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Should Christians dance (or drink, or smoke, etc., etc.)? Originally the Nazarenes (CotN)(as well as many other Wesleyan Holiness denominations) banned dancing altogether, both inside and outside the churches: http://www.biblefacts.org/church/denom/holiness.html
Here’s the info regarding CotN specifically, at the above link:
“Church of the Nazarene, founded 1908, Holiness. Banned activities: dance, alcohol, smoking, theater, membership in secret societies.”
And many Conservative Holiness denominations are still very “strict” in their behaviors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservative_holiness_movement (I would say they’re “living holy lives” – “strict” sounds too negative.)
Conservative Holiness denominations, unfortunately, have “loosened up” somewhat since approx. 1900-1950. Yet I remember not too long ago when one of the denominations (I forget which one) would not allow “mixed swimming” at their church camps.
The most admirable example I’ve seen in recent years was a plainly dressed born again, biblically sound Mennonite woman with a daughter about five years old. She gave her daughter a coloring book showing a little girl on the beach. But she taught her daughter to color long black dresses on the little girl (down to her ankles), on every drawing of the little girl in her bathing suit.
Was this “old fashioned” or “backward” or “legalistic”? Many evangelicals today would say “yes.” But I admire this Mennonite mother for bringing up her daughter so modestly. Her daughter would now be about 15 years old – I’m guessing she has turned out much more godly than most kids nowadays. By the way, I’m guessing her daughter was home schooled – which also helped greatly I’m sure.
We need to set the bar very high nowadays when it comes to bringing children up in a moral way. It reminds me of the following passage:
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6, KJV)
I’m pointing a finger at myself here. My stepchildren were almost out of high school by the time I got married, but there is much more I could have done (but didn’t) even in this situation to bring them up “in the Lord.”