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Body Piercings Sinful

Are body piercings sinful?

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What one did when you were unsaved happen when you were without the Lord,the consequences are you will face prejudices because that's a part of human nature, I do not concern myself with what you did before you got saved a tattoo like anything else is a tattoo to show it off as if it was done regardless is where that individual has not been challenged by the Holy Spirit, or indeed ignore the call.

I know I was challenged by a woman without God who asked me if I thought I could wear Gold and serve, she let me know the priceless cost of her haul and that it was all going as she took the call for salvation, it made my little tresses look silly and I felt shamed for not being a better witness!
---Carla3939 on 7/29/09

Carla~ You're right, Christians should not be passionate concerning things of the outer appearance and to draw attention to such, but Christians should be passionate concerning their inner self and focusing on that first and foremost.

I don't like to judge anyone who has an old tattoo and such, but you do believe it is one of the responsibilities of Christians to guide those who have such body markings etc. to try and cover such and not make an open display of them? That makes sense to me. How do you personally approach or speak to people considering these types of situations?
---Anne on 7/29/09

Sorry correction angels of *light*
---Carla3939 on 7/29/09

In your post you suggested not to judge, now I did not judge his final resting place I judged if his lifestyle was against bible teachings and it is, so what do you want me to say? It's okay! no it is not i went to encourage that there is a moving away from worldy lust and a growing into maturity for those who appreciate that it can be achirved bit it wasn't posted!

You know the scriptures it's not acceptable it don't make you a saint to continue in darkness!
---Carla3939 on 7/29/09

You compromise the word of God because you have friends, we are not called to be men pleasers But God pleasers you wish not to offend, But if you rebuke a wise man he will love you.

We are not called to have friends who follow their own lust but fellows of Christ that obey Gods will, anyone can hide behind worldly lusts and portray themselves as Angels of life satan does!

Come out from amongst them and be a Daniel!
---Carla3939 on 7/28/09

If someone out there is so passionate for the Lord, yet he has a tattoo that is decades old...does it really matter? Would Jesus be looking in shame at that tattoo, or would He be looking at the passionate heart of that person?
---Anne on 7/28/09

Carla~ In my post I said body piercing is not a wise thing to do, but I also believe we should not be so judgmental toward those who may have such. We need to look at the deepness of the heart the most, and get to the more minor things like piercings later.

I'm not really a big fan of tattoos etc., but I have known some people with perhaps a tattoo or piercing who were more fired up for the Lord than the old 'stuffed shirts' who were ultra judgmental/ultra proper who have more of a tendency to look down their nose at anyone who seems a bit 'lowly' or 'improper' according to their self-righteous standards. I think that is plain wrong. It seems Jesus reached out to the simpletons more than he did the 'high and mighty perfectionists.'
---Anne on 7/28/09

I believe God desires to look at the Natural beauty He created. Body piercings, tattoos, make-up and the such like uglyfy's
the Natural beauty God created. Sure God looks at the heart, & He prob wonders why people uglyfy their outer with such. Prob because their heart is cluttered with the same.
---Lawrence on 7/28/09


The song writer said that you go from Glory to Glory, we are CHANGING........

As you mature in the Lord grow from a child to an adult you put off childish things the things of this world no longer tantalises you because you are spiritually dead to all works of the flesh and ungodliness and things that exalts itself above the things of God which is being Spiritually lead through:

praying/fasting/reading/ searching/ learning.........the taking off of self and the putting on of Salvation.

There's no need for piercings tattoos or any other such worldly lusts!
---Carla3939 on 7/28/09

Sorry Anne,

I will judge righteousness as righeousness and sin as sin. why because this is not the example Christ set for Christians he said to leave out all ungodliness and follow him. shun the very appearance have you any idea what the very appearance means?

You may have grown in the error of disobedience where ignoring the word pays dividends to your credibility/world but when you are saved your whole being becomes subjected to the likeness and image of Christ through the washing of the word.

You no longer think of self but of the Spiritual realms of God from which you can only serve in Spirit and in Truth Because God is Spirit.
---Carla3939 on 7/28/09

There is no argument where the people in God are abide, It is the people without God who argue!
---Carla3939 on 7/13/09

You're kidding, right?? All you have to do is read these blogs to see this all the time.

