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CHURCH OPINION: HIP-HOP DANCE STEPS IN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES – CAN I DANCE SHAKUSHAKU IN THE CHURCH?

Dancing refers to body movements to the sounds and rhythm of music. It is one of the one thousand and one means of expressing our happiness and most times gratitude to God, the Holy God; especially during praise and worship section in our churches today.
Of course, there are different forms of music, ranging from Gospel, Fugi, Ragea, Blues, Hip-hop, Apala and the likes. This forms of music also differs in purpose, some for the praise of the Holy God, some to entertain, some to serve the purpose of awakening love in the heart of others.

Whichever way, Churches are supposed to be the gathering of those that acknowledge Christ as the son of God as well as are ready to accept his life as theirs; but it is shocking that Hip Hop dance steps are now employed in praising God in our churches today. Is this correct?
CHURCHPALABA was out during the week to know people’s view about it, enjoy the report.

Name: BOSE
Church : END TIME LIVING CHURCH OF CHRIST(LAGOS)
Opinion : I don’t see anything bad in dancing hip-hop dance steps in the church since it is done to praise God. And moreover, it depends on how we do it, it’s not that it’s going to be too obvious but we will just dance it stylishly whenever the vibe comes and freestyle for God.

Name : TOSIN
Church: BAPTIST
Opinion: Some hip-hop dance steps are bad and some are not bad, like, you know one corner dance, that one is bad, it’s not good and shaku shaking, though I don’t dance it but I do love it when people are dancing it . For example, Tope Alabi the gospel Artist danced Shoki in one of her videos and when people criticized her for it she responded that her own Shoki is different, she named it “Shoki for God” so it depends on the individuals mindset and we also need to do it moderately.

Name: ENIOLA
Church: WINNERS CHAPEL
Opinion: I praise God in anyway, since God searches the heart and not the physical appearance, it’s a thing of the heart. The way we praise God depends on how the individual understands God to be. Though, those who came up with the dance steps are sinners but if I do it that doesn’t mean I am a sinner because I know I am not a sinner. Even in my church, they told us to praise God the way we want to, with any style of dance even if it is shoki in as much as we are directing the praise to God.

Name: RUTH
Church : MOUNTAIN OF FIRE (MFM)
Opinion : There is nothing bad in it, in as much as the dance are to praise God; we can dance any how since does dance are within the church, we are not going to club houses to Dance. Nobody knows the kind of dance David danced that made God answer his prayers. Our General Overseer even encouraged the youth to dance anyhow in the church only that they shouldn’t move outside the church he said this only to encourage the youth. I myself, I advance any style of dance step it’s just that I cannot dance MALWEDHE and to those that are dancing it let them ensure that they are dancing it for God. God will understand that the person is praising him.

Name: TOLULOPE
Church: Winner Chapel
Opinion: When David was praising God ,he danced those steps to acknowledge God but then there was no name for a particular step,because we were told in the Bible that whenever he praise God he do rent his cloth and praise him with all his heart,,David was the first to dance those steps, you can dance them but it depend on your mindset about the step,if you think you are dancing legbelegbe,fine and if you think you are glorifying God with your steps no problem

Name: MIRACLE
Church: RCCG Akwa Ibom
Opinion: Songs as such are worldly, they are initiated from the pit of hell and inspired by devil to give singers money. Churches that permit such, are doing that so as not to loose members.

Name: FUNMI
Church : DEEPER LIFE
Opinion : Those kind of dance step is wrong and very bad. The origin is from the world and those that are dancing it cannot be praising God, you can’t praise God with Hip Hop dances, I don’t dance it.

Name: ABIMBOLA
Church: RCCG
Opinion: Hip Hop dance steps in churches is not good, if we say we are praising God indeed we shouldn’t imbibe the method of the world. As for me, I can’t dance it. In fact those youth that do dance cannot do it in the presence of church elders. May God help our hearts.

