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Nazarenes and Dancing

My church of the Nazarene does not support social dancing. I have heard some Nazarene Churches do. Is this true? Is the church changing?
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At the General Assembly in 1997, the wording about dancing was changed in the Manual. I don't know what it said exactly either before or after the change, but the change no longer strictly prohibited dancing. I think it says something about dancing being permitted if it is cultural or if it does not solicit sinful behavior (I wish I knew the wording exactly--another good reason to pick up a Manual). Based on this, Nazarenes can dance in certain contexts.

Of course, there is a wide range of opinions on dancing throughout the church, so many individual churches have more strict attitudes about it than others. In the Nashville area, I haven't heard anyone make a big deal about it, and I know a number of Nazarene dancers. It may be different in other areas. I'm an avid swing dancer and occasional dance instructor myself, so I'm content with the attitude that it is permissible.
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This is from the 2001-2005 manual. In the constitution section 34.5 about Covenant of Christian Conduct it says "All forms of dancing that detract from spiritual growth and break down proper moral inhibitions and reserve.
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Thanks, Reborn. The implication, therefore, is that forms of dancing that do not detract from spiritual growth or break down proper moral inhibitions and reserve are permitted.

To answer your original question, yes, the Church of the Nazarene is changing, but that's not unusual. The Manual has far fewer restrictions on behavior now than it did 50 years ago.
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The church is following in the footsteps of the world, friends. The standard of Christdom should not be lowered. As for social dancing, I say, unconditionally, NO. God Bless,

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Originally Posted by Joshua Howard
The church is following in the footsteps of the world, friends. The standard of Christdom should not be lowered. As for social dancing, I say, unconditionally, NO. God Bless,

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The church is not lowering any standard if the standard was not Christian in the first place.
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when i think of social dancing, i think of clubs. and when i think of dancing at night clubs, i think of simulating sex on the dance floor... i'm glad that the issue of dancing is raised because it brings it to our attention that it isn't always acceptable behaviour.
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Originally Posted by Crono
The church is not lowering any standard if the standard was not Christian in the first place.
Very true. I'm from a Baptist background that said dancing and alcohol are a sin so when I started reading the Bible and found out what it teaches I was shocked (why don't we have a shocked smilee). Personally I don't drink or dance but I wouldn't mind learning to dance. Dancing and wine are created by God but Satan corrupts them with our help. If done responsibly they are good but if done dishonorably they are a sin.
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Originally Posted by Joshua Howard
The church is following in the footsteps of the world, friends. The standard of Christdom should not be lowered. As for social dancing, I say, unconditionally, NO. God Bless,

Joshua Howard

Does this mean I should not have danced with my husband at our wedding?
Exactly where do you draw the line? I can see "dirty dancing" being a no, but what about ballroom dancing? Even David danced before God.

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