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A Southern Baptist Liberty University alumni becomes Catholic
Catholic Convert ^ | 2013 | Todd Meade

Posted on 05/09/2013 7:09:40 AM PDT by mgist

A Southern Baptist Liberty University alumni becomes Catholic Every spiritual life is a journey. Mine began in Warner Robins, Georgia in 1971. I was born into a good Methodist family and had a strong Christian foundation laid for me in childhood. But unfortunately, as is all too common, during my teenage years I drifted away somewhat from this good foundation and was lukewarm at best towards Christianity. I still attended weekly church services and youth group activities, but my interests were mainly in having fun with my friends and having a spiritual life was far from my mind.

But at age 17, I had a profound conversion experience that impressed upon me the reality and urgency of Christianity. I gave my heart and life to Jesus and experienced a great sense of meaning and purpose in life. Around this time, my family and I became Southern Baptists, which matched well with my new fervency and devotion.

I ended up going off to college to Jerry Falwell’s well-known Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, which proved to be an ideal place for me at the time to deepen my devotion and learn more about the Faith. It was a great time of spiritual development for me, and by the time I graduated in 1995, I felt energized and excited about where Our Lord would lead me and what He would do through me.

However, with the external support and security of a self-contained Christian environment taken away from me, and being thrust out into “the real world,” I found myself depressed, lonely and struggling to find my place. I had moved back to Georgia, but I could not find a church where I truly felt at home. The usual format of singing a few praise and worship songs and listening to a preacher for 30 to 40 minutes no longer fulfilled my spiritual hunger as it had before. Even my own private devotions of Bible reading and prayer also left me feeling empty. Talking with God became more and more of a struggle and trying to maintain that prior tangible sense of fervent devotion became an oppressive burden. It was a crisis moment in my life.

I was not aware of it at the time, because it was not a teaching that I ever came across in my Protestant circles, but what I was going through is a common stage in spiritual development and growth: After an initial period of zeal and sensible delight in the spiritual life, a period of dryness and seeming darkness is passed through as Our Lord draws souls closer to Him and away from self-seeking in pleasurable spiritual consolations. He leads them through this to teach them to rely more on faith alone, and not on good feelings.

Con't reading. http://www.catholic-convert.com/wp-content/uploads/Story-Todd-Meade.pdf


TOPICS: Catholic; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholicconversion; journeyhome
Thank you God for your blessings and gifts to the world.
1 posted on 05/09/2013 7:09:41 AM PDT by mgist
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To: mgist

For every Protestant Christian who becomes Catholic, there are 10 visa versa in the other direction.


2 posted on 05/09/2013 7:21:48 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

I suspect the number is more than 100,000 - given what we see in South America.


3 posted on 05/09/2013 7:25:34 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: mgist

Not to nitpick, but Liberty didn’t become affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention until about 4 years after this fellow graduated. Up until that time, Liberty’s affiliation was with the Independent Baptists. There is a difference. Still, I get his point; he was evangelical before he became Catholic. No harm, no foul.


4 posted on 05/09/2013 7:28:10 AM PDT by TennesseeGirl
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To: fwdude
For every Protestant Christian who becomes Catholic, there are 10 visa versa in the other direction.

... and Christianity is all about keeping score.

5 posted on 05/09/2013 7:32:46 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: pgyanke
...and Christianity is all about keeping score.

In a sense, yes.

And at the Last Day, the Lord will settle the score.

But really, who brought this issue up? Me, or the author of this piece (and the poster)?

6 posted on 05/09/2013 7:39:41 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: mgist

Looking forward to reading the entire story.


7 posted on 05/09/2013 7:43:46 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: mgist

“Alumni” is a plural noun. It takes a plural verb. The singular is “alumnus.”


8 posted on 05/09/2013 7:51:56 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Salvation
Looking forward to reading the entire story.

I bet I can summarize it without reading it ...

"I read the early church fathers and ..."

9 posted on 05/09/2013 8:11:22 AM PDT by dartuser
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To: fwdude

Yes, and none of those stories are “news” either. This boasting is a bit tiresome.


10 posted on 05/09/2013 8:11:31 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: IronJack
The singular is “alumnus.”

For a male. "Alumna" for a female. "Alumnae" for all female plural.

11 posted on 05/09/2013 8:20:19 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: fwdude

I’m gonna slap a [[citation needed]].

