On the evening of September 13, , I went back to the host home. As usual, I rang the bell after parking my electric scooter. Unexpectedly, as soon as the door opened, four big men sprang on me like fierce wolves. Immediately after that, several evil cops went to search my bag…. I was stunned by this sudden violence, feeling myself like a poor lamb falling into the hands of fierce wolves, without any strength to resist. Then, they forced me into a black car. I felt indignant and flustered in my heart, not knowing how those evil cops would fix and torture me.
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Those in power look ferocious in appearance, but do not be afraid. That is because you have little faith. As long as your faith rises, nothing will be difficult. Since God is with me, nothing will be difficult. If these evil cops torture me cruelly, it will be that God wants to test my faith. At that time, I no longer feared satan the devil and resolved to stand testimony for God. May you keep me from betraying you and being a shameless Judas. How can I withdraw, how can I escape, and what am I created for?
On entering the interrogation room, I saw that my work partner, the host sister, and a church leader were also there. Actually, they were all arrested! Go to that room! They forcibly searched me, and even untied my belt and groped me. At that moment, I felt greatly humiliated. I saw that those devilish lackeys of the CCP government were evil, base, and obscene to the extreme!
After confiscating the electric scooter of the church and over yuan on me, they began to interrogate me. What position do you hold in the church? Remember what we are! I tell you, your upper leaders have also been arrested! Speak quickly! I know nothing! The evil cops interrogated and tortured me for three days and four nights. During those unbearable days and nights, I called out to God desperately. No matter how many difficulties and dangers there are, you should be stable before me and not be hindered by anything, letting my will be carried out smoothly.
This is your duty. With me as your rear guard, who can block the way? In everything there is my good purpose, and it is I who search in it. Almighty God is my strong tower. With Almighty God as my strong rear guard, I fear nothing! On the first day, as the evil cops failed to get what they wanted from my mouth, they flew into a rage. Torture her! May you be with me and give me strength. After they tortured me like that for half an hour, my legs began to ache and shake, my heart went pit-a-pat, and my arms ached grievously.
Please save me! May you keep me! How should you stand the testimony for God? You should know that every time a thing comes, it is a great trial to you, and it is the time God needs you to bear a testimony.
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I realized this: Satan tortures me in this way just to make me betray God and give up pursuing the truth. God is waiting for me, many angels are looking at me, and satan the devil is also looking at me. This is a duty that I, a created being, should perform obligatorily and is my bounden duty. When I thought of that, a stream of strength rose up from my heart.
When the evil cops put me down, I collapsed on the floor right away, unable to stand up. My arms and legs had lost all feeling. At that time, I was so scared and my tears ran down ceaselessly. I thought: Will I be disabled in future? Two evil cops took my arms and dragged me up like dragging a dead person and pressed me onto a shabby chair.
My arms were pulled straight immediately. After a short time, my back and shoulders were extremely painful. Then they poured water on my face exasperatedly and said that it would help sober me up. Seeing that I still said nothing, one evil cop even shamelessly lifted my eyelids with his fingers forcefully.
Amongst all the above I would like to explain two: -. Fighting physically. With the T. We did not fight hypocrites because they belonged to us already. She would do everything and before you knew what was happening you had forgotten all that you learnt in the church. But for a real Christian, one of these girls, after the service, would jump out to greet you and would desire to know your house with the pretext that she was new in town and did not know many Christians around.
On taking her home, she would quickly buy bananas and the Christian would take this as a gesture of love. How Christians are Known. The born again Christians are not known by the Bible they carry always or the many fellowships they attend. The only way we succeeded was by making the Christian sin, thereby giving us a loophole to come in.
The Making of Backslidden Christians. As a chairman appointed by Lucifer, I would send these girls to living churches and fellowships. These girls would be well dressed and after the preaching would come out for the altar call, pretend to have received Christ and would be prayed for. At the end of the fellowship or service they would hang around waiting for the preacher who naturally would be very happy for these new converts. The said convert could even follow the preacher to his house. If the preacher did not have the spirit of discernment she would lure him into the sin of fornication or adultery.
This took place the moment he admired her lustfully. At this juncture, I would like to give a testimony of a Minister. In the evil spirit world he is known as a man of God. When he went on his knees there would be confusion among us. We therefore sent these girls to him but this man would even feed them but would refuse to be enticed.
They did all they could but never succeeded. As a result, these girls were killed for their failure.
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I then changed to a woman and went to him, and by words an actions tried to entice him, but he was adamant. This was too much for me, so I decided to kill him physically. One day, this Minister went to Oduekpe Road market town. I watched him and as he bent down to price some commodities I wheeled an oncoming trailer loaded with drums of oil into the market where he was.
