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ANOTHER GREAT DAY OF PREACHING AT NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY- LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO-THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2015- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Today was another beautiful, clear, cool sunny day with high’s in the high 60’s.  It was slightly warmer than the previous day.

When I arrived in the area I preached at the previous day around 11:55 AM there were several students from the previous day hanging out in the area who seemed to be waiting for me.

Several of these were the ones who persistently heckled me the previous day and continued to do so today.

The only explanation for this is God is dealing with them and they are under conviction.

As I began preaching I gradually drew a crowd that continued increasing to around 125-150 again.

Today’s crowd was more spread out than yesterday and more rowdy.

I reproved, rebuked and exhorted with all longsuffering and doctrine as I was regularly heckled and interrupted.

In spite of the hecklers many in the crowd listened intently and hung around much of the day.

I really enjoyed preaching on this campus and enjoyed the students although at times I was treated badly by some of them.

I thought a good many of the students here seemed to be more intelligent and civil than many other campuses.

At times when I would preach and answer questions or refute hecklers the crowd would grow silent and listen intently.

I believe I was able to as Charles Finney would say “fasten saving impressions upon the hearts” of many.

After about one hour of preaching a good number in the crowd became upset with me when I pointed out the obvious hypocrisy of a female student who had heckled me most of the previous day and was waiting for me today when I showed up.

I think she was emotionally unstable but she began crying so some began to tell me I needed to leave the campus.

After a few minutes they settled down and I continued preaching and answering questions.  Later in the day this same female student brought me a cup of coffee from the student union.

I told the crowd I guess I could drink it since it wasn’t Starbucks.  They thought I was referring to the cups incident but I explained that was a liberal hoax designed to make Christians sound stupid.

I told them I would not drink Starbucks because they were supporting Planned Parenthood.

It was a nice gesture and she may have been innocent but no way I was going to drink any of that coffee.  She or other students could have spit in it, urinated in it, or even put poison in it.

Another student brought me a brand new bottle of water later in the day.

Around 1:30 PM about 10-15 students and/or professors came out and told the rest of the students not to pay attention to me.  They said I was violating the campus policy with my speech and I needed to leave.

They surrounded me and tried to drown me out.

At this time also two mocking female students with fancy cameras came out and began following me around, heckling, laughing and taking pictures.  I think they worked for the school in some capacity.

For a time it seemed the crowd and other students were intimidated from asking me any questions or interacting with me.  They did not leave the area though but just remained silent.

As I would move away from them they would follow me around and block me not allowing me to speak or interact with the crowd or students.

I pointed out to the crowd and officer this was a violation of my first amendment rights by not allowing me to speak and interact.

I also pointed out they were not allowed to follow me around while I moved away from them.

Soon the police officer on hand made them move away from me and stop following me around.

However when a student would ask me a question and I would begin to answer and interact they would move between me and the student facing the student and blocking me from communicating with the student.

This strategy of theirs though of course predictably failed.  I could tell although some of the students may have agreed with them most of the students did not appreciate or agree with this group although they did not verbalize it at first.

Soon the students ignored the communist group and began to gather around me in a large close circle of around 70-80 and ask questions and interact.

This was a fairly profitable time of interaction as I was able to answer questions and expound the scriptures in many subject areas.

A good number of the students were honest and civil and wanted the dialogue but from time to time several hecklers attempted to sabotage the discussion by interrupting and turning things into a circus.

Whenever some of the students see I am not crazy and able to defend my preaching and arguments intelligently and the students are listening and paying attention they become nervous and try to interrupt and destroy the discussion.

I continued preaching and answering questions until around 3:45 PM.  I learned from the students there would be no school at all next week (Thanksgiving week) and most of the remaining students would be leaving tomorrow (Friday).  Friday is a slower day on this campus anyways.

On both days I was filmed and interviewed by the school news crew.

My wife had very good discussions with students around her all day long and was able to meet several of the campus ministers and Christians on campus who were supportive of our preaching.

The Chi Alpha leader on this campus is a strong moral government believer and loves Mitch Metzger, Jesse Morrell and Winkie Pratney.

Though I did not get to meet with him personally today he did send me a friend request and thanked us for coming.  He said as a result of our preaching their group had several new students show up for their meeting.

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OUTSTANDING DAY OF PREACHING AT NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY-LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO- WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2015- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

The only other time we have preached on this campus was two days back in October 2o13.

On Tuesday we drove much of the day down from the northern top of the state from where we had preached at a great church twice on Sunday.

