VERY GOOD DAY PREACHING AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA- TUESDAY APRIL 25, 2017- FLORENCE, ALABAMA- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

It was great to return to this very beautiful campus again. It was great preaching weather being in the low to mid 70s and sunny.

On her way in my wife discovered they have two live lions in captivity on campus since 2002. They are the mascots.

There was loud music being played from a local band in the amphitheater preaching spot when we arrived.

They did not stop playing until about 2:00 PM. This is a late start especially to begin preaching on a smaller campus.

I began preaching around 2:00 PM and had a small group listening from the beginning with an occasional question or comment.

We have always preached facing the front of the amphitheater but the back is shadier and has benches.

Today my audience seemed to be already sitting in that area when I began due to the music playing and as the audience grew that was where they congregated. This was very much to my liking having them sitting in that area in the shade. It seemed much more organized and a better place to listen from and preach to than the front.

I was able to preach very effectively for just over an hour to a receptive, civil, reasonable group of 30-40 sitting on benches and standing behind the amphitheater.

I received some good questions and they allowed me to respond without interrupting and becoming rowdy.

Around 3:10 PM I asked my wife to address the crowd and speak to the women about what type of male students they should avoid marrying.

The men could examine themselves to see how they measured up even though she wasn’t preaching to them.

During her preaching the crowd size grew to close to 100 and they were becoming very rowdy.

They did not like some of the reasons she gave for considering some men to be bad candidates and thought it might be too judgmental.

She ended up rebuking a rowdy, loud male homosexual who ended up having a good portion of the audience pray for him but not to be delivered from his sin or to repent.

I took the crowd back over around 4:00 PM.

During her teaching time I had a very good conversation with a male student who I believed was a genuine Christian.

I took the audience back over to answer questions and the two black homosexual males started asking questions and getting into a hostile, threatening, yelling mode.

I tried to answer their questions calmly with scripture and reason but I was accused of speaking a bunch of gibberish.

It was rowdy for a while but eventually they settled down and we had a better question and answer discussion.

Eventually I sat down and talked to them and answered questions until about 5:00 PM.

I had another male Christian student who was a friend of the other who seemed to basically agree with me and helped back me up.

By this time I had connected with the students and we were basically having an enjoyable time of civil discussion.

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CONTRAST OF TWO PROFESSORS AT UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI (OLE MISS)- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

I had such a contrast of professors listening to me at Ole Miss.

An Asian looking professor just watched and listened respectfully without saying a word.

I don’t know how familiar he was with Christianity but I believe he was surprised and impressed by the opposition I received, the arguments thrown at me, and how I defended my positions and continued on the offensive forcing them on the defensive.

Another professor was Mr. Clean Cut, well built, southern accent arrogantly tried to ridicule me for my beliefs.

He was supposedly raised in church, admitted his parents were Christian hypocrites, didn’t hardly know anything about the bible but thought he did, claimed he used to be a Christian, etc.

He kept saying things like “You don’t really believe this stuff do you?”

He kept making ignorant, silly statements like “I have children but unlike God I am a good parent and I don’t threaten to torment my kids forever when they don’t do what I tell them!”

Sad but so arrogant it was hard to help him.

Of course this invited barrages of scriptural attacks on the subject of God’s children and the devil’s children that the crowd had not heard before (John 1:12, John 8:44, 1 John 3:8, 10, Romans 8:14, 16, 1 John 3:1-2, Acts 13:9-10).

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ROLLING WITH THE HECKLERS WHILE CAMPUS PREACHING- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

In preaching to campus crowds it is so important and effective to just roll with the comments from the students at times.

Much of what is said from students is designed to intimidate you into backing down by trying to make you look ridiculous.

Sometimes it is right to defend yourself and diffuse but other times it is best to just go along with it without batting an eye.

Depends upon the leading of the Lord, the mood of the crowd, etc.

The other day at Ole Miss a student asked me where I was from.

I replied “Florida”.

Another student began trying to ridicule me by saying repeatedly ” YOU MEAN YOU CAME ALL THE WAY HERE FROM FLORIDA JUST TO TELL US WE ARE GOING TO HELL???!!!!!”

