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Pro-Trump Evangelist Mario Murillo holds 4-day tent revival in Colorado Springs

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Controversial charismatic evangelist Mario Murillo recently finished a 4-day revival, The Living Proof Tent Crusade, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was joined by worship artist Catherine Mullins. 

Each night, he spoke to a crowd of over 3,000 people under a 19,000-square-foot tent temporarily constructed on the property of Radiant Church’s North Campus. He told supporters God told him to “get in that pulpit and destroy the witchcraft in Colorado Springs.” 

Murillo, founder of Mario Murillo Ministries, headquartered in Reno, Nevada, got his start in the 1970s during the Jesus Movement. More recently, he has been an outspoken supporter of former president Donald Trump and a critic of what he calls “the leftist media.”

According to Newsweek, “Since November 3, Murillo and other Christian pastors have pushed Trump’s claim that widespread voter fraud caused his election defeat to Biden.”

On the third night of the crusade, Murillo made no mention of Trump, but did mix politics with preaching, telling supporters, “We live under the tyranny of an elite, small group of people, with all the money and all the power that want to control how you think, what you feel, where you live, when you can go to church, what you can say and what you cannot say…We have politicians that are selling our oil to Russia. Who claim to be servants of America, voted into office.”

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He told those in the crowd to “get mad” at school boards and politicians even as he claimed that “the purpose of this meeting tonight is to deliver people from the power of the devil…it’s not a patriotic rally, as much as I love the conservative Christian movement.”

While it may not have been billed as a patriotic rally, Murillo did bring up politics more often than not. Especially while promoting his new book, “Do Not Leave Quietly.

“What I destroy in this book is the silence in the American pulpit. If you have any doubt we should be speaking out in our pulpits against the left, against the Democrat Party, against the false narrative—this book will destroy every excuse,” he said. 

Promising a signed copy for $20 a piece, Murillo said all proceeds would go towards “winning souls.” 

The winning of souls is something he referenced each time he asked for money from the crowd, telling supporters to let the amount of their donation “reflect your belief in the Gospel.”

What winning souls means from a programming and budgetary standpoint is vague. The ministry stopped posting 990s in 2010 and, according to Guidestar, is classified as a church. This legally releases them from the requirement to file a 990 with the IRS. 

Murillo, who according to online sources lives in a $1.8 million home, also added, “I’m not asking you for money for aviation. I am not asking you for money for the man of God to live in a mansion, I’m asking you to understand that America is sinking and the gospel is the only cure for this country and we need to see it spread all across America. I want you to give from that point of view.”

The Colorado Times Recorder reports: “According to Murillo’s livestreams on Facebook, he collected $5,086 Sunday night, and $3,207 on Tuesday. Those are just the donations made via the social media network, not the donations from in-person attendees.”

After preaching and politicking, the night moved into a time of faith healing and speaking in tongues. On night three, Colleen Cassidy came forward for healing. In her 60s, sporting purple hair and a floral top, Cassidy has experienced back pain since falling on ice in 2009, and was diagnosed with Facet joint syndrome and herniated disks. She has also had neck pain from a car accident in 1978 and hip pain from a torn labrum in 2018. 

“[My labrum] was repaired, but has ached ever since.  I have been working with my doctors the last few months on the stomach pain,” she said. “So far [there’s been] nothing conclusive. In 2020-2021 I went to a spine doctor to see if I could get some relief. I had shots in my spine in 2021 but it didn’t really help. The past year I have dealt with overall pain.”

When she came forward to the stage, Murillo told her, “I saw that your body was shutting down. I saw that God was going to open your lungs….  He was going to heal your hips, your back, your knees and your hands.” Murillo also noted that she had lung, heart, and diverticulitis issues. 

When speaking to MinistryWatch about her pain, Cassidy did not mention lung, heart or diverticulitis pain. But since coming forward that night, she says she has had no more pain in her neck and back. She has not been able to see a doctor since the crusade.

After the Colorado Springs revival, Murillo is set to speak at FlashPoint LIVE in Texas, along with Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA. He will also lead another Living Proof Revival Nov. 13-17 in Roseville, California. 

The event was organized by Radiant Church and Inner City Action. Neither group responded to multiple attempts from MinistryWatch for comment. 

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Brittany Smith

Brittany Smith is a freelance writer living in Colorado Springs. She is the co-author of Unplanned Grace: A Compassionate Conversation on Life and Choice.