Catholic / Protestant Dialogue

I’m Back

Alwaysproventrue took a break to reboot. I’m still Catholic, but as the dust has settled on my conversion, I needed to change my tone.

In conversations with three dear Christian brethren (a sister and two brothers, all Protestant), I was told that my writing was angry, bitter, and blunt. Each of the three brethren used one of those three adjectives to describe the tone and content of my writing this year. They were right, and I repent. 

I was indeed upset when I found the writings of the early church fathers and saw how Catholic those writings were– baptism for salvation, the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, enduring in the faith instead of “once saved, always saved.” It struck me like a ton of bricks that the extra-Biblical writings I heard quoted from Protestant pulpits for nine years were very new, 500 years old at the oldest, and usually much newer than even that. When I found the writings of the early church, I believe I discovered the reason for the lack of early church writings from Protestant pulpits. The early church was Catholic. I felt betrayed and lied to, and I let those feelings run over into my writing. This was wrong, and I repent of it. 

The Christian sister I mentioned earlier told me that Protestant pastors have good intentions, and are merely passing along what they have learned. She was absolutely right. I also realize this is true of Protestant congregants, among whom I count many of my dearest friends, and among whom I have learned so much about the Bible, our common Faith, and Christian siblinghood. So, I ask you all for your forgiveness.

As such, I blocked alwaysproventrue from public view and spent the past many weeks improving the tone and content of recent posts. I hope that tone and content to be more conciliatory, and more in keeping with a spirit of honest but gracious dialogue.  

As time goes on, I will likely see more that needs improvement, and I will make those improvements. But please know that I have tried to correct the error of my ways, and I look forward to continuing to share my faith with you.

Thank you for reading, and God bless!

Reconciliation Stained Glass - Copy 1

4 replies »

  1. Dear Tom,
    Its great to have you back, I have been following your blog for many months and some years now as I can remember. Before that I have heard several end times teachings such as the Catholic Church is where the anti-Christ would come from, a revived Roman empire and so on.. However those things cause some uneasiness in me, being a catholic myself. Anyway in your posts you have clearly used the bible to answer questions, and the connections you have given are meaningful and of much insight.

    And your open repentance is a wonderful sign of God’s presence in you. I pray that God will greatly bless you in your Journey with Him and direct you to share the wonderful truths with many others as time goes by.

    • Thank you for the kind words and encouragement, my friend! Taking the initiative to write words of courtesy and inspiration like you did shows God’s presence in you as well. Thank you for reading, and God bless you!

  2. Tom I have missed your words and insight. Every day i check to see if you have a new post but couldn’t find any. Now I am glad the our Father in Heaven has rejuvenated you with new life so you may continue your work. I love your work. Blessings in Christ our Lord and Savior!!

    Efrain

    • Efrain, thank you for the kind words and encouragement. I’m so glad you enjoy the site. Blessings to you too, my friend!

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