A video published by Joyce Meyer Ministries two weeks ago where the preacher defended tattoos, is now trending on the internet.
Joyce Meyer, in the 8-minute video culled from one of her conferences kicked off explaining the difference between being holy and religious.
“Holiness is not legalism,” Meyer said, adding that holiness has become not drinking, not smoking, not dancing, not wearing makeup, not wearing jewelry, not having tattoos e.t.c and that these rules of religion are making a mess of what holiness truly is.
Defending the use of tattoos, Meyer quoted Isaiah 44:5 which said: “One will say, I am the Lord’s; and another will call himself by the name of Jacob; and another will write [even brand or tattoo] upon his hand, I am the Lord’s, and surname himself by the [honorable] name of Israel.”
She also quoted Leviticus 19:28 which she said has been misquoted and has been used as a reason to call tattoos a sin. The scripture says: “Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the LORD.”
Meyer added that “The Bible says in Isaiah 49 that God has a picture of you tattooed on the palm of His hand.”
She continued, saying: “I’m right on the verge of going and getting a tattoo,” she added, pointing to her shoulder blade and saying “Right back here, ‘I belong to the Lord’.”
“I thought I might as well just push all the religious people right off the cliff and just get it over with,” she added. “Why would I do that (get a tattoo)? Just to make religious demons mad, no other reason,” she said.
I lived in so much bondage from legalism. Everything in legalism is about something you can not do. Let me tell you something — it is not boring to serve Christ, it is so much fun and there’s so much you can do and not only that, you can enjoy all of it!
Here’s the bottom line, it’s all about your motives and how you are doing things. We can’t look at the outside of somebody and decide for ourselves that they’re an evil person … That’s why so many people today don’t want anything to do with the church ’cause all they get is criticism and judgement.
Watch the video below: