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Yesterday the weather was overcast but today it was perfectly clear and sunny with weather in mid to high 70’s.

I arrived on campus around and was in the free speech area by around 11:40 AM.  As soon as I walked out two young men showed up and began setting up the theater like barriers around my free speech preaching circle.

The area was still full of the condoms the students had popped the previous day.

The water fountains behind me seemed much louder today than yesterday.  I am not sure but it would not surprise me if they were turned up higher to help drown me out.

I was hoping some students would come around and ask questions before I started preaching but no one did.  The area was fairly dead.

I started preaching around 11:50 AM and at the exact time I began the two black male police officers from the previous day showed up and I greeted them.

As soon as I started the Chi Alpha “leader” showed up with a few of the students with hand made signs.  I am fairly certain they never do this when I do not show up.  One sign said “We will pray for you” and another had a scripture verse about humility on it.  I assume they do not think it is humble to lift up your voice and tell people what to do but it is humble to post it on a board and tell people they need to be humble “like them” of course.

Soon I had a nice small group asking questions.  One young man identified himself as a pastor and was trying to trap me of course.  He soon became upset and walked away.  At that point I quickly lost most of the small crowd I had.

I think they were trying very hard to ignore me and thought I would be discouraged and quit.

A long haired, mocking young man from the previous day showed up blaring heavy metal sounding music and sat down in front of me.  He was of course trying to drown me out.

Since I had reserved the area for free speech I did not appreciate this as amplified sound without a permit in my area does not allow me to have free speech.

Instead of saying anything to the police officers I decided to break out my voice amplifier and see if the police and administration would allow it.

It took a few minutes for me to get it out and hook it up but once I did and began preaching I immediately drew a crowd.  The police and administrators said nothing to me.

I preached on the voice amplifier for about an hour and gathered a crowd that fluctuated from around 75-150.

The voice amplifier greatly helped due to the students heavy metal music on the speaker, the fountains behind me, and the noise of the rowdy crowd.

I put away the amplifier and the student turned back on his heavy metal music so I took my amplifier back out.

Later I think the student left so I put away my amplifier.  I prefer to preach without the amplifier as it gives more of a monotone drone to the preaching.  It also occupies my hands and I am accustomed to moving and using my hands much while preaching.

As the afternoon wore on I seemed to get stronger and stronger and the crowd seemed to grow to closer to 200 at times.

Several times I planned to try to calm things down and move into discussion mode but I did not seem to be able to get into that mode.  I seemed stirred to preach.

My wife as usual had small groups around her all day long.  The students kept telling me how loving and nice she was, I should let her preach, I should talk to them like she does, I would get a better response if I would be like her, etc.

Sister Elizabeth (wife) gave me several great testimonies of students who told her how God had dealt with them through the preaching and they got under conviction.

Finally around 3:00 PM I sat down in my chair and started trying to have some discussion.  I did not really stay in my chair though nor did I stay in discussion mode as I remember.

I did get a few decent questions throughout the day although they were few and far between.  Most were of the lower level, heckling, defending sinning, accusations of judging, judging is sin, we are all sinners, why do we need Jesus if we stop sinning, etc.

By 3:40 PM I still had a large, lively, rowdy crowd of over 100 but I had to use the restroom and decided to call it a day.

As I exited the barricades a black male student who had been on hand listening intently all day came up and thanked me.  He told me “You need to come to the hood with that message.”  He was very sincere.

I told him “I would be a little more careful if I preached over there.”

He said in all sincerity “They like it like that.”

Basically I have found what this student stated is true and that is real rank hardened sinners and tough guys can spot a phony and respect when someone is willing to stand up against all kinds of opposition for the truth.

The two black officers had left and a heavy set white male officer who walked us to our vehicle was on hand.  This day he drove us in his police car to our vehicle.



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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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Finally returned to preach at the University of North Alabama again.  We had not preached here since the first time we preached here just over three years ago on April 4, 2012 on our way out to our first trip to Oklahoma.