Look at places like the United Kingdom, more than half of those who were Anglican have left their church altogether, while the Catholic church is still about the same.


12 posted on 05/09/2013 8:27:56 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: mgist

“I knew that I needed more than what I was being offered in the typical Baptist service.”

I don’t think most Baptists believe the worship service is the end-all of following Christ. Skimming thru the pdf, I was struck by the emphasis on feeling - I felt this, I felt that. Just as there is more to being a baptist than the 1100 service, there is more to life than what you feel...


13 posted on 05/09/2013 8:28:54 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: Mr Rogers

Feelings are but reactions to input. His input wasn’t what he wanted. There are 7 churches mentioned in Revelation. I for one, love theology and like to learn something new or needed when I go to church, but I still get more out of my own studies. Doing one on Vengeance right now that will take months. Jesus will be avenging soon.


14 posted on 05/09/2013 8:57:19 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

We are called to be detached from things of this world, and love regardless of how we feel. That is what saints did and do. I personally think that Christianity is some form, is better that none at all, that said, one of Jesus most beautiful prayers to God was for His people to be One, Jesus clearly asked God that we be One, “so the world will believe”. The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic church is united with Billions of followers under the same doctrine everywhere, and anywhere in the world. The same mass and the same scripture is given daily, in every language known to man. God provided Jesus’ request for His people. John 17 20:26 Thank you God


15 posted on 05/09/2013 9:16:55 AM PDT by mgist
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To: mgist
A Southern Baptist Liberty University alumni alumnus becomes Catholic

FIFY

16 posted on 05/09/2013 9:42:32 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: mgist

bkmk


17 posted on 05/09/2013 11:04:39 AM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: fwdude

I was born a Catholic but became a born again Christian who now attends a strong Bible preaching and believing non-denominational church.


18 posted on 05/09/2013 4:09:48 PM PDT by Old Yeller
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To: Old Yeller
I was born a Catholic but became a born again Christian who now attends a strong Bible preaching and believing non-denominational church.

Praise God! But you can't properly be "born Catholic" without first developing a volition.

19 posted on 05/09/2013 4:31:11 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: dartuser

**”I read the early church fathers and ...”**

They are the early church versions of our main stream media. Either they don’t have or want the whole story completely right, or they just don’t have or want the whole story.

Ahimaaz-type messengers (2Sam, 18:19-32): some experience at being messengers, but not called for the big job. Nevertheless they go forth, even getting to the hearer before the true messenger gets there.


20 posted on 05/09/2013 4:58:39 PM PDT by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: TennesseeGirl

hi friends - I wrote the piece quoted in the opening post in this thread some years back; I’ve found the discussion here interesting :)

That’s exactly right, Liberty was Independent Baptist affiliated when I went there, but I was myself a Southern Baptist, still a member of a Southern Baptist church back in Georgia - there were lots of different denominations represented there - I even met a Catholic international student :)

As far as boasting, I hope if I was boasting at all it was over what God did for me by leading me as He did. In Protestant circles we called that “giving one’s testimony.”
I’ve heard plenty of testimonies of former Catholics who really bad-mouthed the Catholic Church, who gave no balance to what they said, not even affirming anything positive. I hope I didn’t come across as doing that in my piece, because I really experienced a lot of positives in my years as an Evangelical and at Liberty. Our Lord led me on from there, but I still value those years of growth.

I pray that there will be no more competition between Christians, when we can unite against our common foe, the devil and the world that is under his sway, and who aimed to destroy us. Dividing us against ourselves in the past 500 years has worked so well in his favor, unfortunately.

pax
-—todd


21 posted on 03/11/2014 7:19:32 PM PDT by mtoddm
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To: mgist
Well Todd, you'll either give in to higher criticism and evolution, or else you won't last long.

You'll soon learn if there's a line you won't cross.

22 posted on 03/11/2014 7:28:12 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: mtoddm

Welcome home Todd.


23 posted on 03/11/2014 7:52:58 PM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: mgist

Welcome Home!!!! God is good.


24 posted on 03/12/2014 5:31:25 AM PDT by mgist (.)
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To: mtoddm

Great prayer. Jesus asked that we be one. He warned us against calumny and bickering. Any church that bad mouths others is likely false.


25 posted on 03/12/2014 5:33:58 AM PDT by mgist (.)
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