THURSDAY AUGUST 31, 2017- OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY- COLUMBUS, OHIO- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

 

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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GOOD DAY PREACHING AT NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY- HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY- TUESDAY AUGUST 29, 2017- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

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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SALVATION IS CONDITIONAL UPON ABIDING IN CHRIST- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

The state of being saved is the state of being in Jesus Christ who Himself is the Savior from sin and sinning.

Matthew 1:21- AND SHE SHALL BRING FORTH A SON, AND THOU SHALT CALL HIS NAME JESUS: FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.

The condition of being saved is always spoken of as being conditional, continuous and ongoing.

1 John 1:7- But IF we WALK IN THE LIGHT, AS HE IS IN THE LIGHT, WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP ONE WITH ANOTHER AND THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN.

The condition of having the blood of Jesus Christ cleansing you from all your sin is based upon the condition that you walk in the light (truth, obedience) of God and to God.

This means when you cease to walk in the light, walk in the truth, walk in obedience to God, you cease to have fellowship with Him and as you cease to have fellowship with Him, His blood ceases to cleanse you from your sin at that point.

John 15:10- IF YE KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, YE SHALL ABIDE IN MY LOVE, EVEN AS I HAVE KEPT MY FATHER’S COMMANDMENTS AND ABIDE IN HIS LOVE.

The condition of you abiding in His love is based upon the condition you keep (obey, follow) His commandments.

When you cease to keep His commandments (obey, follow) then you cease to abide in His love.

John 10:27-28- MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, AND I KNOW THEM, AND THEY FOLLOW ME:

AND I WILL GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE; AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH, NEITHER SHALL ANY MAN PLUCK THEM OUT OF MY HAND.

The condition of having eternal life is based upon the condition of hearing His voice, knowing Him, obeying Him and following Him.

If those conditions are met then you shall never perish and no man (including yourself) shall pluck you out of His hand.

When you cease to hear, obey, know, and follow His voice, His commands, His Word, then at that point you have no biblical assurance of eternal life, of fellowship with Him, of abiding and remaining in Him, and of the cleansing of the blood for your sins.

John 17:3- AND THIS IS LIFE ETERNAL, THAT THEY MIGHT KNOW THEE THE ONLY TRUE GOD AND JESUS CHRIST, WHOM THOU HAST SENT.

Eternal life is not a gift separate from the person of Jesus Christ. He is the gift, He is the life (John 14:6, 1 John 5:12).

It is knowing Him intimately, being in contact with Him, being in communion with Him, being in fellowship with Him, being intertwined with Him.

Not just knowing about Him or memorizing a formula or doctrinal statement (although that is important and necessary to knowing Him).

1 John 2:3-4- HEREBY WE DO KNOW THAT WE KNOW HIM, IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS

HE THAT SAITH, I KNOW HIM, AND KEEPETH NOT HIS COMMANDMENTS IS A LIAR, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM.

The Bible evidence and proof that a person knows Him and has eternal life is that they obey Him and keep His commandments.

At the point a person ceases to obey Him and keep His commandments, that person ceases to be intimate with and have fellowship with (know) the Lord Jesus Christ.

At that point they cease to have fellowship with Him, and therefore cease to have any biblical grounds to claim they have eternal life and the blood of Jesus Christ is presently cleansing them from their unrepentant sin and disobedience.

John 6:53-57- VERILY, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, EXCEPT YE EAT THE FLESH OF THE SON OF MAN, AND DRINK HIS BLOOD YE HAVE NO LIFE IN YOU.

WHOSO EATETH MY FLESH, AND DRINKETH MY BLOOD, HATH ETERNAL LIFE; AND I WILL RAISE HIM UP AT THE LAST DAY.

FOR MY FLESH IS MEAT INDEED AND MY BLOOD IS DRINK INDEED.

HE THAT EATETH MY FLESH, AND DRINKETH MY BLOOD, DWELLETH IN ME, AND I IN HIM.

AS THE LIVING FATHER HATH SENT ME, AND I LIVE BY THE FATHER, SO HE THAT EATETH ME EVEN HE SHALL LIVE BY ME.

When Jesus speaks of eating His flesh and drinking His blood He is speaking of having fellowship and communion with Him.