Or perhaps you believe the people who don't agree with you don't abide in God.
---NurseRobert on 7/27/09

Don't stand in judgment of those with piercings. Look at their character and heart. Be like the Lord, and do not judge by the outward appearance, but look at the heart of a person.

As Christians however, it is probably most wise for us not to do things that could cause another to stumble, or cause another to stumble into deeper sin. A body piercing could be a source of stumbling for some.

Be patient and kind in helping explain to others who do have piercings, if perhaps having a piercing is not the wisest way to appear before others if they truly care to discuss it with you.
---Anne on 7/27/09

Body piercings is a lust of the flesh just like the adorning of plastering on make-up, excess of jewelry, smoking, drinking alcoh-bevrages, drugs, tattoos, women's hair-cuts that looks like mens short h-cuts So gross & the such like, Truly Not of God.
---Lawrence on 7/27/09

No. Unless the person receiving a piercing is committing the act as a form of self mutilation,then body piercing is absolutely fine. It is so minor and irrelevant. It also one of those things that I have prayed to God before doing for his help! (God! please help me not to be scared help me not to chicken out please God, please!) I know, not the best prayer, but I was 9 and I was scared and I really, truly think that God doesn't have a problem with it. I also got crosses as my first pair of earrings, so that had to have helped my case, too.
---Kristen on 7/19/09

Over the years, I have come to understand that demons like to mark their territory. This is primarily through piercings, tattoos, and cuttings. While not all body art is taboo in the Bible, several types are. The only one properly sanctioned is the piercing of the ear of the slave who loves his master.
I must ask a question of you. If you were God, and you created man perfectly - to look like you - would it not be correct to assume that you would mark him out as your territory by NOT marking him, since he was already perfect? Just ask youself, "Will this mark me out as God's territory?"
---Curtiss on 7/18/09

I don't wish to get into an argument with anyone proving who is right from wrong that is irrelevant but proving what is the perfect and acceptable word of God in searching for Truth.

To do so one needs to have the Holy Spirit yes but one must also be able to read and understand Old Law from New Law, what is good / what is not Good what is lifts self and what glorifies God!

In everything you need Wisdom and I don't see how one can trace behind brethren debating what I have always agreed that women can and indeed do which is teach men who go AWOL but that don't mean you take on the role of The Teacher...
---Carla3939 on 7/17/09

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If you were sitting in a building where men and women were asking questions about the bible and you you knew the answer would you like the Pharisees Scribes of the Old Testament rebuke a woman teaching(as they did Christ on the Sabbath) so leaving all to perish or would you get up and teach for the good of them knowing the truth of Gospel?

I question your motives as a servant of God Cluny you sound more to me like a busybody with no motive but to exalt yourself, pray and ask for knowledge wisdom and understanding, you are questioned by several people on this site I wonder why?
---Carla3939 on 7/17/09

\\ Cluny,

where is the question debating teaching the household of faith in church?\\

According to the black and white letters of the Bible, women are not supposed to teach in church.


Apparently, you don't believe these black and white words.
---Cluny on 7/15/09


where is the question debating teaching the household of faith in church?

This is a web site whereby if you want to contribute towards a question you are free to do so are you not, if you disagree with scripture you provide evidence to shew otherwise but scripture does not contradict Scripture man made mistakes are known to do that. However people who study are able to over look that which is impossible to prove and accept that which is evidently through Old Biblical References correct according to what viable evidence is presented.

Tattoos and body piercings are not one of those scriptures!
---Carla3939 on 7/15/09

Yes I agree with you Larry... Of course we all do, but you understand where I am coming from. Why is it so difficult for the people who say they love the Lord to put away the things of the flesh?

We are bought with one price and could not pay the price of the cross through death to redeem ourselves so why when we are asked to reverence God/ Christ in the manner advised by his Apostle chosen by God become such hard a debate?

This is truly the End Times when good is spoken of as Evil and Evil spoken of as Good. Paul gives one the mirror we do not serve through the Flesh!

