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One of the waitresses in a restaurant I ate in recently was tattooed on both arms and legs and had metal rings and knobs in her cheeks.  While we were having lunch, we watched the television set on the wall and saw famous athletes with tattoos all over their bodies, including necks and faces.  Body piercing is becoming more popular than ever.  Many Christians have them and some become upset when I write articles about the practice of tattooing.  Of course, those Christians that have them are the ones that object. 

One of our friends mentioned that a relative’s son went to a tattoo artist and had his arms tattooed and rings  put in his nose and lower lip the week after he made eighteen years of age.  For some individuals, it is their badge of maturity and freedom from their strict parents’ yoke that they were under during the age of minority..  For others, it is a sign of rebellion against society, especially the older stuffy generation.  Still others desire acceptance and admiration from their peers.  Many, however, are innocent in their belief that it is a form of art and represents something beautiful.  Indeed, some tattoos are works of art.  I remember ministering in Orissa, India years ago.  Many Indian people are Hindus and according to Hindu beliefs, karma from past lives dictates what your present life is.  They believe in many gods and even attend Christian services to learn about Jesus, who they consider to be an avatar or ascended master among many.  However, they will not participate in Holy Communion or water baptism. 

The women in some of the tribes in Orissa still tattoo their faces to show that they belong to a certain tribe or village.  It is said that centuries ago, the practice began as an attempt to make the women in their village look ugly and repulsive to invaders and thus avoid being sexually exploited, kidnapped, and so forth.  Strangely, these facial tattoos make the women even more appealing to the eye, as stated by local Indian pastors.  I saw a good number of such women and do agree that they look very exotic. 

The Bible, however, speaks against the practice.  “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”  Lev. 19:28.  It is a direct command under the Old Covenant.  Although the New Testament does not mention the practice, it does say that our body is the temple of God.  “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”  1 Co. 3:16; 6:19; Eph. 2:12. 

Probably, the act of putting a hole in your ear to hold a single earring may be approved, 

At times a servant would serve his master for a number of years and even marry and have children.  When his tenure as a slave is over, and his wife and children are still owned by his master, he may choose to continue out of love, to serve his master.  He would become a “bond slave” and his master would take him to the door post and bore his ear with an awl, and he shall serve him forever.

Not only is your body the temple of God, it is holy.  “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?  For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.  2 Co. 6:16-18. 

“If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”  1 Co. 3:17.  These are strong words and the devil knows these passages too.  He would be more than happy to lead all Christians to destruction.  My  words are said in love.  If you have tattoos on your body, please know that God’s grace is still upon you.  God does not condemn us; He convicts us and leads us to repentance..  Repent and God will forgive you, break all curses that may have come upon you because of the tattoos and wash you clean with His blood.  It is my belief that almost all Christians who have tattoos did it out of ignorance and did not know these passages when they did it.  The church has rarely taught it.

 There are people, including Christians, who have not yet received any manifestation of a curse that came from the sin.  But it will take place sooner or later.   In my ministry, I have found saints who were being attacked by demon entities because of tattoos.  One young lady in the church I was attending was a military police in the Marine Corps.  She was only twenty-six years old and was having all kinds of physical problems.  She could not continue exercising, jogging and karate classes because her knees, back and hips were troubling her and she was often ill.  One Sunday, after morning service, she asked to speak with me in the office.  She shared her problems with me, and as I was listening to her, the word “tattoo” came to me.  I asked her about it and she was surprised and admitted that she had a tattoo on her inner left thigh.  It was a Navy custom and the tattoo was a rose with long stem and three leaves with some words I don’t remember.

I called my wife and she put her hands on the tattoo (outside the woman’s jeans) and the demon exploded.  The woman screamed, jumped up, spat on my face, and tried to tear my shirt and scratch my face.  It took six men to hold her down.  The demon was a vicious one but left after about ten minutes of prayer.  Subsequently, the woman’s physical problems disappeared almost instantly. 

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