January 13, 2014
Tattoos

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  1. I was just reading this over and over and wondering when you say you think it is the time clock of God that is the restrainer that holds back the antichrist, so could it be it is actually God in how it says “The one who now holds it back,” and also refers to he, in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. Thank you, Love your Ministry and the devotion toward the Jewish people.

  2. I have a large crucifix on my back. My father, his father and his father before him have the same tattoo, it’s a family tradition that goes back to our time in the Royal Navy. Having this crucifix would prevent the wearer from being flogged as this would be deemed to offend Christ. Surely The Lord would not object to this?

  3. I wonder if the mark of Cain was a tattoo?

    In any case, slaves and prostitutes were tattooed back in the day. They still are. Certain tattoos and piercings tell you what that person is willing to do.

  4. I will give a Amen on the tattoos. Against the word of the Lord.
    It shows heathen practice and these 2 words describes it well.God help us today

  5. To finish what i started to write when I was brought in the spirit I saw Jesus and we turn and saw a grert creature and Jesus handed me a bucket of red liquid and he said throw it on the creature and became invisible every where this red liquid hit the bodyof the ceature it had its claws around a human heart and I turned to Jesus and said i need more and he kept filling the bucket until the creature was gone. I than woke up and i ent to the the back of the church where they were praying for a young man and the Lord spoke out of my mouth to the youngman and told him to remove his shirt and he did and tatooed on his chest was this same dragon creature that I threw the blood of Jesus on.So I was shown how he cleanses us.

  6. I have a question for Irvan how come you are having the Jewish people go to your bible college,when the scriptures are clear that the final show down is at Peta and megedo?

  7. I had that same question and the Lord took me into the spirit and he showed that the blood of Jesus covers our sins and when we ask him he does it and as long as she stops adding to her body she is forgiven. So as a believer lve her inspite of her lack of knowledge . Once she asks Jess into her heart all is covered by the blood.

  8. Did not god create all knowledge both good and evil and give man and many of his creations the free choice of deciding which one to follow? This is not to condemn God in no way because we like all God’s creations have the privilege of choice. Final decision is ours not Gods. So Jesus Christ died on the cross and was buried and was resurrected. Jesus said it is done. The Book of Revelation is a warning to many Christians and non-believers who have not fully realized what It is done means. That is why so many parts (chapters) seem to be out of order. John merely wrote after as the information was presented to him and as we know, God can be cryptic at times, because of our inabilities at the time or His plan for the future. Or just maybe, the future and present exist concurrently and we are just not aware of it. Could explain how God knows the future before it happens. Well enough, my question is still: what didn’t Jesus Christ accomplish at the cross?

  9. Well, I’ve told all of my kids about scripture and tattoos and that it’s all about glorifying oneself and not God. Look at me, right?
    Now, my very christian son called me one day and said dad, I finally got a tattoo. My heart and jaw dropped as I new, he new better. He was a big kid. Played college football, so he’s seen all the tattoos on all the guys on the team. When I got home he asked me if I wanted to see it. I said not really… and then he lifted his shirt off and to my surprise it was a cross tattooed over his heart. I was at a loss for words…

    • One thing certain is that God does not and will not change and so is His words in the face of man’s failures and unfaithfulness, 2Tim 2:13. Once the word of God has made it explicitly clear that believers should not cut their skins or tattoo their skins, Lev 29:28: it behoves us as God’s children to Obey and work by His words without asking questions because to do so is to doubt and to doubt is to err. Now the tattoo of cross on his body you may be quick to conclude portrays his faith and showcases him as the worshiper of the christian God. But here you err also because the cross is not a sign of the Christian God, even if it is. Besides the word of God says in Exodus 20:4 ‘You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below’. By tattooing a cross over his chest your son has unwittingly made an idol for himself. One error leading to another grievous error. Please do know that it is blessed to follow God in simple obedience for this gives beauty to our relationship with him. For God who cannot liar and cannot change will not change His word to suit our ways. For in this many have erred.

    • Keith……scripture states not to cut or tattoo our bodies for the DEAD. One thing that I find so difficult with Christians today is that they read one part of scripter, without knowing what the scripter is really even talking about. During that time they were operation under Sundry Laws….Also back then people worshiped a lot of idols and that’s why they would cut and tattoo themselves. So by your son getting a cross tattoo who does that tell you he worships?? None other then the one true living God…..right?? I have a tattoo of something the Lord whispered to me. It is written in Hebrew and it says “you shall be called victory”. It reminds me everyday that through Christ I am victorious!

  10. My name Joan Lopez. I am part of life group. We are discussion of book Isaiah on chapter 7 about prophecy Emanuel , child born from virgin. Can you explain to me if there any possibility of double prophecy. Than maybe King or Isaiah could have child with that name in there time and then years later the fulfillment of Emanuel from virgin. I am very confuse with that double prophecy. My understanding is that prophecy of hope that a virgin will give birth to son and call him Emanuel (God within us) our redeemer. If you can clarify this with facts so I can take it to my group on Wednesday and clear up any doubt. Thank you. God bless you.
    Joan Lopez

    • The prophecy speaks of one being born of a virgin who would be God with us. Jesus was the fulfillment of that prophecy according to Matthew 1:23. This was not a double prophecy and never in history has another been born of a virgin.

