• 6 Chapter Citations
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• 6 Support Sources
- Richard Ing Spiritual Warfare (1996)
- Paul Chappell Should a Christian Get a Tattoo? (2008)
- Robert J. Cameron Tattoos Are Forbidden (September 17, 2006)
- Kevin Swanson Christian Pastors Get Tattoos (September 12, 2016)
- Joe Sheppard Re-INK-arnation! Thousands of Buddhists Get Their Tattoos Redrawn... (March 7, 2017)
- Robert Clancy (YouTube) Deliverance Prayer From Tattoo & Body Incursion (May 10, 2017)
- Scripture Forbids Cutting One's Flesh (i.e. Tattooing)
...(26)Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times. (27)Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. (28)Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
(29)Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness. (30)Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. (31)Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God...
...(5)They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh. (6)They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God: for the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy.
(7)They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he is holy unto his God. (8)Thou shalt sanctify him therefore; for he offereth the bread of thy God: he shall be holy unto thee: for I the LORD, which sanctify you, am holy. (9)And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire...
...(1)Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead. (2)For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth...
I Kings 18:20-29
...(20)So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
(21)And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. (22)Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men. (23)Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: (24)And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
(25)And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. (26)And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
(27)And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. (28)And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
(29)And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded...
- A Believer's Body is the Temple of God
I Corinthians 3:16-20
...(16)Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (17)If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (18)Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. (19)For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. (20)And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain...
I Corinthians 6:15-20
...(15)Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. (16)What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. (17)But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
(18)Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (19)What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
(20)For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's...
Ing, Richard (1996). Spiritual Warfare (p. 84-85). Whitaker House.
Leviticus 19:28 says, "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord." Body tattoos can brings curses. Tattooing involves the insertion of fine needles and the placing of dye into the punctures in order to form a pattern. One female Marine followed Navy traditions of obtaining a tattoo and vowing to "raise hell". Demons tormented this young woman day and night. She saw shadows and felt things grabbing her and carrying her while she slept. When the young woman renounced the tattoo and asked God to close all gates, the demons responded by attempting to scratch my eyes out. They screamed obscenities and spat at me. It took six people to hold her down, but the demons fled after a few moments.
Sorcerers often pass on their powers or demons through a tattoo on the body of a disciple or descendant. Small wonder that God forbade the Israelites to mark their bodies in such a fashion.
Women sometimes ask me about cosmetic tattooing where lip color and eye shadow are tattooed in permanently. I don't know the answer to that one, although it would seem that once you know that the Bible warns about disfiguring your body or placing marks on it, marking your body for cosmetic purposes would be sinful. If you are unsure and do it anyway, it is without faith and any cosmetic purposes would be sinful. If you are unsure and do it anyway, it is without faith and anything done without faith is sin. "And he that doubteth is damned...for whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Rom. 14:23).
Chappell, Paul (2008). Should a Christian Get a Tattoo? (p.19-20). Striving Together Publications.
Chapter 2: THE PRINCIPLE OF SEPARATION
NOT CONFORMED TO THE WORLD'S PHILOSOPHY
When a new trend comes into our culture, we should ask, "What is its origin?" In order for us to know whether tattoos are right or wrong, we must first find out whose philosophy they come from. Are they part of God's practices, or do they have a worldly context? If they come from a worldly philosophy of living, then we as Christians ought to abstain from them.
I think it is wise for you to search out where each style, fad, or trend originated. Having this understanding of origins will help you determine whether God or the world influenced the trend...
...In answer to our question of the tattoo's origination, a Christian author writes, "There was a time when markings on the skin were only made by the primitive and heathen tribes, or by sailors who had traveled to their countries and brought these customs back with them. Body piercings were traditionally done only by primitive tribes who didn't know the God of Israel. However it is indeed a sign of the times over the last few decades, body piercings and tattoos, which are reminiscent of the unregenerate pagan nations, have become very popular in Christian countries: (Tony Warren, http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/faq/christians_and_tattoos.shtml).
If you research the history of tattoos, you will find that barbaric nations, criminals, heathens, and godless people turned to the practice of marking their bodies for idol worshipping, witchcraft, and many other reasons. Therefore, the origination of tattoos is godless.
Anytime you begin questioning something the world does, and you ask yourself what is so wrong with it? read 1 John 2. This chapter will provide you with plenty of answers. To give you a glimpse, 1 John 2:15-17 says, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." The world's philosophies are anti-God, and we cannot abide by both worldly and heavenly philosophies--we should not want to! We are to love God alone and not the world...
Sheppard, Joe (March 7, 2017). Re-INK-arnation! Thousands of Buddhists Get Their Tattoos Redrawn By Monks At Sacred Spiritual Festival dailymail.co.uk
Devoted Buddhists entered feverish trances as they recharged the 'magical protection' of their sacred tattoos last week in Thailand.
They were taking part in a spiritual festival, held every March, where monks tattoo thousands of pilgrims at Wat Bang Phra, a large Buddhist temple near Bangkok.
The body art is believed to contain supernatural powers that ward off bad luck and protect wearers from harm.
But the tattoos must be redrawn every year to maintain their magic.
Many pilgrims at the festival found themselves overcome by the power of the ink and entered a trance known as Khong Khuen - magical force rising.
They became possessed and took on the characteristics of their tattoos. Some sprinted through crowds of cross-legged believers in attempts to storm the temple's stage, only to be met by a wall of guards who held them back...
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- Robert Clancy (YouTube) Deliverance Prayer From Tattoo & Body Incursion (May 10, 2017)