Just an Obscure OT Passage
Note: The author is aware that many Christians come to the Lord with tattoos already on their bodies. We all come to Christ with blemishes and stains. Forgiven sins, past mistakes and ignorance of the Bible is not the subject of this essay. The subject is blatant rebellion, imitation of pagans, and Satanism disguised as Christianity. Those who have come to the Lord with MOM, a Marine Corps emblem, or even prison tattoos already on their bodies need not take offense.
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
This OT verse is a clear warning against tattoos. It was one of the many Bible verses that warn us against imitating pagan culture. At no time are these warnings more pertinent than they are today. We live in a culture where people are going completely insane. Tattoos are covering the body of virtually everyone of all ages. Women are exposing parts of their buttocks in order to show off the “artwork” that is on their lower backs. Barbed-wire-like tattoos are surrounding the arms of millions, which is an indication that they have become livestock. People are piercing not only their ears, but their noses, cheeks, eyelashes, lips, tongues, navels, and parts of the body that I won’t mention. Green, blue, bright red, and spiked hair have become commonplace as more and more people of all ages rebel against both God and nature. There are even folks tattooing themselves to look like various animals, or implanting fangs into their mouths to look like vampires (the next contemporary Christian fad?). The modern sideshow freak wannabe strives to be different by doing exactly what millions of other equally mindless pop culture clones do. We know that we live in a world gone insane when even many who profess to be Christians lack the common sense, discernment and backbone to stay clear of such lunacy. This lunacy and love of what is unnatural and plastic is expressed in the music of the modern church-goer, and what is natural and pure is rejected with contempt. He does not wish to think about anything or even feel anything. He lives for amusement and entertainment, which to him is largely a desire for a physical and sensual response to stimuli. Having failed to grow after his alleged conversion, he continues to dwell at the same low and intellectually vapid level of the pop culture that rules his soul. The British composer, Frederick Delius, wrote in 1920:
“The chief reason for the degeneration of present-day music lies in the fact that people want to get physical sensations from music more than anything else. Emotion is out of date and intellect a bore. Appreciation of art which has been born of profound thought and intensity of experience necessitates an intellectual effort too exhausting for most people of the present day. They want to be amused; they would rather feel music with their bodies than understand it through their emotions. It seems as though a tarantula has bitten them – hence the dancing craze: Dixie, Dalcroze, Duncan and Diaghilev, they are all manifestations of the same thing. In an age of neurasthenics, music like everything else, must be a stimulant, must be alcoholic, aphrodisiac, or it is no good…”1
Not only has this degeneration become many times worse since the time of Delius, but it has infiltrated church music to a degree that would have shocked even the liberal churches of that era. It was bad enough that the secular world allowed music to be dumbed down to such a degree, but to see professed Christians wallowing in the same mire is truly shocking.
In order to learn more about the Contemporary Christian Music movement, I recently started reading a book called Faith, God & Rock ‘n’ Roll by a proponent of “Christian” Rock “music” named Mark Joseph. The first thing that I did was to check the copyright page to see which Bible perversion was used by Mr. Joseph. I expected to see the NIV, The Message, or a list of versions. I noticed that there was no Bible version listed at all. Of course, this did not mean that he used God’s inspired word to the English speaking work, which does not require a copyright. He did not include a copyright notice because he did not quote from any Bible at all. I found one mention of the Bible, which was a response to a question about one of P.O.D. member’s numerous tattoos and the Bible’s admonition against such markings. The quote from page 12 of the book is as follows:
“First Maher used an obscure Old Testament passage to question Sandoval’s tattoos. Sandoval didn’t bite, but Happy Days star Marion Ross took up a matronly defence of the singer, reminding Maher that the dreadlocks and tattoos were tools to help Sandoval’s audience identify with him.”
This is the extent of his biblical quotation, an attack against Bible principles, and an endorsement of a Satanic Rock band and pagan practices. Just leafing through the book at random was enough to tell me that the author had nothing but contempt for Jesus and Christianity. His Satanic leanings were not hidden as they are by many “Christian” rockers. He did not even hide it in a shallow manner as groups such as P.O.D. does. He did not come out and say that he was a Satanist, but virtually every page declares it with the subtlety of a trumpet blast in a hospital room. Mr. Joseph describes Alice Cooper as being a Christian (or rather a person of faith). Alice Cooper named himself after the female demon that he claimed possessed him in his youth. Allegedly he became a Christian, but still uses the name of his demon, still dresses like a dead woman, and still uses serpents in his act. The Rolling Stones are claimed to be Christians in spite of their drugs, fornication, homosexuality, and blatant Satanism as expressed on albums like Goat’s Head Soup. Joseph claims that the goat’s head has nothing to do with Satanism! Are his Rock fan readers actually stupid enough to believe that? Whorish rock star women who are inspiring young women to dress like prostitutes, and to be sexually promiscuous, are touted as Christian role models, such as the Simpson sisters, and Destiny’s Child. The latter band was defended by the author, in spite of their whorish attire, and raunchy lyrics, such as those of their hit called Bootyholic.
