Monday, July 21, 2008

"Alter" Call

The lure of flashing lights, throbbing music, and a dance floor versus the opportunity to dance in the Light to life-giving lyrics in the presence of the Lord seems a difficult choice to make for many dancers. The remedy is that dancers must realize that our gifts and talents are given to us to bring glory to God. Many will say that "Dance is my life," and "I was born to dance!" The truth of the matter is that the Bible does not define a "call to dance."

There is a warning that must be issued to those of us in movement ministry. We must be careful that we do not begin to devise alternative doctrines and teachings in order to justify why we do what we do. The Word provides enough Scripture for us to dance before Him with freedom and conviction. When we try to alter Biblical writings to fit our own beliefs, then we are in danger of leading people away from Christ.

There is hope in our calling. The challenge is to correctly defined what it is that we are called to do. When we interject our own theories into movement ministry and begin to follow those ideas more that the Word of God, then we will find ourselves building on sinking sand. Ministry can be accomplished in many ways. Dance and movement definitely minister to people for various reasons. Let's make sure not to add things to the Word which are not written.

Deuteronomy 4:2 (NKJV)
You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Ezra 6:12 (NKJV)
And may the God who causes His name to dwell there destroy any king or people who put their hand to alter it, or to destroy this house of God which is in Jerusalem. I Darius issue a decree; let it be done diligently.

Psalm 89:34 (NKJV)
My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.

Jeremiah 2:11 (NKJV)
Has a nation changed its gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory for what does not profit.

Ephesians 4:13-15 (NKJV)
Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—

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