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2 WORLDLINESSWORLDLINESSWORLDLINESSWORLDLINESSVs. GODLINESSGODLINESSGODLINESSGODLINESS

3 WORLDLINESSWORLDLINESSWORLDLINESSWORLDLINESS GODLINESSGODLINESSGODLINESSGODLINESS Gambling Modern Dancing Social Drinking SmokingImmodestyHomosexualityPornography Tattoos & Body Piercing

4 WhatAboutTattoos BodyPiercing? & WORLDLINESSWORLDLINESSWORLDLINESSWORLDLINESS

5 Tit. 2:14-15, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and PURIFY UNTO HIMSELF A PECULIAR PEOPLE, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” We Are “A Peculiar People” I Pet. 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, A PECULIAR PEOPLE; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”

6 Tattoos & Body Piercing Rom. 12:1-2, “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. 2 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.” We Are Dead To The World Gal. 6:14, “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom THE WORLD IS CRUCIFIED UNTO ME, and I UNTO THE WORLD.” We Are “A Peculiar People”

7 Tattoos & Body Piercing I Jn. 2:15-17, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF GOD ABIDETH FOR EVER.” Cf. Jas. 4:4 We Are Dead To The World “The Man Who Moves The World, Does Not Allow The World To Move Him.” We Are “A Peculiar People”

8 Tattoos & Body Piercing I Cor. 6:20, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God IN YOUR BODY, and IN YOUR SPIRIT, which ARE GOD’S.” I Thess. 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your WHOLE SPIRIT and SOUL and BODY be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Our Body, Mind, Spirit, And Soul Belongs To God

9 Leviticus 19:28 Tattoos & Body Piercing “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” NASB, “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead, nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD.” Cf. RSV, NRSV NKJV, “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD.” NIV, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.” NIV, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD. ”

10 Leviticus 19:28 Tattoos & Body Piercing “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” “These were called stigmata stigmata among the Greeks, and to these St. Paul refers when he says, I bear about in my body the MARKS (stigmata) of the Lord Jesus; Ga 6:17.” Adam Clarke’s Commentary: It’s A General Custom To Bear Signs On (or Around) The Body To Honour Our Object of Affection (Worship).

11 Leviticus 19:28 Tattoos & Body Piercing “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” Only A Violation Of The New Testament Could Prove That Such Is Not Right We Cannot Use Leviticus 19:28 As Proof Against Tattoos & Body Piercing Therefore, We Must Focus Our Attention On The Gospel Regarding Our Influence (Cf. Mt. 5:13-16; Phil. 2:14-15)

12 Tattoos & Body Piercing Tattoos - Wikipedia Mormonism: “Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often referred to as ‘Latter-day Saints’ or ‘Mormons’) have been advised by their church leaders to not tattoo their bodies.[19] In the Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints it states that the Latter-day Saints accept the Bible to be the word of God[20] Therefore, the church believes that the body is a sacred temple as preached in the New Testament,[21] and that they should keep it clean, inside and out, which the church interprets as forbidding tattoos.” Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[19]Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsBible[20]templeNew Testament[21]Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[19]Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsBible[20]templeNew Testament[21]

13 Tattoos & Body Piercing Tattoos - Wikipedia Islam: “Tattoos are usually considered forbidden in Sunni Islam. According to the book of Sunni traditions, Sahih Bukhari, ‘The Prophet forbade [...] mutilation (or maiming) of bodies.’[22] Sunni Muslims believe tattooing is haraam (i.e. forbidden) because it involves changing the creation of Allah, and because the Prophet cursed the one who does tattoos and the one for whom that is done.[23] There is, however, difference of scholarly Sunni Muslim opinion as to the reason why tattoos are forbidden.[24]” Sunni Islam Sahih Bukhari[22]haraam[23][24] Sunni Islam Sahih Bukhari[22]haraam[23][24]

14 Tattoos & Body Piercing Tattoos - Wikipedia Judaism: “Tattoos are forbidden in Judaism[26] based on the Torah (Leviticus 19:28): ‘You shall not make…”. The prohibition is explained by contemporary rabbis as part of a general prohibition on body modification that does not serve a medical purpose (such as to correct a deformity). Maimonides, a leading 12th century scholar of Jewish law and thought, explains the prohibition against tattoos as a Jewish response to paganism. Since it was common practice for ancient pagan worshipers to tattoo themselves with religious iconography and names of gods, Judaism prohibited tattoos entirely in order to disassociate from other religions.” Judaism[26]TorahLeviticusMaimonidespaganismJudaism[26]TorahLeviticusMaimonidespaganism

15 Tattoos & Body Piercing What Did Paul Say About Our “Liberties” In Christ? Cf. I Cor. 8:9-13, “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak…13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.” Cf. 6:12 Cf. I Cor. 10:31-33, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: 33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” Cf. v. 23

16 But What’s The Initial Thought When Most Folks See People With Tattoos? It’s Only Her Neck It’s Only Her Ankles It’s Only His Hand Tattoos & Body Piercing

17 Are They Not A Cause That Offends? Tattoos & Body Piercing Jesus Taught Us How To Avoid Difficulties: Jn. 10:10 First Impression (Right or Wrong)First Impression (Right or Wrong) –Stereotype (“Tramp Stamp,” Wikipedia) What Do Most Brethren Think? What Do Most of Your Friend’s Parents Think? What Do Most Employers Think?

18 What Percentage of Prison InmatesDo You Suppose Have Tattoos (And Body Piercing)? What Percentage of Prison Inmates Do You Suppose Have Tattoos (And Body Piercing)? What Percentage of Seriously Committed Members of Religious Error Do You Suppose Have Tattoos (And Body Piercing)? Why The Negative Response? Tattoos & Body Piercing What Percentage of Members of The ChurchDo You Suppose Have Tattoos (And Body Piercing)? What Percentage of Members of The Church Do You Suppose Have Tattoos (And Body Piercing)? Are They Not A Cause That Offends? Think Of The Most Godly Man/Woman You Know…

19 Rom. 8:1-14, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit…5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you…14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” The Spirit Vs. The Flesh Tattoos & Body Piercing

20 Gal. 5:14-17, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and THESE ARE CONTRARY the one to the other: SO THAT YE CANNOT DO THE THINGS THAT YE WOULD.” Cf. vv The Spirit Vs. The Flesh Tattoos & Body Piercing

21 Tit. 2:1-8, “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness …teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober…5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you…shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” The Spirit Vs. The Flesh Tattoos & Body Piercing

22 I Pet. 3:3-5, “Whose ADORNING let it NOT be that outward adorning of…or of putting on of apparel; 4 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. 5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands.” The Spirit Vs. The Flesh I Tim. 2:9-10, “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; 10 BUT (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” Cf. Mt. 5:16

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