Matt Gibson’s Conversion Story: Lutheran to the Dumps to Catholic

by Steve Ray on April 6, 2012

Here is an excerpt from Matt’s story:

“I was very proud of my Lutheran faith.  I would argue with my Catholic friends till I was blue in the face.  I remember being invited to go to Mass with one of my Catholic friends.  I went and remember sitting there thinking what am I doing here.  What is this “Hail Mary” that they kept repeating in prayer before Mass started.  I sat during the whole Mass, not saying a word, with this big chip on my shoulder thinking they got it all wrong.

“During my high school years, I thought I was a good kid.  I didn’t go out and party.  I didn’t drink.  I didn’t do any drugs.  I was co-captain of the baseball team.  I was on the National Honor Society.  I studied hard and just didn’t get into any trouble.  I wanted to save my virginity for marriage.  The future was bright. 

“I started dating.  I had a steady girlfriend.  I really thought I loved her.  We did everything together.   As are relationship started to get deeper, the temptation for us to engage in pre-marital sex got stronger.  So strong that we got to the point that we just gave in.  Throughout the next eight years this became a major problem for me.  I started to live a very unchaste life.  Looking back, I realize now that I really didn’t love her, but I was enslaved to the sin of premarital sex and an unchaste lifestyle.   This downward spiral led me to living a lifestyle that was very destructive. 

“When I was in college, and my girlfriend and I went separate ways, I started to drink alcohol heavily.  Every day.  I started to smoke pot, and experiment in other drugs as well.  I decided that I wanted to be the party animal, to be the cool guy.  I partied so much that after 2 years of college at Wright State, I quit and went to work full time so that I had more money to party on.  I jumped from relationship to relationship, from girl to girl, not caring if I hurt them.  All I cared about was taking care of my wants and desires.  I spent most of my nights in bars, and I was several thousands of dollars in debt……..”

For the whole story, click HERE.

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Loren T. April 7, 2012 at 6:23 AM

I can totally relate to your story Matt even though I am a cradled catholic. However, I consider myself catholic since last year because that was when I have my true conversion of heart. Your story was very touching and inspirational. Thank you for sharing. I pray that my close Protestant buddy would be converted to catholicism someday too. He’s quite adamant and solar scriptura in his faith but I trust that the Holy Spirit is actively working in his soul right now. Please pray for my friend as well. God bless and have a resurrected Easter tomorrow!

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