An Ex-Mormon Finds Salvation in Christ Alone

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS Mercy HE saves us,” (Titus 3:5).

This riveting testimony by a former Mormon who found faith in Christ Alone while on his 2-year LDS missionary commitment gives the full richness of finding new life in Christ as revealed in the pages of God’s Holy Word. Micah Wilder’s efforts to convert others to Mormonism while in Florida found himself being converted to the True Gospel which is found only in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ alone for the forgiveness of sin, The blood of Jesus Christ HIS Son cleanses us from all sin,” (1 John 1:7). Micah now shares his passion for being Christ’s ambassador to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel,” (Mark 16:15) through the ministry of Adam’s Road Ministry.

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Keeping the LORD’S Day Holy

Upon the completion of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem in fifty-two days under the leadership of Nehemiah, the former cupbearer of the King of Persia, Nehemiah became burdened concerning the activities taking place within the city on the Sabbath days. The city gates were open and people were coming and going all day long selling their wares, with customers buying what was made available for purchase. In celebration of the wall being completed, the people had gathered in the street before the water gate to hear Ezra, the priest, read the Book of the Law of Moses which included the command of GOD, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” (Exodus 20:8; Nehemiah 1:11-2:6; 6:15; 8:1-6).

Nehemiah was very specific in his writings of the activities taking place on the Sabbath days: some were treading the wine presses, others were bringing in sheaves, donkeys were laden with wine, grapes, and figs, with all manner of burdens to be sold in the city. Included were men of Tyre bringing fish into the city, along with merchandise from the Mediterranean coast to be available for sale on the Sabbath Day. Nehemiah testified against the people of such activities taking place on a day that was to be considered holy.

Nehemiah also contended with the nobles of Judah, saying, “What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and did not our GOD bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? Yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath.” It was because of the disobedience of God’s people and His commands they spent seventy years in Babylonian captivity before King Cyrus permitted those who desired to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city and the Temple (Ezra 1:1-3).

Nehemiah with deep conviction caused the gates of the city to be closed at sundown before the Sabbath and not to be reopened until after the Sabbath had ended. Nothing was permitted to come into the city on the Sabbath days. Nehemiah recorded, “So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. Then I testified against them… if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the Sabbath.” Nehemiah then commanded the Levites, those who were tasked with the maintenance of the Temple, to “come and keep the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day,” (Nehemiah 13:15-22).

The True Source of JOY

Everyone longs for peace and contentment, a life full of joy and happiness. But many are looking in the wrong places for such joy: a bottle, a drug, a relationship, a career. The answer for finding true genuine Joy is only found in the pages of Scripture, for it is there one finds fullness of Joy everlasting (John 15:11).

“Let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for Joy.” (Psalm 5:11a)

“Let them also that love Thy name be Joyful in Thee.” (Psalm 5:11b)

“Be glad in the LORD… shout for Joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” (Psalm 32:11)

“My soul shall be Joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in His Salvation.” (Psalm 35:9)

“My soul shall be satisfied… my mouth shall praise Thee with Joyful lips.” (Psalm 63:5)

“To the counsellors of peace is Joy.” (Proverbs 12:20)

“A man hath Joy by the answer of his mouth.” (Proverbs 15:23)

“It is Joy to the just to do judgment.” (Proverbs 21:15)

“For God giveth to a man that is good in His sight wisdom, and knowledge, and Joy.” (Ecclesiastes 2:26)

“Ask, and ye shall receive, that your Joy may be full.” (John 16:24)

“And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My Joy fulfilled in themselves.” (John 17:13)

“We also Joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:11)

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17)

“Now the God of hope fill you with all Joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13)

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with Joy unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8)

“And these things write we unto you, that your Joy may be full.” (1 John 1:4)

In Christ Alone

In this testimony Amber Head shares why she left the Church of Christ, a denomination in which her father was the pastor of a local church. Amber explains the denomination’s doctrine concerning their requirement of baptism for salvation and its effect on her growing up in a Church of Christ church until she came to the Truth of Scripture, that it is in Christ Alone for salvation, plus or minus nothing.

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the Blood of JESUS

The Fountain of LIFE

The search for a Fountain of Youth has been the subject of lore since as early as the 5th Century B.C. in the writings of the Greek historian Herodotus; during the time of Alexander the Great in the 3rd Century A.D; and even the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon in the 16th Century as he explored the New World and the coast of Florida. Although no such fountain has ever been found, Jesus did speak during His earthly ministry of a Fountain of Living Water “springing up into everlasting life,” (John 4:14).

As Jesus waited at Jacob’s well on His journey through Samaria while His disciples went into the city to buy food, Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water, asking her for a drink of the water. As their conversation progressed Jesus offered her “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst.” The woman, thinking Jesus was speaking of physical water, requested, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw,” (John 4:5-15).

As Jesus continued on in His earthly ministry He shared with the Jewish people on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of Living Water,” (John 7:37-38). The Prophet Jeremiah had written  500 years earlier just before the Jewish people were taken captive to Babylon, “O LORD, the Hope of Israel, all that forsake Thee shall be ashamed… because they have forsaken The LORD, the Fountain of Living Waters, (Jeremiah 17:13).

Just as the Samaritan woman looked for a fountain of water that would cause her not to have to make daily trips to Jacob’s well, before understanding Jesus was speaking of spiritual water that leads to eternal life, those who seek after a fountain of youth will only find fulfillment and Everlasting Life in CHRIST, the Fountain of Living Water.

Faith or Works

In Paul’s letter to the churches of Galatia in Asia Minor, churches he previously had visited on his missionary journeys, Paul addressed those in their midst who were attempting to pervert the Gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:7). There were those who were coming into the churches and telling those who had put their complete faith in Christ’s death, burial and resurrection for salvation as Paul had preached, that in addition they needed to be circumcised for complete salvation. In Galatians chapter five Paul adamantly disputes the notion anything needs to be added to Christ’s sacrifice for salvation.

Paul admonished the Galatian Christians to “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (5:1). Paul wrote that if anything is added to God’s free gift of salvation, “Christ shall profit you nothing” (5:2). Paul declared those who agree to the need for circumcision in addition to faith in Christ for salvation place themselves back under the Law, and Christ becomes of no effect unto you,” (5:3-4). Earlier in Paul’s letter he had written to the Galatians, “By the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified,” (2:16). Jesus said during His Sermon on the Mount, “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil,” (Matthew 5:17). Christ fulfilled through His death, burial and resurrection all that is needed for man’s salvation.

There are those who promote, in addition to faith in Christ, the need to immediately be  baptized to wash away sin or the need to do good works in order to obtain forgiveness of sin and salvation in Christ. Just as with those in Paul’s day calling for circumcision to be added for salvation, Paul emphasized, “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love,” GOD’s love: AGAPE love (Galatians 5:6). The attempt to obtain salvation by any other means but through faith in Christ Alone is a false salvation. Paul calls it “another gospel: which is not another,” and gives this proclamation, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed,” and to emphasize the importance of his point he immediately repeats, “As we said before, so say I now again, If any preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed,” (Galatians 1:8-9).