The trailer struck the NEPA high tension pole and fell right into the market, leaving many people dead, but this Minister escaped. How he escaped was a miracle. Another day, I saw him travelling to Nkpor town on foot. I again wheeled an oncoming army lorry loaded with yams to kill him. The lorry went straight into the new cemetery road, killed many people, but this Minister again escaped. After this second attempt we gave up. He is still alive! Only the unbeliever is at his disposal.
The Oppression of the Christian. This mostly happens in dreams. Mates swimming in the river. A single female having sexual intercourse or even a married one having sex with a man. This, if not dealt with, sometimes leads to barrenness. Or a pregnant woman sees herself having sexual intercourse with a man.
This, if not immediately dealt with, could lead to a miscarriage. This is very important. The person should also seek the help and counsel of a mature Spirit-filled Christian, older in the faith. The Devil's Soul Winning. Some of our girls were sent into the schools as students. This is first priority, because in girls' hostels, they like using underwear only. A girl desiring to be like her would be attracted and would befriend her.
Gradually our agent would introduce us to her. At this point we would visit her physically and would start giving her gifts and meeting her needs. She in turn would win another and so on. This is taken as a mission and it is carried out with a determination to succeed. We would send our girls to stand on the road, and usually they were very beautiful and attractively dressed. You should therefore be careful who you lift in your car. In the month of February , we had our normal meeting in the sea, after which I decided to travel to Port Harcourt in Rivers State, to visit my late uncle's wife.
I met a man called Anthony. He sent for me and since in our society we have a law never to refuse calls, I decided to answer his call. I went to him in the afternoon on a Thursday of that week. He started by saying God has given him a message for me. He brought out his Bible and started preaching. There were three other Christians seated a male and two females. He continued his preaching for a long time and I wasn't sure I heard all he said.
He asked me to kneel down for prayers. I obeyed and quietly knelt down. I struggled up and stood like an iron. I destroyed the iron chairs inside the workshop.
I looked outside and saw three of our secret society members, a man and two girls. I am sure the alarm in the sea alerted them of the trouble and with the T. This always happens when any member runs into trouble. While the two Christian men pulled me down on my knees, the girls continued praying and binding the demons, but they were not specific. They asked me if I believed in Jesus Christ, I said nothing.
They asked me to call the name of Jesus, I refused. They asked me my own name and I told them. They struggled for hours and then released me to go. No spirit was removed from me, so I went out the same way as when I came in. The Church Events. I accepted this invitation because attending church services to cause slumber and confusion was part of our assignments. The programme started with choruses. We sang until one of the members raised a popular chorus by a particular Christian Band, of the powerlessness of other powers except Jesus' power.
Then I started laughing. I laughed because when in the spirit I looked into their lives almost three quarters of the people singing this chorus were living in sin. In that service we were four from the sea and were singing and clapping with them. In this particular service we were very comfortable and even went into operation. Many started sleeping, choruses were sung weakly and things went zig zag. Brother Anthony had already told them about me so at about 2.
As soon as I came out to the front they started pleading the blood of Jesus. I am a deep secret society member. If you agree that you can deliver me, then will I kneel down. They agreed and I knelt down. I am sure many did not understand what she meant. Many withdrew and a few came out to pray for me. Immediately the flying demon in me went into action. I started running with my chest. Anybody possessed with this flying demon is always very wicked and dangerous.
The brethren never saw what was happening spiritually. I was running because of the stronger power in the room. Two opposing forces went into action and the atmosphere changed. I suddenly stood up and became very violent etc. A demon went out of me and possessed a boy in their midst and he started fighting them, trying to rescue me. The brethren never wasted time with him rather they took him and others who were afraid to the church vestry and locked them inside.
This continued till 7. I kept quiet. After waiting for a long time and I said nothing, they were deceived to believe that I was delivered. They prayed and we dismissed. I was so physically weak that I found it difficult to walk out of the church. But something happened, for as soon as I walked out of the church and crossed the road, I became very strong physically. Perhaps some of the demons that left came back. I became very angry and decided to take vengeance on the church. En Route to Lagos. On getting to my uncle's wife house, I told them I was leaving for Lagos immediately. I refused to be persuaded to stay and so I took a taxi to Mile 3 motor park where I took a taxi for Onitsha.
My intention was to stop at Onitsha, see a friend and then proceed to Lagos. Who could this be? Only my late mother called me by that name, all others including the spirit world knew me as Emmanuel. The heat that came out of my body was so high that the other passengers felt it. At Umuakpa in Owerri, I collapsed inside the taxi. The next I knew was that two men, tall and huge, came to take me, one on my left and the other on my right, and they never spoke a word to me.
