10 Bible Verses That Sent Marcus Grodi On His “Journey Home” To the Catholic Church.

Last night I watched a recording that I made of one of Marcus Grodi’s programs years ago, on “Coming Home” on EWTN. It was very good.

He was a Protestant preacher for 9 years, until he heard former Presbyterian minister (now Catholic theologian) Scott Hahn, give a talk.

Marcus said it was 10 verses of the Bible that he had never seen, or never before understood, that caused him to resign from his Protestant ministry and become Catholic.

He did a lot of expanding on each of the verses, about things that he had completely missed, every time he passed through them, before. On some, I add the “gist” of what he said.

Here are those 10 verses:

1. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all ways, think on Him, and He will direct your ways.” Trust in the Lord and not your interpretation.

2. 1Timothy 3:14-15, “I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that, 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”. What? The Church is the pillar of truth … and not the Bible?

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 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. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. What? Only the Old Testament? (No New Testament scripture had yet been defined by the Church.)

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. ” Gee … I always thought they were all just man made traditions … but some (many) came from Jesus and the Apostles.

5. Matthew 16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare’a Philip’pi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” Mat 16:14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli’jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Mat 16:15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Mat 16:16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. Mat 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. Mat 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” What? Jesus originally said these words in Aramaic. Not Greek. So, Saint Peter really is “the Rock” …  and not just the Protestant’s favorite “little pebble”.

6. Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” What? Their deeds follow them? I taught (for nine years) that works are of no value.

7. Romans 10:14 But how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? Rom 10:15 And how can men preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!” Sent? Well I was sent by so and so  … but who sent him???

8. John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. John 6:56 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. These 2 verses go together. OK I will abide in Him. How do I abide in Him? What? Through the Holy Eucharist? You mean it is not (just) a symbol? It’s the real presence of Jesus Christ!

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. What? His Body is the Church and He needs us to complete what is lacking? (God kindly remembers to include the good works and prayers of the faithful, in his ongoing plan for our salvation.)

10. Luke 1:46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, Luke 1:47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, Luke 1:48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. What? I never gave Mary much of a thought, except at Christmas … and I never called her blessed.

Submitted by Bob Stanley

6 Comments

  1. There are some problems in logic in some of these. For example, the issue of Jesus speaking Aramaic or Hebrew. That is very true. However, Matthew heard what Jesus said and chose to use 2 different Greek words (little pebble and Rock). Why did Matthew choose to do this? Why did Matthew (who heard Jesus), make a conscious decision to use 2 Greek words to translate 1 Aramaic or Hebrew word? Secondly, we do not have a version written by Matthew that is in Hebrew or Aramaic. We only have the Greek which reflects the original Greek autograph.. So speculating what Matthew might have written in Aramaic or Hebrew is just that, speculation. What we do have Is a conscious decision by Matthew who heard Jesus in what ever language he spoke to use 2 different words. So the question is what did Matthew Intend by doing so?

    • Matthew spoke in Hebrew, read in Hebrew and wrote in Hebrew. To believe Matthew communicated the Scriptures in Greek is historically inaccurate and ignores sources much much closer to the time of Christ than those of the protestant reformation.

      Let’s begin with Irenaeus of Lyons. A leading churcman of his day around 180 AD.

      “Matthew also issued a written Gospel among the Hebrews in their own dialect, while Peter and Paul were preaching in Rome and laying the foundation of the Church. After their departure, Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, did also hand down to us in writing what had been preached by Peter. Luke also, the companion of Paul, recorded in a book the Gospel preached by him. Afterwards John, the disciple of the Lord, who also had leaned upon his breast, did himself publish a Gospel during his residence at Ephesus in Asia. ” (Against Heresies 3:1:1)

      As you surely know, Hebrew doesn’t have a female form of their word “rock”. The Greek “little pebble” is not a possibility because the most ancient sources deny the possibility.

      Eusebius, Papias and Origen- all writing before 255 AD all report that Matthew wrote in Hebrew. Look it up.

      So before you make an argument on verbage, look up your history first. Then, you’ll see speculation isn’t warranted. Matthew asserted Peter was The Rock, not the pebble. Historical evidence is incontrovertible.

      • The language would have been Syriac/Aramaic. Not Hebrew. In general, it’s always wise to beware of Bible geeks translating Greek – or pretty much any other language – for their own purposes and according to their own biases.

        Doug

  2. Another example is his handling of Proverbs 3:5-6. According to Marcus, this passage tells us not to trust our own interpretation, but God. However, isn’t that conclusion itself an interpretation of Proverbs?

  3. Another example is the handling of Romans 10:4. Couldn’t they be sent by God?

  4. Marcus
    I have listened to you on EWTN and enjoyed your show very much. You have also been influential in my becoming a revert to Catholicism. Thank you, God bless and keep up the great work that you are doing for the Lord.

    Tony Costa


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