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More Bible study needed on dancing

Dear editor,
I WOULD like to comment on both the condemnation and justification of undignified and sometimes sexually suggestive dancing in some Pentecostal churches, especially during worship.
Those who want to defend the bizarre dancing, which leaves one struggling to distinguish worshippers from nite club rhumba dancers, have sadly clung to only one incident in the Bible as their basis.
They rush to 2 Samuel 6 which records an incident when King David leapt into the air, thereby dropping the mantel of authority, to celebrate the return of the Ark of the Covenant.
David later wrote the words he uttered as he danced into a psalm, and they are recorded in the book of Psalms.
There is no suggestion anywhere else that he was prescribing it as a routine practice during worship.
The question I have tried to ask myself is did David dance during the normal, communal weekly worship in the temple?
How do they reconcile the wild dancing we are seeing in the churches with the reverence with which the heavenly beings give glory to the “one who sits on the throne” as depicted in Revelation chapters four and five?
What about Paul’s call for modesty and propriety during worship, which is reinforced by Peter?
I am not an expert but I feel the dancers have pounced on one incident and based their whole doctrine of self-appeasement on it without comparing it with many other scriptures on public worship.
They want to justify their purely personal entertainment.
When God defeated Baal (Satan) at Mount Carmel in the contest between the prophet Elijah and the prophets of Jezebel and Baal how did this great man of God and the children of Israel who were present celebrate the victory?
Did they jump around in dance or bow their heads in reverence and humility at their Creator?
MARY PHIRI,
Chipata.

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