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, June 03, 2010

John Calvin Made Him Catholic!

Check out this story of conversion by reformed theologian Dr. David Anders. I too have been amazed at how Catholic some of Calvin's comments were regarding paedo-baptism and the Eucharist. But whenever I posted about them in the past, I often had someone saying "You are not understanding Calvin's meaning." Meaning, if it sounds Catholic , then clearly you don't understand it!

"So then we must ever come to this point, that the Sacraments are effectual and that they are not trifling signs that vanish away in the air, but that the truth is always matched with them, because God who is faithful shows that he has not ordained anything in vain. And that is the reason why in Baptism we truly receive the forgiveness of sins, we are washed and cleansed with the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are renewed by the operation of his Holy Spirit.

And how so? Does a little water have such power when it is cast upon the head of a child? No. But because it is the will of our Lord Jesus Christ that the water should be a visible sign of his blood and of the Holy Spirit. Therefore baptism has that power and whatsoever is there set forth to the eye is forthwith accomplished in very deed."


Blogger kkollwitz said...

That is a fine quote; he gets his point across very pithyly.

But like you say: neither Jesus nor Calvin nor Justin Martyr meant what they said.

My kingdom for an authoritative interpreter!

June 03, 2010 11:58 PM  

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