Does the Bible permit Christians to mark their bodies?

Justin Bieber’s pastor says the Old Testament scriptures that condemn tattoos no longer apply after the death of Jesus Christ.

People have always wanted to know what the Bible says and if believers are really allowed to ‘mark their bodies.’

This issue is rarely discussed until now. Hillsong New York City Pastor Carl Lentz has just revealed his opinion on tattoos.

Justin Bieber’s Pastor says there is nothing wrong with tattoos?

Lentz, who happens to be Justin Bieber’s pastor, says Old Testament scriptures that are usually used to condemn tattoos no longer apply after the death of Jesus Christ.

During a recent interview with World Religion News, he shared his thoughts while revealing that he is often criticised by Christians because of his own tattoos.

He explains his stance as he refers to Leviticus 19:28, a common Bible verse used to condemn tattoos. It says: “Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD.”

According to Pastor Lentz, “Biblical interpretation is huge right. So with tattoos not being allowed you mean Leviticus. We play both sides of the coin I think that is healthy. Like this paradox of scripture, interpretation is actually is part of our faith, the tension of it.

“So, on one hand, we say that is the Old Testament scripture, there is no New Testament verification of that. That law that had to do with slaves, that identified you as part of a tribe we don’t believe that came through the cross.

“We don’t believe that when Jesus died and rose again that old Levitical scripture applied to our modern life. That is ridiculous. At the same time, there are some things we do believe follow through on the cross."

“So, the way we break down we would literally put up the Old Testament and then put a cross in the middle and then we put up the New Testament and we say anything that comes through the cross is eternal. Anything that stops is Old Testament.

“Honoring your wife as God honours his church that comes through the cross. So that is our scope for all Scripture interpretation. If it died on the cross then it needs to die in our theology.

“Tattoos are a no-brainer. Are you kidding me? Jesus was pretty clear in every detail. Whether it is diet, whether its image, whether it’s qualification, that stuff died on the cross.”

Pastor Lentz’s last words on tattoos

The 39-year-old minister concluded by saying, “If I don’t believe these tattoos devalues the temple that is the Holy Spirit, my body, I am doing it.

“I do then I don’t, but I am not going to turn my conviction necessarily into theology or doctrine.”

His stance is not so strange when you consider how his church operates.

In 2014, he revealed that his church takes people just they are. In his words, “In church, people treat you like you have to change or else. Our approach is, ‘We love you, nothing else.’”

What does the Bible actually say about tattoos?

Leviticus 19:28 is commonly associated with tattoos. Many pastors, churches and Christians take it to mean that God does not approve of body art.

However, it is important to note that the Bible does not say anything clear and direct about tattoos hence the confusion.

Still, there are scriptures that tell Christians how God wants them to treat their bodies. One of them is 1 Corinthians 3:17, which says, “If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.”

Some might argue that their tattoos are good because they are Bible verses that glorify God’s name.

Deuteronomy 12:4 offers the perfect answer to this argument. It says, “Do not worship the LORD your Godin the way these pagan peoples worship their gods.”

Leviticus 20:23 adds, “You must not live according to the customs of the nations I am going to drive out before you. Because they did all these things, I abhorred them.”

Ultimately, until God expressly tells you that tattoos are bad, no one may never know the right answer. However, it is important to pray about it, especially your motives and see what God tells you.

Consider it properly and ask yourself if it's really worth. (See Luke 14:28)

What do you think about tattoos?

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