---Carla3939 on 7/15/09

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There is no argument where the people in God are abide, It is the people without God who argue!
---Carla3939 on

Carla, scripture is replete with commandments to be on one accord and you are so correct that where God abides there is harmony.
There is only praise, thanksgiving and harmony in heaven. Why should there be a desire for anything else for the people of God on earth?
I might not go as far to suggest that those who argue are without God and opt for those who argue are not at the time Godly. We all slip and fall. God bless.
---larry on 7/14/09

\\ The word is written in black and white I do not argue with scriptures that say one should not pierce ones self,\\

How about the word written in black and white where it says that women are not to presume to teach, but are to learn in silence and submission?

Do you argue with that?

Or jus ignore it?
---Cluny on 7/14/09

The word is written in black and white I do not argue with scriptures that say one should not pierce ones self, what the Law says you should not do you avoid doing it, if you don't do it you don't have to sacrifice like they did of Old to redeem themselves and obtain mercy. For you were bought with one price whereby Christ was the last sacrifice, that redeemed you from the Law of sin. dying to self you die with him,suffering with him ye shall hence forth rein with him, having put the outer man to death.

You grow in Christ mature learn to reject that which is carnal and embrace that which is Spiritual.

knowing Anything is possible but not everything is convenient.
---Carla3939 on 7/14/09

\\ Willow,

There is no argument where the people in God are abide, It is the people without God who argue!
---Carla3939 on 7/13/09\\

Like Peter and Paul?

Or Paul and Barnabas?
---Cluny on 7/13/09

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There is no argument where the people in God are abide, It is the people without God who argue!
---Carla3939 on 7/13/09

I have to laugh at christian culture in the USA

drinking wine in the USA is considered sinful yet in greece it is considered bad manners to have not offer wine at dinner. lol

USA women who wear make up are considered glamorous yet in greece, ugaunda and many other countries only women of the night wear make up. lol

why do we argue over the petty diffrences and rarely discuss the real things close to the heart of GOD IE salvation,Grace Peace Joy love of one another ect..I believe we really lose track of GODS Heart because to look at the things of Christ we need to see ourselves reflected n GODs word..I for one do not like seeing that.
---willow on 7/12/09

\\Just because it's written in the bible, it doesn't mean its good all the time. Many of the stories are about the traditions of man.
---Steveng on 7/10/09\\

So, are you saying that when the OT Mosaic law directed that voluntary slaves for life were to have their ears pierced, this was NOT from God, but only a tradition of men?
---Cluny on 7/12/09

The only piercing Christ displayed were the nail prints in his hands and feet I don't see anyone lining up for any of those!

Exactly so why pierce the body and who will it glorify and why because there is not one single example of body piercing suggested in scripture for the people of a risen Christ to display on their body.

However there are scriptures to show that piercings and Tattoo's are not Godly acts and those that do these things to their bodies a re worldly people without sight or thought towards God!
---Carla3939 on 7/11/09

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Cluny: "So this is saying that piercings cannot be sinful in themselves if the Bible required it in certain circumstances."

There are many things in the bible that man does, but is not of God. The bible contain stories between the relationship of people and God. When the people did good, God rewarded them. When the people did bad, God punished them. Just because it's written in the bible, it doesn't mean its good all the time. Many of the stories are about the traditions of man.
---Steveng on 7/10/09

In context, apparently, body piercing is no more sinful than spiritualism or prostituting one's daughter.
---jerry6593 on 7/5/09

Jerry I agree with you here. Just because we are under Grace, doesn't mean we can do anything we want because we are now under Grace. We know the mind of God, what is and isn't pleasing to Him through so much OT scripture. Not that we are under or bound to the LAW, but out of Love, knowing those things that do not please God, we just don't practice.
---kathr4453 on 7/10/09

Cluny, those who like these kinds of self torturs usually are verry vocal about it on top of that. (or maybe its different in America)
---andy3996 on 7/9/09

\\ Now Cluny, you are smarter than that. Why, he can as well be a Doctor with a 'private' practice, Yes?
---Nana on 7/8/09\\


If he gets squeamish at the site of body piercings, he's in the wrong profession!

