by | Aug 7, 2018 | Christianity Today | 31 comments

Most preaching today suggests there is little we can do about demonic activity.  But the Bible says “…the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God -2 Corinthians 10:4,5

If we can’t tear down strongholds, God is guilty of child abuse on a grand scale.  So, can we stop the demons that are strangling America?  Not only can we—it’s our duty.

Furthermore, if we can’t destroy demon strongholds, Paul is guilty of awakening a false hope.  The whole point of 2 Corinthians 10: 4 and 5 was to provoke the church to take up the mighty weapons of God.

How honest can I be with you?  Satan has done a work that is nothing short of a masterpiece of deception.  He has veered the church away from any practical study of warfare, authority and the anointing.

His weapons of choice are two extremes.  In fact, they are prevailing schools of thought—schools of thought that can only stay in business by severely playing down our authority over demons.  They are the therapeutic church, and the gloom and doom church.

The therapeutic church: How better to take the army of God off the field than to plunge them into open-ended recovery?  The therapeutic church must focus on happy talk and self-fulfillment.  Shaking up their comfort zones with talk of warfare threatens attendance.  To survive, they must fixate impressionable believers on lesser goals and lower living.

Therapeutic Pastors love to say things like… “it’s all in God’s hands.” While that is a comforting truth it is not the one we need right now.  That makes Christians passive.  And, everywhere you look in the Bible it is opposes passivity and advocates action: “fight the good fight of faith…” “Endure hardness as a good soldier…” “Resist the devil…” “Take the sword of the Spirit” …Etc.

The Gloom and Doom Church: Fascination with how the world will end detracts from our duty to resist the devil.  Dates, signs, and conspiracy theories titillate but they do not equip for war.  Key ground is lost while they stare at the skies looking for the next clue.

Again, how honest can I be?  Fear sells books, conspiracy theories sells food for survival not revival.  Gloom and doom prophets—like good democrats—must cheer on global domination, global warming and global disasters to keep Christians buying.  They do not equip you to confront and conquer evil because they don’t want to believe it’s possible.

Mario what can I do?  If you are ready here are the changes we need to make and the steps, we need to take.  It’s time to do things radically different.

1. Begin by revolutionizing the way you pray:  Pray different than you do now.  Stand between heaven and earth as a true intercessor.  Invoke the Name above all Names to get to the very Throne of God with your petition.  Do it the way Moses raised the rod of Aaron over the battle. When you pray, pray violently, pray exactingly, detailing the damage you want done and where you want it done. By the Spirit, speak directly to evil powers. Call them out and cast them down.

God has chosen to act in answer to prayer.  He waits until His people rise and take their rightful place in the arena of prayer to command His works on the earth.

2. Talk about God different than you do now.  Why should you apologize?  What you have works.  What they have doesn’t work.  Arm yourself with your testimony and the blood of the Lamb.  Challenge the double standard.  Why is Jesus the only thing this supposedly open-minded generation won’t talk about?

3. Plan gatherings with great expectation:  Plan events that the Holy Spirit can use to bring revival.  Azusa Street was a small effort that exploded into unimaginable proportions.  How dare anyone think that your small meeting can’t be used in a massive way?  What is wrong with expecting the sick to be healed and the captive to be set free?  Away with powerless and harmless get-togethers!

4. Let holy anger rise when in you until you will die unless God uses you: Young David saw the stalemate.  No one challenged Goliath.  David couldn’t stand it. He offered himself to God.  God is looking for someone like that today—someone who can’t live with evil, who can’t stomach the perversion, and is enraged to see God dishonored.  Someone God can use to turn the tide of America.

If there is one question this blog asks it is this:  Are you so filled with holy rage that you are willing to lay down your life to provide God with an opportunity to vindicate His name before this blasphemous generation?

Demons are holding ground in America not because of their power and strategy, but because of our weakness and ignorance.

Here is your great promise: When God sees someone take up the mighty weapons of God—in the Name of Jesus—and attempt the impossible—God will muster all the resources of heaven to bring you total victory.


  1. Tony Cisneros




    Truthfully, Honestly, Sincerely Yours And Faithfully Recorded & Submitted,

    Tony Cisneros

    2002/2004 Candidate For Congress,
    U.S. House Of Representatives,
    4th Congressional District,
    State Of Illinois,
    County Of Cook,
    City Of Chicago,
    United States Of America,

    • Tolulope Yemisi

      God bless you, please Christians learn from Nigerians that abandoned politics and called it a dirty game, now, No-one can win for even councillor in Nigeria without dictations from the Children of darkness, and Muslims are really giving us tough times,so,be aggressive in your prayers,and campaign approach, God will streghten you INJESUSNAME.

