Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Motion Sickness

Yesterday, the thought of motion sickness came to my mind. Too many praise dancers are focused on precision movement, "gigs," garments, and recognition and forgetting GOD. Anytime something becomes popular, the temptation to pervert its original design also becomes magnified. We should not want to promote the notion that dance ministry is a form of entertainment, social club, or extra-curricular activity. Although some may disagree with me, these people may not understand the true responsibility of those that labor in the gospel.

Motion sickness is also known as simulation sickness. It causes fatigue and tiredness. This type of sickness results from discord within the body. (Source: Wikipedia) Herein lies the problem for masses of dancers! When we stop following the pattern that God has orchestrated for others, we allow Him to give us direction for those we are uniquely called to impact. Wisdom can be gained by gleaning from the experience of others, but learning to obey God's voice will produce miraculous results!

Please help me read my Bible, but music, dance, and song in the Scriptures in the context of Godly representation were used to bring deliverance, prophesy, celebrate, testify, and magnify the LORD. There are also other instances of dance that denigrated, compromised, and served as gateways to idolatry and disobedience. Because many churches, dancers, and community leaders enjoy crowd reactions and want to accommodate the status quo, we have allowed spiritual anarchy to rule.

If we are of the Body and not healing the Body, why are we dancing? If we desire to do what we prefer instead of following God's direction, then dancing is aimless. When we get so used to "routines" and cannot operate in spiritual obedience, we lose value as effective gospel messengers. Dancing in itself does not please the LORD, obedience does!

New King James Bible Version

Ezekiel 34:4
The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.

Isaiah 1:14
Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them.

Matthew 10:8
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

No Experience Required

NEWS FLASH!!! Dance ministry is NOT a requirement for your church! Although I am a proponent of the ministry of movement, I am also an advocate of the Body functioning in its proper place. The problem within many ministries today is a spiritual "Keeping up with the Joneses" proliferating throughout our congregations. Dance leaders are being haphazardly selected for the mere purpose of forming a dance troupe without regard for core beliefs, lifestyle, or anointing for leadership. It is better to leave a hole in the wall open than to fill that SAME hole with deadly explosives!

Much of the spiritual warfare happening within our borders today is brewing from the inside. Pastors and governing leadership MUST understand the spiritual importance of placing people in proper position, and the lasting ramifications of starting ministries without the leading of the Lord. It is time to sound the alarm and stand on the TRUTH of the Word!

This structural damage taking place in our churches is now spilling into the streets of our communities and across the Nations. Wounded soldiers from the dance ministry battlefield are starting external ministries with bleeding hearts. Others, running from the shrapnel of words and ungodly behavior are hiding in spiritual caves and going "underground" when they are internally yearning for ministry to come forth. What have we allowed to happen in our (supposed) sanctuaries? These experiences are NOT a requirement to dance for the Lord!

Praise God for the many healthy ministries in the churches and the community that have been started with pure intentions and ordained by God. Not all external ministries are rogue, just as many church leaders incorporate proper prayer and reliance on God before setting leaders in place. Because many dancers desire to move outside of the appointed time, these war stories continue to mount. We must all rely on God to serve in the area that brings Him glory and leads other to Christ. If our current ministries are marred by fighting, rebellion, dysfunction, and disunity, we must humble ourselves and pray.... NOW!

(New King James Bible Version)

1 Corinthians 1:10
Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

1 Timothy 6:3-5

If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

Jude 1:17-19
But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.