Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Street Preaching at Yankee Stadium

When Prodigal Daughter and I were starting to enter the stadium on Sunday to see the pope, we saw a few folks who were preaching ( yelling through bull horns at the Catholics.)
Initially, we watched from afar, but then PD thought we should chat with them a bit. So I had a rather lengthy interaction with one fellow who flew from Utah to preach to the "unsaved Catholics."
He had apparently read and memorized a little book called the Trail of Blood that was published in the late 19th century giving a twisted view of church history to prove that Baptists were always present since the days of John the Baptist and persecuted by the "false religion of Catholicism."
I prayed for him during Mass. I hoped he could hear the beautiful worship over the walls of Yankee Stadium as 55,000 Christians gathered to participate in the sacred meal celebrated since the time the Church was established on Peter and his successors.



Blogger Scott Lyons said...

I think he just needed a hug, TJ.

April 24, 2008 11:18 AM  
Blogger Cow Bike Rider (alias, Chris Sagsveen) said...

If nothing else, maybe you at least planted those "seeds" to get him thinking about what he's preaching. Thanks for sharing the video.


April 24, 2008 1:03 PM  
Blogger japhy said...

Do they know about the Orthodox churches too? ;) We're talking multiple whores of Babylon now!

April 24, 2008 1:04 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Sadly, it was pretty much a one way conversation.But perhaps he will remember something about the day. I was most impressed how thousands and thousands of Catholics walked by these guys as they shouted at them and no one answered them in kind. That was probably a better witness than me trying to reason with him.

April 24, 2008 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that you did plant the seeds of truth. Sadly, I am sure many Catholics just expected to be harassed. It is ironic that this gentleman has to be ignoring key parts in the Bible, yet he memorized Trail of Blood. Ironic too that the ones who are aggressively portraying themselves as Christians were the ones there to spread a message of hate. With the excuse of wanting to "save" people. Well, Christ said, right, that when they hate us, remember that He was hated first. Julie

April 25, 2008 8:55 AM  
Blogger JP said...

Wow, some came from afar just to "get ya saved!"?

Tiber, would you still be interested in doing a lunch one of these days?

April 25, 2008 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Tom said...

You did the right thing to engage him. I congratulate your courage in doing so.

Btw – we are featuring you today on LTBC.

April 25, 2008 12:02 PM  
Blogger Jacob said...

Thanks for sharing your video TJ. It is interesting how some of these folks preach from books other than the bible with any expectations of legitimacy. Were the Westboro Baptists there as well? I'm surprised you did not run into anyone evangelizing from "The Da Vinci Code." Or...maybe you did?

April 25, 2008 2:34 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Yeah, absolutely!

Tom: thanks for the feature!!!
I gotta get more stuff up on your site. Hope it's doing well.

Jacob: Didn't see any Davincyites
but I am sure they were there.

April 26, 2008 6:57 AM  
Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

Thanks so much, TJ. Your witness was staying so calm and patient. I think that speaks more than words for those who are trying to get us Catholics saved. I realized that I can't say anymore to a certain someone who was recently commenting on my blog, trying to tell me much the same as this confused soul. I told him the proverbial equine corpse simply can't be bludgeoned any longer and it finally seems he's perhaps realized it, too.


April 26, 2008 11:04 AM  
Blogger truthfinder said...

Don't give up praying for him, please. As a teenager, I was quoting from that same "Trail of Blood" pamphlet. Now, some forty- plus-years later, I am a rosary-praying, card-carrying Catholic. It was the Eucharist that drew me in, along with the loving example of a Little Sister of the Poor, Sister Immanuel, at Archbishop Leibold Home in Cincinnati, Ohio. I'm positive she asked the Blessed Mother to pray for me.

April 28, 2008 10:45 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Truth finder:
Thanks for your comment!
I would love to read your conversion story sometime. Is it on-line? I would love to post it. Thanks!

April 29, 2008 8:35 AM  
Blogger truthfinder said...

Thank you, TJ. I am in the midst of creating a blog. This is new territory for me, but you can be sure I will tell my conversion story on my first post, and I would feel honored to see it noted on your site.

April 30, 2008 12:00 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Please send me a note when your blog is up and running and I will put a link to it. Looking forward to reading it!

April 30, 2008 8:04 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

I'm praying for him now. Funny how just because someone writes it down--people will believe it. I have never heard of this concept--the Baptists did not come out of the Catholic Church? Odd concept--where do they think they got the Bible? Good for you to evangelize everywhere--and you lucky, going to Mass with the Pope!

April 30, 2008 7:41 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Tara, good to hear from you.
I guess if you can believe that Baptists came from John the Baptist and not the Catholic Church, you can also believe that the Scriptures fell from the sky complete with red letter edition, leather binding. But my question is: Did the Bible that fell from the sky have the 7 books in it that the reformers later removed? :)

May 01, 2008 8:16 AM  

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