Tattoos – Making their mark

Lance Goodall
January 2012
June 2013 updated

No Longer Taboo

One of Australia’s favourite “Christian” music sensations, Guy Sebastian, who has recenty released a new album,Armageddon, continues to have success in the secular music charts.

Sebastian attended Paradise Community Church, an Assemblies of God church, one of the largest churches in Australia, and he became one of their main worship singers. He also sang with the then Paradise Community Church Youth Conference Planetshakers, performing both lead and backup vocals for their 2002 and 2003 conferences and albums.

After winning Australian Idol he sang on two of the Planetshakers’ albums, Adore in 2004 and Set Me Free in 2005.

In 2008, Guy said that the Lord was everything to him. Now Guy’s views on faith, belief and values have altered to where this year (2013) he now believes;

“Look at gay marriage. I don’t think anyone has the right to tell someone who they can and can’t be in love with.”

In 2009 Guy got himself a tattoo. It was an in appropriate tattoo—a Phoenix bird, which has all sorts of Masonic implications –


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The red Phoenix on Guy’s upper arm covers his shoulder, and extends down towards his elbow, with the bird emblazoned in full colour.

The Bible condemns the branding, or marking of our body:
“You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD” – Leviticus 19:28.
You can spot the INFLUENCE our society and the “church” has embraced—Satanic values in so many ways, but the visible evidence of multiple body piercings and tattoos are the strongest of all.
A tattoo is the latest fashion statement within the teen and youth culture driven by sports stars, celebrities, and pop stars. Not a day goes by without seeing someone on the sports field, or on the street who has significant tattooing beyond a name of a spouse or child.
Few people understand the use Satan makes of piercing and tattoos to control the person!
Todd Bentley (evangelist/preacher Lakeland Revival, FL) is another example of a high profile “Christian” who adorns all sorts of ‘demon-strative’ markings! Joel Houston, worship leader with Hillsong United, like Guy Sebastian, has a tattoo on his upper arm. Christian leaders should know better than to follow the world’s ways, and fashion, and therefore they are poor examples to the present generation.

As they say….”a picture is worth a thousand words” (see below).

This above picture is the fresh faced Todd before his Tattoos. He supposedly decided to be more ‘himself’ by getting the tattoos.

The tattoos were paid for after his “conversion”……



Notice above the skull embedded in the rose on Todd Bentley’s neck.

Alex Mizuno, another individual versed in Japanese tradition and writing styles, who produces Japanese documentaries, revealed that there is a Japanese word “Emma Daioh” which means “Emma, the Great King”, and which is used very commonly in his culture. This “god” is sometimes simply called “Emma-sama (sama is added for respect)” or “Emma.” Buddhists recognize Emma-Sama as Yama, who rules the spirits of the dead in “Naraku” (hell). He said Todd’s erred tattoo was in favour of the latter translation. The tongues of flame accenting the Kanji symbols also support his position depicting the god of Naraku.
It is a well publicised fact that Todd has had visitations from an ‘angel’ called Emma?
He got these witchcraft oriented tattoos after preaching for some time.  He says that an Angel called Emma O is a “female angel” that he was introduced to by another evangelist, Bob Jones_. (No female angels appear in the Bible. They are always male).
Bentley claims that Bob Jones told him that Emma O was the angel that was leading the recent revivals in Canada and Brownsville, Florida_.
Bob also told him that this same angel was the healing angel that walked the aisles when the late William Branham was evangelizing. Bob asked Bentley if he wanted Emma O to join his ministry. Bentley agreed and while he was “ministering” and EMMA O walked in. Bentley claimed that the “Lord” told him that EMMA O HAD JUST ENTERED THE MEETING_.
Bentley says, “Twice Bob Jones asked me about this angel that was in Kansas City in 1980: ‘Todd, have you ever seen the angel by the name of Emma’?” He asked me as if he expected that this angel was appearing to me. Surprised, I asked, “Bob, who is Emma?” He told me that Emma was the angel that helped birth and start the whole prophetic movement in Kansas City through the in the 1980s.
He says, Emma was a mothering-type angel that helped nurture the prophetic as it broke out. Within a few weeks of Bob asking me about Emma, I was in a service in Beulah, North Dakota. In the middle of the service I was in conversation with Ivan and another person when in walks Emma_.
As I stared at the angel with open eyes, the “Lord” said, “Here’s Emma.” I’m not kidding. She floated a couple of inches off the floor.
It (she) was almost like Kathryn Khulman in those old videos when she wore a white dress and looked like she was gliding across the platform.  Emma appeared beautiful and young-about 22 years old-but she was old at the same time. She seemed to carry the wisdom, virtue and grace of Proverbs 31 on her life.”
There is a demon god on his shin. The hexagram on his right arm.. and the all seeing eye of Horus.

