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What Does the Bible Say About Piercing the Body?

Song of Solomon 2:15 says, "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes." Foxes sometime in search of food would enter into the grape orchards and devour the grapes and spoil the crop. However, the little foxes were too small to reach the grape bunches so they would chew on the vines and it would kill the whole vine. Instead of the farmer just losing his crop, he would lose his vine which was more disastrous. Spiritually some things we do or allow that we might think are little or insignificant can also be disastrous for us.

Many of the young people in our society here in the USA are embracing a dangerous "little fox" or seemingly "little thing" that may seem harmless. The young people are saying that it is a "trendy" thing to do. Many of them are showing off multiple ear, nose, tongue, eyebrow and navel jewels and rings attached to their pierced flesh. Some even have this done on unspeakable parts of their bodies. These are abnormal and unnatural.

As many people are not aware of the spiritual dangers in such practices, this article is not meant to condemn any that may already have this done. However, we would urge you to seek the Lord as to any further involvement in this practice. The Lord loves everyone, no matter what we are currently doing however, His desire is to show us a better way.

The Bible warns us against cuttings in our flesh in Leviticus 19:28 which says, "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord."

Our young people do not realize what they are doing has its roots in witchcraft and the practices of false religions. Those that have made trips to other parts of the world have viewed the bodies of those who have not only pierced and tattooed their bodies but have gone further, with mutilating their bodies. It is repulsive to see someone deform the body that the Lord made in perfection. The Lord admonishes us in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

If we are to glorify God in our bodies, how do body piercings glorify Christ?

In 1 Kings 18 we find the story of Elijah contesting the evil prophets of Baal (a false god of that day whose followers practiced witchcraft). The prophets of Baal worked themselves into a frenzy trying to get their god, Baal to show himself mightier than the true and living God. However, the God of Elijah proved to be the true God. During the frenzy of the Baal worshipers they began to disfigure their bodies as we see from this scripture in 1 Kings 18:28, "And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them."

Another scripture that warns us not to disfigure our bodies is Deuteronomy 14:1(Amp.): "You are the sons of the LORD your God: you shall not cut yourselves, or make any baldness on your foreheads for the dead."

When it speaks here about doing this in relation to the dead; this was a witchcraft rite done to mourn or remember their dead, so cutting, piercing and tattooing have its origin in witchcraft practices. The verse below reveals a connection between foreign gods and earrings.

Genesis 35:2: "Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: 3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. 4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem."


Perhaps a more well known scripture having to do with earrings is the record of the children of Israel falling into rebellion and worshipping the golden calf while Moses was up in the mount with God receiving the Ten Commandments. Here we find they took their earrings and cast them into the fire and make a golden idol out of them which greatly displeased the Lord.

Exodus 32:2-3: "And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron."

There is one specific verse in the Old Testament which uses the Hebrew word, "lachash," which is a word specifically associated with witchcraft. Here, the jewelry is used as an amulet to cast a spell.

Isaiah 3:18-23: "In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, 19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, 20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, 21 The rings, and nose jewels, 22 The changeable suits of apparel,and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, 23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils."

This is what makes it spiritually dangerous for people. People not realizing this opens the door for Satanic attack because they
have a mark or opening which allows the enemy entrance in their lives. Today this practice is growing because of false religions and pagan influences infiltrating the church.

Many of our young people are getting body piercings and tattoos out of a spirit of rebellion against their parents advice. Many men are also wearing earrings to make a statement of their rebellion by showing that they are "macho" or homosexual. Because the youth of our day are despising and rebelling against their parents this is very displeasing to the Lord as one of the Ten Commandments in the Bible is to honor our parents (Exodus 20:12, "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee" and Colossians 3:20: "Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.")

Some complain and say that most of the women today in our society wear pierced earrings and they attempt to use this as an excuse for the bizarre body piercings they are flaunting. The Lord always judges what we do by our motives as He looks on the heart. It is a different matter when women wear pierced earrings as a custom, without the rebellion and pride attached to it. However, this could even be wrong if women are filled with vanity and pride over their appearance. Remember God looks at our heart attitudes. In fact, the Bible speaks of a generation of women that will be alive at the coming of the Lord that will be judged severely for their flirting and their haughtiness. Let us look again at the prophecy in Isaiah 3:16-24 (NIV):

16 The LORD says, "The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with out stretched necks, flirting with their eyes, tripping along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.
17 Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the Lord will make their scalps bald."
18 In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,
19 The earrings, the bracelets and veils,
20 The head dresses and ankle chains and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms,
21 The signet rings and nose rings,
22 The fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses
23 And mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.
24 Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth: instead of beauty, branding.
25 Your men will fall by the sword, your warriors in battle.


