by | May 16, 2020 | Christianity Today | 24 comments

The time is soon coming when you must decide: should you open your church or business? To settle the question in your heart, you must peel back the layers of lies. There are wrong reasons for reopening, and wrong reasons for remaining closed. But if either reason is based on the “wisdom” of the officials in your State, you are going to get burned.

God can speak to a pastor to keep his church closed, but it had better be God speaking and not just the fear of man. We see ministers every day, soothingly expounding online how they ‘don’t want to offend.’  They tell you in super-spiritual terms that they ‘want to send the right signal to Governors’—but, if that’s their goal, they need to wake up.

People like California Governor Gavin Newsom are unmoved by your gesture. Their malice toward you predated the shutdown, and it will continue long after the shutdown. Compliant churches will have no effect on either the attitude or the plans of leftist Governors. You will get zero, zilch, nada, from them for being compliant, and staying closed.

If pleasing your State government—and not God—is your reason for staying closed, you’re wasting your time. Your reason must be God, and only God.

And, just as importantly, if your motive for reopening a church or business is to thumb your nose at politicians just to prove a point, you will also be burned. You must reopen because your conscience, convictions, and your God have moved you to action. My hope is that after you read my message, it will be clearer to you what action you should take.

Here are things that must not factor into your decision:

The state knows best:

 They lied about their goals. They told us they would reopen when the infection rate flattened. Now, without any rational explanation, they moved the goal post and ordered us to stay closed until there is a cure. Look at me: as is true for so many other diseases, we may never find a cure. For instance, there is no “cure” for the flu, and it kills 40,000 people every year. So, does that mean churches, businesses and schools will stay closed forever? State officials are showing you proof positive that they are making this up as they go along. They are in no position to tell us what we must do.


Most of what we hear from the panic-stricken Left—to put it kindly—is an exaggeration. When the State of Georgia reopened, the Left flew into a rage, promising us that thousands would die in a fresh infection. Several days later, we have seen that their claims never transpired and Georgia was right to take a realistic view of the coronavirus. And today, New York’s Governor Cuomo dropped a hint that schools ‘may not be able to open in September,’ which looks very much like a kind of ‘toe in the water’ to test public outrage.

Our witness:

Another argument some pastors make in defense of staying closed, is that it is a bad witness to the community. Once again, they are short-sighted. Millions of Americans, and an increasing number every day, are convinced that we are now a police state. They see the virus as an excuse for a leftist, socialist dictatorship to take over and destroy their livelihood.  So, let me ask you something? How do you think the churches who facilitated state sponsored destruction of their freedoms now appear to their neighbors?  How will they look to people who lost everything they have worked for to this tyranny?

The courts:

The next fact that should show you the truth, is what the courts are doing. They are striking down some of the shutdown orders of certain States, and several Federal Courts agree that States have seized power over churches and businesses illegally. What is most important to you, is not just that the courts correctly sided with the Constitution, but that they also factored in the best medical information available to weigh the risks.

Hatred of Trump:

Here’s the litmus test for reopening or not reopening: Find me one single avid fan of America remaining closed who does not also hate Trump. Everyone knows that these Governors want to destroy Trump and if that means they have to destroy the economy, so be it.

Think of that for a moment. We have people in State Houses who would rather see thousands of people die than have Trump reelected…and you are trying to curry their favor by agreeing to kill your business or permanently damage your congregation? Sorry, there’s no way God is in that—and you are going to get burned.

Why would you trust state officials that the courts, and a growing majority of Americans, consider criminals? The church is the last hope of America, and we must not give in to the plans of those who hate us.

“Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, have fellowship with You? They gather together against the life of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood. But the Lord has been my defense, and my God is the rock of my refuge. He has brought upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; the Lord our God shall cut them off” (Psalm 94:20).


