Recently the History Channel ran a segment on tattoos. We couldn't help but feel sympathy for what Satan influences people to do to themselves. It is a sin to mutilate the human body with skin markings. Perhaps the most bizarre thing people are doing to mutilate their bodies today is having their eye-balls tattooed. This is just insanity!
Tattoos historically have been associated with criminals, street gangs, the military, whores, and barbarian island cultures. At a minimum, getting a tattoo shows one's worldliness & rebellion against authority.
It is no coincidence that tattoos are becoming extremely popular around the world today. No Christian who loves the Lord & Savior should ever get a tattoo. It is a symbol of rebellion. If you have a tattoo, you should hide it or have it removed if possible. Tattoos are of the Devil. They are evidences of worldliness.
Now they even have glow-in-the-dark ultraviolet tattoos in Hollywood. It is disturbing. Japan's criminal underground is closely associated with "body tattoos" which cover the entire human body. Ta Moko is becoming increasingly popular, in which the entire face is covered by tattoos. This is a shame. If Yahweh wanted us to have skin-markings, then He would have put them there. In addition, there are some serious potential health risks associated with tattoos.
Satan is laughing while foolish people are having their tongues surgically split into two. They do this for no other reason than to "freak people out," and it certainly does. God meant for the Bride of Christ to be a peculiar people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:14); but He never intended for us to be freaks and weirdoes that mutilate our bodies. Tattoos are immature. As more people are getting tattoos, more people want tattoos. It's stupid. Sensible people don't get tattoos.
Just by taking a closer look at the type of people getting tattoos is proof that they're of the Devil. Most of the tattoo artists which I've seen are head-shaven freaks themselves, covered with marks upon their entire body. Tattoos are very popular in Buddhism, street gangs, criminal underground organizations, amongst punks, et cetera. Tattoos are commonly associated with immoral people, thugs, and losers. To no surprise, some apostate churches are endorsing tattoos. This comes as no surprise.
Most importantly, God said not to get tattoos... "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am Yahweh" (Leviticus 19:28). As expected, some people today pervert the Scriptures, claiming that the Bible doesn't mean what It says. God said what He meant, and meant what He said. No tattoos!
A ridiculous article was recently published in the Christian Tattoo Association. The author of the article is a professional tattoo artist, and he strongly attempts to defend his demonic craft with the Word of God. Despite all his ranting and raving, tattoos are sinful. The Bible states in Leviticus 19:28, "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I amYahweh." The anonymous author of the article claims that God only condemns tattoos which are placed upon the body to invoke the attention of pagan Gods. However, tattoos are without question, marks of Satan. There are several proofs of this fact.
First, what types of people are operating tattoo businesses? Do you know of any Christ-honoring, Bible-believing churches who are willing to tattoo you? No. Tattoo shops are operated by some of the creepiest, weird looking, worldly people on the planet. Go into any tattoo shop and you'll likely meet some bald-headed guy with tattoos all over his body, and earrings in both ears. You'll likely see nudity in some of the images. Only a fool would say that God approves of befriending the world, "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4).
Most professed Christians today have the exact OPPOSITE attitude, saying that we need to become more like the world if we are to attract them to Christ. The Word of God condemns such apostate thinking. God commands us to SEPARATE from the sinful world, and not to help them by befriending their wickedness. Tattoos are worldly as can be, and the businesses that sell them are demonic. The simple fact that tattoos are always obtained from heathen worldly sources proves that they are of the Devil. There is nothing "Christian" about tattoos!
When you get a tattoo, you are IDENTIFYING yourself with the lost world, because that's where tattoos originated!!! Tattoos didn't originate from the Bible; but from the heathen unsaved world.
Second, what type of people usually get tattoos? There is a common trend nowadays amongst worldly women to have a tattoo placed on their lower back, just above their buttocks, and also on their ankle. Tattoos are very common amongst prostitutes. Tattoos are very common amongst homosexuals. Tattoos are very common amongst witches and in the Goth crowd. Tattoos are very common amongst street gangs and punks. I don't know of any TRUE Christ-honoring Christians who have had tattoos placed on their body.