  2. Bill Robinson

    war time now all in or all out

    • Betty Mickles

      I’m in it’s time that we as the body of Christ, come together in one accord
      And PRAY. We’re stronger together than we are apart.

  3. Roger Culwell

    Big amen preach it Brother, we can stop this mess, we have the power and authority in Jesus mighty name and our weapon’s of warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong hold’s, and no demon can defeat a child of God who take’s up there weapon’s and put’s on there armor, and engage’s in the fight, and it’s the only way these demonic devil’s will be beat, and run out of the Church and every thing else, we allow what there doing they don’t have the right we allow it or most do, time to go to battle, before the battle is lost.

  4. John Garber

    “Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.”
    ‭‭Joel‬ ‭2:12-13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Has the church forgot about fasting?

    • Sheilah

      Yes! They forgot.

  5. Michael A Druckenmiller Sr


    We need *ALL* nine Manifestations of the Presence of The Holy Spirit (The Gift is The Spirit)…

    On this arena we need discerning of spirits, whether the be demonic, human or of Jehovah…

    When we know without doubt that which we are fighting against, we then can, without fear or doubting, take charge in Jesus’ Name, prevailing in Prayer, Word and deed..

  6. Robert Notestine

    “From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.”
    We in Him and He in us.

  7. Gus Petsas

    Great words Mario! The church needs to be a force for holiness in a lost world.

    • Sheilah

      Amen to that. Thank you for your boldness, Mario!

  8. Mark Stripling, Ransomed Ministries

    I have become convinced that many churches that claim to be spirit filled are just that, demon spirit filled. Hell controls all activities in the church and pastor. Spirits have become entrenched through compromise and have blinded the minds of whole churches. People are content with a Sunday morning only “paid my religious dues” moment that means nothing. Pastors are comfortable, prosperous, and content. The people do not want to be disturbed. They are spiritually comatose, do not wake them! Their whole communities are drug filled, alcohol filled, suicidal, sex crazed, demon controlled, occult filled places of enormous spiritual disaster. But Holy Ghost, do not burden us, don’t expect us to pray, don’t expect us to get involved and have to sacrifice any time, we got things to do, so see you next Sunday at 10: 45. Church people, does the Holy Spirit control your words, actions, attitudes, concern for the lost, for your children, for the future of our world? Or have demonic spiritual forces made you, individually and personally, into more of a tool of hell, fellowshipping with others in that same condition, deceived, and not caring about a world devastated by demons and hell? Churches that ought to be storming the gates of hell in their lost communities with Pentecostal dynamite don’t even have the pop of a cap pistol anymore. God, light Pentecostal fires again. Restore the Anointining that destroys the yoke again!

  9. Carolina

    Mario and Bloggers, This is a great message and so true. My husband said something that struck me as profound regarding our weapons of warfare that pull down strongholds, Our free will choice a gift from the Father of Lights…hubby referred to our right within this nation to vote! To make our vote count is to also make our voices heard, against the powers and principalities. Now that vote must count more than ever within this natural civil system of government. Or else the demonic powers and wickedness in the heavenly sphere that persuade those who are outside the household of faith, are given control!! Then I reflected on what I saw last evening as a dear young woman of color & her companion who’d simply gone for coffee to a coffee shop, were accosted by the liberal left in mass, because this little gal (Candace) is widely known on cable news & internet for her Conservative views. These people assaulted her and her friend with houlings that were otherworldly (and demonic) in their sound, then they threw eggs and other things at them shouting them out of the restaurant while making horrible gestures and scenes in the local street area.
    Maybe all this doesn’t sound spiritual enough regarding the weapons of our warfare, yet it was Jesus who said in his prayer to Father God, ‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on “earth” at it is in heaven’. In any case…its devastating to consider the likes of Ms Nancy Pelosi and Sen Chuck Shummer to regain power & control of both branches of Congress in November 2018.
    PLEASE Father God don’t let that happen. Amen.?