While driving through Albuquerque I had the idea I may try to preach there today.  However when I called there was difficulties with the preaching areas being already occupied by other groups.

I wrestled with the idea of preaching in a different area but it was a risk.  They may have threatened me with arrest or shut me down.  This would have ended in a wasted day.

I decided to go with my original plan and make the long drive all the way down the state to Las Cruces.

Last time we preached here the administration and police officers did an outstanding job of cooperating with us and allowing us to preach without interfering.

They did ask us to call ahead of time and give them a heads up that we were coming.

Driving to campus I called and let them know we were coming.  The administrator was very helpful, professional and polite.  He even offered to give me a copy of their free speech policy.

I had some difficulty parking so I arrived about 15 minutes later than I wanted to.

I was in the administrator’s office just before noon and he explained the free speech policy to me and told me the areas I was permitted to preach in.

I was spying out the land and trying to decide which area would be best when I noticed the students were beginning to come out of their classes on class break.

I started my voice recorder, put my jacket and buttons on and began preaching across the street from the student union in a grass area facing a high traffic area.

This was around 12:20 PM and the weather was perfect.  Clear, sunny skies, no wind and weather in mid 60’s.

I gathered a crowd of slightly over 100 fairly quickly.  The crowd was asking good questions, behaving civilly, and was listening as I answered their questions.

Around 12:50 PM a police officer came walking towards me asking to follow him so he could talk to me.

The crowd cheered and dispersed as they assumed I was being kicked off the campus.

I was somewhat disappointed with this police officer since I had gone out of my way to cooperate with the procedure the school had asked me to.

The officer began to tell me I wasn’t doing anything wrong, I was allowed to preach but I just could not disagree with students.

He then tried to tell me he was not interfering with my right to free speech.

I respectfully told him he was surely interfering with my free speech rights by telling me students had the right to disagree with me but I did not have the right to argue and disagree with them.

He asked for my ID, asked if I had gotten permission, asked me what message I was preaching, and asked about my buttons.

I remained respectful but I was firm and no nonsense with this officer.

I did not appreciate him ruining the crowd and interaction I was having by asking me to follow him and stop preaching after I had gone through necessary procedure.  Now he is telling me I can’t argue with the students.

I respectfully and firmly gave him a short lesson on the purpose of free speech.

They told me the students called and complained I was starting a riot and they felt threatened.

I told the officer it was his job to control the students who wanted to get violent with me for exercising free speech.  I have been doing this for years and could tell the crowd was not even rowdy, much less anywhere near wanting to riot.

I told the officers I would deescalate the situation if it attempted to turn violent but they cannot stop me from speaking because someone doesn’t like my speech and threatens to do me violence.

The other officer somewhat apologetically told me they knew I had already received permission.  I think he was embarrassed by this other officer’s actions towards me.

I began preaching again around 1:00 PM.  I began with one student who stayed around and was asking me questions.  We were having a good discussion and the crowd quickly continued to grow to around 125-150 for the remainder of the afternoon.

Some students across the sidewalk were selling baked goods and one of the females brought me one of their items as a gift.

Later another female student brought me a new bottled beverage.

I was somewhat surprised at how well the students listened.  My crowds were not massive but they were good sized crowds.  Most of the day when they would ask a question and I would begin answering they remained silent and listened intently.

It also seemed I was able to connect with several of my hecklers today.  They grew silent, stopped heckling me and began listening intently.

This happened with one catholic student with a large cross with a symbol of Jesus still on it.  He brought a voice box and tried to preach over me but the police shut him down.  He was opposing me fiercely at first but after some exchanges he stopped and began listening.

Later in the day the students asked something about why it was a sin to vote for the president twice.

As the crowd listened quietly I said “He supports same sex marriage, he supports abortion and he supports islam”.

After I said this I heard no objections from the crowd but they just remained silently listening.  I almost think they had never even thought of this or heard anyone bring it up.  No one objected or argued.  All I heard was crickets.

Around 3:00 PM a male student interrupted the crowd and said something to the effect of “You make not like what this man is saying or the way he is saying it but about everything he is saying is totally biblical.  I suggest you don’t just take his word for it but go study your bible and find out if what he is saying is true. ”

The crowd tried to close in around me, join hands and sing songs.

They never actually were able to do this but just closed in and continued asking questions.

One female student informed me I was speaking to educated, logical, informed college students and informed me I needed to come to them with facts, information and logical arguments.

