by | Jun 29, 2021 | Christianity Today | 34 comments

In the movie, The Matrix, the main character, Neo, is given a choice between a red pill and a blue pill by rebel leader Morpheus. The red pill represents an uncertain future. It would free him from the enslaving control of the computer-generated dream world and allow him to wake up to the real world, but he is warned that living the “truth of reality” is harsher and more difficult.

On the other hand, the blue pill represents a beautiful prison—it would lead him back to ignorance, living in confined comfort without want or fear within the simulated reality of the Matrix. As described by Morpheus: “You take the blue pill…the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill…you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” Neo then chooses the red pill and joins the rebellion.

In political terms, to be ‘red-pilled’ means that you have awakened to, and rejected, the leftist/socialist matrix. You choose to fight for freedom.

The Left is building a beautiful prison. They are building it for your children and grandchildren. The secular progressives, Marxists, along with global corporations, insist that giving up your rights, your freedom of speech and your gender identity is for the greater good—in other words, for socialism.

But there is a notable difference between a computer-generated life of comfort and ease, because a movie can keep an illusion going indefinitely. Socialism begins to backfire the moment it is installed. The Leftists and globalists cannot create a beautiful prison that stays beautiful. Socialism universally creates decrepit, decaying communities. Hellholes, where dignity and hope go to die. Remember: Socialism has killed over 100 million people since it was unleashed on humanity.

But the most dangerous pill is not blue. It is black. Here is what Terry Schilling wrote in the Federalist about the black pill: “A related new term has emerged and quickly gained popularity on the right: “black-pilled.” While a red-pilled person typically finds conservatism unexpectedly, through a certain book or a particular professor, taking the “black pill” is fully intentional. Rather than prompting an exit from the matrix of leftist groupthink, however, taking the black pill means totally disengaging.

“Black-pilled Americans have concluded politics and culture are so corrupt there is no longer any use in trying to save them. Think of the hundreds of thousands of Republicans who stayed home during the U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia. Instead, they believe the only viable course of action is to pull the plug and fade to black.”

The greatest disaster is that many American Christians are also fading to black. They do not want to hear anything about warfare against the evil tide that is currently flooding America. This is a disaster. And if it is not reversed immediately, America will be lost forever.

The church is the last hope to stop the cancer of wokeness.

In the spirit-filled community the black pill is prophetic fatigue. Exhausted from the disappointment of the fraud election, many have simply given up. Worse still is that the prophetic itself has turned into an impotent expression of flattery and denial.

And, too many pastors simply yearn to make church back into the harmless club it was before the pandemic.

Schilling goes on, saying about Americans who have taken the black pill: “This is wrongheaded. It’s cowardly and selfish, abandoning our fellow citizens to ‘woke’ chaos. And it’s a surefire way to lose the republic once and for all.” If that is true for the average citizen, how much more is it true for Christians?
To those on the verge of taking the black pill, I issue these solemn warnings:

-You are doing this to your children and grandchildren. They will live in the prison that is even now under construction. You will be part of the cause of their pain. You cannot escape your guilt, if you have done nothing to resist the villains who are building the prison that your descendants will have to live in. Look in their eyes, think of their future, and join the fight.

-This is not going to just ‘go away’. This is not going to fix itself. They are not going to merely leave you alone. Just because you have stopped opposing them, it does not mean they will stop coming after you and your family.

Schilling put it this way: “Conservatives must not delude themselves into thinking they can just disengage from the culture war. The battle lines are drawn. And the Left isn’t going to nicely make compromises and exceptions for you, no matter how far the bench you’re sitting on is from the field. Black-pilling apologists insist the storm has to pass eventually—perhaps 10, 20, or 50 years from now—so it’s better to save energy. Such an assumption is incredibly naïve. Rather than assuming the evils of the world will retreat on their own, conservatives must proactively engage in the fight. No corner can expect to escape wokeism’s ever-increasing political and cultural power, if left unchecked. Not content to simply let conservatives retreat, the Left is sniffing them out in their schools, jobs, and suspended social media accounts.”