Thirdly, not one Christian in the entire Bible ever received a tattoo. Not one! Yahshua never wore a tattoo! None of the Apostles wore tattoos. How ridiculous and absurd to claim that God approves of tattoos, when Leviticus 19:18 clearly prohibits such demonic practices, "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am Yahweh."
To allow a tattoo to be imprinted on your body is to defile your flesh with a mark of Satan. Please consider this important thought ... If God wanted us to have marks on our body, He would have put them there. If God wanted people to smoke cigarettes, then He would have put a chimney on top of our head. Marks on the body have always been associated with sin and slavery. It's crazy! Satan would love to murder children; but people abort their own children voluntarily. Satan would love to destroy our health; but people smoke themselves into a wheelchair voluntarily. Satan would love to place his mark upon us; but people do it voluntarily. Satan inspires people to destroy themselves, and people are stupid enough to do it. Frankly, getting a tattoo is stupid. A lot of people don't like themselves, and getting a tattoo identifies them with the lowlifes of this world. In a strange way, it makes them feel accepted. Many people get tattoos to identify, relate, and find acceptance with the worldly crowd.
Think of what types of images are tattooed on people. Many of the images are snakes, dragons, grim reapers, naked women, curse words, skulls, and other vile images. I realize that some people legitimately want a tattoo to remember the death of a loved one, and many of the images are not vulgar; however, the FACT remains that tattoos originated with the wicked. Our bodies belong to God, and we should not desecrate the sacredness of the body. The believer's body is holy, sanctified unto the Lord. We read in 2nd Corinthians 6:20, "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." If God approved of marks on the body, then He would have said so in the Bible. Since the Bible clearly states that it was a heathen practice in Leviticus 19:28 to get a tattoo, we would be sinful and foolish to think otherwise. The bottom line is that tattoos are far more POPULAR amongst SATAN'S CROWD!
Where are people getting tattoos? Many tattoos are nowadays being placed in the genital and private places on the body. There is a definite sexual connection with the tattoo industry. In addition, it is wickedness for a male tattoo artist (which most of them are) to look upon a female's naked body in order to paint a tattoo upon her. We are living in a sex-perverted generation, where fornication is so commonplace that many men and women have lost respect for their bodies. This is especially true of women. Such women are far more likely to commit further whoredom, get tattoos, and live in sexual sin. The fact that many people are getting tattoos in their private places speaks volumes concerning the nature of tattoos. The Prophet to this Age, William Branham, preached so steadfastly that in the end-time the women would become so perverted; and look at them today. The Jezebel spirit has overtaken the women of this Laodicean Age.
Tattoos are an unwise decision for health reasons. Here's some FACTS that the local tattoo shop WON'T dare tell you...
FDA Warnings for Healthy Consumers. The U.S. Food & Drug administration lists the following risk warnings concerning tattoos.
Infection. Even with the use of a new needle, tattooing equipment is still difficult to sterilize. When equipment, which is not sterile is used, there is an increased the risk of transmitting blood-borne disease such as hepatitis or HIV. Because of these infection risks, the American Association of Blood Banks requires a one-year wait between getting a tattoo and donating blood.
Allergic reactions. Although allergic reactions to tattoo pigments are rare; however when they do occur, they may be particularly troublesome because the pigments can be hard to remove. Occasionally, people can develop an allergic reaction to tattoos they have had for years.
MRI complications. There have been reports of people with tattoos or permanent makeup who experienced swelling or burning in the affected areas when they underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Removal problems. The most common problem with tattoos is costumer dissatisfaction. Despite advances in laser technology, removing a tattoo is a painstaking process, usually involving several treatments and considerable expense.
TATTOO: THE MARK OF REBELLION
The Bible, from cover to cover, and over and over, condemns rebellion. Yahweh Elohim considered rebellion so serious - He compared rebellion to witchcraft. And may I remind you, witchcraft was punishable by death!
"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft . . . " 1 Sam 15:23
"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Exodus 22:18
And if there's one message the tattoo cries out - loud and clear - it's rebellion. Throughout history tattoos have symbolized rebellion. There's nothing normal about a tattoo. A tattoo screams of unabashed rebellion and deviancy.
