Going to dance and to the amusement parks

 

 

Those who have turned to the Lord must stop going to dance and to the amusement parks.

As for going to dance, it must be said that it is a bad habit which is widespread above all among young people. It is they who speak about it most and go to discotheque. On Saturday night millions of young people go to discotheque, which shows that this amusement place attracts many young people, who can’t do without going to dance. They are slaves of this habit, for they are mad on dancing, to them dance is everything, to them it is life. Why do they go to discotheque? They go there to listen to the music, to dance, and to pick up girls or boys. However, many go to discotheque also to push drugs and hallucinogens, some other people go there to buy drugs, some others go there to get drunk and to beat other people. In other words, the discotheque is a place where you can find people who are slaves of all kinds of fleshly lusts, a place full of perversions where a son of God must not go for the sake of his soul. So, why should a believer avoid going to discotheque to dance? First of all, because the music you hear there is a diabolic music; rock music, disco music, and rap (to mention just some kinds of music) are kinds of music which excites listeners and urges them to act in a bad way (do not forget that many famous singers practice witchcraft or somehow are involved in it). The songs one listens in a discotheque are full of vanity, full of obscenities and full of perversion, therefore a believer must not listen to them, lest he defile himself. Furthermore, a believer must not dance sensually because he must present his members as instruments of righteousness and no more as instruments of iniquity, as it is written: “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God” (Romans 6:13). He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him, how then can he use the members of Christ to twist, to make strange gestures, and to move sensually in the midst of people who do not fear God at all? Furthermore, as I have said, the discotheque is a dangerous place also because brawls break out in it, there are people who push drugs and it is full of seducers and seductresses, therefore how can a Christian go to such a place to spend his time? It is written in the Psalms: “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Psalm 84:10), and again: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1). That’s why we don’t want to go to discotheque and any other dance hall, because they are tents of wickedness where sinners gather together to amuse themselves while they listen to their favourite perverted music. It is a place which is not fitting for us, we will not be blessed if we go to such a place to amuse ourselves together with sinners.

As for going to the amusement parks, the name itself indicates what kind of parks they are. They are places where those who want to amuse themselves find what they like; the roller coaster, the halls with mirrors which deforms the image of those who are reflected in those mirrors, the horror tunnel (where you can find all kinds of bad pictures), the bumper cars, the big wheel, and many other things. Why should a Christian avoid going to the amusement park? Because if he goes there he will spend his money for things which don’t satisfy and don’t edify. You who still go to these places, I will ask you some questions: ‘What’s the good of going to the amusement parks?’ What grace do these amusements impart to you?’ ‘Do they strengthen you in the faith? Do they edify you? Why don’t you realize that you are wasting the money and the time that God gave to you? Don’t you realize that you could spend that money and that time on serving righteousness rather than vanity? Don’t you realize that you could spend that time praying, reading the Word of God, testifying of the Lord, and doing some good works? The Word of God says: “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let you soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live ….” (Isaiah 55:2-3).

Therefore, brothers, stop going to these amusement places and consecrate your life to God not in word or in tongue but in deed and in truth. Don’t you know that the pleasures of life, which Jesus compared to the thorns, choke the Word? Come to your senses; awake, for the enemy has entered your life. I know, your pastor also goes to the amusement park, for he takes the initiative in bringing you there; do not follow him, lest you defile yourselves. Ah, my heart within me is broken because I hear that some pastors and elders go to Gardaland (a famous Italian amusement park located in the north of Italy) or in some other amusement parks. Those who should lead the sheep in the paths of righteousness and should be an example to the sheep, take the sheep and lead them in the crooked paths to amuse themselves. Darkness has blinded their eyes, they have been overcome by the pleasures of life. Then they sing: ‘I want to spend my best years for you, for you my Lord, who died for me ….’. Of course these are beautiful and truthful words, but when they are sung by people who want to spend their life serving vanity they are out of place.

 

 

 

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