Believing you can be safe after you have taken the black pill is like believing the bull will not charge, because you are a vegetarian.

Yes, we are tired. But it is when we are tired that we need to press on the most. History is filled with examples of exhausted freedom fighters who summoned up the fire in their belly necessary to fight on and win.

Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

If you have stood the test and have not backed down. If you have kept going when the tepid saints around you have surrendered to the culture. If you have refused to buckle under the weight of ‘woke’ Christians. If you are contending for truth, resisting the enemy, and enforcing the anointing that will indeed break the yoke―then you will be remembered, and beloved as a hero by future generations of believers.


  1. Collin Williams

    You are correct as usual. Socialists never have enough power. Holy Father, bind them in the name of Jesus.

  2. Christopher Tuttle

    You truly have stepped it up here with this blog. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve ALWAYS found it moving, instructive, and inspiring, but THIS! Clearly a whole new level. May God Bless you and this blog in a whole new way and range of effectiveness and intensity!

  3. Jeff R

    “The stations of uncensored expression are closing down; the lights are going out….”
    Winston Churchill
    Broadcast to the United States from London
    October 16, 1938

  4. Karyn deWit

    This is awesome and so true!

    • Carole Harder

      God continue to Bless you and give you strength. There are many more of us out here than you think. God has given us the opportunity to make wise choices. Our greatest power is prayer but He has also given us the power to choose. We will make wise choices

  5. Doris Martinez

    “He that has ears to hear, hear what the Holy Spirit is speaking through this vessel of God !!! I agree !
    God speed to my brethren in this ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ !

  6. Hazel Hill

    Your blogs were removed from my site on google. I managed to find you on DuckDuckGo. I love receiving your blogs. Praise the LORD for your endurance, fighting the good fight of faith as a good soldier of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Totally agree with you.

  7. Bill Swager

    I’m growing tremendously in my faith and feel something ready to break forth in myself because of following your posts for months now, Mario. I own a music store and am sensing the Lord leading me to begin a blog much like yours but in the area of the arts / music. I already know that the business is a platform that the Lord can use for the Kingdom…..and I intend to do just that. I’ve chosen to take the red pill, myself….so to speak. Fortunately, the church I attend teaches and preaches the Word of God with miracles, signs and wonders! So, thank-you Mario for what you do in the Kingdom for the Lord!!

  8. Kevin Neil Schwinkendorf

    There was once a Christian minister by the name of John Muhlenberg. Back in 1775, he gave a sermon to his congregation and preached Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Concluding, he said, “In the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight.” Quoting from the “American Patriot’s Bible” (NKJV), page I-16, “He then threw off his clerical robes to reveal the uniform of a Revolutionary Army officer. That afternoon, at the head of 300 men, he marched off to join General Washington’s troops and became Colonel of the 8th Virginia Regiment.” Even Jesus said to His disciples, who He was sending off on a mission, to “buy a sword” (Luke 22:36). My guess, it was so they could defend themselves on the road; I’m pretty sure it wasn’t so they could put it up on top of their fireplace mantel and admire looking at it.

    • Stephen

      The Black Robe Regiment.

  9. Brenda

    Armed and Dangerous to the destroy the works of the Devil.
    Onward Christian Soldiers!
    Fight the Good fight of Faith.
    Never give up!!!!!

    • Ellen Davis

      YES! I will NEVER GIVE UP????????????????

