[I really enjoyed this article by Andrew Wilson that he posted on his blog on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. It is a brief response to the answer given to this question asked by Jonathan Leeman.] Continue reading . . .
[I really enjoyed this article by Andrew Wilson that he posted on his blog on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. It is a brief response to the answer given to this question asked by Jonathan Leeman.]
Is dancing acceptable as part of Christian worship in corporate gatherings? I'm surprised the question is even asked (although that no doubt reflects the fact that I live in a charismatic bubble), or at least by anyone who has read the Psalms and/or heard of Africa. But in the latest edition of the 9Marks mailbag, a superb regular feature which I have profited from and quoted before, that question is asked of Jonathan Leeman, a writer whom I greatly respect and who has written for us here before, and the answer given is ... no.
Jonathan certainly shows his working. He begins by articulating the Regulative Principle—a guideline for corporate worship that has been around since the Reformation, which is essentially that if something isn’t prescribed in Scripture, we shouldn’t do it in our corporate gatherings—and applying it in a very helpful way:
When it comes to what the church does when it gathers, however, I hold to a freedom from principle rather than a freedom to principle. Individuals sometimes insist that, in light of 1 Corinthians 10:31, they are free to worship God however they please in corporate worship. My response is to speak on behalf of the congregation: I believe a congregation should remain able to gather with the church every week, since God commands them to, yet remain free from being required to worship in a way that they find troublesome or a stumbling