Dance ministers do not wear costumes. The idea that dancers should select attire based on what is available in mass quantities at the retail stores should be put to rest. There are garments used in ministry for the purpose of conveying the truth of the message. The garments worn should not be a distraction or an offesnse to the viewers. If we ask Him, the Lord will instruct us as to what is appropriate for a particular piece.
Though we use our bodies as instruments, our flesh is not to be highlighted during movement. The Presence of the Lord should permeate our surroundings when we are led by the Spirit. Many books, websites, and teachings have discussed the garment controversy, but there are still too many dance groups who have not (or refuse to have) obtained a demonstrated understanding for the usage of garments in ministry.
Not everyone will wear a robe, gown down to the floor, or angel-sleeve dresses to get the point across. The fact also remains that not all dance ministries will seek the Lord for directions concerning ministry attire. We must continue to pray that we are in line with His will, and that we are not doing a disservice to the ministry.
1 Chronicles 15:27 (NKJV)
David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers, and Chenaniah the music master with the singers. David also wore a linen ephod.
Psalm 45:13 (NKJV)
The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; Her clothing is woven with gold.
2 Corinthians 5:3 (NKJV)
If indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
Revelation 3:18 (NKJV)
I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
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