I believe she was really trying to help me and really believed what she was saying.  However what she said was so ridiculous and so far from the truth I started laughing.

I told her I had not heard any good arguments from the students all day long and thought they were uninformed.

I also told her I was backing up everything I was preaching with logical arguments.  I gave her and those listening several examples of discussions I had repeatedly had during the day on subjects such as judging, sinning, repentance, love, etc.

I briefly replayed for them the students comments, my arguments and the students responses.

As usual my wife had students around her asking questions a good part of the day.

With the students around me asking questions we exited the crowd and thanked the officer around 3:15 PM.

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TWO GREAT DAYS OF PREACHING AT UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO- ALBURQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO- THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12 AND FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2015- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Thursday November 12, 2015:  The only other time we have preached on this campus was in October of 2013 and we had three great days of preaching.

That last time here we met a campus minister on this campus who heard brother Jed Smock preach back at the University of Arizona in the 1990’s when he was a student and it had a great impact on him.

This campus minister understands our ministry and our message and is very supportive.  He always shows up with disciples from their group and witnesses on the sidelines.  They are on campus witnessing about every day.

It was clear, cool, sunny day today with high’s in the low 50’s.

We arrived on campus around 12 noon.  The last time we were here we understood there to be a same day sign in.  When my wife went to sign in she was told the person who was in charge before no longer worked here and now their policy was different and we had to wait at least 24 hours.  Those we needed to speak to were in meetings.

As we walked around the campus looking for the free spot we had previously preached in there was a rally going on at a different spot for free college.  A student was on a bullhorn and several were standing on either side of him holding poster boards and a crowd was gathered.

It was now around 12:30 PM.  With my witness jacket of “Fear God Jesus Saves Repent or Perish”
on we just stood about 50 yards from where the rally was talking place.

The campus minister texted me and reminded me to ask for a copy of the policy.  I was about to do this anyway.

Sister Elizabeth and I went into the office again and the female student who had spoken to my wife before now seemed more humble and said we could speak with the person we needed to in order to sign in.

After getting signed in and began preaching it was around 1:20 PM.

I soon gathered a small crowd that continued to grow and kept growing to around 120-170 at the largest.

The police and administration were on hand for some time but left later in the day.

I was able to preach and answer questions effectively for some time as the crowd continued to grow.

After some time the crowd continued to move in closer and became very noisy.

Around 2:45 PM to 3:00 PM the crowd had thinned out some, the students were settling down and some started asking better questions.  Some of the ones listening the most intently and asking the better questions was a group of black students where several were lesbians and homosexual men.

I sat down and was able to have some very profitable discussion and answer many questions for about another hour.  Most of the time the students sat quietly listening to my answers.

After about an hour around 4:00 PM the sun was beginning to go down and it was growing much colder.

At this point we decided to call it a day and left the campus.

Friday November 13, 2015:  Today was another beautiful clear, sunny cool day but warmer than yesterday.

I began preaching around 11:55 AM and immediately began gathering small groups of students asking questions.

Most of the day I was able to preach and answer questions effectively although most of the time the crowd never liked my preaching or my answers.

I had several demonized hecklers today.  Once today a student tried to steal my water, another tried to steal my hat, and later in the day I was physically attacked by a student.

In spite of all this much of the day the crowd as a whole though rowdy was fairly reasonable and civil.

Early on as the crowd was around 75-100 a student with dreads showed up with a speaker blaring music, standing next to me and attempting to rap.

Since I had to reserve the area and was not allowed to use amplified sound I warned the young man several times he needed to turn off his music and step down from my platform.

He refused to comply so I asked my wife to call for the administration and asked for my voice amplifier.

The administration came out and the young man turned off his music and tried to take off on his bike.  He rode around me several times before driving off however when he started to leave his chain fell off and he wrecked his bike.

It really looked like God’s judgment on him.

I continued to preach and answer questions effectively to the crowd as it grew to around 125 at the largest.

Most of the time they would be quiet when I was answering a question.  Some of the questions were not too bad.

I preached on until around 3:00 PM.  As I attempted to leave a student asked about my testimony.  I gave it to him and that was when the other student attacked me physically.  He charged and ran into me threatening to punch me but did not.  He was demonized and seemed to be on medication.

I spoke to the students for about 15 more minutes trying to finish up my testimony.  We left around 3:15 PM to use the restroom in the student union.  When we walked by again on the way out a group of students were still talking about the preaching in the area we had been preaching in.