After our April 4, 2012 preach at UNA I was contacted and challenged to a formal debate with a local Calvinist Baptist pastor.  We agreed and set up the date as February 13, 2013.  My challenger put us in a hotel the night before and we debated in a hotel ballroom in Florence, Alabama.  Here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=what+is+the+gospel+debate+with+barry+carpenter

We arrived on campus yesterday around 11:45 AM but had to wait to register our vehicle.  It was very overcast with temperatures in the low 70’s.

I began preaching on the gazebo where I had preached last time at about 12:10 PM.  To the back of me behind the gazebo was a group of students with tables set up.

To the left of the gazebo was a group of students participating in some time of activity and they had music playing fairly low.

As soon as I began preaching the group with the tables behind me told me they were using the area for the next 45 minutes.

They were very polite.  I decided I would preach on the steps leading up to the gazebo and try not to interfere with their activity although I did not think I really needed to.

As soon as I began preaching I began getting attention and students began stopping to challenge me.

I drew an immediate crowd and had a crowd the whole day although the crowd size never grew to a real large crowd.  Most of the day the crowd size was only from about 40 to around 120 at the largest.

Soon I was surrounded with so many hecklers attempting to disrupt me and stop me on the steps I felt it necessary to head back up unto the gazebo to continue preaching.

The group behind me must have gotten so involved in trying to heckle and thwart me that they never asked me again to get down from the gazebo.

Of course soon the students with the music playing to the left turned the music up louder.  The music was still not real loud but a distraction and obstacle to preach over nonetheless.

A real obnoxious white male student showed up following me around the gazebo as I preached and playing his guitar and singing.  He flagrantly flaunted and admitted to sins he was committing claiming he was covered by grace and Jesus blood while he sang worship and love songs to Jesus.

Of course I rebuked him as well as others in the crowd.  The Florence area is a real stronghold for the Church of Christ as well as baptist/calvinists.  I believe Paul Washer regularly preaches at a church in nearby Muscle Shoals.

There was a heavy set white girl who was Church of Christ who boasted of her sins.  I rebuked her also along with a Oneness Pentecostal girl in the crowd.

Later the Church of Christ girl’s boyfriend showed up and she behaved better.  He seemed like a somewhat reasonable guy and listened to me as I refuted the subject of baptismal regeneration.

I had to battle the guitar player following me around most of the afternoon.  At times he would stop and leave the area but then would return again.

One student must have let me know about 50 times that he was an atheist and a homosexual.

Police were on hand for much of the day but did nothing about the guitar singing hypocrite following me around.  I would try to walk away or around him but he would try to follow me and block me.

The officers claimed the student could follow me all the way to my car playing his guitar and singing as I tried to walk away and they could do nothing about it.

Sometimes I would move away and stand quietly and wait for the crowd to move away from him over to me.  Usually at that point he would stop for a while.

After about an hour or so the sun came out.

In spite of the heckling, interruptions and distractions I was able to cut through and destroy all their hypocritical unbiblical justifications for living in sin while claiming to be saved, washed in the blood, etc.

I was attempting to answer some of the students who had questions who seemed to be more reasonable and civil and settle things down.

At this point a black male student who heckled me fiercely three years ago showed up.  I believe this student is totally full of religious spirits.

He showed up and began screaming at the crowd to listen to him.  He claimed he heard I was here and he came from work just to come against me.  He made a real humanistic, come together, let’s all get along, koombaya, ecumenical speech full of hot air.

I constantly heckled him throughout the speech.  He said absolutely nothing and certainly nothing biblical.  It was about like our president’s campaign speeches the first run.  Zero substance.

I am sure if he were white he would have been totally ignored but the students are so brainwashed by political correctness they are afraid to not agree and ignore the black student.

After a while he continued his rant and the students were getting bored so they began to drift over to where I was quietly standing and began having some good dialogue.

The black male student eventually convinced a group to come with him and stand under the tree and form a prayer circle.

He prayed a long and loud prayer that had absolutely NO ANOINTING WITHIN A MILLION MILES OF THAT PRAYER.

It was a prayer with unclean hands and an impure heart that God promised not to hear.  Once I looked over and about half of the 20 students in the circle were not even paying attention but looking at me to try to hear me and see how I was reacting.

