Summary: Many people today, even church folks are getting tattoos. Does God forbid it for Christians? This sermon deals with that question
What Does The Bible Say About Tattoos and Body Piercing?
28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.
This morning I am preaching on a subject
that has become very popular in America
and has become a nearly accepted practice in the church.
It is the subject of Tattoos and Body Piercing.
Some of you might have a tattoo.
I doubt that any of us have our tongues pierced
or our belly buttons pierced.
However, I see many younger people today
with body piercings and tattoos.
Professional football and basketball players have lots of tattoos.
Men in the Navy serving oversees often got tattoos.
People in prison often put tattoos on their skin.
The question is:
What does the Bible say about tattoos and body piercings?
So let begin with tattoos!
Point #1.Tattooing has been around for thousands of years.
Tattooing was done in Europe, Asia, Japan, and Egypt.
Tattooing ranged from rubbing cuts and other wounds with ashes,
to hand-pricking the skin to insert dyes.
Tattoos were marks of status and rank, decorations for bravery,
sexual lures and marks of fertility, pledges of love,
and as the marks of outcasts, slaves and convicts.
Within the last 10 years, tattooing has become widespread.
Tattoos are found on movie stars such as Julia Roberts,
Halle Berry, Drew Berrymore, and Bruce Willis.
Music stars such as Jon Bon Jovi, Beyonce, and Brittany Spears
have at least 1 tattoo.
Many of the NBA and NFL players have at least one tattoo,
but many have numerous tattoos all over their bodies.
Even in the conservative Golf world…
Tiger Woods and Lee Trevino both have tattoos.
The world has gone tattoo crazy!
Everyone is doing it.
It’s the cool thing to do now.
Is it really wrong?
Do you want to know what the Bible says?
Do you care what the Bible says?
Is the Bible relevant for today?
Is there any reference in the Bible that even talks about tattoos?
Point #2. God’s Word forbids tattoos and body piercings.
Leviticus 19:28 it says “28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.
Now that sounds pretty clear.
Don’t tattoo your body and don’t cut your body.
Some might say,”OK, but that’s not for today!
That’s for the Old Testament”
Well, if it’s in the Old Testament,
should we just ignore what it says?
Let’s see what else the Old Testament says about it.
In Biblical History when a person would cut themselves
it was done for a reason
1 Kings 18:28 says, So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them.
Jeremiah 16:6 says, Both the great and the small shall die in this land. They shall not be buried; neither shall men lament for them, cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them.
Jeremiah 41:5 says, that certain men came from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, eighty men with their beards shaved and their clothes torn, having cut themselves, with offerings and incense in their hand, to bring them to the house of the Lord.