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Pastor Opens A Tattoo Parlor In Church
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Posted on 02/07/2012 9:03:29 PM PST by OUTKAST

A Michigan pastor has opened a tattoo parlor inside his church. Rev. Steve Bentley says he’s doing everything he can to reach out to people who have never felt comfortable at a traditional house of worship.


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1 posted on 02/07/2012 9:03:31 PM PST by OUTKAST
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To: OUTKAST

Very cool.


2 posted on 02/07/2012 9:05:32 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: OUTKAST

bring in the money changers, pornography for sale and abortion clinic and you can make anyone feel comfortable there.

I would no longer consider it a church


3 posted on 02/07/2012 9:10:45 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: OUTKAST

Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ with conviction would be a start. To lower the gospel to a standard less then Jesus asked for is gaining nothing.

Jesus never compromised. He preached the Gospel of salvation without compromising.


4 posted on 02/07/2012 9:19:58 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: OUTKAST
By all means. Let's continue to water down the doctrine of the Bible in order to make it palatable to the general public. Never more shall we be so presumptuous as to expect the worshipper/Christian to make changes in his own life to conform to the Gospel. We'll just change the Gospel to conform to the lifestyle of the worshipper.

I've got news for you. These "community" and "pop" "churches" cannot be found anywhere in scripture.

Matt 15:9: But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

5 posted on 02/07/2012 9:22:06 PM PST by LouAvul
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To: OUTKAST

I got this 666 tat, free!


6 posted on 02/07/2012 9:22:22 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew (let establishment heads explode)
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To: OUTKAST; a fool in paradise

My kinda church. Hope they’re playing Donna Summer and KC and the Sunshine Band there!


7 posted on 02/07/2012 9:24:23 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: OUTKAST

Body is a temple


8 posted on 02/07/2012 9:37:17 PM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: OUTKAST

Right across from the First Baptist Bar and Grille?


9 posted on 02/07/2012 9:40:09 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: svcw

Hmmm, I don’t see anything about the Gospel not being preached in this church... I must be missing something. And I must be missing something else, because I was under the impression that Christ came to save us, because we ALL are sinners. I have never seen it written that only perfect people are welcome to accept God’s undeserved gift of GRACE. Like I said, it seems like I’m missing something- at least according to some of the replies here.


10 posted on 02/07/2012 9:42:20 PM PST by luckymom (The Son of God became a man that men might become sons of God. -C.S. Lewis)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

I got this 666 tat, free!

lol...I got a 333 because I am only half evil!


11 posted on 02/07/2012 9:43:44 PM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: OUTKAST

Back in the dark crevices of my gray matter there is a faint image of a Steve Bentley who a few years ago was ministering in Florida........Brownsville, maybe......and there were supposedly great miracles, healings, even maybe visitations by angels.......if memory serves. And as I recall, from what I saw in a DVD of one of his services, every square inch of his skin that is visible outside his clothing was covered with tats. Could it be the same guy?


13 posted on 02/07/2012 9:44:44 PM PST by Tucker39 (Psa 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Really it’s 999. When you look down at it you may see 666, but anyone looking at you knows it is 999.


14 posted on 02/07/2012 9:48:46 PM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: vpintheak

I seem to recall something about Solomon decorating his temple with all kinds of things.


15 posted on 02/07/2012 9:57:51 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: OUTKAST
Sorry, only Christian toos allowed!


16 posted on 02/07/2012 9:59:48 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Tucker39

Todd Bentley in Pensacola. Followed that debacle closely because some people I know were all caught up in it. Don’t think this is the same guy. He left the ‘revival’ with one of his female staff members and hasn’t been heard from since.


17 posted on 02/07/2012 10:03:03 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: Tucker39

Todd, not Steve, Bentley...


18 posted on 02/07/2012 10:03:40 PM PST by luckymom (The Son of God became a man that men might become sons of God. -C.S. Lewis)
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To: OUTKAST

FWIW; after posting my Reply #13 I went and did some checking. The person I remembered was actually Todd Bently, and he was in the Lakeland, FL area. To say that his type of ministry and pulpit manners were “unorthodox” would be quite an understatement. I recall that the DVD mentioned them havinf multiple services each week, with all of them jam-packed.

