A SPIRIT-FILLED RESPONSE TO CALIFORNIA MADNESS

California is now beyond words. The insanity coming out of their state government boggles the mind and it can be totally disheartening to the believers who live here.

It is never safe to make sweeping statements or try to gauge the mood of all Californians.  No matter how hard you try, you will generalize. But no one can deny that California is pagan, addicted, digitally distracted, angry, skeptical, depressed, and demonically oppressed.

California has for decades been paganized by a media tsunami of filth, the tyranny of secular progressives, and the silence of the Shepherds.

-Poverty is spreading rapidly there and many are victimized by the greatest income inequality in America.  California is now dead last among the 50 states.

-California is the magnet that is pulling the popular votes of fifteen states and the District of Columbia into the Nation Popular Vote Interstate Compact. This movement is an attempt to make an end-run around the Constitutional Electoral College. The purpose of the NPVC is to make the Left-wing politics of the largest population centers the law of the land, and disenfranchise the smaller states and rural communities.

-Californians are over-medicated by misguided doctors and laser-focused drug dealers.

-Californians are bitterly divided by politics. There are the large blue cities which are dominated by Socialist-Democrat politicians and there are the smaller rural communities that are bright red, Republican, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, who are disgusted by the insane laws pouring out of their state Legislature.

Take a look at some of the demonic insanity taking place in California:

-California Senate Passes Resolution Telling Pastors to Embrace LGBTQ Beliefs. Not content with drag queen story time in public libraries and forced instruction on gay lifestyles in public schools, legislators are going even further and violating the First Amendment by making it a crime for the clergy to state from the pulpit what the Bible clearly says, that God will punish all sexual sin.

 –CA Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing ‘Free’ Chemical Abortions For College Students  Students for Life of America (SFLA) President Kristan Hawkins said,” California legislators are recklessly experimenting with students’ lives and health by advancing a plan to force school health centers to become abortion vendors, pushing chemical abortion pills to force an intentional miscarriage.  These Toilet Bowl Abortions would create havoc on campuses, as girls are sent to their dorm bathrooms to bleed and pass an aborted infant in a toilet, without medical supervision or assistance,” Hawkins added.”

-California has decided to effectively separate their state from the rest of America, declaring themselves to be a sanctuary for illegal aliens, protecting them from ICE raids.

-The prison system is a revolving door for dangerous criminals and pedophiles. Currently, there are 100,000 sex offenders registered in the state. This means that 1 in 400 Californians are on the list, living near schools, and mostly unmonitored. California passed a bill that will go into effect in 2021 that will allow most sex offenders to petition to be removed from registries, as long as they have not committed another serious or violent felony or sex crime, allowing them to go undetected and unsupervised.

-California is anti-Second Amendment. They have banned nearly every firearm and any magazine over 10 rounds, blocked citizens from obtaining carry permits, prosecuted those who have defended their families, and added an expensive background check that is required when anyone buys ammunition.

-Worst of all, many feel no hope for the future and are taking their own lives in record numbers. In short, California is in a condition that is beyond words.

-Many more Californians than you realize are saddened by the general defeatism coming from Sacramento. They are fed up with the fake news media, and appalled at the demented teaching being employed by a sick university system.

While that description sounds like I cannot find much good in Californians the opposite is the case. There is much good left here.  In fact, I believe this state conceals a vast number of warriors of faith, generosity, and courage.

When I say California is beyond words, I mean California can no longer be reached by mere words. We must have something new…or, something so old it is new.

What do we do now?  There is a clue in something Billy Graham once said.  When a reporter accused him of setting the Church back 50 years, Billy said, “I was trying to set it back 2,000 years!” In the third decade of the first century A.D., the world lived in a similar swampland of despair, perversion and anger.  Christianity emerged from that morass.  But how did she do it?