  11. If I work with people outside the church, I do not make an issue of tattoos. God has sent Jesus for those too. When you focus on sin, you can not reach calling, but rather focus on loving God and people, without condemnation.

  12. Just read up on Roman mythology and gods and you will see that tattoos and shaved heads
    are a symbol of cult worship of the dead. Notice in movies of Abraham, Ben Hur, Joseph
    etc that Romans rulers have their head shaved. Many black singers, Rhianna, Kanye and
    Jay Z have cult symbols on their albums and on their clothes when they appear on TV or in
    a concert. The closing of the Olympics in China was loaded with cult symbols. Even the
    Grammy awards had many cult symbols. This is going to be a major impact on kids in the
    next 5 yrs.

  13. We are to repent and put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ, right? Repent means to turn from sin. Which means we are to stop sinning every chance we can, and certainly the sins that we can control. Lev, 19:28, God makes very clear that He does not want markings on your body. For the dead or otherwise. No tattoos. So, why are people justifying sin when God says don’t do it. Yes, the Leviticle law is Old testament, but so are all the laws, including the 10 Commandments. Do we just throw away the Ten Commandments, and go commit adultery and murder any time we want? Go lie and steal and dishonor our parents just because it is Old Testament? OF course not, so quit using Old Testament as a reason to justify your sin. If God hates it, then don’t it. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and He still does not want you marking up the Temple of The Holy Spirit. If God wanted you to look different on the outside, then He would have given you different parents. Now, please stop being the like the world and justifying your sin. Be more like God, remember, Be holy, because I am holy. God bless

    • I just want to say that I’ve got 7! Tattoos and I’m looking to be forgiven and to be closer to god!! I always have!!! Always and hearing this just makes it seem like I have no chance at all at having a relationship with god….. It makes me sick to think you are a Christian and you as well don’t follow what Jesus says, Jesus says come as you are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So if I’ve sinned by getting the tattoos I have then I’m done for and I’m just filth???? Maybe you should look into being more supportive of “us” people who have tattoos…. Maybe we did it and didn’t have knowledge of how it was unexceptable!!!! I’m married now and I’m very happy and I pray to god everyday and thank him for what he has blessed me with and the lessons he’s given me! My life is much different from what it used to be, I don’t have any evil markings on my body just simple tattoos and this just killed my hopes at trying to bring me and my family closer to god. This is why I’m in fear to go to church is because of people like you. This is so wrong! I now know what the bible says about tattoos and I feel a great deal of regret ever marking my body!

  14. Our body is the temple of God. We are not our own. We have been bought with a price. God dosn’t want “Graffiti” on his temple. If thy eye offend the then pluck it out. It is far better to enter Heaven with one eye. Irvin is right and the Scripture are clear.

  15. Boy! This one has certainly stirred up a hornet’s nest! We are in the age (dispensation) of Grace. We have three ways to look at this issue. First is through the eyes of the “legalism”. Second through the eyes of “freedom from the law” — we are not a theocracy and we are not a Jewish nation. The third is from knowledge of the Word of God and something most Christians lack– Common Sense.

    First of all, remember that God looks at the heart and man the outward appearances. So, there is no obvious sin issue here. Ask yourself, will this tattoo help or hinder your witness for Christ?

    For the sake of not offending “ignorant brethern” and making no statement that could take “center stage” to your wittness, I would recommend not getting one. If you already have one, no “big deal”. God can use you to bring the Gospel to the unbeliever who does have tattoos.

    • you are on the way and still learning…we are free from the curse of the low but we should be dead to sin as Christians

      • I disagree tattoos are awesome im getting 2 one of an urple cross and the other is my 19 yr old girl who is wwe diva eva marie jesus wont condem me for it im 37 and know april 29 is not the final 7yrs also

    • Thank you. We work outside the church with people scarred by sin and I do not notice the tattoos. I notice the need people have for love. I have no marking on my body, but I know a lot of Christians with hidden tattoos. Fleshly christians should rather focus on Christ than on the mistakes of the world. X

    • Tattoos and shavings were forbidden in Lev 19 & 21 for servants of God. God has and
      always will be against any sign of cultism which these two come from Roman cultism.
      This is just another sign of the times as the Grammys were loaded with cult signs and
      so was the closing of the Olympics in China. If they are there before salvation that cannot
      be changed but it will hinder witnessing as I have seen in my 83 yrs.

  16. If we study Lev 19:28 in its context we can see it is talking about the practice of markings used as to identify with a pagan deity or practice. Two verse above that it states you can’t eat meat with blood in it? Does that mean we can’t eat steak cooked rare anymore? But this again is talking about meat eating when given for sacrifices for sin, not a steak at Outback Steak House…The verse below that commands that men not cut the locks of their hair nor even trim their beards…Does that mean all “Christians” have to have long hair and beards now? No..this also was referring to a custom that the pagans had of identifying themselves with a certain god they worshipped. Is a pastor or a Christian who had his girlfriend name or “Mother” tattooed on his arm 40 years ago while in the Navy any less saved? I think not. Not unless his girlfriend or mother was a “god.” Are some tattoos in today society satanic, weird or not Christ like? Sure…But so is Gluttony and many other things Christians do…Than Jesus., Yeshua the Lamb of God for the BLOOD….scripture has to be kept in its context and time…if not “come up here” will start a false rapture doctrine? Oh…Sorry about 200 years to late on that one…

  17. “most people don’t even know what sin is anymore” is very true! God is the same yesterday , today and forever! the ways of THIS world are not God’s ways. I am not judging but if we want to make it into the kingdom we need to forget the ways of man and focus on Jesus and his will for us. we are not our own. the road to salvation is narrow Matt 7:13″Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14″For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. God bless you

    • In all love, I say that if our salvation is determined by any thing else than belief in Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection, we most assuredly missed it.
      The “road” is what leads to life. Yes eternal life is included in salvation, but the life is for here…on earth. For health, provision, and protection were all bought by Jesus at the cross, but many will not receive it; either of ignorance, or unbelief. John 10, says that Jesus gave us life and in abundance.

