Tattoos & God's Forgiveness
We received the
following email on the subject which we will call, Tattoos & God’s
Forgiveness. The questions asked by this man are especially relevant
since there are many tattooed Christians walking around and the questions
asked are representative of the vast multitude of Christians living in the
I have a question
regarding your page on tattooing. I was tattooed before receiving
Christ. I ask God for forgiveness every day for the sins I have
committed in the past and for the sins am destined to commit in the
future. Do you really believe my Salvation is at risk for the marks
I have put on my body in the past? Is a person damned for what they
have done before receiving and repenting?
Thanks for your
As a fellow brother in
Christ, I welcome you in the name of Jesus! I may be somewhat lengthy in
responding, but I want to make sure that I give you the best reply
possible. Although you and I have never met, we are alike in many ways.
Even though I have never been tattooed, we were both sinners who came to
the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ; furthermore, you can rest assured
that the same problems and difficulties which you are facing are not
unique since other believers around the world are also experiencing the
1 Peter 5:8-9
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are
accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
When Satan attacks a
Christian, it is always the same way, through the mind! Our best defense
is always a solid knowledge of the Bible, otherwise, how else are we going
to defend ourselves when Satan attacks? I have heard the following saying
and like it very much: “When Satan reminds you of your past, tell him
about his future.” It is important to note that we can only do so if we
know where we stand as a blood bought, born again Christian.
1 Peter 1:13-16
gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the
end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of
obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts
in your ignorance:
15. But as he
which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of
16. Because it
is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
When we become saved, we
are viewed as a new creation in God’s eyes. As you read the scripture
below, take note of the word “reconciliation.” It literally means “enemies
being made friends again.” You see, we were enemies with God because of
the sin we all have when we are born into this world. God is totally holy
and without sin and it was because of Adam’s sin that we all are in this
state (Romans 5:12). So when we come to the cross and confess Jesus Christ
as our Lord and Savior, God the Father sees us as a new creation. Like a
dirty chalkboard, He wipes away all the sins in our life up to that point.
The old markings are gone and we have a clean slate. So when Satan reminds
you of your past, you don’t have to feel guilty about it, he can’t hang
that garbage over your head anymore!
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old
things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18. And all
things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and
hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19. To wit,
that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing
their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of
20. Now then
we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we
pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21. For he
hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him.
The concept that we need
to continually ask God to forgive us of past sins in not found in the
Bible. Like I stated earlier, your life can be likened to a chalkboard,
when you sin, marks are written upon it and when you confess your sins,
the Lord will wipe them away to be remembered no more. We simply don’t
need to ask God for forgiveness for the same sin over and over again.
LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10. He hath
not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our
11. For as the
heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that
far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our
transgressions from us.
Once we have repented,
renounce the sin and broken the curse, it’s over and done. It might be
that we might have to make restoration to people we hurt or go to prison
for a crime committed, but as far as God is concerned, we are totally
forgiven. We have the confidence of knowing that when we confess our sins,
God will forgive us. How do I know this, because the Bible says so!
1 John 1:4-10
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare
unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness,
we lie, and do not the truth:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth
is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he
is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word
is not in us.
If you go back and
reread verse 9, I find it peculiar that you are confessing future sins
which you have not even committed. This concept is not even found in the
Bible. Each and every day is truly a gift from the Lord. He won’t allow us
to go back and redo the past, nor can we see the future, but should be
content to live in the present. That is the way we need to handle the sins
in our life. We confess our sins of the past and present and strive to
live in obedience to the Lord for the future. The Lord will forgive; He’s
just waiting for you to make contact with Him.
Do you really
believe my Salvation is at risk for the marks I have put on my body in the
past? Is a person damned for what they have done before receiving and
The only sin that will
send a person to hell is the rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus
wasn’t joking when He declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no
man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
16. For God so
loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17. For God
sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world
through him might be saved.
18. He that
believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is
condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God.
God loves you so much
that when you were a dirty rotten sinner and totally helpless even though
you didn’t know it, Christ still died for you.
when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for
scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man
some would even dare to die.
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us.
Did you know that God
loves you unconditionally? There is nothing that can literally separate
you from the love of God!
38. For I am
persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us
from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We are not saved because
we stop sinning; we are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and His
atonement on the cross. We don’t stop our sinful practices to be saved but
rather it is out of obedience and a love to please the Lord. Your
salvation in Jesus Christ is secure, irregardless of the marks you have
placed upon your body up to now. However, in the future there will come a
time when a world leader (the Antichrist) will require you to take a mark
in your forehead or right hand.
16. 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:
17. 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.
18. 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
This will be an illegal
mark of loyalty that God totally hates. Anyone with this mark will
be rejected by the Lord even if they previously received Jesus Christ as
their Lord and Saviour! Did you notice what I just said? EVERYONE
who takes the loyalty mark, saved or not, will be cast into the Lake of
Fire! Sadly, tattoos are now preparing people for the mark of the Beast;
this is what the Bible has to say about those who take Satan’s mark:
the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man
worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or
in his hand,
same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out
without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be
tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and
in the presence of the Lamb:
11. And the
smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no
rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever
receiveth the mark of his name.
12. Here is
the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of
God, and the faith of Jesus.
Some may try and
discredit this scripture by saying that it does not apply to Christians,
but it should be noted that it says, “IF ANY MAN” receives this mark, he
will be cast into the Lake of Fire. All people, sinner or saint, qualify
under the “any man” category just like everyone qualifies under the
“whosoever” category of Romans 10:13.
I would like to assure
you that your salvation is totally secure in Jesus Christ, for it is He
who is keeping you saved. Many Christians lose sight or simply don’t
understand that it is the Holy Spirit that is keeping us saved. It all
comes down to, “Who is keeping me saved, God or me?” If you should require
more reading on our security in Christ, see the article, “Once
Unless you have taken
the mark of the beast, your salvation is totally secure. I know this
because this is what I have read in the Bible.
There is nothing that
can replace an intimate knowledge of the Bible. It is our only weapon with
which we have to fight our enemies whether they are spirit or flesh. Read
it and let the Lord speak through it.
Your brother in Christ,
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