Why are so many people getting tattooed today?
#1 — Because that is what movie, music, and sports stars are doing.
and are following their example.
— Why are so many people getting tattooed today?
#2 — Because they are searching for meaning and identity in life.
Many have tried all sorts of body piercings;
and now, tattoos.
“The popularity of tribal tattoos lies in the meaning behind them.”(1)
Many tattoos today are of
“Germanic, Celtic, and other central and northern European tribes were
often heavily tattooed.”(2)
If people in ancient tribes had tattoos, then what happened to the
practice? Why did it stop,
and why is it becoming popular again?
History gives the answer.
“Historically, a decline in traditional tribal tattooing in Europe
occurred with the spread of Christianity.”(2)
As Christianity spread to other lands and cultures, the result was
always the same, because tattooing was held “to be a
“Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, NOR PRINT
ANY MARKS UPON YOU: I am the LORD” (Holy Bible, Leviticus 19:28, KJV).
Tattoos were reintroduced to
Europe when Captain James Cook made three voyages to the South Pacific
from 1766 to 1779.(2)
The sailors came back with tales of
and some came back with tattoos themselves.
Tattooing spread to sea ports around the world.
It also caught on with the ruling class in Europe, and especially
in England, where it was noted in
in 1898, that “one in five of the
What is noteworthy is that England had been the
of the world (and, remember, the practice of tattooing stopped wherever
Christianity had spread).
The question then arises, “What had happened to the churches in England,
if tattooing had become an accepted practice again?”
— Why are so many people getting tattooed today?
#3 — Because so many churches
people, instead of
preaching the truth
Bible to them.
The answer about England was given in 1887 (eleven years before the
article about the popularity of tattoos), when an article was printed in
Sword and Trowel,
by Pastor Charles Spurgeon: “There
can be no doubt that ALL SORTS OF ENTERTAINMENTS, as nearly as possible
approximating to STAGE-PLAY, have been CARRIED ON IN CONNECTION WITH
PLACES OF WORSHIP, and are, at this present time, in high favour.”(3)
Pastor Spurgeon was rebuking the churches of England in that day for
their congregations, instead of
preaching the Word of God,
the Bible, to them.
It is interesting to note that America has also been the
of the world for some years now, but that tattooing is now commonly
accepted here. What does
that show you about the churches in America?
The answer is the same as in Pastor Spurgeon’s day.
The vast majority of churches
have gone to
their people, instead of teaching them what the Bible says: in this
that God forbids His people to tattoo their flesh.
(see tract TR-E-154), has been a leader in causing churches to switch
over to entertainment. There
Come As You Are Church
in southern Michigan that boasts a pastor who has “half of his body
covered with tattoos.”
There is even a web site listing
that do not preach the Biblical warning against tattooing), so people
with tattoos will not be confronted to repent, and people wanting to get
tattooed will feel justified in getting them.
The Bible foretold that this day would come.
“PREACH THE WORD; be instant in season, out of season; reprove,
rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. FOR THE TIME WILL
COME WHEN THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE; BUT AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS
SHALL THEY HEAP TO THEMSELVES TEACHERS, HAVING ITCHING EARS; AND THEY
SHALL TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, and shall be turned unto
fables” (Holy Bible, 2 Timothy 4:1-4, KJV).
— Why are so many people getting tattooed today?
#4 — Could it be that the rising popularity of getting tattooed is
preparing people for the mark
of the beast — 666?
The Bible warns us that a time is coming (called the
will take charge. The Bible
calls him the
He will cause all people to receive a mark in their foreheads or in
their hands. “And he causeth
all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, TO RECEIVE A
MARK in their RIGHT HAND, or in their FOREHEADS:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the MARK, or
the NAME of the beast, or the NUMBER of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number
of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six
hundred threescore and six”
(Holy Bible, Revelation 13:16-18, KJV).
Remember, it says, “he causeth ALL, both SMALL and GREAT, RICH and POOR,
FREE and BOND, to receive a MARK in their right hand, or in their
Can you see what is happening all around us right now?
of those groups are getting tattooed.
— can be applied to the children that are getting tattooed when they can
(it is against the law in many states, to tattoo a minor).
Children are getting temporary tattoos with stickers and washable
paint. Children’s tattooing
is a big thing at zoos, parades, festivals, and many children’s
— can be applied to the adults that are getting tattooed.
As history shows, it was once a
to get a tattoo, but no longer.
Tattooing is now very popular amongst adults — both with
— as was already mentioned, the
are getting heavily tattooed; and, indeed, they are the
— you see them with multiple tattoos on their bodies, too.
— people who are free to do as they please get tattooed.
One 18 year old girl wrote, “Rather
than our conservative upbringing steering us away from tattoos, it drew
us to them as a way to set ourselves apart from the set rules we grew up
with. It is a kind of
freedom from the control of someone else on your life and way to claim
— people who are in prison.