We are living in a day that the Bible speaks of in 2 Timothy 3:1-7:

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

If you have been one that has been led away by lust or have been rebellious against your parents, you can come to the Lord and repent and He will give you a new start and a desire to live a holy and obedient life unto God. We should remove anything that portrays rebellion and ask the Lord to forgive us and give us a submissive spirit. Jesus does not condemn us, but rather, will help us. He loves us and invites us to a wonderful life in Him.

One note of warning to the church on this subject of body piercings. We have a generation now of young people that love the Lord yet do not understand all of His ways. Soon we are also going to be seeing a great revival among the youth of the world. The youth of this day want a real cause to live and die for. Most have not seen true Christianity. However, when they do come to Christ many will be bringing their tattoos, dress, music and old habits with them right into the church. We must be sure that we do not despise them nor look down on them, but rather welcome and love them and gently teach them the ways of the Lord. We are called to love and pray for them and help them avoid making some of the mistakes we have made in our own walk with the Lord. We need to be true mothers and fathers to them. Yes, we must speak the truth in love, but let us make sure we are loving them and not condemning them. On the other hand, we must not accept all that they would desire to bring with them that would harm them and compromise the Word of God. We will all need God's grace to bridge the generation gap. We would recommend a great article written by a young Christian on this very subject. Click here to read "Bridging the Generation Gap."

Bottom line in regard to body piercings would be to ask the popular youth slogan, "What Would Jesus Do?" I don't believe we will ever see Jesus with any body piercings that He placed on Himself. I can't imagine Jesus with a tongue ring or a navel piercing. The only scars on His body are the nail pierced hands and feet put there by the evil men that crucified Him. They were not self inflicted. Overcomers will put away the "little foxes" that lead to bigger compromises.
 
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Some complain and say that most of the women today in our society wear pierced earrings and they attempt to use this as an excuse for the bizarre body piercings they are flaunting. The Lord always judges what we do by our motives as He looks on the heart. It is a different matter when women wear pierced earrings as a custom, without the rebellion and pride attached to it. However, this could even be wrong if women are filled with vanity and pride over their appearance. Remember God looks at our heart attitudes.

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think this is what Chad means, some can go to far with anything. Its a heart thing, depends what your motives are, if your going to put a cross on your forehead like Charles Manson... well you know what i mean. There are also a lot of Old testament scriptures that are used, that should'nt be used out of context, or added as instuction for the new testament Church. God talks about Jerusalem being his bride in the Old testament, and he had her decked out pretty good, but thats Gods ways not mine. Im not the Judge of a man with a tattoo of a cross on his back...but we do need to show self control when it comes to vanity and pride. Also not to become judges with evil thoughts, it can get bad both ways...


God bless brothers
 
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One note of warning to the church on this subject of body piercings. We have a generation now of young people that love the Lord yet do not understand all of His ways. Soon we are also going to be seeing a great revival among the youth of the world. The youth of this day want a real cause to live and die for. Most have not seen true Christianity. However, when they do come to Christ many will be bringing their tattoos, dress, music and old habits with them right into the church. We must be sure that we do not despise them nor look down on them, but rather welcome and love them and gently teach them the ways of the Lord. We are called to love and pray for them and help them avoid making some of the mistakes we have made in our own walk with the Lord. We need to be true mothers and fathers to them. Yes, we must speak the truth in love, but let us make sure we are loving them and not condemning them. On the other hand, we must not accept all that they would desire to bring with them that would harm them and compromise the Word of God. We will all need God's grace to bridge the generation gap.

An excellent post. Completely relevent, and so full of instruction for those of us who see these things from afar.

I would like to include it in our Church Magazine
 
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Cody2 said:
my friend got a tattoo of a cross on his back..is this a sin?
I think tattoos are disgusting to be honest. However, we should all wear the cross on our hearts and the Word engraved in our hearts.
 
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no disrespect but you think its discustin to put sumthin on your body to glorify tha lord? maybe sumone could see that on his skin and it might just remind them of wut Jesus did..i kno you need to show that you're a Christian by tha way you talk but couldnt that be another way to glorify tha lord?
 
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How do you glorify the Lord through a tattoo? That makes no sense. It is a sinful act in the first place to harm your body. Read Scripture. Also, read facts about the effects of tattoos. Its disgusting and harmful. Consider facts before man's opinions (the ones who love tattoos and will tell you its 'ok'). You cannot glorify GOD through acts of disobedience.
 