  18. I’ll be willing to bet that Mr Baxter has worn clothing made of two materials and has cut the sides of his hair. If so, Who is he to tell someone that tattos are against scripture?

  19. I can’t believe you didn’t explain why God was against tattoos back then in which has nothing to do with why people use tattoos today. Some cultures like the Fiji people still use tattoos to respect their heathen gods like they did in the Old Testament. Very disappointed with your lack of knowledge of the history and why God said that.

  20. I have tattoos, and I really don’t think that God is going to condemn me for it. I had them before I understood who He was and what Jesus did for us all…and I know that I’m forgiven, for He knows my heart, and my Love for Him… and my love for art…and where I put it, be it on canvas, paper, wood, or my skin.
    He also told the not to eat pork in the old testament, I have no idea why, maybe because of health reasons? Tattoos have been around before the Bible was written, and I’m sure that God did not condemn those people…for there are far too many other more serious actions that can land you in hell, like the most heinous one is to turn your face away from God, and deny Him, and to worship idols…
    To many people tattooing is a form of art, and a statement of a certain event in their lives…and there are some beautiful pieces of art on the body…BUT…. there is another side to tattooing that I do object to which is the subject matter of the tattoos…devils, skulls, death scenes, and any violent, or sexual innuendo’s that are put on the skin is definitely WRONG! and this practice I am sure is what is a sin in God’s eyes…what a shame that people are stupid enough to think by putting a picture of something evil is cool..this is what I believe gives tattoo’s a bad name…I feel that when Jesus comes, and those that have tattoos, if He doesn’t want them on the skin, they will be erased…and that’s just fine with me…I leave it up to His judgement when He arrives…

    • Just because Jesus fulfilled the law or instructions as the word for law really means in hebrew doesn’t mean the scriptures of the old testament aren’t “real”. The writers of the new testament quoted old testament to instruct on grace.

  21. The instructions are still Holy to God. A lot of Gods instructions are to keep us safe. There wouldn’t be s.t.d.’s if the law was followed. The dietary laws (instructions) also were for health reasons too. God still lets us have choices but it is still our responsibility to let people know with love God’s preferences are (my people die for lack of knowledge). You run the risk of hepatitis C when you get tatoos or piercings. We are to seperate ourselves from the world. Thanks be to God for His mercy and grace for us! To love us and to forgive us and to restore us!!

    • Mary where does the bible say that we are to separate ourselves from the world ? I am very glad that Jesus didn’t do life like that. The Son of Man[aka Jesus] came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.”‘ (Matthew 11:19) I think the real question a Christian should be asking him/herself was, when was the last time I was accused of something Jesus was accused of. Since we are called to be IN the world, but not of it.

      • God said to be Holy, because I am holy. Which means we are to be separated from the world when they sin. We are not to partake in the heathenish sin, but to be holy as God is. Yes, Jesus went and preached to the lost and sinners, but He did not sin, and did not allow the name of God to blasphemed. He taught who God was, but did not sin. Even sinners loved Him, why? Because he spent time with them and did not condemn. He did not sin, and He taught, but He did not condemn. We are to assemble ourselves together with like minded people, not with the world. Too many people do what the world does and don’t even realize that they are sinning. Well, everybody else is doing it, why can’t we, because they are the heathens trying to get us to sin. We are to be leaders with Christ, not followers of the world of sinners.

  22. Once we engage in discussing what God said, then we sound like the conversation between Eve and the serpent in the garden of Eden “….Did God say….” Gen 3.1++. And the consequences of that conversation still live with us. We need caution and discernment from God

  23. I saw a sign at a booth that said “ears periced while you wait”. My question, how else can you do it? Do you “drop the ears off and come back later?
    Does outward adornment make you more attractive?
    After you get a tat, do you look at it and say “ok, now I look perfect.
    Being right with the Lord on the inside, will let you accept yourself on the outside.

  24. why is everyone so focused on law, we aren’t under the law!! we have been forgiven every sin through the future not even committed yet! and gentiles never were under the Law….mixing law and grace is what Jesus spoke about in being hot or cold…you cant put old testament law in new covenant wine skins…Jesus came and He is greater than what Adam did making us sinners, Jesus came and redeemed future sins not even committed yet other wise He couldn’t have risen from the dead. Stop trying to be judge!! Jesus is the only Judge, He came to redeem and we aren’t to think we have to do it for Him..

