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Is It Wrong To Dance

What do the different denominations believe? For example, do Baptists really believe you should not dance.

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 ---Roman on 7/11/06
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Roman, I honestly don't know what Baptists believe because I am not one, but I do know this: It pleased the Lord to see David dance before the Lord. I believe there is a Holy way to dance, gracefully, not like the world dances. It's a slow, graceful, peaceful, expressing love dance. I'm non-demoninational and that's what we believe.
---Donna9759 on 6/8/08

If it was good enough for a man after God's own heart it is good enough for me. 2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might, and David was girded with a linen ephod.
---denna7667 on 9/13/07


Ed, be careful who or what you call a Puritan!

Did you know that brewed beer and smoked pipes?

History sometimes gives us hilarious changes in word meanings
---Observer on 9/13/07

What's this? A gathering of a puritan socieity?

Come one let's focus on the important things.
---Ed on 9/12/07

Psalms 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
Psalms 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
---wes on 9/8/07

Lupe--Interesting to guess why Michal got so bent out of shape over David's dance. She may have been jealous (women had been singing (lit.)David's praises for a long time..And from physical descriptions he may well have been a "hunk").Seems like she thought him undignified, anyway.. not at all like her daddy, Saul, when he was king. Saul had decided to give Michal to David as a "snare" (KJV) I Sam 18:21. Though she claimed to love him at the time, she turned out to be just that!
---Donna2277 on 7/19/06

Do you know the meaning of "dance" in that song?
---Bruce5656 on 7/19/06

Robert is a Mormon as explained on another blog and everyone should understand that before answering. Be aware of truth mixed with untruth.
---lee_1 on 7/19/06

3. Michal bore no children after that. And in Old Testament times, it was a reproach to be childless (1 Sam 1:5,6) Michal's childlessness prevented her from providing a successor to David's throne from the family of Saul. (1 Sam. 15:22-28). What I love from Scripture is that when we read it as a whole every passage has a meaning then and later as we continue to read.
---Lupe2618 on 7/19/06

2. but Davids desired the same inevitable success from the Lord as experienced in the houshold of Obed-Edom (v. 11). The attitude of Michal aborted the blessing at that time, but the Lord would bless David's house in the future (7:29). David's actions and intentions from the heart were for the delight of the Lord, not the maidens. Michal was so wrong in her thinking that it sounds as if David ceased to have marital relations with Michal or the Lord disciplined Michal for her contempt of David.
---Lupe2618 on 7/19/06

Donna, after going over the story of David in 2 Sam. 6:14, I first found that "linen ephod, is the very thing David used even as a child found in 1 Sam.2:18. When Michal despised him, She considered David's unbridled, joyful dancing as conduct unbefitting for the dignity and gravity of a king because it exposed him in some way. In her mind, she was angry because by wearing these clothes in the presence of the maidservants he was dancing for them. Sounds like jealousy to me. Michal's contempt
---Lupe2618 on 7/19/06

1 PRAISE ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

(Old Testament | Psalms 149:1 - 4)

I love the thought of being a saint of God.
---Robert on 7/19/06

Not if you keep your clothes on while doing so, or behaving modestly in the enjoyment thereof. Dancing is great exercise.

Dance, dance, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance, said He.
And I lead you all, wherever you may be
And I lead you all in the dance, said He.
---Robert on 7/19/06

David and the whole house of Isreal were celebrating with a lot of instruments, there was no mention of him being in his birthday suit, or that he shamed himself in that scripture, so resectfully what your point Jack?.
---Carla5754 on 7/19/06

Jack, where does it say this in the bible? David danced in his birthday suit in the street.
---emg on 7/19/06

Dancing before the Lord is a joyful expression of adoration. Dancing at the club - enemy's playground. Think about young women celebrating graduation in foreign countries, party, and never come home. It happens here, too. Ballroom, ballet, tap,clogging, fun and great exercise. Bumping & grinding in the club, enticing but a trap to stay out of.
---rachel on 7/18/06