The church verified the resurrection of Christ with signs, wonders, and miracles.  The church infused the gospel with their infectious joy, their irresistible love for one another, and their golden service to the poor and the forgotten of society.  These things provided the Christian clout.  This is why Saint Francis—for whom San Francisco is named, by the way—ministered to the poor and operated in the gifts of divine healing, said, “By all means preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.”

What Californians need is what I call The Blatant Attempt.  The Blatant Attempt is drawing a line in the sand that alerts the public and defies Satan. It consists of four clear steps.

 1. A highly public and powerful invitation:We have been guilty of asking people to attend meetings and conferences that are not compelling and do not stir the heart. Moreover, we have been afraid to make that invitation a matter of public knowledge. We must be brutally honest as to exactly what the purpose of the meeting is: to encounter the living God, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

 2. Thus, we must invite them to encounter the power of God in California. We must spell out that God cares for people and has healing power for those who suffer.  Think about it! Don’t you believe that when people brought the lame, the blind and the lepers to Christ there must have been a conversation about what could happen if they came to the event!  That kind of expectation is a must if The Blatant Attempt is to be effective.

3. We must alter the service to meet the challenge. Nothing is worse than selfish Christians. Dismantling and rebuilding our meetings so that they are an event where compassionate Christians lead those who are sick and hurting to a miracle. It should not be another tired event where over-fed, bored saints are further lulled to sleep. If we can still cling to ‘business as usual’ in this dark and desperate hour, it proves how misguided and deceived we truly are. These powerful and anointed new meetings must include fasting and intercession.  The format of these new meetings must be based on surrender to the Holy Spirit.

4. We must contend to make revival permanent. When the Glory blasts through, keep going!  There should be no return to normal, this should be the new normal.  Trust God to give you strategies to host His presence from now on! Maintain the fire, and channel the fire into a sustainable way of life.

This is my exhortation to every ministry in the State. I would love to work with you, but whether we work together or not these truths are for all Spirit-filled leaders in California. But what I have just described to you is what we will continue to do, until the raging river of God’s Glory floods the Central Valley!

P.S. Our tent crusades are a blatant attempt to declare the Gospel that is beyond words.  I have an absolute assurance in my spirit that we are about to see the greatest demonstrations of healing power California has ever witnessed!

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WHEN DOMESTIC TERRORISTS

This morning, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution labeling the NRA as a domestic terrorist organization. The resolution accuses the NRA, which is the oldest civil rights group and the most influential Second Amendment lobbyist in America, of spreading “propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence,” promoting extremist positions and arming “individuals who would and have committed acts of terrorism” because of its advocacy.

If there is a category beyond hypocrisy, the Supervisors of San Francisco have found it. There is zero evidence that the NRA does anything to promote domestic terrorism—quite the contrary, they have reached 28 million children, teaching them about real “gun safety” through their Eddie Eagle Program.  But there is plenty of evidence to show that the government that rules San Francisco terrorizes their own citizens. What we have here is, in my opinion, a case of domestic terrorists calling someone else domestic terrorists.

I grew up in San Francisco. It was then a gleaming city and a great place for children. Now, no child should have to endure living there. That may explain why today there are more dogs than children in San Francisco.

Market Street holds innumerable good memories for me. Easter parades, fireworks, New Years Eve celebrations. Now it is a dystopian nightmare—an endless line of lawn chairs against the walls of stores, whose occupants sit in a stupor with glazed eyes as a smog-like cannabis cloud hangs over the streets.

Some, who have written about San Francisco, when referring to the vast amount of human waste and discarded needles, have said this city is worse than many cities in India.

Many middle class residents live in terror, sandwiched between the indifferent tech-billionaires and the ‘protected class.’ The homeless and illegal immigrants are the protected class.  Because I reach out and minister to them, I know that many homeless people are not evil. The innocent ones will be the first to tell you about the few who are deranged and prone to violence.

