The devil is a master of disguise and deceit. He is the author of confusion and the architect of identity theft. Satan is the progenitor of lies. He is ambitious, crafty, imaginative, intriguing, captivating, entertaining and convincing. He is one slick dude.
He wanted to be like the Most High and he has not ceased to try to ascend to the throne of God. And although he has been cast down out of the Kingdom of God and temporarily assigned as god of this world, he still seeks to be like the Most High God by imitating what is God’s and God’s alone. The problem is that he can only imitate and counterfeit what is God’s. He can never duplicate God’s perfection and holiness. He can only twist, pervert, distort and lie which is his nature.
The devil took the human and secular art of interpretive dance and replaced the word “interpretive” with the word “praise” and added some music that he placed the word “gospel” in front of and called the combination “Praise Dancing.”
The problem is that every gospel song isn’t the gospel and every praise dance doesn’t praise the Lord. It is mostly entertaining theater these days with painted face and costumes. But didn’t the LORD warn us not to worship him in the manner that the heathens and the ungodly worship their gods? Weren’t we admonished not to bring the secular into the sacred? (Deuteronomy 12:4)
Although the scriptures instructs us to “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!” (Psalm 105:1-6)
The Word of God also says that “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24)
There is no worship or honor in praise dancing when the dancers aren’t born again and worshipping in The Spirit of God’s Holiness and Truth. It is only entertainment with a religious twist (Perversion).
I am not criticizing anyone’s practice of praise dancing no more than I would criticize anyone practice of singing on the choir or preaching from the pulpit while unsaved, unrepentant and sexually immoral.
What I am saying is that whatever you do for the LORD, let it be REAL! And in order to be real, we have to be born again – born of the Water and of the Spirit.
There is no need to try to praise the Lord when your praises are defiled by your sinful unrepentant heart and sexual immoralities. You must repent and be born again!
The Bible says that God doesn’t hear the prayers of sinners. He says that “your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2) Therefore it stands to reason that God will not hear or acknowledge the praises of sinners either.
Your church and congregation may hear and applaud the acts of praises of practicing and unrepentful sinners but God does not.
However, Psalm 51:17 tells us that “a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”
We must first and foremost become broken and contrite about our sinful nature and practices and repent of our sins before we can offer any acceptable sacrifice of praises to God.
The prophet Samuel told us that “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)
Before we can offer any acceptable praises to God, we must first be repentant and obedient to God – not just in words but in spirit and truth.
Don’t let the sounds, drama and theater of the performing arts of dance and music fool you. Just because they move us emotionally and entertain us physically doesn’t mean that they are anointed and acceptable to God. The devil has talents and gifts too. He was the brightest and most talented cherub in Heaven.
Satan has fooled a lot of folks into believing that a lot of talented folks are actually anointed by God when in fact they are just gifted by Satan. The devil is a liar and he is great at making wrongs look right and sinners look like saints.
“Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
All things come out of the spirit realm, including praise dancing and it must be examined to see whether it is from God or man.
Don’t get it twisted. Anything that is from God and that God ordains and anoints as His own can stand to be questioned and examined. However, the devil doesn’t want us to look too closely at what he is doing. We may find that it is twisted just like him and contrary to the Will, Purpose and Spirit of God.
I am just trying to keep it REAL!
One more thing. I’ve got to get some answers on another dance that is now becoming popular in some of our churches. That is the tendency to have black people performing as “mimes” in whiteface. Can anyone else besides me see the hypocrisy in our getting mad over white people in blackface, then put the exact opposite in our churches as an acceptable form of entertainment?
Again, I am just trying to keep it REAL!
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