It is amazing how many praise dancers cannot provide an answer to any Biblical references to dance other than David. We should know the basic scriptures that pertain to dance, but we cannot stop there. Regular study of the Word of God will fuel us with choreographic creativity that reflects His heart concerning the people. We must each become accountable for what we know (or seek to discover what we should know).
The Bible is saturated with movement imagery from Genesis to Revelation. We cannot depend on popular dance ministers or televangelists to give us some new revelation concerning movement. Although teaching is helpful, it should not be our sole source of information. Every book, DVD, and newsletter is not necessarily an authority on dance ministry. Laziness in study and co-dependence on others to feed us spiritually will result in a malnourished, dysfunctional ministry.
As we study and gain understanding of the Word, our grasp of the scriptures must not give room for us to feel superior over others that lack knowledge. Many Biblical scholars can fall into the temptation of pride when spouting scriptures in an attempt to showcase authority. At some point we were all ignorant of the ways of God. True knowledge is demonstrated and not always verbalized. What is inside of us will come out. Though many may criticize and condemn the ministry of movement, when we live by the Word of God, our ministry will stand without question.
1 Kings 10:1,3 (NKJV)
Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions. So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for the king that he could not explain it to her.
2 Chronicles 31:8-10 (NKJV)
And when Hezekiah and the leaders came and saw the heaps, they blessed the LORD and His people Israel. Then Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps. And Azariah the chief priest, from the house of Zadok, answered him and said, “Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the LORD, we have had enough to eat and have plenty left, for the LORD has blessed His people; and what is left is this great abundance.”
Proverbs 24:26 (NKJV)
He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.
Matthew 13:11 (NKJV)
He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.