Throughout my life I have read the works of an enormous number of men of the most vile philosophies and lifestyles. These include Hitler, Mao, Khomeini, Michel Aflak (Baath founder), Hasan al-Banna and Sayyid Qutb (Muslim Brotherhood), Freud, Marx, Darwin, Hegel, Kant, Blavatsky, Pike, Besant, and Welhausen. I have read enormous quantities of pagan literature in Sanskrit, Vedic, Arabic, Persian, Akkadian, and Hittite, and an equally large portion in translations into European tongues. With the possible exception of beat poet, NAMBLA member, and current resident of hell, Allen Ginsberg, of whom I have read only a few poems from a magazine, I have never read anything that turned my stomach to the extent that this foul piece of trash by Mr. Joseph did. I could not read more than a few pages at a time before having to put it down, and I have never experienced such difficulty on that level before.
Modern Christians who desperately want to follow every fad of the heathen of the modern world, and want to be seen as hip so that they can fit in with those who live a lifestyle that they were supposed to have turned away from upon their alleged conversions, will accuse me of legalism, and may even use four letter words while doing so, however, the Bible tells us in many places not to do as the heathen do.
2 Cor 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Jer 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
The modern church-goer takes on every facet of pagan religion possible. He ignores what 1 Corinthians tell him about wearing long hair. He ignores the fact that Exodus 21:6 and Deuteronomy 15:17 tell us that an earring was the mark of a slave for a man, as well as the passages that show us that it was a pagan practice for others. He or she ignores what numerous verses tell us about dressing modestly, and not in the attire of a harlot (Isaiah 47:1, Exodus 28:25-28, 1Ti 2:9, John 21). He ignores what He or she ignores what Deuteronomy 22:5 tells him or her about dressing like the opposite sex. They reduce everything the Bible says about the way we appear to the world to “legalism” and do everything they can to appear exactly like the world. Their claim is that their conversion is strictly inward, but inward conversion is expressed outwardly by following God’s commandments, and by resistance to evil. There are thousands of modern church-goers in Columbus, Ohio, for example, but the huge annual sodomite parade goes on in the streets of city with absolutely no protest from all but a small handful of Christians, many of whom are fundamentalist, KJV-Only Christians from outside of the city, and only one or two from the city. According to a local pro-life activist, and my own more limited observation, not one single pastor in the city of Columbus has ever shown up for a protest at an abortion mill. What exactly are the members of the huge Columbus “Christian” community doing besides being entertained? Indeed, they look and act like the world because it is the spirit of the world that rules them, not the Holy Spirit. There is no outward expression of conversion, because there was no inward conversion, or if there was, it is being stifled by a long term meatless diet (1 Cor 3:2).
The reason that I have described this book in this series is that it represents the true nature of modern Rock and Roll 501(c)3 corporate IRS-owned entities. The usual pseudo-church of today quotes perverted and distorted Bibles, and mixes them up, so that no Final Authority will bind them or their rebellious following. They can get away with just about anything as long as their congregations are kept not just from meat, but from real milk. The author of Faith, God, & Rock ‘n’ Roll does not concern himself with the Bible at all. We have come to a stage in the false church where the Bible has been cast aside entirely by many, and more will surely follow as evil waxes worse and worse. I still remember the words of a young woman who was attending First Community Church in Columbus, Ohio where same sex “marriage” was being promoted. I asked her how she could ignore what the Bible said about homosexuality, and she responded by saying: “What do I care what the Bible says. I’m not going to be a slave of a book.” Others at the same church covered their ears with their hands while I read them from the first chapter of Romans. One lady, probably in her eighties, even placed her hands over her ears and kept repeating in a sing song manner: “I’m not listening, I’m not listening.” The average Rock and Roll church will claim that they have not fallen that far, but the origin of the term “Rock and Roll” is from a slang word for the act of fornication. These modern pagans will crank up the volume and gyrate in obscene manners, which will block out the word of God much more efficiently than that elderly lady was able to do with her hands and childish singing.
Jude 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
1 Amis, John & Michael Rose, Words about Music: A Treasury of Writings by Celebrated Figures. Marlowe & Company, p. 390.
John Hinton, Ph.D.
Bible Restoration Ministry
A ministry seeking the translating and reprinting of KJV equivalent
Bibles in all the languages of the world.