Would Jesus have Worn a Tattoo? Crumbs

(Note: If you missed the Food for Thought post preceding this one, check out Would Jesus have Worn a Tattoo? posted on 5/20/14)

metamorphisis

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.” NIV

The ten commandments              “. . . The law makes demands and leaves us helpless to fulfill them; Christ makes demands, but he himself fulfills in us the very demands he makes.” Watchman Nee

teenager

“One of the greatest witnesses to non-believers is the Christian teen setting a Godly example. Unfortunately most people have little faith that teens can make good decisions, so Christian teens exemplifying godly behavior are a powerful representation of God’s love.” Kelli Mahoney, What the Bible Says About… Godly Behavior

 The following material in brackets is taken from Sermon Central on Liberty, License and Legalism, Sermon by Jerry Flury.

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{“Someone has said that license, is the abuse of grace to serve oneself selfishly and sinfully. It is an unrestrained life that scorns God’s commands. The Christian who falls into license may reason that he can indulge in sin because his eternal salvation can’t be lost, or because he is forgiven already, or at least, he rationalizes, “God will forgive me when I sin.” This is the immature attitude behind the objections noted in Romans 6:1 and 6:15.”

noose

” Rigidity is the trademark of legalism, the archenemy of any church on the move. Let legalism have enough rope, and there will be a lynching of all new ideas, fresh thinking, and innovative programs.” Charles R. Swindoll

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“Lord Jesus, thou who art the way, the truth, and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free. Teach us that liberty is not only to be loved but also to be lived. Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books. It costs too much to be hoarded. Help us see that our liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please to do what is right.”  Peter Marshall, Before the U.S. Senate}

 

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Self Exam – To Tattoo or Not To? (material from Mary Fairchild About.com Christianity)

Here is a self-exam based on the ideas put forth in Romans 14. These questions will help you decide whether or not getting a tattoo is a sin for you:

  1. How does my heart and my conscience convict me? Do I have freedom in Christ and a clear conscience before the Lord regarding the decision to get a tattoo?
  2. Am I passing judgment on a brother or sister because I don’t have freedom in Christ to receive a tattoo?
  3. Will I still want this tattoo years from now?
  4. Will my parents and family approve, and/or will my future spouse want me to have this tattoo?
  5. Will I cause a weaker brother to stumble if I receive a tattoo?
  6. Is my decision based on faith and will the result be glorifying to God?

Ultimately, the decision is between you and God. Though it may not be a black and white issue, there is a right choice for each individual. Take some time to honestly answer these questions and the Lord will show you what to do.

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