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THURSDAY, MAR 13, 2014  |  24 comments  |  1 commentary
Tattos Go Mainstream -- Even Among Christians

Many older Christians condemn tattoos by quoting the most direct biblical reference to tattoos, Leviticus 19:28: “You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.” Others seek exegesis from pastors like John Piper, who said in a recent podcast that he receives emails about tattoos “almost daily.” Piper took two episodes to address the issue, and concluded by saying tattooing is not a sin, but be wise and skip it. The Leviticus passage is explicitly anti-tattoo, and “that should at least give us a few minutes’ pause,” said Piper. Tattooing in itself is not intrinsically evil, the popular pastor and author said, but the permanent nature of tattoos—with the painful and expensive cost of removal—may turn them into stumbling blocks later.

Others who profess Christ don’t skip it, but at least think about it seriously. Brown said she considered “long and hard” ...


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News Item3/16/14 7:28 PM
R. K. Borill | Baton Rouge, Louisiana  Find all comments by R. K. Borill
Thomas,

I liked that.
Leviticus 19:28 KJV
[28] Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord .

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News Item3/16/14 6:40 PM
Thomas the Doubter | Ohio  Find all comments by Thomas the Doubter
Tattoos are graffiti on God's creation.
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News Item3/16/14 1:20 PM
David Cline | London on.  Contact via emailFind all comments by David Cline
You're not going to hell for having a tattoo.
but why get one? Because everyone else has one. Don't get a tattoo.
The old testament forbids it. That should be enough.
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News Item3/15/14 8:39 AM
Strat  Find all comments by Strat
Tattos are one of the best examples of the herd mentality
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News Item3/15/14 8:03 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Metal stamps used to tattoo Jewish prisoners of Auschwitz discovered

I wonder if any of them have 666 tatooed on their foreheads?

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News Item3/14/14 4:56 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
mike falsia wrote:
Christians with tatoos? Oh what a wicked and crooked generation we live in! Many are called but FEW are chosen! Even so come Lord Jesus! Make your calling and election sure dear friends for wrath of God is going to fall severely on this apostate generation!
One thing is sure. Your calling and election won't be based on lack of tattoos.
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News Item3/14/14 4:17 PM
carl29 | uk  Contact via emailFind all comments by carl29
Christopher000 wrote:
A little man who used to assist Ricardo Montalban on Fantasy Island. Can't believe I remembered that. Anyway, I contemplated getting a tattoo a few times over the years but glad I always hesitated and didn't. I didn't know we were not suppose to mark our bodys. I see these people covered in ink, head to toe, covered on piercings, ear discs, surgical implants, etc, and I can't help but wonder how they are going to fare in later life when gravity begins to win. They destroy their bodys; never giving thought to the future and a passing phase. Irreparable damage. There was a somewhat famous guy who suicided himself just recently. I think he was called the lion man. Inked and pierced head to foot, surgery and all to look like a lion. Google him if you've never seen it. Very demonic in appearance and a very sad end for without Christ.
the plane boss, the plane
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News Item3/14/14 1:42 PM
mike falsia | brooklyn ny  Contact via emailFind all comments by mike falsia
Christians with tatoos? Oh what a wicked and crooked generation we live in! Many are called but FEW are chosen! Even so come Lord Jesus! Make your calling and election sure dear friends for wrath of God is going to fall severely on this apostate generation!
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News Item3/14/14 8:20 AM
Rick Habecker | Central Texas  Contact via emailFind all comments by Rick Habecker
I look at this issue like this: #1, Were you created by Him with a tattoo? Answer: No. #2, Does God tell us what he thinks about them? Answer: Yes. Then shouldn't we obey Him? #3, Ask yourself one other question: If your boss gave you a rule to follow at work would you break it anyway? I hope not. So why would you go against what God says? Are we to justify following the fad of the day that violates His word with the excuse that the world approves of it? Finally, #4, is it worth possibly going to Hell for it?
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News Item3/13/14 9:42 PM
Nat | Australia  Find all comments by Nat
Some preachers even get tattoos especially to be able to connect with their younger audience and to show that they too have a past. We become new creatures in God. Why have something that can be a stumbling block to another or a constant reminder of who you were
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News Item3/13/14 8:09 PM
JoBob | USA  Find all comments by JoBob
"... That is the way ancient pagans thought when they marked their bodies...."