Around the time the prayer finished I sat down on the steps at the top of the gazebo and was having some decent discussion.

The black male said he was getting ready to leave and asked to give me a hug.  I accepted and told him I remembered him from three years ago and he also remembered me.  He had seen me around town in his work place and had not recognized me but was watching me.  I noticed him and we spoke but I did not make the connection that he was the one who had heckled me 3 years ago.  We both laughed and we got along good for some time.

I began having a discussion with him and making some progress as the students around listened in.

However we parted ways when he claimed people who had gotten saved continued to commit sins like fornication, homosexuality and drunkenness and claimed they were “struggling”.

At that point he tried to stop listening to me and keep talking so it would not show to the other students how ignorant of the Bible he actually was.  I gave him a few scriptures to refute him but he got away from me.  He was a nice guy but full of religious spirits.

Amazingly near the end of the day I had a great discussion with the guitar playing singer who had heckled me most of the day and bragged to the crowd about the sins he was involved in and how Jesus forgave and covered him.

I really think I made progress and he was very open.  I believe God was already dealing with him and convicting him of those sins before I arrived but I do not think this student really understood how Jesus victor was for us to have victory over the power of sin and not just the penalty.

It was just before 4:00 PM when I decided to leave the gazebo area.

There was now one lone black male police officer who had not been there earlier.  I thanked him and told him I was leaving.

Sister Elizabeth had small groups around her all day also and was able to give away many tracts to students that were asking for them on various subjects.

As sister Elizabeth and I went into the student union to use the restroom a well dressed black male approached me to shake my hand and asked to talk with me.

We sat down and he told me he was from the Church of Christ and his father was a Church of Christ pastor.

He said he liked and agreed with much of what I preached and said it was brilliant how I exploited their ignorance.  He said the people he worked with in the office got mad at him for saying that but he did not take it back.

He told me how this area was a real stronghold for the Church of Christ and how much of the Church of Christ were black.

He said he really wanted me to talk to his father the next time I was in the area and asked for my information.  This black male Church of Christ student was part of the student government and also worked on campus.

I liked him and got along well with him but I could hardly keep from laughing at him when he told me how the Church of Christ had no headquarters and was not a denomination but they did not consider anyone else who was not a part of the Church of Christ a part of the real church.

I did appreciate his honesty on that though.

I jokingly asked him if he was trying to recruit me for the Church of Christ and he responded in all sincerity by telling me he was trying to recruit me.

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This was the first time we had ever preached on this campus.

Three years ago after preaching at the University of North Alabama on my way to my first visit to Oklahoma I entertained the idea of preaching here but did not.

I was not sure but I thought Memphis was a city that was predominantly black.

I knew Memphis was not a historically black school but figured it would have a predominantly black student body. I am not sure it did but it appeared about half of the students were black.

The University was very polite, helpful and professional. We called and they showed us the area we would be preaching in and three police officers were on hand all day.

The officers never interfered or attempted to censor me at all.

I normally do not mind beginning at 1:00 PM on larger universities but the population of this university was only around 25,000. I also thought many were commuter students because it was an urban campus.

Due to above factors we made sure we arrived on campus around 11:30 AM and began preaching at 11:45 AM after introducing myself to the police officers.

The day was overcast when I began and the wind was very strong. I faced and preached in the direction where the wind was at my back but unfortunately the students all began gathering on the side where I had to preach into the wind.

Gradually the crowd grew into a nice circle of around 150 but the nice circle did not last long.

The students were behaving fairly well due to police presence but were becoming loud and rowdy.

I backed up a few times to keep the crowd from closing in on me but soon they surrounded me.

At this point it was very difficult to make much progress preaching or answering questions as everyone was asking questions, interrupting, threatening, heckling, accusing all at the same time.

One black male rambled about how Christianity was used to enslave blacks to whites. I was trying to show him he could be emancipated from his slavery to sin. I paid little attention to his ramblings and so did everyone else. His whole issue was skin. I was dealing with sin.

At this point the officers only dealing with me was they asked me to stand in the corner and they were going to keep all the students at 20 feet away.

