Why does a Baptist-turned-Reformed-Presbyterian enter the Roman Catholic Church?

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Because it’s true.

Since the real answer gets long and complicated, I started this blog.  But the short answer cannot be overlooked:  it was a matter of conscience.I entered the Roman Catholic Church on September 10, 2017, just before the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  It was seventeen years to the day I began reading the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church.  The journey had long grown cold when, in the Spring of 2017, I stumbled back onto the trail.

Baptists introduced me to Jesus and taught me to esteem Sacred Scripture.  For that I am eternally grateful.  I’m asked, But how do you know the Catholic Church is really what it claims to be?  Even if abuses in the Church’s hierarchy did not exist, it is not a question answered easily.  Corruption in the Church only makes it harder.  Apart from daily bad press, five hundred years of schism produced a tangled mess.  I hope this blog helps answer the question.  Here are links to what I’ve written so far:

All Roads Lead to Rome

How I stumbled back onto the trail after almost seventeen years

Myth became fact

The Incarnation changes everything and so the Sacraments are real

The Wheat of God

A.D. 107:  Saint Ignatius of Antioch was catholic?!

The True Light Enlightens Everyone

Mid-second century:  learn what Saint Justin Martyr was taught

Any church but Rome, right?

Division is a giant clue that leads to Unity

Lord, have mercy on unjust judges. Like me.

It was a game-changer upon realizing I had been unfair

The Bible alone, is it your pillar and foundation of truth?

sola Scriptura:  Protestantism’s great (false) assumption

According to your Word

Following the Blessed Virgin Mary’s example (more about sola Scriptura)

Caveat lector

Learning from G.K. Chesterton (sola Scriptura again; sorry it’s a big deal)

After fighting the fullness of Faith: fairness, fondness and fear

Three common stages before swimming the Tiber

By grace, through faith.  Or does Rome preach another gospel?

All I ever truly believed had been Catholic all along 

Until we have real feet

C.S. Lewis helped me see the Eucharist

I denied the Eucharist, by what authority?

The Church’s constant teaching since our Lord instituted the Sacred Mysteries 

Pitched betwixt Heaven and Charing Cross

From the gutters of Charing Cross (poetry by Francis Thompson)

When Night was on the waters

More goodness and beauty from Francis Thompson

Heresy’s a hard word to swallow

The long line of heresies is much longer than you thought

The Captain of our Salvation

Another poem by Francis Thompson

The light of history humbles Catholics and unseats Protestants

Cardinal Newman’s An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine

St. Augustine believed in purgatory?

More from Cardinal Newman and the Protestants’ favorite Church Father

Early Church Fathers and the Primacy of Rome

If we won’t listen to the Apostolic and Church Fathers, why listen to anyone?

Straining gnats and swallowing camels

Authority versus sola Scriptura; the Church or the individual?

The Ascension of the Lord

Authority and infallibility

The Saints’ only question: Where Mass is said?

Development’s seamless garment versus lonely outposts cut off from history

Aim for heaven and get earth thrown in

Once again, C.S. Lewis helped me find my way home

The permanent shape of Christianity shows through

More help from C.S. Lewis

Christ in you, the hope of glory

Again, thanks to C.S. Lewis and The Weight of Glory

Die before you die; lizards, lust and stallions

C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce

There is a season, turn, turn, turn

Cardinal Newman’s Developments, making perfect sense 

Ignatian evidence demands a verdict, part 1

This second-century Saint unseats a sixteenth-century heretic

Ignatian evidence demands a verdit, part 2

More from Saint Ignatius of Antioch in light of John Calvin’s errors

Questions For Bible Christians

        Still not convinced about sola Scriptura?  Then answer these questions.

Regular fixed prayers: rote or renewing?

        Digging channels in dry soil; getting ready for the rain.

True bread from heaven, or a mere figure of speech?

        Don’t be the guy in John 6:66.

If Jesus died to unify, what’s behind the division?

       The atomization of Christianity since 1517 continues to gash the Body of Christ.

Both Truth and Unity

        Have you ever heard these essential elements of the Gospel put together?

 

 

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Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Mobile, Alabama where I came into the Church.

As for me, I know that my vindicator lives, and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust. This will happen when my skin has been stripped off, and from my flesh I will see God: I will see for myself, my own eyes, not another’s, will behold him: my inmost being is consumed with longing. Job 19:25-27

Author: Danny Collier

Catholic husband, father, lawyer

3 thoughts on “Why does a Baptist-turned-Reformed-Presbyterian enter the Roman Catholic Church?”

  1. I think the gates of hell have prevailed against Rome, and against lots of other churches, but suppose they haven’t prevailed against the Roman Catholic Church, suppose Rome and only Rome is God’s True Church. The intelligent move is to always obey Rome, because you won’t get cast into hell for rebelling against Rome, if Rome is God’s True Church, if you don’t rebel against Rome. The Cafeteria Catholics make no sense. Rome is either God’s True Church or else Rome is lost in heresy. Obey Rome if Rome is God’s True Church. Renounce Rome if Rome isn’t. Simple stuff…. Look at 1 Timothy 4. 1-3. Seems like that scripture is targeted right at Rome. But if not, if Rome is God’s True Church, how do you convince Cafeteria Catholics that they are crazy to rebel against Rome? Look at Catholics like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden. Why can’t they get with the program and be pro-life and anti-gay-marriage? Well of course they want to win votes to win elections. Why doesn’t Rome excommunicated them? Why doesn’t Rome try to disciple these people to help them get out of their Cafeteria Cathic delusion, to help them avoid eternal hell? Because Rome is all about amassing worldly power. If Rome excommunicated every Cafeteria Catholic, that would be about 95% of all Catholics. Rome would lose lots of power. But then, if I’m wrong, if Rome is God’s True Church, there’s nothing preventing lay Catholics, lay Practicing Catholics, from trying to talk sense into Cafeteria Catholics – into those Catholics who rebel against Rome. Thanks for hearing me out.

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  2. Bill,

    I’m glad you posted and thanks for reading. While I disagree with your conclusion, I appreciate your logic. We agree that if the Catholic Church holds the true faith, then submission to the church is of supreme importance; and if the Church does not, denouncing Her is the only proper response. I denounced the Church for many years before being taken in by Her. I don’t understand indifferentism.

    On the matter of cafeteria Catholics, I cannot conceive of that not being a reality. If the Catholic Church is the church, and if there are to be wheat and tares until the end, then that will take a certain form by necessity. That means, for example, on the lay level, there will be bad politicians, bad businessmen and bad school teachers in it for the wrong reasons.* It means there will be bad priests and bad bishops. But because the church is what it is, there are objective markers within which one might truly take a stand and contend for a known and knowable faith.

    You mentioned 1 Timothy 4:1-3. I used to hold pet objections to the Roman Catholic Church. I’m not dismissing your objection out of hand; only taking the chance to say that I once held objections which, once I dug in and stopped relying on anti-Catholic authors and preachers, started to vanish. I let the Church defend Herself. As for asceticism, there is so little expected of the faithful that it’s almost embarrassing. As for priestly celibacy, the Church’s discipline (not dogma) is quite Scriptural and beautiful when you actually study it. I will let other apologists answer your objection, but I encourage you to write them all down in a list. And dig in.

    Blessings on the journey,

    Danny

    *I don’t contrast “bad Catholics” with myself, as if I’ve arrived and I’m one of the good ones. We are all to be constantly repenting and converting. But I get your point about public figures holding positions patently contrary to the Church’s teaching.

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