    • Yes we are saved by grace and faith along through Christ what he has done on the Cross! However, It’s not grace that we can do what ever. It’s obedience! The Law of God is to be Obeyed . Do you even know what the gospel is? The problem with most Christians, they think that the gospel is about Jesus. It’s not about Jesus! In the book of Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the son of God Also he is the Lord of the Sabbath Mark 2:23 Mark 3:4. Also if you love him, you are to keep the Commandments I John 3:21-24 Revelation 14:12. And true prophecy! The church doesn’t teach true prophecy! Revelation 19:10

      • Whoa there! The gospel is the good news of what Jesus has done and is doing, period. Nothing you do without Jesus means anything.

  25. The scriptures also say not to go out and cut a tree and decorate it like the heathen do. Yet many Christians celebrate the Pagan/Catholic holiday of Christmas.
    Jeremiah 10:1-4 When you ask them about it, they claim that was Old Testament. I wouldn’t have another tatoo, however, the one I have, I feel no condemnation about!

  26. I have to agree with some others when practicing the old Mosetic laws. We cannot pick and choose what we observe. Either practice/observe all of it or none. For the most part, those that are intended to be observed is reiterated in the New Testament. That being said, I agree with some others. At one time, most that received tattoos were in the service or behind bars. The drastic tattooing done on the body is a sign of rebellion, I feel. That is JMO. The COI marked their children, both girls and boys, showing they were available for prostitution, according to some historians. The heathen and pagans did the same in rituals and part of their religion of idol worship. Never, before, has tattooing been so prevalent/popular and never before has America been so far away from godly principles. So, is tattooing against the Bible? I cannot say that it is, but when it is done, is it to be accepted by the world and what does it say about your walk with God? If you have a tattoo is it going to send you to hell, absolutely not. Before one gets a tattoo, I would suggest one asks themselves.. Why am I doing it? Is it for His glory or to be like the world? That is my take on tattoos.

  27. Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard. This is Leviticus 19:28, “‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material This is Leviticus 19:19, so I think there is more going on than just simple do’s and don’t. You shall not put any cuttings on your flesh for the dead, or any mark upon you….first of all the scripture says “for the dead” so it may be that they were doing some sort of worship or something of the dead. You can say one of these scriptures is black and white without saying the others are. If that’s the case, you better not wear cotton and polyester, and you better not trim your beard or cut the sides of your hair. Just saying

    • If Mr. Baxter meant what he said, he himself would have uncut hair. Additionally, if his wife has pierced her ears, she is under the same condemnation. JESUS CAME, and saved us from the law. That’s the point of the New Testament.

  28. God doesn’t want robots even though He saw what satan and his demons did when they destroyed the earth. God re-created the world in Genesis with physical beings so they could be destroyed if they didn’t work out. Even the first physical being were given choices as we today. It started out by just deciding between two trees. Today, we are given and are tempted by many more decisions. Knowing that tattoos came from heathens, do we want to model ourselves after them? It’s not a question of sin. Perhaps it is a question of rebellion. Perhaps it is a question of vanity. We know who the original vain rebel was. Do we want model ourselves like him or like Christ? I for one do not want to present myself to Christ as His bride wearing a symbol of the one who caused misery, death, destruction, and suffering throughout the ages. By the way, have you ever seen what a tattoo looks like on an elderly person? If you are lucky and have a tattoo you will find out!

    • You say that tattoos are a matter of rebellion, what about those of us that see them as a form of art. But Im not here to argue about what tattoos mean. You say that because tattoos come from heathens that they are sin. Well, what about bacon, the Bible says that we cant eat bacon because its an unclean animal. Also what about rounding off the edges of your haircut or rounding off the edges of your beard? Leviticus 19:27 reads “You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.” Or how about wearing a shirt of two different kinds of fabric in it like polyester or if your a farmer having two different kinds of crops in your field? Leviticus 19:19 reads, “You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.” Or how about if your a bastard child, you cant even worship in church! Deuteronomy 23:2 reads, “No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the Lord; none of his descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the Lord.” Since these things are in the Bible, are they not a form of rebellion too when we do them? We are Gentiles, we are not Jewish. Paul said that since we are not Jewish, we dont have to follow the Jewish Laws. That is what we have the Holy Spirit for, the Holy Spirit is there to be our guidance when we need to know what is sin and not sin. Its not up to you to tell us what sin is and what isnt.

      • Thank you so much for your reply, I was starting to feel some condemnation for a moment. I have two tattoos I am a born again Christian filled with his Holy Spirit. So thankful for Jesus and his Grace and that we no longer live under the law! I sure would not have looked forward to my death when the time comes! Thank you for helping me understand. God Bless.

      • PRAISE GOD somebody else sees what I’m seeing…. what scripture clearly says! How on earth is everyone missing this? If Mr. Baxter meant what he said, he himself would have uncut hair and beard. Additionally, if his wife has pierced her ears, she is under the same condemnation.

