It Also: HAPPENED AGAIN

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IT HAPPENED AGAIN: This is what Mario Murillo states in is article loathing the fact that “millions of Spirit-filled Christians voted for the Democratic party.”  Oh no!  We are going to reap God’s judgment now!  The silliness of the Evangelical church does not stop!  Murillo is one of its clowns leading a three ring circus of fear.  I want break down his article; but first I want to let you know why I am writing this.  I am not against Murillo; I am against the division this type of rhetoric creates.  Basically it is implied that Republicans are the party of God and Democrats the party of Satan.  Of course it is the same issue, abortion; and well add in some sex to spice it up.  Evangelicals seem to be more fascinated with sex than a teenager.

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              I am not accusing Murillo of being a racist as he assumes some people may think; I truly understand why he believes the way he does. I can understand this type of Christianity because I once possessed similar theology.  Murillo is disappointed in the African American church in which he claims 90% voted for the Democratic Party.  I am sure he used sound research to come up with that statistic.  Before that statement he seems offended by a quote which states “White men are the biggest terror threat.” Well it is true.  The white race has caused more terrorism in the United States than any other to date.  He writes in horror that “We are left with the inescapable conclusion that born-again and Spirit-filled Christians in large numbers voted for the Democratic Party.” Oh no! Not the Democratic Party!  The Party that desires to expand healthcare, raise the minimum wage, protect the rights of minorities, and just be nice people to each other.  We do not need to change religious beliefs Murillo, we need to get our hermeneutics correct; or at least try.  I think love would fall into a good category to start.

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              But of course I hate the babies because I support democrats; how can I be a Christian and vote pro-? Life, death, I do not know; can we just stop! We could be more of a church if we decided to let go of our theological egos.  Can we ever admit that even the most adept theologian cannot explain “clearly” verses in the Bible?  As ministers we try by God’s grace.  Claiming absolute knowledge is lying to the people who trust us.

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            Murillo claims that, “A vote is not a statement just of what you are against but also what you are for.” Well if that was the case we never would vote.  We cannot be for and or against everything a politician or a Party is for.  His claim makes no sense.  And here we go Psalms 138:13 we can spin verses however you want, let me assure you none of them are clear. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” The Psalmist seems to be expounding on his desire to be in God’s presence from beginning to end, to be delighted in the Lord, to allow the Lord to search him and be united to him.  I really do not think that David understood biology or medical science very well.  But maybe; who knows?  Regardless I am not a fan of abortion; who is?  It is a serious event in a woman’s life that can be forever life altering.  As a Christian I would never counsel anyone to have an abortion, and I would never judge a woman who has.  It is not my place, my places to love not legislate morality.  We do not know what put that woman in that place.  We cannot understand her pain.  Further if you want to play by Murillo’s rules by voting Republican you are voting to keep in place policies that create catalyst for abortions.  Poverty being a major catalyst; but who cares about the poor as Jesus said, “They will always be with us.”  See, I can spin verses like records.

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             Murillo states, “Have you ever wondered why Planned Parenthood fights so hard to convince a fetus is not a person? Even they know, if a fetus is indeed a person abortion is taking a human life.”  No, Mario I did not, and you did not give us your opinion either.  I am assuming because you think that Planned Parenthood is some demonic entity that is bent on killing as many unborn babies as possible.  I am sure you think that they have a production goal that they must reach.  You, and Evangelicals like you are what is dividing the church.  I can agree with you on some points.  I do not think that abortions should be celebrated, life is precious; all life.  We do not however know when a fetus is ensouled. We don’t and we probably never will.  To believe, at the time of conception is just a guess.

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            You state that some Democrats believe that the Bible can be hateful.  Yes, it can be hateful.  The KKK, the Confederate Army, and slave owners defended their actions with Bible verses.  You say that we should not leave Jesus out of the voting booth, I agree.  The fact is the majority of the Republicans platforms are anti-Christ.  You are right, we are seeing damage done by Christians the problem is it is coming from you; not the people you are pointing fingers at.

