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Joyce Meyer on TattoosJoyce Meyer

"Abstain from all appearance of evil." 1 Thessalonians 5:22
Christian celebrity, author, teacher, speaker, Joyce Meyer has recently stated that she is considering getting a tattoo, and, that there is nothing in the Bible to say that one shouldn't get a tattoo.
Meyer quoted Isaiah 44:5 in defense of getting permanent markings. The scripture says, "One will say, I am the Lord's; and another will call himself by the name of Jacob; and another will write [even brand or tattoo] upon his hand, I am the Lord's, and surname himself by the [honorable] name of Israel."
From the article here.

Isaiah 44:5

Joyce Meyer quotes Isaiah 44:5 to say that people in the Bible would inscribe on their hands tattoos.

 Isaiah 44:5 - "One shall say, I am the LORD'S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel."
In Isaiah 44:5, the scripture is saying that one shall SUBSCRIBE with his hand unto the LORD, 'One shall say, I am the LORD'S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel.'

When one subscribes to something, one does it with their hand.  One for instance, subscribes to a magazine, or one subsribes to a charity, or, one subscribes perhaps to a political party, or, one subscribes to a cause.  It is a SUBscription, not an INscription!

In the Scripture, in the Biblical sense, we are SUBscribing to the LORD.

Mrs Joyce Meyer, as a so called teacher, is horribly misinformed and being misleading.

What's wrong with tattoos?

What's right with them?!!  Tattoos are associated with fornication, partying, booze, clubs, gangs, savages, indecency, rebellion, rock and heavy metal music.  There is nothing about tattoos that are good.  Regardless of the arguments of whether avoiding them forms part of the Old Testament Law, where the Isrealites were commanded to avoid tattoos, the fact remains that, whether it is a legal law or not, it is a moral law, that they are of the appearance of evil, and God's moral laws do not change.

As we are told in the New Testament,

"Abstain from all appearance of evil." 1 Thessalonians 5:22

What about Meyer's heart?

Perhaps in Meyer's heart, she feels she is doing a good thing, that it is innocent, and for innocent reasons.  Let's check to see what she says,

'During a recent conference, Christian speaker Joyce Meyer made a biblical case for getting tattoos and admitted she has been thinking of getting one herself just to shut the mouths of religious people.'
"I'm right on the verge of going and getting a tattoo," (Joyce Meyer) added, pointing to her shoulder blade. "I thought I might as well just push all the religious people right off the cliff and just get it over with."

Who are these religious people that Joyce Meyer refers to?  The people who want to live Holy lives, saved believers, wanting to live in service of the Lord?  Why would she want to 'shut the mouths' of people who proclaim that we should live right for the Lord?  Folks, this isn't a good heart.  I am not saying that Joyce Meyer is a bad person, because we are all guilty sinners, saved by believing on the Lord's sacrifice on the cross for us, how He, without sin, died on the cross, was buried, and bodily rose three days later, and through accepting our guilt as sinners, and believing on the Lord's sacrifice for us, we are all saved, but, to 'shut up the mouths of religious people', that's, people who want to abide in the Scriptures, to be saved and then live right for the Lord, is not a good reason, but a sinful reason.  It is the sin of rebellion, and, as she admits, it comes from a rebellious heart, 'and admitted she has been thinking of getting one herself just to shut the mouths of religious people.'.

A teacher should not be teaching people to rebel against the very Person they claim to represent, which is Jesus, and the teaching of His Holy Bible.

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.” Leviticus 19:28

Leviticus 19:28 refers to a list of requirements, given by the Lord, in the Old Testament, to the Israelites, of which one is to not make any cuttings in their flesh, or print any marks (ie, tattoos).  It is true, now that Jesus has sacrificed Himself for our sins on the cross, and, by believing in His sacrifice and His resurrection, that we're saved by grace through faith, and it is not of works, and, that we are free from the Law.  However, one must consider why the Lord required Israelites to not have tattoos.