We of course preach much more than just that but preaching and warning against sin, judgment and hell is an important part of biblical gospel preaching and much needed and neglected in our culture.

I didn’t miss a beat and replied “Oh no I was just telling people in Alabama the other day they are heading to hell.”

“I have told people in Arizona they were heading to hell.”

“I have told people in New Mexico they are heading to hell.”

“I have told people in Indiana they are heading to hell.”

“I have told people in Florida they are heading to hell.”

“I have been all over everywhere the last ten years telling people they are heading to hell.”

When I turned that on the heckler the crowd started laughing, it shut the heckler down and I had the full attention of the crowd.

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GOOD DAY OF PREACHING AT UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI (OLE MISS)- THURSDAY APRIL 27, 2017- OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

 

We have preached on this campus since 2007 but last preached here two years ago (April 2015).

We tried to preach here at the beginning of this semester but they started a week later than everyone else so we ended up preaching at the University of Memphis instead.

The regular, excellent free speech area in front of the student union is all under construction.

Sister Elizabeth and I walked the campus for about half an hour spying out the land and trying to decide on a good alternative area to preach.

I finally ended up deciding upon the grass area behind the normal area by the student union under construction.

It seemed to have a steady flow of foot traffic, was large and shaded and would seem to be off where it would not disturb classes.

I soon gathered a small group of 15- 20 fairly civil, lively listeners asking questions and interacting.

At this time I was approached by an employee informing me I was not preaching in one of the designated free speech areas but he would be happy to show me the alternative areas.

After a few minutes of polite, firm, interrogation from me I complied.

He took me to an area I debated on beginning at which was an area around the guest parking circle where it seemed to have a good amount of foot traffic and shade.

Only a few of the students from the previous location ended up following me there.

I continued interacting with them, dialogging with them, answering their questions, etc. and gradually I built a nice, lively, interactive crowd of 25-30.

I was able to preach effectively and answer questions for the next few hours until around 5:00 PM.

Several professors were on hand listening and one continued heckling me and asking me mocking questions for some time.

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THE BLESSING AND DANGER OF BOOKS- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Books to me are kind of a two edged sword.

Most of my Christian life I have been an avid reader of books to supplement my Bible study and prayer.

I believe God raises men up and gives them messages to help, teach, train, equip and edify the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-15).

It is one of God’s ordained chosen methods to speak to and teach His people.

This is also another way the Spirit of God speaks to and teaches people (John 16:13-15).

So reading books as well as listening to preaching/teaching falls under that category.

However I have had long periods of time lasting up to several years where I would hardly ever read anything other than the Bible even though I love reading books.

I couldn’t get any release to do so, it didn’t seem to be the best way to spend my time, God was not leading me, and the books would have zero interest to me at all.

I realize men can have great revelation and understanding in certain areas yet not in others or even be wrong.

Just because they have revelation it doesn’t necessarily mean they are right on everything and just because they live good it doesn’t mean they have much understanding.

Sometimes they are even WRONG and can lead others wrong.

Once people gain respect of confidence in someone they will usually follow them even when they are wrong.

I do not believe people get into error by just seeking God, reading their Bible, praying, fasting, witnessing, being in fellowship with other believers, under godly authority, etc.

I believe most people get into error by reading or listening to the teachings of others who get off on some things.

There is the potential for great blessing, revelation and understanding and also for error, deception and false teaching.

Anything you need to read a bunch of special material to understand or see something that the holy praying common sense grandma would never see you can be sure you are getting into cult teaching.

I have much more confidence in the Spirit of God’s ability to lead me into truth than the devil’s ability to deceive me into error.

The Bereans did not search the scriptures to see if those things were NOT SO as many do today but searched to see if THEY WERE TRUE (Acts 17:10-11).

Big difference.

We must stay teachable, stay humble, stay, hungry, stay pure, stay seeking, stay in the Word, stay on our knees, stay under spiritual authority, stay correctable.

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WITNESSING TO A HOMOSEXUAL LESBIAN- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

 

A few weeks back I had finished the preaching time on campus and was sitting down surrounded by students asking questions.