They led me through a very rough road with broken bottles and metals. As we moved along, these bottles and metals gave me cuts and I started crying but these men still did not say a word. We moved on and came out to an express road. We moved on to a very large and long building that looked like a Conference Hall. What I saw inside this hall is difficult to explain, but I will try to explain as much as I can. The hall was well decorated and so large and long that one finds it difficult to see the end of it.
I walked to the middle and then was able to see the end. At the end was an altar. I saw a moon and stars surrounding the sun. Then I saw a throne and seated on it was a very handsome man with a garment shining like the sun. Whenever I tried to move a leg I would fall. I stood up, tried again and fell. Suddenly a moon came out of the throne where He was sitting and moved on the ceiling right up to where I stood. Then two hands came out of the moon, held my head, shook me and my physical body pulled off, like pulling off a dress. And the real me stood.
The hands folded it as if folding a cloth and dropped it at the corner. The Spiritual Cleansing. I walked to a point and He stepped out of the throne to me, removed my legs one after another and poured out what was inside them and fixed them back. He did the same with my hands and put them back, in fact all the places the Queen of the Coast kept powers.
I wondered in my mind, who can this be and how did He know the spots these things were kept. After this He went back to His throne and asked me to come. As I started walking, certain objects started falling from my body, scales fell from my eyes, etc. He beckoned on a man and asked him to show me what I had conceived in my heart.
This man took me to a room and opened something like a blackboard. In fact, if there was a way to escape I could have escaped, for before me was written all that I had planned against Christians and my plan against the Assemblies of God Church, Silver Valley. The man brought me back to the altar and left. He came out of the throne and took me by His hands and said He was going to show me certain things. The Divine Revelations. We entered a room and He opened something like a curtain. I saw the whole world, the people and all the activities going on.
I saw both Christians and unbelievers all doing one thing or the other. We went into a second room. He opened a curtain again and what I saw was a sorry sight. People chained! We went into a third room. He opened a curtain and I saw many people rejoicing and wearing white garments. We went into a fourth room and what I saw was very frightening.
Dear reader, it is difficult to describe. It looked like a whole city on fire. No wonder when Jesus Christ was on earth He warned man about hell. I say it again, hell is real. I saw it and it is a terrible place. It was as if we were looking at it from the mountain top. The city was so large and beautiful! The streets are made of gold. The buildings could not be compared with anything in this world.
Again, He took me to another room and when He opened a curtain I saw all that I was going to encounter on my journey to Onitsha and Lagos and how He would finally deliver me. I shouted, so the man and his wife ran out from their room. They first peeped and then came in. The man then narrated how I collapsed in a taxi and how they carried me to the Catholic Cathedral there in Owerri. How they sent for a Doctor, who came and after examining me said my pulse was normal and that they should wait and see what would happen. The Doctor gave them the assurance that I would revive.
The man then took me in his car to his house and had been waiting. He also confessed he never knew why he believed the Doctor and why he took responsibility of taking me to his house. They asked me my name and address which I gave them and after that I kept quiet and never told them my experience. I stayed calmly with this kind family for two days and then the man and his wife drove me to the Owerri motor park, where I took a taxi to Onitsha. All that the Lord showed me about my journey happened one after the other. I took another taxi to Lagos and that night the Lord spoke to me and asked me to leave Lagos first thing the following morning.
I obeyed and left Lagos for Port Harcourt the following morning. I often ask myself, why would the Lord save a man like me. A man so wicked and destructive, an agent of Satan! Indeed, God is Love! After my conversion to Christ, the first thing that happened was all the gifts from the sea, the telescope, the T. On returning to Port Harcourt, I had the urge to testify what the Lord had done for me but was not allowed in the church. I was sad, having known that Satan does not allow young converts to go about testifying, especially those who previously were deeply involved in his activities, and would do everything to stop such testimonies.
Perhaps it was not yet time. So I decided to shelve giving my testimony to anyone. I travelled with three traders from Aba to Togo for a business trip. Out of this amount my personal money was N70, while the remaining N90, was borrowed from traders in Aba. Amongst the things I bought were bundles of laces, assorted drugs especially antibiotics , injections, thermometers, etc. At the Nigerian border, we were held by the Customs and later were asked to pay some bribe. We refused and the goods were seized including those belonging to my three colleagues.
A few months later, those belonging to my colleagues were released except mine. I went back later and was asked to pay N40,, but on checking the goods I discovered that all the valuable goods, bundles of laces, injections, drugs, etc. I assessed the remaining goods and knew that paying N40, to the Customs would only increase the loss, so I decided to forego the remaining goods. The traders whose money I borrowed started chasing me. Some called the Police, others took the laws into their hands and planned to do away with my life. The only solution was to close my Bank accounts and use all the money I had to settle all the debts.