The very popular
tattoo started in the prisons, symbolizing their confinement.
In the summer of 2005, a program was to get under way in Canada
that would open legal tattoo parlors in the prisons there.(2)
It is amazing, but tattooing is
very popular in ALL of these groups RIGHT NOW.
Could this be the preparation for the
Are churches warning people about this?
Most are not. Many
professing Christians are joining right in, getting tattooed themselves,
and trying to justify it.
The church was silent, for the most part, when the
began (with the ears, and then with other parts of the body), and now it
is silent with the tattooing.
It is interesting how the world lumps
in the same category —
What should we do? “And the
times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every
where to repent”
(Holy Bible, Acts 17:30, KJV).
The previously quoted 18 year old girl said this, “I
have found that TATTOOS are consistently USED FOR IDENTIFICATION.”(4)
Elizabeth says, “A
TATTOO can be a deep window to the soul…
They are THE DEFINITION OF WHO WE ARE and what we stand for.”(5)
Uzerfriendly69 says, “In a world filled with over five billion people, A
NEED FOR IDENTITY OF SELF IS NECESSARY.
In the United States, we are identified by our Social Security
numbers. We as a society
NEED SOME OTHER FORM OF SELF IDENTITY.
...TATTOOS... ...these types of self personalization are BECOMING
Do you see how the world is
to take the
But there is more...
“When it comes to body art, DRAGON tattoos are among the MOST POPULAR
Should this get our attention?
“And he laid hold on the DRAGON, that old SERPENT, which is the
DEVIL, and SATAN, and bound him a thousand years” (Holy Bible,
Revelation 20:2, KJV).
It is interesting that many
tattoos are a cross between a serpent and a dragon.
Just look at them and see.
“MEN who get DRAGON tattoos view themselves as being revered for their
That should not surprise us.
That was the
Satan’s, downfall. “Thou
sealest up the sum, full of WISDOM..., Thou hast been in Eden the garden
of God; ...Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast
created, till iniquity was found in thee.
...thou hast CORRUPTED THY WISDOM by reason of thy brightness: I
will cast thee to the ground…” (Holy Bible, Ezekiel 28:12-17, KJV).
“Studies have shown that
WOMEN who get DRAGON tattoos become more SELF CONFIDENT and ASSERTIVE.”(7)
That should also not surprise us. When Eve was tempted by the
in the Garden of Eden, she sinned and became assertive and led her
husband into sin with her.
“...she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her
husband with her; and he did eat.” (Holy Bible, Genesis 3:6, KJV).
China has much to do with the
even declaring the year 2,000 as dedicated to him.
Interestingly, they dedicated the year 2001 to the
Some Christians thought that the year 2,000 was going to be the time of
the Lord’s return — evidently the
thought that it might be his time to take control, even hoping for the
next year to be the
but such was not the case.
The timing is all in God’s hands, and no one knows the day nor the hour
of Jesus’ return.
It is no accident that China worships the
so fervent in its persecution of Christians and churches.
“And the DRAGON was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the
remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the
testimony of Jesus Christ” (Holy Bible, Revelation 12:17, KJV).
“In China, emperors think that
they are real DRAGONS and the sons of heaven.
They sleep on dragon beds, sit on THRONES called the DRAGON SEAT,
and their ceremonial dress is known
as DRAGON ROBES.”(7)
Satan is gearing up for his man, the
to rule. “For a fee you can
hire the services of a DRAGON SPECIALIST who will tell you the NAME of
your OWN PERSONAL GUARDIAN DRAGON”(7)
Beware! Those are not
you — they are
you from getting saved!
You can go to a church with a
but you will wind up in hell some day unless you repent and get saved.
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be
blotted out” (Holy Bible, Acts 3:19, KJV).
Quit justifying your tattoos, your body piercings, your liquor, your
tobacco, your immorality, your drugs, your self-righteousness, your
false religion, your baptism, your church membership, etc.
If you get to heaven, it will only be through the sacrifice of
Jesus Christ upon the cross, where He gave His precious blood for you.
want you to spend eternity with them in the lake of fire.
You have your chance — right now, to be saved.
“Dear Lord Jesus, I do believe that you are
the Son of God; that you are God Almighty in the flesh, the Creator of
heaven and earth.
I do believe that you are the only
Savior; that you died on the cross for me, and gave your precious blood
to pay my sin debt; and then you arose from the grave the third day.
I do now repent of my sins, and
receive you as my Savior.
Please forgive me, and save my soul.
Please raise up my life from sin and
shame, and use it now for your glory.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
I just asked
and I desire to now live for Him.
God wants you to
now openly confess Him by
under the water at a good Bible-preaching church, and to faithfully
attend the services there.
If you will write to us, we have some excellent Bible Study
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