  10. Sam

    Your last paragraph is very confusing. What is “enforcing the anointing” — compel, accomplish, administer, apply, put into effect, exert, perform are definitions of enforcing. Enforcing the anointing is a new phrase to me. You seem to be telling us not to give up. What really are you saying we should do? Yield to the Holy Spirit, walk in the Spirit, surrender to the Holy Spirit, immerse oneself in the Holy Spirit. Recognize His Voice and Follow Him. Trust and Obey. We are under marching orders individually and as a body, corporately. We are to get the world ready for the return of Jesus Christ by being His Witnesses. I am having a hard time understanding what you want, Mario. There will be a great falling away. Many will be deceived, even the very elect if it were possible. We are in the End Times and we are in a Great Battle. We have to Stand and Pray to be counted worthy to escape. You seem to be broadcasting a rebuke to us — what do you expect with these times which are at hand? You are warning all of us not to take a black pill when there are many of us who are in the battle who never thought of surrender. The military have a saying: “Surrender is not an option.” This goes for Christian Soldiers, too. What words do you have for us who are standing who have not taken the black pill that we can apply, pray over, and be encouraged to keep on in the fight? Encouragement to me is Jesus is at the very door. The time is short. Our loved ones are going into an eternity without Him if we don’t obey the Lord. This goes higher than the politics and social stuff. Jesus said My Kingdom is not of this world. Lord help us focus on what really counts. The power of the Holy Spirit changes lives which then changes governments and society. Not we change government and society first. A surrendered heart to Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit is the mission. The fruit of the Spirit working in lives results in changing the world.

    • Wordforworld

      the Judge of all the earth,
      the Governor among nations,
      The One whose hand is stretched out upon all the nations
      Has a purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth; and
      Has spoken:
      Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; as I have purposed, so shall it stand.

      Don’t lose heart. Everywhere you go, call for those souls to come OUT of their darkness, and to come INTO the kingdom of God’s dear Son.
      The prayer “Our Father” is so full of Jesus’ desire: Heavenly Father, Thy will BE DONE in earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!
      There are no lying, demonic, evildoers in heaven!
      Pray Father’s will.
      Deny the power of those evildoers to succeed in their plans.
      Do all in the Name of our Lord Jesus!
      Jesus is our Great High Priest, ready to execute His Word that we speak.
      Name your relatives to the Lord and ask for their deliverance from liars, etc. Ask & keep on asking. Big requests! The LORD said I speak what Father said/showed Me to speak.

      Sure hope this helps. God knows your heart!!


      Sam I believe you are so on track, but possibly doubting what you have correctly discerned. This is a thmessage to those growing feint, those who have the prince of this world whispering “does it matter any longer?”, “isn’t it the -Christian- thing to do to reach of point of compromise?”. And many other deceitful nudges to step off the battlefield. You’re still there, you’re still in the fight by your own admission. If wrong I’ll stand corrected but these two points resound in my head as I read your post: i.) enforcing the annointing to me is nothing other than realizing that our founders considered us – the US – birthed of God Himself, thus we as a Nation have this special annoiting. Ever been to the little church offsite of the Towers, where they used to stand? Amazing how that building didn’t suffer damage when the towers came down. There is reason I believe. To know that as I recall in this place George Washington and those few others prayed a benediction of sorts over what this Nation would stand for. ii.) When understanding or direction gets cloudy for us warriors (old infantryman speaking), we know Never Surrender, but more importantly we don’t need to consider surrendering ever, we need only remember Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world. I know you know this, so don’t let Mario’s words of encouragement to “Hold The Line” cause you concern. You and I find our solace in this last paragraph where he reminds us we will be the ones remembered for never giving up or giving in.

    • Bob Klen

      You are 100% right on Sam. The USA in my opinion is still one of the best countries to live in. However, God’s kingdom ….that Jesus introduced while here on earth is our only hope. That is the message from God. He wants to use us to share with others that His Kingdom, the one that Jesus constantly spoke of, is our hope. I understand that Mario’s heart is in the right place, but too focused on changing culture. We must be led by the Holy Spirt to allow God to change the hearts. We need love,prayer, and repentance . That will bring one to Christ and the hope of a righteousness kingdom.

    • Mario Murillo

      The words I had for you were in the last sentence: If you are contending for truth, resisting the enemy, and enforcing the anointing that will indeed break the yoke―then you will be remembered, and beloved as a hero by future generations of believers.

      • Kevan

        Thanks, Mario. One of your most important blogs, I think.
        Your words brought to mind that we should battle for America – for this culture that was begun by dedicated Christians – as Abraham battled in prayer for the souls in Sodom and Gomorrah; all of them, not just his relative, Lot.