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When I was a child my mother pierced my ear. I was maybe only 8 years old. When I turned 20 or so I made a point of doing it 2 more times, for a total of 3 earings. I think at the time I did it to be "cool", who knows, I was young and dumb. It is funny that I read this because just a couple of days ago I asked my long time grilfriend if I should take them out. I was thinking when do you stop wearing this stuff, I am 27 yrs old. She said "they are part of what makes you, you." I think that is plain silly, but she likes them. I am so use to them being there I dont even realise it anymore. I am not sure what my point is, maybe just looking for someone to comment.

I also have a tatoo as well there is nothing really wrong with it. I just look back and wonder why the heck I did it. Now it seems like marking up my boday was plain dumb. What can I do about it now? I guess just make sure I spread the word of my experiences and try and help those that might think they need to do something silly to be "cool." Remind them that they make them cool and not some thing that dangles from their ear.
 
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It is in fact sinful to harm your body- but not to get off subject, eating things that aren't good for you is harming your body. Not getting enough exercise is harmful to your body/health. Not sleeping enough is harmful to your body and many other things we do in our day to day life is harmful to the body- but the church/Christians don't condemn those. Since tattooing and piercing wasn't any essential part of Jesus' teachings (neither were other trivial acts of "sinners" instead Jesus condemned the leaders and self righteous)- we should focus more on the overall picture (although I am not dismissing the fact that the church should address issues relevant to today's youth). I believe that is inconsistant on our part, to expect details in the Bible to be followed when rarely are any other (for example) passages in Leviticus used to stop certain "behavior". It is also unfair to assume that teens...etc are doing it to be cool or to rebel.

I think Tattooing and piercing is viewed as a rebellion, and in some cases it is- but instead of focusing on the tattoos and piercings and labeling them as good or bad, we should be focusing on where they are coming from. If someone has a spirit of rebellion in them, it doesn't matter if a tattoo is removed or a piercing taken out- because I don't believe Jesus will be evaluating them depending on those factors- the spirit of rebellion must be addressed.

One example out of the Bible where piercings are obviously not "evil" or bad is where God is describing what he had given Jerusalem (using a metaphore) after she had been tossed aside and not regarded as very valuable:

I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck, and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head.
Ezekiel 16:11,12

Here God is obviously conveying that the ring in the nose and earrings he gave as a gift were a good thing- because only good comes from God and if these types of jewlery were a sin he obviously wouldn't have used them to compare it to what he did for Jerusalem.

I am not saying the Bible contradicts itself, but I believe God disagreeing with the usage of tattoos and piercings is circumstancial. It depends on not only what is in that person's heart, but how the tattoo or piercing is viewed as in the society. If we are representing Christ, is our tattoo or piercing showing Christ's love and salvation... or is it representing rebellion?
I believe there are a lot of factors involved in making the decision to tattoo yourself (more so than piercing) and there is not right or worng, black and white answer.

PS: I think saying piercing is like mutilating your body is not true. When I got my ears pierced it didn't hurt at all and it was no type of mutilation to myself- I have heard that same opinion by numerous people who have gotten piercings.
 
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well, i have 8 piercings. 3 in each ear, my navel and my tongue.
And i'm sure God still loves me despite my so called "cutting up my body" - honestly, theres a difference between mutilation and piercings. i think some people go about overboard there. we live in the 21st century here people.
no ones perfect guys. and if piercings a sin, so what? we all sin. nobody in here is perfect.
i'm fine with tattoos and piercings. i think they are rad.
 
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You can't be a professing Christian, following Jesus and keep sinning habitually MumsdollarFan, respect God firstly, then respect this forum and the users that are part of it.

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Whoa! MumsdollarFan, we all sin, so who cares?!! Is that what you are trying to say? There is no such thing as a carnal Christian. You are either following Christ or your not. You can't say "I am a Christian" and live in sin. Doesn't work. The Bible says a good tree brings forth good fruit and a bad tree brings forth bad fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth bad fruit and a bad tree can't bring forth good fruit. So if your a Christian, you CAN'T live in willful sin. If you are a Christian you should be a good tree. Piercing the body is wrong, the Bible says it. What other sins should we justify, because everyone does it? That is exactly what the modern church is doing. The world does it so we can too. Divorce, and abortion are just as common within the church, as in the secular world. Why? Because we have started to justify sin. Everyone does it, so why can't we? BECAUSE THE BIBLE SAYS SO THAT'S WHY!!! If you honestly think we can live for ourselves and still be saved, I would advise you to read Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to me lord lord will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my father who is in heaven, will enter. You can't live in rebellion! Please put your pride aside and listen to what the scriptures say.