He is speaking of feasting on the Word of God, on the Bible, on the Person of Jesus Christ, on the Holy Ghost, on prayer, and on doing the will of God (John 4:34).

This is the person who has eternal life abiding in them. This is the person who has Jesus Christ dwelling in them and dwells in the person of Jesus Christ.

1 John 3:5-6- AND YE KNOW THAT HE WAS MANIFESTED TO TAKE AWAY OUR SINS; AND IN HIM IS NO SIN.

WHOSOEVER ABIDETH IN HIM SINNETH NOT: WHOSOEVER SINNETH HATH NOT SEEN HIM NEITHER KNOWN HIM.

If you are in Christ then you cannot be in sin.

He is the light and in Him is no darkness (1 John 1:5-6).

If you are in sin then you cannot be in Christ.

To get into sin you must come out of Christ.

To get into Christ you must depart from your sin (2 Timothy 2:19).

This is conditional, ongoing and continuous.

There is no salvation without fellowship with Jesus Christ.

There is no fellowship with Jesus Christ while a person is walking in darkness, disobedience to God or sin.

There is no eternal life without fellowship and obedience to Jesus Christ.

He is the Savior of them that obey Him (Hebrews 5:9).

If you are sinning you are disobeying Him and have no biblical grounds to claim you are saved.

There is no cleansing from sin without obedience and fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is no salvation without the blood cleansing you from your sin (Hebrews 9:22, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19).

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SOME SCRIPTURES THAT REFUTE THE DUAL HERESIES OF MODALISM (ONENESS) AND ARIANISM (JESUS A CREATED BEING AND LESS THAN GOD)- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Here are just a few verses of many that refute both twin heresies of modalism (oneness) and arianism (Jesus was created, less than the Father and not equal to the Father):

Hebrews 1:8- But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy Kingdom.

Here we have God the Father speaking to God the Son and calling Him God.

John 5:23- That all men should honor the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent Him.

Here we have Jesus the Son claiming He should be honored in the same way as the Father is honored.

Phillipians 2:6-8- Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Here we see before Jesus came to earth in the form of a man He was with the Father, in the form of God, and equal to God.

John 5:17-18- But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

John 1:1-2- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,

The same was in the beginning with God.

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.

He we see Jesus as God, with God, sharing the same glory as the Father, distinct from the Father, before the world was.

Hebrews 1:6- And again when He bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, He saith, and let all the angels of God worship Him.

Here we see the God the Father, bringing God the Son who had been with Him in the form of God before the world was, into the world, as a man and commanding Him to be worshiped.

1 John 5:7- For there are three that bear record in heaven, The Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

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.

Jesus speaks of the Father and Himself being two witnesses, being sent by the Father, being not alone, but being with the Father.

One God Three persons

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THOUGHTS ON MEDITATION IN RELATION TO PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

The Bible teaches and explains various types of prayer such as thanksgiving, praise, worship, petition, supplication, intercession (Ephesians 6:18, 1 Timothy 2:1).

I have always believed and considered the practice of meditation to be of vital importance to any prayer life.

In our praying of all these different types and manner of prayer we are commanded to take “the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD” (Ephesians 6:17-18).

In our prayers and spiritual warfare we are to be standing upon the Word of God from a position of victory (Ephesians 6:10-18).

The Lord Jesus Christ was no doubt in a constant meditation during His fasting, consecration and testing in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13).

This was how Jesus defeated the devil in the wilderness temptation (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13).

As important as reading and study are meditation is as or perhaps even more important.

We are commanded to meditate upon the Word of God day and night.

Joshua 1:8- This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth,; but THOU SHALT MEDITATE THEREIN DAY AND NIGHT, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Psalm 1:2- But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and IN HIS LAW DOTH HE MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT.

Meditation upon the Word of God, upon the scriptures, upon Bible subjects, upon certain verses, upon certain passages, is one way that gets the Bible from our head to our hearts.

Meditating upon the scriptures, pondering them, quoting them, repeating them, praying them, chewing them, ruminating upon them brings spiritual knowledge, understanding and revelation.

Putting God in remembrance of His Word, putting the devil in remembrance of the Word of God, and putting ourselves in remembrance of them builds and develops faith.

