Daring to be Christian

Christianity is about holiness, obedience, and guts! Here is a great sermon about the counter culture nature of Christianity. Culture and traditions are seemingly unchanging. However, Christianity by definition and commandment cannot change. When you compare what was accepted by culture and tradition a hundred years ago and not, you discover that culture and tradition are not static but cyclical. Greek, Rome, nazi Germany and now America are normalizing homosexuality, a traditional warning of the decline, decay, end end of a once powerful society. Tattoos are pagan, but like graffiti, it’s is harking a decadent society. Child sacrifice on the pagan alter of paganism and hedonism is also condemning a once virtuous society.

Here is a great bible study on the topic. 


The irony is that even this pastor cannot bring himself to condemn the liberalism and paganism of tattooing. We have uncovered the enemy, and he is us! 

“You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.”

‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭19:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬


~ by az4christ on August 20, 2015.

7 Responses to “Daring to be Christian”

  1. The greatest heresies are always built on one single verse and with total disregard for the entire context.

    First the ESV is probably the worst rendition of the Scriptures that has ever been brought into print. Its lack of context has confused more believers than CNN news.

    The complete context of the verse is necessary to grasp the truth. Moreover, a understanding of history and culture of that time period supports the validity of the context.

    “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” KJV

    The context of the verse is cuttings in one’s flesh for the dead. Obviously, people are not waiting until someone dies before visiting their local tattoo parlor.

    A text without a context is ALWAYS a pretext.

    History and cultural traditions of countries surrounding the Nation of Israel engaged in tearing their cheeks and other parts, with their fingernails and other instruments, such as a knife, or razor. It was the custom of the Amorites, when anyone died, to cut their flesh, as it was of the Scythians. Herodotus speaks of the royal family practicing these customs for kings would cut off a part of the ear, shave their hair round about (See verse 27 of the context), cut their arms, or inflict a wound the forehead and nose. The Carthaginians used to tear their hair and mouths in mourning, and beat their breasts. The Roman women used to tear their cheeks.

    All of this was done to appease false deities believing such practices gave satisfaction for the soul of the deceased, to the honor of it, and for its good.

    Hence, the Jewish canon tells the Nation of Israel that whosoever made but one cutting for a dead person was guilty of violating the law.

    In connection with the cutting there were those who also marked their bodies for the dead with a known figure (Imprints). It is was often accomplished by burning. Others made these prints or marks with ink or black lead.

    Even if I did not have access to the supporting history and cultural practices of that time, I have a perfect copy of the Scriptures that clearly states such practices were done for the dead.

    “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh FOR THE DEAD, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” KJV

    • So you are trying to justify your tattoo, huh? The context of Lev 19 is holiness. Tattoos is pagan. Are you kjv only? The original Hebrew was tattooing. The point was don’t do what pagans do. I have numerous posts on tattooing. Feel free to read them if you want to continue.

      • I knew your reply would accuse me of justification. Odd, because you have never seen me and know nothing about me. So to set the record straight, I have no tattoos and I have no plans to get one.

        Why would I run to the Hebrew or Greek when God has given me a perfect copy of the Scriptures in English? A copy that corrects the Greek.

        After 55+ years of salvation and many years in the ministry, it never comes as a surprise that the most skewed theology arises when folks attempt to apply doctrines to a Jewish nation to those now living in the church age.

        That is why Pauline specifically tells us to “Rightly Divide”. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

        It remains crucial to understand “who” is speaking and to “whom” is be spoken in the Scriptures. For all of the Scriptures were written “for” us but not all was written “to” us.

        Christianity is not a cafeteria where you get to pick a choose. It is an all or nothing understanding of God’s will. If you want to pick verses addressed to Israel to support your opinion, then you have to accept all of them. Are slaughtering bulls and goats on the altar? Are you stoning those who sin? Are you willing to be circumcised with a sharp stone?

        Grace changed those things.

        – Purely Pauline and loving it.

      • So you are dispensationism! Kind of far afield from the post you replied to. Here we go….
        “Why would I run to the Hebrew or Greek when God has given me a perfect copy of the Scriptures in English?”
        It’s like saying, the kjv was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me. The autograph and manuscripts for lev was written in Greek. I like kjv but know that the original language provides the original context. Do you really believe that the kjv was perfectly translated? All of the bible points to Jesus the Christ, not Paul. Paul pointed to Christ too. The word of God is the authority, not just Paul. Paul said so. I agree that the word of God is not a smorgasbord that permits anyone from accepting some passages but denying or ignoring others. The Old Testament points to Christ. Being in Christ at salvation, we are the spiritual descendants of Israel together with the redeemed elect of Israel. The promises God made to Abraham are for the redeemed in Christ , Jew and Greek, man or woman. The law of God consists of ceremonial, civil, and moral law. Jesus fulfilled ceremonial law, and Jesus obeyed the civil law. Neither applies to the redeemed Gentiles anymore. However, Old Testament moral law applies to everyone saved or unsaved including Adam and all his progeny including everyone. That is why lev 19:28 applies to us and is sin to be unholy, debased, pagan.

      • If that were true why would Jesus have said….”Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” That is what Grace ushered in. The Jews could not keep the law. Why would you think you or I or anyone else can? But by grace I am compelled to follow the examples of the Master, not the laws applicable to the Nation of Israel.

        As I said before, it is all or nothing. You cannot force the law into grace. How are we saved? By grace or by the law? It says, “by grace through faith…”

        The perfect sacrifice was made at Calvary and that changed everything.

        In Leviticus 19 who is being spoken to? And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (Leviticus 19:1) Are you Jewish?

        Moses was told to speak to who? “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel…”(Leviticus 19:2) Are you a child of Israel?

        “Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:30) Are you a sabbath keeper?

        It is the law. The enter chapter are laws for the nation of Israel. They had no other means to display their holiness.

        Our holiness…where is it found? “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” (Romans 6:22)

        Do you really think the Jews were free from sin? If they were then why did they have to continually offer sacrifices to atone for their sins?

        Paul did say, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” Be careful to notice that he did not say ALL doctrine, ALL reproof or ALL correction. Why? Because if it were ALL, then zealots would still be stoning people to death just as the confused Muslims are doing to this very day.

        If the all doctrine coming from the O.T. was to be followed why do we read: “And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:”

        They were astonished because it was new to them. Even new Christians grasp the difference that Grace wrought in us.

        And yes, I believe I have a perfect copy of the Scriptures. I would be foolish to believe I could limit the omnipotence of God thinking that He could not give me exactly what I needed to know Him fully. If I would disavow His omnipotence then it would open the door to consider that the Apostles did not correctly pen their writings. Just as holy men of God were guided to write the Scriptures, holy men of God were guided to give us a copy in English.

      • Jesus came to make his children holy. He wrote his law on our hearts. He made us want to obey His moral law. We do not obey to be saved. We want to obey because we were saved. He died for his elect to take away our sin, ie to make us holy. Saved by grace, in merited favor. Saved from his wrath.
        This does not mean that we continue to sin.
        ““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”
        ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

      • Regarding translations, the differences are not usually significant. Scripture is spiritually discerned.

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