TATTOOS AND BODY MODIFICATIONS

THE BIBLE SAYS…

“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? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

LEVITICUS 19:28
“Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”

DEUTERONOMY 14:1
“Ye [are] the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.”

ROMANS 1:24-25
“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

1 CORINTHIANS 3:17
“If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.”

1 CORINTHIANS 10:23
“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.”

1 TIMOTHY 2:9
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;”

THEREFORE…

WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE WERE CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD: This makes each human being a beautiful and unique individual, created by God for a wonderful purpose.

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:26-27

WE BELIEVE THAT WE WERE CREATED TO BRING GLORY TO GOD IN ALL THAT WE DO: We desire to please our Heavenly Father in what we say and do, including our outward appearance.

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

WE UNDERSTAND THAT GOD REALLY LOVES THE PEOPLE HE CREATED: He highly values every person in the world and, though we have all sinned, He loves us still, and desires what is best for us.

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, AS BELIEVERS, WE BELONG TO JESUS: All that we are. and possess, rightly belongs to Him.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2

WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE LORD IS PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH WHAT IS IN OUR HEARTS: We love the Lord and long to please Him in our hearts.

“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

WE KNOW THAT WE DO NOT NEED TO MAR OR MODIFY OUR BODIES TO FIND ACCEPTANCE WITH HIM: God loves us as we are, and He has a wonderful plan for our lives.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10