Meditation turns Bible information into spiritual understanding.

Meditation turns Bible head knowledge into heart knowledge.

Meditation turns Bible information into revelation knowledge.

Meditation turns Bible information into practical understanding whereby we can wield the Sword of the Spirit.

Meditation turns the letter into the Sword of the Spirit.

This is the type of wisdom and understanding spoken of in the book of Proverbs and in the parables of the sower respectively (Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8).

The greater the study, prayer and meditation upon any Bible subject, topic or discipline the more understanding and revelation we obtain.

The more understanding and revelation we obtain the more of a practical reality the subject, topic or discipline becomes to us.

The more we practically apply ourselves to these the more effective and fruitful we become in them.

Revelation knowledge and spiritual understanding of the Word of God is the foundation of faith in God and in His Word.

Revelation knowledge and spiritual understanding of the Word of God is the result of meditation and practical application of the Word of God.

This is the means by which the Holy Ghost opens the eyes of our understanding, the eyes of our heart, and opens to us the scriptures (Ephesians 1:17-18, Psalm 119:18, Luke 24:45).

Weak faith and shallow understanding is the product of little or no meditation upon the Word of God.

Meditation was obviously the practice of the patriarchs:

Genesis 24:63- And Isaac went out to MEDITATE in the field at eventide.

David practiced meditating upon the Word of God all through the Psalms during his times of prayer, worship, communion, petitions and intercession (Psalm 1:2).

Psalm 19:14- Let the words of my mouth, and the MEDITATION OF MY HEART, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Psalm 63:6- When I remember Thee upon my bed, and MEDITATE UPON THEE IN THE NIGHT WATCHES.

Psalm 104:34- My MEDITATION OF HIM shall be sweet:

Psalm 119:48- My hands also will I lift up unto Thy commandments, which I have loved; and I WILL MEDITATE IN THY STATUTES.

Psalm 119:78 (b)- I WILL MEDITATE IN THY PRECEPTS.

Psalm 119:97- I how I love thy law! It is my MEDITATION ALL THE DAY.

The consistent practice of meditating upon the Word of God gave David more understanding than both his teaches and the ancients.

A person who loves the Word of God will at times sacrifice sleep, food and time to be able to spend time meditating upon the Bible.

Psalm 119:148- Mine eyes prevent the night watches, THAT I MIGHT MEDITATE IN THY WORD.

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PUTTING 1 JOHN 1:8 IN CONTEXT TO REFUTE EXCUSES FOR SINNING- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

1 John 1:8- If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we pull this verse out it contradicts the rest of the chapter as well as the whole book of 1 John.

1 John 1:6- If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN.

1 John 1:9- If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

1 John 2:1- My little children these things write I unto you THAT YE SIN NOT.

1 John 3:3- And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, EVEN AS HE IS PURE.

1 John 3:6- Whosoever abideth in Him SINNETH NOT: WHOSOEVER SINNETH HATH NOT SEEN HIM NEITHER KNOWN HIM.

1 John 3:8- HE THAT COMMITTETH SIN IS OF THE DEVIL;

1 John 3:9- WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD DOTH NOT COMMIT SIN;

1 John 5:18- WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD SINNETH NOT

So either the Bible contradicts itself or something is being taken out of context.

Here is the context of 1 John 1:8.

The context is our fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3).

1 John 1:5- This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

1 John 1:6- If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

If a person uses 1 John 1:8 to claim a believer cannot claim they have no sin then that contradicts 1 John 1:6 because God is light and the only way to have fellowship with Him is to walk in the light.

It is impossible to walk in light and darkness at the same time. It is impossible to go right and left at the same time. It is impossible to go north and south at the same time.

Either we are walking in the light or walking in darkness. If we are walking in darkness (sin) then we are not walking in the light and have no fellowship with Him.

1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN.

We are commanded by God who is light to walk in the light as He is in the light. God would not command us to walk in the light if it was impossible to do so and if He did not expect us to do so.

If and only if we are walking in the light as He is in the light then the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us FROM ALL SIN.

How can we claim to be simultaneously walking in the light and having His blood cleanse us from ALL SIN while still walking in darkness and having sin?

