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Is dancing always wrong? Would, for example, a couple slow-dancing be in sin? Married, or unmarried? Yes, or no? Why, or why not?
God bless,
Joel ><>.
2 Chronicles 7:14.

In a New Covenant situation:
Jer 31:13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

Jesus did not think of dancing as sinful:

Mat 11:16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

Is such dancing the sort of dancing you are questioning? Scottish (country) dancing was allowed by the Kirk as it was distinct from the formal dancing of the court that involved close contact. Edited by Covenanter

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No, dancing is not always wrong. Slow dancing can be fine for married couples but something unmarried couples should not participate in as such closeness as is involved in slow dancing is inappropriate for those unmarried.

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No, dancing is not always wrong. Slow dancing can be fine for married couples but something unmarried couples should not participate in as such closeness as is involved in slow dancing is inappropriate for those unmarried.

I'm not happy with slow dancing, aka ballroom dancing, as such dances will be a social gathering normally including unmarried youngsters in close contact.

Such dances are social occasions for youngsters to meet under adult supervision, so shouldn't present a problem of Christian concern.

I enjoy the occasional barn dance - the last one was for my 3rd son's 40th birthday. From time to time I am a member of the English Folk Dance & Song Society. I took some of my children camping with them. Good tuneful live music & healthy activity.

I've even tried morris dancing.

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I'm not happy with slow dancing, aka ballroom dancing, as such dances will be a social gathering normally including unmarried youngsters in close contact.

Such dances are social occasions for youngsters to meet under adult supervision, so shouldn't present a problem of Christian concern.

I enjoy the occasional barn dance - the last one was for my 3rd son's 40th birthday. From time to time I am a member of the English Folk Dance & Song Society. I took some of my children camping with them. Good tuneful live music & healthy activity.

I've even tried morris dancing.


I'm not familiar with "morris dancing". Some forms of folk dancing I would consider fine, but some I wouldn't. As Bro Matt says, regarding the issue of dance it matters "what kind of dance? With who? and what music is being played?".

With regards to slow dancing, which involves very close, prolonged body contact, such may be fine for married couples in some circumstances, but not at all for those unmarried. Such contact shouldn't occur between those who are not married.

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Is dancing always wrong? Would, for example, a couple slow-dancing be in sin? Married, or unmarried? Yes, or no? Why, or why not?
God bless,
Joel ><>.
2 Chronicles 7:14.


Its OK to dance if your name is David. :yeah:

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

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Its OK to dance if your name is David. :yeah:

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


David, "danced unto the LORD" and was not in a hugging contest to music as most dancing seem to exhibit, and so worst than that. Personally even if a husband and wife are going to do it, it belongs in an intimate setting as it should be between them.

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If it praises God.
But if the music or the body movements exalt the flesh instead of God, it's ungodly.

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.Psalm 150:4


How can music (not lyrics) "exalt the flesh"? Not challenging your assertion, just curious as to what you mean.

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How can music (not lyrics) "exalt the flesh"? Not challenging your assertion, just curious as to what you mean.


At discos( do they still have discos?) do they play Irish jigs, classical music, marches? or something with a beat that makes you want to 'shake your booty'.
Music can be very sensual,

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What does it lead to for an unmarried man to dance with a unmarried woman?

What problem may raise its face when a married man dances with a married woman that is not his wife?


What may come about when a married man dances with an unmarried woman?

Does anytbing good come of young men and women dacning with one another?

Most places that I've seen where dancing is taking place is not a place a child of God should want to be.

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I personally like to see a good Irish jig - it's interesting how they hold their bodies so straight as they move their feet...and the feet are definitely the focus. I also enjoy watching Jewish dance. I guess you could call those folk dances of those cultures.

I agree that dancing between husband and wife is fine. Leaping before the Lord as David did would be fine, too (that is what his dancing was - not shaking his booty :) ).

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At discos( do they still have discos?) do they play Irish jigs, classical music, marches? or something with a beat that makes you want to 'shake your booty'.
Music can be very sensual,


Interesting. It would seem though that "music that makes you want to 'shake your booty'" would be subjective to the listener. It seems that every type of musical beat will elicit some response, whether it be as simple as a nodding head or a tapping foot. What one merely claps a long to, another might feel like jumping up and "shaking a leg." It would be neat if there was some objective way to determine it.