Todd Bentley has virtually covered every inch of his body in art and dark symbols, that would never be sanctioned by our Lord Jesus Christ!

This is to say nothing of his:
Divorce and remarriage
His association with the heretic William Branham
His strange theatrics
His false testimonies

A. W Tozer wrote: Many tender-minded Christians fear to sin against love by daring to inquire into anything that comes wearing the cloak of Christianity and breathing the name of Jesus. They dare not examine the credentials of the latest prophet to hit their town lest they be guilty of rejecting something which may be of God. They timidly remember how the Pharisees refused to accept Christ when He came, and they do not want to be caught in the same snare, so they either reserve judgment or shut their eyes and accept everything without question. This is supposed to indicate a high degree of spirituality. But in sober fact it indicates no such thing. It may indeed be evidence of the absence of the Holy Spirit. Gullibility is not synonymous with spirituality. Faith is not a mental habit leading its possessor to open his mouth and swallow everything that has about it the colour of the supernatural. Faith keeps its heart open to whatever is of God, and rejects everything that is not of God, however wonderful it may be. Try the spirits is a command of the Holy Spirit to the Church. We may sin as certainly by approving the spurious as by rejecting the genuine. And the current habit of refusing to take sides is not the way to avoid the question. To appraise things with a heart of love and then to act on the results is an obligation resting upon every Christian in the world. And the more, as we see the day, approaching. *

These facts are not about cheap religious point scoring or elitism, but a desire to warn, instruct, and reprove, the body of Christ.

The Mark of Disgrace:
Steve Gilbert, in the very popular, pro-tattoo book, Tattoo History: A Source Book, documents that even the word “tattoo” means “. . . a mark of disgrace or reproach”.
The Latin word for ‘tattoo’ was stigma and the original meaning is reflected in modern dictionaries. Among the definitions of ‘stigma’ listed by Webster are a ‘prick with a pointed instrument,’ . . .’ a distinguishing mark cut into the flesh of a slave or a criminal,’ and ‘a mark of disgrace or reproach (Gilbert, Steve, Tattoo History: A Source Book, p. 15).
In fact, for most of it’s history the tattoo was used to mark the criminal, adulterers, traitors, deserters, the deviant and outcast. The tattoo was a dreaded mark of reproach and disgrace.
Adultery, also, was punished in this way [tattooed] in some parts of Britain, and ‘bad characters’ were marked ‘BC_’. . . In 1717, branding was abolished in the Army, and replaced with tattooing. .. with the letter ‘D’ deserter’ (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 162).
But now without question there is a resurgence of the hidden art, and tattoos are the latest status symbol.Tattoos started being accepted and practiced within the life and culture of rock stars back in the sixties. There was a time that no lady would think of having a dragon or a flower tattooed on her body. Motorcycle gangs, rock stars and city gangs started the wider practice as we see it today where civil people and even professed evangelical Christians are going to the tattoo parlors to receive their mark of the world.
When a thing becomes a popular fad in the world then Christians should be very careful not to follow the multitude. But the licentious grace taught today ignores the apostles’ teachings and declares that we must imitate the world so we may win more, even using the Apostle Paul as their example, to justify their compromise. – cf. 1 Corinthians 19:22.
The reasoning is that by being no different from the world we can more easily attract them to salvation and faith. This is the careless and stupid theology purported today! The world is attracted when the church stands in stark contrast to their immoral lifestyle, and not because we conform to their ways.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven – Matthew 5:16.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of you mind (thinking differently than we did when we were in the world), that ye may prove what that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God – Romans 12:2.

Yet to know the moral quality of a practice as to whether it is right for a Christian or not, the first thing is to study that thing in the Bible, and trace it back to its origin. Where did this recent craze of tattooing have its start? Who made tattoos popular? Who made tattoos look “cool?”  The answer:  Hard Rock stars on stage with their bodies tattooed with hundreds and thousands of screaming fans ready to imitate their admired idols. This belongs to the world and it’s not our business as Christians to force the world to obey God’s Word, but rather to teach and inform the church. Our business as a Christian ministry is to inform Christians to live a holy and separated life and stay true to the Lord in these perilous times.
A tattoo is a mark that identifies you with the world, and those who defy the teaching of the Bible.

Yet we have Christians in places of leadership, and prominence being the ones leading the charge in promoting the idea of the tattoo being acceptable. Todd Bentley, Guy Sebastian, and Joel Houston, ‘Christian’ celebrities, have made their tattoos the latest overt and shameful sign of this endless downgrade and ongoing apostasy.
Israel, like the church was living among heathen who worshiped false gods and held practices that honoured their gods. God forbade Israel from any and all of the practices of the heathen so that the children of Israel would not become corrupted by them and turn to false gods.

