Skip to comments.Pastor Opens A Tattoo Parlor In Church
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 hes doing everything he can to reach out to people who have never felt comfortable at a traditional house of worship.
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
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.
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.
I got this 666 tat, free!
My kinda church. Hope they’re playing Donna Summer and KC and the Sunshine Band there!
Body is a temple
Right across from the First Baptist Bar and Grille?
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.
I got this 666 tat, free!
lol...I got a 333 because I am only half evil!
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?
Really it’s 999. When you look down at it you may see 666, but anyone looking at you knows it is 999.
I seem to recall something about Solomon decorating his temple with all kinds of things.
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.
Todd, not Steve, Bentley...
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.
Wonder if Rev. Tim Tom frequents this church? He understands teens.
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.
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.
I fail to see how this is cool.
Tattoos are not cool, they are ugly and make the person look tacky.
If we were perfect, there would be no need for the Cross.
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
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.
Bless you brother!
Thanks for you blessing but I’m not a “brother”....reread my screen name....I’m a “sister”....Actually a SASter....LOL
Ok, how to save face here.....hum.
Yep, I meant that in a generic way.
Bless you Sister. ;-)
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.
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.
Sounds like a fun place. A person could duck down stairs for quick sip during the singing if they sat in the back.
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.
No problem...just pickin’ on ya’.....LOL
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.
Well, we don’t share the same hours... ;o)
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.....
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.
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.
I stand here corrected and ignorant! :>)
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.
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