The campus ministry leader was not able to be on campus today but my wife sister Elizabeth was witnessing and speaking to students on the sidelines all day.

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COME HOME TO CHRIST COWBOYS AND WHOSOEVER WILL FOR A REAL HOMECOMING! OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY STILLWATER 10-21-2014-BY SISTER ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY STILLWATER 10-21-2014
We arrived to the Free Speech Lawn it had numerous painted large wood planks and posters for the Cowboys Homecoming week and weekend. It promoted Greek Fraternities and OSU clubs. The fountain in front of the library had orange water flowing through it. It’s fanaticism for the orange cowboy mascot color. These fountains on universities campuses should be used for baptism of students. Read Acts 2:38, the Apostles and genuine converts were mindful of nearby water and it’s useful for the KINGdom of GOD.

Slew of activity and an assortment of strange characters were on the surrounding sidewalk. A stocky male student wore a cape and carried a plastic/toy machine gun and short haired lesbian distributed invitations to “Zombies VS Humans.” They would interrupt and talk to the passerby about the upcoming event. Another short cropped hair female with a tank top challenged Brother Micah to play shoot a zombie. Micah declined and let them know his love for their souls was far more important than their game. Brother Micah referred them to the Bible passage  ” And you hath he quickened, who were DEAD in TRESPASSES and SINS;” Ephesians 2:1.

I was inspired to preach on the urgency of students and prodigals to COME HOME to Christ! I preached a sarcastic sermon on the “Top 10 Reasons to Drink.” The homecoming event central theme is known for alcohol abuse and sports idolatry. University students and their lack of knowledge of the REAL JESUS of the HOLY BIBLE like to accuse Christ of being the bartender at the marriage of Galilee and Last Supper.

As Brother Micah preached a Jewish long haired male student dialoged for 30 minutes. He accepted the Torah, and did not want us to preach against homosexuality. We emphasized Moses preached and taught against homosexuality in Leviticus.  A Jewess female student dressed in a long skirt, modest tee shirt and long hair inquired, “what are the scriptures used for the Roman’s road?”She was very unfamiliar with the New Testament.

Micah had a male student who attended a Christian High School ask, “if he knew anything about the Holy Spirit?” The student then said emphatically” it was 500 years after the New Testament had been given and mentioned.” Micah did an excellent job quoting the passage from Isaiah 63:10.  It was excellent for the other Jewish and Jewess students to hear a passage from Isaiah one of their Prophets.

We saw familiar faces in the crowd. It is truly a blessing to have regulars attend the meeting as the Word of God continues to speak to them. A lust filled tank wearing male self proclaimed Christian who has attended ALL the open air meetings thus far. His service to God is the mission trips in Washington and other states he has taken with his youth group. This male hypocrite likes to expose his exercised physique and lifts up his shirt each time to show his abdomens.  He is an example of a sure enough hypocrite as he cussed, hid behind bushes spewed sexual profanity. He is a big sin defender that insisted “we can’t STOP sinning.”

At the end of the meeting students took MANY specific sin tracts. The Gospel tracts are helpful for follow up. Brother Micah and I were grateful to God for another day to proclaim the Gospel and the 100 to 120 who attended the open air meeting.

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ROWDY CROWD AND HAT STEALING HECKLERS AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA- JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA- FEBRUARY 10, 2014- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

Monday February 10, 2014- University of North Florida- Jacksonville, Florida:  Over the years this has been one of the more fruitful campuses for us.  First began preaching here in Fall of 2006 while staying in Savannah, Georgia and making a drive of about 2 and half hours each way for several days. 

HISTORY OF GOOD FRUIT ON THIS CAMPUS

The Lord rewarded us though as the following semester (Winter 2007) I was preaching all week, the weather was cold, and there were events set up all week in the preaching area that was a great hindrance to the week of preaching.  My crowds that week were probably not more than 25 at the largest. 

However the final day as I was leaving the campus a male student approached me and told me he had gotten saved as a result of our preaching.  In later visits on this campus he stood with me as I preached and I allowed him to testify to the crowd.  He was very interested in the open air preaching but later started leaning towards calvinism. 

Another student we know of had also been saved around that same period of time and we remained in contact with both of these students for several years and met with them as we made our visits to the campus. 

I also remember several visits where we had good sized crowds who listened and asked good questions for hours and through those meetings and discussions afterwards had many students tell me they were now convinced of the commandment and possibility of sin free holy living as a result of salvation. 

