Secular Music, Dancing and Sexy Dressing
Galatians 5:19-21 New International Version (NIV)
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21 Living Bible (TLB)
19 But when you follow your own wrong inclinations, your lives will produce these evil results: impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, 20 idolatry, spiritism (that is, encouraging the activity of demons), hatred and fighting, jealousy and anger, constant effort to get the best for yourself, complaints and criticisms, the feeling that everyone else is wrong except those in your own little group—and there will be wrong doctrine, 21 envy, murder, drunkenness, wild parties, and all that sort of thing. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21 The Message (MSG)
19-21 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.
The above Bible text in various versions reveals to us what is right and wrong for a christian. The Bible begins by saying that this are characteristics of what is expected of a person without the Holy Spirit in their life. I will not dwell on every aspect of the verse but on a few aspects that commonly occur in parties that christians organise and attend and think they are right. These are (1) secular music (2) dancing (3) sexy dressing.
Verse 19 refers to sexual immorality which includes the deliberate sexy dressing. Dressing to project sexual attractiveness. The dressing that leads to thoughts of sex, desire for sex. That kind of dressing leads others to sexual temptation which begins with thoughts. Matthew 5:28 “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Sexy dressing will lead those who see us to have mental sex with us and others will actually approach us for the same. In heavenly records, you have had sex with multiple partners that you will only know on judgement day, because it was in the mind. Sexy dressing when allowed or approved or accepted or tolerated, for God it is as good as condoning sexual immorality. Sexy dressing is wrong anywhere for a believer. There are decent evening dresses for formal parties that require such dressing. Sexy dressing is immoral and sinful.
Verse 21 refers to orgies or wild parties. Wild parties have secular music and dance. Wild parties are also wild because of minimal or no control over those who attend the party. Wild parties are wild in noise and activities. Wild parties are wild because in them anything goes. Organising or overseeing or attending a wild party according to the above quoted text, is a sign of spiritual carelessness and lack of the Holy Spirit.
Secular music makes the secular as opposed to God the subject of entertainment. The subject of secular music is sex and careless love most of the time. The thoughts of those who indulge in secular music are driven away from thoughts of God. Secular music numbs the heart from desiring the things of God. Use of secular music in church related events is idolatry and abuse of the things of God. Churches, church institutions, church events such as weddings, funerals and other celebrations including our media outlets, should not have any secular music at all.
Dancing may have been cited severally in scripture. But each instance of dance in scripture is descriptive of exactly what the dancers were doing. Therefore use of the word dance in scripture does not approve all that which we refer to as dancing today. Dancing in scripture is seen as a natural response of excitement to what God has done and not to music that is designed to excite it. Dancing after crossing the Red sea was a response to salvation and not a response to music. The unacceptable dance of Herod’s daughter was not a response to what God had done but a response to music designed to elicit dancing and please onlookers. Dancing to secular music designed to cause dancing and to please on lookers is wrong. Dancing with suggestive sexual moves is immoral and unacceptable before God.
Dancing to secular music, by secular entertainers (DJs, Mrs, Comedians, etc.) in event event is wrong and unacceptable for a christian at any time. Dancing as practiced today is opposed to God and His will for us. Dancing leads hearts astray from God. To organise or allow dancing is to participate in misleading God’s children. Matthew 18:6 “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Secular music, dancing and sexy dressing is against the will of God anytime, anywhere, for everyone.
The following passages are inspired writings of a prophet of God, Ellen G White. The quoted book is Messages To Young People. In these quotes she addresses her self to secular music, dancing and sexy dressing so to speak. We consider her a true prophet of God, because her writings and ministry did not and do not contradict the Bible!