1 John 1:8- If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

From the context of this passage and the rest of the book He is obviously referring to a person who is not walking in the light and walking in darkness out of right fellowship with the Father who is deceiving themselves and claiming they have no sin.

He tells them what to do in the next verse.

1 John 1:9- If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

It is impossible to be cleansed from all sin by the blood of Jesus and still have sin (1 John 1:7). It is impossible to be forgiven of all sin and cleansed from all unrighteousness and still have sin (1 John 1:9). All means ALL.

The person who is claiming to be walking in the light and in fellowship with Him but is actually walking in sin and darkness is commanded not to deceive themselves and say they have no sin when they do. He is told to confess his sins and forsake them and God is faithful to cleanse him from all his sin and all his unrighteousness.

1 John 3:5- And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; AND IN HIM IS NO SIN.

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ARE YOU ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST?- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Some people will boldly quote with the apostle Paul:

Romans 1:16-17- For I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST: for IT IS THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION TO EVERYONE THAT BELIEVETH; to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

But are they really not ashamed?

Many of these people seem to be ashamed, embarrassed, and afraid to claim anything Paul mentioned after that.

After that Paul talks about God’s wrath being revealed against wicked men because they reject the truth of God (Romans 1:18), men refusing to acknowledge God as the Creator and being without excuse before Him (Romans 1:19-20), men being vain with darkened, foolish, unthankful hearts for rejecting the truth of God (Romans 1:21-22), making a God into their own image (Romans 1:23-25), and then giving himself up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own heart, dishonoring their own bodies (Romans 1:24).

Here we see the downward spiral man must go into to accept and normalize homosexuality.

When it comes to mentioning anything about this sin most people are ashamed, embarrassed, and cowardly to speak out and stand against it because of the social stigma and opposition that goes along with it.

Romans 1:26-28- For THIS CAUSE GOD GAVE THEM UP UNTO VILE AFFECTIONS: FOR EVEN THEIR WOMEN DID CHANGE THE NATURAL USE INTO THAT WHICH IS AGAINST NATURE;

and LIKEWISE ALSO THE MEN, LEAVING THE NATURAL USE OF THE WOMAN, BURNED IN THEIR LUST, ONE TOWARD ANOTHER; MEN WITH MEN WORKING THAT WHICH IS UNSEEMLY,and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

And EVEN AS THEY DID NOT LIKE TO RETAIN GOD IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE, GOD GAVE THEM OVER TO A REPROBATE MIND, TO DO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT CONVENIENT;

Ten verses after the apostle Paul inspired by God declares how he was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, he describes the downward spiral of man rejecting the truth of God, how it results in homosexuality and how God is opposed to it and what He thinks about it.

Many people who claim they are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ with the apostle Paul never seem to mention, preach about or condemn the sins Paul talks about after that.

Jesus said:

Mark 8:38- Whosoever therefore SHALL BE ASHAMED OF ME AND OF MY WORDS IN THIS ADULTEROUS AND SINFUL GENERATION; OF HIM ALSO SHALL THE SON OF MAN BE ASHAMED, WHEN HE COMETH IN THE GLORY OF HIS FATHER WITH THE HOLY ANGELS.

Jesus did not just say whosoever would be ashamed of Me I will be ashamed.

He said whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and OF MY WORDS I WILL BE ASHAMED.

Many are claiming they are not ashamed of Jesus Christ or His gospel but they are ashamed of his words.

Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1, John 1:14, Revelation 19:13) and all scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:16).

If you are ashamed of His words then you are ashamed of Him.

You cannot be for the positive but not for what is considered negative by society and culture.

If you only oppose sins that are not deemed politically incorrect then you are a man pleaser, ashamed of the gospel, ashamed of Christ, a friend of the world and an enemy of God.

That is called being a friend of the world which makes you an enemy of God (James 4:4, 1 John 2:15-16).

It is called being ashamed of His words in this adulterous and sinful generation that embraces, accepts and tolerates what He condemns.

You cannot defend, justify and coddle what Jesus was nailed to the cross for and why a place called Hell was necessary.

Jesus came and died to save sinners (including homosexuals) because they are condemned (John 3:16-21).

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