Conversion to Catholicism

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  1. RTS

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    I grew up in a Missionary Baptist church and am now strongly considering joining the Catholic Church. I have studied extensively and have yet to find a good arguement against doing so. I would like some other educated perspectives on this matter to help me make my decision. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Whoa nelly! Kadie bar the door!!! Every thumperer promoting every doctrine of man may just inundate you with circular reasoning and false dichotomies and ....guilt! If there wasn't a soul involved here it could be fun to watch, but I got to tell you: You are very brave to invite that kind of discussion. That could be an extremely heavy cross to bear. I just hope it can remain cordial. And above all GOD BLESS YOU IN YOUR TRAVELS!

    P.S. I hope to one day say WELCOME HOME!
     
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    My youngest son was raised a Missionary Baptist(ABA), with his grandpa being his pastor most of the time. Satan seduced him when he was 28yrs old & he now thinks he's an "apostolic".

    The Bible is not quiet on these issues & there is much good info on the 'net to help you know what a mistake you'll be making. You will be in my prayers.
     
  4. RTS

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    IF it is a mistake please give me specifics on why you think so.
     
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    Label that one guilt.
     
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    In your heart of hearts, you must know it's a mistake, else you wouldn't be wrestling with it. There are some learned men of God on this Board who can help you understand the danger.

    I am not prepared at this time to battle this one with you; but during my studying the Oneness/Jesus-only cult these past 4yrs to help my son, I have come across many horrible things about Catholicism. RUN!
     
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    My story repeating again? I hope so, as when I considered conversion to Catholicism, I took my thoughts to my friends, local Billy Graham's "Youth for christ" people, who did all they could to talk me out of it!

    And all I had was a well-worn ole' Douay-Rheims Catholic bible to defend my positions!

    That was my test!

    I became a Catholic within about 3 months after that, in 1953!

    You are at the "Edge of the Tiber," my son. Jump in and cross it! [​IMG]

    god bless,

    PAX

    Bill+†+


    I believe in God,
    the Father Almighty,
    Creator of heaven and earth;
    and in Jesus Christ, His only Son,
    Our Lord;
    who was conceived by the holy Spirit,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died,
    and was buried.

    He descended into hell;
    the third day He arose again from the dead;
    He ascended into heaven,
    sitteth at the right hand of God,
    the Father almighty;
    from thence He shall come to judge
    the living and the dead.

    I believe in the holy Spirit,
    the Holy Catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and life everlasting.

    Amen.


    - The Apostles Creed -
     
  8. RTS

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    Guilt will not work, I pretty much have all the facts, just wanted to make sure I haven't missed anything.
     
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    My story repeating again? I hope so, as when I considered conversion to Catholicism, I took my thoughts to my friends, Billy Grahams's "Youth for christ" people, who did all they could to talk me out of it!

    And all I had was a well-worn ole' Douay-Rheims Catholic bible to defend my positions!

    That was my test!

    I became a Catholic within about 3 months after that, in 1953!

    You are at the "Edge of the Tiber," son. Jump in and cross it! [​IMG]

    god bless,

    PAX

    Bill+†+


    I believe in God,
    the Father Almighty,
    Creator of heaven and earth;
    and in Jesus Christ, His only Son,
    Our Lord;
    who was conceived by the holy Spirit,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died,
    and was buried.

    He descended into hell;
    the third day He arose again from the dead;
    He ascended into heaven,
    sitteth at the right hand of God,
    the Father almighty;
    from thence He shall come to judge
    the living and the dead.

    I believe in the holy Spirit,
    the Holy Catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and life everlasting.

    Amen.


    - The Apostles Creed -
    </font>[/QUOTE]Funny you should mention swimming, my display name (RTS) stands for Ready to Swim. Unless I hear some really good arguements, I getting wet.
     
  10. RTS

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    Actually, I know in my heart of hearts that I'm heading home, the biggest issue right now for me is telling my family. They will probably not react as strongly as you have, though. Gives me something to look forward to.
     
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    Granny, bless your heart, but you sound like my now deceased mother, may God rest her soul.

    In my youth, she told me, "Son, join any church you want to, but please, don't become a Catholic."

    When I did, she denied ever saying that! She died a SdA, but I think God took her to her heavenly rest to be with Him in heaven, where I will join her soon.

    God bless,

    PAX

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    Give me that REAL old time religion!
    The CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2,000 years of history!
     
  12. Stephen III

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    On second thought maybe you won't get a lot of responses due to the broad subject matter. But I am alway curious as how this situation could have evolved. Care to share?
     
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    [​IMG]

    Here is my website that you may find interesting:

    http://bellsouthpwp.net/w/p/wputnam3/index.htm

    Especially the "Catholic apologetics" part.

    God bless,

    PAX

    Bill+†+

    Give me that REAL old time religion!
    The CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2,000 years of history!
     
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    It took over a year of very hard wrestling before I became a Baptist. Something inside me the whole time told me that it was wrong to become a Baptist and forsake my infant baptism. But after all that wrestling I became a Baptist anyway. Did I make the wrong decision?
     