Every tattoo book, and every article we researched, both old and new, openly affirmed the deliberate rebellion symbolized by the tattoo. Book after book, article after article, sung the same song - tattoos are open rebellion. It's worth noting - all the following quotes are from pro tattoo books.
"Since body art is still not mainstream, having marks on your body that you put there on purpose shows the world your rebellious and unconventional nature". (Jean-Chris Miller, The Body Art Book : A Complete, Illustrated Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Body Modifications, p. 32)
"In this culture, a tattooed person is still looked at as a rebel, as someone who has very visibly stepped out of the bounds of normal society, . . ." (Michelle Delio, Tattoo: The Exotic Art of Skin Decoration, p. 75)
"Unquestionably tattoos are socially unacceptable."(Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 179)
TATTOO: A MARK OF DISGRACE OR REPROACH
Steve Gilbert, in the very popular, pro-tattoo book, Tattoo History: A Source Book, documents that even the word "tattoo" means "a mark of disgrace or reproach".
"The Latin word for ‘tattoo' was stigma and the original meaning is reflected in modern dictionaries. Among the definitions of ‘stigma' listed by Webster are a ‘prick with a pointed instrument,' . . .' a distinguishing mark cut into the flesh of a slave or a criminal,' and ‘a mark of disgrace or reproach." (Gilbert, Steve, Tattoo History: A Source Book, p. 15)
In fact, for most of it's slimy history the tattoo was used to mark the criminal, adulterers, traitors, deserters, the deviant and outcast. The tattoo was a dreaded mark of reproach and disgrace.
"Adultery, also, was punished in this way [tattooed] in some parts of Britain, and ‘bad characters' were marked BC. . . In 1717, branding was abolished in the Army and replaced with tattooing. .. with the letter ‘D' deserter'" (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 162)
TATTOO: THE MARK OF THE ‘SIDESHOW FREAK'
As late as the early 1900's, the tattoo was so far "out of bounds" of normal, civilized society, the tattooed was mainly found freaking people out as an attraction in the circus "freak show".
"By 1897, tattooing had reached the United States, where it immediately became a circus sideshow attraction." (Laura Reybold, Everything you need to know about the dangers of tattooing and body percing, p. 17)
TATTOO: THE MARK OF INDECENCY
Tattoos are so rebellious and disgusting to most people - they compare a tattoo to filthy pornography - "dirty, indecent and subversive to morality".
"In a society that considers nudity as dirty, indecent, and subversive or morality . . .- it is not surprising that decorations to the body are allocated to the same category." (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 179)
Even in the barbaric and immoral ancient Greek and Rome, the tattoo was considered "barbaric" and used primarily to mark slaves and criminals. It's interesting, they promoted slavery and other forms of depravity - but felt tattoos were barbaric. What does that testify of today's barbaric Christian tattooing craze? Is the next step in Christian depravity - slavery?
"Respectable Greeks and Romans did not indulge in decorative tattooing, which they associated with barbarians. The Greeks, however, learned the technique from the Persians, and used it to mark slaves and criminals so they could be identified if they tried to escape." (Gilbert, Steve, Tattoo History: A Source Book, p. 15)
TATTOO: THE MARK OF DEPRAVITY
Criminals, drug addicts, sex perverts and social outlaws are the overwhelming majority of the tattooed. Statistics, both old and recent, clearly reveal tattoos are largely worn by the rebellious and deviant.