This was in an area of the Bible belt so many of these students are raised in or around some time of at least nominal “Christian” background.

A female student fighting tears very sincerely and humbly asked me what I thought she needed to do about her situation.

I have talked to hundreds of homosexuals and I can tell when someone is being sincere, humble and honest and when they are trying to justify and defend their sin.

I believed she was the former not the latter and was totally sincere and transparent.

I was pleasantly surprised the students allowed me to have the short discussion with her without interfering.

She told me she was raised in a Christian environment but tried to deny she was a lesbian.

For some reason she seemed to believe denying this in her younger years was what she needed to do.

I explained to her for her to be delivered she must do these things:

1) She must be honest and transparent with God and herself and admit being a homosexual is a sin (Romans 1:26-28, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

2) She must admit and believe she is responsible for her sin because the sin of homosexuality like all sexual sin and all sin period is a heart issue (Mark 7:21-23, Matthew 5:27-30).

If God ordained marriage between a man and woman is natural and it is a sin for men to lust after women and women to lust after men then most certainly it is sinful for same sex to lust after one another (Romans 1:26-32).

3) She must admit that sin is a choice and she made the choice to give into and act upon the temptation to be a homosexual and attempt to justify it (1 John 3:4, 1 John 3:8, John 8:34, Romans 6:13, Romans 6:16).

4) She must admit that she deserves to go to hell for her sin of homosexuality and admit that God is totally justified in sending her to hell for her sin (Matthew 10:28, Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 3:7-8, Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 14:27, Proverbs 16:6).

This is the beginning of the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of knowing God, which causes us to hate sin and depart from sin.

Without it there is no fear of God that will lead to repentance.

Repentance and being born again is a total change of heart, mind and life.

No forgiveness without repentance or forsaking of sin (Proverbs 28:13, Matthew 3:1-2, Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:1-4, Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3, 5, Luke 24:47, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19).

5) She must admit and believe that Jesus Christ is able to deliver her and set her free from the power of that sin (Matthew 1:21, John 3:29, Acts 3:26, Galatians 1:4, Titus 2:14, 1 John 3:5).

6) She must admit and believe that Jesus came to set her free from the power of her sin as well as forgive her for the consequences of her sin (John 8:32, John 8:34, John 8:36, Romans 6:18, Romans 6:22, Romans 8:2).

7) She must believe that Jesus is able to forgive her sin and purify her heart from all her sin making her a new creature in Christ (Acts 15:9, Matthew 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:17).

Being born again means you are no longer a slave to sin and no longer live in sin because you are a new creature in Christ (John 3:3-7, 1 John 3:5-10, 1 John 5:18).

She readily and humbly listened intently to everything I said and so did the surrounding students. I think it affected all of them or at least they could not offer any honest refutation.

A similar patter could be followed in dealing with any sin or sinner.

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SOME FACTS ON BIBLICAL JUDGING- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

 

We are commanded by Jesus to judge righteous judgment (John 7:24).

Righteous judgment is basically judging from a biblical or godly perspective.

We are not to judge unrighteously or hypocritically.

Judging unrighteously would be calling what God calls evil as good and calling what God calls good as evil (Proverbs 17:15, Isaiah 5:20-23, ).

Hypocritical judgment would be judging others for things we are guilty of ourselves or doing something similar (Matthew 7:1-5).

The often quoted “Matthew 7:1- Judge not that ye be not judged” whenever anyone speaks against any particular sin or wrongdoing or someone doing something sinful is speaking of hypocritical judgment.

It is not a universal condemnation of judgment but a condemnation of hypocritical judgment.

We are told before we can judge righteously, properly or biblically we must remove the sin from our own life to see clearly to help them remove theirs (Matthew 7:5).

This is not spoken of as some impossibility or something we should not expect to attain unto.

Much of the remainder of Matthew 7 is dealing with the subject of proper biblical, righteous judgment.

We are told to judge between the holy and the dogs (Matthew 7:6).

We are told to judge between what are pearls and what are swine (Matthew 7:6).

In Matthew 7:13-14 we are told to judge between a broad road that leads to destruction that most are on and a straight and narrow way that leads to life.

After this we are told exactly who is on which road and how to judge who is on which road.

