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In years past this has always been one of my least favorite campuses to preach on.

Basically the students seem to be more liberal, emotional, unreasonable, and mean than most other campuses.

In years past when we would preach the LGBT, atheist, socialist, feminist, tree hugging student groups would show up and surround us with hand made signs.

They would heckle and basically make it difficult to preach to anyone else other than them.

In more recent years I have tried not to feed into that too much and keep them from getting too emotional.

I began preaching trying to be more humorous and corny in my hell fire, rebuking, repentance preaching.

Immediately I began gathering listeners and small crowds.

Soon a dancing, ear phone listening white male student tried to take my hat and I took it right back.

I was trying to be as low key and be wise with using rhetoric that was not too inflammatory.

I was having some decent preaching, questions, and discussion as the crowd continued to grow.

After a while a heavy set black woman could take no more and began walking all over the preach talking about “love” and denouncing me.

Soon after that another white male student plugged in some electric guitar and started playing loud music without a permit in the preaching area to drown me out and disrupt the preaching.

Thakfully after about 10 minutes someone from the school made him turn it off and stop.

By now they were pretty rowdy, emotional and unreasonable.

Some of the students began to crowd me in and follow me around and even touching me.

I warned them not to, that I had both camera and voice recording going, and that was not a good idea for them to do.

At this point it was very difficult to continue preaching to them because they were so convicted, angry, heckling, yelling, interrupting, etc.

I took a seat on the quad square and the students crowded around me.

I was hoping to calm them down some, weed out some of the unreasonable disruptive hecklers and get some decent discussion and question and answer going.

It was difficult but I persisted for some time and definitely believe seeds were being planted although some of the ground was very hard and fallow.

Eventually the students began to crowd me again and tried to start touching me.

I moved myself out from the crowd and thought I may leave for the day.

I was surrounded by a small group of students for another hour or so and we had very good discussion and questions and answers.

My audience were atheists, muslims, and a few professing Christians.

Much of this discussion centered on the God of the Bible is not the god of the koran, who is Jesus, what about those who have never heard the gospel, and God’s justice.

It was by no means one of our largest crowds at Wright State over the years but I believed it was one of the more productive days here.


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Thankfully there are notable exceptions but it seems much of the conservative holiness/pentecostal churches are either preaching no doctrine/shallow/emotional type messages or attempting to bring in some dry intellectual semi calvinism.

We better get back to solid, biblical, doctrinal, preaching backed up by a lifestyle of prayer and fasting.

Unfortunately I believe many preachers, especially younger ones do not filter the books they read through the Bible but rather filter the Bible through the books they read.

Or little or no Bible reading and prayer but trying to get a “thought” from a sermon book where the guy is either a Baptist or calvinist.

Everyone will always claim the Bible is their final authority but it is very easy to give more weight to books and authors than the Bible.

In years past many preachers wouldn’t put such an emphasis on reading books but mainly read the Bible and lived consecrated lives of prayer and fasting.

So the preaching emphasis would reflect the doctrines of the holiness/pentecostal movement.

The experiences and fruit of the preaching confirmed the doctrines.

I am definitely not against reading books but reading too many books and not reading/studying/meditating/praying on the scriptures enough opens the door to giving more weight to books and authors than the Bible.

Sadly nowadays many younger preachers are being greatly influenced by calvinist authors and this is reflected in their preaching as well as the experience and fruit they see.

Not all calivinists would identify as cessationalists but calvinism leads to cessationalism and the two go hand in hand.

Most of those uninformed with calvinism believe calvinism is antinomianism which isn’t really true.

Once they learn many calvinists do not believe you can live however you want and speak some of holiness and consecration they open the door wide and start accepting their TULIP doctrines.

Many holiness/pentecostal preachers hardly have any authors with holiness pentecostal doctrine in their libraries.

Even if the authors are Wesleyan Holiness in their doctrine although they may be very sound and good on soteriology (salvation) they are not pentecostal and are off on their pneumatology (Holy Spirit) doctrine.

Reading these authors (including those like Ravenhill and Tozer) and giving such weight to their thoughts and teachings you can easily end up with only doctrines that do not emphasize the Pentecostal doctrines.

In other words a steady diet of reading all these non pentecostal authors over time, giving more weight to their writings than the Bible will be reflected in their preaching, the experiences of the people and the fruit.