By God's grace, I paid all except N1, meant for my landlord in Lagos. I went completely bankrupt and would borrow even 20k for taxi fare. I went to a few business Christians I knew then, to seek for help to enable me start afresh. None said yes or no, rather I would be asked to come the following day repeatedly until I would be tired going. I became very frustrated and did not know where to turn to for counselling or find help. I did not know the Word of God and with all the confusion in my heart, I would read the Bible and would not understand.
Still contemplating on what to do, I received an urgent call from my village. I rushed home and found that the little building I was setting up had been pulled down by my uncle who was also present and threatened to kill me. The old nature in me was challenged. I remembered when I was with the secret society, how he dreaded me and would go on his knees before me. But now he knew I was a changed man how he knew I did not know as I had not travelled home since my conversion and he now threatened me.
At least I would be saved from all the confusion and would also teach my uncle a lesson he would never forget all his life. Although I took this decision, I had two prominent fears within me:. If I remained in the Lord, my uncle was breathing threats to kill me. I was so confused and I needed help. I was ignorant of the Word of God and never knew what the Word says in respect of the above. Dear reader, you will realise here that I had all these confusions because of lack of follow-up as a young convert.
Follow-up for young converts is very important and Christians should take this seriously. If you know you cannot follow-up your converts, please do not go out for witnessing. If you love Jesus, take care of His lambs! The Battle with Satan's Agents. During this period the Queen of the Coast's agents started pursuing me. I suffered greatly in their hands.
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I had nightmares. On the 1st of May , a month after my conversion, at about 2. I was awakened by these agents. They commanded me to walk out of the house. I obeyed, walked out and they followed behind. It was all happening like a dream but this was in reality. We moved on to the burial ground by St. If you refuse we will kill you or make you a destitute. I regained my senses and wondered how I came into the burial ground at that time of the night. I never answered her, rather I went back to bed and slept. They decided attacking me in the afternoons.
At times, while walking along the road they would fight me. Others around would see me fighting with the air or see me running as if being pursued. I alone would be seeing them. This they did for four times and stopped. Then their leader, the Queen of the Coast, took over. The first day she came in a car and parked beside our house.
She was well dressed and as usual very beautiful. People around took her to be my girlfriend. Immediately she came in I knew who she was. She came at about She pleaded and tried to persuade me to come back to her. I never said yes or no to her. She stood up, walked into her car and drove off. About two times my uncle's wife entertained her without knowing who she was and I never told my uncle's wife who the lady was. During her last visit she changed her approach. This time she gave me a stern warning saying that she had tried during these visits to persuade me to come back to her and that I had been very stubborn, and that this was her last visit.
If I still refused to come back, she would come to me in August and would either kill me, or disfigure me or make me destitute. With this she left. I was afraid, so one day I went to the church and called out a brother. I told him my problems and my observations on some members of the church, etc. I took the address and the following day, took a taxi to No. Rumuomasi Pilgrims Group, being the one nearest to me. Michael's State School, Rumuomasi - at 2. After the fellowship that day I knew this was the right place for me. God provided me with a Christian lady, whom I took as a mother, who took interest in explaining the Word of God to me and counselled me as well.
The brethren became very interested in me and cared. I saw real love. The Holy Spirit began giving me understanding of the Word and my faith grew. I started enjoying my Christian life. August came and went but the Queen of the Coast did not show up as she threatened. Psalm 91, God's protection, was fulfilled in my life.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, said the Lord. On my way back to my flat, passing through a path, someone came from behind and gripped me and tried to suffocate me i. I struggled for life and while people passed by, none came to my rescue, but the Lord intervened. From the voice I knew it was a woman but never saw who she was.
I was dazed and staggered to my flat. With the way he consented I thought this matter was settled. Have you finished running? We have visited Port Harcourt several times and found that you were always with your spiritual mother. She had been a stumbling block to us and now that you have come to Lagos we have caught you! You can never go back to Port Harcourt. I am the one that took your allocation. I excused myself and left for my flat.
Few minutes later I heard a knock on my door and Ninna entered. She asked me if I was going back to Port Harcourt. I answered yes. That same interpretive dance has now made its way into a lot of churches under the guise of "Praise Dancing. For me it equates to those who weren't talented enough to make the cheerleading squad, so they became members of the pom-pon team.
Both cheer at the game. But while one is deserving of your attention, the other can happen or not happen and many won't notice the difference. I asked people to email me about the origins of praise dancing or their thoughts on such. One gentleman's email read as if he'd read my mind. He questioned a church activity that had women in body-hugging leotards covered by flowing dresses sometimes made of the sheerest of material while they kicked, turned and thrust their hips to and fro.
