by | Mar 28, 2020 | Christianity Today | 17 comments

Why are the righteous handling this calamity so much better than others? And make no mistake, they are handling this better, and this is a calamity. Don’t compare this to the flu. No matter what numbers you cite, New York City has never had to set up hospital tents that can hold 2,000 beds. Not even during a seasonal flu—nor has their morgue been this overcrowded…

Who are the righteous? What are they like today? For me, the answer was clear and simple.

They are:

  • Gentle and loving saints who are sometimes scolded by ushers for praying in the spirit and raising holy hands. Their church has changed, but they never got the memo. All they want is just to know Jesus. They love the benefits of faith, but they want Jesus more than those benefits.
  • Those who can’t stand the glitzy, impersonal, dimly lit concert atmosphere that has replaced worship and the presence of God.
  • Those who feel queasy in meetings where so called apostles, prophets, and seers have turned the gifts of the Spirit into a self-exalting circus atmosphere.
  • Persecuted for taking biblical stands against same sex marriage, abortion, and socialism.
  • Pastors with broken hearts. Men and women who, no matter what, stuck to preaching the Word of God but could not compete with the marketing blitz of ‘attraction churches.’ They grieved not because their church became smaller, but because people they loved have left, only to become weaker.
  • The few who go out every week, hand out tracts, and pray for people on the streets.
  • People who suddenly felt desperate for more of God. They replaced a chunk of their television/social media time for regular prayer, and found an oasis in the heart of their home.
  • Fanatics who daily confess the word of God over their bodies and their families.
  • Believers who are yearning for the Gospel to envelope the earth as it is preached with power, accompanied by miracles, and spreads the message of God’s love.
  • Restless and frustrated. They feel trapped between worlds as they await their new assignment.

These special people enjoy a special end-time peace and protection.  David Wilkerson said, “God promised the prophet Zechariah that in the last days, He would be a protective wall of fire around His people: “For I, says the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire roundabout…”” (Zechariah 2:5).

Likewise, Isaiah testifies: “For thou has been a…shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall” (Isaiah 25:4).”

This pandemic has exposed the dramatic difference between the righteous and the carnal believer. The righteous heeded the warnings, so they were prepared. Righteousness prepares you for crisis even when you don’t know it. It brings with it a special ability to sense danger. Proverbs 22:3, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.”

Modern pastors, wanting a big church lied to the people by promising nothing would interrupt their blessing. These preachers set their congregations up for panic. Jeremiah 5:12 says, “They have lied about the Lord, and said, “It is not He. Neither will evil come upon us, nor shall we see sword or famine.”

This theology of endless sunshine is nothing new. It has been around for centuries, and is known as ‘triumphalism’ – the teaching that becoming a Christian will prevent anything bad from ever happening.  It violates one of Jesus’ most basic warnings, found in Matthew 7:26-27, “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Jesus told us to follow His teachings. Pastors have actually discouraged people from doing the work of Christ. They have focused on feeling good, rather than obedience. David Wilkerson said, “The majority of churchgoers today soundly reject all prophetic warnings of a coming storm. Indeed, the American church today is the most blatant ‘feel good’ church in all of history.”

Ask yourself. Why would anyone build on sand? There is only one explanation: they don’t believe that storms are coming. These believers have experienced a great fall from their smug complacency when they discovered that their pastors betrayed them. The righteous, on the other hand, knew they were being told a lie and instead, they built on the solid Rock. They pressed into God, and were prepared when the floods came.

The righteous stored up the right things for storms without even knowing it. Jesus said to pray in secret. That lays a strong foundation. The foundation is the part of the house you can’t see. Righteousness is everything you build when no one is looking, when it doesn’t seem necessary, and when no one else is doing it.

Isaiah 3:10-11, “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him.”

The coronavirus has revealed everyone’s foundation. Those who are giddy, foolish and careless about their movements and actions are showing us their foundation. Those who are hiding themselves until this passes are demonstrating wisdom.

Some carnal Christians are actually getting even more carnal during this crisis. It reminds me of this verse: 2 Chronicles 28:22, “Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to the Lord.” It is one thing to embrace a church-taught counterfeit when the weather is great, but to harden your heart in a storm like this is a terrifying mistake.

If you were to ask me exactly what God is saying to do right now, it is summed up in these words:

“Come, My people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.” Isaiah 26:20

The righteous have known that, all along, which is why they are so strong and serene in the midst of this storm.





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  1. Cindy

    I read most of the post. I so agree with Mario Murillo. Ive been saved for 20 years. I love my Church family, new commers praise God I bring people to the church. But then we’re is the love for the lost? At this time of separation due to the virus. I am at peace because My father is revealing much of me what I have to let go of. If it wasn’t for this separation I would have continued being distracted. The Lord told me this virus was going to go world wide. When it started in China their was only 300 death toll. Thos is the time that God will reveal how far we are from him, we allowed are old ways to creep in to the church. Compramized. God forgive me from the knowing and unknowing.

