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Nazarenes and Dancing

Discussion in 'Wesley's Parish - Methodist/ Nazarene' started by Reborn_in_Christ2003, May 18, 2004.

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  1. Reborn_in_Christ2003

    Reborn_in_Christ2003 Senior Member

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    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.
     
  5. Joshua Howard

    Joshua Howard Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit of Happiness

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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,

    Joshua Howard
     
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    Dancing has it's place in Christian history and always has. Dirty dancing never has. ;)
     
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    The church is not lowering any standard if the standard was not Christian in the first place.
     
  8. vibrant

    vibrant now more than ever, i cherish the cross

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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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    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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    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.

    Celtie
     
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    ChiRho Confessional Lutheran Catholic

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    Is social dancing the culprit and the cause of sin? Or is it our sinful lusts which come spewing forth from our darkened heart? By your understanding, I should seclude myself...never to venture out into or expose myself to anything in the world, for that puts my eyes at risk for all kinds of sins (lusting, coveting,etc). Should we lock ourselves in an empty room, to avoid all possible temptation?

    I believe that an empty room would not help, as my sin radiates from my very core....I am the cause of my sin, not my actions...they are a result.

    We need not to spend time picking apart which moments of our day were sinless....there wasnt any. We can be sure of that, but be even more sure that we are Redeemed by Christ! Trust in His Promises and believe them valid for each of one of us, that is the saving faith. To have knowledge, assent, and TRUST in Christ, that His Body was given and His Blood spilled for the forgiveness of sins, for the entire world, but most importantly for you!

    Pax Christi,

    ChiRho
     
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    There is far more to dancing than that. Social dancing does not have to be about sex at all. In fact, I would argue that it usually isn't.

    Generally, when people talk about social dancing, they are referring to any kind of partnered dancing in a social context. This can incorporate ballroom, swing, latin, and so on. Being a good dancer requires practice and skill, much like a sport. Most people would not see anything sexual about dancing, and I would even say that it is one of the cleanest activities you could possibly engage in.
     
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    With todays clothing and infulences from tv even dancing like that can be very unclean. Yes it isn't always unclean though.

    1. Quite a few school dances are very gross and have swing, and latin dances and they can still be very unclean, go to any of the schools I have attended dances at or for that matter national Convention for FFA(don't laugh not everyone there is a hick) there is lots of grinding and body parts showing.

    2. At two forensics tournaments I attended a few years ago there was very questionable dancing to very foul music at one, and teachers did okay it. At another there was a swing dancing contest and most female contestants were wearing very short skirts and about no underwear. They danced like this knowing what they were showing and not caring, plus teachers that witnessed let it continue and let one girl who was showing more than underwear continue into the finals giving people more chances to view.

    When dancing is done in an enviroment like this even the safest of dancing types can be very bad. That is why I think that as more churches allow it's members to do social dancing,m it should be carefuly monitered and the church needs to let it's youth know what is and isn't right to do.

    Just a side note this was about 1 year before I started going to church more than once a month on wednesdays, so I was paying attention and did view all this.
     
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    I do see some problems with this reasoning. It's like saying that Christians shouldn't participate in sporting events because people swear, drink, smoke, and behave un-Christlike ways toward the other team. The solution isn't to eliminate sports; it's to behave appropriately at the event.

    The problem with saying that Christians shouldn't dance because some people behave inappropriately at dances is that it eliminates Christians' ability to change the situation. I can't comment on your examples because I wasn't there, but I can say that I've been to a large number of dances and rarely see any inappropriate activity, largely because the majority of the dancers I know are Christians. If Christians stopped dancing, the only ones left will be the people who do dance inappropriately. I would be very disappointed to see an art form like dancing degenerate because because Christians removed themselves from it.
     
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    I have to disagree. I can't really imagine devout Muslims or Orthodox Jews dancing inappropriately, for one thing. And, truthfully--Christians don't have a monopoly on moral behavior. I was an agnostic for most of my life, and I don't think I've ever danced inappropriately...
    Sorry, that's just a pet peeve of mine.
     
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    It was not my intention to imply that everyone else dances inappropriately. The point that I was trying to make was that Christians shouldn't exclude themselve from a potentially good activity just because there are others who misuse that activity. What you said is also a pet peeve of mine as well, but since I was making a point in a Christian context, I didn't think it was necessary to refer to other religions in my argument.
     
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    I love dancing, and I never once thought of it as sexual. I guess it depends where you are dancing
     
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    :wave:

    when i point out that there is a seedier side to dancing, i'm not saying that because of this, it should be forbidden -- but while some people seem miffed that we should dare be concerned about any activity, it's helpful to have a reminder that there is some rationale behind being concerned with it.
     
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    The church is certainly going somewhere when a 15 year old boy issues a blanket condemnation of social dancing.
     
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    Our church had no issues with us (hubby and me) going square dancing.
     
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