Saturday, March 16, 2013
From Manny Silva and John Henderson of Stand For Truth Ministries is an update and commentary on the Harlem Shake dance craze, after the excellent video below titled "The Egyptian Shake" from the Reformed Holy Trinity Church exposing the apostasy, blasphemy and paganism of this craze:
Dancing and The Harlem Shake in Christian Perspective
Dancing and The Harlem Shake in Christian Perspective
(by John Henderson)
I am disturbingly astounded by the adamant defense of some Nazarenes for the spiritually-deadly fad sweeping across our church’s turf called the Harlem Shake. I have always stood with the “old-timers” who preached hard against worldly practices that included even ballroom dancing. I have heard professing Christians say time and again that they see nothing wrong with dancing or whatever else they happen to want in their lives. I know of Nazarenes, leaders in their churches, who have openly taken part in dancing. Some of them have even included drinking alcohol to their new Nazarene repertoire. At least one granddaughter once sought my guidance on the issue. Excuses are lame. God forgives confessed sins. He can’t forgive excuses.
We can slather those events with spineless, wishy-washy “innocence” all day long in an effort to ease our consciences, but it changes nothing. I can remember being disturbed the first time I sat in a Nazarene service in Macon, Georgia while a group of young people were singing a song and one of the girls in the group was slapping her grinding her hip to the tune. I saw it as being suggestive and distracting from the song’s message.
So I am from another generation! How does that matter? I have grown weary from that tired excuse that times are different. What does the passing of time do to basic values? It is not time that has caused an improvement. If anything, there has been a steady slide into depravity and there is plenty of evidence to demonstrate that. The old landmarks in Israel were erected to remind future generations of God’s deliverance. I see us old-timers as sort of old landmarks for the truth as it is in Christ Jesus.
I am now hearing Nazarenes talk about innocent “shakes.” One woman defended her youth pastor son whom she said conducted such an event in his church. She turned a blind eye to the facts in order to defend the sin in her son’s actions. My children and grandchildren know that their parents/grandparents would never be so unloving and uncaring about their souls as to not earnestly confront them about such things. Of all of the You Tube videos among Nazarenes I have seen, I think the most disturbing to me was the one at Hendersonville, Tennessee Church of the Nazarene where they involved small children. That church is just up the road from me and I remember when sinners poured out their hearts in tearful repentance at that church’s altars—when it was actually a Nazarene church, a church I would have been proud to pastor had I been invited.
Oh yes, I have often heard that old saw about David dancing before the Ark and similar excuses. Show me one modern dance that includes the intense joy of the Lord (actually so) and I will say you might—just might—have a point. Otherwise, please do not insult my limited intelligence with such obvious opposites. Please do not try to tell me that even the most innocent secular dance is without sexual innuendo.
I have shared this story before and it bears repeating. A young woman challenged her pastor who had preached about the sins of dancing as being damaging to the Christian testimony. She informed him that she could be a witnessing Christian on the dance floor as well as anywhere else. The pastor asked if she intended going dancing anytime soon. She said she did. He asked that she witness to her dance partner. She agreed that she would.
While they danced, she remembered her promise to the pastor and asked her partner: “Are you a Christian?” He replied: “No, are you?” She said that she was and he answered: “Then what are you doing here?”
It does matter how we behave before the world. I cannot say that we will be A-plus perfect at all times, but I will say that we should never give in because something is attractive, convenient, or expected by those before whom we are duty-bound to be faithful witnesses. If it means being a prude, then be a prude. God notices and that is all the matters in eternity.
It has always cost to be a Christian. The Bible tells us that. The world will hate us. It will scorn us. It will seek our harm. That is what the world does because they are just like their father, the Devil. Go ahead and join them if you think you must, but you will be linking up with the losing end of it all. It will come to a tragic end for you but you might have a wild time until you hit the wall—and you will hit the wall.
If you remember the stories about the sinking Titanic, you may recall that up until it was certain the mighty ship was actually sinking, passengers were dancing to music. Then, as death loomed in front of them and they knew they might be doomed to a watery grave, the orchestra began to play “Amazing Grace.” I do not know the hearts of those poor souls on that fateful night, but I do know that it is unlikely that many of them actually took the opportunity to pray through for that amazing grace and may well have died in their sins.
As the song says, “I have one deep supreme desire—that I may be like Jesus.” I have no qualms about wanting to be like Jesus and I just cannot picture Him dancing or justifying it in His teachings. We are actually told to come out from among the world and be separate from it, not assimilate it. Our witness is to call the lost out from it. One cannot rescue the perishing if he or she is floundering in the same dangerous waters.
A number of discernment websites and news sources have had serious concerns about Charles Stanley and "In Touch" magazine promoting new age contemplative mysticism and Catholic monasticism as follows:
Christianity Today: "The Mystic Baptist": http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/november/mystic-baptist.html?paging=off.
Christian Research Network:
Lighthouse Trails Research:
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?tag=charles-stanley, "In Touch" draws readers to Celtic Spirituality".
The video below demonstrates the clear disclaimer-free promotion, support and recommendation of Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, a leader in the New Monastic Movement, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Monasticism, in an "In Touch" article at: http://www.intouch.org/magazine/content/topic/the_craft_of_stability#.UUSoBhx1-wQ. He is a Baptist who discovered along with a number of his fellow "Christians" the 1500 year old practices of monastic monks and "spiritual communities":
In case you are still one of those Christians who still think of Billy Graham and Franklin Graham as shining, guiding stars in your walk with the Lord, consider the following evidence to prove otherwise. The Grahams are as apostate and universalist as Rob Bell, and a bunch of other emerging types.
John MacArthur on Billy Graham's universalism:
John MacArthur on Billy Graham's "wider mercy salvation":
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association removes Mormonism listed as a cult during Romney campaign for president in 2012: http://apprising.org/2012/10/13/billy-graham-endorses-mitt-romney-bgea-website-removes-reference-calling-mormonism-a-cult/.
Take Heed Ministries of Cecil Andrews of Northern Ireland video: "Billy Graham, the Man and His Message", documents Graham's drift away from the doctrines of the Bible toward universalism, Catholicism, and ecumenism:
David Cloud's "Way of Life" has extensive articles and timelines on Billy Graham's Catholic associations, downgrade into neo-evangelicanism and apostasy: http://www.wayoflife.org/database/grahamandrome.html.
Pastor Ralph Ovadal of Pilgrims Covenant Church, Monroe, Wisconsin www.pccmonroe.org, has six audio sermons about Billy and Franklin Graham's "Rock the River" youth events on sermonaudio.com, under his Heart of the Matter program:
Articles on "Rock the River": http://www.pccmonroe.org/neo-evangelicalism/2009.08.14.pdf, "Franklin Graham: Minister of Christ or Priest of Baal?" exposes the "Rock the River" events, and:
Here is a poster for a "Rock the River" event listing all the rock bands:
and Graham in front of the banner with the guitar dripping:
Stage set for bands:
World Net Daily has an article from 2006 titled: "Billy Graham's Apostasy": http://www.wnd.com/2006/08/37410/.
Jesus Is Lord has an article about Graham titled "Billy Graham, Catholicism and Apostasy": http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/billy.htm.
In Plain Site.org has an extensive expose of Graham's apostasies and corrupt associations: http://www.inplainsite.org/html/billy_graham.html.