There is no doubt that we are in the end time when a lots of sinful habit have become permissible to the Church. We are all aware of same sex marriages made in the Church, homosexual and lesbianism etc. now seen as a way of life. The question is what is becoming of the lifestyles of we so called Christian? The world is no more outside the Church but now in the Church. We are not converting unbelievers into the Church but unbelievers are now manifesting the life styles of worldliness in the Church. This why I am writing about tattoo which is now becoming a lifestyle in our Churches and in the life of the so called believers. I am not judgmental but calling on heaven focused believers to wake up and see that we are in the end time.
Are tattoos a sin? Is it a sin to get a tattoo?“ The only Bible verse that specifically mentions tattoos is Leviticus 19:28, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.” With this verse in mind, I want to point out flaws in both sides of the argument. Some who oppose tattoos will point to Leviticus 19:28 and say “case closed, it is a sin to get a tattoo.” The problem with this line of reasoning is that there are many commands in the Old Testament Law, and in the Book of Leviticus especially, that Christians do not obey. For example, the verse immediately prior to Leviticus 19:28 states, “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard” (19:27). If we are going to use Leviticus 19:28 to outlaw tattoos, we should also outlaw everything else that the Old Testament Law forbids. The key point is this – Jesus’ death fulfilled and completed the Law, ending its requirements on us (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:15). Therefore, the law against tattoos is not binding on Christians. As a result of the inapplicability of Leviticus 19:28, some will argue that since the Bible does not speak against tattoos in a New Covenant context, it is acceptable to get tattoos. The problem with this line of reasoning is that there are many things the Bible does not specifically speak against like smoking, male use of earrings, transgender, etc. The Bible being silent on an activity does not necessarily indicate approval of that activity. Some sinful habits were generalised by the Bible as evil practices, unrighteous, ungodliness, appearances of evil etc. Some who approve of Christians getting tattoos will also point to Revelation 19:16 and claim that Jesus has a tattoo, “On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” The text does not say that it will be a tattoo. It could be written by a magic marker for all we know, or it could be a henna (non-permanent) tattoo, or it could be metaphoric/symbolic, not literal. Whatever the case, Revelation 19:16 does not say Jesus has a tattoo. Even if it did, it would not be blanket permission for Christians to get tattoos. The truth is just that we are justifying our self and canal cravings and, none can walk with God without self denial!
So, if arguments from both sides are flawed, what is the answer in regards to tattoos? This issue seems to be primarily a struggle with Christian freedom. It would be so much easier if we just had an exhaustive list of do’s and don’ts. Christian freedom is uncomfortable because it forces us to truly examine our motives. That is why Christians tend to go to one extreme or the other, legalism or licentiousness. Legalism is easier because it provides us with the list of do’s and don’ts. Licentiousness is easier because it focuses on the “freedom” in “Christian freedom” while ignoring the “Christian.”
Perhaps the most applicable verse on the question of whether getting a tattoo is a sin would be Romans 14:23, “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Sometimes, if you have to ask the question of whether something is right or wrong, it is a sign that it is wrong. As Christians, we should never do anything unless we are absolutely convinced that it is right. Further, we should never do something just because someone else says it is right. If you are absolutely convinced that getting a tattoo will be pleasing to God, honoring to God, and an increase in your being a light to the world – I will not stand in your way of getting a tattoo, nor will I claim that you have sinned by getting a tattoo. Ultimately, it is between you and God.
I seriously cannot ever get a tattoo on my body. What value has that to my relationship with God? I am just not convinced that it is right to permanently mark my body with a tattoo. If there is any need for me to advertise the name or the Word of God, i have to do that by my lifestyles, which tattoo negates. there are face caps, hand bands, t-shirts and such like that can be use to ‘tattoo whatever i need to do to the glory of God. We as Christian should not be ignorant the deceptive power of the devil. Our God is a holy God and He will never accommodate anything that is not bringing glory to His Holy name. We must bring to our individual lives the truth that we are at the end time.
Speaking of Christian freedom, 1 Corinthians 6:12 states, “Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial” (see also 1 Corinthians 10:23). Might tattoos be permissible? Maybe. But, I simply do not see how they can be considered beneficial. The first significance reality that comes to your mind once you see any tattoo is worldliness. This is not judgmental but the spiritual because the Holy Spirit will always shows us the truth. Our body is inhabited by the Holy Spirit, what marks our body is important. For me, then, it would be a sin to get a tattoo because there is doubt, not faith (Romans 14:23).