In the OT it was mostly a joyful spiritual exercise of triumphant worship involving actions and words directed towards God (2 Sam 6:16; Ps 149:3).  The heathen nations also danced as part of their idolatrous worship.

When God was worshiped, the men and women did not mingle, as is the case with eastern religions and modern secular dance.  Dancing which involves close contact with the opposite sex tends to arouse strong emotional and sensual feelings which are contrary to the teachings of Scripture to purify oneself from all impure thoughts and abstain from lusts of the flesh (1 Thes 4:7, 5:22; 1 Pet 2:11). Even though we are born-again, we still have the old carnal nature within which constantly needs to be denied.

See also: desires, lust, night club, purity.

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