From Protestant to Catholic in
Ten Easy Verses...
Verses borrowed from Marcus Grodi in his EWTN program "Coming Home".
Marcus Grodi recounted his conversion from nine
years as a Protestant minister to the Catholic Church simply by
understanding ten Bible verses that he either had not seen before, or did not understand. His ten verses are listed here.
He made comments on all ten. The comments here are mine.
Verse #1, Proverbs 3:5-6
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
There are New Testament verses which complement Proverbs 3:5-6 perfectly.
"Understanding this first: That no prophecy of Scripture is made by private interpretation.
For prophecy came not by the will of man at any time: but the holy men of God spoke, inspired by the Holy Ghost."
So the key here is to be inspired by GOD and not by your
own individual insight. But then, anyone could claim that Verse #2, 1Timothy 3:14-15 Wait a minute! If the Bible is the pillar and bulwark of the
truth, then why can't I find that truism in the Bible? Verse #5, Matthew 16:13-19 Verse #6, Revelation 14:13 Well there you have it, the Scripture verses that changed the
thinking of Marcus Grodi, Elucidation: To which Church would you think that Jesus Christ would want you to
belong? For if a person realizes that the Catholic Church is the true Church,
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he or she was inspired by GOD. So the question is to find the truth of who is and who is not inspired by GOD.
Again, we must not rely on our individual insight, but by the inspiration of GOD through His Holy Scriptures to enlighten us in the truth.
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
(16) By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
(17) Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
(18) A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.
(19) Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire.
(20) Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.
Go here for much more on this subject of discernment.
"I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that,
(15) if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God,
which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth."
This is really a profound and serious turn of events to one's thinking.
It forces a person to think opposite to what they have been taught, and spawns yet another very serious question:
Since the Bible says that it is the Church that is the pillar of truth, then which Church is it?
Well there is an easy answer to that one.
Common sense tells me that it could only be the one and only Church that was in existence
when Paul wrote this epistle to Timothy. Now I must search for that Church.
Verse #3, 2Timothy 3:14-17
"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it
(15) and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you
for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (16) All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for
reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, (17) that the man of God may be complete,
equipped for every good work.
All Scripture! Hmmm, what was 'all Scripture' at the time that 2Timothy was written?
Hey, those verses can only mean the Old Testament, since there was no New Testament at that time and not for centuries to come.
Verse #4, 2Thessalonians 2:15
"So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter."
Whew! Here is yet another verse that was missed by so many. I was taught that we should not follow the traditions of men.
Here Paul said we must hold to the traditions that were taught by us. Who are us? Who was Paul? He was an Apostle (Romans 1:1).
So what he really said was to hold to traditions taught by the Apostles whether they were written traditions or oral.
What does oral mean?
It means just that, not written, as in Holy Scripture, but passed on by word of mouth down through the centuries.
"And Jesus came into the quarters of Cesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is?
(14) But they said: Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
(15) Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? (16) Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ,
the Son of the living God. (17) And Jesus answering said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath
not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. (18) And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock
I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (19) And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth,
it shall be loosed also in heaven."
Well in my search for 'which Church' from what was learned in 1Timothy 3:14-15 above, I am in a dilemma yet again from
these verses. It is confirmed by Jesus Himself in verse 18 that He did say "I will build my Church" and He did not say
Churches. "And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" must mean that it still exists to this day.
And look to whom He gave the keys of the kingdom of heaven? He gave them to Peter and none other.
Did you notice in verse 16 that it was Simon Peter alone who gave the correct reply that Jesus is Christ?
My search for 'which Church' has suddenly become easier and by Holy Scripture alone.
"And I heard a voice from heaven, saying to me: Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
From henceforth now, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours. For their works follow them."
Oh my gosh! I was taught that works are useless.
Now Holy Scripture has turned my thinking upside down by its teaching that my works will follow me if I die in the Lord.
Verse #7, Romans 10:14-15
"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe him of whom they have not heard?
And how shall they hear without a preacher? (15) And how shall they preach unless they be sent, as it is written:
How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things?"
Sent? I know who sent me but who sent him who sent me? Who sent the one before him and so on back through history?
Verse #8, John 15:4 and 6:56
John 15:4, "Abide in me: and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abide in the vine,
so neither can you, unless you abide in me."
We must abide in Jesus. If the branch does not abide in the vine then what becomes of it?
It is cut off and thrown into the fire. Ouch! So how then do we abide in Jesus?
The answer to that one again is in Holy Scripture in the following verse.
John 6:56, "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him."
Wait a minute! Where is the word 'symbol' in that verse? There isn't any such word.
That verse is very clear and is very simple. Why would anyone try to read more into it than what is already there?
Now I must find the Church that teaches that the Eucharist is not merely a symbol but is
truly the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ Himself. Is there really such a Church?
Verse #9, Colossians 1:24
"Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in
Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church."
Saint Paul said it. His Body IS the Church. Again, THE CHURCH, singular.
The pressure has been raised on me to find that Church, and the onus has been put upon me from GOD through His Holy Scripture.
How can I resist the Word of GOD? I must not. I cannot.
