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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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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).

Why I’m No Longer Roman Catholic – A Testimony

Dr. Fred Tarsitano gives a clear Biblical testimony in this video, “Why I’m No Longer Roman Catholic,” as to why, although born and raised in a Catholic family in New Jersey and a staunch adherent to the Catholic traditions, found new life in Christ based upon the blood of Jesus Christ Alone and not upon the added good works of man for salvation, for “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our Righteousnesses are as filthy rags… There is none that calleth upon Thy Name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of Thee: for Thou hast hid Thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities,” Isaiah 64:6-7. It is only through the sinless perfection of Christ salvation is able to be obtained, for Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved,” Acts 4:12.

O Give Thanks Unto The LORD

cornucopia2O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;  And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.

Oh that men would Praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;  Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: Therefore He brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.

Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.

Oh that men would Praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

For He hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder. Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He saveth them out of their distresses. He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

Oh that men would Praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of Thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing. They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. For He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end.

Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so He bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Oh that men would Praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the assembly of the elders. He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. And there He maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;  And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase. He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.

Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow. He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way. Yet setteth He the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock. The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.

Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

Psalm 107

By Faith or By Works

Throughout the Old Testament and during Jesus’ earthly ministry it was to the Jew first God’s righteousness was offered. Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6). When the Jews rejected God’s offer of salvation through Jesus Christ, the Promised Messiah, the Gentiles were afforded the opportunity to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,” (Acts 16:31). The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans wrote of the Gentiles’ righteousness coming by faith, whereas the Jews sought righteousness through the keeping of the law (Romans 9:30-32).

Earlier in Paul’s letter he had written, “by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight,” (Romans 3:20). The Jews based righteousness on their futile attempts to obey all of God’s laws along with the hundreds of other man-made laws the priests had added to them throughout the centuries, not understanding God’s purpose “by the law is the knowledge of sin,” not salvation. The Law shows the need for a Savior, for no man can keep the whole Law. Paul wrote to the Galatians “the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith,” (3:24). To the Jews, Christ became a stumblingblock to them; they stumbled at laying aside their “works salvation” for a “righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ Alone salvation” as was preached to the Gentiles. Paul wrote of the Jews, “Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law.” He further wrote, “they… going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth,” (Romans 9:32; 10:3-4).

Paul tells us Moses described the righteousness which is of the law, “That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. BUT the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise… That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him,” (Romans 10:5-13).

Righteousness by faith in Christ which the Jews would not accept as the New Covenant, is a righteousness of grace through faith; “not of yourselves… not of works.” It is Christ, the Perfect Lamb of God, who brings salvation to the whole world both Jew and Gentile, to everyone that believeth on Him and commits their life to Him (Luke 22:20; Romans 10:3; Ephesians 2:8-9).

How To Receive a Free Gift

Who doesn’t like to receive a free gift. Walking through a store offers are made to try a sample of new products on the market either by another human being or a machine dispensing the goods. The highlight of any shopping trip is to be offered something free. But in order to enjoy the free gift one must accept and receive the free gift from the hands of the one who is offering it or the vending machine making the gift accessible. Likewise, God offers each individual His free gift of salvation. He possesses it; it is not yours until you receive it.

In Ephesians 2:8-9 God clearly states His salvation is free, “it is the gift of God.” He tells us no amount of good behavior or good works can earn His gift; it is not of yourselvesnot of works, lest any man should boast.” It is “By grace are ye saved through faith… it is the gift of God.” His unmerited favor and peace with Him is freely offered, not anything we ourselves do to earn it. His gift of salvation is free to us but it cost Him His Son, coming to die for us in our place on the cross for the remission of sin. The Scriptures reveal in Hebrews 9:22 without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin for anyone.

God’s gift is offered to each and every one, has been paid for by the death of His One and Only Begotten Son who obtained victory over death by His Resurrection, and now awaits all those who will receive His free gift from His hands by calling “upon the name of the Lord to be saved” (Romans 10:13). He will not force His gift upon anyone; each must willingly receive it and believe it, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” (Romans 10:10).

Just as any gift is not truly yours until you receive it and it is in your possession, receive God’s gift of salvation from Him this Christmas and He will give you abundantly more than you ever thought possible or imagined… including most importantly, Eternal Life with Him in Heaven (John 3:16; Ephesians 3:20).