On the other hand, I heard from women who enjoy praise dancing. One said, "It adds beauty and deep emotionalism to the service. As Pastor T. Raven sang my favorite song, "Just Put it in Jesus' Hands," I stood up from the pew and began to clap and move about. My elations could have even been termed "dancing. I had to question myself. After giving it deeper and even more introspective thought, I still don't like praise dancing. The reason? When one gets the spirit of the Holy Ghost, it is done with spontaneity. It is not planned. Or choreographed. It just happens. It's kind of like those who get so caught up in the church that they "speak in tongues.
It can't be performed. The same can be said for all those passages from the Bible. Those who danced didn't plan on it. They didn't practice for it. It wasn't in the church bulletin. It was a spontaneous tribute to God that can never be duplicated. Even if it happens over and over again, it is not a duplication. Sometimes it happens in the beginning of the service. Other times at the end of the service. Sometimes it lasts a minute. Other times it can go on forever. But in the end, it is not planned and that is, for me, the defining factor on dancing in the church.
For when one has to have rehearsals to learn the steps and movements, then is it really dancing to praise God or dancing for the entertainment of the congregation? Singing is a God-given talent that people use in church to offer their talent to God. Where is the talent in praise dancing? One auditions for the choir. Do they audition to praise dance? And given the timeframe when the Bible was written, the interpretation of dance back then could be a simple hop and skip as opposed to the leg-thrusting and arm-waving that I've been seeing as I watch the praise-dancing segments that were posted to YouTube.
And is there really choreography involved when the same hand movements are used over and over again? I wonder how many of the young girls, who are the predominant ones doing praise dancing, would be willing to put forth a concerted effort into formal ballet training? You know the kind where your feet hurt and bleed from being on your toes and your legs muscles cramp from the constant reaching for perfection?
Lastly, I've got to get some answers on another dance that is now becoming popular in black churches. That is the tendency to have black people performing as "mimes" in whiteface. Can anyone besides me see the hypocrisy in our getting mad over white people in blackface, then put the exact opposite in our churches as an acceptable form of entertainment? Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment. Comment Policy. This is why so many flee the church!
As a praise dancer that has talent and a deep love of God, this wasn't just you expressing your opinion, but was deeply offensive. We ask for his hand to be in our song selection and our choreography so that He May get the glory. There has been many times where the dancers as well as the congregation ended up shouting and crying out. Is that unholy? I think what you are doing is clumping everyone together.
We take special precaution that every time we touch the alter our hearts and minds are in the right place as to not be confused with just "entertainment". We wear multiple layers so only our feet, hands, and head are exposed. I'd say, some of you need to expand your horizons and stop being so judgmental.
You may not like it, but please don't pretend to know my intentions or my heart. Well today is father's day. My wife and kids are away. Was heavy on my spirit this morning. We had a pastor who had came to preach. He was in I would say his eighties. More or less. But when he began to preach seemed as though his was in his thirties.
When altar call came I was dancing and praising. Because of what Jesus had done for me. Think of it like this. In the 15th century in peru. The conquistadors had conquered most south america and those who were in bondage sang songs played instruments and danced as well. The Spaniards in the history books say that they took away their instruments because they wanted to crush their spirits. So in retaliation those who were in bondage created the cajon which is a box of wood to make music a quijada the jawbone of the donkey to make music as well as zapateo which is dancing using your feet as the instrument.
The bible says in psalm let everything that have breath praise the Lord. In the same chapter "praise him in dance". Greetings, if you dance at home unchoreographed to the Lord, that can be your praise dance to the Lord. If you dance in front of church and we are all just watching it can be entertainment. I know in these last days however, most churches have this. Everyone can not sing. They just do not have that gift. They can't get up and sing and let you know what is in there heart.
Praise dancing is another way to express your love for God.
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I find that most praise songs are between GOD and the Praise team. I love praise movement. All is not good just like all Solo's or Duets are not. We need something to bring our young children back to church. We can't always think of yourself and other ways. It must be planned, design, and in order. You never know that one song might bring someone to GOD..
Just as listening to and watching the choir or praise team can be viewed as entertainment in the church, so can dancing in the church. If that is the case, there needs to be a heart check for you. If something is out of order in your church and is not in alignment with God's spirit, there needs to be correction, teaching and edification, as the people of God should.
You should also, just maybe, try to understand the motive and purpose of the dancer, not pass judgment so hastily. As a pastor that "Dance Ministry" isn't stepping a foot in my church. That's my choice. But in reading all of these comments I must ask Very disrespectful just because you do not agree is NOT of God! Insults and name calling isn't pleasing to the Lord either!
Respect each other's views and carry yourselves as children of God. Sounding very flashy on here! If this is the attitude that praise dancing has given you then maybe it's time to re-evaluate! God bless you all, pray more! Lord have mercy. What can I say is this, there are different dances which help us to know that, this kind of dancing is praise dancing or not.