"In addition to being a form of self-destruction, the tattoo seals the wearer off from the rest of normal society forever. It's not all that surprising to note that the largest number of tattooed in Japan belong to the underworld, and in America tattoos are most prevalent either in jail or hard rock bands." (Danny Sugerman, Appetite for Destruction: the Days of Guns N' Roses, p. 40)
"It was ancient Japanese tradition to tattoo convicted criminals. . . "
(Laura Reybold, Everything you need to know about the dangers of tattooing and body percing, p. 15)
"A study of young offenders on the West Coast of America concluded that delinquents tattoo themselves significantly more often than non-delinquents, and that the inclination develops at an early age without any thought for the future." (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 113)
Comprehensive studies performed in Denmark, revealed the following enlightening statistics concerning tattoos:
42% of homes for short-term detentioned were tattooed
60% of homes for young men with behavior difficulties
72% of prisons for young men
52% of prisons population
(Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 114)
Investigations by law enforcement officials also came to the conclusion that: "the presence of ornamental body tattoos could serve to indicate the existence of personality disorders which are liable to manifest themselves in criminal behaviour". (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 117)
"Therefore, many authorities link tattooing with aggression, i.e. anti-authoritarianism, and it cannot be disputed that gangs and delinquents, juvenile or otherwise, display massive evidence of aggression". (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 114)
According to study after study, a tattoo so personifies and establishes a "rebellious atmosphere" that one of the most important steps in prison rehabilitation is the removal of the tattoo. According to many serious studies, a tattoo is linked so strong to criminal behavior and delinquency, that without question, the mere decoration of the tattoo inherently contributes to the criminal behavior pattern.
TATTOO: THE MARK OF PERVERSION
Studies have linked tattoos to homosexuality, lesbianism, and gross sexual perversion.
"To be fair to those who maintain that tattooing is linked to homosexuality, investigations conducted in a New Zealand Borstal for girls revealed that of the 60 per cent tattooed, 90 per cent admitted to lesbian behavior during corrective treatment. . .
Yet further analysis indicated a ratio of aggression to the number of tattoos, and that the most heavily tattooed girls were unstable and insecure and tended to take the masculine role in their sex encounters." (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 87)
"[associated with tattoos] Among these conditions Raspa cited: impulsiveness, low self esteem, lack of self control, homosexual orientation, sexual sadomasochism, bondage, fetishism, bisexuality, lesbianism, antisocial personality, borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, mania and bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia." (Raspa, Robert F. and John Cusack 1990, Psychiatric Implications of Tattoos, American Family Physician. 41: p. 1481 cited in Gilbert, Steve, Tattoo History: A Source Book, p. 159)
TATTOO: AND PERSONALITY DISORDERS
Studies also show that "self-inflicted" tattoos are frequently associated with people with personality disorders, troubled backgrounds and self-mutilation tendencies.
"Evidence indicates that it is the mere presence of the tattoo, not its artistic content, that correlates with certain diagnoses. Thus, any tattoo can be viewed as a warning sign that should alert the practicing physician to look for underlying psychiatric conditions." (Raspa, Robert F. and John Cusack 1990, Psychiatric Implications of Tattoos, American Family Physician. 41: p. 1483)
". . . studies suggests that people with personality disorders frequently have multiple small tattoos. . ." (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 115)
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE TATTOOS OF TODAY?
I know what some are thinking. . . Sure, in the past tattoos were linked to criminals, depravity, and immoral behavior - but not today. Today, the tattoo is worn by celebrities, athletes, politicians and business people. It's bejeweled in high fashion mags and sports mags. There's absolutely no data to even remotely suggest tattoos are linked to criminal or immoral behavior. No sir. Today's tattoo is high-fashion and cool.
Oh. . . Really?
A very comprehensive study and analysis of tattoos, was recently published in April, 2001. The study was performed by Dr. Timothy Roberts, a pediatrician at the University of Rochester Children's Hospital. The detailed analysis was taken from a study of 6072 young people, ages 11 to 21. From all over the United States. From all different ethnic groups. From all economic and social backgrounds. In other words, very thorough and reliable data models were constructed for the study. In fact, this study is probably the most comprehensive and conclusive analysis of tattoos ever conducted.