As well as the commandment to abstain from tattoos, in Leviticus, there are also commandments against certain types of styles of hair, or certain ways of styling one's beard.  The requirement of these things, is to show that one is separate from the world.  In the Old Testament, the heathen world, with its heathen priests and people, with their worshipping other gods, would mark themselves with tattoos, cut themselves, and fashion their grooming in certain ways.  As a separate people, God's people, the Israelites were to be separate from the heathen in both worship and appearance.

So it is in the New Testament, we're saved by faith, and we're free from the Law, but, God still expects us as His people to live right in this world.  To represent Him as His children in the world, to carry the Gospel to others, to have a good testimony, to build up rewards in Heaven, and to abstain from the appearance of evil, as we are instructed to in the New Testament, "Abstain from all appearance of evil." - 1 Thessalonians 5:22.

To say that tattoos are still sinful, is not about being a fuddy duddy, or a kill joy, it's about maintaing God's commandments, His moral law, to be separate from the world, that is, to abstain from all appearances of evil.

Given that tattoos are associated with drunkeness, infidelity, fornication, adultery, gangs, crime, prostitution, rebellion, and so forth, it is not something that we as Christians should be engaging in, or encouraging other believers to engage in.

We are also told as Christians to come out of the world.  Engaging in tattoos, which represent the carnal nature of the world, is not being separate from the world, but it is being a part of the world, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” - 2 Corinthians 6:17

As born again Christians, we should all desire a relationship with the Lord, to be 'separate', to 'come out from among them', (2 Corinthians 6:17), to abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22), and be received in fellowship with the Lord.

No one is perfect

I am not perfect, and no one is.  We are all sinners saved by grace, of which, as the Apostle Paul says, 'This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.' - 1 Timothy 1:15.  I myself am the chief of sinners, just like everyone else, but, it's wrong to refer to sin as not being sin, to refer to sin as being something else, to say it's OK, like Joyce Meyer is doing, with tattoos. 

Sin is sin, we have to be realistic about what we do, who we are, how we're living, to be convicted under the Holy Spirit, and try to live right.  There's no point in calling sin as something else, to try to rationalize it or justify our rebellious hearts and sin nature to ourselves or others, as Proverbs 24:16 says, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”  When we are aware of our sin, we can at least try to overcome it, and to confess our sin to the Lord, but to deny our sin, the things that we are doing wrong, to either justify ourself to ourself, to justify ourself to others, to try to appear 'hip' and 'cool' to the world by compromising our standards, the standards of God, we are then at risk of serving the world, and not the Lord.

A teacher, a shepherd should not be leading people into sin, leading them astray, like Joyce Meyer is doing, but tending to, and looking after the Lords flock.  Instead, a teacher should be showing people how to get saved, and then helping people have a relationship with God by following His will for us.

Will having a tattoo really change your life?

We're instructed in the New Testament to abstain from all appearances of evil (and tattoos are associated with evil - drugs, alcohol, infidelity, criminal gangs and so forth).  We are instructed to be separate, to come out of the world (tattoos are worldly).

I ask, apart from trying to be 'cool', rebellious (because tattoos are really about rebellion), what will getting a tattoo, regardless of what that tattoo says, do for your life?  Will it really be a good testimony for you? Or is it a way to engage in being dangerous, risky, while still trying to justify it as being OK behavior.  If you are considering getting one, i'd ask you to examine your heart to see if it's something that you really require. 

If you want to say you are a Christian, is a tattoo really an appropriate way to do it?  Even a 'Christian' tattoo? (hint - there's no such thing!)  If one wishes to confess the Lord in testimony, we can do that with our mouths, our words, and with our lives.  Perhaps if one searches ones heart, and prays to the Lord, remembering the scriptures of abstaining from evil and coming out from the world, perhaps one would come to the conclusion that a tattoo is not really a requirement, and, that we can do just fine, perhaps even better, without one.

If you have a tattoo

If you already have a tattoo, and you got it after you were saved, perhaps you were misguided, perhaps it was for other reasons, and now you are having second thoughts, pray to the Lord, and confess.  None of us are perfect, and we can make it right with His righteous mercy,

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9.

We all need His mercy, me too.  Glory to God!  Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 












29th March 2018

 

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