First Black immigrant mayor speaks at tent revival in Colorado

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By Steve Rees —

Mayor Yemi Mobolade

In a supernatural display of unity under the largest, soul-winning tent in America, two large churches and numerous smaller bodies of believers in Colorado worshiped together ahead of a Mario Murillo crusade, where hundreds of people responded to the evangelist’s appeal to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Christ for all Nations (CfaN) and Radiant Church in Colorado Springs joined other believers in lifting high the name of Jesus inside the tent with a 5,000-person capacity, during the four-day Fire and Glory Tour through July 19.

It features Lance Wallnau and others during the day and Murillo at night in evangelism and healing crusade ministry.

Before Murillo preached, Pastors Mark Cowart (Cfan) and Todd Hudnall (Radiant) highlighted the miraculous unity among churches by celebrating communion, then introduced the city’s mayor, Yemi Mobolade, an Independent, who is also a pastor.

“I don’t know if this – two churches worshiping Jesus Christ under a tent – has been done before,” Cowart said.

Radiant Church Pastor Hudnall said he and other leaders were privileged to pray over Mayor Mobolade before he was sworn in this year.

“It’s a joy to be here,” said Mayor Mobolade, who immigrated to America from Nigeria as a pastor.

“I walked into an environment that’s full of energy, joy and unity. This is a taste of what Revelation describes when God’s people gather,” said the mayor, who quoted Jesus’ words from Matthew 16:18.

He noted the modern church is 500 years removed from the Protestant Reformation, and God is doing a new thing.

“Friends, I stand before members of Radiant and Church for all Nations churches as your mayor, and in my first calling as pastor, to ask you to prepare your hearts for what God is going to do in this tent the next few days,” said Mobolade, who is the first Black immigrant mayor.

Murillo, who preached morning and evening the first day, said he believes millions more people are eager to receive Jesus, and that miracles, signs and wonders follow the proclamation of the gospel.

“I promise you that those who’ve never seen a healing miracle in your life, you’re going to see one,” said Murillo.

He added, “We are part of a divine experiment to save America.”

The crusade unity, Murillo said, is a victory for the body of Christ because the faith of believers will remain when America falls.

But the nation won’t survive without Christianity, a truth President Abraham Lincoln had learned by the time of his second inaugural address, Murillo recalled.

“The experiment of the next four days is not just winning souls and healing the sick; it is also about proving that self-promotion and ambition can be laid at the foot of the cross.

“America needs to see the power of putting congregations under one tent on a Sunday morning and saying to the world, ‘We are His body, His church and we love one another,’” Murillo said.

Reading from Acts 16, Murillo said a demonstration of unity – moving from pronouns “they and them” to “we and us” – is a key to salvation and healing today as it was then.

“In this tent is the next level of signs and wonders not because of Mario but, because we and us, has replaced they and them,” Murillo said.

The Fire and Glory Tour, Murillo said, is about many things.

“I am sick to death of what Satan has done to my nation, of the spirit of woke, of God’s rainbow hijacked by the devil,” said Murillo.

He said the “demon of the day” is self-promotion, even among the Body of Christ where titles such as prophet, apostle and evangelist abound.

“How can we make fun of a man who thinks he’s a girl on a beer can when we call ourselves apostles and prophets – not because we’re called – but because we self-identify,” Murillo said.

The day has come, he said, for every preacher in America to say, “I don’t care if you know my name.”

Where he’s from in California, Murillo said there’s more interest in teaching pronouns to young people in Los Angeles schools than concerns about violence in the streets perpetrated by gangs.

The church must unify in preparing for revival. “The cities of Colorado Springs and Denver could experience revival with unity where ‘they’ and ‘them’ become ‘we’ and ‘us,’” Murillo said.

During a stint as youth pastor at a church near San Francisco, Murillo was overlooked by his leader because he focused on winning drug addicts to Jesus; who began to outnumber regular members.

He is not going to remain neutral in the battle for the soul of America. “I’m telling the Biden administration, Hollywood, the education system, you are not going to turn America into a socialist concentration camp,” Murillo said.

Young people are crying for help when they cut themselves, and when young men join a gang, he pointed out.

“There’s a misery in America, and every church that will stop business as usual will be flooded with souls,” he said.

At a moment in his life when tent crusades should gratify him, Murillo isn’t satisfied. “I believe there are millions of Americans who are ready to get saved.”

During the Jesus movement, the fish jumped in the boat; today, they’re banging down church doors, he said.