Tattoos are all over the place, even born again Christians are part of the frenzy. This is not an issue to divide over but a matter of understanding and the application of wisdom.
Lev. 19:28, “‘You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead, nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.”
Rev. 13:16-17, “And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead. 17 and he provides that no one should be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.” See also: Rev. 14:9, 11; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4.
POINT NO. 1
Marking your body with tattoos and redesigning what God has done and made is indirectly saying God did not do a good enough job and thus I will redesign my body in a way that will help explain me. If you are doing this, you might want to look deep into it and see that most people who get tattoos get it for many vain reasons including show off, low self esteem,low self esteem, for SELF, and attention on us. Tattoos are from the devil, tattoos are not the story of our lives but a way to project something we do not have, low self esteem, self, and attention on us.
POINT NO. 2
Whether or not it is a physical mark has been debated, it is clear that we are not to receive that mark. The mark of the beast can be ignorantly received with all the frenzy going on with tattoos. I am also sure that you would have no problem denouncing the Mark of the Beast and saying it is sinful; why can’t you look at tattoos to be the same?
POINT NO. 3
You may argue that because the Leviticus context tells the Israelites not to round off the hair on the side of their heads nor shave the edges of their beards; and because we do it in this day and age then tattoos shouldn’t be a problem; but tattoos are permanent.
POINT NO. 4
Tattooing things on ourselves to project a nonverbal message is a suggestion made by the voice of “pride”, amongst others (think on it).
POINT NO. 5
“Thigh” as seen in Rev 19:16 is symbolic. Consider the mysteries of God, every part of your body is symbolic & is also physically important to God. We already know that Jesus ascended in His glorified body, most Holy, most beautiful – so even if we argued over that, it wouldn’t hold water because His glorified body and our body (carcass) are two different things. Besides God will never ask us to do what He himself has not done or will not do (consider this also). Our body is the temple of the Lord, we ‘re to keep it “Holy”. He already told us not to for a reason…but of course some people interpret or try to make the scripture say what they want it to say so that they can continue in rebellion.
Someone once said: “If we must conclude that tattooing is automatically bad in and of itself, then we must also conclude that shaving off the hair on the side of the head and shaving edges of men’s beards is also equally bad.” However, tattoos are a permanent mark on the body. Now if you can take a moment and apply wisdom to this matter, do you think it is wise to do so?
Yes, We Are Free, Now Don’t Get Back Into Bondage
It is true that we are not required to keep the old testament law but we are also not permitted to abuse grace. My point is, if we can stay away from breaking any of the law for the sake of Holiness even in Christ, though we are in grace, then it is better than to commit all of the sins because we are in grace. Christ is grace but Christ is also the law and the end of the law, even a Holy God.
We have died to the law and because of that, all things are lawful to us.
Rom. 7:1,4, “Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? …4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit for God.”
1 Cor. 6:12, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.”
POINT NO. 6
This is not an issue of legalism but to call our attention to spiritual matters. That we do not live by the law doesn’t mean that when we sin, there are no repercussions. Doing something out of ignorance will not set you free from the repercussions of your actions. Besides, all of the Ten Commandments (except Sabbath-keeping) are referenced in the New Testament as still being valid (Mt. 19:17-19; 1 Cor. 5:11; 6:9; Rev. 13:6).
A Christian is not under obligation to keep the Old Testament command not to get tattooed; but know that there are still spiritual implications and repercussions.
Let me ask a question: Would it be a sin to buy such meat sacrificed to idols in the marketplace and consume it as a Christian? The answer is, it’s not a sin; but there are repercussions. Basically if we live by the Spirit then also walk by the Spirit. If Christ didn’t want you to go somewhere or do something for the sake of your safety, He would call your attention to it. That being said, I don’t believe that Christ would tell you to mark your body when He already said not to do say in the first place. The law hasn’t changed, we just live by grace for Christ is also the end of the law.
1 Cor. 10:25-29, “Eat anything that is sold in the meat market, without asking questions for conscience sake; 26 for the earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains. 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you, and you wish to go, eat anything that is set before you, without asking questions for conscience’ sake. 28 But if anyone should say to you, ‘This is meat sacrificed to idols,’ do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for conscience‘ sake; 29 I mean not your own conscience, but the other man’s; for why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience?”
We need to be wise in the application of our freedom and not cause anyone to stumble because if what you do causes another to stumble, then it is sin. It is wrong.
And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea – Mark 9:42.
Should a Christian get a tattoo?
Tattooing is mentioned in the context of ancient pagan practices (Leviticus 19:28). However, we are not saying tattoos are bad because of pagan practices, but we simply have to apply wisdom.
If you are lead by the Spirit then you are not under the law; now if truly you are lead by the Spirit, you will hear God saying “don’t do it”….for many shall give heed to seducing spirits, telling them it is okay to do so
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 1 Timothy 4
I would never suggest you mark your body permanently and it is not wise to do so either. I personally have a tattoo and I didn’t know the spiritual impact of this until it was revealed. We do not live by the law but by grace, however it is no ground for me to abuse grace. Seriously consider the ramifications of a permanent marking upon the skin — which often includes a social stigma. If all I have said doesn’t convince you, ask in your heart in all honesty – whether marking your body is a good witness and decide for yourself.