But what about Leviticus 19:28, which plainly says, “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves.” That would seem pretty straightforward.

Yeah, counters Bentley, but what about Isaiah 44:5, which proclaims in part: “This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’ and … another will write on

his hand, ‘Belonging to the Lord.’ And will name Israel’s name with honor.”

Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper"

And there’s always Revelation 3:12: “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God … and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem.”

Bentley says the context of the Leviticus prohibition is a list of pagan practices the ancient Israelites were to shun. Godly tattoos praising the Lord are allowed.

Even so, Bentley understands some don’t like the idea of a tattoo shop inside the church. And that’s what the Bridge is all about.

“We are about doing church in a different way and being relevant to people,” Bentley told the Flint Journal newspaper. “You can get a tattoo in a clean environment. You can do it while still sticking to your moral code.”

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