    • Carolina

      One More Thing!
      Maybe if we shouted out and prayed allowed this most fabulous modern day pastoral message ever spoken over and over again, demonic powers would shrilly screech and withdraw for a time…here it is…https://vimeo.com/66414021

      • Deannie

        James says the effectiol fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. That is the answer to hearing from heaven. God said “If my people which are called by my name shall humble them selves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven and will heal their land.

    • Sheilah

      Amen, Carolina. It is imperative that God’s people get involved in the upcoming midterm elections!!!! It is our duty to stand up for godliness in our government. We love what God loves but hate what He hates. You are right about casting our vote can be our voice in Washington. We see the devil raging in the political realm and only a united righteous force can change the direction of this trend of hatred and violence erupting. Well stated!

      • Tolulope Yemisi


    • Tolulope Yemisi

      Good day ma,I really like resort but,it’s not enough I dare sy,pray against imaginations principalities, power,stronghold,against the foundation of your Country, America is the only Country not founded on idolatry but,upon CHRIST, we’ll be praying for and with you from Lagos Nigeria,

  10. nuggets4u

    NWO plans have been delayed over the years With this last election which popped their ballooning plans…we see the manifesting demons right before our eyes. The Church must arise! I found this interesting article from years ago that shows their plans and how the Christians deter them. http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1028.html

    • Sheilah

      Nuggets, thank you for posting the NWO article. I have read similar pieces in the past. President Trump is well aware of the NWO/Illuminati plans for a one world government. Hillary would have ushered it in on the heels of the Obama administration but God has His own Kingdom plan for now.
      Some of President Trump’s campaign speeches revealed this and now we have access to his intelligence drops through Q Anon. We can see many of the globalist plans in activation around us. Culling the population through different means such as wars, chem trails, vaccines, chemicals in our foods and water supply, etc. I pray against these things regularly and cancel their effect on our population, reversing the curse. You are right, we can deter the plans of the enemy through our unity and prayers. We can speak to these mountains of doom and destruction. We must be Light and Salt to dispel the darkness. The more we know, the more intel we have to prayer for righteousness. Thanks for your comments. There are national prayer lines for intercession for our nation and its leaders.

      • nuggets4u

        Amen! Psalm 8..He gave us dominion!!!

  11. Janice Seaver

    God is awakening His church! I see evidence of this in so many people and places. My prayer partner and I recently completed an assignment from God to go pray at every church in our city for God to ignite believers with His holy passion to live for Him and to unite the Body of Christ to truly be one in Him. We are seeing great answers to our intercession! Praise God! We are beginning to walk as overcomers in Him!❤️ Thank you for your faithfulness to serve God with such passion and obedience to His truth!❤️

    • Sheilah

      Divine prayer assignments – way to go! Press on and devastate the enemy!

    • Tolulope Yemisi

      Whao,God bless you INJESUSNAME

  12. Joy Wright

    Thanks for giving strategies. We need to get violent!

  13. Kelly Brown

    Mario, I have always appreciated your ministry. What I especially appreciate is after these many years later. I find your messages an incredible breath of fresh air. Unfortunately many brethren have fallen to mediocrity over the years and have no relevant message. That includes myself, this message here that you have shared is one of the most relevant of the day and age in which we live in. Why? Because not only did you accurately nail the current state of the church and how it has been disabled. But you have provided instruction on how to change it. Which that instruction is a reminder of days gone by in my youth. Knowing how accurate that instruction is.

  14. Carol McClain

    Thank you for the bold audacity to speak the truth and to shine the light On the passive church. Your quote from David Wilkerson is from one of my favorite sermons I heard him preach years ago, about accusing God of child abuse. So true! Just like you wrote have you ever read Francis Frangipani‘s excellent book, “This Day we Fight“? In it he exposes the spirit of passivity that holds paralyzed believers in a hypnotic trance. I affirm what you wrote, that it is much easier to say religious platitudes like “just give it to God“ or “God is in control“ then it is to put on the Ephesians 6 armor of God and go to war! The powerful message you preached on TBN one night in the 1980s – The Lazarus Generation – has stayed with me all these years. This is surely that generation!

  15. Bob

    What about Prayer Walking, remitting the sun off the land? Henry Gruver teaches about that.

    • Bob

      I meant remitting the sin.

  16. contender4him

    Reblogged this on . . . Contending for the Faith . . . and commented:
    “Are you so filled with holy rage that you are willing to lay down your life to provide God with an opportunity to vindicate His name before this blasphemous generation?

    Demons are holding ground in America not because of their power and strategy, but because of our weakness and ignorance.”



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