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, September 24, 2012

Jason Stellman, Reformed Pastor of the PCA Converts

I posted about Jason Stellman before when he first announced his intention to become Catholic this past summer.  He explained his reasons for desiring to convert on the Called to Communion blog but quickly removed them for personal reasons. I had asked for prayer for him and his family. This weekend he was received into the Church in Kirkland, Washington. Incidentally, Scott Hahn posted on his fb page that he was set to attend but missed a connecting flight. Dr. Hahn had been a reformed pastor in the PCA and was the forerunner of many conversions so his attendance at his confirmation would have been very apropos.
    Here on Called to Communion, Jason again posts his story. Continue to pray for him as he now needs to find a source of income for his family. These people like Jason who forfeit their careers, income, and respect in their religious community are heroes in my estimation.  "So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:33)

"If justification by faith alone was indeed “the article on which the church stands or falls,” as Reformed theology claimed, then wouldn’t we expect it to have been taught by Jesus himself, somewhere? Moreover, wouldn’t John have taught it, too? And Peter, and James? Shoot, wouldn’t Paul himself have taught the imputation of alien righteousness somewhere outside of just two of his thirteen epistles?"

"And make no mistake, the Catholic Church is disruptive. It is audacious and confrontational, sucker-punching and line-in-the-sand drawing. Like the Lion Aslan from C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, it is not a tame Church, and will make no promise not to devour and discomfit its subjects as they partake of its life-giving water, causing them to constantly bend the knee and cede their worldly wisdom to the foolishness of the cross. In the words of Aslan to Jill, who expressed fear about letting down her guard to drink from the water by which he stood, “There are no other streams.” Or the words of Peter to Jesus when asked if the Twelve would forsake Him because of His difficult and demanding message, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”


Blogger kkollwitz said...

It's getting to be a steady drip of Bible-literate Presbyterians into Catholicism.

September 24, 2012 2:32 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Yes it seems so, and the key commonality seems to be the desire for truth and the willingness to give up one's sense of autonomy, which sola scriptura actively cultivates.

September 24, 2012 3:10 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Dear Anon:
I am not posting your comment because you lack the integrity to put your real name down. If you want to slander a Christian brother publicly, then have the manhood to put your name and contact information behind it, especially so your former pastor can see your comments. I believe that there is no truth in your comments and they reek of someone who is "sour grapes". A reformed person can never convert to Catholicism without accusations such as you have made, given the very nature of who reformed people are. Their actions and comments on the internet such as the one's you posted indicate that you embrace your theology very seriously: It is quite clear that you believe that your words and actions have no bearing on where you will spend eternity. So slander and detraction are not a problem for folks such as yourself because your theology unfortunately encourages it.

December 31, 2012 8:42 AM  

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