  11. Kelly

    Mario you are an amazing man of god, standing for humanity and standing for the saved and not saved. Thank you for speaking truth and standing for all of gods chosen people. Keeping going and fighting the good fight. Praise god for you and all the amazing men on Flashpoint!!!!

  12. Margie Johnson

    This is a very powerful, inspiring, and informative blog! Thank you!

  13. Sam


    Thank you for distinct words from the Heart. Your words sparked me to share these words:

    As an encouragement — I named a grandchild and was led to pray for her soul as she was in great danger. I knew in my heart, the Lord wanted us to bring her home to us.

    A burden for her soul came upon me. This went on for hours and days until the burden to pray that intently lifted. I knew this was a Great Battle and that her eternal life was being fought for in the heavenlies.

    That danger came. She fled for her physical safety. We took care of her for a month in our home. Her heart became open to us sharing the Bible and answering her questions.

    To our amazement, what was holding her back from asking Jesus to forgive her and save her was her great fear that her mother would never get to the place where she was finding herself with the Bible being read and answers to her questions being given.

    This girl shared she would never leave her mother even if it meant they both would remain lost!

    Our answer to this fear: Jesus wants you saved so that you can lead your mother to Jesus.

    At the end of the month, she came down to breakfast and quietly told us, “since I have now asked for forgiveness and am living for my Lord Jesus Christ . . .” We stopped her sentence and began shouting praises to the Lord!

    She is growing in her walk and she Hears and Knows the voice of the Holy Spirit and we see a powerful work of God going on in her life!

    We are presenting more and more of our family and friends to the Lord. Our grandkids are reaching out to us for prayer.

    Three strangers have been brought to us in our every day life this week. Jesus is shared. People are directly prayed for. God’s Power is moving.

    One of these three is newly saved. Earlier he was so despondent he set himself on fire after pouring gasoline on himself, died twice in the care flight helicopter and God brought him back each time. He is now living for the Lord.

    His burns miraculously healed — no skin grafts were required, it did not burn any part of him except his chest and hands. He showed me his hand — it had no real scaring, just discoloration.

    He too had such a burden for his mom. I prayed with him for his mother’s salvation.

    Christians: Do you see a pattern forming?

    God’s saving power is being demonstrated. Be Encouraged. Be a Witness. Share your testimony. Share your faith. Be Bold for Jesus.

    Lift up the hands that hang down.

    God is arranging Divine Appointments for you and will bring people to you to share your testimony!

    • Laura

      Wow! Thank you for sharing this! This is such an encouraging word and I believe God led me to read this today.

    • Gunnar

      Thank you Sam:
      Luke 14:16-23; Matthew 22:9-11; Matthew 18:12-14, Luke 15:3-7. Truly believe in the Power of Prayer like “Power of the Blood” by H.A. Maxwell Whyte as 5 women’s prayers changed the course of a Nation and we so need since this is such a War=Ephesians 6:read all and Matthew 11:12

      Communism is satanism period; the NO FREEDOM not to mention the killing, murder, control, oppression and death and robbing of hope, place and purpose that goes with John 8:44 and John 10:10! DON’T QUIT PRAYING! NEVER give up and NEVER surrender and or bow to this evil satanic agenda as 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. PRAYER, Fasting, Repenting, Worshipping and praying and speaking the Word-Hebrews 4:12. John 1:1. God, please raise up ARMIES of Intercessors.

      Personally, I’m praying for God’s Glory to permeate and he will clean house along with the Love of the Father. Lord’s Prayer is a Powerful prayer.

  14. Karin Wiese

    Mario I love that you remain passionate and not weary in your call to preach the gospel under any circumstance. I love even more that you and the wonderful men of God in Victory Live and Flashpoint are not ashamed to be examples of men that take the enemy by storm in your own lives, giving us hope and encouragement to stand for solid Biblical truth when we are weary or doubting and fearful. It reminds us that we are not alone….I agree wholeheartedly this is not a time to shrink back (black pill? lol)…if ever there was a time for Mom’s and Grannies to stand firm…and use our area of influence to take back the ground the enemy is trying to steal from us and our grandchildren..this is it. We are not of those who shrink back… we move forward to claim what Jesus died for…Truth, liberty, and justice.