God didn’t want His people to have anything in common with the heathen they were near. The church should have very little in common with the world because that becomes a temptation for us to conform to the world, and ultimately to destroy the peculiar holy nature of the church.

The Leviticus Prohibition

So why the taboo about Tattoos?

You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD – Leviticus 19:28.

What does it say? – “You shall not. . .print any marks upon you. . .”

A lot of people when confronted with Leviticus 19:28, seem to think that it’s not for today. That’s the Old Testament, that’s not relevant to us today!

If we take the time to read the verses around verse 28, we get the overall context:

Leviticus 19:26-32
Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times. (27) Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. (28) Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord. (29) Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness. (30) Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord. (31) Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God. (32) Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord.

By the way, have you ever read, and thought about Leviticus 19:29?

Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore….

This is the only place in the Bible that God directly forbids someone to prostitute his/her daughter. Since, it’s ONLY in the Old Testament Levitical Law we can’t ignore it as a prohibition to parents in New Testament times to cause their daughter to be a prostitute. Remember it’s the only time this particular prohibition appears in the Bible!

There are many other ‘moral laws’ that are ONLY forbidden in the Old Testament, such as the human sacrifice of children. No where in the New Testament is it mentioned or forbidden.

And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD – Leviticus 18:21.

Did you know that “bestiality” is ONLY forbidden in the Old Testament Levitical Law and NOT mentioned in the New Testament? It is mentioned only twice, once in Leviticus 18:23 and again in Leviticus 20:15-16. Does that mean a Holy God NOW – under the New Testament, somehow approves of bestiality?

Here’s one of the verses again in context – Leviticus 18:20-24

Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with her. (21) And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord. (22) Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (23) Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. (24) Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you.

Don’t do these things – why? Because they bring cursing, not blessing. God’s judgement eventually falls on such people.

Matthew Henry’s Commentary at the beginning of Leviticus 19 explains that most of Leviticus 19 (such as verse 28) are moral commandments that apply not only to Israel but to the New Testament Christian today.

Some ceremonial precepts there are in this chapter, but most of them are moral. . . Most of these precepts are binding on us, for they are expositions of most of the ten commandments (Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, Leviticus 19:28).

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

Notice also, the phrase “for the dead” is ONLY referencing the “cuttings in your flesh”. The condemnation of “nor print ANY marks upon you” is not qualified by the phrase “for the dead”. Also, if you’ll notice the verse clearly says “ANY marks” – period.

Unger’s Bible Dictionary under the definition for “Mark” includes the following reference:

In Lev. 19:28 we find two prohibitions of an unnatural disfigurement of the body: ‘Ye shall not make any cutting in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you.’ The latter (Heb. qa aqa, incision) refers to tattooing, and has no reference to idolatrous usages, but was intended to inculcate upon the Israelietes a proper reverence for God’s creation. (Merrill F. Unger, Unger’s Bible Dictionary, 1974 ed., p. 696)

Notice that Unger teaches that tattoos were forbidden without any reference to pagan, heathen, or idolatrous usages. In other words, the tattoo itself, regardless of the reason, was forbidden.

Wycliffe’s Bible Encyclopedia under the definition for TATTOOING says:

While ‘cuttings in the flesh’ have reference here to mourning customs [for the dead], the tattooing does not appear to pertain to such practice (Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia, 1975 ed., p. 1664).

The New American Commentary on Leviticus 19:28 writes the condemnation was for, “cutting the body either for the dead or with tattoo marks.” (Mark F. Rooker, The New American Commentary on Leviticus, 2000 ed., p. 262). This explicitly recognizes that the tattoo was not “for the dead.”

Tattoos and Worship

Ye worship ye know not what. . . – John 4:22.
Throughout history the tattoo bears the mark of paganism, demonism, Baal worship, shamanism, mysticism, heathenism, cannibalism and just about every other pagan belief known. The tattoo has NEVER been associated with Bible Believing Christians; and whenever and wherever, in history true Christianity appears – tattoos disappear. The only exception is — 20th century, lukewarm, carnal, disobedient, Laodicean Christians.
The birth of the tattoo has always born the fruits of pagan religion and mysticism. Without exception, research after research, study after study, book after book, the roots of the tattoo never wavers. The following documentation is just a small (very small) drop in the ocean of research documenting the pagan and demonic source of the tattoo.

Please note. . . The following is from pro-tattoo books simply documenting the obvious spiritual and religious link to the tattoo. These are not Christian writers trying to paint a negative portrait of the tattoo. No matter how much the carnal, rebellious, Christian desires to justify their perverse reasoning for “marking” themselves with the forbidden demonic tattoo, the facts are loud and clear – the foundation, origin, meaning and purposes of the tattoo is pagan demonism, shamanism, Baal worship, and occult mysticism.