Yes, history confirms that this is a practice to be avoided!

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News Item3/13/14 12:43 PM
Lady_Virtue | OKC  Contact via emailFind all comments by Lady_Virtue
Martin wrote:
Young women ought to think of pleasing their future husbands with their bodies, not pleasing themselves-- and many men find nothing attractive about words or images in black ink engraved on human flesh.
Great point, as was the rest of your comment. This touches on the future-oriented thinking I mentioned previously. Sadly, too many young women today have an "it's my body and I'll do what I want to" mentality. I don't fault a man for finding tattoos unattractive.
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News Item3/13/14 11:32 AM
GSTexas  Find all comments by GSTexas
Good point Martin.
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News Item3/13/14 10:41 AM
Martin | Texas  Find all comments by Martin
I think the best argument against tattoos is that we are to consider our body not our own, but God's, so whatever we do with our body is to be for the glory of God. The question that must be asked is-- how will a tattoo bring glory to God? If someone says, it's a means of bearing witness to Him-- doesn't Scripture say we are to bear witness to God by our works, not by lifeless marks in our flesh? (1 Peter 3:3-4). It is the inner adornment of the soul alone which is "very precious in the sight of God." Do you think a Christian tattoo will somehow strengthen your tie to God by placing of a permanent reminder of Him on your flesh? That is the way ancient pagans thought when they marked their bodies. They thought thereby to strengthen their tie to the deities they worshiped. Young women ought to think of pleasing their future husbands with their bodies, not pleasing themselves-- and many men find nothing attractive about words or images in black ink engraved on human flesh. So while I agree there is no direct mandate forbidding tattoos under the New Covenant, the principle on which tattoos were forbidden under the Old Covenant is still a valid principle. The Bible does not support the idea that we glorify God or strengthen our ties with Him through putting marks on our flesh.
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News Item3/13/14 8:45 AM
Lady_Virtue | OKC  Contact via emailFind all comments by Lady_Virtue
Christopher000 wrote:
A little man who used to assist Ricardo Montalban on Fantasy Island. Can't believe I remembered that.
Lol.

I think Leviticus makes it perfectly clear that tattoos are not for God's people. Indeed, as Christopher stated, many are not long-term or future oriented in their thinking when they get inked. Tattoos and wrinkled, sagging skin are not a good combination.

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News Item3/13/14 7:12 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
A little man who used to assist Ricardo Montalban on Fantasy Island. Can't believe I remembered that. Anyway, I contemplated getting a tattoo a few times over the years but glad I always hesitated and didn't. I didn't know we were not suppose to mark our bodys. I see these people covered in ink, head to toe, covered on piercings, ear discs, surgical implants, etc, and I can't help but wonder how they are going to fare in later life when gravity begins to win. They destroy their bodys; never giving thought to the future and a passing phase. Irreparable damage. There was a somewhat famous guy who suicided himself just recently. I think he was called the lion man. Inked and pierced head to foot, surgery and all to look like a lion. Google him if you've never seen it. Very demonic in appearance and a very sad end for without Christ.
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News Item3/13/14 6:19 AM
MG | the Land Down Under  Find all comments by MG
I'm right with you, TB! A few minutes pause makes no sense - aren't we meant to live an entire life of OBEDIENCE!?! I wonder where Piper gets some if this stuff?
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News Item3/13/14 6:09 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
carl haydock wrote:
Whats a tatto??
According to vocabulary.com it's "the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands)."
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News Item3/13/14 6:07 AM
Humor  Find all comments by Humor
carl haydock wrote:
Whats a tatto??
Son of Tattoo.
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News Item3/13/14 5:28 AM
Joshi-chan  Find all comments by Joshi-chan
TB, that same law, in the same book (leviticus) also says we should stone homosexuals.
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