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DAY 2 PREACHING AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA- FLORENCE, ALABAMA- THURSDAY OCTOBER 29, 2015- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Arrived on campus a few minutes after 12 noon but unfortunately this campus has VERY limited visitor parking and I had to wait for a parking space to open up.

By the time I arrived in the preaching spot and began preaching it was around 12:25 PM.

This was a disadvantage for several reasons:  1)  I missed the noon class break with all the foot traffic.  2)  This is a smaller campus so most of the students are finished with all their classes early in the day.  Larger campuses typically have more classes later in the day.  3)  This was a Thursday so many students will finish class early and leave for the weekend since smaller campuses typically have almost no classes on Friday.

Anyways I began preaching at 12:25 PM and the campus was DEAD.

After a few minutes a student who identified herself as a lesbian showed up holding a pink homemade cardboard sign opposing me.  I never read the sign but later in the day I did compliment her on using the color pink as it was a feminine color.

A few professing Christian hypocrites stopped to ask a few questions for the purpose of attempting to trap me and label me a heretic.  I quickly exposed their traps and deceptions and they acted as if they were leaving but remained in the shadows the rest of the day to reappear every hour or so.

It took a little while but soon I got a few students listening.  I then spotted a female student in “holiness” attire with a large bun, no makeup and a long dress.

I asked if she was UPC or Apostolic (both modalists groups of “oneness pentecostals”).  She said she was Apostolic.

I commended her for her modest dress and asked her a few questions.  Apparently she did not believe in Baptismal Regeneration but she did believe the sign of being saved was speaking in tongues and if a person did not speak in tongues they were not saved.

I quoted to her Acts 8:12-18 and pointed out those Phillip preached to believed and were baptized (Acts 8:12, Mark 16:16) and Mark 16:16 said if you believe and are baptized you will be saved but they were not yet baptized in the Holy Ghost.

She informed me Acts 2:38 was in the Bible.  I quoted Acts 2:38-40 to show her I was aware it was.

I really believe this was the only scripture she knew.

As I dealt with her a small crowd continued to gather.  They were defending their sins, claiming to be saved, boasting of their sins, etc.

Even though the students were defending homosexuality, claiming to sin all the time, live however they wanted, claim to be saved and she admitted homosexuality was a sin, a real Christian will forsake their life of sin, if your sinning you are not saved, etc. she was only concerned with rebuking me.

I rebuked her for her cowardice in not standing up against and speaking out against the sin on her campus but rebuking me for speaking out against sin.

Eventually she made her way to the gazebo I was preaching from and tried to get me to let her read Acts 2:38.  I refused to let her.

The Apostolic girl actually allowed the lesbian girl to hold her bible and read Acts 2:38 to the crowd.  What a great witness?

I think the Apostolic girl would be willing to be a martyr for Acts 2:38 and what she believed but I doubt she was really saved.  It seemed she was just indoctrinated into a belief system of her subculture.

I learned later from my wife that the apostolic girl and an immodest girl I had rebuked who claimed to be saved while justifying her sin had left for about an hour and talked.  The apostolic girl apparently didn’t talk to her about being saved but about wearing dresses.

My wife said the immodest girl was actually under great conviction and was agreeing with what I was preaching and what my wife was telling her even though she was not yet willing to give up her lifestyle.

The previous day another male student who was one of my fiercest hecklers and would yell every time I tried to preach to drown me out told me afterwards he knew he was not living right.  He admitted he knew what the Bible said and taught and knew if he was to obey and live it out he would lose all his friends and the campus would be against him like they were against me.

I now had a decent sized crowd of about 40-60.  I could not get into much depth but mainly had to reprove and rebuke the students with scripture for attempting to justify a sinful lifestyle twisting a few out of context scriptures.

A few of the male professing Christian hypocrites attempted to get the crowd to follow them off to hear the real gospel but the crowd never moved.  You could tell how shocked they were after they made a big show of rebuking me and expecting everyone to follow them off and no one moved.  I told them to hurry up and get going like they said they were going to do.  I even tried to encourage the crowd to follow them.  This was somewhat reverse psychology knowing they would never want to do what I told them to do or wanted them to do.

The crowd was around 40-70 most of the afternoon.  They were not as loud as the day before but were just as obstinate.

Later a professing male came behind me and said something like “Hey man how about you take a break and you and I go have a heart to heart talk together?”

