Greetings and welcome to ‘From Protestant to Catholic- why the Bible and Early Church Fathers lead me to convert from Evangelical Protestatant to Catholic.’ I hope you will find this site useful, regardless of where you find yourself in your faith journey. My name is Michael Mohl and I am a young adult who works as a Registered Nurse and is blessed to be a husband and a father to two young children. However, this site is not meant to be about me, but rather about the information that turned my world upside down about six years ago.
Though my own Christian background was denominationally diverse (born Methodist, family later joined non-denominational Baptist style church, then I chose to attend Presbyterian-PCA, before joining Lutheran-LCMS church in college), there was one thing that didn’t change: I hated the Catholic Church as I understood it. I believed the Catholic Church was the prophetic ‘Whore of Babylon’ of Revelation that preached a false gospel, followed an ‘Antichrist pope’, was too ritualistic, too superstitious, too legalistic, and revered a ‘tradition of men’ that the Bible condemned. In researching the various claims of Catholicism to try to expose it to friends and acquaintances as a Satanic distortion of the true gospel, I found myself surprisingly exposed to the beauty, consistency, and truth of Catholicism as found within the Bible, within the writings of the earliest Christians, within the spirituality of the saints across the ages, and within the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Sure, a lot has changed in the Church’s 2,000 year lifespan, but I began to realize that almost all of these changes are like the organic growth and development that all living things experience without losing their essential identity. The most influential factor for me was definitely the testimony of the earliest Christian leaders known as the ‘Early Church Fathers,’ who often gave their lives for the sake of preserving the faith, and held beliefs regarding the Church, sacred Scripture/ Holy Tradition, the sacraments, and salvation that I found to be overwhelmingly in harmony with Catholicism rather than Evangelicalism/Protestantism. Contrary to all of my expectations, the scriptures themselves made more sense and ‘came alive’ as I learned more about how the early Church interpreted them… After losing much sleep in a process of prayerful study that was exciting, but not always easy (especially considering a few tough teachings and the priestly sex abuse scandal that was happening), and after a 6 month courtship with Eastern Orthodoxy… I was eventually received into full communion with the Catholic Church, and I can say that it is truly good to be home!
I have learned so much in my first years a Catholic and I can tell that the “spiritual well” is so deep that I will have a lifetime of exploration and growth ahead of me. I have just recently personally discovered the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (i.e. “Traditional Latin mass” or “Tridentine Mass”) at the historic St. Alphonsus Church in downtown Baltimore, MD and I am deeply moved by the reverence, beauty, mystery, silence, and profound theology that is embodied in the prayers and practices of the Traditional Latin Mass. It is almost bitter-sweet, since I was quite content when I didn’t know what I was missing before!
I created this site to help protestants/evangelicals truly understand the Biblical and historical basis of the Catholic teachings which they protest (whether in knowledge or in ignorance as I once did). I aim not to belittle other Christians’ beliefs, but to share the paper-trail of evidence that I personally found to be a compelling witness to the truth of the Catholic faith. I hope that Christians of all varieties will find the content respectful, informative, and engaging. I am also creating a blog section called the Spirituality of the Saints to share the beautiful inspiration I have found in ‘the company of saints.’
The Catholic Catechism states that sin and misunderstanding on all sides has tragically lead to the divisions that exist within Christianity today…. By the grace of God, may this site be beneficial in some way to all who are seeking the unity which our Lord Jesus Christ prayed for in the Garden of Gethsemane… Amen.
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Thanks for visiting and may the peace of Christ be with you,