Pat Robertson has flapped his tongue with nonsense again, this time about tattoos. A false teacher gives extra-biblical teachings. Do not dismiss these as simply foolish words, they are wrong and can be harmful to blind followers.
I get really annoyed when people in a position of Christian leadership or expertise utter nonsense from their mouths, throw in a little scripture to make it sound good, all in an attempt to make a big deal about their personal pet peeves.
Pat Robertson is no stranger to whacked-out ideas and he has not let us down this week. During the “Bring it On” segment of his show, a viewer mentioned that his friend was getting a tattoo with Jesus on the cross on his upper back and asked Robertson whether getting tattoos was a sin or was okay for Christians to do. Robertson said that it “doesn’t make it okay because it’s religious, believe me.”
“I mean it could be just the same as a tattoo of some hoochie-cooch girl. I mean, it doesn’t really make any difference,” said Robertson.
“You look at the Bible, the people are told not to mark their bodies and cut themselves like the heathen did. Tattooing is a heathen practice, it is not a Christian practice.”
“It is a heathen practice and is prohibited in the Old Testament, and so the fact that it is Jesus doesn’t make a bit of difference.”
We must not forget that while he is saying obnoxious things, others are blindly following this man, clinging to his words, rather than seeking scripture for themselves. When we were at BGBC, there were practices there were off. The pastor tried to justify them and at the time, we blew them off because other teachings were right. When you have a pastor giving you extra-biblical rules, it might be time to vote with your feet: walk out that door and don’t return.