A PICTURE OF MEDICAL WASTE IN SAN FRANCISCO

Women in the city are regularly attacked by these few violent ones.  In an article entitled If The Left Cares About Women, Why Do They Let Homeless People Attack Women In San Francisco?, Kadya Sedgwick writes about a woman who fought off an attacker, a 25-year-old man named Austin James Vincent. But when he appeared in court on the charges against him for false imprisonment, attempted robbery, and misdemeanor battery, Judge Christine Van Aken let him go free, pending trial—without bail or any form of monitoring.

“The incident,” Sedgwick wrote, “brings into light the vulnerabilities of ordinary women living through what we in the San Francisco Bay Area politely refer to as the “homelessness crisis.” It’s a great irony that the city that prides itself on feminist traditions, the city of leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein and currently led by the feminist Mayor London Breed, turns a blind eye to the plight of women living among dangerous individuals.”

Here comes the real terrorism part:

Sedgwick cites her interview with a woman who said she “wished to remain anonymous because of the Democratic Socialists of America’s previous doxxing attempts related to her activism on behalf of the residents of her junkie-affected SoMa (South of Market Street) neighborhood.”

The woman said: “As a woman, I feel very vulnerable, helpless, and really scared. A prisoner in my home, afraid to walk outside after dark. Hearing my neighbors discussing self-defense, means of protection, and private security patrol is surreal.”

San Francisco is a sanctuary city, which is, in my opinion, another form of domestic terrorism.

A man who had been deported 5 times is back on the Streets of San Francisco, because of their stance on illegal immigrants and their sanctuary laws.  The jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate, 46, in 2017 of first degree murder, second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and assault with a semi-automatic firearm. He had admitted having fired the shot that killed a woman who was walking with her father and a friend along Pier 14 in the Embarcadero District of San Francisco one evening in 2015, 32 year old Kate Steinle.

The Washington Examiner reports:

“That conviction was overturned on Friday when the California court found that a judge failed to instruct the jury on one of Garcia-Zarate’s defenses.

“The family of Steinle filed a wrongful death suit against San Francisco earlier this year alleging the city’s status as an immigrant sanctuary unduly put their daughter at risk. The suit was dismissed by the lower court and that decision was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Which, by the way, is located in San Francisco. The suit also named San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi as responsible for the death of Steinle.

“The sheriff’s office had Garcia-Zarate in custody just three months prior to the shooting, but released him when the drug charges against him were dropped. The office ignored a request by federal authorities to hold Garcia-Zarate until they could take him into custody, an issue that became a flashpoint in the case.”

For every believer reading this, there is a lesson. Evil poses as good and points the finger of guilt, which rightfully belongs to them, at those who are innocent. We will see a lot more of this. We can only pray that the good people trapped in the madness of socialist San Francisco will rise up and throw the bums out. Meanwhile, I stand with the five million members of the NRA and the 120,000,000 million law abiding Americans who keep and bear arms, which is their right, to defend themselves from crime and tyranny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT WILL SAVE CALIFORNIA?

California’s ruling party does not appear to be breathing the same air as you and I. Their air supply must be pumped in from some parallel universe. It is apparently a toxic mix of the smug detached silliness of Justin Trudeau of Canada, who rejects out of hand any suggestion that his policies are wrong, and the leftist loony logic of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who thinks we are putting illegal aliens into Nazi-like concentration camps on our southern border.

Governor Gavin Newsom actually believes California works, even as he officially presides over America’s first ever Third World Country.

California was once the most scenic place on earth with its mountains, world class beaches, and an astounding Central Valley. But, beyond that, California was a vibrant economy that fostered the greatest middle class in all of America.  The roads, bridges, and infrastructure were once amazing. Their educational system was the envy of the world.  California was once the proof of the American Dream.

