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Will getting tattoos keep people out of the kingdom?


Pr. Doug Bachelor

(Bible Answers Live, - radio program)

Caller: My question is in regards to tattoos. You know you see so many people with tattoos these days, and I do remember, but I can’t remember which book it is in the Bible that the Lord says for us not to put any tattoos on our body.

Pastor Doug: Leviticus 19.

Caller: Ok. And I wondered how is that going affect us, those persons that are doing it, to getting into the Kingdom of Heaven?

Pastor Doug: Well, there are a lot of people who have come to the Lord after they had tattoos; and then of course even people who, while they were Christians, made the mistake of backsliding for whatever reason and getting tattoos.

I don’t think that – you know obviously, it’s something you can repent of in your heart but you can’t easily take off your body. But, what did I say? Leviticus 19:28. It says; ‘You’ll not make any cuttings in your flesh or marks on you, for I am the Lord.’ Some versions render that tattoos; so everyone out there will have that verse.

Yeah, because our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit; and it says, ‘If anyone defiles the temple of God, him will God destroy; for the temple of God is Holy, which temple you are.’

Now that doesn’t mean a person, if they get a tattoo, can’t repent and won’t be forgiven. Nowhere does it say tattoos are the unpardonable sin. So was that what you’re wondering?

Caller: That’s exactly what I was wondering. I wondered if it would affect getting into the Kingdom of Heaven, if there was something that would –

Pastor Doug: Well it can hurt their witness. Let me give you an example. I lead a person to the Lord who was in prison and he was part of the Arian group in prison. You know what they are.

Caller: Right.

Pastor Doug: They hate the Jews and the Blacks and they believe in Nazism. And he had like a Swastika tattooed on him.

After he gave his heart to the Lord, that sure didn’t help his influence. And I know another young man – he had half his face tattooed. Then you repent. You give your heart to the Lord; but you know, people are still going to judge you by your appearance for years to come.