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
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