Today, with the help of Newsom and other progressives, California is being pushed to the brink of disaster. Tucker Carlson said, “Now the State of California is known for a very different set of images: Needles and feces in the street, a dying middle class, the country’s highest poverty rate, policies that prioritize illegal aliens over ailing American citizens. California is still a symbol. But today it’s a symbol of everything that’s going wrong with this country.”

Gavin Newsom is cheer leading a statewide meltdown while the state officials bask in inexcusable denial.

Again I quote Tucker Carlson, “For Gov. Gavin Newsom, California is humming along nicely, apparently, and he now says the Republican Party is heading into the waste bin of history saying, “America in 2019 is California in the 1990s. The xenophobia, the nativism, the fear of the other, scapegoating, talking down or past people. The hysteria. And so we’re not going to put up with that. We’re going to push back.” Newsom ended by saying, “What we’re doing is working. I think Democrats are winning right now.”

“Apparently, somebody forgot to remind the governor that 40 percent of his state’s population lives near poverty. And then, having among the highest taxes in the country and cost of living isn’t exactly giving them a leg up. And there’s this: On July 1, California drivers will pay six more cents a gallon for gas taxes. That’s on top of the 12 cents last year. And that’s on top of already having the highest gas prices in the country. It doesn’t appear drivers are winning.”

The L.A. Times tried to put a spin on people evacuating California. Their headline reads, “Who moves to California? The wealthier and better educated, mostly.”  Then in a line of breathtaking smugness and elitism, they slander those who leave the state: “The state attracts a steady stream of college graduates, especially from the East Coast, even as many less-educated residents move to neighboring states.” Get it? If you leave it’s because you are less educated.

How can they not see who is really flooding into California?  State officials welcome back many who committed crimes in the U.S. These violent offenders may get better medical benefits than the American citizens who are the victims of crimes they perpetrate daily.

But there is a much darker motive behind the spin. Of course some wealthy people are attracted to Banana Republics because of the availability of slave labor. Silicon Valley is a quantum of hypocrisy. It is a region of ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots,’ with nothing in between.

Tech giants toy with people’s privacy and punish opposing views, all the while patting themselves on back for being “woke” to human rights. They even force American citizens to train the foreigners who will take their jobs. You want Socialism? Well here it is, brother. Welcome to Venezuela by the Bay.

Then, there is the Central Valley which is setting records for addiction, violence, and despair. You should walk with me through neighborhood after neighborhood−you will not believe this is America. Here are the true ‘huddled masses’−they are cowering in horror because drug gangs have completely taken over. Cities in the Valley have a program that pays gang members not to shoot each other. That is called total surrender.  Nevertheless, God is able to do the unimaginable…even here.

I am a prisoner of hope to the dream God gave me of a River of Healing running straight down the Central Valley of California. I have to stand by what I know is the word of God!  It will take far, far more than one ministry to turn the tide. All I know is my assignment.

Isaiah 43:19 says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

Why do I believe that God will do a miracle in California? Because He told me He would. And, at this point, with all the villains who are running her into the ground, He is the only one who can save her.

WALKING ON THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO

I am walking the Streets of San Francisco.   I snap this picture and the voice of God blasted in my spirit: “all that can be shaken.” God has made His choice.  God has chosen His targets.  God will strike suddenly.   Everything that can be shaken will be shaken.

-You companies who have used your wealth and power to persecute the righteous will now be shaken.

-You politicians—who have ruined America for decades will suddenly disappear.

-You preachers who have handled the Word of God deceitfully and cheapened Grace to finance your private life of drunkenness, whoredom, and materialism will have your gift removed in public humiliation.

God shook Himself.  He waited.  He was patient.  He gave you time to play church.  He let you have your blessing toys.  He looked away in hopes we would come to ourselves.  His blessing and his goodness did not bring you to repentance.  No, it became a license to go deeper into counterfeit Christianity.

The America church is guilty of great crimes against the Holy Spirit.  We told Him to leave and lets us grow Christianity incorporated—the worst thing we could have done.

