What Does the Bible Say About Tattoos & Body Piercing?

By Pastor Ken Burisek,
The Ole Country Church, Medford, Wisconsin
kburisek@Jesus answers.com

This subject can be a bit controversial today and my answer might raise some eyebrows, but I am going to tell it like it is, according to Gods Word. The first thing that comes to my mind when I see anyone with a body piercing of any kind is this: If God intended for there to be a hole in our body to put anything into or on, HE would have put it there in the first placeif its not theredont make one.

Body piercing is, for all practical purposes, a return to paganism - right down to basic earrings that have become so acceptable in our culture today. In reality, piercing is a revival of old pagan tribal customs of body scarring, body piercing and body mutilation, including such things as nose rings, eyebrow rings, belly rings, tongue studs, multiple earrings, nipple rings, tattoos and other disfigurements that are challenging the Christian Church today.

Christians who choose to practice these things are getting away from Gods command as the Bible teaches in Leviticus 19:28. Do not cut your bodies or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord. Sadly, many Church leaders have not addressed this issue and in some cases, youth leaders and Seminary students are actually participating. Ive heard of Christians trying to justify these things by saying that they have Christian oriented tattoos or wear Christian oriented ornaments in their pie ...

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