Tattoos and Piercing What the Bible says about tattoos and body piercing.
Introduction • Use caution here • The issue is not: • What I like or prefer • What I think about it • My opinion on the matter
Only One Verse in the Bible Leviticus 19:28 – You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.
Stop Here? • This verse forbids tattoos • It also forbids body piercing • Tongue • Navel • Eyebrows • Ears • What about ladies (or men) with pierced ears?
PROBLEM! • Put this verse in the context of the chapter • What else is forbidden in this chapter of the Bible?
Other Prohibitions • V. 19 – Don’t mix livestock – not graze on the same field • V. 19 – Don’t sow mixed seed in a field • V. 19 – Don’t wear clothing of mixed fabric – linen & wool
Other Prohibitions • V. 23 – Fruit from 1st 3 years shall be considered “uncircumcised” – not to be eaten • V. 24 – 4th year all goes to God • V. 24 – 5th year you can eat the fruit
Other Prohibitions • V. 27 – Do not shave around the sides of your head • V. 27 – Don’t disfigure the edges of your beard • V. 31 – Do not pay attention to mediums and familiar spirits
Other Prohibitions • V. 32 – You must rise when a person with gray hair walks into the room • This does not exhaust this chapter • How much do we violate?
Apply Principles • In the NT – the law is given more in principles than in specific rules • Our task is to apply the principles to specific situations
Principles to Apply • Romans 14 – Areas of Christian liberty • We may disagree with the choices other make • We might have a different opinion • These are matters for each individual to decide
Principles to Apply • Influence • Matthew 5:13 – You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
Principles to Apply • Influence • Matthew 5:14 – You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Principles to Apply • Influence • First Impression • Stereotype • General appearance • Dress – Hair – Personality • Conscience
Principles to Apply • Conscience • Romans 14:23 – But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.
Principles to Apply • Conscience • 1 John 3:20-21 – 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater that our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
Conclusions: • We cannot use the passage in Leviticus 19:28 • We must apply the principles of the NT • Influence • First Impression • Conscience