Most physicians see worse things than that without batting an eye.
---Cluny on 7/8/09

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Now Cluny, you are smarter than that. Why, he can as well be a Doctor with a 'private' practice, Yes?
---Nana on 7/8/09

\\however certain body pearcing do repuls me, especially those in private parts,\\

And if they are on someone's privates, when would you likely see them to be repulsed by them?

How should you even know they were there?
---Cluny on 7/7/09

Ralph, i admit it was far fetched what i said, but also your answer was quite far fetched. Personally i do not think modest bodypiercing to be all that bad (my wife wears earrings and that is also body pearcing if you think of it)however certain body pearcing do repuls me, especially those in private parts, and those who pierce their entire face and tongue etc.. i cannot get away from the feeling that other implications can grow out of this, both spiritual as natural. but that is a personal feeling NOT doctrine
---andy3996 on 7/6/09

\\In context, apparently, body piercing is no more sinful than spiritualism or prostituting one's daughter.
---jerry6593 on 7/5/09\\

And do YOU follow all the prohibitions of Leviticus, jerry6593?
---Cluny on 7/5/09

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Lev 19:28,29,31 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore .... Regard not them that have familiar spirits ...

In context, apparently, body piercing is no more sinful than spiritualism or prostituting one's daughter.
---jerry6593 on 7/5/09

I thought about what you wrote Andy, and your logic seems a bit of a stretch. Very true that Jesus became our sin and bore our iniquities. However, that specific act was not the whole story. The fact that He rose again and lives completes the redemption. You'll note that even His risen body bears the wounds.

Having said that, I didn't mean for my post to become a doctrinal discussion. It was simply a lighthearted yet poignant observation.
In all honesty, my opinion on body piercing is that most people look ridiculous and immature with rings and chains hanging from all parts of their face and body. It could be sinful and it could not. It depends on one's heart and motive.
---ralph7477 on 7/4/09

Great answer, Ralph! You go! :D
---Mary on 7/4/09

Ralph, he (Jesus) became sin for you and me in order we could have salvation, so if talking in your way (cursed is anyone who is hung on a tree), then yes body pearcing is sin since it is a part of the curse....
---andy3996 on 7/4/09

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Ralph: Excellent point.
---Trish9863 on 7/4/09

"Are body piercings sinful?" No.

Sin, as concerning the physical, is a transgression of the law as it pertains to the physical. There is no "Thou shalt not" pertaining to piercings.
---josef on 7/3/09

Gee I hope not. I put all my faith in a man with pierced hands and feet.
---ralph7477 on 7/3/09

They were actually a sign of slavery back in Biblical times. The wife of the slave and his children were left with his master when he was freed, but if he decided that he wanted to stay with them they would pierce him with or at the awl, and he would become a permanent slave.

Not much of a fair choice.
---amand6348 on 7/2/09

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Nope! There is nothing wrong with body piercings, tatoos, jewelry, etc. I take MY example from some PASTORS that had all of that work on them. Hey, if those leaders can have that stuff on their bodies, then I can too. No sin involved. Sigh of relief! :<)
---Sag on 7/2/09

Most things don't divide neatly into two categories: sins and non-sins.

I certainly don't find extreme piercings attractive, and I don't care for any on myself.

Don't forget that Rebecca was given a nose-ring (according to some translations) as an engagement gift.

Even if it was a set of earrings (or it could have been just one, not uncommon at the time) she was given, it's doubtful that they were clip-ons, which is a fairly modern invention unknown in Bible times.

And piercing the ear was part of the Biblical protocol for changing an indentured servant into a slave for life.

So this is saying that piercings cannot be sinful in themselves if the Bible required it in certain circumstances.
---Cluny on 7/2/09

No, they're stupid. What is the whole point or message are you sending about a body controlled by the Holy Spirit? Metal piercing your lip, eyebrow, nose or belly-button is telling me what about your savior?
I can hear the answer now, "not everything is about Jesus, it's about me expressing myself..blah, blah, blah.

A shrink would probably argue its an acceptable subtle expression of body mutilation.
---larry on 7/2/09

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