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Is it Wrong to Dance ?. “a time to mourn, and a time to dance;” Ecl.3:4. Jump, leap, skip. Dance = patterned and rhythmic bodily movements, usually performed to music, that serve as a form of communication or expression [Microsoft Encarta]. The Bible does not say “Thou shalt not dance”.

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Is it Wrong to Dance ?

“a time to mourn, and a time to dance;” Ecl.3:4

Jump, leap, skip

Dance = patterned and rhythmic bodily movements, usually performed to music, that serve as a form of communication or expression [Microsoft Encarta]

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The Bible does not say “Thou shalt not dance”.

The Bible does not say “Thou shalt not give poison to your neighbor.”

The Bible does not say “Thou shalt not strangle your neighbor.”

Some things are wrong because of the principles of the Bible

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Dancing mentioned in the Bible

An Expression of Religious Enthusiasm

Exodus 15:20 - Miriam and women

Judges 11:34 - Jephthah’s daughter

2 Samuel 6:14 - David danced before the Lord

Emotional expressions of religious feeling and enthusiasm

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Dancing mentioned in the Bible

An Expression of Lewd thoughts and desires

Exodus 32:19 - Sinai - Golden calf “dancing”

v.25 “the people were naked”

Matt. 14:6 - Salome danced before Herod

led to the beheading of John

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Dancing is not approved

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,” Galatians 5:19

Lewdness, licentiousness

Indecency, Sensuality,

Debauchery

Wanton acts or manners, as filthy words, indecent bodily movements, unchaste handling of males and females,

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Dancing is not approved

“Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:…” Gal. 5:21a

Revelling refers to excessive feasting and carousing and has a close relationship with “music and dancing”.

Modern dance is sexually stimulating.

Heb. 13:4 “Marriage is honourable”

Appeal of dancing is human passion.

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Dancing is not approved

“Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:…” Gal. 5:21a

Anything like these

Dancing is associated with other works of Flesh:

Adultery and Fornication

Hatred - Jealousy - Wrath - Anger

Murders - Drunkenness

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Fruits of the Dance

“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.” Mt.7:17

Immodesty

Drinking

Adultery

Divorce

HEARTACHES

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Excuses to Justify Dancing

Helps to develop grace and poise

They love music

The dance will be supervised

Mark 7:21-23 = from within

Could we go to a dance and not dance ?

Lend your approval

Tempting situation

Can sin by watching

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Questions about Dancing

Is dancing a fruit of the spirit or a work of the flesh?

Does dancing draw one nearer to God ?

Does dancing help you bring others to Christ?

Would dancing be right for the elders and deacons and preacher?

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If we choose to go to heaven we must

“Keep unspotted from the world”Jas. 1:27

“Not be conformed to this world” Rom. 12:2

“Set our affections on things above”Col. 3:2

“Abstain from all appearance of evil” 1 Thes.5:22

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Is it Wrong to Dance ?

The Bible does not approve

Lascivousness

Revelling

Things like these

“…those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Gal. 5:21 NKJV

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Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809

706-855-1249

evanscoc@bellsouth.net

www.evansgachurchofchrist.org

Sunday Morning Oct. 17, 2010