An ex-LGBT activist is reportedly facing potential prison time after sharing his testimony of leaving behind a gay lifestyle to follow Christ. Matthew Grech, who lives in Malta, told CBN's Faithwire about his journey from out of the occult and same-sex relationships and his foray into the Christian faith. “I was quite interested in New Age. I wanted to become a reiki master,” he said of his life before finding Jesus.
“So, I was involved in the occult to some extent as well as being fascinated by energy.” That lifestyle was obliterated, though, when Grech was invited to church one day and experienced something he had never felt before: “the presence of God” and the love of genuine believers.
He said the impact of that experience was profound, leading him to fully embrace a Christian life. Problems began, though, when Grech shared his story with a local outlet in Malta. He said there were two presenters with PMnews Malta who wanted to know more about the nation's crackdown on so-called conversion therapy and his take on the matter. Malta in 2016 became the first European Union country to ban attempts to “change, repress or eliminate a person's sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression,” leading to fines or even jail time. His media discussion of his story apparently didn't sit well with some critics who heard it — a fact that became apparent when police got involved. Now, he's on trial and faces jail time and fines.