At this point I moved and even attempted to sit down to try to calm the students down but it did not work much.

One black male student that was fairly familiar with the Bible and somewhat honest helped me somewhat by asking good questions and getting the crowd quiet while I answered.

The officers stood behind me and kept an eye on things. I had several professing christianette hypocrites interrupt and tell everyone the usual blah, blah, “You are only empowering this guy by listening to him but if you really want to hear the real gospel and the real love of God come over here” blah, blah, blah.

I encouraged everyone to go follow them and leave. Of course they all came right back after a few minutes.

I would try to reason, explain, expound, at times and others shift into rebuke mode.

At some point the students figured out who my wife was and she had a good sized group around her also for a good part of the day.

Around 2:35 PM I decided I had given them about all they could stand for one day and called it a day.

The police escorted us most of the way to our vehicle.

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Arrived on campus around 1:00 PM and began preaching around 1:10 PM.

Weather was sunny, warm and clear and the free speech area was vacant except for some vendors at tables and students sitting around.

I believe the students were sitting around waiting for us to show up but did not want to let on.

A few students from the Baptist ministry who had a table nearby approached me to ask me what I thought of Easter.

It did not take long to begin gathering a crowd and soon the crowd grew to around 175-225.

The police had been previously notified we would be returning and soon were on hand so on this day the students were considerably better behaved.

Around 2:00 PM the students converged upon me and surrounded me. I was attempting to answer questions but this was very difficult as they were emotional, angry and desperately attempting to defend and justify their rebellion against God.

I was able to answer some questions but often was interrupted.

Soon I exited the mob of students swarming me as they all accused me of being a coward and had no clue where I was going or what I was doing.

I walked over to the ledge of the planter above a bench, hopped up, turned and faced the crowd and continued preaching and answering questions.

The crowd swarmed around me and the police were standing to my right about 10 yards away.

I answered some questions but probably did more preaching in the form of reproving and rebuking.

After some time a few of the cowardly, would be, full of hot air, fledgling “preachers” attempted the age old bluff of having the crowd follow them away to hear “the real gospel with love!”

A group followed but of course after a few minutes of hearing the same catch phrases over and over they quickly returned to where I was preaching.

Later some students showed up nearby with instruments and began singing worship songs unto the Lord with their unclean hands and impure hearts of which they had been telling me they had. I am certain God paid them no attention and received no glory.

Of course the goal was never to give Him any glory anyways but rather to distract from the Bible preaching and see how the preacher responds.

I was almost like our heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ though in that I hardly noticed they were there until much later in the day.

There were around four or five police officers around all day. Soon one of them told me if I wanted to preach my gospel I must preach it down on the ground and not up on the planter.

He was not really rude but just matter of fact and I immediately complied and said “Yes it is a safety issue right?” He nodded.

I continued to reprove, rebuke, exhort, refute, dispute, contend, and reason with all longsuffering and doctrine.

At times I would get the students quit and listening well and would make much progress in some areas. Other times it was like digging in the concrete with my bare hands to plant a seed.

Finally I sat down on the bench and continued. Around 4:25 PM I decided to wrap things up for the day.

Once again my wife sister Elizabeth Armstrong was surrounded by groups of students for most of the day.

At the end of the day when I finished and walked over to where she was the group around her was larger than the group I ended with.

Here is a 15 minute clip from the last portion of the day described above taken by a news media outlet called the Deep South Daily.


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Sister Elizabeth and I showed up at Ole Miss last Thursday (March 26, 2015).

We had preached here in 2007 and 2008 but had not been here since.

On Thursday there was a large amount of students hanging out in the area where we used to preach. This is not a predominantly black university but the vast majority of these gathered were black students and apparently were from the local high schools.

The speakers were set up and they were conducting some type of event which they had previously obtained a permit for.

It was very loud and I had some good discussions but was not able to preach due to noise.

Later that event ended but a sorority was doing some promotion for the Ronald McDonald House to show what outstanding citizens they are.

I asked about what they were doing so I would not interfere but they said they did not care if I preached. However when I began preaching they raised the volume on some music.

