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									   Dancing
What Does the Bible Say?
     Dancing: Why Study It?

   Dancing is one of the more popular social
    activities in the world, from the primitive to
    the highly artistic “Dancing With the Stars”

   Whether or not a Christian can participate
    in such is determined by God‟s word, not by
    culture, tradition, or opinion

   God‟s word directs every aspect of our life,
    including entertainment and recreation
     Dancing: Why Study It?

   Dancing is not simply body movements, but
    it includes thoughts and feelings; it has
    been called “the language of the body”

   Dancing stimulates a person to think or act
    a certain way, good or bad

   Dancing comes in different forms; not all
    dancing is wrong (skipping? leaping? lively
    movement? bob up and down?)
    Dancing: Why Study It?

   Pressure on young people to dance comes
    from…

       School functions (homecoming dance,
        Valentines Day dance, prom, etc.)

       School dance teams

       Dance lessons
         Dancing in the Bible
               Types of Dancing

   Dancing as amusement (Job 21:11-12;
    Psa. 30:11; Eccl. 3:4; Isa. 13:21; Lam. 5:15;
    Mt. 11:16-17; Lk. 7:32)

   Dancing as rejoicing or celebration
    (Judg. 11:34; 21:21,23; 1 Sam. 18:6-7;
    21:11; 29:5; Psa. 87:7; S.S. 6:13;
    Jer. 31:4,13; Lk. 15:25)

   Dancing as worship (Ex. 15:20-21; 2 Sam.
    6:16-23; 1 Chron. 15:29; Psa. 149:3; 150:4)
        Dancing in the Bible
              Types of Dancing

   Dancing as reveling (Ex. 32:6,19,25;
    “naked,” KJV; 1 Sam. 30:16)

   Dancing as enticement (Mt. 14:6-7;
    Mk. 6:22-23)
         Dancing in the Bible
               Methods of Dancing

   Dancing and playing music
    (1 Chron. 15:29)

   Dancing and leaping (2 Sam. 6:14-16)

   Dancing solo; or men with men and women
    with women; but social dancing by men and
    women together in our modern fashion was
    unknown in the Bible (see the ISBE, pp. 1169-1170)
           The Modern Dance
                  ( The Five I‟s )

   Activities associated with dancing…

       Impure thoughts, desires, and looks

       Intimate physical contact

       Improper body movements

       Immodest clothing (1 Tim. 2:9-10)

       Intoxicants (alcohol and drugs)
        The Modern Dance

   Destroys a good example and influence
    (Mt. 5:13-16; Phil. 2:15; 1 Tim. 4:12)

   Destroys respect (1 Tim. 5:1-2)

   Destroys spirituality (Job 21:11-15)

   Promotes lustful thoughts (Mt. 5:28; 6:13;
    15:19; Phil. 4:8; 2 Tim. 2:22; 1 Pet. 2:11)
        The Modern Dance

   Promotes lasciviousness (Mk. 7:22;
    Gal. 5:19-20)


   Lasciviousness (Greek, aselgeia) includes
“indecent bodily movements, unchaste handling
             of males and females”
        (Thayer‟s Lexicon, page 79-80)
          Shall We Dance?

   “It‟s good exercise” (1 Tim. 4:7-8)

   “It‟s fun” (Heb. 11:25)

   “It‟s the popular thing to do” (Mt. 7:13-14)

   “It helps me develop skill, coordination and
    poise” (1 Sam. 16:7; Prov. 31:30;
    1 Pet. 3:3-4)
          Shall We Dance?

   “It‟s a good place to meet people and make
    friends” (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Cor. 15:33; 2 Cor.
    6:17 – 7:1; Col. 3:1-2; Jas. 1:27)

   “They will think I‟m strange if I don‟t dance”
    (1 Pet. 4:4-5; 1 Jn. 2:15-17)

   “I can dance without having evil thoughts”
    (Mt. 18:7)
          Shall We Dance?

   “It‟s my body” (1 Cor. 6:19)

   “The dance will be supervised”
    (1 Cor. 2:11)

   “I enjoy the rhythm of the music”
    (1 Cor. 6:13)

   “Churches have dances” (Lk. 6:46)
          Shall We Dance?

   “The Bible doesn‟t say „Thou shalt not
    dance‟” (Col. 3:17)

   “The Bible condones dancing” – No, the
    Bible condones only that which is good,
    right, and wholesome (Deut. 6:24)
Dancing: Is It Right To Do?

   Parents, do your part (Eph. 6:4)

   Children, do your part (2 Tim. 2:22)

   Preachers, elders, Bible class teachers,
    and Christians do your part (Ac. 20:26-27)

								
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