  29. I KNOW A LOT OF OLD TESTAMENT COMMANDMENTS ARE OVER LOOKED AS DIETARY WOMEN BEING UNCLEAN WHEN ON THEIR MONTHLY CYCLE.. THE LIST GOES ON … ONLY GOD KNOWS THE HEART THAT’S WHY HE SAID IN Joel 2:13 “Rend your heart, and not your garments.” Garment-rendering and other outward signs of religious emotion, are easily manifested and are frequently hypocritical; but to feel true repentance is far more difficult, and consequently far less common. Men will attend to the most multiplied and minute ceremonial regulations-for such things are pleasing to the flesh-but true religion is too humbling, too heart-searching, too thorough for the tastes of the carnal men; they prefer something more ostentatious, flimsy, and worldly. Outward observances are temporarily comfortable; eye and ear are pleased; self-conceit is fed, and self-righteousness is puffed up: but they are ultimately delusive, for in the article of death, and at the day of judgment, the soul needs something more substantial than ceremonies and rituals to lean upon. Apart from vital godliness all religion is utterly vain; offered without a sincere heart, every form of worship is a solemn sham and an impudent mockery of the majesty of heaven.

    HEART-RENDING is divinely wrought and solemnly felt. It is a secret grief which is personally experienced, not in mere form, but as a deep, soul-moving work of the Holy Spirit upon the inmost heart of each believer. It is not a matter to be merely talked of and believed in, but keenly and sensitively felt in every living child of the living God. It is powerfully humiliating, and completely sin-purging; but then it is sweetly preparative for those gracious consolations which proud unhumbled spirits are unable to receive; and it is distinctly discriminating, for it belongs to the elect of God, and to them alone.

    The text commands us to rend our hearts, but they are naturally hard as marble: how, then, can this be done? We must take them to Calvary: a dying Saviour’s voice rent the rocks once, and it is as powerful now. O blessed Spirit, let us hear the death-cries of Jesus, and our hearts shall be rent even as men rend their vestures in the day of lamentation.

  30. If you choose to live in the law then please convert to Judaism and do so. If you wish to live in the word please educate yourself with what Jesus taught.

    The law has been fulfilled. There is a new Testament. Please do not quote the old one as the WORD. It is no longer such. If you choose to live by the fulfilled law then you need to stone prostitutes, marry your brother’s widow, and quite a few other things. The law was not like trail mix where you can choose what pieces to eat and leave the rest behind. With the law you were either all in or you lived in constant sin. Yoi cannot be saved by the law, only Jesus the living embodiment of the word can save you.

    I’m pretty sure Jesus nor any of his apostles said a thing about tattoes and if it was truly important he would have said something.

    On a side note I have known quite a few military members in my day. They all had tattoos. I did not realize we are protects by a bunch of “heathens.”. LOL

    • I agree in part. However, the very beginning of the Gospel of John starts out with “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.” Verse 14 states, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.”
      Jesus and his disciples didn’t need to address this issue because while they were teaching their revolutionary ideas, they were living by Old testament principles, such as the “tattoo” principle in Leviticus. Plus, if we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, why indulge in marking up our bodies?
      And I am not saying that if you get inked that you will be eternally lost. However, we have to go by what the Bible does say, and just because God is full of grace and truth, He gave his word to live by. His word says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” That means we should give consideration to every verse before we decide whether to follow or discard it.
      :)

    • Ron, may I offer to you what the word says in Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus said I came not to do away with the law but to fulfill it (walk it out, show you how to live it). If he has fulfilled in order to show us how to live by the law correctly, I would think that we are still under the law and more so since he has set the example. It also states that teaching people not to follow the law will make you least in the Kingdom of Heaven. If it’s in the word of God, it is still valid and must be lived by us in order that we be found righteous. YaHoVaH(God) knows however that we are human and will fall short, that is the purpose for sacrifice Y’Shua(Jesus) made with his life that we may have atonement(forgiveness) for falling short on a daily basis.

    • I agree … the only thing law does is show sin … to obey it doesn’t forgive sin… The only way is through Faith and Grace yes Amazing Grace! Jesus died so we could obtain it… <3

  31. Hello, I have a tattoo of my of son’s name with the day he died and the day he was born on arm.. Am I in trouble??? that scripture says do not get a tattoo of the dead…

  32. I am now 44 years old, and I’m bigger wider and saggier, I was about 15 when I got my home made tattoo, that would be around 1985, or 86..today after having my kids and started a family and settling down, I now have the luxury of looking at my small tattoo’s and be reminded of the hectic life I once lived, I hate it, I’m ashamed of it, I want to cover it up and hide it and don’t want others to see my past..I live with it because there is not much I can do about it now. I try and witnessing about not knowing of the phases and changes we go thru in each step of our lives as we get older..tattoo’s can be a pretty thing, “on paper” not skin, you will start wrinkling up and sagging. thank God for His mercy and grace for those who seek Him with a humble sincere heart and asking for forgiveness. however, the hardest thing to do sometimes, is to forgive yourself, from a past from long ago that likes to show up and haunt you of your mistakes and think how ugly you might be..people does judge by appearance of the outside which does not help those who have took off the old coat and put on the new…Shalom….

    • Our appearances should not be what are judged, because then the people that fake every outward appearance of being a “good Christian” and beat their child at home in secret. Appearances mean nothing. Whats in your heart is what matters, because what is in your heart is what God will Judge on Judgement Day. Also what is in your heart will guide your actions, if your heart is to hurt people, then your will not help people. If what is in your heart is to make as much money as you can no matter what, then you will take money from people no matter what. If what is in your heart is to help people, no matter what the cost to yourself, then you will help people, no matter the cost to yourself. If it is in your heart to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your mind. Then your going to love your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your mind. Its in the heart my friend, not in your appearance.

