Aggressive Fashion Statements
In some of the most unexpected places we are confronted by a revival of the old tribal practices of body scarification, body piercing and body mutilation. Nose rings, eyebrow rings, belly rings, tongue studs, multiple earrings, nipple rings, tattoos and other disfigurements are more than an identifiable sub-culture – it is all part of an aggressive fashion statement which is challenging the Christian Church.
"Do not cut your bodies… or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord."
A Scandalous Silence
Unfortunately, most Church leaders have remained silent on this practice, even while some youth leaders and Bible College students are giving themselves over to body modification.
"Priests must not shave their heads… or cut their bodies. They must be holy to their God and must not profane the Name of their God... they are to be holy."