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MONDAY, JUN 10, 2013  |  9 comments
Controversy Erupts Over Explosion of Church, College Groups Gyrating to ‘The Harlem Shake’
A new dance craze that has become a fad around the world has now exploded among evangelical churches and Christian colleges nationwide, creating much controversy over whether Christians should be imitating the popular video.

The dance is called “The Harlem Shake,” and is part of a YouTube sensation that began last month and has resulted in over 100,000 replications. According to The Independent, the move actually originated years ago with a man named Albert Leopold Boyce, who would entertain the crowds during halftime at basketball games in the Harlem, New York area.

While the video has been imitated by the U.S. swim team, a frisbee team aboard an airplane, and even youth protesters in Egypt, now churches and Christian institutions are picking up on the craze. Students from Rick Warren’s Saddleback high school ministry, the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, Providence Christian College, ...


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News Item6/13/13 6:00 PM
Dolores L | Texas  Find all comments by Dolores L
I don' think mine is a mega church exactly.. Southern Baptist and runs around 1500..I have always attended smaller churches until 5 yrs ago and I can't see any revereance much anymore with the loud music etc. In the choir there are certain women that kinda dances to the fast loud music.my inlaws are penecostal and 't go there either..too legalistic for me.
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News Item6/13/13 9:00 AM
Michael Hranek | Endicott, New York  Protected NameFind all comments by Michael Hranek
Christopher000 wrote:
Too many people have tunnel vision and their narrow-mindedness keeps them in darkness. People are bored with the Bible and a God they can't see, so too many churches have secularized their doctrines and services to keep the people (and tithes) rolling in. They add to the Bible, don't talk about anything thing that may "offend", put on faith healing shows, schedule big speakers to bring in big money, and turn Sunday services into rock concerts, complete with dancing, tongue chanting, hysterical people running like lunatics all over the place.

To each his own, I guess, but I try to picture Jesus promoting or condoning services such as this and I just can't imagine it

Christopher000
Your post reminds me of a saying I have heard:

What is needed in our churches is Biblical Doctrine so preached and so felt tthat it sets people on fire for God.

IMHO such churches would not lack for a real experience of God as He really is as God.

Isa 59:1,2
Behold, the Lord’S hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.

OUCH! So much to weep over before God

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News Item6/13/13 8:43 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Thanks Dolores. I've been to mega churches myself. Every one I have been to advertised itself as being non-denominational. This, in my experience, so far, meant Charismatic (or Pentecostal) if there's a difference. I was Charismatic and nobody could tell me that anything I was doing was wrong. I was convinced, beyond any doubt, that all other churches (denominations) were dead, in grave error, suppressing the gifts, etc. God gave me a wakeup call because, just like I keep it today, my mind was open. Too many people have tunnel vision and their narrow-mindedness keeps them in darkness. People are bored with the Bible and a God they can't see, so too many churches have secularized their doctrines and services to keep the people (and tithes) rolling in. They add to the Bible, don't talk about anything thing that may "offend", put on faith healing shows, schedule big speakers to bring in big money, and turn Sunday services into rock concerts, complete with dancing, tongue chanting, hysterical people running like lunatics all over the place. To each his own, I guess, but I try to picture Jesus promoting or condoning services such as this and I just can't imagine it.
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News Item6/12/13 12:39 AM
Dolores L | Texas  Find all comments by Dolores L
Thanks ChristopherOOO for your comment about the Mega churches. I go to one and if I say anything someone will never fail to make me feel in the wrong.Things are changing so fast in our society and now churches that it leaves me feeling like we truly are living in the last days and I feel left out..like I'm alone in my feelings..out of sync with what' is going on and that's part of it I guess..anyway you are a blessing to me with your thoughts on the matter.
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News Item6/11/13 7:28 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
Well, concerning the Harlem shake, I have never understood why it even went viral in the 1st place. I wasn't impressed in the least when I 1st saw it and still think it's kind of stupid for the attention it receives.
Seems like the mega churches are mega churches because they have taken the boring out of church. They have turned Sundays into a huge media production, complete with big screens, loud bands, unreserved, untamed, dancing, and loud preachers with iPads.
I think it's too much because I'm wondering how many walk out each Sunday, or whenever, thinking or talking about what a blast they had as opposed to looking at their notes; pondering what they had just learned.
I think that the only possible way to bring in and keep those kinds of numbers is through compromise, or "faith healing".
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News Item6/10/13 2:42 PM
Dolores L | Texas  Find all comments by Dolores L
A little suggestive. Changes have been happening .for awhile to win and please the younger group so I won't be surprised if nude dancing will be next. By the way Dsvid Wilkerson also wrote the Cross and the Switchblade ehich I read also..he also writes about killer tornados..weird weather patterns which I'm seeing now and much more..amazing is all I csn say!!
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News Item6/10/13 2:31 PM
Dolores L | Texas  Find all comments by Dolores L
I am not surprised..I read the book by David Wilkerson"The Vision"in1974 and on page 68..Nude Dancing in Church". I said to myself I will never see this happen in my lifetime. When I read this artical today I thought it's here now and I'm seeing it.We have the loud music and some almost dancing, some standing and hunching in the pewd which looks
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News Item6/10/13 8:19 AM
Rufus | Fort Worth, TX  Protected NameContact via emailFind all comments by Rufus
It used to be Christians were about 10 years behind the world. Now it would appear the gap is closing.
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News Item6/10/13 12:16 AM
Dorcas | USA  Find all comments by Dorcas
Alas! Just write Ichabod over these church
institutions.
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