It’s exceedingly rare for anyone in celebrity circles to have a slightly favorable view of Christianity, much less embrace it.
Yet that didn’t stop this celebrity from renouncing the occult and witchcraft for Christianity recently.
But the group she says attacked her Baptism the most will leave you floored.
Reality TV personality Kat Von D, whose real name is Katherine von Drachenberg, made her career as a tattoo artist, ultimately becoming a regular on TLC’s Miami Ink, before opening her own tattoo shop in Los Angeles and landing her own show on the network, LA Ink.
For many years, Von D was involved in the occult and witchcraft, along with the typical left-wing politics that are prominent in the LA scene, but began a profound transformation in 2020.
What started as the reality TV star realizing that “terrible policies, tyrannical government overreach, ridiculous taxing,” and “corruption” had destroyed Democrat-controlled California, causing her to uproot her life and move to Indiana for a bit of normalcy, inevitably turned into Von D coming to the realization that there is “a spiritual battle taking place.”
As such, Von D took to social media last year to reveal that she was throwing out everything she owned that had anything to do with the occult or witchcraft to surround herself and her family “with love and light.”
“I don’t know if any of you have been going through changes in your lives right now, but in the last few years, I’ve come to some pretty meaningful realizations — many of them revolving around the fact that I got a lot of things wrong in my past,” she wrote on Instagram at the time.
The journey Kat Von D has been on over the past few years ultimately culminated earlier this month when she took to Instagram to reveal that she had been Baptized, posting a video of the ceremony to Instagram as a public declaration of her newfound Christian faith.
“Katherine von Drachenberg, upon your profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in obedience to His divine command, I baptize you, my sister, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” the pastor says before submerging Von D.
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“To me, my baptism was a public demonstration of where I stand with my faith and basically letting people know that I’m not ashamed,” Von D recently explained. “And so that’s why I really wanted to share it with people. And if there was anyone out there that felt like they were at a crossroads and don’t feel like you fit in — because I don’t feel like I fit in anywhere now, or that I ever have, to be honest — you’re not alone.”
“That isn’t Christlike”
The LA Ink star also revealed that the outpouring of support she’s received since her Baptism has been “overwhelmingly beautiful” for her and her family.
“Me and my husband and my son, we’d go out to go get lunch throughout the week, and people would just come out of nowhere wanting to give me a hug and congratulate me and welcome me to the family, which I love, and it’s been pretty awesome,” she said.
But at the same time, she has obviously faced backlash for embracing Christianity.
The only thing is, according to Von D, that backlash isn’t coming from atheists who supported her past, but rather, some other Christians who apparently believe someone has to look a certain way to be a “real Christian.”
“It was really the Christians who were the worst,” she revealed. “It was really just sad to see this critical display of judgment from Christians, and I don’t understand what would inspire that, aside from something that’s more egoic [sic], because that isn’t Christlike, to judge people or judge people’s journey. You would think that most Christians would be happy for you when you come to this point in your life, especially when you get baptized.”
“Baptism is so beautiful, and it’s such a big landmark in time — for me, at least, it was one of the most important days of my life, so it’s strange that these handful of negative, critical Christians would come at me in such a public way,” she declared.
Kat Von D rightly added, “It’s really insane that we live in a time where people still judge a book by its cover. I wasn’t aware that there’s a uniform that you’re supposed to wear once you give your heart to Jesus.”
Prior to her Baptism, the celebrity tattoo artist had already begun the process of covering or outright removing many of the tattoos that cover her body – primarily those that involve her past life – saying they only served as “landmarks in dark times.”
Nevertheless, despite her rather obvious sincerity, some have accused the reality star of somehow using her Baptism as a PR stunt, even though she didn’t speak publicly about it for weeks after posting the video, allowing it to stand on its own merit.
“I didn’t get baptized to be saved,” Von D noted. “I was already saved. And I didn’t get baptized to make it about me; it was never about me.”
“I don’t feel equipped to be the poster child for Christianity,” she added. “I think that I’m still learning, and as I do, I will become more equipped. But for the time being, I feel like I’ve never really been that, and I don’t plan on doing that.”
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