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Christians: what are your views on dancing?

Discussion in 'Ethics & Morality' started by God saves, Jul 14, 2019 at 1:55 AM.

  1. God saves

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    Do you think dancing is acceptable from a biblical perspective, and if so, what kind of dancing and within what limits?

    Do you think modern forms of dance such as ballet and tap are acceptable or not?

    Do you think that dancing with an opposite sex umarried partner (such as pas de deux in ballet) is wrong or not and why? Do you think that dancing with opposite sex partners should only be between husband or wife, or not?
     
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  2. greenguzzi

    greenguzzi Post-Evangelical, Social Anarchist, One of The Way

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    The problem with sex before marriage is that it might lead to dancing.
     
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  3. greenguzzi

    greenguzzi Post-Evangelical, Social Anarchist, One of The Way

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    No, there is nothing wrong with dancing with anyone.
    Unless you are a pervert, in which case doing anything with anyone would be wrong.
     
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  4. Stranger36147

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    As long as you're not dancing provocatively or dancing naked, you should be good.
     
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  5. David Cabrera

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    Depends on the dancing. I do country dancing.

    As a bonus, here is Taylor Swift dancing:
    swift dancing.gif
     
  6. God saves

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    Thank you for the replies. Do you think things such as pas de deux in ballet or wrong or not, especially between unmarried partners?

    What do you think about this Bible verse: 1 Corinthians 7:1: "Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman"?
     
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  7. Jonaitis

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    I dance at church :( but I am the only one doing it :cool: when we are singing my favorite hymns :eek: by rocking back and forth in my seat :laughing:
     
  8. God saves

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    :)

    I personally think that however one wants to worship should God should be accepted by the congregation as long as it is within biblical guidelines (i.e. not immoral or illegal) and glorifying God by the Lord Jesus Christ
     
  9. God saves

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    May I ask what are you trying to say?
     
  10. God saves

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    I am thinking along the lines of any type of dancing to Christian music or Bible songs (of which I would not see what is wrong unless the movements are (or the heart is) inappropriate); and ballet, modern (e.g. Graham), jazz, tap, and concert contemporary dance. I am also asking about pas de deux in ballet, since it involves a male handling a woman's body.

    I strongly believe that everything Christians do should be done in order to glorify God.

    I would appreciate honest opinions.
     
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  11. greenguzzi

    greenguzzi Post-Evangelical, Social Anarchist, One of The Way

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    I'm sorry. It is a very old joke making fun of certain protestant denominations who thought that false purity was more important than truth.
     
  12. greenguzzi

    greenguzzi Post-Evangelical, Social Anarchist, One of The Way

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    OK, whatever gets your rocks off. I'm just glad I don't have the cleaning ministry at your church!
     
  13. greenguzzi

    greenguzzi Post-Evangelical, Social Anarchist, One of The Way

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    OK...
    1 Cor 7:1 says that it is OK for a man not to have sex with a woman.
    Ergo, it is OK to for a man to dance with a women, if they don't have sex whilst doing so. QED.
     
  14. JIMINZ

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    Just to put your question into a perspective.

    2 Sam. 6:14
    And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.

    I know, that is not what your asking about but, he was dancing.

    Something like Ballet is performing being considered to be part of the arts.

    Whereas, poll dancing is just exhibitionism with a totally different purpose in mind.

    As far as someone dancing with someone who is not their spouse, then you begin to get into the realm of Legalism.

    Keep in mind.

    1 Cor. 10:23
    All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient:

    This means, does it profit you, does it lift you up Mentally, Emotionally, Spiritually.

    all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

    This means, does it profit you, does it build you up Mentally, Emotionally, Spiritually will you derive any benefit from doing it, is it enjoyable?

    I know what I have said can be
    misconstrued by some people to mean all sorts of things, but I have answered your question in the spirit with which you asked it.


    As far as dancing is concerned for you personally, being so specific in your questions it leads me to believe you could possibly be in the Ballet.

    Don't worry about it, don't put that burden on yourself, you will not go to Hell if you dance.

    Rom. 14:8
    For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.

    Rom. 8:16
    The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

    Be Blessed in Christ.
     
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  15. God saves

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    Thank you for your reply. What exactly do you mean by "As far as someone dancing with someone who is not their spouse, then you begin to get into the realm of Legalism."?

