Joyce Meyer tattoos sparks debate

Gospel minister Joyce Meyer announcement that she got two tattoos has sparked debate on whether the move has a biblical backing or not.

Meyer who is 79,said she got a tattoo on her back shoulder reading ‘I belong to Jesus’ as a way to honor God and is convinced that the Bible supports her decision despite the belief among some Christians that tattoos are sinful.

The president of Joyce Meyer Ministries in Fenton, Missouri, said in a video clip posted on her YouTube page in October that she was convinced by Isaiah 49:16 that it’s perfectly OK for her, as a Christian, to sport a tattoo.

“Some of you think it’s fine and some of you think, man, you get a tattoo, you’re on your way to Hell. And you’re free to think what you want to. But you’re not free to judge people who do what you don’t think they should do,” Meyer said.

According to Christian Post ,Meyer further urged her critics not to send her letters complaining about her decision to get tattooed because she already prayed about her decision and her conscience is at ease.

While Meyer cites Isaiah to support her decision to get a tattoo, other Christians have pointed to Leviticus 19:28  which says, “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.”

Christian apologetic website Got Questions, states, however, that while tattoos were prohibited in the Old Testament of the Bible perhaps due to a connection to paganism, the New Testament is silent on it.

“The New Testament does not say anything about whether or not a believer in Jesus Christ should get a tattoo. 

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