Therefore we can dance because of our happy or for entertainment but we must be careful for how we are dancing because some kind of dancing obviously can bring the demons in our souls. So praise dancing need to know what you are doing in the presence of Jehovah God to avoid calling demons through the actions. Mary T. I praise dance at my church that is my ministry the Lord gave me. I don't practice at all I just let the holy Spirit guide me in my dancing. I don't care wat people say I just focus on my God that's it n don't care wat anyone says.
I do a type of praise dancing involving sign langauage. I have been asked to perform for lack of better word because I don't like to consider it a performance or entertainment at several churches and events. I practice it only because I want to make sure I have to signs down but I don't choreograph my actual dramatic movements. I leave all of that up to the Holy Spirit in the moment. So I don't agree about your problem with choreography.
I think the Holy Spirit can still fill you to dance for the Lord even if it's choreographed. I dance to express how my heart feels when I worship and people who are uncomfortable worshipping publically have told me it helps them be more comfortable to worship. I know it's been 6 years since you posted this, but I hope this helps you or anyone else's qualms about the subject. If someone wants to express themselves in that way for the Lord then let them. If people want to watch the story being told then let them. I don't like the choreographed dances.
I find I am more able to worship in spirit and in truth than just standing in the pews. It is freeing. I praise God with everything. I would encourage you to check out Called to Flag website, YouTube, Facebook to see how beautiful and expressive worship dance can be. The problem with praise dancing God doesnt care how you pray, communicate or worship him.
We are all his children and he loves us no matter if we are white, black, blue or purple. Dance to him or pray in silence or in a song. I didnt even get passed reading your first paragraph when I suddenly became ill reading your wicked opinion on how black people like to pray in our church. Yes church is for everyone not just blacks. I'm insulted on how you came to write about my brothwrs and sisters. Funny thing is I'm not even black. Haha but yes I must stand up to people like you amd somehow hopefully I pray my words cause a change of heart and you and in return allows you to accept your brothers and sisters for who they are and let's all come together and hold hands and pray however you know how to and show our Lord and Saviour that yes we have all have sinned and that were not perfect but that we believe, have faith in him and ask for forgiveness and to protect not just ourselves and our family but to protect us all and have mercy on our souls.
That we want to be with him at last and preach and live by his righteous good holy ways. Know and feel true love for each other and live the way God intended us to do so. The system has us blind and full of ignorance. Please open your eyes people and wake up. If we turn our backs on Jesus and on ourselves then how will we overcome Satan and the evil that surrounds us. Please you see a homeless person don't walk away. Help them with what you can. Even if its just a simple "God loves you" is more than enough.
Please dont lose humanity. Arlene be careful Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death. Here's why And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord ; and she despised him in her heart. Bottom line is,praise dancing is not of God.. As a dance minister, I can safely say you are uninformed, unlearned and basing your article on human reasoning. If you truly understand the gift of God you would be enlightened as to the role dance plays in praise and worship.
Praise dance isn't a talent; it's ministry. But I guess you would probably come out as wanting to know what is ministry because you also don't grasp it. Psalms "Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. Praising him in dance. If you knew the word you wouldn't be writing this nonsense. I didn't know a person can sound both straight It's not you're dislike of the Art but your racial undertones which is And I don't care if you're a woman of color.
You was one of them evil females in school who wasn't worth much so you knocked others down. That's you. The Pastor's sermon is usually not spontaneous. It is usually planned out coming from careful study. Yet the Lord would use it to minister to so many souls. However, the bible does teach us to be decent and orderly in the things we attribute to the spirit of God. This is for any area of ministry. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. Dance is worship as long as it gives glory to our God.
As long as the arrow is pointed upward to heaven and not downward to man is true praise. It is a matter of the heart. The problem is that too many of you unbelievers bring your own understanding and not what thus said the Lord into the mix. Dancing before the Lord is mention reconnected and acceptable unto the Lord over 19 Times. No it's nothing like the Pom Pom girls who did not make the cheerleading team. It is however ministry! If done correctly is should have all the elements of the preached word, sung hythms, and music ministries.
It's not for entertainment and that's where the confusion lies. Praise dancing is a comment in servitude unto the Lord. Now when I dance before the Lord it is to His glory. I don't practice I allow the spirit to pick the songs and to lead guide and direct me. You need to really study and show yours approved for His glory. Every church is different if you don't like it oh well don't talk about it or post about it. People like you irritates my soul. To all the praise dancer out there continue to do what you do. BTW let this hater hate who clearly does not understand.
I'm agreement Being a woman of God..! I do to think it is inappropriate for God!!! To read your negativity is just like Satan, you need to dance and pray more. But most of all you need to shut up for you know now what you say. If people are wrong today for swirling,jumping,or skipping in GOD'S prescence then so waa they. Well GOD said praise him in the dance didnt he?
