On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending a great gospel service. The groups got up and sung their hearts out in honor of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. At one point during the service, the entire church broke out and started shouting. (Side Note: For those of you who don’t understand the term “shouting” I’m not talking about people yelling at each other. I’m talking about people dancing under the power of the Holy Spirit).
As it looked like the whole church, including me was dancing and praising God, the Holy Spirit stopped me and said look around. I stopped and began to survey the church. I watched as people danced all over the church then the Holy Spirit spoke and said, “All of this dancing but not everyone is getting delivered.” In my mind, I said WOW. The Holy Spirit spoke again and said “They are all dancing because the music is good but will they dance if there was no music?” Just at that moment the music stopped and the majority of the people who were dancing, stopped immediately. It was another WOW moment for me. Then the music started again and the dancing began again.
Now there is nothing wrong with shouting. The bible teaches us that David danced out of his clothes as the Ark of the Covenant entered the city of Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit showed me that just because people are dancing, it doesn’t mean they’re receiving deliverance. Many people walk into churches with all kinds of burdens and leave with those same burdens. They hear a word or some music, become emotional and then leave just as messed up as they came.
For those of us who are leaders, it is important that we work to ensure that the message of the gospel isn’t lost to an emotional outburst that does nothing to relieve the spirits of those who are suffering.