but rather grievous. But you will soon glorify the Lord for the results in your life. All the anxiety will be gone. All worldly ambition will die. Your spiritual eyes will be opened to truth. The Spirit will give you revelation knowledge. You will exchange the riches of this world for the true riches of Christ Jesus. You will wake up each morning with an over-flowing joy. Your soul will cry out “I found what my soul has been longing for. Rest–beautiful rest in my Lord.” You can then say with David, the Psalmist — “In his presence is there is fullness of joy; at his right hand there are pleasures forevermore…” (Ps.16:11). 

David Wilkerson’s words are more relevant and powerful now than ever.   He could comfort with as much power as he could correct. Here are the last words he ever wrote:

“That is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger, overwhelming questions: “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.”

Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind: “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Don’t quit on God—just do not trust him anymore. It doesn’t pay!”

Even questioning God’s existence will be injected into your mind. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries. Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.

To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness, you will soon hear the Father whisper, ‘I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.’

Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.” Amen.

HALLELUJAH!

The prayers of the saints have been answered.  Hallelujah!  Political Correctness is done. Hallelujah!  The swamp will be drained.  Hallelujah!  The evangelical vote is back!  Hallelujah!   Israel has a new friend. Hallelujah!  

HALLELUJAH!

By Mario Murillo

The prayers of the saints have been answered.  Hallelujah!  Political Correctness is done.  Hallelujah!  The evangelical vote is back!  Hallelujah!  Israel has a new friend. Hallelujah!  The Swamp will be drained.  Hallelujah!  The justice that our government refused to deliver came from the people.  Hallelujah!   Abortion has a new enemy.  Hallelujah!   A leader will work for us and not our enemies.  Hallelujah!   The Supreme Court will be saved.  Hallelujah!

The people have repudiated the Obama legacy.  Hallelujah!  Obamacare will be replaced.  Hallelujah!   America has been spared.  Hallelujah!  Instead of filth, there will be faith in the White House.  Hallelujah!  The House, the Senate, and the President will work together for hard working Americans.  Hallelujah!  Outreach ministries are safe from the IRS.  Hallelujah!  A corrupt mainstream media has been discredited and neutralized. Hallelujah!

When I first began blogging about Donald Trump 18 months ago, pastors told me I could not preach in their church anymore.  A Christian television network banned me.   I was called racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic and many names I won’t publish.

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Even more insidious, were minister friends close to me who accused me of abandoning my calling.  They said I needed to be winning souls and not speaking out politically.  Instead, I did both.  I exhausted myself winning souls, and prophesying against the wickedness in Washington.

I went to God every day.  I trusted Him!   He repeatedly said, “keep going son.  Keep speaking out!”  When old sources of finances dried up, God opened new ones.  When pulpits closed to me new doors opened. 

To the bitter end, most preachers refused to stand and be counted.   That is something they must live with.  However, a remnant declared the truth and faced the onslaught.  I am so proud of the voices that spoke out!   I am no hero.   I am but one of many who simply obeyed.

I give all of the glory for my strength, my fellow warriors, and for this miracle for America to Jesus Christ.

Today, you are indeed, witnessing a singular miracle in American history.  Donald Trump faced insanely impossible resistance.  He was pronounced dead again and again.  Today, he stands with humility, on the cusp of making America Great Again. Hallelujah!

Let thousands see your Hallelujah.  Leave a comment and say Hallelujah!

Today, you’ll hear terrifying things about our government. But it may be a miracle.

 

Today, you’ll hear terrifying things about our government. But it may be a miracle.

By Mario Murillo

In the next few hours you are going to hear some truly terrifying things about our government.  Today you will find out things you were never supposed to know.  An avalanche of facts will confirm some of our worst fears and God’s great mercy.

Remember when you thought the president was supposed to protect us?  Remember when you thought the Department of Justice was supposed to bring justice?  Remember when you thought the State Department was supposed to keep us safe?

Well sit down…because here comes the truth: We have not had a democracy for 8 years.  We have been led by a junta—a crime family.  They have finally been outed.

Here is what you already know:

CNN fed debate questions to Hillary Clinton.

George Soros owns voting machines.

Barack Obama ordered the FBI not to indict Hillary and stopped them from convening a Grand Jury to indict the Clinton Foundation.

The Clinton campaign paid people to start fights at Trump rallies.

Facebook, Google and Twitter conspired to manipulate information to place Hillary in a good light and Trump in a bad light.  They lied and censored to advance her campaign.

We know that 65% of all Americans believe Hillary has broken federal law.

We know that 53% believe it was wrong not to indict her.

Today you are going to find out how deep and wide this collusion really is.  You get to meet the many tentacled beast.

These people did not merely blur the Separation of Powers Act of the Constitution…they removed it.  They formed a legislative monopoly—one that pools power and freely operates above the law.

One of the first to discover this was Bernie Sanders.  Only, they scared him so badly that he is terrified to tell us the truth—he even turned on his own supporters.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch, the Department of Justice, the State Department, the IRS and our mass media, newspapers, magazines and social media including Google, Facebook and Twitter all work together.  They collaborate… they plan things.

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This was how John Podesta could tell Hillary every move the DOJ was making in advance.  Then it all came out in the open.

We now know that at least 5 nations have hacked and now own Hillary Clinton’s emails.

We now know there is a 99% chance that Bill and Hillary Clinton will be indicted for criminal activity involving hundreds of millions of dollars.  They are under suspicion for selling influence to enrich themselves.  They sold favors to nations that are sworn enemies of the U.S.!

We are still at the tip of the iceberg.  James Comey has been aware of this information for almost a year.  He has even more information…enough to fill an ocean liner.   He finally caved and sent a letter to Congress to announce he was reopening the Clinton email investigation.

Why did Comey brave the wrath of the ruling family?  Because  “Rogue”  FBI agents couldn’t take the filth, lies and abuse of power on the American people anymore.  They forced Comey’s hand.  These agents are true American heroes.

While I do not condone stealing emails, we must admit that WikiLeaks was key in finding out things we never would have known.  If it were not for Fox News you would not see it on television.

Today you will be hearing things even Thomas Wolfe could not put in a scandalous novel.  Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might as you hear the horrifying reality that God is trying to spare us from.  A tidal wave of information will be coming out within hours.

Again, you were never supposed to find out about this.  I believe this is an answer to the prayers of the saints.  You had better realize you have been given a miracle.  If you and I do not seize this miracle, then we deserve all the tyranny that Hillary will hand out.

Today I believe God has had mercy on us to expose this before the election.  Time to dump Bill and Hillary like nuclear waste…and drain the swamp.