Please share: and be sure to check out Mario Murillo and read his article “IT HAPPENED AGAIN” https://mariomurilloministries.wordpress.com/2018/11/08/it-happened-again/

 

 

 

 

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The Backyard Preacher Podcast #122 (NYE 2018 Episode)

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The end of America as we know it

Soon after the election of 2016 America as we know it will come to an end. Yes that is right we are on the edge of a complete collapse of the United States as we know it. That is if you believe some big name preachers and church leaders such as Franklin Graham. The conservative reverend has stated that America is close to its end like a new reincarnation of Babylon. http://www.christianpost.com/news/franklin-graham-warns-america-our-end-will-be-near-160821/

Of course as we know looking back at history all countries and empires come to an end, it is natural; I am not hoping for America’s end, I find it hilarious that so many are so worried. The modern “Super Apostle” Dutch Sheets who I do not believe has officially endorsed either candidate, yet you do not have to be smarter than a 5th grader to know whom he and his “Appeal to Heaven” movement is appealing will win the election. I myself heard Dutch speak to a local congregation during the primaries he spoke in disdain that a “socialist” was doing well in the polls. Of course he did not mention Bernie Sanders by name but you get my point. You can read all about his desire for a President and in his view the vital importance we vote for the right candidate.

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/58938-dutch-sheets-america-will-choose-her-destiny-with-these-7-ideals

Finally there is Jerry Falwell Jr. I could not be more saddened by the President of Liberty University the school I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. I do not even have to share a link to let you know how Falwell thinks and as a President of a major not for profit University I feel it is inappropriate for him to drag the University its students and alumni through having to associate ourselves with the likes of Trump.

Yet all is well, Hillary Clinton will become the next president and all of prophecies will change and the Republican Party will do its best to keep Hillary from doing anything positive. I am reminded of when Obama became President the world was also coming to an end, yet here we are 8 years later and in my opinion America has never been better. This is in fact the best time to be alive! So what is it that the far right radical Christian conservatives want? I believe that they would be happy with a Christian theocracy while complaining about Islamic sharia law it would not be a problem for them to impose a Christian one. The hypocrisy is beyond reproach. They cry about gun rights, welfare, LGBT rights, and abortion and while I consider myself be pro-life there is much that could be done to prevent the number of senseless abortions in this country. (Poverty=abortion). There also must be an understanding when the mother’s life is in danger, it does no one any good if two lives die when one could be saved.

Personally I am not a big Hillary Clinton fan and I am definitely not a Donald Trump fan. I was a huge Bernie Sanders supporter I even gave him a dollar through his website. I am not saying that the Presidential election is not a rigged, owned by Wall Street, and a dog and pony show. As a matter of fact I think it kind of is. Do you know what I think is so hilarious? Yet at the same time sad, the way many conservative Christians truly believe any of this matters.   Many conservative Christians feel that the end is truly near, that America is at a crossroads. Let me put it like this every day each of us is at a crossroads in life. Every day we must decide to be good people or not. Every day we must have faith that God is in control regardless of what we think is right or wrong, instead of trying to place so much energy in this kingdom our energy must be placed in our heavenly Kingdom.

We do need to appeal to heaven, not for the next president of the United States but for the spiritual awakening of mankind. Not a people who desires to force Christian law upon a people, but to allow them to choose. To see Christ in all people just as if we were entertaining angels. To pray God’s will be done His Kingdom come! Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton will bring about any of these changes. This is not about Supreme Court appointments it is about human enlightenment.

Let us take some time to think about what the Master said in regard to politics which divide us as Christians. Jesus said “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:25, NIV). We as Christians must stand united in living out a lifestyle that follows Jesus. Jesus himself was not overly concerned with the politics of his day. He desired that even his people under occupation from the Romans render unto Caesar what is Caesars. He was in opposition to the religious leadership of his nation yet even in opposition cried out to call Jerusalem together. In much the same way I am calling us to come together in unity for the true Kingdom.

In closing I desire to ease your fears, it is going to be ok! Regardless of who becomes President of the United States we have nothing to fear, and if you do fear then you are in need of healing. A supernatural healing to soften your heart and allow love to enter in, as the Apostle said love drives out all fear. It is time we stopped listening to who we think are our Christian leaders and look within ourselves, at the law written on our hearts. To not just listen without question but instead question everything. To not assume that we know anything, but be humble enough to say we know nothing. We will witness good leaders, bad leaders, and leaders in between. While human leaders do have an impact on our earthly lives, they have absolutely no impact on our spiritual lives; unless we let them. This is why I stated that America as we know it will come to an end. It is basically your call. You can allow the outcome of this election destroy your inner peace, cause division in your household, and literally cause an end to America as you know it or come to an understanding that the Kingdom of Heaven is near and has nothing to do with American politics. No matter who is elected next month let us fear not and continue in the Spirit of love to all people.