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    I married a Catholic 16 years ago. I have attended Mass consistantly since. The issue of me becoming Catholic surfaced as my daughter started classes for first reconcilliation and first communion. I have sat in the pews for many years longingly while others participated in communion. Each Sunday I could hear God telling me to follow the path He had set before me. I ignored this for a few years. I was considering RCIA classes when my daughter told me tearfully that it would be helpful to her if I was Catholic. Since RCIA classes were to begin that very night, I took this as a sign that I should go. I have since learned that what I (and most non-catholics) thought I knew about the Catholic Church had been misrepresented by those that taught me.

    Bishop Fulton Sheen is quoted as saying

    "There are not a hundred people in the world who hate the Catholic Church, but there are thousand who hate what they mistankenly believe the Catholic Church to be."

    Now here I am weeks away from Easter with my Crucifix in hand ready to go.
     
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    Of the many contacts concerning cults, who wrote me back during my 4yr"journey", this one, a former-Catholic, concentrated on Catholicism. Here is his site if you're interested & in case you've never been to it. (I typed in "refuting catholicism" to find it).

    http://www.pro-gospel.org/
     
  17. Brother Adam

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    Hi RTS,

    I'm currently underway in my study of Catholicism. I've only been studing it in depth for about a year and a half (not very long) and am interested in talking to you. As I have been sifting through my own misconceptions of what the Church teaches and learning the truth, which is much different than what most protestant literature teaches, there are still many things that bother me, or at least, that I don't understand or haven't come to grips with.

    These include:
    1)Mary's place as the Queen of Heaven and co-meditrix(sp?) I'm down with all the other Mariam teachings.
    2)The Nature of Grace in some of the Holy Sacraments
    3)The communion of Saints (asking for intercession from those in heaven)
    4)Venerating Relics
    5)Infant Baptism (one of the sacraments i struggle with)
    6)Papal Authority
    7)Sacrafical nature of the Eucharist

    That may seem like alot to most people, but it actually is a short list. I've compilled a list of 56 different doctrines that are commonly misunderstood by protestants and am actually writing a book on it right now.

    Thanks for the conversation!

    Bro. Adam
     
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    Hi RTS,

    I can't wait to say "WELCOME HOME" to you! I came into the Church just about 13 months ago (on the celebration of the Baptism of Our Lord) after a fretful year and a half of daily hardcore study, soul-searching and prayer. Fretful because my family was completely against it (at one point, forbidding it). But, all wounds heal with time...they're coming to town this weekend and I plan on inviting them to attend a Mass with me (they've never been); pray that they accept the invitation!

    I'm an RCIA sponsor this year, having the great honor to be sponsoring one of my closest friends as she prepares to come into the Church, and I have the offer to be on the RCIA team next year, which I'm really looking forward to.

    If you want to chat or discuss anything at all, and you have AOL Instant Messenger, please drop me a line at DojoGrant. I love sharing my faith and listening to other's testimonies.

    God bless you on your quest for Truth and full communion with Christ's Church!
     
  19. Ray Berrian

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    RTS,

    I am not trying to be unpleasant toward anyone, but you need to sit with a Bible believing pastor in your area, and discuss this important decision in your life and maybe in the lives of your children.

    Do you want to try to get to Heaven on the basis of what the Roman Catholic Magisterium tells Catholics to believe, which includes the doctrines of men, {Purgatory, the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, Prayers for the Dead, and so on} or will you trust your never dying soul to the Bible, the Words coming from Jesus Christ.

    If you trust your soul to the teachings of men then you will become a Catholic; if you wager your soul on Christ's truth, the Word of God, you will become a non-Catholic.

    There are a couple of dominant reasons why I would never be a Catholic, and here they are:

    Catholicism is a repudiation of what Jesus is telling us through the Apostle Paul in I Timothy 2:15. 'For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.'

    You figure out Who is the one and only Mediator/Intercessor/Medium/Intermediary/Advocate {I John 2:1}Lawyer/Go-Between human beings and Almighty God.

    Romanism believes that Mary is Co-Redemptrix with Christ. Count the churches in your neighboring communities and you will see on their church-boards in front of their churches mostly things about Mary. St. Mary's Church, the Immaculate Conception Church, Holy Rosary Church and so on. Way, way to much adoration goes to Mary, and last I heard, Jesus is God.

    Christ is the foundation for our faith. Look up: I Corinthians 3:11; Isaiah 28:16; Genesis 49:24 {the Stone of Israel}; Psalms 118:22; Matthew 21:42; Matthew 16:18-'upon this Rock I will build My Church-refers to Jesus.

    Catholicism requires that you leave your 'brain' on the steps of their churches before you go inside to learn what they demand that you inhale into your spiritual life. Their best theologian cannot stand up to the least of our renowned evangelical Protestant theologians.
     
  20. Gina B

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    I don't quite understand. You list yourself as a baptist but have been attending mass for years and now are quite positive you're joining the catholic denom.
    What do you believe that still makes you call yourself a baptist at this point in time? :confused:
    Gina
     

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