  1. megagenius

    Let them be cut off in their own iniquity and wickedness. Let God arise and His enemies be scattered and shattered. It is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you. 2 Thess 1:6

    • Carolina

      Mario, you have no idea how much this Psalm 94: means to me this day.
      I love verse 18, ‘ When I said, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O LORD, held me up. ‘

      While I’m having to *push back hard* at the darkness of wealthy world powers and forces, who have done exactly what the Psalmist said, “they break in pieces Your people O Lord, and afflict Your heritage,” ” They slay the widow, the stranger, and murder the fatherless”.

      This verse of Psalm 94, is particularly significant to me right now,
      “He has brought upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness…”.

  2. Dale Yoder

    On Sat, May 16, 2020 at 2:50 AM Mario Murillo Ministries wrote:

    > mariomurilloministries posted: “The time is soon coming when you must > decide: should you open your church or business? To settle the question in > your heart, you must peel back the layers of lies. There are wrong reasons > for reopening, and wrong reasons for remaining closed. But if eithe” >

    • Leonard

      Gideon had to defy his families idol of Baal in order to save israel. The church has to defy any rule or law that goes directly against our constitution and the word of God, in order to save this great nation

  3. Rich Petersheim

    Yes and amen. I love your Holy Spirit led, balanced, realistic, truth filled presentation of the path forward.

  4. Geoffrey Gonifas

    What is really disappointing is the surrender to the will of the world by the denominational leaders, even the major pentecostal groups, bowed to their will. Some of yes refused.

  5. Geoffrey Gonifas

    What is really disappointing is the surrender to the will of the world by the denominational leaders, even the major pentecostal groups, bowed to their will. Some of yes refused.

  6. Bill G

    Psalm 31:18 (KJV) Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous. This should be one of our prayers for the Leftest and the media.

  7. fredsheltonministries

    Pastors who are so weak kneed that they will not stand up and say enough is enough need to do themselves and their congregations a favor and turn in their resignations. Singing the songs and preaching the sermons is not enough…we have to live it. These are the days for which our faith was built, do we stand or do we fall? Let God arise and His enemies be scattered…but we have to arise as well. Thanks Mario, you are voice we need to hear in these times.

  8. Shoshanna

    In 2013, I read this and have no idea where it came from. “The question keeps being asked, when will this revival start? The L-rd answered and said, “when it’s forth of July and your kids want to light the fire works early, you always, tell them it’s not dark enough.” We are on a run away train headed right on schedule into the greatest move of G-d to hit this planet. According to the late William Brenham, in 1966, six months before his death, “that the L-rd is going to drop a Holy Ghost bomb on planet earth, with signs and wonders greater than all the moves put together.” My dear Brothers and Sisters in the Messiah, get ready in your prayer closets, because we are going to bring in the greatest harvest in the history of the world.
    Shalom from heaven rest on us all.

  9. Marlene Davis

    I agree with you 100%
    However, I would also say that my bigger concern is to be hindered from preaching the gospel, which will undoubtedly be the next step.
    The couple weeks I agreed to lockdown is because I felt the Lord tell me I needed to be still and seek Him until Passover.
    For me, it ended after Passover. I still feel we are to fly under the radar until Shavuot. Because we need a fresh infilling for what’s coming. Yesterday’s oil will not be sufficient.
    So, 35 out of 50. Woohoo! He is faithful.

  10. Tim Price

    What is totally amazing is that so many, who claim to be Christian, openly display their hatred of Trump and repeat the lies told to supposedly justify their hatred. The Bible clearly states in Proverbs 12:22 that lyIng lips are an abomination to the Lord. These people also ignore that Liberals support Abortion by their votes for Liberals. So many false Christians we have!

  11. Jbird

    “Everyone knows that these Governors want to destroy Trump and if that means they have to destroy the economy, so be it.“ (Unquote)

    It is my opinion these governors WANT to destroy the economy, that is their goal. Trump just happens to be in the way. They are part of the deep state and their agenda is much bigger than Trump and the election.