Name: MAGRET
Church: ANGLICAN
Opinion : Hip Hop dance steps in the church is not bad, in fact I dance it, it depicts happiness. I know I am praising God in as much as I am doing it for God.

Name: AYANFE
Church: CHERUBIM &SERAPHIM
Opinion : it is bad, praising God should be in a holy form. In fact in my church Angel Micheal will strike whoever that brings such worldly dance step to the church. Those that dance them do it stylishly. But the problem we are having is that all our pastors on churches today are imbibing the things and practices of the world into the church so that their members can increase.

Name: TOLU
Church: RCCG
Opinion: I do dance it, and I know I am doing it to praise God so it’s not wrong.
Praises to God is a thing of the heart.

Interesting, isn’t it?
This report will definitely be of no value if we fail to attempt answers to questions that has arose from the reported opinions. How do we praise God, Is there any approved style of praising God and most importantly, what can church leaders do to ensure that members follow the correct pattern that Christ laid?

Churchpalaba had a phone interview with a trusted man of God, during the interview, he expressed that the origin of Hip Hop Dance steps is corrupt and should not be practiced in the church but that majority of Christians today look for Bible verses that will be used to justify their lifestyle. He added that being a church goer or even a chorister does not qualify anyone to be a Christian.
He then advised Church leaders to return to the message of repentance stating that in so doing, the message of Christ will be heard and Christ himself will finish the remaining in the life of men. He also encouraged every Christian to stop looking up to the so called me of God as their pattern but to follow Christ which is the only pattern God laid for us, that through him we might get to him.
In the light of the scriptures, from Judges 6:26 God ordered Gideon to build an alter(worship) to Him in the proper arrangement and in John 4:24 Jesus told us that our worship to God must be in Spirit and in truth. These proves to us that not all worships are directed to the Lord, only those done In the proper, spiritual and truthful way will God reference; for the firm foundation of our God stands Sure and unshaken.

What’s your view? Let’s hear your own opinion in the comment box below.

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12 Comments

  1. Samuel Jesulowo says:

    Interesting!
    Good job @Church Palaba.

    Do I have any opinion about this dancing? Maybe not.
    I recently watch a documentary of a small city in Indonesia of how happy they were and the way they were praising God with their traditional attires in their own culture. Looking at them you will not know they are Christians or they are praising God but listening to them and the countenance of their hearts it was great. Physical appearance deceives.

    Nothing would have made these dance steps bad if not that most Christians are easily influence by the world which make us defend our activities in the church.

    If the world artist keep getting inspiration by creating dance steps that will move the heart of people I think we gospel artist can also receive divine dance steps that will move the heart of God and will destroy works if enemies.

    In conclusion for as many as led by the spirit of God they are the sons of God. Rom. 8:14

    1. This is powerful… @Samuel Jesulowo!

      You struck a point to note… God bless His Church.

      Thanks for the read Sir

  2. ojoadedayoolas1994 says:

    In the first instance permit me to quote a bible verse “Romans 8vs 1-end” ( verse 4&5 ” that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us,who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit.- ” for they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh : but they are after the spirit, the things of the spirit”. The first area devil enter into the Christianity life is through entertainment ,it difficult for us to differentiate a godliness Christian from the wayward personnel’s.

    why should we encourage hip pop, juju, wrapping or whatever new discovery dancing step. is that how our founder from each domination started.. had been the founder start with this, Christianity will not expanded to this rate.

    Let call a spade a spade, you can’t see a Muslim member’s to dance those lively worldly wayward dance when they are in mosque’s or when they organised a specific occasions in Islamist.

    It pain me that, many Christian forget the story of Sodom& Gomorrah…. they bring new system of ungodly attitude which make God perish the land. if I may ask many lovers of sakusaku ,hip pop, e.t.c what wrong with the previous godliness dancing step ?.