What a snake!  These guys are such phonies trying to act nice and like they care when their real motive is to get me to stop preaching and stop the students from getting under real conviction of sin as their true condition before God is exposed.

I exposed him and rebuked him.  He soon gave up trying to prove I was wrong because he could not.  So he told the crowd to follow him behind the platform to hear the “real gospel!”

About half the crowd went back there and sat down and listened to him for about 10 minutes.  I know they only went to spite me and see how I would respond.  I knew they would all come right back in a few minutes and they did.

The police and administration was again on hand all day.

I preached on until around 3:10 PM reproving, rebuking and exhorting will all longsuffering and doctrine.  At that time I was informed a group had reserved the platform for some event.

When I learned they did in fact have a permit I politely left the stage and began to leave the campus.

As always my wife was surrounded by students asking her questions all day long.

We talked for about 20 minutes to a very arrogant woman who loved to hear herself talk.  I tried to reason with her for some time but could tell she was only interested in giving out her opinions so we left.

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FAITH AND DIVINE HEALING- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

I believe many who claim to believe in the ability of God to heal and those who claim to believe it is generally His will to heal are really unsure of His will.

It is almost like the calvinist’s believing God has some mysterious secret will that is contrary to what He wrote in His Word. As if His secret sovereign will overrides and contradicts what He revealed in His Word and what He promised.

Even though many are not healed you cannot argue from the Bible that it is because it was the will of God.

For faith to truly be exercised and to truly pray the prayer of faith there must be no doubt about what the will of God is in a matter.

James 1:6-8- But let him ASK IN FAITH NOTHING WAVERING. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

For LET NOT THAT MAN THINK THAT HE SHALL RECEIVE ANYTHING OF THE LORD.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

To truly ask in faith and pray the prayer of faith there must be no wavering and no doubt as to what the will of God is in the matter.

Any underlying doubt or wavering will totally undermine the prayer of faith.

The same author in the same book records a few chapters later:

James 5:14-15- IS ANY SICK AMONG YOU? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

AND THE PRAYER OF FAITH SHALL SAVE THE SICK, AND THE LORD SHALL RAISE HIM UP

For the elders as well as the one being prayed for to pray and believe in faith there must be no wavering or doubting as to what the will of God is.

1 John 5:14-15- And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us:

And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.

We can have no confidence that God will hear and give us the answer to our prayers if we are not sure about what the will of God is.

As long as there is underlying doubt or wavering as to what the will of God is then it cannot be the prayer of faith and confidence in God hearing and answering our prayer and petition to heal the sick.

We must also have confidence that we are in a right heart condition before God for our prayers to be heard and answered:

1 John 3:20-22- For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

And WHATSOEVER WE ASK WE RECEIVE OF HIM BECAUSE WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND DO THOSE THINGS THAT ARE PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT.

When these conditions are met of knowing our heart is right with God and knowing what the will of God is we can boldly ask, seek, knock until we obtain the answer. Luke 18:1-8, Mark 9:23-29, Matthew 17:19-21

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JESUS CHRIST IS GOD/ARIANISM IS HERESY- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

I am concerned and disgusted by how many are being influenced by the heresy of Arianism (believing Jesus is the Son of God but less than God, not equal with the Father, and/or a created being).

These folks are dangerous and unbiblical regardless of how much emphasis they place upon holiness, spirituality, etc. It is heresy.

Jesus is not the Father and is distinct from the Father but He is not less than the Father. He is fully God.

Revelation 1:7-8 is obviously a reference to Jesus Christ. He says of Himself:

Revelation 1:8- I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

In Revelation 1:11 He says of Himself: I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:

In Revelation 1:17-18 He says of Himself: Fear not; I am the first and the last:

I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Revelation 2:8- These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

These are all obvious references to Jesus Christ as He is the one who was dead and now alive.

Revelation 21:6- I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

Revelation 22:12-13 is an obvious reference to Jesus Christ as He is the one coming back to judge every man according to His work (Matthew 16:27).

Revelation 22:13- I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

In each of these verses Jesus is quoting Isaiah 44:6 and referring to the One being spoken of:

Isaiah 44:6- Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and His redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me THERE IS NO GOD.

Each time Jesus refers to Himself as Alpha and Omega the first and the last He is referring to Himself as the One true God the One spoken of in Isaiah 44:6.

