Tattooist Brown is a recovering alcoholic who says the atmosphere inside the church building has helped keep him focused and on the right path.

“I was running my own studio. There wasn’t much purpose in it,” he said. “I was insane for five years. To sum it up, my problem was self-control. My brain couldn’t come up with an alternative where Christ wasn’t the only thing that could save me. I was somebody who needed to be saved from hopelessness in body, mind and spirit.”

Furthermore, he had a substance abuse problem. “I was struggling with whether I could keep my studio” and stay sober. “I prayed a lot and decided the best thing was to close it and come to the church. I figured I could have a lot more positive impact” there.

Fortunately the Rev. Bentley teaches Christians are free to tattoo their bodies since he believes New Testament believers are not bound by the Old Testament laws to gain a right relationship with God. The Bridge actually teaches that if Christians obey laws of the Old Testament, they must also be bound by Jewish rules restrict eating shellfish or pork, trimming one’s beard, or grilling cheeseburgers. Indeed, the Apostle Paul writes that the Old Testament Law was designed by God was to lead people toward Jesus.

“Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that

we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor” (Galatians 3:24-25).

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