Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons

Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons

by Pomona House Publishing, LLC


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Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons by Pomona House Publishing, LLC

"Starting at the Finish Line" seeks to declare the Good News of the gospel in a way that sounds like "good news" to the Latter-day Saint. It does this by 1) establishing the authority and "correctness" of our modern Bible, 2) explaining how we are saved by the grace of God when we put our full faith and trust in the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, and in His blood alone, and, 3) exposing the dangers of trying to contribute to our own salvation by adding obedience and good works to the finished work of Christ on the cross. This message, to the devout Latter-day Saint, is overly simplistic and offensive. But to the struggling Mormon or to those who have already left the Mormon faith and find themselves lost in a sea of to their ears! God gives eternal life to all those who will but receive it in faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991462209
Publisher: Pomona House Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 02/05/2014
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr.John Wallace was an active member of the Mormon church for twenty years, serving a full-time mission to Argentina in the mid-80's, and holding a variety of leadership positions within the church. But in 1993, John walked away from Mormonism, owing mainly to his deep concerns regarding Mormon temple worship and the unique doctrine of the literal deification of man: "As God is, man may become." After several years of "self-imposed atheism", John came back to his original roots and began to search the Bible for answers. Reading the Bible without the filter of religion, and attending a non-denominational, Bible-teaching church, John came to saving faith in Jesus Christ. He came to realize that it is not at all about religion, but rather a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. It was only after his born-again experience that John felt the compelling need to reach back to his LDS family and friends in order to share the astounding truth that it is "by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves." John is a practicing dentist in Southern California as well as Director of Singles Ministry at his home church, Calvary Chapel Westgrove. Dr. Wallace is available to speak to churches and organizations, and is considered an expert in the area of witnessing to Latter-day Saints.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface ix

Section I Introduction

Chapter 1 Hindsight is 20:20 1

Section II A Defense of the Bible

Chapter 2 She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not 11

Chapter 3 The New Testament 19

Chapter 4 The Old Testament 31

Section III The Dilemma

Chapter 5 I Am Undone 41

Chapter 6 The Law 51

Section IV The Solution (Part 1)

Chapter 7 Who is Jesus? 59

Chapter 8 The Cross 67

Chapter 9 The Sufficiency of the Blood 79

Section V The Solution: (Part 2)

Chapter 10 Whoever Believes 89

Chapter 11 But as Many as Received 101

Chapter 12 The Divine Exchange 113

Section VI Grace Plus Works

Chapter 13 The Gift of God 119

Chapter 14 Grace-Gods Unimaginable Kindness 125

Chapter 15 The Judaizers (and Modern-Day Mormons) 133

Chapter 16 With Apologies to Nephi 143

Section VI A New Creation

Chapter 17 Born Again 155

Chapter 18 Abide in Me 163

Chapter 19 A Place for Works 173

Chapter 20 Sin and Forgiveness (A Family Matter) 179

Chapter 21 Secure in our Salvation 185

Appendix A 195

Appendix B 197

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Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Steve_Doc_Hilton More than 1 year ago
STARTING AT THE FINISH LINE has a subtitle; The Gospel Of Grace For Mormons.  John B. Wallace was an active member of the LDS church for two decades, but in the last twenty years has come to see the beauty of simply being a follower of Jesus Christ.  So John’s heart is definitely focused on reaching those inside the walls of the LDS church, redeeming the time that he spent “inside” the organization. However, the message of John’s book is a jumping off point for conversations with ANYONE who is not yet a follower of Jesus Christ.  It is primarily for this reason that I was so drawn to this book for review in the first place; folks, who doesn’t need the Gospel of Grace? The author’s passion for the truth begins with the foundation of Christianity – the Word of God – over and against The Book of Mormon. And he makes no apologies.  One quote I feel is necessary to establish John B. Wallace’s primary focus: “My job is to invite you, the Latter-day Saint, to research all available evidence and come to your own conclusion that the Bible has been not only translated correctly but also transmitted down through the centuries with an astonishing degree of accuracy.  Once you are convinced of this, my preference is that you set this comparatively insignificant book down and immerse yourself in the Bible . . . When you do this, you will discover  that the Bible is all about the cross of Jesus.”                                                                                                                                      STARTING AT THE FINISH LINE, p. 7 Having laid the proper foundation, John B. Wallace follows this line of reasoning through a searching examination of the cross, a defense of salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and the eternal security of the believer.  He makes his case for “works” by placing them in their appropriate context – these are acts that we are able to perform as a result of our salvation, not in order to attain it, and they are of inestimable value to the new believer, as well as to others, as evidence of the New Birth.   With references to the Book of Mormon, and to Mormon doctrine (which the author explains to a degree for the non-Mormon reader), this book does have a target audience.  However, the principles that John B. Wallace elucidates in STARTING AT THE FINISH LINE make this a primer for anyone who is actively seeking an opportunity to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone. I love books that provide room for notes!  STARTING AT THE FINISH LINE provides oversized margins, as well as 5 blank pages at the end of the book, that you can fill with your personal thoughts and reactions to the book. 5 stars for a passionate defense of the truth by John B. Wallace