Dec 01, 2017 by Will Maule

Carl Lentz Insists That Having Tattoos Is Not Against The Bible

Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz has asserted his belief that it is OK for Christians to have tattoos. "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," Lentz told World Religion News.

"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."

Leviticus 19:28 reads: "Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD." However, Lentz says that that specific Old Testament scripture does not apply today because of what Jesus did on 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," the Virginia native maintained. "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."

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