    I used to learn dance, but never professionally (i.e. not at a professional dance school) and I did not exactly learn dance for many years.

    I will pray that God blesses you in Christ too.
     
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  16. greenguzzi

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    Amen!
    Ballet is beautiful. Keep dancing.
     
  17. Mathetes66

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    This is a good question.

    In ballet, a 'pas de deux' (means dance for two) is a dance duet in which two dancers, typically a male and a female, perform ballet steps together. The pas de deux is characteristic of classical ballet and can be found in many well-known ballets, including Sleeping Beauty & Swan Lake.

    It becomes wrong if we think it wrong.

    Romans 14:22-23 Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead & do it. For you are not following your convictions. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

    Titus 1:15 To the pure, all things are pure; but to the defiled & unbelieving, nothing is pure. Indeed, both their minds & their consciences are defiled.

    I Corinthians 10:23-33 All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.

    24Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor. 25Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking questions for conscience’ sake; 26FOR THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S, AND ALL IT CONTAINS.

    27If one of the unbelievers invites you and you want to go, eat anything that is set before you without asking questions for conscience’ sake.

    28But if anyone says to you, “This is meat sacrificed to idols,” do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for conscience’ sake; 29I mean not your own conscience, but the other man’s; for why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience? 30If I partake with thankfulness, why am I slandered concerning that for which I give thanks?

    31Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; 33just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.

    I Cor 6:12-20 Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be mastered by anything. 13“Food for the stomach & the stomach for food,” but God will destroy them both. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

    14By His power God raised the Lord from the dead, and He will raise us also.

    15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!

    16Or don’t you know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”a 17But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in spirit.

    The Temple of the Holy Spirit
    (Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:16-18)

    18Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a man can commit is outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body & your spirit.


    This is a good question.

    The word touch in this context of sex & marriage & singleness means:

    Greek word 'haptomai' properly, to fasten to, make adhere to, lay hold of someone; hence, specifically to fasten fire to a thing, to kindle, set on fire; of carnal intercourse with a woman, or cohabitation, 1 Corinthians 7:1.

    It is good for a man NOT to touch a woman in such a way as to touch & lay hold of & adhere to one another to such an extent that sexual desires are enflamed or set on fire to the point where sexual intercourse occurs between the two that are now adhered to one another sexually.

    That is why the next several verses clear up misconceptions of the Corinthian believers in their past sexual behavior. It is good to read the whole context of this starting back in I Corinthans chapter 5 and read all the way to the end of I Corinthians chapter 7.

    Because of the temptation to touch a woman in such a way that it enflames sexual desire to the point of having sex, it is best to marry. God designed sex to be protected by the marriage covenant & then in marriage it is good to touch your wife in that way & the wife her husband. In marriage it is a good thing. (7:2-5).

    One can touch a woman without it enflaming sexual desire. Jesus touched women in healing them & they touched Jesus. It had nothing to do with sexual desire. So back to your thoughts on dancing partners of male and female, being unmarried.

    If if doesn't cause sexual desires to be set on fire but is appropriate between the two, then each conscience is clear as to intent.

    What does the Bible say about dancing? Should Christians dance?

    God’s High Call for Women
     
  18. JIMINZ

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    It was in relation to your specific question below.

    I'll say it again and explain.
    "As far as someone dancing with someone who is not their spouse,(Unmarried) when you do this, then you begin to get into the realm of Legalism."?

    Legalism says all sorts of things are wrong, Dancing Singing, Going to the Movies, watching TV, then it gets to even touching a person of the opposite sex, women wearing dresses down to their ankles, never cutting their hair.

    These are all Legalism, do not have a place in our lives, if a woman is Modest she will never do anything out of order to begin with.

    If you are participating in a performance where you have to touch another person it's O.K.
     
  19. John100

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    Dancing is wrong. But people are sinners, you can't stop them. But you yourself can avoid everything (gehenna).
     
  20. Mountainmanbob

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    If you can dance -- dancing is ok.
    No dirty dancing.

    An (occasional) cigar or (short drink) is also OK.

    What might be a sin for me might not be for you.
    I don't drink for that reason.
    Wife has her one glass of daily wine.
    I never drank like that (one glass).
    M-Bob
     
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