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Interesting. It would seem though that "music that makes you want to 'shake your booty'" would be subjective to the listener. It seems that every type of musical beat will elicit some response, whether it be as simple as a nodding head or a tapping foot. What one merely claps a long to, another might feel like jumping up and "shaking a leg." It would be neat if there was some objective way to determine it.


I had a pastor once who was explaining to his wife (I was at their house) that, in his opinion, if music starts causing your toe to tap before it starts edifying you spiritually, it was questionable. Don't know that I completely agree with him, but it is a starting point.

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I had a pastor once who was explaining to his wife (I was at their house) that, in his opinion, if music starts causing your toe to tap before it starts edifying you spiritually, it was questionable. Don't know that I completely agree with him, but it is a starting point.


That would suggest that music is only to be used for edification of the spirit. I disagree. I think God wants us to have pleasures and entertainment (godly and clean of course), which includes music.

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How can music (not lyrics) "exalt the flesh"? Not challenging your assertion, just curious as to what you mean.


We dealt with this some years ago in the church, one of the young men gave this illustration and check it out to see if it is true. They had a 18 month baby boy, I had taught about the kind of music that affects the body verse the spirit. He told about the baby boy and music, if they had the radio on and it was playing the worldly fast beat up tempo stuff, then the baby would be very active to the point of dancing,(so cute when a baby does it) even agitated, then he put on a tape we had made of my wife playing the piano, hymns and good gospel music, and the baby would calm down and not be as active.

Look at the way "Onward Christian Soldiers" affect us/you verses something like "Sweet Holy Spirit" and I mean without the words.

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Good discussion :thumb:

I've often heard the saying that if the music appeals to the flesh, then it's no good; but just what does that mean? Some say if the music makes you want to clap or tap your toes, then it's wrong, while some have no problem with clapping or toe tapping.

What defines "appealing to the flesh"? As was mentioned, as song such as Onward Christian Soldier may illicit a different "feeling" and response from some than does Sweet Holy Spirit. Does that make one wrong and the other okay?

There are also some who proclaim that all music must be to the glory of God, nothing secular is acceptable. Some declare if the music can't, or shouldn't, be played in church then a Christian shouldn't listen to it.

Can you imagine the reaction in your church if someone came down the aisle dancing like David during a hymn? :icon_mrgreen:

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We dealt with this some years ago in the church, one of the young men gave this illustration and check it out to see if it is true. They had a 18 month baby boy, I had taught about the kind of music that affects the body verse the spirit. He told about the baby boy and music, if they had the radio on and it was playing the worldly fast beat up tempo stuff, then the baby would be very active to the point of dancing,(so cute when a baby does it) even agitated, then he put on a tape we had made of my wife playing the piano, hymns and good gospel music, and the baby would calm down and not be as active.

Look at the way "Onward Christian Soldiers" affect us/you verses something like "Sweet Holy Spirit" and I mean without the words.


Is that to say that all "up tempo" music is worldly? I think it is more than understandable that the pace of the music will elicit different responses. Fast beats might stimulate the central nervous system differently than slower beates. Up tempo beats can excite, slower tempos can relax. However, I can't see how being excited in conjunction with a fast beat is de facto "wordly" or "fleshy." Still, an interesting idea.

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Good discussion :thumb:

I've often heard the saying that if the music appeals to the flesh, then it's no good; but just what does that mean? Some say if the music makes you want to clap or tap your toes, then it's wrong, while some have no problem with clapping or toe tapping.

I believe I've tapped my foot several times while listening to hymns. :icon_mrgreen:

I've the heard the "tap your foot" thingie, but it has no Biblical grounds.
God bless,
Joel ><>.
2 Chronicles 7:14.

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I read somewhere not to long ago that grocery stores play slow and soft music because it makes you slow down when you are shopping and there by you by more. If they play faster music it makes you more faster and buy less. I think I read that in the WSJ.

I know when I'm in a store or place that is playing this stuff today that is called music it makes me want to get out in a hurry.

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