2 Samuel 6:14 (Misinterpreted Scriptures)

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And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.

Misinterpretation: This Scripture is often used to tell people that there is something wrong with their spiritual life (usually pride) if they do not dance during worship.

Facts: There is nothing wrong with dancing in worship. As a matter of fact, dancing as a form of worship to the true God has a long, long heritage. It dates at least back to the Israelite exodus from Egypt, when Miriam, the sister of Moses, led some of the women of Israel in dance (Ex. 15:20). However, just because David danced does not mean that people have to dance.

The problem with the UPC presentation of David’s dance is that they often say that if a person refuses to dance during worship then something is wrong with their spiritual walk. If this is true, then we all should have to wear linen ephods to truly worship the Lord. After all, that’s what David was doing!

27 thoughts on “2 Samuel 6:14 (Misinterpreted Scriptures)

  1. Ki Turnbull

    As a girl with Asperger’s I have trouble showing or reading emotion, and intimacy of any kind is difficult and uncomfortable for me. I tend to keep my feelings within a brick wall, and as a result I am hard to read or connect with. Only when I am alone with the Lord I am free – even in church I feel as though I’m being watched, and I end up going through the motions without really feeling touched by Him. In my home I love to dance around and sing and feel happy in the body God blessed me with, but I can’t act like that anywhere else. I wish I could be like David, dancing before the Lord without shame no matter who is around!

    Another thing: dancing outside of church is considered worldly or even sinful by Apostolics. This is something I can’t agree with, as dancing is a universal expression of joy. I don’t think there is anything wrong with it as long as has a wholesome intent. Again, they have more concern for the appearance than the heart!

  2. lolit

    I just wonder why the preacher always want the people to speak in tongue..they say speaking in tongues is the evident that Gods spirit is in us..i believe i already hav Gods Spirit the moment i believe and is baptized.He said everyone must come to the church bcause it is the only place that God dwells.is it wrong to pray in the house?i am confused..is God a respecter of man?.He knows the heart and it is He who will weight it..Godbless

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