According to the study, today's tattooed young people:
Are nearly 4 times more likely to engage in sexual intercourse
Over 2 times more likely to experience alcohol related problems
Nearly 2 times more likely to use illegal drugs
Over 2 times more likely to express violent behavior
Over 2 times more likely to drop out of high school
Dr. Roberts writes, that the results of the study reveal: "Tattooing in adolescents was significantly associated with sexual intercourse, substance use, violence and school problems in bivariate analyses and in logistic regressions adjusting for sociodemographic factors and peer substance use." (Timothy A. Roberts, M.D. and Sheryl A. Ryan, M.D., Tattooing and High-Risk Behavior in Adolescents, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Strong Children's Research Center, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY)
Dr. Roberts, writes in the "conclusion" of the study that tattoos "have strong associations with high-risk behaviors in adolescents"
"Conclusion: Permanent tattoos have strong associations with high-risk behaviors in adolescents. The presence of a tattoo during examination of an adolescent should prompt in-depth assessment for high-risk behaviors." (Timothy A. Roberts, M.D. and Sheryl A. Ryan, M.D., Tattooing and High-Risk Behavior in Adolescents, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Strong Children's Research Center, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY)
It is worth mentioning, Dr. Roberts, himself has a tattoo. And before the study, Dr. Roberts admittedly believed that people with tattoos were unfairly stereotyped. One of his purposes of the study was to prove that point. After the overwhelming results, Dr Roberts, admitted, "I was more than a little surprised at the result."
After evaluating the data, Dr. Roberts says, "A tattoo is a sign that doctors, parents, teachers ought to be asking about the teenager's behavior."
BUT WASN'T JESUS A REBEL?
We hear this "rebel-party-line" from Christians: "Hey dude, yea man, I'm a rebel just like Jesus. Yea, man, He was the real rebel. He rebelled against the system, man. Yea, man, He's the ultimate rebel. Man, like, that's why I wear my tattoos - I'm rebelling against the system."
Heavily tattooed, Sonny of the "Rastafarianism-Christianity-AND-God-Knows-What-Else" punk-rap-metal rock band P.O.D. claims Jesus Christ was the first rebel - and the "first punk rocker"!
"We believe that Jesus was the first rebel. He was the first punk rocker going against all the rest of it" Sonny, P.O.D. Let's get something straight! The Lord was NOT A REBEL! The Bible is very clear. Yahshua was OBEDIENT unto death - even the death of the cross!
Phil. 2:8: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Even in the Garden of Gethsemane, knowing that every wicked, abominable sin committed in history was going to be placed upon Him (2 Cor. 5:17), knowing that He was going to drink the cup of wrath of God, and in great agony, His sinless sweat was dropping as it were great drops of blood - even then, Thank God, Thank God - HE DID NOT REBEL! As He prayed ". . .not my will, but thine, be done."
Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:42-44
Yes. Yahshua was ‘against' the world and the system - but it was because the world was the REBEL - not the Lord. Thank God - He was OBEDIENT to the will of God. The world, the flesh and the devil REBELLED and is REBELLING against the Word of Yahweh. Just like anyone that disgraces themselves with a "God-forbidden" tattoo.
Oh my friend, aren't you glad that Christ was NOT a rebel. That He was OBEDIENT unto His Father's will. Aren't you glad that Sonny of P.O.D. is so wrong. If Christ REBELLED, one second, one thought, one sin, there would be no hope. Aren't you glad Yahshua loved you so much that He died for you on Calvary? Have you ever received the Lord as your personal Savior?
WHAT ABOUT LEVITICUS 19:28?
Leviticus 19:28 is the Christian (or so-called Christian?) tattooist and tattoo-bearer's worst nightmare. Yahweh plainly, clearly, strongly, and without a doubt - condemns the tattoo.
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am YAHWEH. Leviticus 19:28
Could that be any more clear?
"Ye shall not. . .print any marks upon you. . ."
Simple. . . Straightforward. . .Settled. . .
God Said It. . . I Believe It. . . That Settles It. . .
Right. . .?
Not hardly. . .
The clear statement from the word of God does not settle anything for this generation of disobedient, carnal, worldy, tolerant, non-judgmental, & compromised Christians. Rather than obey God, they run miles and miles and miles to "justify" their open disobedience to the Word of God.
How do they get around Leviticus 19:28?
Clearly, there it is. "Ye shall not. . .print any marks upon you. . ."
A lot of Christians when confronted with Leviticus 19:28, scream, "Hey dude, that's not for today. Man, that's the Old Testament. I'm under the New Testament".
Did you know that "bestiality" (sicko, perverted, sex with an animal) was ONLY forbidden in the Old Testament Levitical Law? Only in Leviticus 18:23 and Leviticus 20:15-16. Dude, only in the Old Testament Law. Does that mean a Holy God NOW - under the New Testament, approves of bestiality?