Also when Jesus refers to Himself in Revelation 1:8 as “the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” He is referring to Himself as the One sitting upon the throne in Revelation 4:2-8.

Revelation 4:8- And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, WHICH WAS, AND IS, AND IS TO COME.

Jesus speaking in Revelation 1:8 is referring to Himself as the One sitting upon the throne in Revelation 4:8. This is also a direct reference and quote referring to the One sitting upon the throne in Isaiah 6:1-3:

Isaiah 6:3- And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.

Isaiah 6:3- The Lord of hosts and the One on the throne.

Isaiah 44:6- The Lord of hosts and the One true God.

The distinction between the Father and Son is also seen in Isaiah 44:6 and shows they are One God although distinct.

Jesus is distinct from the Father but is God Almighty. He is not less than the Father, and not a created being. He is the first and the last.

If ye believe not that I am He ye shall die in your sins (John 8:24, Exodus 3:14).

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TRINITY IS BIBLICAL AND MODALISM IS NOT- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

I believe the only view of the Godhead that is consistent with the entire Bible is the Trinitarian view. One God in three persons (Hebrews 1:3 refers to God as a person).

Since I believe in one God I do not like to use the term “Oneness” when referring to “Oneness Pentecostals” but rather modalism.

They believe in one God in three modes rather than one God in three persons. They believe Jesus is the Father in a different mode, the Son is the Father in a different mode, etc.

Trinitarians believe Jesus is not the Father and the Father is not Jesus but both are fully God.

Modalists believe Jesus eternally existed with the Father as nothing more than a thought or a concept when Jesus said He was with the Father before the world was (John 17:5, John 1:1-2).

Phillipians 2:5-8 states Jesus existed with and was equal to the Father before His incarnation.

The Bible records discussions between the Father and the Son before He came to earth as God incarnate (Hebrews 1:5-8) and the Father calls the Son God and states the Son has a throne.

Here are a few passages that clearly refute modalism heresy:

John 8:16- 18: And yet if I judge my judgment is true: for I AM NOT ALONE, BUT I AND THE FATHER THAT SENT ME.

It is also written in your law that the TESTIMONY OF TWO MEN IS TRUE.

I AM ONE THAT BEAR WITNESS OF MYSELF, AND THE FATHER THAT SENT ME BEARETH WITNESS OF ME.

The above is referring to the testimony of two witnesses and referring to the witness of the Father and the Son.

Hebrews 6:16-18: For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of HIs counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

That by TWO IMMUTABLE THINGS, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

The passage above shows God making a covenant with Himself (Hebrews 6:13). The two immutable things are the Father making a covenant with the Son (Hebrews 7).

Hebrews 7:17- For He testifieth, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizidec.

Hebrews 7:22- By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

God the Father making a covenant with God the Son, swearing by Himself is the two immutable things by which is it impossible for God to lie.

John 17:21- That they all may be ONE: as thou, Father art in Me and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us:

Here in John 17 Jesus is praying for believers to have the same unity and agreement that He and the Father have together.

He is not praying for believers to become the same literal person.

For modalist doctrine to be consistent to it’s teachings you would have to twist this prayer of Jesus in John 17 to mean Jesus was praying for believers to become literally the same person.

John 8:29- And HE that sent ME IS WITH ME: THE FATHER hath not left ME ALONE; for I do always those things that please HIM.

John 14:23- If a man love ME he will keep MY WORDS: AND MY FATHER will love him, and WE will come unto him and make OUR abode with him.

John 17:5- And now O FATHER, GLORIFY THOU ME WITH THINE OWN SELF WITH THE GLORY WHICH I HAD WITH THEE BEFORE THE WORLD WAS.

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PREACHING AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA- FLORENCE, ALABAMA- WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28, 2015- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Since leaving the Clemson area we had been moving west and it rained all day Monday and Tuesday.

We drove a few hours this morning to make it to Florence and it rained all the way.

First preached here back on April 4, 2012 on my way out to Oklahoma for the first time.  After that I was contacted by a Baptist Calvinist pastor and challenged to a debate.  We had the debate on February 13, 2013.

We also preached here one day last spring semester.

I arrived on the free speech gazebo platform and began preaching around 12:10 PM.  After a few minutes a few students stopped to listen and began asking questions.  They were civil at first but didn’t like my biblical answers even though they both claimed to be Christians and believe the Bible to be the Word of God.

Slowly the crowd continued growing up to around 70-120.

