by | Feb 1, 2020 | Christianity Today | 13 comments

It is hard to convince many Christians that they are rapidly losing their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  They either don’t believe it is happening, or they chalk it up to ‘fake news’ or ‘politics.’  But the erosion of liberty is not only real—it is the greatest threat American Christians have ever faced.

If I listed everything the church was allowed to say ten years ago that she can’t say today, you would be horrified.  Without a miracle, your children and grandchildren will have to survive in a world that will totally ban their faith—and what is even scarier: they will have to face it without you.

The doctrines of our faith that offend are: the Cross, the Blood of Jesus, the reality of Hell, sexual purity, and marriage.  Preachers who feel the heat from government censorship are already deleting these doctrines from their sermons.  They’ll tell you it’s to reach a bigger audience—but, trust me, it’s the heat.

What can we do to stop the church from being driven underground?   No one who is truly a man or woman of God can seriously entertain the idea that we should stop preaching these truths.  That is not even an option.  What then can we do to reverse this pernicious loss of liberty?

An even better question is: What does God do when a nation tries to silence His church?  The answer came to me suddenly.   Hear me out, it is not what you think.  It is way beyond petitions, or elections.  The revelation I am about to relate to you, struck me with paralyzing clarity. I am amazed I never saw it before.

However, nothing I am about to say will help you, not one point I am making will have its intended impact, unless you have a heart for it.  If you are still in denial about what is happening, I can’t help you—this message can’t help you.  If you think I am dispensing alarmist extremism, then you are just another part of the threat.

But, if you want to hear God’s heart on this crisis—if you hunger for more than half-answers, then you have come to the right place.  You can ask the Holy Spirit the most important question you could ever ask: “What do You do when a nation tries to silence Your church?”

Here it comes:

When the leaders of Jerusalem arrested Peter, they didn’t know what to charge him with or how to punish him.  They knew they had to silence the church.  There was no doubt about their intention.  They were prepared to do anything to stop the Gospel—so what was stopping them?  Answer that, and you will know what the exact marching orders are, that the church needs today.

What was hindering the council members was the glaring presence of the man who came with Peter and John.  This was the crippled beggar who used to sit at the Gate Beautiful.  A spectacular miracle had occurred!  He had occupied the most visible and lucrative begging station in Jerusalem.  Everyone knew him.  Word of his miraculous healing filled Jerusalem, and a mad chorus of praise was rising over the Eternal City.

Their deep consternation is vividly described in these verses: Acts 4:14 “And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15 But when they had commanded (Peter and John) to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16 saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.””

Their profound dilemma was not lost on Peter.  The Holy Spirit had revealed to him the divine solution to government censorship.  Peter had clearly settled on a course of action—the very action we need to take today. It is the action we take in our tent. He left with a battle plan. He was armed with critical information.

He gathered the people of God, and ordered them to pray.  He was about to pray a prayer that is the precise model for our crisis. He faced the same threat we face.  Remember that word: “threat.”

You will recall I told you that nothing good can come to you from my message, unless you see how urgent the hour has become?  Peter began his prayer by calling the situation ‘a threat.’  We must do this, also.

In Acts chapter 4, Peter prayed: 29 “Now, Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your Holy Servant Jesus.”

Peter is showing us that boldness is essential.  Only boldness will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Not only this, he is forever settling the question of preaching.  Preaching must not leave anything out.  It is by sharing the whole counsel of God, that the church is protected, and able to continue her work.

Next, Peter is admitting that the vehicle for that boldness is signs and wonders.  God must stretch His hand over an angry culture, perform supernatural healings, and overrule the agenda of man.  Such is the case today.  Look at how God answered:

Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”

Not only were they filled with the Holy Spirit and boldness, but God answered their prayer for miracles.  In the next chapter, the very shadow of Peter was healing the masses. (Acts 5:15-16)

Ignore those who aren’t willing.  Set the time and place to go to homes, houses of worship, schools, offices—anywhere where true prayer can be raised up to God.  Prove this promise and see: the Spirit will fall; you will receive a tongue of fire, and miracles will come.  I am not talking about self-absorbed emotional light touches.  I am talking about undeniable, medically verified, city-shaking divine healings.

And you will see that now, as in that day, no law, no argument, and no politician will be able to silence the church!




  1. megagenius

    The more boldly you proclaim the gospel, the more God is pleased to demonstrate His Glory, Power, and Blessing. We must have an army of Believers who have another spirit like Joshua and Caleb who wholly follow the Lord, without the noose of the fear of man around their necks. They all shout aloud: WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN!

    • warriorruth

      So true, God first help us live in Your presence so we can walk it out with boldness in the world without fear of man.

  2. Fredf

    Maybe truly seeing him as the pearl of great price helps with boldness.

