Christians and Tattoos…Atheist, Andy Siviter, states:
“And I’m sure none of you Christians would dare defile your body that god gave you with Tattoos? Would you? Oh dear Hell it is then, sorry.”
“You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:28 (NASB)
A Christian response…
A Christian, in the Covenant of Grace through Jesus Christ as Lord, is not condemned to Hell for tattoos nor is a Christian constrained by the Levitical Law which was given specifically to the Children of Israel in the Covenant of Law. Jesus Christ fulfilled both the ceremonial and dietary laws relevant to the Levitical Law; therefore, the Christian is free from The Law as it pertains to righteousness via a works salvation.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 (NASB)
“nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.” Galatians 2:16 (NASB)
Christians and Tattoos…
A Christian should not mark their body, not because of The Law of Moses given specifically to the Children of Israel, but because tattoos carry with them a stigma that causes others to stumble; that is, tattoos are readily identified as objective evidence of one’s compromise with the World i.e. sin. Though the Christian does NOT sin when they receive a tattoo, they do give cause to stumble (a poor example) and this is not edifying nor holy…a very poor example for those who are dying in sin without Jesus Christ as Lord and therefore look to the Christian and said Christian’s conduct as evidence of God’s holiness via obedience and purity.
Just as it is not forbidden for the Christian to consume alcoholic beverages in moderation, there is a societal stigma surrounding the consumption of alcohol that identifies one as being a servant of the World and not a faithful servant of God; therefore, it is wise and prudent that the Christian not tattoo their body or consume alcohol as to NOT place a stumbling block in the path of a fellow Christian or anyone who might look upon that individual as a Christian yet see their compromising conduct as a contradiction concerning holiness and obedience to our Lord.
The Christian is under grace through faith in Jesus Christ and NOT under Law but our freedom in Christ is NOT liberty to willfully sin against God’s moral law written upon our heart and this grace/freedom in Christ carries with it the responsibility to live in obedience to the indwelling Holy Spirit and we are to be sensitive to His leading, wisdom and discernment in all things. Christians are to be Holy because God is Holy and the Christian is His representative to a lost and dying World. (1 Peter 1:16)
Rickey D. Holtsclaw
Also see: In the Beginning God – Why? https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/