    To round it up, I love a c&s hymns that say, for whatever yours deed ,for whatsoever of yours behavior, for any of yours utterances,
    beware as the lord will bring everything’s into judgment & all hidden act either good or bad..

    1. @ojoadedayoolas1994…. Well spoken Sir!

      What do you then say of people with the view that every dance has it’s origin from traditional religion

  3. What is Hip Hop dance?

    How can we judge a step in dance is Hip Hop or not?

    Why are we concern with the way some people dance to praise their God?

    is there a biblical principle on how Christians should dance?

    Isn’t our unrenewed mind that is making us to discriminate some dances?

    And many more questions a Relativist or a philosophical believer may want to ask to demand an apologetical answer.

    whether it is Hip Hop dance or Churchy dance, what God primary look at is the life that praise Him.
    God will never receive any offering from a life that has no source from Him. God is after the life dancing in His presence. Whenever we come to Church, God check, “do I know this person?, is he part of us?”

    Another beautiful thing about an acceptable offering to God is that, whatever you will give to God must come from Him. God will never accept any offering that you sweat to have outside His will. You can not give to God what you do not get from God. You cannot bribe God or do anything to favour God. God is God all by Himself.
    I know You might hardly believe this, but go and check the scriptures, those that God accepted their offerings are they who have received Grace to labour and in return came to offer what grace has helped them to have for Him. God releases Grace to us so that we can offer Him back our fruitful life. Every offering that will be accepted by God comes as a fruit from the life that has received grace to give. Such life take is offering not from what he get from the world, nor what his strength laboured for but what God has provided for Him to offer.

    Dancing is a description of our thanksgiving offering to God. And if God will ever accept our dancing, then it must firstly come from a life accepted by God, secondly, our dance must be an expression of God’s grace and His glory in which you have behold and not as a result of how melodious the beat. If you have not seen anything about God, your dance is just a waste.

    Thank you for reading

    1. Wow! I am learning

      God accepts the Life first before the offering.

      “”God will never receive any offering from a life that has no source from Him”

      This is the Word!… Amen!!

  4. Kind David danced naked. Now, there can’t be any crazier dance. God accepted it since it was the Royalty’s offering unto His God. Intention is the most important aspect of actions. When u dance the worldly invented dance steps in His sanctuary, do u do it so people can be amused? If it’s solely d way u feel ur praises to God is well fulfilled, I think it’s okay

    1. Concise… So, the matter of the heart is really the point Sir

  5. Akintoroye Yinka says:

    Jesus said to the Pharisees, ye are people who seek honour from yourselves and God knows your heart..for those activities that are held in high esteem among natural men are always abomination to the God.

    I belief pple who dance this dance
    1. Seek honour and attention from men
    2. And are secreat customers of the world

    This dances are celebrated in the world system, it is not appropriate to bring them to the Church.

    Howbeit, there is no specific kind of dance God demanded for….yet we are supposed not to offer strange incense to God with world stained heart. Every step we take or things we do are not separate from our heart postures.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I wonder what will happen if we have the likes of Daddy Adeboye, Daddy olukoya, Daddy kumuyi and others on a single stage dancing shakushaku,shoki etc…………..lets be sincere with ourselves what will come to our mind at that particular time.Before we immitate anytin it is good to know the origin.lets look at the life of those that started the dance is it worthy of emulation.Our generation is gradually diluting the word of God let’s go back to the ancient land mark of the early church.if the Holy spirit in your general overseer does not allow him dance shoki why is the Holy spirit in you allowing it…………………..The spirit of God is one,something is wrong with this generation……… pls do
    nt contribute to the errors of the church.worldly dance in church is strategy from the pit of hell to overcome the church.Don’t help the devil to take over church.

  7. Interesting… Good job @churchpalaba.

    Just as the man of God interviewed as said young people like myself always find verses of the scripture for every of their action. I want to believe that this is so because the church lost true discipleship. May God help us.

  8. Like!! Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

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