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

by | Apr 25, 2018 | Christianity Today | 22 comments

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.


  1. Evan. Roger Culwell

    big amen, if we fight the gate’s of hell will not prevail, but most have already surrendered there’s no fight to be fought, since the day’s of John the Babtist the kingdom of heaven suffer’s violence, and the violent take it by force, it’s strange they will not fight the enemy for good, but they will fight me and you and call us every thing and accuse, but they won’t fight the enemy, Lord WAKE THEM UP BEFORE IT’S TO LATE.

  2. Anthony Yaklich

    I met a Christian couple this past weekend from California, near San Francisco. I asked them what they thought about the impending legislation, & they didn’t know a thing about it. How sad. Well, they know now.

  3. Susan Hulstine

    God bless you, Mario Murillo. I believe God has raised you up for this time in our culture! All of your years of ministry, your battles, all the attacks have prepared you for this hour. As David slew the lion and the bear, those weren’t the real battle but preparation for when he would fight the giant. I believe the greatest hour for your ministry is at hand! “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
    Joshua 1:9 –
    He’s directing your focus like a laser.

  4. Sandra Douglas

    Bravo Mario …you’re so right on as the Holy Spirit gives you utterance !!
    Praise God for your obedience to truth

  5. Joseph Tenorio

    You know Brother Mario ,

    I have been working on this speaking to City council, contacting Mr. Cox and Travis Allen only one will speak out on this. I have provided the information to many here in my local community ( churches ) and as CS1 for one of the biggest Christian chats on the net. I’m shocked to what I am being told. Christian! are telling me just to offer the books and material for free . That is the answer many are telling me. The democrat who stood in session told us ” we need to get with the times” “and evolve “. Then he went on to say or mock those who say this is a first Admenment issue. I know the Lord can turn this around amen. But the Method Our Lord chooses to do so is HIS Body ….. Please pray because those who are touting ” see you in jail” don’t even go to church on Sunday many of them.

    • Ed

      Who will speak out? Cox or Allen?

      • Joseph Tenorio

        Ed I can tell you Travis Allen has Mr Cox has not .

  6. Carolina

    Reading your words Mario along with all the other saints words written here, I am reminded of the parable Yeshua gave while He was here,
    …”The Kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds among the wheat, and left. When the plants sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared…the landowners slaves came to him and said, “So do you want us to go and gather them up?’ “No,” he said, When you gather them up you might uproot the wheat let them grow together until the harvest…I’ll tell the reapers; Gather the weeds first, tie them in bundles to burn them, but store the wheat in MY barn.”

    Consider of you will, the weeds are the uninspired non-anointed seeker friendly churches Mario is talking about. These weeds have grown high, tough, wild & hard to pull out, in California, along with far too many other US states.
    We’re the Landowners slaves, we want to do His will & instruction. Yet he shows us here that even within those wild weed churches there are bound to be good grains and even some wheat heads, the most eatable part of the wheat. These are those Christ followers who are NOT in denial about the dangers of what CA legislators are about to do also know that their wild weed church is either Laodicean or Sardis but don’t know how to make a big enough difference.

    So, might we pray that Christ send angelic messenger reaper types to carefully gather the good into HIS true barn empowering them to know what to do, & deal with the weeds accordingly?
    Maybe the final harvest time is upon all of us. ?

  7. Aaron

    California Cool Christianty was bound to end up this way.
    These are all the same people who drive by me when im street preaching and honk there horn or give a thumbs up or point there index finger to the sky but would never join me or would never be a vocal witness for Jesus.
    They watch a world go to hell and could not care less.
    All they want is comfort and earthly security.

  8. Robert Notestine

    As a given, Bethel Church Redding and BSSM have been with the Heart of Christ in this. Clearly and actively.

  9. Judi

    Please join me as I press in with my fellow intercessors at San Francisco Christian Center for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3rd. We are heartbroken about the recent passage of California Assembly Bill 2943. I believe that as we take our stand as the Blood-Bought Body of Y’shua HaMashiach our God will fight for us.

  10. Paul Rapoza

    A visiting brother from the Church in China was asked what he thought of the Church in America. He responded, “It’s amazing to me how much can be accomplished without the Holy Spirit!”

  11. coatsofarmssurnamehistories

    Sign of the times.  Please pray about this.  Peter

    Sent from Samsung Mobile

  12. Bonnie Sirsi

    I have read the bill and I need to know what part of the bill specifically draws your attention to the removal of bibles in California. I do hate most of the bill as varied in content and evil as it may be. Please respond with the section that drew your attention. I am a resident in Sacramento County, California (Folsom). Respectfully, Bonnie Bonnie Sirsi Description: Four Point Logo BRE #00895353

    • Aaron

      Simple logic leads to the conclusion that the law enforced to its maximum limitations would put all conservitive biblical interpretation of moral sexual confines at risk of being criminalized.
      Therefore the materials that one derives the theological standing for conservitive traditional standards of sexual conduct would be at risk of censorship at the very least if not criminalization.
      We know the word rapture is not in the bible but the underlying ideas that make up that truth are there in scripture.
      Same as the trinity.

      • Aaron

        Not to say your being ilogical but maybe an oversite?

  13. kingskid48

    I’m pleased to be able to say that our church spent over an hour talking about this over the weekend. The pastors told what is going on in the schools, the filth and garbage that they are forcing on young children, and they talked about this bill. And, like you, Mario, they said the Church in California is asleep, that our legislators had not received any complaints about bill #2943. This is an absolute shame. We were challenged to get involved immediately. I viewed the roll call online of the Assembly’s vote. It was shameful the way that certain legislators mocked Christianity before voicing their yes vote on this abominable bill. Their clear and open disdain for Christians was obvious as it could be. It appears to me that they are sending out a test balloon with 2943, and they are a hair’s breadth from saying right out, “You can have a Bible in your church, but that’s all. Keep it there.” If you can find that video online, watch it. They did not come out and say that yet, but it’s my opinion that if they pass this horrid bill, the next one will put a nail in the coffin of our Christian freedoms in California. Thank you, Mario, for being true to what God has told you to say.

  14. Iliana

    This is confirmation of what the lord its been speaking to me. Im in california and my heart hurts not only for the churches here but all over.

  15. Charles Griffin

    2nd. Cor: 10:4&5 read and let it sink in
    It’s right on target.

  16. Leland Pollock

    As the saying goes, what starts in california, the world will follow… It is heartbreaking to see sooo many drink the kool aid. The old serpent has crept into the church and is trying to take it by force, there is a grand finallys is happening in the california church, the deceived are all-in putting everything on the table including their unbelief. This is a sure sign that The Lord is getting ready to sound the trumpet, hold tight to your crown church, things are happening at an accelerating speed… Be with your people Lord God Jehovah, God almighty, in Jesus name.

  17. Evan. Roger Culwell

    way past time to stand for our God and what’s right, can’t people under stand doing nothing is a sin.

  18. Aaron

    I don’t think most gays would even agree with this



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