      • Man cannot judge man , the word of God does ! Because the word says He didn’t come to do away with the law but to fulfill it, then we should still regard it ! We will be judged by the Word of God because it is God! One of the biggest things Anyone should think about when it comes to your Eternal Soul is this ( is what I am wanting to do that is temporal worth taking a chance for in eternity)? We only get one shot at getting this right , lets not gamble with our soul which is Eternal with something that is temporary when we have it written in the Bible! People never argue about math, english, reading or other things written and authored by man but when it comes to the Word of The Lord it seems there are opinions from everywhere! Opinions are just that ,lets follow the Bible as we would a History Book standing in Awe looking toward the future when all these things are fulfilled! Yours in Grace John

  33. People don’t understand that tattooing is a covenant with the devil it about marking on the skin man don’t understand what goes on in the spiritual realm Paul talk about principality and power spiritual wickedness the Israelites said what The Lord said we will do but we alway try to lean on our own understanding Irvin Baxter know what he is saying because God inspired him with knowledge wisdom and understanding in his word to open the blinded eyes who cannot see or hear spiritually. If we are in the world of sin and have tattoo on our body we are under that curse but in Christ you are a new creature in him the blood of Jesus break that curse and cleanse us with is blood .

    • I present to you the same comment I made earlier in a different post on here:

      See, this is something I have been wanting to speak about for some time. So okay it says in the New Testament that we are not Jewish, and that since we are Gentiles that we dont have to follow Jewish Law. (Galatians 2:15-21) So okay since we dont have to follow Jewish Law as Gentiles, how are we to know what is sin and not sin. The HOLY SPIRIT is there to guide us, we have to trust the Holy Spirit to guide us in what is sin and not sin. We are not Jewish, I am not saying that what the Bible says is sin isn’t sin. I am saying that little things like that, like tattoos, or having a beard in the Pentacostal denomination, or women wearing pants instead of dresses, or cutting their hair, or like I saw mentioned a few times above going to church while on your period. What does ANY of that have to do with SALVATION, and the state of your relationship with God. You may say that it’s sin. But from what I can gather from it, is in the beginning during the old Testament, God was trying to make the Jewish people understand that in order for them to be able to have a relationship with Him, they had to understand that must separate themselves from the sinners. That they must understand that to be with Him they couldn’t be like them, and that they had to be without sin. So he took it to an extreme and taught them to be TOTALLY unlike them, and not only that he was also teaching them basic hygiene and how to keep themselves from disease. Like the whole thing about not touching a dead carcass because its unclean. Dead bodies carry diseases, He was teaching His people about not touching things that would make yourself sick, same thing with casting the lepers out of the city. So that way a plague of leprosy wouldn’t destroy the city. So basically God was teaching his people something. Number one: order. He was teaching how to keep order, and limit chaos, how to basically keep themselves in order when so many of the other places that were out there were chaotic. God was right, most of the other places out there were filled with heathens, and God wanted His people to be separated from them. Number two: How to take care of themselves properly, spiritually and physically. Like I said earlier, a lot of the things in the Old Testament Law was how to care for yourself physically and spiritually, like I said in my examples. The way I see the New Testament, is its basically saying: “Okay, your more mature and wiser now. Now let me show you what your supposed to do as a mature Christian.” So in conclusion, I think that the Old Testament is God’s way of telling us that in order to be a new believer in Him, that we need to separate ourselves from sinners. Because in order to be close to Him, we cant be like them. Then when we mature and grow as a Christian, we learn that we have to trust in the Holy Spirit to guide us. That really a lot of those Laws in the Old Testament, are just to show us how much we cant be perfect and that we NEED Jesus to make us clean in the eyes of the Lord. Im not saying that the Old Testament is useless, I am saying it is a tool that God gave us, a tool to show us how far we are from God by ourselves. That we NEED Jesus to bridge that gap between us and God.

  34. Doesnt the bible also forbid going to church while yoy are on your period because it was unclean? Im pretty sure the bible says a lot about the foods you cant eat but those things dont get brought up so why do we pick and choose what parts of the bible we accept.

  35. I agree with Dr Baxter. She needs to first realize,then acknowledge her sin to God and then repent. I’m about to be 32 years old,I have several tattoos because I was ignorant to Gods word. I really would like to go back and change my past. But I see that now it’s my testimony. Praise God I’m alive and I had recently received the Holy Ghost!!!! Jim remember Gods word states that as long as we the parents stand on his word,we are promised our children. As long as you keep praying and fasting for your child,god will draw her unto him.

  36. Can you name some more scriptures? I believe tattoos are wrong, but whenever someone asks my opinion about them, and I mention Leviticus 19:28, they just tell me “that was under the law.”

  37. It saddens me that so many people have fallen prey to Satan’s lies about marking one’s body and body piercing’s. I believe that every tattoo one puts on their bodies is adding another evil spirit and the fight to stand strong in this spirit filled world will weaken them. My daughter has fallen prey to this pagan act along with body piercing and walks a very defiant lifestyle. She left her two young girls and husband to pursue a gay lifestyle and has cut all ties with family and friends. Yes GOD teaches tattoos and piercing are wrong and those that do it will have consequences beyond their imagination…

  38. so breaking the levitical law is sin? then why are you not wearing a beard? it is seriously upsetting how in one moment you fallow the law and get high and mighty about knowing more bible than others, yet you don’t actually know a man is supposed to have a beard. hypocrisy.