There are numerous remarks about him, and many of them classify him as being merely a notch or two above Beelzebub. In Luke 18:8 Christ asks a rhetorical question: “When the Son of man returns, will He find faith on the Earth?” Sometimes I wonder.


19 posted on 02/07/2012 10:03:58 PM PST by Tucker39 (Psa 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: OUTKAST

Wonder if Rev. Tim Tom frequents this church? He understands teens.


20 posted on 02/07/2012 10:09:03 PM PST by MCH
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To: OUTKAST
Lap dancers would draw a bigger crowd.......reach more people.......

8:}

21 posted on 02/07/2012 10:38:56 PM PST by AwesomePossum (I have never looked this forward to a November II........)
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To: OUTKAST

Well! Why doesn’t he move in a stripper pole and install a condom machine on every pew too!

People need to have their head checked sometimes.


22 posted on 02/08/2012 12:22:43 AM PST by ketelone
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To: Cronos

fyi


23 posted on 02/08/2012 2:29:38 AM PST by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: svcw

Idiot.


24 posted on 02/08/2012 4:39:44 AM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: OUTKAST

Now if he just had a liquor license he could open a bar...maybe call it The Bent Bar or Steve’s Sticker Shop or Pints and Pews.


25 posted on 02/08/2012 4:56:56 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: vpintheak
Body is a temple

and i'm just decorating the walls.
26 posted on 02/08/2012 6:20:37 AM PST by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: svcw

I fail to see how this is cool.


27 posted on 02/08/2012 6:25:21 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: OUTKAST

Tattoos are not cool, they are ugly and make the person look tacky.


28 posted on 02/08/2012 6:39:36 AM PST by Ditter
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To: luckymom

Absolutely correct.
If we were perfect, there would be no need for the Cross.


29 posted on 02/08/2012 6:42:51 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: markomalley

well, in this case this is not a church but a meeting-hall. Let the self-taught guy do what he likes, maybe he gets people to turn to God. good for him


30 posted on 02/08/2012 6:49:07 AM PST by Cronos (Party like it's 12 20, 2012)
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To: luckymom

Completely agree.
There are people in prison ministries who are tattooed to the hilt with their personal journey to Christ. They can’t take Bibles in, so do this when asked can present the Plan of Salvation.
There are bikers, surfers, and others who tattoo the Plan of Salvation on there arms and backs so when asked can present The Plan of Salvation.
Tattoos are used for a variety of reasons, if the group can use this avenue to witness and be instrumental in winning people for Christ I say good for them.
We are to go to the people, not have the people come to us. The purpose of the Church (Body of Christ) is not to be served but to serve, if this group can serve a particular group who would otherwise not hear the Word of God, I wish them well.
As Christians we need to step out of our comfort zones and move, our churches have become less bold and more comfort, legalistic and “prosperity” oriented - that is the shame.


31 posted on 02/08/2012 6:51:56 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: svcw; luckymom
I completely agree with you both! I'm blessed to serve my "ministry" at a local homeless mission. Some of these people wouldn't ever enter a church (in the beginning they feel unworthy) so we NEED to bring the WORD to them....any way we can! Jesus didn't stand at a pulpit to speak his WORD in churches....he brought it to the people in the streets.
32 posted on 02/08/2012 8:06:43 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Bless you brother!


33 posted on 02/08/2012 8:23:16 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: svcw

Thanks for you blessing but I’m not a “brother”....reread my screen name....I’m a “sister”....Actually a SASter....LOL


34 posted on 02/08/2012 8:34:23 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Ok, how to save face here.....hum.
Yep, I meant that in a generic way.
Bless you Sister. ;-)


35 posted on 02/08/2012 8:50:59 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: OUTKAST
"You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD." (Leviticus 19:28)

No marks on the flesh. I know many dismiss this saying, "We're not doing this for the dead." That qualification applies to ritual cuttings for the dead. I had my appendix removed and needed a "cutting in my flesh", but it wasn't for the dead. The prohibition against marks on the flesh is unqualified.

God reserves to himself the privilege of marking us (Revelation 3:12), not anyone else.