It was a mistake—a terrible, incalculable, ongoing mistake—derailing more truth in less time than any moral plague in history.

It’s why we couldn’t stop Barack Obama—why we made no cogent case to save marriage, the unborn, or free speech—why we stood by and watched America change overnight—why we were helpless to intervene when our nation began hating everything that made her great.

Trump was only the beginning of this shaking.  He is rude, he is offensive—by design.  His words uproot and tear down.  He is a wrecking ball to international corruption.  His crudeness is a tool of a God with a plan.  He makes you queasy?  He scares you?  That’s nothing…

Just wait till they try to get him out of power.  Oh how his enemies rejoice thinking they have nailed him as a racist.  They will fail for 2 simple reasons:  He is not a racist and he is in power for a divine reason.

Watch the most powerful people attack and crumble.  Watch liberal heads explode as Trump remains—not because he is holy or even a good leader—but because he is chosen to wreak havoc on the world system.

Why now you ask?  Why has God rolled up His sleeve to root up false ministries?  Why is He accelerating His earthquakes?  I wondered.  I asked.  The answer was stunning but not surprising.  Here are the reasons:

-We are at the moment when Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter along with leftist leaders will unfurl a cyber-iron curtain.  Christians will be marginalized.  Values that violate our Constitution and freedom of religion will be enforced.  Bible preaching will be a hate crime.  (How sickening!  Carnal ministers were toadies in this plan to drive the church underground and terrorize Israel.)

-Nancy Pelosi will again be the Speaker of the House.  Are we days away from a leftist backlash that will transcend anything in our history?   Conventional wisdom may say yes, but God is shaking the agenda of those that hate America.

God came to the inescapable decision that revival must come now or the nation is lost.  He will pour out wrath…but He will also pour out His Spirit.  Hallelujah!

 

Look for despised little churches—faithfully preaching the Word of God—to become centers of Glory, miracles and mass conversions.

Look for nobodies to come on the scene like a righteous tornado and roar repentance with such power that their voice will echo in the penthouses of power.

Look for campus ministries to rise because millennials will see the blatant persecution and turn Christianity into a celebrated cause.

Look for preaching to be matched with miracles—confirmation of the WORD by medically inexplicable healings.

Look for God to pull out all the stops to save America.  Look for every ministry fueled by man to fall by the wayside to make room for the voices that cannot be shaken. But for the righteous there is great news!

Jesus saw the future and uttered an explosive prayer: PRAY THE LORD OF THE HARVEST TO SEND WORKERS INTO THE HARVEST.  Notice He did not say ministers, or celebrities.  He said workers.  Many want the titles, attention, and rewards…but they don’t want to do the work.  A special core burns white hot with passion win lost souls and heal the sick.  They are hidden now but soon they will shine like the sun.

But there is another miracle awaiting this unique breed.  They will be allowed to see the world around them from the vantage point of the throne of God.  Ephesians 2: 6 says “and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…”

What do you see from this vantage point?  You see that all the vile railings of our culture are not—in any way—a threat to the purposes of the almighty.  He knows the hollow arguments of the haters.  He is not moved by the mental monopoly of fake news and leftist social media.  He saw it all coming and prepared the response.  Glory to God

California: The lesson that the church is missing.

First of all, Mario Murillo Ministries is still a California Corporation and we are dedicated to seeing revival here.  However, to learn how the church lost her witness here demands brutal honesty.

15.8 million Californians claim to be Christian—more by far, than any other state in the union.  When California went abjectly hippie, communist, one has to wonder where were the Christians?   Let’s stipulate that only one third of all believers in California can vote.  According to statistics, that would still be 5.26 million people.

Jerry Brown won a popular vote of 4.3 million votes and his opponent got just under 3 million.  Why couldn’t the Church—with her vast store of congregants—come up with another 1.3 million votes to win the election?  If every Christian who could vote, voted for righteousness, they would have won by a landslide. There’s a bigger question:

Why did Christians vote for Jerry Brown?  We know they did, because he could not win without their vote.  The church had the power—at every turn—to stop the liberal agenda in California.  Why didn’t she? 