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Rebecca--Yes! My Bible says he wore a linen ephod. I never could figure out how people got the idea that his garment flew up. All we know is that Michal, (Davids wife)daughter of Saul, saw him leaping and dancing and she despised him in her heart. We haven't a clue WHY she felt that way.
(maybe she wished SHE could dance too)
---Donna2277 on 7/18/06

According the bible, David did dance before the Lord but his clothing didn't come up and it didn't show his nakedness. 2 Sam 6:14. If it says somewhere in the bible about this, then someone please show me. the girded was a belt around his linen ephod.
---Rebecca_D on 7/18/06

David was not naked his garment flew up and exposed his naked ness. If the question is dance in a church service as an act of worship psalms is full of the answer YES
---becky on 7/17/06

Carla, according to the Bible, David danced in his birthday suit in the street. Is this what you had in mind?
---Jack on 7/15/06

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I love to dance, I remember my first dance, standing on my dad's toes while he waltzed around the room. As for our church (pentecostal)having rules against it, I don't think there is. Most of our youth however do not attend school dances, we will have a get together for them on those nights. But I think thats more of a family decision than the church's.
---bethie on 7/14/06

I eat my meals not in praise of God (but after thankijng HIm. I tend my garden, not to praise God, but in gratitude to Him. Wht need our dancing be "in praise of God"? Why can't we just enjoy ourselves, and thank Him that we are able with a healthy body, and good friends, to dance?
Why do so many think that "non-worship" dancing, or music, is sinful?
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/13/06

As long as you dance in praise to God then dance as it is a part of worship, after all david danced and I'm sure he did it well.
---Carla5754 on 7/13/06

I dance in church I dance at weddings, I dance at home, I have danced in clubs and/or in public .......dancing to worship is of course to glorify God I dance with Him not to Him or even for Him. I have no problem with temptation when I dance at a club or wedding or any social gathering.
---becky on 7/13/06

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Well said ryan, david also dance before god, a man after God,s own heart.
---winna on 7/12/06

Nothing wrong with dancing before the Lord.
I think most other dancing is ok as well. I dance at weddings, some get togethers, and my husband and I often have a dance or two when we have nice music playing and the mood hits us.
Although, dance clubs, bars and those kinds of places shouldn't be on a Christian's menu.
Alan, do you Line dance? Good on you if you do, good exercise!
---NV_Barbara on 7/12/06

Miriam danced with a timbrel upon crossing the Red Sea to freedom. The daughter of Herodias danced in obedience to please a king. When done for the right reason it is scripturally sound.
---Frank on 7/11/06

I love dance. Modern, interpretive, ballet, ballroom. I believe a person should know when to draw the line. The Holy Spirit is an excellant guide.
I belong to a baptist church, I was raised in the Pentecostal faith which taught fire and brimstone on the heads of anyone who, dared to listen to anything but gospel music, much less dance, both now have praise dancers.
---lynet on 7/11/06

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There are many places in the Bible we are told to dance. Like anything else, what you use it for is your choice. We dance in church because we are praising God. Psalm 149:3
---john on 7/11/06

I remember in my Baptist days at youth parties, when the adults' backs were turned, the preacher's son and daughter would be leading the dancing.

There was a time when the waltz was considered a lewd dance; the partners actually embraced each other rather than merely taking hands.
---Jack on 7/11/06

God has nothing against gyrating locomotion that goes nowhere (Dancing). Dancing in celebration of marriage, salvation, and at joyous occasions is pleasing in the site of God. But night clubs, adult clubs, and other houses of flesh is not dancing, God does not look favorably on these lustful, fleshly behaviours.
---Ryan on 7/11/06

Our church believes that as long as it glorifies God, and that it is not specifically prohibited in the Bible, you can do anything that glorifies God. We try not to put "social" or "man made" traditions in the way of God.
---Paul on 7/11/06

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Is dancing in a social setting wrong? It depends on the motivation, and on the type of dancing. Line dancing or country dancing would not seem to provide any temptation.
Some some other types will, and in fact seem designed to produce temptation and more.
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/11/06

Are you talking about dancing in a social setting? as in going to a dance club etc.? (vs the "worship" dancing others have refered to here?)
---Bruce5656 on 7/11/06

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