WHAT WASHINGTON WILL DO SIGNALS A REBIRTH OF CHRISTIAN FAITH

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!

 

No, Christmas didn’t replace a pagan holiday

SAVING PRIVATE YOU.

SAVING PRIVATE YOU.   A SERMON ABOUT MEMORIAL DAY BY MARIO MURILLO

Saving Private You

I know that this will come as a shock…today is not a day about buying a car or a sofa.  It is also not a day we honor veterans, we do that on Veteran’s day in November.  No, today is about stopping to remember that someone died for you.   Someone made the ultimate sacrifice.  They died to give us the freedoms so many abuse today.

Memorial Day was first known as “Decoration Day.”   It is not hard to guess why.   The nation would visit graves of fallen heroes and leave flowers and other tokens of gratitude and honor.

In the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan attached above, we see, perfectly depicted, the right response of a soul that knows someone died to save them.

One of Satan’s masterstrokes is to cheapen holy days.  He has done this for thousands of years.  To blur, devalue or even utterly redefine a holy day is his stock and trade.

We see this at Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving.  The meaning and intent of a solemn or joyous day is sapped by banal and bankrupt counterfeits.   Why does Satan do this?

The answer is clearly seen in the incident of King Jeroboam.  Jeroboam seized power from the House of David by using the anger of Israel toward Solomon’s son Rehoboam.  The Jews rejected Rehoboam after he vowed to raise taxes and reduce services to the people.

1 Kings 12: 26 Jeroboam thought to himself, “The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David. 27 If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam.”

Likewise Satan knows that Holy Days can trigger a return to values and subsequently a return to God in our nation.

Our president is steering us the way Jeroboam steered Israel by cheapening or redefining American Holy Days.

The proof is in the fact that he:

-Regularly skips the National Day of Prayer.

– Renamed the National Christmas Tree the “Holiday Tree.”

-Went golfing on Memorial Day in 2009 and 2011; this despite the fact that George W. Bush refused to do it as president to honor the parents of those who lost loved ones.

Recently I took criticism for pointing out that as Memorial Day weekend began Obama did not return the salute to the Marine who saluted him at the door of Marine One helicopter.  Obama fans noted that he corrected this by stepping back outside the Helicopter and talking with the soldier.

My point is that there is no excuse for this oversight.  It smacks of a mind detached from honoring our military.

As the leader goes so go the sheep.   Memorial Day finds us oblivious to the treasure that families have spent to guarantee our freedom.  

In a very real way we are all Private Ryan.   Satan wants to bury that fact.  

Memorial Day cuts me to the heart that all over our nation there are moms and dads who  have lost sons and daughters and they did it for you and me.   Memorial Day also fuels my rage against our government’s tendency to take away the freedoms that our fallen heroes died to protect.

As an evangelist, I am constantly preaching a message about the One who died for us all, which is another reason why I am adamant about Memorial Day.

Satan did not want Israel to remember their Holidays, days and remembrances that could lead back to God.   Wonder what Satan thinks Americans might realize if they think long and hard about someone dying for them?

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