  2. Evang. Roger Culwell

    amen, no matter what comes our way or how bad, it will never be bigger than our Lord God Yahweh and Jesus Christ, we reap what we so as a nation, and a people the word is true, and we obey it, if we don’t there are consequences to pay, there not told that today, there told grace allows you to sin, like grace is the blood, ONLY THE BLOOD COVERS SIN, living teachers, cause fear and people to perish, they build a cardboard house that can’t even stand the ran, muchless a strom, Righteousness prepares you for any thing that may come your way, the closer you are to Jesus the less anything will shake you, the Word they deny today is what builds us makes us strong, and let’s us know a Jesus intimately, so many try to say they know Jesus but deny the word and he is the word, he is the solid rock foundation, he is the truth the way and the life, and in the beginning, was the word and the word with God and the word was God, in the beginning, was the one who was called the Word, JESUS CHRIST, and if we follow and obey his word we will be prepared, if we do not we suffer greatly and even perish, the only safe place in a storm is as close to Jesus as we can get, and it takes Word and a personal relationship with him, getting in his presence, there even trying to blame mr. Trumps Spiritual advisors for him not surrendering to the CDC and turning over complete control of America to them, [BLAMING THE CHURCH TRYING MAKE US [THE CHURCH] LOOK BAD, LIKE WE ARE BAD FOR AMERICA, AND JESUS IS THE ONLY CURE FOR AMERICA, NOT THE CDC, GLOBALIST, OR SOCIALIST, COMMUNIST, FEMINIST, OR ANY OTHER GROUP, BUT JESUS CHRIST. Jesus Christ will always be the answer for what ever the problem is, whether sickness, world problems, family problem, financial problems, what ever he is the answer, and the righteous run in to, for they are saved, We know where our comfort is, its in his presence and his Holy Spirit, sadly some today don;t have a spirit that comforts and corrects or leads and guides them to righteousness, but the other way, nor do they have one that convicts, but rather allows sin, but the ones who have the real Holy Spirit and Fire also love righteousness, and Jesus with all there heart, and they want to please him more than anything, not man or the world bur him, for without Holiness you will not see God Heb 12:14, and be ye holy for he is Holy 1 Peter 1:16, We have as the old saying goes whats to go to heaven, but they don’t want to follow the way [the word]to get there, and Jesus is the way, and his precious Holy Spirit is our comforter, John 14;16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

    Jhn 14:17
    Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

    Jhn 14:18
    I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
    We need the Holy Spirit and Fire vack in the church, and then the truth will be preached and the people will be prepared, and until then the people we suffer, for he is our comforter, our teacher, and our guide, he is a Christians everything, for he is God with us and in us, and without him him we just have a form, and try to make it on our own, and we can’t make it without him. Be ye Holy for he is Holy. Be Blessed

    • Skeeter

      Faith is now , now faith is

  3. Greg Dean

    When operating the holy spirit within us we are given the peace and sound mind. Our father replaces fear with peace.

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
    2 Timothy 1:7

  4. Bill Beaty

    Keep preaching it, Mario!!!

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  5. PEARL Dalton

    Thank you Mario Murillo for your wisdom. I met you in Tulsa,Ok.at Billy Joe Daugherty’s Meeting at the Maybe Center.That is why I know that I am sowing my.seed into your ministry because it is good ground.May God continue to bless you in all your endeavors to save the lost♥️?✝️

    On Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 3:30 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “Why are the righteous handling this > calamity so much better than others? And make no mistake, they are handling > this better, and this is a calamity. Don’t compare this to the flu. No > matter what numbers you cite, New York City has never had to set up hosp” >

  6. Christine Martin

    TY Mario, Amen! Preach it! These are serious times indeed. Christine

  7. Mark Stripling

    Mario, what you have shared is so true. God intervened in my life in 2007, and I resigned from pastoring and became self employed in order to travel in ministry on weekends. This also gave us the flexibility to preach revivals and be gone for several days if we get a call. As a contractor, I have no guarantee of any income since then, trusting totally in God’s hand. All these years he has provided without fail. With the “downturn” in the oil patch, I heard all kinds of rumors as to how our income would be affected, or even cease. On days when I would hear a negative rumor, by the end of the day that rumor would be proven false. We were told we will have work through at least April, and I will trust God for the rest. But about 10 days ago, I could sense that “spirit of fear” trying to invade my thoughts. Then the next morning, the blessed Friend and Comforter Holy Spirit visited with me, flooding me with a perfect peace. All fear is gone completely. I have the “Peace that Passes All Understanding.” Last night I sat outside staring at the fields that surround my home, and wept at the graciousness and goodness of our God. I also prayed for those who do not know the Source of this peace. And for those whose lives are turned upside down with sickness or by the death of a loved one, and those who are in a financial crisis while unable to go to work. May the Blood of Jesus be upon this virus, and may the Blood protect and deliver us all in the midst of this great storm. Let God arise!

  8. Darlene W

    Thank you for such encouraging and supportive words. Also Mario, Bob Dylan has a new single that was released a couple of days ago.

  9. Stephen Carl Patton

    Thank you Mario for this posting, this is one of the most relevant postings I’ve ever read. You’ve captured the Spirit of the Righteous!

  10. free73735

    Reblogged this on free73735 and commented:
    Great insight…

  11. Jana D.

    So true. I feel peace for myself, but heaviness and heartbreak for the hurting. It’s hit a friend of my family finally…”fighting for his life.” This is the brother-in-law of one of my husband’s friends. She is very hostile to the gospel. I’m yearning for his soul and his life, as well as the hurting in China and Italy and New York. It certainly does seem to be hitting the unGodly the most, at least in our country. How can we not weep about that. I know many here are. That’s why I hang out here.

  12. Peggy D. Taylor

    Jesus; always the way , the truth and life. Lord, thank you for having our hearts prepared for such a time as this. To be in Your presence and to abide in Your peace. Years of seeking You and now we have the joy of being in the secret place. Thank you Father for Your covering over your righteous people. We desire that all people come to this place. To repent and find their salvation in the Lord Jesus. Darlene T.

  13. Patricia Stuckenberg

    On Sat, Mar 28, 2020, 2:31 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “Why are the righteous handling this > calamity so much better than others? And make no mistake, they are handling > this better, and this is a calamity. Don’t compare this to the flu. No > matter what numbers you cite, New York City has never had to set up hosp” >



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