  39. I got a tattoo when I was young and had no clue at the time that it was frowned upon by God. Now that I am older and wiser, all I can do is ask for forgiveness. My kids are getting tattoos even though I try to discourage it but they are adults now and make their own decisions. I just wish I could reach them and hope that my youngest will have a better relationship with the Lord and does not let peer pressure get to her like the other two did. I will just keep praying.

    • My two 19& 20 yr old girls have. 10 tats of urple crosses and other stuff also im divorced after 21 years she and i did it due to me not believing in jehovah witness im a baptist and had been saved at 8 yrs old im 37 ans shes 39 i have 4!grandkids. on the way i hate tats

  40. We have several people in our church with tattoo’s. They also brought Rick Warens Purpose Church in. I’m so concerned about the silence of Tattoo’s. Do you have any literature to help them.

  41. I agree with Bro. Baxter, the Christian society has explained and rationalized sin completely out of Christendom. It does matter what we do to our bodies. Our bodies have been bought with the blood of Jesus Christ. Once we repent and submit to water baptizism in the name of Jesus Christ and have received the Holy Ghost, we no longer belong to ourselves. It very much matters what we do to the body. We are the temple of the Holy Ghost. This includes over eating, smoking, excessive alcohol use, anything the flesh desires is against God. If you take offense, then you should pray for enlightenment. Be Blessed

  42. Here is my take on tattoos this is just what I feel God has told me I have many tattoos I got them when I lived in sin now that I am saved I don’t feel God sees them anymore even though we can still see them I even went through a time I wanted to get them covered by flesh tone color I prayed and prayed before I made a move and I got my answer sometimes when you leave things alone it can be used to help bring people to God I have heard so many people talk about being stuff necked they think they are better than sinners I don’t think all christians are that way some are but im a normal person who has sins and scars and people can see them but I am 100% saved now we all have scars some can be seen and some cant

    • When we are saved, Jesus covered all of our sins. When God looks upon us, He sees the Robe of Righteousness. (God can not look upon sin. That is why He turned away from Jesus while on the cross. Jesus was carrying all the sin of the world) so, in other words, God sees Jesus when He looks at us!

      As far as the feeling of quilt every time you look at your tattoos, that is satan. He is the father of lies. He manipulates our minds and steels our joy! Your sin(s) were nailed to the cross! Grace is so amazing!!

  43. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 57. After going through two surgeries and radiation and becoming a survivor, I decided at age 58 to get a pink ribbon tattoo on my ankle. I had it done on the same side that I had the cancer on to celebrate my recovery. I knew of the scripture in Leviticus but just like some of the laws in the Old Testament, when Jesus came everything changed. Some people go to extreme, and some tattoos are vulgar, but I think mine is in good taste and there to remind me and others of how God healed me!

  44. How do you respond to those that say that scripture was for those in that dispensation and that does not apply to our dispensation and there is no mention of it in the Dispensation of the Holy Ghost / Grace. I personally do not have a tattoo nor do I believe that Jesus would get one himself if he lived in our day and age but my question above is the argument given by those christians that have tattoos and I would like to hear your response. Thanks!

    • In Revelation 19:16 a verse says Jesus comes with it written on his garmot and on his thigh: King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Is this in permanent marker? If we are going to abide in the whole bible then we need to abide in EVERYTHING, not just pick and choose what is bad or good. Women aren’t to cut their hair, women aren’t allowed to speak or teach the bible, men aren’t suppose to shave their beards or trim them or shape them. We aren’t suppose to eat pork or anything without scales we are All sinners saved by Grace! I think we should stop judging and start loving!

  45. Every creation comes with a manual from tvs to cell phones, even toys. We are God’s creation and the manual by which we must operate is the Bible, so we are not supposed to be confused but happy when we see a lucid instruction in the bible like the one in Leviticus 19 vs 28

  46. Interesting that you request your daughter to follow that verse, but you do not follow the one right before…
    Leviticus 19:27 “‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.”

    Do you cut or shave your the sides of your head? What will God say about that? I strongly believe he despised hypocrites more than anything, people who blaspheme the holy spirit. God sent his son so that we may have life not death through condemnation. God fulfilled the law so that we may no longer live under its shadow. There is nothing we can do, or not do, that will cause us to earn, or loose God’s love.

    I believe it is a heathen practice to impose the old Levitical law in a post Calvary church.

    Praise GOD for HIS grace! Praise HIM that we do not have to rely on the grace of anyone else.

  47. the bible is also against men having long hair, over eating , and a lot of other things that we do. i have tattoos that i had gotten years ago, now that i am saved by his grace, i really dont want any more, but i do hae some that has lost color and i am going to have the color fixed on them!

  48. the bible says to come from among the world and be ye separate don’t be like the world strive to be like Jesus! he didn’t have tattoos!

  49. Thank you for posting this. I have had several people in the past ask me about why I feel tattoos were wrong. This is very well sad.

  50. These OT scriptures against tattoos are in reference to instructions God was giving the Jews before bringing them out of Egypt. The land in which they were going marked themselves for their pagan gods by cutting, branding and tattooing. These were things that He did not want for His people, marks of false gods on the bodies of His children.