Chapter 97—A Wrong Use of Music
Angels are hovering around yonder dwelling. The young are there assembled; there is the sound of vocal and instrumental music. Christians are gathered there, but what is that you hear? It is a song, a frivolous ditty, fit for the dance hall. Behold, the pure angels gather their light closer around them, and darkness envelops those in that dwelling. The angels are moving from the scene. Sadness is upon their countenances. Behold, they are weeping. This I saw repeated a number of times all through the ranks of Sabbath keepers, and especially in _____. Music has occupied the hours which should have been devoted to prayer. Music is the idol which many professed Sabbath-keeping Christians worship. Satan has no objection to music, if he can make that a channel through which to gain access to the minds of the youth. Anything will suit his purpose that will divert the mind from God, and engage the time which should be devoted to His service. He works through the means which will exert the strongest influence to hold the largest numbers in a pleasing infatuation, while they are paralyzed by his power. When turned to good account, music is a blessing, but it is often made one of Satan’s most attractive agencies to ensnare souls. When abused, it leads the unconsecrated to pride, vanity, and folly. When allowed to take the place of devotion and prayer, it is a terrible curse. Young persons assemble to sing and, although professed Christians, frequently dishonor God and their faith by their frivolous conversation and their choice of music. Sacred music is not congenial to their taste. I was directed to the plain teachings of God’s word, which had been passed by unnoticed. In the judgment all these words of inspiration will condemn those who have not heeded them.—Testimonies for the Church 1:506. MYP 295.1
Chapter 127—Dangerous Amusements for the Young
The desire for excitement and pleasing entertainment is a temptation and a snare to God’s people, and especially to the young. Satan is constantly preparing inducements to attract minds from the solemn work of preparation for scenes just in the future. Through the agency of worldlings he keeps up a continual excitement to induce the unwary to join in worldly pleasures. There are shows, lectures, and an endless variety of entertainments that are calculated to lead to a love of the world; and through this union with the world faith is weakened. MYP 373.1
Satan is a persevering workman, an artful, deadly foe. Whenever an incautious word is spoken, whether in flattery or to cause the youth to look upon some sin with less abhorrence, he takes advantage of it, and nourishes the evil seed, that it may take root and yield a bountiful harvest. He is in every sense of the word a deceiver, a skilful charmer. He has many finely woven nets, which appear innocent, but which are skilfully prepared to entangle the young and unwary. The natural mind leans toward pleasure and self-gratification. It is Satan’s policy to fill the mind with a desire for worldly amusement, that there may be no time for the question, How is it with my soul? MYP 373.2
The true Christian will not desire to enter any place of amusement or engage in any diversion upon which he cannot ask the blessing of God. He will not be found at the theater, the billiard hall, or the bowling saloon. He will not unite with the gay waltzers, or indulge in any other bewitching pleasure that will banish Christ from the mind. MYP 398.1
To those who plead for these diversions, we answer, We cannot indulge in them in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. The blessing of God would not be invoked upon the hour spent at the theater or in the dance. No Christian would wish to meet death in such a place. No one would wish to be found there when Christ shall come. MYP 398.2
When we come to the final hour, and stand face to face with the record of our lives, shall we regret that we have attended so few parties of pleasure? that we have participated in so few scenes of thoughtless mirth? Shall we not, rather, bitterly regret that so many precious hours have been wasted in self-gratification,—so many opportunities neglected, which, rightly improved, would have secured for us immortal treasures? MYP 398.3
It has become customary for professors of religion to excuse almost any pernicious indulgence to which the heart is wedded. By familiarity with sin, they become blinded to its enormity. Many who claim to be children of God gloss over sins which His word condemns, by linking some purpose of church charity with their godless carousals. Thus they borrow the livery of heaven to serve the devil in. Souls are deceived, led astray, and lost to virtue and integrity by these fashionable dissipations. MYP 398.4
In the Path of Dissipation
In many religious families, dancing and card-playing are made a parlor pastime. It is urged that these are quiet, home amusements, which may be safely enjoyed under the parental eye. But a love for these exciting pleasures is thus cultivated, and that which was considered harmless at home will not long be regarded dangerous abroad. It is yet to be ascertained that there is any good to be obtained from these amusements. They do not give vigor to the body nor rest to the mind. They do not implant in the soul one virtuous or holy sentiment. On the contrary, they destroy all relish for serious thought and for religious services. It is true that there is a wide contrast between the better class of select parties and the promiscuous and degraded assemblies of the low dance house. Yet all are steps in the path of dissipation. MYP 399.1
The amusement of dancing, as conducted at the present day, is a school of depravity, a fearful curse to society. If all in our great cities who are yearly ruined by this means could be brought together, what histories of wrecked lives would be revealed. How many who now stand ready to apologize for this practice would be filled with anguish and amazement at the result. How can professedly Christian parents consent to place their children in the way of temptation, by attending with them such scenes of festivity? How can young men and young women barter their souls for this infatuating pleasure?—The Review and Herald, February 28, 1882. MYP 399.2
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