Carl Lentz the pastor of Hillsong New York has weighed in on the ever heated and controversial subject of Christians with tattoos, telling World Religion News that it’s a “no-brainer.” Pastor Carl was asked directly about the Old Testament and the precepts it sets on the matter of Tattoos and he believes that they died on the cross with Jesus.
“Biblical interpretation is huge, right? So, with tattoos not being allowed you mean Leviticus. We play both sides of the coin; I think that is healthy. Like this paradox of Scripture, interpretation is actually is part of our faith, the tension of it. So, on one hand, we say that is the Old Testament Scripture; there is no New Testament verification of that. That law that had to do with slaves, that identified you as part of a tribe we don’t believe that came through the cross. We don’t believe that when Jesus died and rose again that old Levitical Scripture applied to our modern life. That is ridiculous. At the same time, there are some things we do believe follow through on the cross.
So, the way we break down we would literally put up the Old Testament and then put a cross in the middle and then we put up the New Testament, and we say anything that comes through the cross is eternal. Anything that stops is Old Testament. For example, blood sacrifices of animals stopped because of Jesus. Honoring your wife as God honors his church, that comes through the cross. So that is our scope for all Scripture interpretation.
If it died on the cross, then it needs to die in our theology. Tattoos are a no-brainer. Are you kidding me? Jesus was pretty clear in every detail. Whether it is diet, whether it’s image, whether it’s qualification—that stuff died on the cross. Now it becomes a matter of personal conviction. So now if I don’t believe these tattoos devalue the temple that is the Holy Spirit, my body, I am doing it. I do, then I don’t, but I am not going to turn my conviction necessarily into theology or doctrine.”
The argument about Tattoos amongst Christians is one that has been there for decades with some falling on the “for tattoos” fence and others “against”. For some believers who are against tattoos, there is a belief that there is more to tattoos than body art. For example for Beth Eckert a delivered ex occultist, she says tattoos could be associated with blood rituals. And tehn you get the Pro tattoo camp who believe tattoos are simply art. Some people have criticised Pastor Carls stand on various matters; Paul Bois of The Daily Wire had this to say about Pastor Lentz;
“Mega-church Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong, New York, may be yet another one of those trendy pastors who look cool in a pair of tight skinny jeans while preaching about Jesus, and then stands for nothing substantial when pressed against the wall on serious issues.”
Do you agree with Pastor Carl’s school of thought; what are your thoughts and beliefs about Tattoos?