By the way, have you ever read Leviticus 19:29? The verse immediately AFTER the "it's not for me" Leviticus 19:28?
Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness. Leviticus 19:29
This is the only place in the Bible that God directly forbids someone to prostitute their daughter. And since, it's ONLY in the Old Testament Levitical Law (and "hey, dude, we're NOT under the law") - it MUST be ok by the Lord for a parent to cause their daughter to prostitute.
Same sick, perverted, wicked, line of reasoning as the "it's ONLY in the Old Testament-tattoo-bearer-wearer". Same reasoning. . . Same disobedience. . . Same perversion of the Word of God.
There are many other "moral laws' that are ONLY forbidden in the Old Testament, such as the human sacrifice of children. Nowhere in the New Testament is this forbidden. Does that mean that NOW under the New Testament, Almighty Yahweh endorses throwing babies into the fire as a human sacrifice?
And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am Yahweh. Leviticus 18:21
Matthew Henry's Commentary at the beginning of Leviticus 19 explains that most of Leviticus 19 (such as verse 19:28) are moral commandments that applies not only for Israel but for the New Testament Christian today.
IT'S ONLY "FOR THE DEAD"
But by far the Christian tattooers favorite excuse for disobeying Leviticus 19:28 is the "that means nor print any marks upon you - for the DEAD". It's ok, as long it's not for the dead". See the "for the dead!!! . .for the dead!!!!".
Is it ok to practice satanic bloodletting, self mutilation or cutting of the flesh as long as it's not for the dead? It's in the same verse. . . Hmmm. . .?
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am Yahweh. Leviticus 19:28
Notice also, the phrase "for the dead" is ONLY referencing the "cuttings in your flesh". The condemnation of "nor print ANY marks upon you" is not qualified by the phrase "for the dead". Also, if you'll notice the verse clearly says "ANY marks" period.
Merrill F. Unger's, very popular and authoritative, Unger's Bible Dictionary under the definition for "Mark" includes the following reference for Leviticus 19:28:
"In Lev. 19:28 we find two prohibitions of an unnatural disfigurement of the body: 'Ye shall not make any cutting in your flesh for the dead, nor any print any marks upon you.' The latter (Heb. qa aqa, incision) refers to tattooing, and has no reference to idolatrous usages, but was intended to inculcate upon the Israelietes a proper reverence for God's creation." (Merrill F. Unger, Unger's Bible Dictionary, 1974 ed., p. 696)
Notice that Unger teaches that tattoos were forbidden without any reference to pagan, heathen, or idolatrous usages. In other words, the tattoo itself, regardless the reason, was forbidden. Amen. Mr. Unger.
Wycliffe's Bible Encyclopedia under the definition for TATTOOING distinctly says:
"While ‘cuttings in the flesh' have reference here to mourning customs [for the dead], the tattooing does not appear to pertain to such practice." (Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia, 1975 ed., p. 1664)
The New American Commentary on Leviticus 19:28 writes the condemnation was for, "cutting the body either for the dead or with tattoo marks." (Mark F. Rooker, The New American Commentary on Leviticus, 2000 ed., p. 262) Explicitly recognizing the tattoo was not "for the dead."
Do you see how dishonest and disobedient this "it doesn't apply to my New-Testament-Christian-marked-for-Jesus-tattoo" is? Find what you don't like in the Word of God, cut it out (doesn't apply to New Testament Christians) or misapply (it's just for the DEAD, when it's clearly NOT). Same tactics used by the satanic cults and heretics for years. You can prove anything and everything with such deceitful methods.
THE "FORBIDDEN" HAIRCUT
One of the silliest and childish arguments to justify the Christian tattoo is the: "Hey man, do you get a haircut or trim your beard? God condemned getting a haircut or trimming your beard in the verse before forbidding the tattoo. Dude, the tattoo is the same as getting a haircut."
Believe it or not . . . this is a widely used argument.
Leviticus 19:26-28 is a clear condemnation of pagan, witchcraft and heathen practices. Look at the context. Verse 26 is plainly referring to "enchantment [spells or witchcraft] nor observe times [astrology]. . . Verse 28 is the pagan, demonic practice of bloodletting [cuttings in your flesh] and tattooing. Why would the Lord stick in the middle a verse that "condemns simply getting a haircut"? Of course, He wouldn't. . . And He didn't. . .
