by | Jul 21, 2018 | Christianity Today | 9 comments

Are you preaching to what your people actually face? Are you awake to the fact that they are under intense persecution?   The left has morphed into a hideous mob.  How shall we then preach in this unprecedented era of darkness?

Liberals want a New American Civil War. When they tell us they want to silence the church—when they tell us their opinion is the only one allowed—when disagreeing will cost you your rights, your job, and even your life—when they burn buildings, protect killers, and convict innocent people—the church should have no response?  Do we sit back and just give away our freedom of religion and speech?

Having faced with brutal honesty the world of our congregants…how shall we then preach?

There is a story of tyranny in 1 Samuel 11 that answers the question.  Terrorists took control of a city and demanded that the entire city become slaves or face death.  It gets worse.  Just to stay alive every man, woman, and child had to agree to have their right eye removed.

The elders of the city begged for them to hold off 7 days so they could send messengers to get help.  Since the terrorists were spoiling for a fight they agreed.

1 Samuel 11:3 is one of the most chilling verses in scripture because it shows the unimaginable horror the people felt: “Then the elders of Jabesh said to him, ‘Hold off for seven days, that we may send messengers to all the territory of Israel.  And then, if there is no one to save us, we will come out to you.’”

Put yourself in the place of those men facing the disfigurement of their wives and children.  If you were one of those elders tasked with choosing messengers—what kind of messengers would you choose?  Who would you choose to go get help?

You would not pick smooth talking salesmen.  You would not want a wordsmith or an entertainer.  You dare not send a psychologist or a life coach.


They had to go get an army.  They had to make people cry and get angry.  They had to convince people—who might believe this was not their fight—to take a stand.  That is what we need in pulpits now!

The Bible says they went to Gibeah where King Saul was, and everyone who heard them began to weep.  King Saul was filled with holy rage and galvanized the nation to save the people of Jabesh Gilead in a mighty victory.

Who will save us from the disfigurement of America, and the church, by the left?  What kind of preaching shall we choose to loosen the grip of tyranny and regain our freedom?  The same kind of messengers the elders of Jabesh Gilead choose.

Much of the preaching today is of human origin.  It makes the church lifeless and impotent to do battle against the moral landslide in America.  Satan is behind this harmless preaching—preaching that will save no one.

E.M Bounds said, “Another scheme of Satan is to eliminate from the church all the humble, self-denying ordinances that are offensive to unsanctified tastes and unregenerate hearts. He seeks to reduce the church to a mere human institution—popular, natural, fleshly, and pleasing.”
The Holy Spirit is telling you my fellow preacher to face the real world.  He is sending out an urgent appeal: Preach as if they are stealing your country…because they are.  Preach as if your people are suffering under persecution because they are.  Preach as if God is able to make you not just a spokesman but a living weapon.  If you have the heart…God will give you the words.  Time is running out.


  1. Roger Culwell


  2. Michael Druckenmiller Sr

    A bit hard to read… (Love It!)

    Goes for “Worship Leaders”, “Music Ministers” and Worship Pastors”, too…

    What is your song selection preaching?

    Is it invigorating, enabling, building up or just marking time and entertaining?

  3. Carolina

    Mario, your article is so needed among preachers today. I am reminded of what Ruth Graham said to Rev. Billy;
    “Some years ago, my wife, Ruth, was reading the draft of a book I was writing. When she finished a section describing the terrible downward spiral of our nation’s moral standards and the idolatry of worshiping false gods such as technology and sex, she startled me by exclaiming, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”

  4. Jonie Dodgens

    Love you and your ministry. Keep telling the pure truth

  5. Cherry

    Yes. Amen.

  6. Carole L Smith

    Passed this on to my prayer warriors list. We must fight using our weapons that are not man made but that are God’s mighty weapons that will pull down sodown strongholds of the enemyenemy


    I appreciate the messages of this ministry, which is much like that of my own on my website The body of Christ needs to stand up and worship in Spirit and truth to open eyes as to what is happening. Too many Christians are complacent in their own little happy world to only enjoy the benefits of Christ without entering the battle against the enemy. The battle must be won by love and forgiveness against which Satan has no defence

  8. is2Quiet Mang

    The encroaching darkness does not fall along the lines of partisan politics. Many large churches in the US offer little more than some groovy music and a pithy Ted talk with a scripture or two tossed in – a ‘church experience’ carefully crafted to offend absolutely no one. It is impossible to confront societal or spiritual errors of any sort without being called ‘mean-spirited’ or ‘divisive’ by some. And its a risk the majority of mainstream churches have been unwilling to take, even years after the ‘seeker sensitive’ movement in American Christianity began to lose favour.

    If the left Murillo is describing includes the ‘Social Justice Warrior’, he should remember this: circumspection is in order before categorically casting the left as villains. The young and vocal ‘Woke’ folks, ill-equipped as they may be, are at many levels trying to fill a post we’ve abandoned.



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