  15. Carol

    Thank you Mario, don’t ever stop fighting. There are more for us than against us. We have the Armies of Heaven on our side. Everything is going according to God’s plan, even when it doesn’t look like it. My feeling about who is in office as the President, which was obtained by a stolen election, but God is still on the throne. I believe God is using Biden and his administration to wake up the people who say they are Christians, and who voted for Biden for whatever reason. During prayer with a friend, we were praying for California and the Holy ‘Spirit said to me that as the people of California are becoming fed up with Newsom so will the people of the USA become fed up with Biden. They will awaken, shake off their slumber, and realize their mistake and begin to stand and take back what has been forfeited during this administration. In the mean time continue to stand and fight in the Spirit and however the Holy Spirit leads you.

    For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. Remember 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, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ and being ready to punish all obedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10: 3-6

  16. Donna

    I’m taking the “white pill”… the one that refreshes me in the Lord and renews my heart for battle against wicked principalities & rulers of spiritual darkness. And I’m blessed that my little local church has many in it who are also gearing up for battle. We may not seem like we have much worldly impact, but we PRAY! And surely it is the “battle in the air” (spirit) that will open the way for victory in this war!

  17. Ron Sawvel

    I’ve had the unusual opportunity to be ministering both in Cuba and Venezuela during election seasons. In Cuba Fidel Castro was up for reelection. I remember being on the street him buying the Havana newspaper where the front page showed all of the candidates for the various positions that were open. The news stand employee happily told me that, in Cuba, you were free to vote for any candidate you chose to. He truly believed it. When I looked at the paper I noticed that in the presidential block the only name that appeared was Fidel Castro. So under their brand of communism/socialism you were free to vote for any official you liked so long as it was the only approved candidate. While conducting a prophetic conference in Venezuela, my wife and I watched Hugo Chavez running for re-election and, using all of the fraud we saw this last November, he easily won against a much more popular, qualified and righteous opponent. Then, he packed their supreme court and started a rewrite of their constitution. In his modified version of the Venezuelan constitution he gave himself the right to be president for life. Of course with the rigged system there was no way he would ever again lose the presidency. God heard him and granted him exactly what he desired: he was in the present for life, he died of cancer three months later. We need to remember that no matter what we see, this train has only one conductor and he gets to call the shots. God is absolutely in control. However, we must observe to do all that is written in God’s Word and spoken by His Spirit to play the part He has assigned to each of us. God wants to save us in this generation, but if we refuse, he will do it through the next… While our carcasses rot in the desert we chose. This means we must fight! Mario is absolutely right about the black pill. We saw firsthand the destruction of two nations line upon line, bit by bit. In each case, not only the general population, but the church meekly stood by taking either a blue or black pill. It cost them their future and we are very much in danger of the same scenario if we refuse to stand. Jesus made us an unbreakable promise: if we attempt to save our life (personal ease & comfort), we WILL lose it!

  18. Delois

    This is so wonderful and so true! We will be hearing you this afternoon (July 4th) at the Opery in Nashville. It will have to be online as I could not get a seat. I have been fasting and praying for this in Nashville. We live nearby and want so much to see God
    revive the church, rebuild the culture, and restore the republic,

  19. Beverly Chick

    This is SO powerful! I tend to be a bit too passive so this really speaks to me. I see the danger in being too passive. The church I go to, or use to go to, has taken the Black Pill and has decided to remain neutral in the area of politics. They secretly lean towards the left but its a kind of don’t ask and don’t tell situation. I can no longer support a church that does this. I don’t want to take the black pill, so I have decided not to. I love how you relate everything to the Matrix cause that is one of my favorite movies and it has such great symbolism both politically and spiritually.