I know that judges overturned the will of the people with Prop 8.  I get that there are union crime families in California.  I realize that free speech is dead on the left coast.  I also know there is widespread voter fraud.  All of that considered, it still does not explain how such a vast voting bloc could be neutralized.

This is not a hatchet job on believers in the Golden State.  I have sacrificed a great part of my life for the churches there.  I don’t believe the fault lies with rank and file believers.  I also know there are many godly pastors faithfully serving on the West Coast.

No, this disaster snuck in like a Trojan Horse.  I saw it firsthand and preached against it from the first day I saw it.  It was a masterstroke of Satan that began over 30 years ago.  When I tell you the culprit, a part of you will be shocked, and another part will recognize why I am right instantly.

The problem was the church growth movement.  More harm than you can possibly imagine came from the seemingly innocuous words “church growth movement.”  And, yes indeed it was a movement.

The initial victim was unity.  The next victim was soul winning.  The final victim was Bible literacy.  Here is how it worked:

When numbers mattered more than anything, California pastors began to see other pastors as the competition.  Hollywood, drugs, atheism, and sexual perversion were no longer the threat—now it was your brother in Christ.  Ministers became suspicious of one another, and began to isolate themselves citing their “big vision.”

Then, these regional pastors inadvertently created a new morality.  Sin was not the sin defined in scripture—sin was now anything that hindered growth.  By removing the offensive parts of the Bible, they also removed the parts that had the power to change people. 

They steered clear of righteousness by saying “confrontational messages offend the very people we are trying to reach.”  This is code for “it is bad for business.”

To maximize growth, churches felt compelled to become self-contained entertainment centers, who didn’t need anyone else.  This destroyed mass evangelism, like what we saw with Billy Graham in neutral stadiums and auditoriums.  The photo below is from the Billy Graham Crusade in the Los Angeles coliseum in 1963.  120,000 are inside and 30,000 more could not get in.  This is unimaginable in Los Angeles today.

Soon California churches became expert at drawing audiences but leaving them unchanged by the Gospel.  Hundreds of thousands could belong to a church and see nothing wrong with abortion or gay marriage. Why?  Because their spiritual leader never talked about it.  Believers assumed that all of this was acceptable under the constant drumbeat of inclusiveness.

When the pastors noticed that the people loved their “nonreligious” appearance and behavior, they began to let down their guard.  The innocent wine and cocktails turned in a drinking habit.  Other dark trends that I will not mention became common among these leaders.  Thus, they were powerless to address the rampant immorality in their congregations.  They were also powerless to form a multi-church statewide voter movement.

Soon, Movie stars, pop stars, and famous athletes became status symbols for these churches.  Instead of the mega pastor discipling these celebrities, the celebrities discipled them.   It became impossible for these preachers to quote scripture, teach doctrine, or oppose liberal agendas.

Finally, taking a stand against left wing politicians became unloving.  Pastors escaped their duty by saying “that is not my calling.”  They took the Bible out of context in telling them that any political statements were judgmental.  Any Christian voter registration effort was downplayed or banned.

Soon Satan had tightened his noose and masses of Christians were oblivious to the warfare around them—most of all, they were ignorant of the ultimate price their children would have to pay for their doctrinal illiteracy.

The things these pastors preached gave no inkling of what believers were about to face.  Their child could be suspended for wearing a Christian t-shirt.  Their job in Silicon Valley could be lost if they testified on the job.  Textbooks that taught alternative sexual lifestyles were forced on their children.  The streets grew violent and the Universities became intolerant.  In short, these churches prepared their crowds for a world that doesn’t exist and did not stop the one that now exists.

