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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.
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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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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


What if you just want to dance with your wife?

I dance with my wife all the time, but I don't see how that exalts the flesh. I dance with my daughters all the time and I certainly don't see how that exalts the flesh.

Why can't you just dance for the sake of dancing or to be close to someone?
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In answer to the question: no, dancing is not always wrong.

That begs the question of when is it wrong. If it has the propensity to create lust - then it's wrong. Here's another obvious one: if you know God doesn't want you listening to the music, then you really shouldn't be dancing to it either.

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In answer to the question: no, dancing is not always wrong.

That begs the question of when is it wrong. If it has the propensity to create lust - then it's wrong. Here's another obvious one: if you know God doesn't want you listening to the music, then you really shouldn't be dancing to it either.


Most dancing done today is wrong because of the moves used, the music listened to, and the reasons for dancing.

Places where Christians might be able to dance, in good conscience, are very few and mostly availabe in their own homes.

Then comes the questions about just what music is okay for married couples to dance to...does it have to be a Christian song performed by a Christian singer...can some secular music be acceptable or is all secular music and anything performed by a non-Christian off limits...Christians hold differing views on these matters, even among fundamentalists.
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I do not think dancing is wrong unless its the members of the opposite sex touching, and if its bad music.

Which sorta nixes most dancing these days.

I think the square and otherwise fancy ball dancing in old movies and stuff looked fun though....its nothing like the dancing they do these days.

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I do not think dancing is wrong unless its the members of the opposite sex touching, and if its bad music.

Which sorta nixes most dancing these days.

I think the square and otherwise fancy ball dancing in old movies and stuff looked fun though....its nothing like the dancing they do these days.


True. Most of todays dancing is centered around or outright based upon sex. Many of the dances of days gone by were more about fun, fellowship and community.

When I was in school they taught square dancing in PE up into high school, when they finally dropped that my sophomore year.
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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.


We have been going to the DR a lot lately, as our son is to be born shortly. When we go they check his heart beat. My 23 month old daughter (though this fit when she was 18 months) "dances" to the heart beat. She feels music in ways I have seen very few doing. The little song "I'm in the Lord's Army" she loves, and marches like crazy. But I have noticed there are very few (I cannot think of any) songs that she does not move to at least some. If we used this and the toe tapping as a gauge for what music should be played, we would have to throw the piano right out the door!!!
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We have been going to the DR a lot lately, as our son is to be born shortly. When we go they check his heart beat. My 23 month old daughter (though this fit when she was 18 months) "dances" to the heart beat. She feels music in ways I have seen very few doing. The little song "I'm in the Lord's Army" she loves, and marches like crazy. But I have noticed there are very few (I cannot think of any) songs that she does not move to at least some. If we used this and the toe tapping as a gauge for what music should be played, we would have to throw the piano right out the door!!!


It is had to do with how the child moves and or acts. There is a distinct difference in how worldly and secular music affects the mind and spirit. I would not say that because some good Christian music makes us want to move it is wrong, "Onward Christian Soldiers" makes me want to march forward in to battle, "Wipe Out" makes me want to wipe out, and been there done that. What I hear with most CCM is it is trying to sound and mimic secular music in its affect on our spirit and souls. Maybe I am prejudice, having come out of that kind of world, but when I hear most of that which is called CCM it sounds like worldly music to me. From the beat to the chanting. And I have heard songs written today by good Christians that God has touch there hearts that has great messages in them with not need for, ratty tat- tat of a drum or the hard down beat of a bass guitar, or the arm swing strum of a electric guitar. Here is good music, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th0m2259pls&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL. Yes call me prejudice if you want. I like good music.
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Charlotte, my 1 1/2 year old, likes to "get down" as much as she can. We listen to nothing but good music and abhor CCM, but she still does the best she can to boogie to Patch the Pirate music.

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There can only be one interpretation!


There can be only one interpretation of Scripture, but there can be many opinions as to what is or isn't acceptable music for a Christian.

Any music that violates clear Scripture is wrong, ungodly; such as music which blasphemes God, glorifies adultery, incites violence, etc.

However, if we take a known Christian favorite that most accept as having biblical lyrics and being Christian, and we set that song to a dozen different styles of music, Scripture does not declare that there is only one acceptable music style, and this is where the disagreements come in. The real disputes erupt when some proclaim their opinion is the one and only acceptable opinion.

Now, I'm 100% for standing solid where Scripture is clear on a matter. However, where this isn't the case, I'm not going to declare that because Fred says all piano music is wicked, then that's just the way it is and anyone who disagrees is wicked, ungodly and hates the Bible.
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Luk 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill [it]; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.

Comment is superfluous.

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Luk 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill [it]; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.

Comment is superfluous.

Yes, and there is the verse of David leaping as he danced before the Lord, other references to loud music, dancing, raising of hands, the use of many instruments, etc.

Even so, how would most IFBs react if they saw David dancing like that? Or they heard the music from afar?

I'll readily admit, there are certain music styles I don't like and I can't see how anyone could be edified by them. There are certain singing styles I feel the same way about. However, there are those who claim to get edification from them. I don't know how, but I won't declare they are indulging in wickedness because the Word simply doesn't say this.
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