This campus has been very unpredictable over the years as sometimes within the same week you can gather large, rowdy, mean crowds, and then gather smaller civil crowds with good discussion.  Sometimes you can stir up a hornet’s nest of demonic activity. 

This meeting was not the most demonic, but was on the more rowdy, hateful demonized side.  Sister Elizabeth was not doing well physically so she remained in the vehicle and I began preaching at 1:55 PM.  The weather was sunny, clear, and not hot. 

I quickly gathered a crowd that grew rapidly into a nice circle all around me of around 75-120.  Early on I met with strong opposition from a profanity using, professing Christian who freely admitted to living in sexual sin who stayed in my face and followed me around trying to intimidate me into preaching about God’s love.  He rebuked me strongly as he accused me of sinning because I was preaching strongly against sin and rebuking it.  He also called me a hypocrite and made it clear judging was a sin. 

A black female of the same spirit and foul mouth did the same thing this student did except for following me around. 

In spite of the opposition I was able to preach effectively and the crowd grew and remained captivated, convicted and angry. 

I had hecklers throughout the entire time of preaching but they did not interfere enough to hinder the preaching from being effective.

Around 3:00 PM I knew things were quickly coming to a head and was about to turn into pandemonium. 

A homosexual who seemed to have some type of speech impediment other than the usual, sure sign of demonic activity of having a lisp kept interrupting and reading bible verses of David and Jonathan and how they were supposedly homosexuals. 

A large Amazon looking female who claimed to be a Christian attempted to physically attack me for preaching against sin in general and homosexuality in particular and accused me of hateful intolerance.  I rebuked her hypocrisy and told her anyone who defended rather than condemn homosexuality was not any more saved than the devil himself.  The homosexual held her back. 

Around this time a student grabbed my hat and attempted to steal it.  I am sure I could have caught him but was afraid to try to run wide open for fear of pulling a hamstring like I did a few years ago at Florida State University. 

Thankfully he eventually gave it back as I accused him of being a thief and told him he must leave before the police showed up. 

I played it up much bigger than I felt it because I wanted a clear signal to be sent to the crowd such activity was criminal and they could be held responsible and get into big trouble.  If students think they can get away with such in a mob mentality they will continue to do such things. 

After I got the hat back another student tried to grab it but did not catch me off guard and did not have the arm power to pull it from me.  He physically threatened me and slapped me weakly on the chest. 

Around 3:15 PM I moved into conversation mode to calm the crowd down and deescalate the situation. 

I was having some very good discussion on the biblical definition of sin, love, etc.  A tall, feminine looking black male with skinny pants interrupted and accused me of quoting verses out of context.  I asked him where the verses I just quoted where at and what was the context and of course he was clueless. 

For the next few minutes he quoted something from the hindu book and tried to argue stupid things with me such as how did I know a circle was round, etc. 

I soon rebuked him.  I had told my wife I would return by 4:00 PM and it was nearing that time.  As I was leaving a student from near where I grew up approached me to thank me and encourage me for the message I was preaching. 

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HOMOSEXUALITY IS A SIN OF THE HEART- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

People try to find all kinds of ways to justify homosexuality.  They are also trying to change the definition of what a homosexual is.  

 

One way homosexual defenders try to excuse it is by asking “What if someone is a homosexual but does not act upon it?”  

 

If they are a homosexual it is because their heart is wicked whether they act on it or not.  All sexual sin as well as all sin is a heart issue.  

 

Mark 7:21-23-For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.  

 

The problem is not physical, genetic, hormonal, or DNA.  It is a heart problem.  

 

Certainly if it is a damnable sin for someone to lust after someone of the opposite sex then of course it is a damnable sin for someone to lust after the same sex.  

 

Matthew 5:27-30-Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.  And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.  And if thy right hand offend thee cut it off and cast it from thee:  for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

 

Looking upon another with lust in the eyes of God is the same as committing adultery and the Bible is clear that no adulterer will enter into the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:19-21).  

 

All sex outside of marriage which God ordained to be between one man and one woman (Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:6-8) is fornication and fornicators will not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:5).  

 

Jesus said your lustful eye and sinning hand will get you cast into hell fire.  One sin caused Adam to be kicked out of the garden.  One sin caused the angels to be kicked out of heaven.  When Jesus Christ was made a sin offering on the cross of Calvary for the sin of the world God the Father turned away from His own Son who had never sinned.   

 

Habakkuk 1:13-Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity.  