  12. Israel Leon

    Amen pastor we need a rally cry…..
    The Shepard’s of America must be like Moses who stood before Pharaoh and Say to this government, “Let my people go that they may worship me” Ex 8:1

  13. Noel

    I believe these tyrants are going to pay a heavy price come November. We may have seen a foreshadowing of this in California’s 25th District Special Election four days ago. How can the mayor of Los Angeles continue to oppress the residents there without major repercussions? I hope there is a movement to recall these lawless fools! Free California and the rest of the blue states! Voters everywhere must never again give authority to the Godless! Know who you are voting for!

  14. Darlene W

    In my heart I have never thought this virus was what they are saying it is.Numbers are skewed.Hospitals receive more money for diagnosis.There are doctors online speaking out about the pressure to record this virus as cause of death. HCQ,Z Pack and Zinc are said to cure but MSM is chirping way too loud that it is not,use this more expensive drug.The county that I live in voted to defy gov’s order only for the mayor to turn around the next day and tell small businesses that they wouldn’t stop them from reopening but to consult their lawyers first.Fear has caged people,but the door is open. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit would visit people in their homes and shake them out of their slumber and strong delusion.Words can not express the enormity of all that is going on.We need God more than ever.

    • Kathy

      Thank you for a great message❣️My husband and I are being prepared by the Lord to be filled with the oil needed for the great harvest that is upon us ?. Prayers and blessings to you and your family ❣️

  15. kingskid48

    Some great comments posted here. I agree with all of them. I too, know in my spirit that there is much more to this virus than is being told to us. Much more than appears on the surface. The United States of America does not shut down and ruin it’s own economy and it’s own citizens for this number of deaths. The flu this year was a horrible one. Then it was followed by a terrible virus called RSV Virus. Where have those gone? We hear no one even mentioned as having one of those any more. I believe it’s almost a given that they are being counted as Covid. Witness the doctors we’ve heard speaking out about being pressured to call nearly everything Covid. California is a wacky as you’d expect California to be. We can walk on wet sand, but not dry? Oh yeah, that makes sense. Tucker is right about everything he says about these tyrants. Thank God for him, we need to cover him in prayer, along with Hannity.

  16. NewHeavenOnEarth

    some pastors are being used, like the puppy and kitten images and videos have been used in the past, to appease and comfort the masses to roll over and play dead, instead of repent, humble themselves, repent, pray, seek God and yield to the Holy Spirit to lead in His Will on earth as it is heaven.
    Instead of the freedom we have in Christ and the power and wisdom in the Spirit, some pastors are aligning their minds and giving their power and authority to the beast mind of this world system.
    Thank you, and pastors who are courageous, brave, bold and confident in the Spirit to stand up, stand firm, having done all spiritually, to stand and declare the Truth and let the Spirit of Truth guide us into all truth, as true Shepherds lead people to work and worship; not failing to assemble, where two or more are gathered, there he is!

  17. Ross Jones

    We have never closed down,people tell me how these services really helped them during these troublesome times.The one world people see how it is easy to controll us with fear. Pastor Ross JOnes Phoenix,az last day revival center.

  18. Mary Doud

    We need martyrs those who are not afraid to protect us from the evil intent on our lives and to teach us the word of truth. Help us Jesus

  19. Al Bonaguro, brother in Christ

    Hey fellow Believers, we all know that these times are tough, but be at peace because these times are written about in scripture. The signs are obvious, the separation of the masses is happening. If we just practice fellowship like back during Pentecost we will advance the timeline to our Saviors return. Yet, if we stay complacent we end up like the other churches who Jesus spoke about from the last days. Our Lord, Jesus, wants us to be BOLD! Not necessarily in loud actions, but just like He speaks to us in a still calm voice.

  20. David W Gray

    Yep, that is what I been thinking all along. I’m shocked at the numbers of naïve pastors. I really feel sad and heartbroken for them. All I can do is pray they get a Holy Spirit awakening.

    On another note:
    Gruesome Newsom is a liar and cannot provide any proof to justify his orders.



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