Leviticus 19:26-28 reads: Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times. Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am Yahweh.
The condemnation found in verse 27 of "rounding the corners of your head" or "mar the corners of thy beard" was the forbidding of a common pagan practice that cut the hair as worship and honor of the hosts of heaven.
Here's how Matthew Henry's and Coffman's Commentaries reflect on the "forbidden haircut" of Leviticus 19:27: "Those that worshipped the hosts of heaven, in honour of them, cut their hair so as that their heads might resemble the celestial globe; but, as the custom was foolish itself, so, being done with respect to their false gods, it was idolatrous." (Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Whole Bible, Leviticus 19:27)
"Herodotus tells of the use of this type of haircut, forming what is called a tonsure, as the practice of pagan religious cults of ancient times who did so honoring one of their gods." (Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament, Leviticus 19:27)
The fact is. . . Up until a few years ago, virtually everyone, including the most liberal Christian, KNEW the tattoo was clearly forbidden by the Word of God. And throughout history, the tattoo has ALWAYS been condemned by Bible Believing Christians. Always. Every historical resource ever written on tattoos clearly confirms this fact.
"Just as occurred in other cultures with tattoo traditions, when these pagan tribes were ‘converted' to the Christian religion, their spiritual and cultural rites (which included tattooing, piercing and scarification) were outlawed. . ." (Jean-Chris Miller, The Body Art Book : A Complete, Illustrated Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Body Modifications, p.9)
"While these and other body modifications continued to be practiced underground as a way for non-Christian people to identify each other, God forbid you got caught and your mark was revealed." (Jean-Chris Miller, The Body Art Book : A Complete, Illustrated Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and Other Body Modifications, p.11)
Up until a few years, virtually every commentary written understood Leviticus 19:28 as an open condemnation of the tattoo. The Christian acceptance of a tattoo was not even considered for serious discussion.
BUT WHAT ABOUT ISAIAH 44:5 & EZEKIEL 9:4?
I've seen several references by Christian tattooers who claim Isaiah 44 and Ezekiel 9 are examples of God-ordained tattoos in the Bible.
And Yahweh said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. Ezekiel 9:4
One shall say, I am Yahweh's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand untoYahweh, and surname himself by the name of Israel. Isaiah 44:5
The following excellent explanation of Isaiah 44:5 and Ezekiel 9:4 came from a Jewish web site:
1) In Leviticus 19:28 the term used is "k'thoveth qa'aqa." "K'thoveth" means "writing or inscription." "Qa'aqa" comes from a root whose meaning is "to insert or to stick in." Together, "writing that is stuck in"(see Rashi's commentary on the verse). Jewish oral tradition explains that the verse is talking about what we refer to today as tattoos, i.e. scratching or piercing the skin and filling it in with pigment.(see the tractate "Makoth" 21a).
2) Isaiah 44:5 uses the word "yichtov" which means "will write" without the word "qa'a'qa" "to insert or to stick in." Isaiah is not talking about tattoos. What he is saying is "...and he will write with his hand to the L-rd..." like someone who signs a contract to express his utmost commitment and obligation(see Metzudath David's commentary on the verse).
3) Ezekiel 9:4 uses the word "tav" which means "a mark or a sign." The man clothed with linen is going to mark the foreheads of the righteous with ink, not tattoo them!
Someone who read the verses (Isaiah 44:5 and Ezekiel 9:4) in the Hebrew original would never dream that they are referring to tattoos.
THE "TATTOOED" LORD JESUS CHRIST. . .
Some Christian tattooers go so far as claim that the Lord has a tattoo!
Many Christian tattooers claim that when Christ returns in Revelation chapter 19 on a horse - He has a tattoo on his thigh!
Revelation 19:11-16 says: And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Yahweh, the Almighty. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
I know you don't believe Christians can be that deceived so here's the proof: "And what of Christ Himself? Twice in chapter 19, our Lord is depicted as having a name written on Him (verses 12 and 16). As unthinkable as it may be for some to picture our Lord as having a tattoo, the author of the Apocalypse had no problem with it."