California Christians—there is still hope!  The Christian history of California proves that great movements of God can come out of nowhere.  The Jesus movement appeared when a flood of immorality gripped the state.  God can do it again!

Nevertheless—it is simple truth:  the church growth movement was destructive.   Instead of building on the Rock—which would have given them a large church anyway—they built on sand.  The storm that Jesus warned us of has come.   They sent sheep out of their services unprotected and unable to withstand the storm of left-wing tyranny that  has set the state adrift in a sea of chaos.

Christians across America, take a lesson from California.  If the most popular churches in your state resemble the ones in this blog beware, the same crisis is already in your state.

 

WHY THE WORST MESSAGE DROWNS OUT THE BEST

Why does the left drown out opposing views?   Why do they curse, chant, spout catch phrases, and call people racists instead of calmly making their case?  Because they have no case.

Here is a simple summary of the left: We want to force you to do something that has never worked.  Sanctuary cities, marijuana, needle programs, socialized medicine, socialized anything, transgender bathrooms, have all created more chaos than they have solved.  They say it is chaos for the greater good—a greater good that has never materialized. Never ever.

The left always finds a cure worse than the disease.  They trade one form of racism for another.  They create new injustice to replace the old injustice.

The young are easy prey for the left.  If you claim an ideal they will listen.  Many do not have enough life experience to understand why something just won’t work.  Bernie Sanders—who was once kicked out a commune for refusing to work—tells them: “I will make the government give you free stuff.”   Listen dear college student…anything the government gives you was taken from someone else. Wait till it’s your turn to be taken.

 

Marxism—the matrix of leftist thought—has slaughtered over one hundred million people.  Yet and still, the Marxist will tell you those dictators weren’t real Marxists.  However, Marxism has never taken root in a nation without genocide.  Every leftist revolution has resorted to tyranny.

Packaging is everything when your product doesn’t work.  Slick versions of Marxism abound.  Make it trendy so Hollywood actors and late night comedians—those bastions of clear thinking—will want to identify with it.  Replace sound arguments with punchlines and dim witty academy award acceptance speeches.   Noise is essential to the survival of a lie.

The worst message is being presented in the best way, while the best message is being presented in the worst way.  Leftists proudly scream lies while believers mumble the truth.

How should the Gospel of Jesus Christ be preached in modern sophisticated society?  Here’s a better question: Why is the Gospel exploding in the developing world while it languishes here?  I will tell you why, and when I do, most will say “that will never work here.”  Here is what they do:

-They preach with accompanying signs and wonders.

-They demand total repentance and allegiance to Christ.

-They insist new disciples should be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

-They lead converts into church families that are more a movement than a congregation.

Most of our preachers are so insecure about saying what Jesus said, they present the most diluted homily that could be still called Christian.  They are terrified to declare the parts of the Gospel that deliver the soul and liberate the heart.

Those preachers who lead revivals in jungles and wastelands believe they are declaring the best message mankind has ever heard.

Still, people say it will never work here.  I say, let’s find out!  Why not have meetings full of fire, raw preaching and real miracles?  Why not tell the snowflakes, cupcakes, hipsters and wannabe revolutionaries about the real Jesus with real power?  It won’t work?  Let’s find out!

Corinth must have seemed a place that demanded a stylish and intellectual Gospel.   Why else would Paul admit he overcame the temptation to “come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.”  Instead, he said, “my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

It is time for the American Church—along with the Churches in Europe, Australia, Japan, and every other developed nation being targeted by the leftist delusion—to shed the timid Gospel and roar righteousness.

The full Gospel is not just for poor villages and uneducated people groups. The message that works in Nigeria will work in New York.  The Gospel that works in the Philippines will work in San Francisco, Tokyo, London, and Paris.

Paul wrote a book named for the most cultured, educated, and powerful city on earth—Rome.  It was to the saints of that legendary city that he wrote: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”

IS CALIFORNIA AMERICA’S FUTURE?