Gradually you end up with a movement that is no longer Pentecostal in either doctrine, practice, experience or fruit.

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This was again another new state and campus for us. This is the third new state we have preached on this semester and the fourth new campus.

After a somewhat difficult time parking we quickly located the student union and the free speech area.

They had some tables and activities set up close to the union so I decided to start a little further back.

I had several hours of lively, interactive, fairly civil, preaching and discussion.

I had one angry homosexual young man who claimed he could read original bible languages who ended up kicking my wife’s cart near the end of the day heckling me early on.

Another wannabee tough guy who claimed to be from Chicago kept trying to impress me that he was tough because he was from Chicago heckled and made threats.

Another Indian looking man with longer hair, who smoked, cussed, admitted he was sexually immoral and seemed to be a Hindu when convenient heckled fairly constantly.

Other than that most of the listeners and crowd were fairly civil although angry, emotional and unreasonable most of the time.

Other times they would remain silent and allow me to preach on answering questions and arguments with scriptures and reason.

I was constantly insulted and called racist slurs for being white by mainly whites on this predominantly white campus but I mainly ignored it and focused upon preaching the bible and dealing with their sin.

After preaching for about an hour and forty five minutes I decided to try to calm down the crowd by sitting in a chair and moving into more of a discussion mode.

They were getting more and more rowdy and emotional and less and less reasonable.

This worked well to some degree although several times I had to move into rebuke mode as some of the students attempted to sidetrack the discussion and try to represent me as saying things I wasn’t saying or topics I did not bring up.

Towards the end of the discussion we focused upon the God of the Bible was not the god of Islam. I had muslims, Jewish, Hindu, professing Christians and heathens all in my discussion.

I put almost four hours in the meter but with around 40 minutes to go the angry homosexual male student decided to aggressively kick the cart my wife was holding onto.

She was also surrounded by around 10-20 students for most of the afternoon and was witnessing to them and answering their questions.

The angry male homosexual student rapidly left the scene as my wife let him know he could be reported and identified easily.

I was running my go pro all day and he had been heckling me for a good part of it.

One very respectful young man volunteered to walk with us and keep an eye out for us.

I didn’t think this was necessary but it was very much appreciated and a very nice gesture.

All in all we believed it was a very productive and fruitful day.

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Since our preaching at Michigan State University in East Lansing earlier in the week was our first time preaching on a campus in the state of Michigan this of course was another first time campus for us.

After parking a good way off from the university and a long walk we located the Diag.

I was told by my friend and host Michael Venyah that the Diag usually has events going on.

I noticed they were setting up for some event and every section of grass was totally surrounded by tables and the grass was taped off.

That seemed to eliminate any attempt to preach on the grass.

I began preaching on the Diag trying to remain where I would not interfere with other events taking place who probably had permits.

A few minutes after beginning I spotted a female police officer walk right by me but she did not even look at me.

Shortly after this a black female walked up to me from the group setting up the event and told me I was not allowed to be in the area because they had it reserved.

She must have thought I had a big sign on my forehead that read “OKIE DOKE!”

She also told me my wife could not have the drag along cart in the area unless it was moving. She said anything in a cart or bag could not be on the ground but must keep moving.

I asked her if I could see her permit. I also pointed to all the book bags and cases full lying around the even area.

She told me she had a permit but did not need to show it to me and I had to move and move our little cart out of the area.

I respectfully told her she could call someone and if I needed to move then I would.

She told me they did not want to call someone but that I needed to move.

I respectfully told her the same thing and resumed preaching.

As soon as she left a white woman from her group came over and we went through the same thing.

I did not have “OKIE DOKE!” on my forehead even though they must have thought I did and I wasn’t moving just because they told me I had to.

I was never told to move again after that.

It was difficult to gather the attention of the students but I regularly preached and interacted with small groups of students.

I did not realize but the reason there were so many tables and the grass was taped off was because this was the big annual fall event “FESTIFALL”.

The area rapidly continued to fill up with people and groups occupying their display tables.

Due to all of this it was very noisy and more like a street event preach than a campus preach.

I was thankful for my witness jacket “REPENT OR PERISH-JESUS SAVES- FEAR GOD” advertising to all and drawing much attention.

I focused on preaching one liners combined with scriptures to the passersby and would have students stop for discussion from time to time.

I was interviewed by a nice woman who asked me why I chose to come and preach on “FESTIFALL”.