So their is scriptures to support praise dancing. I don't think all is doing it because they didn't make the cheerleaders team. Cheerleaders cheer and dance for a football team I concur with Dwona Louis. I also was thinking that if a preacher studies to perfect a sermon that he may reach GOD's people, I see nothing wrong with trying to reach the people through praise dance, whether choreographed or not. I believe dance is a gift from God.
I am a freestyle dancer to praise and worship as well as any positive music, i. Jidenna, Kendrick Lamar. I know this because God has given me this beautiful gift and although I have done and choreographed dances I am always in the spirit when ministering to Gods people. Just like a pastors perfects his sermon, this is true in my dance.
Every dance I ask for none of me to be seen but all of God To me choreographed dance is not about the moved so much but setting the atmosphere so that God can move, touch, uplift and so much more Where ever the spirit leads me that's where I go, so even when choreographed it could change. My personal favorite is freestyle.
I love freestyle because I love for my God given gift to reach levels that are truly free. I have done a song 10 different times almost exactly 10 different ways. I have done moves that are so perfect that only God could create. It's the most beautiful amazing feeling when God uses me to touch would in a positive and loving This is my view on Praise dance.
God bless, have a blessed and positive day Queen. Okay but you have choir rehearsal and our praise garments are not tight if they are we will re order a bigger size and we don't shake pop thrust our hips or nothing.. I really believe that people are just stuck in they traditional ways but we server an untraditional God lol now that's a contradiction for you.. We usher in God's holy presence but people have they own opinion how ever God like his worship that's how he will receive it I have read your article on praise dancing.
I understand your view about if it is hip moving thrust. But I do not agree with the excuse because it is practiced over and over again. Does the preacher not practice his sermon or the choir not practice their songs or the ones of play instruments not practice the songs to play. God gave people talent rather it be to preach, or sing, or play an instrument. He gave others the talent of dance, intetpitive dance, and even sign language. I am a praise dancer and have been for the past 20 years.
I have been Black for 53 years. I have so many words I want to say but there is not time nor space. If dancing in the church is done with reverence and grace and the dancers are attired modestly, worshiping through dance is a beautiful and powerful thing. I don't know where you witnessed dancers "thrusting their hips to and fro", but my thought is that you have some amount of racist baggage that you are dealing with and perhaps you witnessed some dancers who were not anointed to do so.
I attend a diverse non-denominational church and I can assure you there is no hip thrusting nor body hugging attire. We use our bodies to interpret movement in a worshipful manner, with beauty, grace and reverence. I noted that this article was written 5 years ago. I hope by now you have been a little more enlightened. If not, come to my church or get out of your little neck of the woods. God bless! I have to say that you said in your article what I have been thinking and feeling all this time. I am a Christian.
My husband is an associate minister at our church. I love it when the holy spirit is moving. It's like no other feeling that can ever be duplicated or replicated. That brings me to my point like you said. Dancing in the spirit is a lot different from dancing because I rehearsed it. In the Bible a series of events happened and that is what caused the people to praise God through dance.
The problem that I have is when I'm sitting in the pew and I witness this type of dance and I know that it is not spirit led. I have witnessed 2 praise dancing performances that I know where done for the Glory of God. I have a problem with people calling it "Praise Dancing" yet it's obvious that they are trying to show off and use this type of dance as a means to do it and they are at church doing this! I have never really openly had a discussion about my true thoughts on this but I will say that I am a discerning spirit. This type of dancing is not always appropriate.
Christians always say get the holyghost and think its some shaking and dancing its actually the spirit of God laws something we suppose to be keeping the law Christ died for so we woykd have a chance thre grace a oeriod of time to get it right. He did not give his life so we can continue to sin thats like cleaning your child room then saying come in and dirty it right backup. Negroes, hispanics and native american Indians are the true bibical Israelite that the bible prosphied about and said we would be scattered across the 4 corners of the earth and would forget our hertiage for years.
We are the ones who was all the curses identify to us in deut 32 48, 68 so we have to wake up and come back to the laws of God Christianity keeps us sleep I am a praise dancer I love to worship God though a dance like David but I do not agree with the face paint God wants us natural and I don't believe in choreography a dance how can the holy spirit work if it is practice.
I know with me when thing would get to me I would take it to God though a dance and pray.. Well for one praise dancing does have expression and feeling too. A lot of people still catch the holy ghost and how is it hypocrisy when the choir rehearses songs to sing for church on Sunday. You might want to analyze all of thoughts and rethink your dislike for praise dance. Carol L. The problem with this article and many other articles like this is, people with human knowledge are adding to many teachings that are not from God.