 

According to Jesus a lustful eye whether for opposite sex or same sex and a sinning hand will cause someone to be sent to hell.  Jesus is so serious about this He said it is better to pluck out a sinning eye and cut off a sinning hand than to end up in hell.  

 

However according to the scriptures (Matthew 5:27-30, Matthew 15:19-20, Mark 7:21-23) you can pull the eye out, cut the hand off but the real problem is the heart.  It must be changed.  

 

This is what it means to repent and be born again.  To have a change of heart, a change of mind, a change of will, a change of ultimate intention, a change of lifestyle.  Turning to Jesus means turning your back on your sin (Mark 1:15, Acts 20:21, Hebrews 6:1).  You cannot turn to Jesus without turning your back on your sin.  

 

If you are going to be a follower of Jesus Christ you must deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23, Matthew 16:24).  You must die to your desires.  The alcoholic must deny himself his lust of alcohol.  The pervert must deny himself his lust of pornography.  The drug addict must deny himself his lust for drugs.  The fornicator must deny himself his lust of fornication.  And yes homosexuals included must deny themselves their lust for the same sex.  

 

God calls homosexuality vile, unnatural, unseemly and reprobate (Romans 1:26-28).  

 

It is not natural, it is vile and it is reprobate.  

 

To become a homosexual one must first resist the truth of God (Romans 1:18), of creation (Romans 1:20), change the image of God (Romans 1:23), be given over to lust (Romans 1:24), and change the truth of God into a lie and worship and serve the creature rather than the creator (Romans 1:25).  

 

While we must always have compassion on anyone in sin we must never be manipulated into allowing them to talk us into somehow excusing them from their perversion when they have committed all of the above to end up where they are now.  

 

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: 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;

 

The heart must be purified and changed.  

 

Faith that saves purifies the heart.  

 

Acts 15:9-And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  

 

A purified heart will result in a purified lifestyle.  

 

2 Corinthians 5:17-Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.  

 

If your heart has been purified you will no longer be lusting after people of the opposite sex or the same sex.  If someone is still lusting after people of the opposite sex or the same sex then they have not repented.  They have not been born again.  They have not been made a new creature.  Their hearts have not been purified by faith.  

 

To be delivered from any sin you must first admit that indeed it is a sin against God.  Believing you are born that way or that you are not responsible for the thoughts of your heart will never cause you to be set free.  

 

Second you must admit you deserve hell for your sin and God is totally just in sending you to hell.

 

If you do not believe you deserve hell for your sin and God is just for sending you there then you have no fear of God (Matthew 10:28).  

 

Without the fear of God you cannot hate your sin and depart from it (Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 14:27, Proverbs 16:6, 2 Corinthians 7:1).   

 

Most people claim to hate the sin when they really don’t.  They only hate the consequences of their sin.  That is worldly sorrow that leads to hell and not the godly sorrow that works repentance to salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10).  

 

No salvation without repentance.  No repentance without godly sorrow which involves feeling bad about your sin against God.  

 

Third you must have faith that the Lord Jesus Christ can set you free from the bondage of your sin (John 8:32-36, Romans 6:18, Romans 6:22, Romans 8:2).  

 

You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ can deliver you from the power of sin as well as forgive you for the penalty of your sin (Matthew 1:21, John 1:29, Acts 3:26, Galatians 1:4, Titus 2:14).  

 

You must believe He can purify your heart and make you a new creature.  

 

You must repent or forsake all your sin (Luke 13:3,5, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Luke 24:47, Mark 1:15).  There is no forgiveness without repentance.  Repentance is not just confessing sin but forsaking sin (Proverbs 28:13).  No mercy from God without forsaking your sin.  

 

Calling on the Lord Jesus Christ to save you from your sin (Romans 10:13).  Forget about silly quick little prayer formulas.  Get on your face and allow the Spirit of God to thoroughly deal with your heart and search you through and through.  Cry out to God from your heart to save you, deliver you, cleanse you, wash you and purify you.  He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.

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PREACHING PHOTO FROM FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY- BOCA RATON, FLORIDA- JANUARY 21, 2014- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

PREACHING PHOTO FROM FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY- BOCA RATON, FLORIDA- JANUARY 21, 2014- BY BROTHER MICAH ARMSTRONG

THIS WOMAN HECKLED ME AND THREATENED ME PHYSICALLY AND STATED “I HATE THAT MAN”. SHE WANTED ME OFF THE CAMPUS BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT I WAS HATEFUL AND INTOLERANT.

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