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Why do some denominations/churches prohibit dancing? I never understood that one.

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On ‎3‎/‎13‎/‎2017 at 5:59 PM, ricky said:

Why do some denominations/churches prohibit dancing? I never understood that one.

Close contact with the opposite sex, gyrating, bouncing, intentional/unintentional contact; what could possibly go wrong? Many of these Groups that hold to this also prohibit co-ed sports, and say that men and women in the swimming pool at the same time is to be avoided. It is a matter of conviction to not place oneself into compromising situations.   

Most of the Groups that I have known that discourage dancing, view it this way:

The Bible does not specifically condemn dancing, but no one could rationally deny that what goes on the dance floor is potentially morally compromising. The Church Doctrine that I was exposed to, did not call it a sin, but something that is to be avoided. Why? I looked at it this way. Not drinking or dancing is a self-imposed safety fence we can place around ourselves to avoid situations where you can be easily led to sin. It is done in honor towards God and to promote a holy life. If one never takes a drink; they can never get drunk. If we do not place ourselves in close contact with the opposite sex; the temptation is not there. It cannot be denied that it is the better part of wisdom to avoid these situations and their potential temptations.

I will say that the average Member in one of these Churches loses this in translation, and errs in making it a sin in itself. They do so in violation of the Church's actual statement in their doctrine. Some become legalistic about it, and have no grace. But, let's say that you seek membership in an Organization that teaches this, you should abide by the standards that Organization operated under.  If it means more to you than union with that Fellowship, go somewhere else. Respect their convictions.

Most of the experiences that I have from people in these Churches is that they understand the "self-imposed fence" principle. A common joke in these Churches is often heard...

Our Church takes a firm stance that drinking alcohol is wrong... because we are afraid that it might lead to dancing!:)

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On 3/13/2017 at 6:47 PM, missmuffet said:

The Bible doesn't address dancing. Inappropriate dancing is a sin.

https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-dance.html

Question: "What does the Bible say about dancing? Should Christians dance?"

Answer: 
The Bible doesn't give specific instructions on dancing. It may be helpful to point out some examples of good and bad dancing, and then mention some biblical principles to build dancing standards on. Exodus 32:6, 19-25—This is a disappointing part of Israel's history. While Moses was up on the mountain talking to God, the Israelites built an idol. In the process of the idol worship, they began to dance. This ended up in "revelry" (v. 6) and being "out of control" (v.25 says "naked" in some translations). In this case, dancing led to very sinful activity. In Exodus 15:20 Miriam was dancing to celebrate the victory God's power had brought at the Red Sea. Second Samuel 6:12-16—David "danced before the Lord" to celebrate the Ark of the Covenant being brought back to Jerusalem.

Every instance of dancing that is not considered sinful was done in worship or praise to God. Here are some more principles to keep in mind in considering dancing: Ecclesiastes 3:4—There is an appropriate time to dance (and, by implication, an inappropriate time to dance). Psalm 149:3; 150:4—Both passages mention that we can praise or worship God through dance. First Corinthians 6:19-20—Our bodies belong to God, and they are the temple of the Holy Spirit. So everything we do must be honoring to Him.

Dancing to bring attention to yourself or your body, therefore, would be sinful. In 1 Corinthians 7:1-3, the writer says, "It is good for a man not to touch a woman" (NASB, KJV). Paul was acknowledging that men have a very strong sex drive that is easy to set off. Because of this, many styles of pair dancing outside of marriage can be very tempting, especially to the man. "Flee (as in "run away from") the evil desires of youth" (2 Timothy 2:22). Any dancing that stirs up sinful desires in ourselves or in others is sinful. Matthew 18:6—Doing something that might cause someone else to stumble into sin is considered absolutely inexcusable. Dancing in a way that would cause someone else to lust would fall under this guideline. First Thessalonians 5:22—This is a great rule of thumb if we're not sure if a dancing situation is acceptable. "Avoid every kind of evil." If it even looks like it could be sinful, don't do it.

In the end, there is a lot of dancing that is inappropriate for believers, twerking for example, who should be seeking to glorify God with their lives and especially with their bodies. Yet the Bible acknowledges that we can dance in a way that does not tempt others, does not tempt ourselves, and brings glory to God.

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Keep the dancing clean! :)

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