Thankfully today I was not plagued with hecklers following me around on the platform trying to sing songs over my preaching or students following me around trying to steal my crowd all day.

Most of the students stayed off the platform in the area below.

In the past there has been a black male professing Christian who has been particularly annoying.  I don’t think he is a homosexual but he is somewhat feminine and has long hair.  He usually tries to steal my crowd and preaches very emotional messages that are void of biblical content.

He preaches to my raucous sin defending, sin justifying, sin flaunting crowds of homsoexuals, pot smokers, drunkards, fornicators, porno perverts, cigarette smokers, rock and rollers, etc. most of whom profess to be “saved” as if they are some kind of church group that are all living holy lives.

Humanistic message of unity with some Jesus thrown in.  Blah!

Well the good news is today he showed up but seemed to be quite subdued and more humbled than in the past.

Early on he jumped upon something in front of me and tried to preach to the crowd but didn’t last long.  Soon he stopped.

After that he really didn’t interrupt again although he did try to preach to the crowd after I moved from preaching into discussion mode.

I am well aware most of the students do not really pay much attention to him but only act as if they are listening to spite me and see how I am going to respond.  He has no message and says the same thing over and over.

My wife had students around her all day asking questions.  She told me there was a group of Arab students who listened all day and were very amused.  They were all smokers and started laughing when I sang the smoking song.

Several of the students that had been my fiercest hecklers in the past were very subdued today, did not interfere or interrupt and were actually cordial and friendly.

By around 2:00 PM the crowd was so loud, rowdy and boisterous I was unable to preach to them.

Several police officers and administrators were on hand all day.

I decided to shift gears into discussion mode and went to the back of the platform and sat down.

Most of the crowd would probably have moved back to where I was but the black male student with the loud mouth and no message started trying to preach to them.

I am fairly convinced if he was a white guy they would ignore him totally.

After about 10-15 minutes I went back to the front of the platform where I had preached earlier.  By now the black male student had turned off the students so much with his low content, high emotional message there were only a few students left in the area.

When I began to address the students and preach again the black male student to my amazement did not try to interfere or interrupt me.

I gradually built the crowd back up again but not nearly as large as before.  Maybe around 25-50.  I preached and answered their questions as best as possible for some time.

One of the students suggested the idea that they come up on the platform with me so a bunch of the students came upon the platform.

At this point I had a group of students around me and so did my wife.  A group also surrounded the black male student while he babbled on about unity, peace, etc.  He never addresses sin or deals with the subject of biblical repentance.

After 3:00 PM I started having some good discussion with several students who were civil, opened and listened well.

My preaching had stirred the crowd and exposed their hearts but I saw how it had humbled some down at this point.

Soon the students I was talking to had to leave so I exited the platform and joined my wife who was surrounded by a handful of students.

We answered their questions until around 4:00 PM and left the campus for the day.

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ANOTHER GREAT DAY PREACHING AT CLEMSON UNIVERSITY- CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA- THURSDAY OCTOBER 22, 2015- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Today was a more perfect day for preaching than Tuesday with clear sunny skies again and weather in the high 70’s.

I arrived in the preaching area around 11:45 AM and greeted the two police officers waiting for me and shook their hands.

The barricades were not set up so I began setting them up and the officers helped me.

Like the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida this school has bells that ring on the hour.  However I have been told anyone can go practice on the bells and there is also a class for playing the bells.

At any rate after I set up the bells kept ringing and ringing non stop.  I tried to preach over and through it and a crowd started to gather.

The LGBT group brought out a banner and stood about five yards in front of where I was barricaded off.

I was getting a decent sized crowd gathered all around the barricades but the constant bells were so loud it was difficult for me to hear the students and them to hear me.

I asked my faithful wife to go get my voice amplifier from the vehicle.  If the bells kept up I was going to see if the police would allow me to use my voice amplifier.

I assumed the students knew I was coming, knew I had arrived and were up there making all kinds of noise to drown me out.

Soon I sat down and waited for the noise to stop and some of the crowd dispersed.  I really had no choice though because it was so loud.

Thankfully after about 10 minutes the bells stopped completely and I began to effectively preach and answer questions.

Like Tuesday the crowd quickly grew to around 100-175 and stayed that way most of the day.  A few times the crowd was smaller but usually it was at least about 75.