36 posted on 02/08/2012 9:36:12 AM PST by nonsporting
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To: count-your-change

Funny you should say that. My church rents out the top floor of the Eagles Hall, which has a bar in the basement. I keep waiting for our church to purchase shot glasses for them inscribed with “Give us a shot!” and our church logo. So far it hasn’t happened. I am a firm believer in meeting the lost where they are- just as Jesus did.


37 posted on 02/08/2012 9:39:55 AM PST by luckymom (The Son of God became a man that men might become sons of God. -C.S. Lewis)
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To: luckymom

Sounds like a fun place. A person could duck down stairs for quick sip during the singing if they sat in the back.


38 posted on 02/08/2012 10:07:07 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: luckymom
I am a firm believer in meeting the lost where they are- just as Jesus did.

My thoughts exactly!! And, thank God, these are the thoughts of my Pastor. Every day an opportunity arises to share God's word....not just in a church and on Sunday.

39 posted on 02/08/2012 10:13:17 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: svcw

No problem...just pickin’ on ya’.....LOL


40 posted on 02/08/2012 10:20:42 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: GeronL
Yes, I have a problem with that as well...it's like putting a bar in the church. We are called to “go out” not bring the worlds ways into the church.

There's a sign over a church exit as you leave which reads....”You are now entering the mission field”.....and I agree with that.

The church is an assembly of ‘believers’....churches have instead brought in the “hoards” just as they did in medieval times and the church then adapted to them rather than the unbelievers leave their former practices. So no...I'm not supportive of such a move by the church..there are far better ways to reach these people then open a 'business' within the church.

41 posted on 02/08/2012 10:23:10 AM PST by caww
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To: Ditter
Ditter wrote: "Tattoos are not cool, they are ugly and make the person look tacky."

I'm just saying......
42 posted on 02/08/2012 10:53:35 AM PST by KodakKing (Freedom isn't free. Just ask any soldier. www.anysoldier.com)
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To: count-your-change

Well, we don’t share the same hours... ;o)


43 posted on 02/08/2012 2:48:53 PM PST by luckymom (The Son of God became a man that men might become sons of God. -C.S. Lewis)
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To: caww

There’s a sign over a church exit as you leave which reads....”You are now entering the mission field”

That church must have a pretty exclusive membership. At what point is a person from the “mission field” acceptable enough to be invited inside, and who gets to make that judgment? Just wondering.....


44 posted on 02/08/2012 2:59:51 PM PST by luckymom (The Son of God became a man that men might become sons of God. -C.S. Lewis)
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To: KodakKing

You assume too much. My husband has 2 tattoos, he is 76 years old and you don’t want to know what your tats will look like when you are old. His are ugly and they make him look tacky when he wears short sleeves.


45 posted on 02/08/2012 4:03:36 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Mathew 7:1-5

Who said I have any, you assume too much. I was merely commenting on your judgmental attitude and point out that your post condescending and ignorant. Thanks for confirming.


46 posted on 02/13/2012 10:04:48 AM PST by KodakKing (Freedom isn't free. Just ask any soldier. www.anysoldier.com)
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Condescending...... maybe but not ignorant. I know what old tats look like and if you don't you are the ignorant one.
47 posted on 02/13/2012 12:35:16 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

I stand here corrected and ignorant! :>)


48 posted on 02/13/2012 1:29:03 PM PST by KodakKing (Freedom isn't free. Just ask any soldier. www.anysoldier.com)
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To: OUTKAST

fer later


49 posted on 02/13/2012 1:35:47 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: OUTKAST

FWIW, one reason why tattoos were so popular amongst initiation rites into gangs is that some echelons of Satanic worship identify the process of getting a tattoo with a ‘blood letting’. Amongst some pagan circles, there is a belief that a blood letting of a believer, not cognizant of the cause, may be used to loose a demon, thereby granting more power to the gangster bringing the ‘believer’ into the gang.

The person receiving the tattoo doesn’t have to be cognizant of the supernatural event, merely a foolish scapegoat who chants some saying whose meaning is parlayed into opening a door for the occult.

Same applies for an initiation rite, claiming allegiance to some person, in darkness, with a blood letting, and overseen by somebody into the occult who doesn’t have to make it known to the initiate, who then becomes a type of occultic sacrifice.


50 posted on 02/13/2012 1:38:03 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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