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.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Another Reformed Christian Comes Home

Check out Tyler's blog here and give him the old Tiber Swim Team Welcome Home!

Update: It appears Tyler has decided to delete his blog. I suspect it has to do with the vitriol and hostility he has experienced from those of his former communion. Jason Stellman has experienced a similar fall out.  Once again this reinforces for me the reality that if your theology says that your personal behavior (including vitriolic and hateful anonymous com boxing) can't affect where you spend eternity, you feel entitled to get away with all manner of name calling and "Raca" calling.
Jesus said that whoever calls his brother "raca" must answer to the Sanhedrin and if he calls them "fool", is in danger of hell fire. It appears that scripture doesn't  apply to Christians who believe they can't lose their salvation. Instead they believe Calvin's theology trumps Jesus own words!
  You have to seriously question a belief system among Christians that allows them to behave in such an ungodly manner when one of their own chooses (using their own private interpretation of scripture) a different theological system to adhere to.  Btw, what the heck is a necrophiliac heretic?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am amazed at the intelligent thought from some of the converts, like this one and the previous one you listed. This one had the requisite congrats from well-wishers and mean insults from (well meaning)? protestants. Julie

July 31, 2012 1:18 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Hey what would be a conversion to Catholicism without the naysayers? Satan loves disunity more than anything. Christ's last prayer was for unity. It is the fulfillment of Christ's desire for his Church when another comes home to Rome. Satan gets angry and the persecution starts. I have seen it over and over again for 8 years now. Forgive them Lord, they don't know what they are doing. Thanks for the comment Julie!

July 31, 2012 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are welcome! You are right about Satan hating unity among Christians. Wow people get angry when someone converts to the Church. Julie

August 01, 2012 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Tyler's blog is deleted. Do you know why? Maybe he was harassed pretty mercilessly. Julie

August 01, 2012 3:36 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

see my update Julie

August 01, 2012 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Necrophiliac heretic? What on earth could that possibly mean? I wonder if they were trying to shock him into leaving Catholicism. (While making themselves look satanic!) I once heard an ex-Catholic say we drink Jesus' blood like vampires. What rampant ignorance there is out there. What you are doing, Russ, is so needed. Jesus is surely happy with it. Julie

August 01, 2012 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Renee Lin said...

I don't know which I find more disturbing - the folks who spew bile, or the folks who say, "Whatever you choose to believe, if you believe it sincerely, then it's true for you." Neither of these groups are actually thinking. Group 1 is blindly reacting out of fear and loathing. Group 2 is brain-dead. I can understand a response along the lines of "I am grieving over the decision you've made, my brother - please explain what brought you to this point. Let us reason together!" I did see a few of those in Tyler's combox - too few. It is the only Christian response possible if you believe that what Tyler and Jason are doing is a move in the wrong direction.

I can understand the bewilderment in the Reformed camp now that nearly every week one of them announces that he is swimming the Tiber. What I can't understand is the nastiness....

August 01, 2012 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Potamiaena said...

I can't undertand the nastiness either. I read some of the comments on Jason Stellman's blog. I was dumbfounded. How could Christians be so mean? Aren't we supposed to have better behavior and better morals, no matter what denomination we are?

Thank you, Russ for your comments. Now i understand better.

August 02, 2012 11:47 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Potamiaena: I think they let themselves off the hook by declaring that we are not Christians and use the idea of "taking off their sandals and shaking the dust off." They feel no obligation to have any phileos/agape love towards us. Yet this is a wrong attitude, because if they believe this, why aren't they more kind and loving in an attempt to evangelize us? The e mail and comments over the years I have received have suggested to me these folks are extremely threatened by Catholic conversion and respond in an almost irrational manner, saying things that are vile and blasphemous and opposite what the a Christian would do. The key thing is their entire faith is based on not scripture, but on attacking the authority of the Church. All the solas of the reformers were simply false constructs created to justify their rebellion from the Catholic Church at he time. Before the reformation, sola scriptura sola fide had never been heard of, studied, or promoted. They were simply novel doctrines that enabled the reformers to remove themselves from the authority of the Church. The doctrines themselves have since not stood the test of time and the fragmentation of protestantism 30,000 and counting, further proves the failure of the protestant experiment. Weird, and sad...

August 03, 2012 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One commenter at Jason's blog called them the sweet, sweet Solas. I thought that was so strange. Julie

August 03, 2012 1:43 PM  

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