Mario Murillo: When a Crusade Is Actually Too Good

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On Friday night, April 22, in Tulsa, Oklahoma:

  • The line for admission began forming at 10:30 a.m. The doors opened two hours early.
  • The main auditorium was filled in 15 minutes. Then overflow rooms filled — one after another.
  • The total attendance reached 12,000. Then people were turned away.
  • The miracle crusade in the Mabee Center launched us into a totally new experience. The meeting was actually too good.

They tell me that in two nights, over 3,000 people came forward to surrender to Jesus. Only God knows the true number of souls saved.

The healings came in such abundance that we have no way of even estimating how many were healed.

How can a meeting be too good? It was too good for us to go on with business as usual. The shocking harvest of souls and unforeseen abundance of healings have forced me to make some radical decisions.

We are now overwhelmed with invitations to cities across America. These are desperate invitations. They are big invitations.

That means we cannot justify working in a city where we have to persuade churches to work together. Not while other cities are begging us to come and have joined forces because they burn with a passion to win souls.

It also means that we cannot do a conference where they want teaching but are not willing to go and get the harvest.

This also means something else that is big and new. Some of the open doors will require a bigger venue than our tent. We now know that God is ready to fill arenas — and, even more than arenas.

Here are the words of Jesus: “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest” (John 4:35, NASB1995).

We have been planning based on what we have seen in the past. We assumed that the results that have fallen on us would not come for years. And yet, here they are. They are forcing us to throw our plans aside and make way for a massive harvest. What does it mean? It means the future is now.

But why has this happened at this time? It has happened because America is in dire straits. Our nation teeters on the edge of total disaster. God is pulling out all of the stops to harvest lost souls and heal sick bodies. We dare not get in His way!

The biggest implication of this event in Tulsa is radical change. The clear message here is “Don’t wait.”

For the next few days, I will be deep in prayer. I am already aware that some of my decisions will offend some people … maybe even those near and dear to me. But I must pay the price, because Tulsa was just too good for us to hold back now. {eoa}

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Mario Murillo rose from poverty in the Mission District of San Francisco. After being revolutionized by Christ, he felt a call to the University of California at Berkeley. His international ministry was launched after a four-day conference in San Jose, California, extended for six months with a total attendance of nearly 250,000 people. Since then, Mario’s voice has been heard by millions around the world, bringing a message that zeroes in on the hurts of society. He presents Christ clearly and intelligently, and openly declares the power of Jesus to totally transform a life. His simple declaration: Come and see. Christ has the power to end addiction, racism, violence and disease.

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