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And i'm sure God still loves me despite my so called "cutting up my body" - honestly, theres a difference between mutilation and piercings. i think some people go about overboard there. we live in the 21st century here people.
no ones perfect guys. and if piercings a sin, so what? we all sin. nobody in here is perfect.
The one part that disturbs me about what you wrote is if piercings are a sin so what...
So if your a Christian, you CAN'T live in willful sin.
Key word being willful. If you are aware/believe that piercings are a sin then you shouldn't have them.
 
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I think We need to make sure we are not following this worlds pattern in any way

Romans 12:2
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 2:29
No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man's praise is not from men, but from God.


One of the tribe from my country has this tradition, piercing them selves all over their bodies because they believe, if they pierce them selves the evil spirit can not attack them.

So for those of us who already has pierced ear, tong, mouth or lips, tattoo

2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (New International Version)
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

So...........

1 Timothy 2:9 (New International Version)
9 I also want women(applys to both genders) to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes,
10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women (applys to both genders)who profess to worship God.

blessings
 
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Thnx gabrielle_iglo

I too have my ears and nose pierced, Its in our custom woman to have them pierced, My ears were pierced by my grandmother when I was just 4 days old . Its in our tradition, and because my parents did it I dont see it as rebellion. I completely agree what lord sees is the heart and all evils come from heart. I will continue to wear them as I dont see any harm and I read about jewellary wearing by women in many books in the old testament. God Bless you
 
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Ms 1982:

Is it just the ladies in your family? because in North America many young men have their ears pierced too.

Take care.

I too have my ears and nose pierced, Its in our custom woman to have them pierced, My ears were pierced by my grandmother when I was just 4 days old . Its in our tradition, and because my parents did it I dont see it as rebellion. I completely agree what lord sees is the heart and all evils come from heart. I will continue to wear them as I dont see any harm and I read about jewellary wearing by women in many books in the old testament. God Bless you
 
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Chad,
Thank you for this wonderful post.
I personally do not have any marks or pierces in/on my body. To me ones body is the temple of God 1 Corinthians 3:16-19. Especially 18 which says, "Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish that he may become wise. For the Wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. Also 1 John 2:15 & 16 "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If any one loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world."
We as Christians are not suppose to be trying to "fit in" with the world. We are suppose to be striving to "fit in" to Heaven.
Keep your eyes on Jesus and not on things of this world.
 
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Ms SF:

Not even earrings? fine, if not, anyway, but many Godly ladies happen to wear them. First and foremost it's the heart, then it works outwards.

Take care.

Chad,
Thank you for this wonderful post.
I personally do not have any marks or pierces in/on my body. To me ones body is the temple of God 1 Corinthians 3:16-19. Especially 18 which says, "Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish that he may become wise. For the Wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. Also 1 John 2:15 & 16 "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If any one loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world."
We as Christians are not suppose to be trying to "fit in" with the world. We are suppose to be striving to "fit in" to Heaven.
Keep your eyes on Jesus and not on things of this world.
 
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hi farouk

Ms 1982:

Is it just the ladies in your family? because in North America many young men have their ears pierced too.

Take care.

Yes Only ladies wear jewellary in our family men wear wedding ring only..but men too have started wearing jewellary in ears in india, they create their own fashion..but we wear them to show our feminine nature..thats it. Wats in heart comes outside and I never wore them to show my rebellian but like i said I read about god talking to people in old testament and warning them the consequences if they didnt turn from their sins that their gold earrings and what they wear in feet all will be snatched away" so what did that mean even the people of old times wore that. doenst it mean that?
 
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Ms 1982r:

Earrings, whether present, or absent, are no guarantee of spirituality. Certainly not.

But it's interesting that in Ezekiel 16.12 the Lord gives Zion earrings and even a nose ring, and in the passage it's symbolic of the blessing which God gave someone undeserving, who needed to be washed, and clothed, and was beautified: all of God. Paul says to the Ephesians, ch 2.9: 'not of works'. It's all of God.

Take care.

Yes Only ladies wear jewellary in our family men wear wedding ring only..but men too have started wearing jewellary in ears in india, they create their own fashion..but we wear them to show our feminine nature..thats it. Wats in heart comes outside and I never wore them to show my rebellian but like i said I read about god talking to people in old testament and warning them the consequences if they didnt turn from their sins that their gold earrings and what they wear in feet all will be snatched away" so what did that mean even the people of old times wore that. doenst it mean that?
 
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