8 BOCNEWS.com OCTOBER 2018 1. Jonathan Nelson - Declarations 2. Brent Jones - Open Your Mouth And Say Something 3. Melvin Williams - Down Home Gospel 4. Israel Houghton - The Road To Demaskus 5. Elevation Worship - Hallelujah Here Below 6. Branan Murphy - Branan Murphy Ep 7. Zach Williams - Survivor 8. Austin French - Wide Open 9. Ben Tankard - Rise 10. Tori Kelly - Hiding Place Too Far Gone "Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that DAY (the Day of the Lord) will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great FALLING AWAY of those who profess to be Christian's has come]" — 2 Thess 2:3 AMPC The Word of God teaches that there will be a great FALLING AWAY from the true Christian faith in the very last of the last days. This will be the most obvious sign of the times that will indicate that the COMING of our Lord is near! Church goers are flee- ing much of the main stream Christian church as many die hard defenders of the faith continue to post their deep concerns on FB. According to the Word, it will be easy to identify who is, and who isn't slipping. "By their fruit you will recognize them" (Matt 7:16). Sad but true, those who are FALLING AWAY will not even know it! As a matter of fact, most will think that they are experi- ancing a revival! (Rev Ch's2-3). There are several passages of scripture throughout the entire NewTestament that clearly identifies the fruit of the WISE virgins and the error of the foolish Virgins (Matt 25:1-13). The wise will be coming out from among the ways of the world and they will be EXCITED about the Soon Coming of our Lord! They will be more concerned with solid Biblical doctrine, repentance, defending the grace and exposing the fruitless deeds of darkness (Jude 3-4, Eph 5:11). The foolish virgins however, claim to be on FIRE for Jesus, yet they tend to honor personalities, stage presence, appearance, and perfor- mance based music and sermons, more than they do the Words of Jesus Christ. They are focusing on numbers, church growth, unity, love, grace and MONEY while over- looking major doctrinal error. Just like the foolish virgins, they will not be READY when Jesus comes. LEFT BEHIND! As you start to take a close look throughout the entire New Testament, Jesus has a way of illustrating the fruit of the wise, "side by side" with the error of the foolish who are back sliding over the edge and into darkness. For example: In 1Timothy 6:3-15, Paul teaches that there are those within the church's, preaching and using the NAME of Jesus for their own financial gain. They will claim that God's stamp of approval is on their ministry because of popularity and church growth (2Tim 4:1-8). "For the LOVE of money is a/ the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have WANDERED FROM the FAITH, and have pierced themselves with many griefs." Yet within the same chapter, only a few verses away, Paul sounds the alarm by saying, "But you man of God, (wise virgins) flee all of this and pursue righteousness." "Fight the good fight of faith," and, "keep this command without spot or blame until the APPEARING of our Lord Jesus Christ"(1Tim 6:3-15). 2 Peter 2:1-3 also teaches that there will be MANY TEACHERS who are greedy for money, who have obviously LEFT the One who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves, while continuing to bring the way of TRUTH into disrepute [error]." Again, and at the same time, you will see in both chapter's 2 and 3 how Jesus ministers about the last days judgement, the scoffers, the protection of the righteous, and then about His Second Coming! Again, clearly seeing the contrast? Let's take a look at Hebrews 10:32-39 to see the sharp contrast. "For in just a little while, He who is COMING will come and will not delay. But my RIGHTEOUS ONES will live by faith"(wise virgins)."But IF he (wise virgins) SHRINKS BACK, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those who SHRINK BACK and are DESTROYED, but of those who believe and are saved." Did you notice that the Lord warns the RIGHTEOUS ONES about shrinking back and being destroyed? Is it possible for a true believer to shrink back and FALL AWAY to the point of no return, without even knowing it?! Jesus gives us a powerful par- able. "You (wise virgins) are the SALT of the earth. But, if the SALT LOSES its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?"(Matt 5:13). The Arminian Christian's believe according to scripture that God gave "ALL" people the freedom while alive here on earth to accept or to reject the Lord's offer of sal- vation through faith in God's sav- ing grace. They usually divide into two groups. One group believes that a Christian CANNOT lose one's salvation after truly accept- ing it, and the other's believe that God gives all true believers the freedom to walk away anytime they want. The argu- ment between those who claim that you CANNOT lose your salvation as opposed to those who believe that you CAN FALL AWAY, can easily be resolved by examining a few passages of scripture. Both sides usually refer to the word "TASTED" in Hebrews 6:4-5 to try to prove their point. Those who take a stand that you CANNOT fall away, believe that the church goers in Hebrews 6:4-6 never truly RECEIVED the Lord in their heart and were never truly converted because they only had a "taste" of the heavenly gift and the goodness of the Word of God. They believe that these church goers FELL AWAY from just "hearing" the "knowledge" of Christ as illustrated in Luke 8:11-12. "Those along the path are the ones who HEAR, and then the devil comes and takes away the Word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved." What does the word "TASTED" really mean? Did these church goers only "sample" a church experi- ance, or were they fully engulfed by the power of the Holy Spirit, and in full agreement with the saving power of Jesus Christ?! "Those on the rock are the ones who RECEIVE the Word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They BELIEVE for a while but in time of testing they fall away" (Luke 11:13). Let's focus on the Word taste. Go ahead and back By Rev. Michael Forti END TIMES Michael Forti Many today have already fallen asleep in the pew. 'Thats OK! As long as they are giving, dont wake them up!' It's important to be feeding the sheep and not misleading the sheep. dont miss Forti preaching on bocnews.com Continued on Page 10