This is how you cause people to fall away because you add more and more stipulations to the body of Christ that you are crippling the body. This is what's happening to churches and Christians today After all, they say one thing and do something else. They even make a big show of wearing Scripture verses on their foreheads and arms, and they wear big tassels[a] for everyone to see. I remember back in the 70's we use to go to Holy Ghost revivals with my great grandma and as old as she was she can dance it rejuvenated her that the next day she will still be full of the joy of the Lord because, He became her strength.
Arlene, you must do some soul searching in terms of how you use the words "black people" in the context of dance in the church. You also must do some research in dance, as dance was how we as a people survived slavery along with prayer. It was and is a way of life for us. And for u to say call us hypocrites and use dance as a means to entertain in the church sheds light on your heart, which is divisive. We do not need dance to show off in the church Arlene, this is what the clubs are for. Our young people must have a means of expression and many take formal ballet and gymnastics, but also praise dance to express praise to Him.
You must also not be aware that white americans use praise dance as well and many have classically trained dancers. Please before u post bigotry and use Gods name to do so, do research, because you have just made yourself judge. All of the gifts have been made carnal in one way or another, but we try to insure that our dance is NOT carnal, that it portrays the words and sentiment of the song, and that our garments are modest. Our song choices are relevant to the environment of our church Evangelical and have a scriptural base, but crosses many barriers and can be ministered almost anywhere.
Our group tries to live or work toward a standard of holiness in our individual lives as explained biblically , so that transfers in our ministry. You can't fake that. To put a blanket statement out there to say that it is performance only is offensive to those of us who try to make sure that we minister to the people - but focus on the audience of One. Time for some of you to have a better experience. Look for groups that are anointed for dance, not just putting on a show. Ava from Miami. Cathy Hutzell from Atascocita. I love to dance to 'church music'.
I'm built for singing, so God blessed me with a daughter who loves dance as much as I. Since she was very small I would say, "I am singing on Sunday, do you want to dance? God accepts all we offer to Him. Dance belongs in worship. Cate from Richlands. I have danced competitively for 3 years and been enrolled in formal dance education for 13 I'm Praise dance is dance in the same respect as ballet which is very hard and painful, at least you realized that.
Singing is also rehearsed correct? And while some people are naturally better at playing instruments that could be argued to not be a given talent, because you don't just naturally know how to play an instrument. Dance is the same way. All talents are can be used to glorify God. Final thought - why in the world would Christians wear masks before our Father? There are those who wear masks in rituals- but they don't worship our Father, at all. Why would church people imitate the satanists?
Hello friend - this one sounds a bit difficult at first because as a rule, we're not taught well in our churches. Here's my short answer: dancing, rocking, rolling clapping - all these things may make us feel good, but they give us pleasure in our flesh. Our Heavenly Father wants us to praise him in our hearts. It's not hard for emotional excitement to turn into turn into fleshly passion. Father wants us to be holy before him! Blessings -TH. Tracy from Oakland. There are too many distractions in church today.
The early church didn't need it. Dance to God at home!
Why do preachers have so many titles, who are they trying to impress? Jesus called Peter, Peter. Tamoka from Jacksonville. Praise dancing is a form of ministry, and more importantly, as its name states, it's a form of praise to God. God instructs us to praise Him in the dance and to submit our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice, I would think that includes dance as well, or whatever He has gifted to you to do unto Him. David danced until his clothes came off in the Bible. Why are you upset about praise dancing? And you don't have to be talented at all to dance for God, or practice dancing for God to perfect it.
Mariah from Glendale. White face? Every mime wears that make up there are white mimes. Angie from Chicago. You sound like a bigot. You also sound like you have no dancing skills whatsoever and are jealous of "black people" that have TALENT enough to do so in this way.
How is it ok for worshippers to practice singing songs for a Sunday service, as opposed to just spontaneously singing what they are lead to sing, but it's not ok to practice a dance? I couldn't help but roll my eyes through most of this article as I could see it was just the enemy using you to cause further devise among Gods people. Every place I've seen a negative on this subject ,it seems that one of the primary points against it is that it is a form of entertainment.
Also that is not a bad thing. I remember puppet shows in church as a kid.. Entertaining yes.. Boring for adults.. When I read blogs and comments like these, I am reminded of the Scripture that tells us If only we could come together in unity as Psalm says. Then the true beauty of holiness will be restored. Valerie Parker. If the praise team or choir rehearses, does it mean they are not singing to the Glory of God? Should they just sing spontaneously?
Rehearsal is necessary to sharpen skill. But, I also believe in spontaneous dance movements and songs fueled directly from the Holy Spirit, using individuals yielded at that time. A praise or celebration dance will have a different style than worship or prophetic dancing. The key is to dance from the heart towards God whether rehearsed or not. I had to stop reading about how you feel about praise dancing..
Its just another way of giving God the praise. David dance right out of his cloths. He had no intentions of coming out of his clothes.