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My Testimony

Brief Testimony:

I was a pagan sinner living in Los Angeles. I had been to churches for 15 years and all I saw were hypocrites, and selfish people. All I saw were sermons that were watered down platitudes on how to live a moral life. I had been sober off drugs for 15 years, cleaned up my life, off the street, through college and MBA school, married and a child, and I owed it all to a "God" I couldn't define. I dedicated my life to serving others, helping young kids get off drugs, praying daily for 8 years at the time, living a life characterized by repentance, prayer and meditation, and service work. I didn't see anything I wanted at the Church.

My ex-wife left me in the divorce and she claimed to be saved. I knew young girls who were raped by their youth pastors and by their religious parents. I had a friend who cheated on his wife and went to Church every weekend. I hated homeless people preaching salvation, but were "worse than pagans." So I was not seeking your God. But nonetheless, Christ sought me out.

I heard John MacArthur preach the Word of God with authority, without apologizing or making the message soft and agreeable. He preached about sin and God's wrath at false Christians that stain the Christian Church. He preached sin and death for those "who are against God"... non Christians. He preached straight out of the book of Luke, which he had been preaching on for 6 years at the time ... about 1-2 verses each Sunday.

It was the pure Word of God being preached with authority that pierced my sinful heart. The Word spoken was a bold proclamation, "I was dead in my sins and against God. I needed to be saved from God, not from myself". I was reborn and transformed, regenerate and born again in April 2004. I have been "on fire" ever since. I was shown if I don't fan the flames in my heart that desires God's truth, his Word, that sin and Satan would extinguish my flame.

I only now understand that if I am truly saved I will have a natural hunger and thirst for God's pure Word, but at the time I was scared of my own sin and temptation to turn my back on God. I obeyed God's Word, out of love for him, because he first loved me. Not because I was trying to gain God's favor. I knew I already had it. I had been given the best gift in the world. A straight direct ability to communicate to God, through Christ's blood and resurrection, by the revealed Word; The Bible. What true Christian, who is saved from hell, and has been given this gift of life in the Bible, would not pour through it and soak it up like it was living water?

I pray for the sanctification that leads to persecution of God's chosen people. The ones he chose for his own glory and for his own purposes. I pray that we seek correct doctrine, and find good pastors that work hard to sanctify us by helping us see our sin, through God's glory. I pray God's people don't look for selfish gains: self esteem, self confidence, self love, self forgiveness, or any other sort of selfish desires that come from our own flesh. I pray that we grow in our love and understanding of God's Word so that James 1:2-5 is a reality in our lives and not a confusing script.

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him."

God Bless and Peace to you,
Tarkus Mossberg

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