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?

Leviticus 19:28

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,

punishment, protection,

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.

Remember the contest Elijah had with the prophets of Baal?

He said call upon Baal to come down and produce fire on an altar.

They shouted and screamed at Baal to come down.

They even cut themselves.

They slashed themselves until blood flowed from their bodies

and Baal did not come down.

Any kind of self-laceration or marking of the body

was prohibited among the Hebrew people.

It was associated with pagan cults.

People caught up in idol worship and following false gods

would cut themselves or tattoo themselves

as an act of mourning for the dead.

That’s why God said in Leviticus 19:28

Don’t cut your body or tattoo it.

God did not want His people acting like pagan worshipers.

God did not want His people to have anything to do

with false gods or idol worship.

God was basically saying…don’t do like they do.

Don’t do it like the world does it.

Man is made in the image of the true God.

You don’t have to get God’s attention

by cutting yourself or tattooing yourself.

God says I like you just the way you are.

I made you!

God knows who we are and loves us.

Some people say, “Well I want to get a tattoo because I think it’s cool. Many people have one. Tattoos don’t have anything to with pagan worship of false gods! It’s the Old Testament. It’s not mentioned in the New Testament.

Having sex with an animal was forbidden by God.

Exodus 22:19 says, “Whoever lies with an animal shall surely be put to death.

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