My latest “great read” is Vessels of Fire and Glory by Mario Murillo.
Mario Murillo, an honored man of God, has never backed down to anyone and stands in the face of the enemy unrelenting. He holds the office of evangelist with his ministry based in California, and he has been working to save the lost for almost 50 years. He spent ten years reaching out to the University of California, Berkley with incredible results. A four-day crusade in San Jose lasted six months with a total of over 250,000 people birthed into the Kingdom of God which led his ministry into an international presence. I highly recommend this book if you are hungry for God.
His assignment has been to “pull the showtime curtain down, exposing an anemic Christianity, a toothless “churchianity,” so weak that it cannot take a bite out of sin and whose theme should be “come as you are and leave the same.” (Foreword).
In this book the false is exposed, truth is declared, and the fire of hope is handed to the reader.
What is God Up To?
He asks, “Did you ever wonder why God isn’t doing something?”
The truth is God is doing much behind the veil that we cannot see. He is at war to save our nation. His angel armies have been dispatched to war against the powers and principalities of darkness in high places in America.
Discover your assignment and join this war to save America!
In order to save America, He will pour His Spirit across the land, but not within the “traditional church system” from which most of us have become comfortable and even fallen asleep.
Man-made religious empires led by traitors to their original calling will fall. (Page 6) The fire of God can only fall where the Holy Spirit is welcome.
God is Working Two Sides of the Street
Mario states that God is working two sides of the street. “On one side is the Lazarus generation and the other side is a prophetic core. Out of the graves in the inner city and on campuses, the Lazarus generation will rise–they will be struck by the resurrection power of Christ. Tomorrow they will be baptized in the Holy Spirit and will operate in frightening zeal. The prophetic core meanwhile wanders outside the mainstream starved for the fire, glory, and presence of God. (This is where I have found myself most of my life.) The Lazarus generation will find church as we know it unbearable. The radical core will understand from their own brokenness how to “loose them and let them go.” (Pages 6-7)
Mario states, “the Jesus movement in the 60’s and early 70’s was marked by the gift of tongues and praying in the Spirit. The upcoming revival will now see tongues and prophecy where the prophetic gift will rise to a nation-altering status.” (Page 8) I came into the Kingdom during the Jesus movement in the early 70’s, and I witnessed or participated in every move of God since in America.
Murillo says he has seen every “doctrinal float in the parade.” The spiritual entitlement float has lingered way too long. Entitlement breeds ingratitude, boredom, and denial being the most dangerous. Suggest to them the possibility of America’s destruction. Sacrilege. Suggest the Church slept through America’s downfall, or worse, that she was complicit in her undoing. Blasphemy!! (Page 9)
Discern the Times
One of my favorite Christian writers is A. W. Tozer. Tozer wrote during the 40’s. Mario states from Tozer Speaks, Volume One, Camp Hill, PA: Wing Spread Publishing, 1994.
I want to penetrate and understand and have discernment concerning the whole plan of God. I want to appraise the situation and see it as God sees it–to know the role of God in this day of religious confusion. (What would Tozer think of this mess now?)
“Now America is sinking and suffocating in a mire of God-hating ideologies.” So what is God doing about it?”
“He is mounting a counter-attack on evil.” (Page 11)
I will continue to review Murillo’s book as we address the status of the weak and compromised Church and what we can do as the people of God to wake up and come out of complacency.
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