Mario Murillo, who was powerfully used in the Jesus Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and speaks to millions via his blog, in-person revival meetings and national television programs, says our generation needs Pattons to arise—referring to General George Patton, a hero of World War II.
"Patton's fundamental approach to war in the natural is the precise tactic for war that we need now," Murillo says. "For example, he didn't want his men digging foxholes. He was about advancing, moving forward, taking the offensive to the enemy."
Patton didn't care about public opinion because, as he said, "I've got a war to win."
"Imagine if that spirit got on preachers today," Murillo says. "If they were not as concerned about public relations as they are about obeying God and preaching sermons that please the Holy Spirit, even when they may offend other people."
Murillo labels this spirit "anointed resistance." And he knows a thing or two about it, having received criticism in recent days for his outspokenness on the current "woke" culture. Some Christians want to know why he doesn't just preach against sin or try to get drug addicts free as he's done for 50 years since he directed Resurrection City in Berkeley, California, back in the hippie era.
"When I used to preach against drugs, everybody loved me," Murillo says. "And when I preached against gang violence, everybody loved me. But when socialism became the worst drug in the ghetto, and the Democratic Party became the most dangerous gang in the ghetto, it was a natural evolution to start talking about those things."
The church, and its leaders, are in a time of what he dubs "Ten times change," meaning a change exponentially larger than most. He likens it to when a big-box store moves into town, throwing every local hardware store into instant crisis. The situation forces small business owners to rethink their future and repurpose themselves for survival and success.
"When wokeness struck America, we didn't realize all the subterranean tentacles that it had in so many institutions," Murillo says.
Believers will only weather and thrive in this sudden—or sudden-feeling—change if they allow God to retool them and their message for the times we live in.
"We can't be afraid of how different we're going to look if we obey God in a woke and cancel culture, because His approach and the message to this culture are going to be different," Murillo said. "There are fresh words that God wants to use and fresh tactics He wants to anoint."
For much more from Mario Murillo on our woke culture and how Christians must stand up against it, listen to this entire episode of the Strang Report at this link. Be sure to subscribe to the Strang Report on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast platform for more words that will inspire and challenge you in the power of the Holy Spirit.
To contact us or to submit an article, click here.
Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.
Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!
- Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
- Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
- God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
- Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
- HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!
Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details