A tattooist in many cultures is also a shaman, magic-man, priest or priestess. According to the dictionary_ a shaman is an “intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds, using magic to cure illness, foretell the future, control spiritual forces, etc.”
Tattooing is often a magical rite in the more traditional cultures, and the tattooist is respected as a priest or shaman (Michelle Delio, Tattoo: The Exotic Art of Skin Decoration, p. 73).
In Fiji, Formosa, New Zealand and in certain of the North American Indian tribes, tattooing was regard as a religious ceremony, and performed by priests or priestesses (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 64).

The actual tattooing process, which involved complex ritual and taboos, could only be done by priests and was associated with beliefs which were secrets known only to members of the priestly caste. . . Hambly concluded that historically tattooing had originated in connection with ancient rites of scarification and bloodletting which were associated with religious practices intended to put the human soul in harmony with supernatural forces and ensure continuity between this life and the next (Gilbert, Steve, Tattoo History: A Source Book, p. 158).

The tattooist, shaman or the occult priest uses the tattoo as a POINT OF CONTACT, or inlets into the spiritual world, many times. Just like the practice of Acupuncture is more than just healing through needles, so the tattoo is much more than just a body decoration. It’s more than just a layer of ink cut into the skin. In fact, the tattoo in every culture, in every country, up until the 20th century, was a vehicle for pagan spiritual and religious invocations. Even today, in many countries (including the United States), the tattoo is believed to be a bridge into the supernatural world.

Famous witch and author Laurie Cabot writes of the tattoo:
The origins of tattooing came from ancient magical practices. . . (Laurie Cabot, Power of the Witch, cited in Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated by Dr. Cathy Burns, p. 301).

Tattooing is about personalizing the body, making it a true home and fit temple for the spirit that dwells inside it. . . Tattooing therefore, is a way of keeping the spiritual and material needs of my body in balance (Michelle Delio, Tattoo: The Exotic Art of Skin Decoration, p. 8)._

Among today’s latest tattoo craze is “tribal tattoos”, which are pure paganism. Tribal tattoos are designs that bear serious symbolic mystical and occult meanings. Tribal tattoos, especially, are possible channels into spiritual and demonic possession (Michelle Delio, Tattoo: The Exotic Art of Skin Decoration, p. 13).

The reasons why puncturing the skin should be regarded with some degree of awe are not far to seek, for in the first place, there is the drawing of blood, which to the savage world over is full of significance as a rejuvenating and immortalizing factor. There is in addition to the opening of numerous inlets for evil to enter. . .” (Hambly Wilfrid D. 1925. The History of Tattooing and its Significance, p. 233, cited in Gilbert, Steve, Tattoo History: A Source Book, p. 162).
Rolling Stone magazine describes famous tattoo artist Paul Booth during his tattoo as, “. . . allowing his clients’ demons to help guide the needle (Rolling Stone magazine, March 28, 2002, p. 40).

Remember Todd Bentley’s tattoo on his neck? By the way see my other recent post “RAISING HELL FOR JESUS” and look at the pictures of the members of Demon Hunter. Do you see any resemblance to this man??

Skulls imprinted on skin abound, and depictions of the Grim Reaper are commonly seen. . . These images, indelibly marked on the skin, reflect uncertainty about the future, and sublimate the pervasive fear of the unknown. Possibly, at the same time, to wear a death’s figure on one’s body may be an invocation of whatever undefinable forces of nature and the cosmos that exist, in an attempt to protect the wearer from such a fate (Henry Ferguson and Lynn Procter, The Art of the Tattoo, p. 76).

Ronald Scutt, in his exhaustive book, Art, Sex and Symbol covers a great deal about the history and culture of tattoos. Scutt documents that most of the time tattoos are connected to spiritual, religious and mystical purposes.

The following documentation is from Scutt’s book:
[Tattooing] – In association with sun-worship, megalithic building, ear-piercing, serpent worship, . . . (Ronald Scutt, Art, Sex and Symbol, 1974, p. 22).

These marks [tatoos] are believed to be associated with the worship of the sun-goddess Neith (ibid p. 24).
Yet the worship of the sun-god Baal had involved the marking of the hands [tattoos] with the divine token in a mystic attempt to acquire strength (ibid. p. 64).

Dr. Hambly, probably the greatest tattooist historian and researcher, writes over and over, that tattoos are based on pagan spiritual and religious rituals. Any serious and honest study of the origin and foundation of the tattoo will clearly expose a demonic and supernatural intent of tattoos.

I have made reference to Leviticus 19:28, but because the previous verse refers to getting a haircut or trimming a beard, some people conclude that these too must be wrong and a sin as well.

Next – Part 2 The Forbidden Haircut.

See my other article on this site for Part 2 – Tattoos and Taboos


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