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TWO GREAT DAYS OF PREACHING AT CLEMSON UNIVERSITY- CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA- WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY OCTOBER 25-26, 2017- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

We have been preaching on this campus since the spring of 2009.

I have always enjoyed preaching on this campus as the students as a whole seem to be above the average intelligence of most campuses, more reasonable, more conservative, and you are really in the Bible Belt.

The University has a three day advance notice policy but they have always been fair and the administration and police have always been helpful and cooperative.

I appreciate the bike rack barricades they set up to keep a distance between the students and myself.

The noon hour was dead as a doornail as far as foot traffic so I introduced myself to the gentleman Mr. Jones who was in charge of the free speech activities.

He was a black man who had been a student here 20 years ago. He started asking me some biblical questions concerning the preaching as he had heard me preach here in years past.

He seemed to be very genuine and told me he was Church of Christ.

We had a good biblical discussion and finished up talking some about baptismal regeneration.

I began preaching around 1:00 PM and instantly began to capture the attention of the students and draw a small crowd.

I used some humor and acted corny to get their attention and then shifted into going for the jugular in preaching.

As the crowd grew steadily to 50-80 throughout the remainder of the afternoon I was able to preach, teach, and answer questions effectively the entire afternoon.

The students would ask good questions, listen to my lengthy responses, get a little rowdy, and then settle down again.

They definitely didn’t like my answers and at times got heated but it was lively, civil and interactive all day long. As a whole they usually aren’t a mean spirited bunch.

Later in the afternoon the homosexuals showed up with their rainbow flag trying to get me to bite but I never engaged their circus act.

I was getting so many good questions with the students listening so well and wanting more.

Early in the day some white rapper wannabee with a southern accent who claimed to be from “East Atlanta” (probably several hundred miles east) kept using profanity, trying to convince me how “down” he was, and kept playing rap music on some device.

Each time the students asked him to turn it off as they wanted to hear the preaching and ask questions.

When I finally left around 4:20 mainly due to the parking permit going to expire I had the full attention of the full crowd.

DAY 2

This day was very similar to the first day. I arrived a little later than the previous day due to the lunch hour being so dead (around 12:45 PM).

A longer haired young man who had been in the audience asked if he could talk to me while I was getting ready.

I answered all of his questions and objections with detailed scriptural answers. He never acknowledged any of my answers but kept hopscotching to other questions. I could see he was getting more agitated with each answer and was greatly fighting conviction.

I moved into my “preaching cage” and soon a few other students started asking questions and the crowd quickly developed from there.

The crowd size and overall mood was similar to the day before except they were even less rowdy and more attentive with less interruptions, distractions and heckling.

I was able to effectively preach, teach, and answer questions all afternoon long with a minimum of heckling and disruptions from the students.

Of course both days at times it was necessary kick into rebuke mode.

Both days I watched many students who showed up to mock, be entertained and discredit turn into serious listeners and inquirers.

My wife sister Elizabeth Armstrong was surrounded by inquiring groups of students as usual both days and did an excellent job working the sidelines.

One student came up and sincerely thanked me for coming and told me he had been speaking to my wife on the sidelines.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

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THE TRINITARIAN VIEW OF THE GODHEAD IS THE ONE CONSISTENT WITH THE WHOLE OF SCIPTURES- 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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