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The Dance of Disobedience: Unmasking Sinful Actions

It’s soon going to be time for Prom, and it’s a great time for you to think about dancing. To what extent can a young person who wants to honor Jesus participate in dancing? Can a person dance and still please the Lord? Is dancing consistent with the purity and holiness that God demands of a Christian?

There are several problems with dancing of which everyone should be aware. First, dancing appeals to human sensuality. It has sex appeal and outside of marriage, sex is sinful (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 5:3-5; Colossians 3:5). Second, dancing is lascivious and lustful. Lasciviousness means a lack of proper restraint of the desires of the flesh. In general, it describes actions that tend to produce lust. Outside the relationship of marriage, this lust is sinful (Matthew 5:28; Romans 13:13-14). Third, dancing is associated with much that is evil. It’s often the doorway to other sins (Matthew 7:15-20; 1 Thessalonians 5:22). Fourth, it destroys one’s influence for good. We must strive to set a good example (Matthew 5:16; Luke 14:34-35; Philippians 2:15). The world is watching. Others are quick to notice any inconsistency between our belief and our conduct. Fifth, it places a stumblingblock in front of others. What kind of effect do you think dancing has on your partner (Romans 14:21)?

The person who wants to please God has to examine their heart. Does it increase my love for God and His Word? Does it increase my spirituality? Or does dancing arouse lustful desires within me or my partner? Does it serve as a starting point to baser desires? Dancing will make you turn your back on Christ.

Kyle Campbell