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San Diego Megachurch Pastor: God Is Breaking Societal Rules by Using Latinos
CP church & ministry ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jessica Martinez

Posted on 07/17/2014 6:35:38 PM PDT by Gamecock

SAN DIEGO – Cornerstone Church in San Diego, California is the largest congregation led by a Latino pastor in the city's history. But the pastor, Sergio de la Mora, a second generation Mexican-American, says it is the church's message, not demographic, that attracts people to the church's several campuses throughout Southern California and Mexico.

"Because God is raising us second generation Latinos, He's breaking rules by using people like us. I believe that God is saying to America, 'give me permission to use people who you wouldn't think I can use," de la Mora, who leads the multicultural Cornerstone church, told The Christian Post during The Heart Revolution Conference last week. "I think the next movement of God is going to be done by people who allow God to use them to break rules so people's image of God is enlarged."

Despite his church's growth, de la Mora still believes in the power of the local church and the importance of serving the community's needs.

"We believe as a church that the largest demographic in the city should be a target for the heart of the church because it shows what God is doing. It's not that it's just Hispanics, if there was a large Asian population that was growing, we'd focus on them," said de la Mora.

While it seems as though Cornerstone has made its mark in Southern California, de la Mora, who credits the success of his church to its focus on youth and family, says the church has much more to achieve.

"We want to expand the vision and mission into other cities, and raise new leaders to influence America," said de la Mora. "I really believe Cornerstone has just begun. I think this is just a sample of what we're supposed to see. The mission has been forged and leaders have been formed and I think our time is now."

De la Mora wants to expand his chruch internationally, including to Central America, Europe and Africa. In the meantime, he notes that he will partly focus his time now on writing a new book, The God Who Breaks The Rules, about reaching a generation of people who don't meet societal standards but who meet God's spiritual standards.

"The success and growth that we've been able to see has formed in me a new image of God. The God that I served when I first started the church isn't the same God I'm serving today," said de la Mora. "It's not that He has changed, my perspective has changed. He's broken rules so the kingdom can advance and He has used people whose past could seem to disqualify them."


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1 posted on 07/17/2014 6:35:38 PM PDT by Gamecock
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2 posted on 07/17/2014 6:37:10 PM PDT by Gamecock (There is room for all of God's animals. Right next to the mashed potatoes and gravy.)
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To: Gamecock

Is there the slightest possibility that God cares whether people are “Americano” or “Latino”? I don’t think so. He cares whether people know, love and serve Jesus Christ our Lord.


3 posted on 07/17/2014 6:37:16 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Sometimes I like to drink all by myself.)
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To: Gamecock

From the article:

“I believe that God is saying to America, ‘give me permission to use people who you wouldn’t think I can use.’”

I stopped reading at that point.


4 posted on 07/17/2014 6:40:55 PM PDT by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Belteshazzar
Yo preach.

God doesn't need America's permission to do anything. And as for using people who you wouldn't think He could use, our Lord has been doing that from the beginning of His creation...

5 posted on 07/17/2014 6:44:28 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: Gamecock

I wonder what preacher BIG bucks has been smoking.


6 posted on 07/17/2014 6:46:21 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: Gamecock

It appears someone is more concerned with ethnicity than faith.


7 posted on 07/17/2014 6:48:04 PM PDT by posterchild (It takes a politician to declare a settled science.)
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To: Gamecock

Viva la Raza!


8 posted on 07/17/2014 6:50:39 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Gamecock

to use people who you wouldn’t think I can use,”

I have never heard any Christian say that someone cant be used because of their skin color or country of origin. Sounds like the pastor is fishing for relevance.


9 posted on 07/17/2014 6:53:18 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: Gamecock

Ehhhhh, wut?


10 posted on 07/17/2014 6:54:08 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: Gamecock

All I see in response this article is nihilism and cynicism.

Not conservative nor Christian values.


11 posted on 07/17/2014 7:11:53 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Gamecock

No, Pastor, YOU are using God.


12 posted on 07/17/2014 7:24:28 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: ifinnegan

I see people that know their Bible and have seen what kind of people God actually uses calling out an ear-tickler. A lot of places become mega - churches by dishing out pablum in the drag of “discipleship” and a “new move of God”.

The idea that God would ask permission of this nation or any person to simply MOVE the way that He has, does, and can shows me somebody with a warped theology. {shrug} One man’s discernment is another man’s cynicism I suppose.


13 posted on 07/17/2014 8:30:40 PM PDT by L,TOWM (Too soon to start shooting?)
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To: ifinnegan
All I see in response this article is nihilism and cynicism.

Not conservative nor Christian values.

Count me as a cynic.

I'm sick and tired of those claiming to be the most Godly of us advancing their progressive sociopolitical agendas in the name of Christ. Whatever. I guess you're holier and more conservative than the rest of us.

14 posted on 07/17/2014 8:47:34 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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Typical Mega Kirk The God that I served when I first started the church isn't the same God I'm serving today," said de la Mora. "It's not that He has changed, my perspective has changed
15 posted on 07/17/2014 9:12:24 PM PDT by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: Gamecock
"I think the next movement of God is going to be done by people who allow God to use them to break rules so people's image of God is enlarged."

Words fail me.

Well, I suppose that he's going to be real popular with the illegal population.

With the rest of us, not so much.

He's wrong. Encouraging people to break laws does not enlarge any view of God.

16 posted on 07/18/2014 1:36:25 AM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith...)
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To: Gamecock

It could also mean using certain people to bring the good news of the Gospel of Jesus BACK to North America.


17 posted on 07/18/2014 3:33:26 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Precisely.


18 posted on 07/18/2014 8:23:55 AM PDT by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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