Full disclosure: I have tattoos and earrings.
But the question is, why are you asking? Because there are at least two different answers I would give. One is that there is no command in the Scriptures prohibiting body piercing. There is a description in Exodus 21 of a Hebrew slave who must be release in the seventh year, but who may choose to remain in service: “then his master shall bring him to God, and he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall be his slave forever” (21:6). And there is the passage in Leviticus 19:28, which says, in the ESV, “You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the LORD.” (Although tattoo is clearly an anachronism when you read the Hebrew: it means to make marks or draw on the skin.) This very obviously refers to pagan funeral rituals (compare 1 Kings 18:28). So I find no command.
On the other hand, if the question implies trying to keep oneself from sin by not committing certain actions, the answer would be: yes. Sinners do not do some sinful things and some things that are not sinful. We simply act, and every action is full of sin because that is who we are. Sins are just what sinners do. We cannot justify ourselves by not doing certain things.
As long as there’s no explicit command, we are free (though, as Paul says, not everything that is lawful is beneficial). Should we consider carefully how we alter our bodies? Yes, they are redeemed by Christ’s sacrifice of His own body and the resurrection of His body. But I suggest that if someone wants to prohibit body piercing because it somehow affects or alters the bodies God has given us, that law will never be satisfied. Caffeine? Hair color? Earrings? Eating anything that someone else considers unhealthy? Not exercising every day? Cutting your hair or beard? Shaving (face or legs)? The law (even when it’s not God’s) always says, “Do,” and it is never done. No one can live by the law. Be the sinner you are and come to the altar of mercy where Christ has forgiveness and life to deliver to you.
Pr. Timothy Winterstein