    I had a strange dream two nights ago where a certain preacher was trying to get me to preach to a bunch of late teens early 20s. I told him I cant preach to them not because I don’t have anything to say to them, but because I know too much and may give away too much (as odd as that may sound). He said I understand that, but there must be something you I can get you to say to them.

    In the dream God wasn’t directly giving me anything but I knew the whole key to their lives was truly seeing God as the pearl of great price – forsaking everything. That is what I had done at that age and it opened up everything. When God gave me some very unusual promises He told me it was because I truly saw him as the pearl of great price.

    I thought it was an unusual dream so I will be bold and share it because after racking my brain I can’t think of anyone trying to get me to speak to a bunch of young people.

  3. Carolina

    Testimonies of Fire!!
    That’s what we need and that’s what Mario is explaining here.
    God’s magnificent healing Hand on people, that become a testimony of Fire?
    Holy Spirit filled Fire?
    Miraculous New Testament Fire?
    Exhilarating, thrilling, empowering Fire?
    Societal changing Fire?
    Leadership anointing Fire?
    Mind altering, heart changing, Kingdom shaking Fire?
    In Jesus Name Light The Fire dear Lord?

  4. Nancy Havkemer

    Oh yes. Boldness and truth must come forth from God’s anointed. Thank you for standing strong. There is a spiritual awakening in the land to those who cry out for it.❤️

  5. isaacpaulprather

    I just finished, “Vessels of Fire and Glory.” It is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The amazing thing is that last night I preached a message out of Acts 4, dealing with exactly what is in this article, “This is the Hour.” I preached about boldness to declare the whole counsel of God, about miracles that will follow, and how it is time for the church to take a stand like never before in America. Then, this morning I received this article from Mario with the identical message. The Holy Spirit is definitely speaking to us! We MUST listen! Dont allow your freedom to be taken.



  7. Mark Stripling

    Mario, I see you as a modern Haggai. God used him to stir up the spirits of leadership and the remnant. They thought they were waiting on God. But God said, “No I am waiting in you.” They were challenged to finish the rebuilding of God’s Temple. The words that you write carry the same weight of prophetic anointing, and they produce movement and Spiritual stirring for today’s remnant. Thanks for all you share. Let God arise, His enemies be scattered.

    • Carolina

      AMEN Mark Stripling!!!??

  8. Dwayne Desmarais

    YES!! Your words Mario are not for the nominal Christian, but those called to be fire breathing world changers!! Those who have cried out day and night: “Here I am, send me!” (Isa. 6:8) God is about to separate the wheat from the chaff, the vile from the precious, the righteous from the pretender…revealing a company of people who will raise their swords to the Lord of the Hosts, and never be put to shame.

    They are the nameless faceless who have heard the call and have endured the voice of the naysayers. Like ones crying out in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord. Often day and night travailing in sackcloth and ashes for the sons of God to take their rightful place. As Jesus wept for Jerusalem, but they were not willing…(Mt 23:37-39) So to the Church today as a whole is not willing to heed the words of the prophets and watchmen, and they too will be left desolate.

    We listen to the warnings of the world: “Danger! High Voltage”…”Warning: Thin Ice”…”Beware of Dog” How much more should we heed God’s messengers? ***See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?*** (Heb. 12:25) We are called to be salt and light, light that is called to enter the darkness of the times we are in.

    When light enters darkness, confrontation is inevitable! Boldness in humility, speaking and doing only what we hear the Father say and do. If we call on the presence of Jesus, we must be prepared for all the warfare His name provokes! Most are quite familiar with the difference between a good hot cup of coffee, and one that has become lukewarm. As good as the coffee is, there is always a disdain for coffee that has become undrinkable. (The difference between hot or iced coffee is the dead zone of LUKEWARM!!) (Rev. 3:6)

    We have been called to be agents of change, and it will come with a price many will not be willing to pay. Let us not grow weary in these last days, our very destinies depend on it! It is not a time to shrink back as the storms approach. (Heb. 10:37-38) I will leave with words from a 19th century theologian Abraham Kuyper…

    ***When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your call, and peace has become sin. At the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and foe, with all the fire of your faith*** Be blessed…..><(("<

  9. July Fly

    Yes this is true because they gave up their freedom of 1st Ammendment when they signed up for 501c3 Status. When they did that they sold to the government now they are told by the government what to do. It is because of the Johnson Ammendment that put them in bondage. They already had tax exemption but the ” bullies ” lied to them and scared them into believing they had to sign up to the 501c3 to get it. There are 2 law firms that can help them get out of it legally. Mark Taylor , the one who said Trump would be President , can tell people how to get in contact with them. I cannot remember the names of the firms but they are believers.

    On Sun, Feb 2, 2020, 2:33 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “It is hard to convince many Christians > that they are rapidly losing their First Amendment rights of freedom of > speech and freedom of religion. They either don’t believe it is happening, > or they chalk it up to ‘fake news’ or ‘politics.’ But the erosion o” >



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