  51. You are right but I have read not sure what Bible translation that the lord has marked us I thought it said tattooed us with his Love. I may have miss interprited it? I got a trible tatooe on my lower back some years ago I have no desire for another. They say it is very prety and I think so too! I cover it and it is just for the one I Love to see. Am I wrong for feeling that way? I Love the Lord so much and I feel even though I have a tatooe that makes know difference to how much he Loves me! When I see ones with tatooes I do think its most of the time unappealing but though we mark ourselves mess ourselves up in life Jesus arms are still open to hold us and and Love us with mud on our face. Thank you Irvin you are amazing we just Love your teachings so much. I met a knew a new friend at a superbowl party. Funny the game was so boring her and I stoled the audience [ which that wasnt hard to do that was the most boring game for us to watch? ] sharing all we learned from your last 4 videos. You made us two girls seem so smart being in the knowing. They asked for your information and are very interested in checking out your videos. I believe the Lord is going to highly use you for these end times. Thank you for adding much life to the party! patty

  52. If we are not longer in the dispensation of Law then why would this hold true for today. I mean, we eat pork, so many of the “rules” back then are not followed. To me, you can’t pick and choose what you obey and not obey. It gets very confusing and frustrating when things are conveniently interpreted or misinterpreted according to pop culture and the whims of man. Thank God, I’ve chosen to work out my OWN salvation with fear ( I don’t want to displease or disappoint God) and trembling (I count on the anointing which breaks every yoke). I don’t do or not do anything according to what a man says. Serial killers twist the Word of God to justify their acts. That double-edged sword needs to be wielded with wisdom but most of all Love.

    • Halelujah! Paul says tha all things are legal for us, but not all edify. But” Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.” Rom 14 All of it comes from faith, we are not under the law now but the Grace.

  53. I have a question I did that so will God forgive it? I lost my momma Sept 2009 then my only brother Jan 2010 my oldest sister Aug 2012 and my daddy June 2013… so I got tattoos for all of them

  54. Everyone who quotes this verse, misquotes it. It specifically says you are not to make any marks upon yourself (cuts, piercings, tattoos, etc) FOR THE DEAD. This whole section of Leviticus tells of funeral and death practices of the Pagans. Of which included tattooing themselves in remembrance of the dead. THAT is specifically what is forbidden, NOT tattoos in general.

    As the Commentary by Matthew Henry tells: The rites and ceremonies by which they expressed their sorrow at their funerals must not be imitated, v. 28. They must not make cuts or prints in their flesh for the dead; for the heathen did so to pacify the infernal deities they dreamt of, and to render them propitious to their deceased friends. Christ by his sufferings has altered the property of death, and made it a true friend to every true Israelite; and now, as there needs nothing to make death propitious to us (for, if God be so, death is so of course), so we sorrow not as those that have no hope. Those whom the God of Israel had set apart for himself must not receive the image and superscription of these dunghill deities.

    Avoid making any such marks upon yourself for the dead and you have obeyed Scripture. Expand that to include other marks and you have stepped beyond what Scripture requires. Which in itself is fine. But doing what Scripture does not forbid, is not sinful unless it falls under something else Scripture forbids.

  55. I agree with you. However, Jesus is fulfilment of all things that were law. His blood covers our sin and replaced law with mercy and grace.

  56. The laws in the old testament were different under the new testament because man was not able to follow them all. I don’t think you can pick and choose. We don’t do animal sacrifices as required but don’t get a tattoo. If you follow the old law, you shouldn’t have your ears pierced and our preachers would wear purple robes. The strictness of the laws were designed to lead people out of pagan worship. I am a 47 year old teacher and child of Christ. I don’t believe my tattoos are going to keep me from heaven.

  57. I have been in the church for almost 10 yrs now I jave many tatoos..I have heard that we need to pray and ask God to detach us from watever spirit is behind them.

  58. What about these weird skin piercings around eyes,in lips,tounge,ear lobes,inside ears,corners of your mouth,over the years it seems to be getting worse,this has to be influenced by some type of Demonic Occult Practices?

  59. Ok i just saw guy that had pointed ,infection from it also horrable. Just do art on walls,papers ,not flesh its very pretty ,but God word says rules to protect us,God is Love,not maint to just restricking,like parents protecting are kids by telling them dint make this mistake,and at times exnored and well find out maybe i need lesson ,save little pain.

  60. I have several tattoos that u did as a younger woman, and I do regret everyone. Now my children are not listening to me I pray that GOD leads them in a different path and let’s them know it is WRONG. GOD bless you Irvin Baxter for putting verses up like this.

    • I agreed. Christians get so lost in religious conversations like this and quote the Old Testament and we wonder why people hate us. I believe Christians are the lost sheep and not the people who are not save. I mean look at the Pharisees, they were religious and claimed to know the law but were more lost than the ones who didn’t know the law.

  61. I agree with the word of God. Christians need to abide in the borders of the bible. Its for safety,and it gives us a standard for living. This anything goes wouldn’t have sat well with the early apostles. Thank God,that now tattoos can be removed. c

  62. The Bible also says…”know ye not that ye are the temple”…I don’t believe that anyone that loves the Lord would put graffiti on the inside or outside of the church building. How much more is the body where in Jesus resides, and desires to show Himself to be strong ?