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Kat Von D opens up to Allie Beth Stuckey about her baptism: ‘It’s like a deprogramming has taken place’

Celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D revealed that she was baptized at Swiss Baptist Church in Vevey, Indiana, last month. The event is the culmination of a years-long struggle on the part of the artist to be on the right side of the “spiritual battle that is taking place,” combining a lifelong desire for lasting meaning with destructive forces during a pandemic. The showdown helped facilitate that.

Von D. (real name Katherine von Drachenberg) faced criticism for her baptism from unexpected sources. Some of her fellow Christians decried her public celebration of the sacrament as a publicity stunt.

BlazeTV host Allie Beth Stuckey, host of the podcast Relatable, praised Drachenberg’s decision to stand aside from his critics and embrace Christ. The tattoo artist, who appeared on TLC’s reality series “LA Ink” on Monday, spoke to Stuckey about what that support means to him and detailed the personal significance of his baptism.

Drachenberg opened by admitting that he had been listening to Stuckey’s podcast for a long time, noting that it helped him find many of the answers he was looking for.

“You recommended the Bible and I got it and I’m so grateful because it helped me so much with my Bible study. So I feel like we kind of connected through that.” “I do,” Drachenberg said, referring to the ESV Study Bible. It wasn’t the first book that opened her eyes on her spiritual quest, it was the book that finally gave her answers that she had never read before.

meanwhile, Nearly 80 minutes interviewDrachenberg detailed her long journey back to her hometown and how she eventually found refuge in what became her Christian faith.

Drachenberg stated that alcohol, fame, and “new age stuff” failed to provide the fulfillment and meaning she was seeking as a self-described “seeker,” and turned these dead ends into “short-lived bands.” I identified it with the path to conversion. “Auxiliary devices” and “Crutches.”

Drachenberg pointed out that the future direction was not clearly obvious right away, but as time went on, it was becoming more and more obvious, at least what could go wrong. Drachenberg emphasized that her husband, Rafael Reyes, has been very supportive throughout her journey and seems to have helped her progress in that regard.

“When the lockdown happened…he just said, ‘Hey, baby, I think we were wrong. Look, I think we did a lot of things wrong.'” Drachenberg he recalled, adding of the apocalyptic fanfare from groups betting on meaning. A vile cause served to confess this point.

“You have to understand back then… BLM was tough,” Drachenberg said. “I was in the middle of it. I lived three doors down from the mayor of L.A., so we had Antifa in my front yard after threatening to do Molotov cocktails and stuff like that. …I mean, we just lived in real time. I was watching things and it was actually much worse than what people were telling me on TV.”

“I started kind of reevaluating what I was doing with my life and kind of working my way down the list,” Drachenberg continued. “From there I started seriously rethinking a lot of things.”

Although she did not go to church, the tattoo artist began listening to Christian sermons every Sunday. She also began to notice the dire circumstances of many of her friends and acquaintances, who sought transcendence and meaning in the occult, drug trips, and meditation.

“They’re the most bankrupt people. Usually most of them are single. They don’t have stability. And I’m talking about both the financial things and the love around them, right? There’s always this There is such drama and fear and doom and gloom, ”said the artist. “I was one of them. … When I look around at my Christian friends, they are by no means perfect, but I want what you have. Love the light you have. .”

Realizing that a path defined by doom, depression, and transience was not working, she sought to explore alternatives. Eventually, in pursuit of her alternative options head-on, she made headlines for ditching her books on witchcraft and the occult. She told Stuckey that she also gave up writing that was too overtly dark, such as meditation books, yoga books, and nature worship books.[ed] Jesus, that is a very narrow path. ”

Stuckey later said, “The people around you, like the people you mentioned, who don’t know Christ at all, or like all of us at some point, were looking for happiness and contentment.” I think of all the people out there who are looking for something that will last – like something that will keep me stable forever. …It is not found outside of Christ. ”

Of her baptism, she said, “I feel like the changes I’ve made now allow me to be the best wife and the best mother I can be. So… it’s like a deprogramming thing happened.” Ta. “Things that I once thought were attractive no longer appeal to me. And I wish I could put into words how wonderful the change is.”

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