  20. David Monteil

    IMO some can get confused about “we are in this world but not of it” from the
    Bible. Not of this world means not running our lives in the wicked ways of the flesh like unsaved people do. It doesn’t mean that we are to be in our own bubble, isolated from ourselves and our neighbors. Part of being neighborly is wanting good for them, and part of that, for some, is standing up to to the school boards CRT etc. because truth is important to us. The World watches what we do and don’t stand for, and they see us as salt or not in our actions. Some Christians S/b in government to have the Lord’s perspective and truth to honestly represent the people. We are salt and light. We have influence and Mario is saying don’t keep it under a bowl out of fear. He is right!! Just because we war not against flesh and blood doesn’t mean we don’t hold to account those that represent us, teach our kids etc. Sometimes that admonishment can even be face to face. I’ve heard of several times where a Christian went to a secular, and even sometimes Christian College a firm believer, and come out secular and not believing Jesus at all. Why?? They were deceived with worldly lies slowly saying that all roads lead to Heaven, humans are good and wise, and that Jesus was only a Prophet, and the devil is a myth, etc. Those battles are real, and the school s/b accountable for spreding lies by Christians that expose them. Both what we do and don’t do have repercussions. Let’s be hot!

  21. NickT

    Amen Mario

  22. Claire

    Today, I found out that my email wouldn’t go to your web site. I was wondering why I hadn’t gotten any from you. The only way I could get to your site was through I wonder, if I tried to use googly, if I would find it. Somehow, I don’t think so.

    Now, about what I read. I don’t know about pills, but I do know that we, as Christians, have to take a stand against all the evil. I’ve been blessed seeing so many people turning back to Father and His son, Jesus Christ. And they are aware of what is going on in our beloved country.

    Something I want to point out is, we need to pray in the name of Jesus Christ, as Christ is the anointed one. I see people constantly praying in the name of Jesus. There is no power in that name. Barrabus’ first name was Jesus. Many men are named Jesus. In God’s Word, he states, emphatically, that we are to pray in Christ’s name because he is the mediator between us and Father. Until Christians understand this principle of God’s Word, prayers will not be answered as people want or need.

    Standing on God’s Word, we need to do what His Word, which he holds above all His own name, tells us to do-not what feels good.

    If you study God’s Word, you will find that the scarlet thread of Christ’s life line, tells you who exactly he is. He is the son of God. If you know and believe this, you will go far in your believers’ life.

    I tell you this, lovingly, as your sister in Christ. Blessings.

  23. Kathleen

    I am a red pill gal in a blue pill state, at times feeling like I stand alone. But this has forced me to trust Jesus on a whole new level. I so appreciate the support and encouragement
    I receive from you, your blogs, and Flash Point! We’re all in this battle together, and we are already victorious! To God be the glory! Thank you for your outreach in California; praying for my unsaved nephew in Sacramento. I stand with you against the powers of darkness, to usher in the glorious Kingdom of Jesus Christ!! Blessings!!

  24. David

    Here is a strategy I feel called to in response to Dana Coverstone’s Flaming Spear dream:
    1. Praying for truth tellers – much time spent doing this every time I glance at a news headline or watch a video done by COVID truth tellers.
    2. I am conducting news flyer outreaches where I keep my paper flyers anonymous. I do not put my name or website on these flyers. It can get hostile when people catch you putting a flyer under their windshield wiper so I prefer to work alone with my head on a swivel. In Dana’s dream there is a wall that separates two runners, the colorful runner and the runner in white. I believe this is a picture of the independent media (colorful and quite a variety of people such as doctors and lawyers) versus pure Christian ministers arrayed in white. At this time I am just giving important news highlights on my flyer that are mostly related to the “vaccine.” If I get a personal situation that is amiable I share more but I feel right now a separation is what God is calling for due to the vaccine issue being so emotionally charged – that is my interpretation of the prophetic strategy given. I am praying for the strength to be a more full time in my witness, which physically I don’t have right now.
    At the proper time I believe I will be in full time ministry – perhaps starting in September. At that time, I believe the revival will go hot.

    I interpret Dana’s dream at:




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