Can anyone with any spiritual discernment (and a brain) really believe Christ has a tattoo? Isn't it amazing how spiritually blind someone becomes when they began to justify their disobedience to the Word of God? But what really is frightening about this gross, perverted, wicked interpretation of a "tattooed" Jesus Christ in Revelation 19:16 - it makes the Lord a SINNER!
It means the Lord CLEARLY disobeyed Leviticus 19:28! It means Christ was not Holy! He was not the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. He clearly was disobedient and broke the Leviticual Law of Leviticus 19:28!
And if the Lord committed sin - everyone is either in hell or on the way to hell. There is no salvation without a sinless, spotless Lamb of God. It took a sinless, perfect, Savior to pay for your sins.
And thank God - despite what these spiritually sicko, perverted, Christian tattooers "preach" - Yahshua was without sin - and without "tattoo"!
DEFILING THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD
Most Christians, even the most carnal and backslidden, would never desecrate or defile the local church building. Even among most lost people there is a reverence and sacredness to the church building.
But. . . Did you know? If you are truly born again the Holy Spirit of God dwells within in (John 14:17, Romans 8:9, 11) and your body is the temple of God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 makes this very clear: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
And . . . Did you know? The Lord warns several times of the seriousness of defiling the temple of God - your body! In 1 Corinthians 3, the Lord clearly and sternly warns against defiling your body - the temple of God. If any man defiles the temple of God - HIM SHALL GOD DESTROY!
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
My Christian friend, you'd better watch what you do with your body. It is the temple of a Holy God. You'd better not defile it with pagan, devil-worshipping tattoos! ". . . If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy. . ."
What God said - He meant! God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19 AMEN!
Do you really believe the Lord is pleased with a Christian wearing a pagan tattoo? Do you honestly believe God's perfect will is for a Christian, any Christian, to be "marked" with a demonic tattoo?
With the unbiased documentation and Bible we've given (and we could supply much, much more) there is no question to the pagan and devil-worshipping source of the tattoo. Every tattoo historian I've read, traces the root of the tattoo to religious paganism. Every one.
2 Corinthians 6:14-17 is another warning against the tattoo. Notice the warning against the "fellowshipping" and concord with Christ and Belial (the devil). Verse 16 is very interesting. . . As it relates the "fellowshipping" with your body - the temple of the living God.
Friend, God loves you and desires more than anything you love and obey Him. He desires first of all obedience unto salvation by receiving Yahshua as your Savior (John 1:12). And after salvation, His will for you is to serve and love Him with all you heart, body, mind and soul.You won't regret it! It'll be worth it one day!
Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Master and Savior Yahshua the Messiah. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:17-18
Many professing Christians today are getting tattoos with "Christian" themes. Just because your tattoo says "JESUS", "GOD", has a Bible verse or anything else that is considered "Christian", doesn't mean it's right. If it's wrong it's wrong. The same mindset would say that making a "Christ centered" porno is acceptable because Christ's gospel is being preached in between sex scenes. Please, let's don't be so ignorant.
We are living in apostate times. To no surprise--homosexuals are trying to justify their abominations with the Bible, witches are quoting the teachings of Christ in an attempt to silence Christians, professed "Christians" are trying to justify Satan's rock music with the Bible, feminists are promoting godless "feminist theology," professed Christians are trying to use the Bible to justify tattoos, etc. It is disgraceful. Let us be diligent to expose the evils of tattoos. No Christian should ever receive a tattoo mark on the body, because tattoos are marks of Satan. Romans 8:5 states, "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." Tattoos are of the flesh, and of the Devil. The only people saying otherwise are the Devil's gang, the worldly crowd. As the church goes further into apostasy, so will the world continue to redefine God. It is NO coincidence that fornication, abortion, idolatry, covetousness, feminism, rock-n-roll, witchcraft, lesbianism, and tattoos have become popular in recent decades--this is because of the apostate condition of America's Christians. Most of America's preachers have stopped preaching hard against sin, and have gone the greedy way of Balaam. Rise up oh Christian! Let us be faithful & true soldiers for our God. Rise up and fight the Devil.