Daniel P. Barron

Let them praise His name with the dance.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 

Someone asked, "Is dancing a sin?"

Recently discussing the idea of getting married with my boyfriend, and the topic of dancing at the wedding came up; he mentioned how many members of his family are against dancing. Personally, I understand being against grinding or whatnot, but things like the cha cha slide or a slow first dance should be okay. So I was wondering what scriptures lead people to believe dancing is a sin?

Dancing is not a sin, i and Scripture even commands dancing. ii

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  1. 2 Samuel 6:

    14 Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.

    1 Kings 15:

    5 because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

    This verse was included to point out that David hadn't "turned aside from anything" that God commanded, (with one non-dancing exception) and therefor his having danced was not wrong to do. ^

  2. Psalm 150:

    4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
    Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!

    Psalm 149:

    3 Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.

    Ecclesiastes 3:

    4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;

    Jeremiah 31:

    4 Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.

    Jeremiah 31:

    13 “Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, And the young men and the old, together; For I will turn their mourning to joy, Will comfort them, And make them rejoice rather than sorrow.


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