Verse #10, Luke 1:46-48
"And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, (47) and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
(48) for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;"
What's this? Verses that I never did give much thought to...that is until now.
"All generations" means you and I and everyone who has ever lived since she said it.
That little word "will" is much more than a suggestion, but a command, and a firm command at that,
and is yet again right from Holy Scripture.
"Call me blessed". All of you Bible thumping Christians out there, have you ever called her blessed even once in your life?
How can you ever say that you are Bible believers only (Sola Scriptura) if you do not do what Holy Scripture commands
you to do in such a forceful and undeniable manner?
Do you pick only the Bible verses that appear at first glance to reinforce your beliefs and ignore those verses that run counter to
what you have been taught?
and caused him to resign his Protestant ministry and to become a member of the only Church which Jesus Christ founded.
What a beautiful conversion story it is. It shows the power of GOD's word in all things.
What we have discovered are truths that have always been in Holy Scripture but were mis-interpreted, overlooked, or simply ignored.
1. Verses that have been mis-interpreted frequently are taken out of context, or the senses of scripture have not been heeded.
2. It is easy to see how verses can be overlooked. I have done that myself.
Every time I go through scripture multiple times I find things that I missed the first and subsequent times through.
Holy Scripture should be read slowly and each sentence or phrase should be pondered upon.
3. Under no circumstances should any verse be deliberately ignored simply because it does not agree with what you have been taught.
GOD's word always takes precedence over man's word.
Let us look at the gist of what we have learned from Holy Scripture as we review the verses listed in this writing:
1. Proverbs 3:5-6, acknowledge GOD in all things and look to Him for spiritual inspiration, and not by your own human initiative.
2. 1Timothy 3:14-15, it is the Church which is the pillar and foundation of truth, not the Bible, for the Bible tells us so.
3. 2Timothy 3:14-17, all scripture is inspired by GOD, but 'all scripture' is only the Old Testament that Paul had at the time.
4. 2Thessalonians 2:15, hold to the traditions that were taught by the Apostles and handed down through the ages.
5. Matthew 16:13-19, Christ founded only one Church, installed Peter as its head, and guaranteed that it would last forever.
6. Revelation 14:13, good works have an important place in our salvation, for they will follow us.
7. Romans 10:14-15, a person has to be sent with authority from GOD.
8. John 15:4 and 6:56, in order to be joined to Christ we must abide in Him through the Holy Eucharist, and not by symbolism.
9. Colossians 1:24, the Body of Christ is the Church that He founded.
10. Luke 1:46-48 , we must honor Mary, the Mother of GOD, by calling her Blessed.
So what is the obvious message that we are obliged to derive from what we have learned from Holy Scripture?
We must find the only Church founded by Christ. which is the only Church that was endowed with GOD given authority,
the Church which is the Body of Christ,
the Church which existed at the time the epistles were written by the Apostles,
the Church that has held to the traditions that were taught by the Apostles and handed down through the ages.
the Church which eclipses the Bible as the "Pillar and Foundation of Truth",
the Church headed by Peter the only one who was given the keys to it,
the Church that exists to this very day because it was the guarantee of Christ Himself,
the Church that teaches that the Holy Eucharist is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and not merely a symbol,
and the Church which has always honored Blessed Mary, the Mother of GOD.
Would it be His, or one of the many founded by mere humans who were without any GOD given authority to do so?
"But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men.""
Acts 5:29 That verse pretty much wraps it up, doesn't it?
Who in his right mind would not want to be joined to the only Church that Jesus the Christ founded?
"If a man realizes that the Catholic Church is the true Church, he must join it if he wishes to save his soul."
Radio Replies I-536, volume #1 page 116
The following verses are Biblical proof of the aforesaid statement.
"For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened,
who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,
(5) and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come,
(6) if they then commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt."
"For if we sin wilfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins:
(27) But a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries."
Haydock Catholic Bible Commentary 1859 edition, for Hebrews 10:26,
Ver. 26. If we sin wilfully. He speaks of the sin of wilful apostacy from the known truth; after which, as we cannot be baptized again,
we cannot expect to have that abundant remission of sins, which Christ purchased by his death, applied to our souls in that ample
manner as it is in baptism; but we have rather all manner of reason to look for a dreadful judgment; the more, because apostates from
the know truth seldom or never have the grace to return to it. (Challoner)
"Take heed to yourselves and to the whole flock, wherein the Holy Ghost hath placed you bishops,
to rule the Church of GOD which he hath purchased with his own blood."
Did Jesus Christ purchase your church 'with his own blood'?
Obviously not, seeing again that the words 'Church of GOD' denotes one Church only, His, does it not?
Written by Bob Stanley, March 15, 2011
Updated May17, 2011
Verse #2, 1Timothy 3:14-15
Wait a minute! If the Bible is the pillar and bulwark of the
truth, then why can't I find that truism in the Bible?
Verse #5, Matthew 16:13-19
Verse #6, Revelation 14:13
Well there you have it, the Scripture verses that changed the
thinking of Marcus Grodi,
To which Church would you think that Jesus Christ would want you to
For if a person realizes that the Catholic Church is the true Church,
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