I told her I did not realize it was “FESTIFALL” but just came to preach on campus. I thought it was a very good interview.

Soon in addition to the noise of the crowds of people they began to play amplified music.

Soon after the music began we began to head out to walk the long distance through the crowds back to the vehicle so our meter would not expire.

I was able to calm down and connect with an older man who accused me of using FEAR tactics.

I calmed hiim down and explained to him from the scriptures the fear of the Lord (Matthew 10:28, Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 3:7, Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 14:27, Proverbs 16:6).

We were also stopped by several females who asked us if we were feminists.

I calmly dismantled all of their emotional objections with scripture and reason. At that point they told me they were not interested in having any more conversation with us.

I reminded them they were the ones who began the discussion before we headed out.

Walking through the city streets of this liberal college town a man living in a shelter asked us if we had a King James Bible and showed us a Jehovah Witness Bible he had but did not like reading because it was different.

We were glad to provide him with a large print New Testament and Psalms from a pastor friend of ours whose church gave us about 15 to give out.

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Tuesday September 5, 2017- Michigan State University- East Lansing, Michigan:

As with Northern Kentucky University this was both the first time we had preached on this campus as well as the first time we have preached on a campus in this state during our 11 years of traveling preaching on campus.

We arrived with our very good, long time friends the Michael Venyah family around 11:40 AM and I began preaching around 11:45 AM.

It was fairly easy to gather a decent sized, attentive, civil, interactive crowd.

This far north of the Mason-Dixon many of the students are not familiar with the typical hypocritical, sin excusing, arguments you encounter in the Bible belt of the deep south.

A good number of the students seemed to claim to be catholic but didn’t really know anything about the Bible.

In fact their level of Bible knowledge was far worse than the extremely limited knowledge of the Bible belt baptist and calvinist hypocrites.

I believe I was able to preach and answer questions effectively the entire time but especially at one point when I dealt with the subject of “Why the Islamic Allah is not the God of the Bible”.

The students asked good questions and were quiet and attentive as I was able to preach and teach extensively on the subject of Jesus being both God the Son and the Son of God as well as the trinity.

My wife sister Elizabeth Armstrong preached and answered questions after I did and did an excellent job.

The Michael Venyah family and some brethren from the church held witness signs and witnessed on the sidelines.

After sister Elizabeth preached, brother Brent from the Venyah’s church “Soulwinners International” took over the crowd to preach and answer questions.

Although many of the students on this campus do not seem to be very familiar with the Bible for themselves the students seemed to be in general, reasonable, civil and intelligent.

I had an excellent discussion with two female students who approached me on the sidelines who seemed to be sincere believers.

After several hours it began to rain so we headed out.

It was a very productive and fruitful day of preaching and witnessing.

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It was a slower day on this campus. We learned there was an away football game against Indiana University.

We also learned Tom Short had been preaching on campus during the week. I didn’t see him but he stopped by and spoke to my wife and gave us a copy of his new book. She said he was very friendly and happy to see us.

I appreciate Tom Short and believe his emphasis is complementary to ours and he probably reaches some people we do not.

It was difficult at first but soon I was able to gather a small, interactive group.

In addition to the away game and Tom Short on campus during the week, it was the last day before a big holiday weekend.

Some of the guys with Tom Short were in the group and asked me some doctrinal questions.

Both days this week at both campuses it seemed gender confusion was a big topic as this made up a big part of the end of the day discussions.

My wife was also surrounded by a group of students throughout our time here.

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This was our first time preaching on this campus and it was in fact our first time preaching on a Kentucky campus.

We have always passed over this state and preached in Ohio and Indiana. This may have been due to in the past we believed there were other preachers covering this campuses.

It was fairly easy gathering a good sized crowd and they remained civil.

I purposely tried to avoid the controversial political situations of late to avoid getting bogged down in that and the students becoming overly emotional and unreasonable. Personally I believe at this time it would be an unnecessary, unproductive distraction to the preaching.

I didn’t need it to gather a crowd, be controversial or gather the attention of the students.

I have no problem if others choose to do such.

After some time later in the day the crowd became smaller and I moved from preaching mode to discussion mode.

It began to rain and we moved with a group of students to underneath a building and continued the discussion for another hour or so.

I believe it was a very productive day as well as being an enjoyable day of preaching and witnessing.

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