by Garland M. Robinson

        Im glad you said "from the Bible." That is the only true source by which we can know the absolute truth on any subject. "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).
        The Lord warns us about LUST. It is not healthy, pure or wholesome. Jesus said, "...whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew 5:28). Anything one does which excites others to lust and think evil thoughts would equally be sinful. DANCING is certainly one of those things which excites lustful thoughts and desires. "Dancing consists in the rhythmical movement of any or all parts of the body in accordance with some scheme of individual or concerted action which is expressive of emotions or ideas." Someone said, "The difference between wrestling and dancing is that, in wrestling, some holds are barred." Oh, how true!
        What does the Bible say about dancing? "Abstain from all appearance of evil" (1 Thess 5:22). "Flee also youthful lusts" (2 Tim 2:22). Dancing is described and condemned in the word lasciviousness. This word means: "absence of restraint, indecency, unbridled lust, indecent bodily movements, unchaste handling of males and females, sensuality, inclination to sensuality (a fondness for or indulgence in sensual pleasures), conduct which excites lustful desires." If this does not describe dancing, then nothing does! Those guilty of lasciviousness will not go to heaven. Please read Galatians 5:19- 21, Ephesians 4:17-24, 1 Peter 4:1-5. These passages condemn every action that even remotely resembles dancing.
        What does dancing do? It causes people to loose interest in the church, Bible study, holiness, teaching the lost and heaven. It NEVER leads to ANY good thing! It does not produce more love for God, more devotion for the church, more respect for the opposite sex, more Bible reading, more prayer or more interest in heaven.
        Next time you're tempted to dance, why not ask your partner to read the scriptures I've listed above with you and then bow with you for prayer. Ask God to forgive you both of lasciviousness. Ask him that your thoughts and intents may be righteous. If that does not sound reasonable to you, then you are in the wrong place and your heart not right before him.