This weeks’ STLS topic is spiritual gifts. This is another issue that has been on my mind recently, due to a discussion about “Dancing in the Spirit “I was having on a board recently.
It’s interesting because the posters seem to be evenly split in beliefs. The person who started the post was wondering what we thought about this and if it was possible. It is possible, but what he thinks is of the spirit and what I think are not the same. I’m sure that’s probably not a surprise to those of you that have been reading my other posts in this carnival.
Anyway he was saying that people would run around the place and end up somewhere in the building without knowing how they got there-he also said they’d be crying, shouting. I said that crying and shouting are not dancing-they can be done while you dance, they can be an expression of praise and worship, but by themselves they are not dance. He disagreed that those things weren’t dance.
What bothered me most about this is the “they don’t know how they ended up there”. He also implied that a choreographed, practiced dance could not be of the Spirit since it was a practiced dance. I disagreed and said the Spirit can indeed be felt in a practiced dance.
I also pointed out that in scripture, every time people were moved by the spirit, they knew it. Not once did they say “I don’t know how I got here”, but rather they said “The spirit moved me”:
There are also the fruits of the Spirit to consider-namely the self control fruit. God is a God of order, not chaos, so how is it possible to “dance in the spirit” and not know how one got to point b from point a?
I am not against dancing as a way to praise and worship Him. How could I be when I am the co-dance leader in my congregation? But we should be able to recogonize when the His spirit moves us and when it is something else.
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