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Should Christians Dance?

I write some posts and I think they are not controversial at all (such as this one and this one).  Other posts I write knowing that there could be some controversy (such as this one). I think this post falls into the second category, but I hope to provide some clarity to the situation.

For some churches the subject of whether or not Christians should dance is a discussion in their past.  It went the way of women not wearing pants and the forbidding of playing cards.  For other churches it seems that every year the preacher dusts off the sermon on dancing at some point around Prom season.

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1 Peter 4:1-6: Prepare to face the World’s Judgment

Peter has clearly established in the first 3 chapters that Christians will face persecution. This does not mean that they are outside of God’s grace (the primary concern that lead to the writing of 1 Peter, read more here), rather it shows they are truly following the Christ.  Christians should do all they can to avoid suffering and seek peace (read here), but we cannot compromise our convictions and conduct.  Our unwillingness to compromise on these will sometimes lead to us facing persecution.

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Baptism Saves or Jesus Saves: Is that really the issue?

When one holds to the truth that baptism is necessary for salvation, you quickly realize that this is not the common view of many professed Christians.  Not only do you realize this, but you also quickly realize that many people accuse you of holding all sorts of doctrines, which you do not hold.

You might hear someone say, “You don’t believe in the blood of Jesus.”  Or “You want to be saved by your works.” Or “You don’t believe the true gospel.”  One argument against it that I heard yesterday, as a response to this post, was “I believe Jesus saves, you can believe baptism saves.”

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1 Peter 3:20-22: Two Saving Acts: Baptism and The Flood

Having just mentioned the disobedient in the days of Noah, Peter now wants to make a connection between what took place at the flood and what takes place today in Christian baptism.

Noah’s Salvation

Peter begins by describing the situation of the flood. The overwhelming majority of the world was wicked. In fact Peter states correctly that only 8 souls were saved.  The way they were saved is shocking.  We would expect Peter to say they were saved by the Ark. In our children stories and movies the Ark is the instrument that saves Noah and his family.  Now it is true the Ark saved them from destruction of the Flood, but Peter states that it wasn’t the Ark that saved Noah, but rather water.

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1 Peter 3:17-20: Example of Suffering for Good and Jesus preaching to spirits

Verse 17 serves as a conclusion to the discussion found through verse 16.  But it also transitions us into the greatest example of suffering.  Verse 17 states very plainly, “It is better to suffer for doing good, rather than evil.”  This is a truism that Christians need to embrace.  If, or maybe better put since, we are going to suffer let’s live in such a way that we are suffering for good and not for evil.

Jesus’ Example

Now to drive this point home Peter immediately speaks of Jesus.  This has been his pattern thus far in 1 Peter.  Whenever Peter speaks of innocent suffering he ties it to Jesus.  This reminds us that our suffering as Christians is related directly to Jesus’ suffering and therefore we should follow His example (1 Peter 2:20ff).  It also reminds us that we should expect suffering because our Lord experienced suffering.

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