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.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Independent Fundamental Baptist Comes Home

Check out Jillian's conversion story here. Once again we see that once a person of good will learns what the Church actually says about itself (vs what an anti-Catholic Protestant's say about it) the scales fall from the eyes and the veil is lifted, and the individual comes home!

"It eventually came to the point where we decided we would write each member of my family a letter explaining to them why they were wrong to believe in Catholicism, and why we were right to believe in "the Bible alone".  It wasn't an easy decision to come to, as we had never been confrontational before, but we felt we were doing them a disservice by keeping the "truth" from them.  So, we began researching.  Why do Catholics believe what they do?  Where does all this Tradition actually come from?  You see, we wanted them to know that we knew all of this, and still believed what we believed as Independent Fundamental Baptists.

We were floored.  Dumbfounded.  Aghast.  After six months of extensive research, we began to realize how little we actually had known about the Catholic faith.  We kept waiting for the "aha" moment, when we would come across some teaching that blackballed the rest.  That never happened.  It was unbelievable to us that Catholic faith was grounded in the Scriptures.  Scripture passages we had memorized as Baptists took on an entirely different meaning.  The misconceptions about what Catholics believe and what they actually believe are incredibly vast.  What freedom we felt.  What joy.  What light-heartedness! "

So my Catholic blogger friends, go on over to Jillians' and give her a great Tiber Jumper Welcome Home!


Blogger Jillian said...

Dear Russ,

Just wanted to say thank you for sharing my story on your blog. There are so many who are educated in Catholicism through your site; I'm honored you included my blog and I hope it's an encouragement! :)

God Bless,

May 27, 2012 5:02 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

You are more than welcome Jillian. It is so important that people like you share their stories of returning to the CatholicChurch. It gives hope to people who are fearful andperhaps it will be used to open the eyes of people who were never willing to consider or unable to see that Catholicism is indeed the church Jesus started and that and he did intend there to be one church, one faith, etc. Thank you for your willingness to put your story out there in the blogosphere and I pray that the Lord will greatly bless your blog. On this great feast of Pentecost let us pray the Spirit falls anew to refresh the face of the earth and His Church!

May 27, 2012 5:48 PM  

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