Ron 'Ram' Lee, left, and the Rev. Brian Krabach own Revelation Tattoos in West Toledo. The two artists were drawn together by their faith and a mutual love of tattoos.
( THE BLADE/DAVE ZAPOTOSKY )
A little over four years ago, Brian Krabach and his wife, Christy, were driving around Toledo in a sporty new Honda S2000 and getting ready to build their suburban dream home with an indoor pool and home theater.
At the same time, however, Mr. Krabach was wrestling with the idea of giving up his high-tech, high-paying job as a Web site designer and Internet entrepreneur to devote himself to full-time Christian ministry.
"I thought about starting a church to reach our peers, a church that was like the others but with a different flavor," Mr. Krabach said.
Tattoos and body piercings, apart from being sinful, indicate a substantial psychological disorder with an attention craving complex. Such people are much more likely to become involved in crime and be incarcerated and treated in mental asylums at some stage in their lives.
I agree with Neil and K.C., this has been baiting from the beginning and I have never believed Greg's postings were any more legit than his girlfriend's child.
That said, I find it strange that the same view is not consistently taken of John Yurich's postings. While the characters behind the two postings may be different, the theology is the same - it doesn't matter what you do or how you live or how you worship so long as you profess to be born-again. I perceive an inconsistent standard being subtly applied by the posting community. I find wilful attendance at a blasphemous mass much more shocking than a hint that someone shaves his pubic hairs.
Point to ponder: Levitical Law clearly forbids tatoos...for Jews. Levitical Law also forbids (or requires one to do) lots of things that even the most devout fundamentalist Christian does not keep to the letter. So my point is that if we condem one for simply having a tatoo (not considering the lifestyle of the general tatoo bearer) we must condem everyone for not keeping the letter of the Levitical Law.
GREG: SEE NOTE TO "Be a student of Scripture " re: Rev.19:16 BELOW. WESLEY'S COMMENT And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh - That is, on the part of his vesture which is upon his thigh. A name written - It was usual of old, for great personages in the eastern countries, to have magnificent titles affixed to their garments. hendiadys
Doesn't matter, the Scriptural standards are not merely against total nudity. Not until the 20th century have people believed that what amounts to underwear is adequate dress in public. And a beach is just as public a place as an opera house.
Sad to say, even Fundamentalists haven't caught onto this yet, so you have plenty of company.