The crowd seemed rowdier and a little larger than Tuesday.  At times the crowd would settle down and get quiet while I preached and answered intelligent sincere questions but soon the clowns would go back to clowning, disrupting and heckling.

This pattern continued throughout most of the afternoon.

Even though I had barricades around me and several officers on hand all day long throughout the day like Tuesday students would accuse me of just being there to get someone to hit me and get a lawsuit.

The “tough guys” who acted like they were in the hood would make threats, never carry them out, and then warn me not to hit them or I would get hurt.

I am sure they have never been personally and directly rebuked for their sins and challenged to defend and back up their statements and accusations.  Their solution is to threaten violence and express themselves with profanity.

Much of the day I had to preach the Word and reprove and rebuke.

Today as well as Tuesday my wife had students around her all day asking questions and she answered their questions and witnessed to them.

I continued to preach until 4:30 PM.  When I exited the barricades there were still about 75 students standing around.  Many students were there on Tuesday a good part of the day and were back again today for much of the day.

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GREAT DAY OF PREACHING AT CLEMSON UNIVERSITY- CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA- TUESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2015- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

The first time we preached at this University was in April of 2009 and we preached here again in November of 2009.  The last time we preached on this campus was back in September 2011.

This campus has always required a 3 day advance permit process as long as I have been preaching here.  We applied last Tuesday but the school was on Fall Break.  We were told the first available day was today.

This school always sets up barricades for us to preach in and always has police on hand that have always done a good job.

It has always seemed the students on this campus as a whole are somewhat civil and reasonable.  They don’t get extremely emotional and mean as some schools.  This is also one of the schools that seems to have the most religious Bible belt hypocrites.

It was perfect weather for preaching with clear sunny skies and weather in the mid 60’s.  Two police officers were on hand when I arrived in the preaching area around 12:10 PM.  I introduced myself and greeted them with a hand shake.

I put my tie on, set up my voice recorder and began preaching about 12:15 PM.

Within a few minutes of preaching a small crowd began to gather and they began asking questions.

The crowd gradually grew and continued growing until it reached around 150-170.  Throughout the day the crowd fluctuated from about 40-150.

After about an hour when the crowd was largest a male and a female student showed up with homemade signs calling me a false prophet and accusing me of condemning students.

I judged them for judging me as a false prophet and condemning me.

There was some big Pray For America event going on across the campus.  The students holding the signs and a few others kept inviting all the students in my crowd to go over there and hear “the real gospel”.

However the preaching was far too convicting and interesting for many to be interested in leaving.  They kept repeating themselves for everyone to leave and follow them but did not get the desired response.

After a big to do about five students followed them off “across the campus”.

Evidently they must have been the only ones attending the even though because in a few minutes predictably they were back in my area about 15 yards from where I was preaching in a group singing songs.

My wife told me this prayer event was a part of Lou Engle’s group.  I guess I am not really against Lou Engle’s and certainly not against getting students to pray for America but I did not like the way they opposed me.

Their leaders accused me of leading people astray.  I warned them God does not hear the prayers of those in sin (Psalm 66:18, John 9:31).

I repeatedly challenged them in front of the crowd to tell me how preaching and warning people to repent of their sin and turn to Jesus Christ is leading people astray.

I repeatedly challenged them in front of the crowd to answer me of whether they believed people can be saved and have their prayers answered while living in sin.

They could only accuse me but provide no answers to my challenges.  I hope Lou Engle has better doctrine than these guys.

Soon the Pray For America group who supposedly had their event across the campus and invited everyone to follow them was across from me singing loud songs and using instruments.  Another student had set up his speakers and was blasting music to drown me out.

The crowd was well over 100 at this point and I had gone through the school’s correct process and waited to reserve the free speech area.  I did not think it was fair or right for these groups to drown out my area with amplified sound with no permit.  I brought this to the attention of the police officers.

It took some time but finally the police officers forced the Pray For America group to stop playing their instruments and singing right near me and forced the students blasting the music on the speakers to turn it off.

I preached all afternoon long.  Several times I attempted to shift into discussion mode but ended up getting back into preaching.

Around 4:15 PM I shifted into discussion mode and stayed in it until 5:00 PM.  I had put on my permit I was going to stay until 5:00 PM.  The police did not attempt to stop me or make me leave but I stopped anyways at 5:00 PM, announced our departure and exited the barricaded area.  We still had around 40-50 students around the barricades listening.

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