Kamala Harris just made the most chilling statement I have even heard a politician make.  She said California is the future of America.  How big a boatload of Kool-Aid would you have to swallow to consider that a positive statement?

The last time I heard a threat like that, I was a boy and Nikita Khrushchev said, “your grandchildren will grow up under communism.”  That didn’t happen.  Neither will Kamala’s threat.

San Francisco was once the crown jewel of California.  Today, my home town is a smoldering mess.  I was there recently.  It shocked me how it had degenerated.  Human waste, dirty needles, and the odor of death hung over the city.

I felt a danger on the streets, I had never felt before.  I wasn’t afraid of crime per se…it was more the disintegration of civilization itself.  Market street was an endless line of dazed people—sitting up against the walls in lawn chairs—in front of even the swankiest stores, smoking marijuana.  One report said San Francisco is now worse than some of the poorest cities in the world.

Fully 25% of America’s entire homeless population lives in Los Angeles.  Cali liberals are so defensive about this, they ban videos on social media that showed the homeless camps.

California ministers can’t say they weren’t warned.  I know I did my share.  The last few years I lived there I made several new enemies because of the message the Holy Spirit burned in my soul.

I preached in many of the larger spirit-filled churches in the state.  I was very clear:  I told them we had 5 years left.  I told them the things we had to do.  If not, God could not use them to stem the disaster that awaited California.

Here’s what I said in a nutshell:

-You must make your church a nuclear reactor of outreach and holiness.  If you do not, your church will degenerate into a hospital for disgruntled and anemic saints.  In such hospitals, the patients rise up and kill the doctors.  That is what is happening now.

-I said you better preach and teach the Cross, the Blood, and core Bible convictions.  Arm your people with values and the reasons behind those values.  Preach truth now, I said, or a day will soon come the truths you are avoiding will be banned.   That happened.  The user friendly message which was a mistake then, is the only one approved by government now. If it gets out that you preach moral values now, you can easlity be protested and prosecuted.

-Finally, I implored them to sharpen their rebuttal to California’s insane values on marriage, drugs, crime, prostitution laws, propaganda in childhood education.  I warned them they were too busy in their isolated kingdoms to come together as one voice that could influence voters.  This one was the most painful thing for me to watch.  When bill after bill came before California voters, the silence of the church was deafening. 

Jerry Brown accused Trump of declaring war on California.  Imagine, our Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to Sacramento to enforce Federal Law and the Governor calls it a declaration of war.

Governor Brown, it is you who declared war—on your own people.  You put a bulls eye on the middle class.  That’s why they are leaving in droves.  You made Christian parents send their kids to classrooms where their faith was bashed as bigoted and false.  On your watch, California went from number one to dead last in many categories, including being named the worst state overall.

Now Kamala Harris wants to spread California to the rest of America.  Wispy liberals across the nation love the idea.  This is a repeat of history.  The Romans worshiped and emulated Greek Culture.  Then Greece rotted from within.  But it was too late for Rome to change course—they rotted too.  At least we have the advantage of seeing what a failure California’s culture is.

I am not giving up on California.  There are millions of Christ followers there.  There are thousands of pastors who putting their lives on the line every Sunday to preach the entire Gospel.  There are ministries there that I will work with till Jesus comes.

Acts 20:31 says, “Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.”   My messages of warning once limited to California are now nationwide.  I get it.  Not everyone is comfortable with my blogs.  I was banned from some churches in California—I expect that ban to spread to other states.

I confess, it is disheartening that churches in other states learned nothing from the folly and cultural impotence of seeker churches in California.  It knocks the wind out of me when believers don’t see—regardless of how brash he seems—Donald Trump was a deliverance from certain catastrophe under Hillary.

No matter what I will carry on.  Not just because growing audience is starting to listen, or because I see the mercy drops of latter rain, but because these warnings are a part of my calling.  And no, California is not in anyway America’s future.