I had students stopping to ask questions so I just dealt with the students who stopped.

Anyways someone called the police and administration and they showed up. The officer remembered me from last time and was excited to see me and friendly. He called me by my name.

One administrator was also excited and friendly and told me he was a student last time I was here.

They told me they had received complaints and were saying I had to move to an alternative area because that area was reserved.

They showed us the alternative areas but since the weather was cold, overcast and getting drizzly so we shut down for the day.

Today (Monday March 30, 2015) the weather was sunny, clear, and perfect and the area we used to preach at was totally vacant.

I began preaching at 1:20 PM and slowly began gathering a small crowd.

Fairly quickly the crowd increased to around 175-225.

A black female student knocked my hat off.

I continued preaching and answering questions. Suddenly the crowd began cheering and I saw a white female student taking off with my water jug.

I took off after her and realized I could easily catch her. In fact I was surprised at how slow she was. I soon caught up to her and grabbed her backpack.

I was also surprised at how weak she was when I grabbed her backpack. It felt as if had I wanted to I could have tossed her like a child throwing away a candy wrapper.

She tried to order me to tell her please if I wanted my water back but I told her I would press charges if she did not give it back.

Some of the crowd followed and I returned back to my original spot.

I was felling pretty good by now and did some dancing and an imitation of myself running her down.

Soon after this the media showed up with cameras and microphones. I began answering their questions and soon the crowd converged upon me.

Some were civil and some were disruptive but ALL WERE DEFENDING SIN AND WERE IGNORANT OF THE BIBLE.

I do not think anyone had preached on this campus since my last visit in 2008 as the students were so clueless and some could not understand why I was allowed to preach on this campus.

This was the same campus where back in 2007 a student took off all his clothes while I was preaching and was arrested. This video was featured on several shows for years after.

I answered questions and disputed with the students surrounding me for some time until a police officer asked to speak with me.

The officer was not too experienced and was listening to what the students were telling him and not observing what was going on.

He told me I could not call any students out. I asked him if I was answering a students question and another student stepped into my face and interrupted me while I was answering the question if I was allowed to say anything to him and the officer told me I was not.

The officer told me if I did this I would have to leave.

At this time the crowd was fairly belligerent, emotional and angry.

A student claimed he called the police and wanted me off the campus because I grabbed the students backpack after stealing my water.

He bluffed that he was going to get the girl to press charges on me and I responded I was pressing charges on her for stealing my water.

However this was all a bluff as the girl was nowhere in sight. The student just wanted me off kicked off campus.

Thankfully around this time the other officer from Thursday showed up and I told him what was happening.

By now my wife was surrounded with a good sized crowd.

Soon I returned from the grass to the area where I was previously preaching and the students began to gather around me again. This was around 3:00 PM.

From 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM sister Elizabeth Armstrong and I were both surrounded by groups of students of around 15-40.

At times I had great and reasonable discussion and other times I shifted into rebuke mode.

The officers and administrators were very civil, polite and friendly as we departed.

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God stated Job was perfect three times (Job 1:1, Job 1:8, Job 2:3) and then stated in all Job was tested he sinned not (Job 1:22) but when Job came into God’s Holy manifest presence he abhorred himself and repented in sackcloth and ashes (Job 42:5-6).

Daniel was a man of such an excellent spirit that his enemies could find no fault in him except in the manner of the law of His God (Daniel 6:4-5) yet when Daniel came into the Holy manifest presence of God his comeliness was turned into corruption (Daniel 10:8).

John the Revelator wrote the epistles of 1 John, 2 John, 3 John with all its verses on whosoever is born of God sins not and he that commits sin is of the devil, etc. yet when this holy man saw the resurrected Jesus Christ he fell at his feet as if he were dead (Revelation 1:17).

Preach repentance and holiness all you want but don’t get so casual and flippant sounding about how holy you are living that you forget the experiences these men had when they came into the presence of the THRICE HOLY LIVING RESURRECTED GOD WHO IS A CONSUMING FIRE THAT YOU WILL STAND BEFORE AND GIVE AN ACCOUNT WITH NO SECOND CHANCES.

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