In Matthew 7:15 Jesus told us to “beware of false prophets”.

To know if someone is true or false, right or wrong, real or fake requires us to make a judgment.

We must judge their words.

We must judge their actions.

We must judge their fruits.

In Matthew 7:16-23 we are told to judge a tree by its fruit.

The only way to know what kind of a tree (person) we are dealing with is to judge their fruits (actions, words, lifestyle).

If the actions, words, fruits, deeds line up with the scripture we can give the benefit of the doubt we are dealing with a good tree (Matthew 7:16-20, Matthew 12:33-37).

If the actions, words, fruits deeds are sinful then we are dealing with a bad tree and the person is unsaved.

In 1 John 3:6-10 we are told how to know the difference between a child of God (believer, follower of Christ, Christian, righteous) and a child of the devil (sinner, unrighteous).

In Malachi 3:18 we are told to be able to discern (judge) between him that serves God and him that serves Him not.

1 Corinthians 2:14-16 states the spiritual man judges all things and uses the terms judge and discern interchangeably.

The Bible states the saints shall judge in things that pertain to this life (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).

The Bible many times has lists of people who live in, practice, commit sins who will not go to heaven and will end up in hell (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:5, Revelation 21:8).

If it is certain and obvious a certain person is committing these acts or sins then it is a biblical certainty they are not saved, not a Christian, and are presently heading to hell.

This is a making a righteous judgment based upon biblical fruit.

Christians are not to judge one another on matters that are not salvational (Romans 14).

All judgments of actions or people should be based upon genuine biblically motivated love, for the love of God, the glory of God, and for the love and concern of the souls of people.

It is possible for people to make a proper biblical judgment with a wrong spirit not motivated by genuine biblical love.

However at this point in our culture what has been more of a point of contention is if any person anywhere speaks against sin, rebukes sin sharply, or claims a person is not saved and must repent and they are headed to hell is that they are not to judge and therefore have a wrong motive and a wrong spirit.

This is not true.

Biblical preaching involves rebuking and reproving sin (2 Timothy 4:2, Titus 1:13).

Rebuke is a sharp, personal, public correction of sin.

Reprove means to expose sin and is the same word as convict (John 16:8, Ephesians 5:11, 2 Timothy 4:2).

It is our job and responsibility to do the rebuking and reproving as long as we are motivated by biblical love for God, for truth, for souls, etc.

Just because it is not received or appreciated it does not mean the motive or spirit was wrong or bad.

Jesus showed His love by those in sin by rebuking them in their sin and urging them to repent (Revelation 3:19).

Jesus came for the purpose of calling sinners to repent (Luke 5:32, Matthew 9:13, Mark 2:17) and He commands us to do the same (Luke 24:47, Acts 17:30-31, Acts 20:21, Acts 26:20).

It is biblically impossible and unncessary to preach repentance to sinners without judging, naming, their sins and the consequences of their sins.

You must name and judge sin when preaching repentance to sinners.

If you do not deal with the subject of repentance when dealing with sinners then you are not dealing biblically with sinners (Matthew 3:1-2, Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:1-4, Mark 1:14-15, Mark 6:12, Luke 5:32, Luke 13:3,5, Luke 24:47, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 17:30-31, Acts 20:21, Acts 26:20).

When the Bible speaks of God judging them that are outside of the church it is speaking of church discipline and is not an excuse not to deal with and speak against sin because you are not supposed to judge them (1 Corinthians 5:12-13).

Jesus told Simon “Thou hast rightly judged” (Luke 7:43).

Jesus said “Yea and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right” (Luke 12:57).

Psalm 37:30 says the tongue of the righteous talketh of judgement.

People everyday everywhere are always judging certain things as right or wrong as well as certain people.

Most people would definitely admit and judge being a pedophile, rapist, murderer, etc is wrong and they are wrong.

We obviously of course do not execute judgment as far as casting people into hell or allowing them into heaven.

That is God’s responsibility.

It is our responsibility to pronounce or proclaim judgment upon the sins God has already pronounced judgment upon.

This is very basic and much more could be said but this should answer many questions for those who believe or have been taught it is unbiblical to judge.

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