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A Discourse on Dancing

Excerpt from A Discourse on Dancing: Delivered in the Central Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati In the preceding verse the Apostle beseeches Christians, by the mercies of God, to present their bodies, a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which, he says, is their "reasonable service." He would have them regard themselves as consecrated to the service of God, as completely and exclusively, as was the sacrifice on the Jewish altar. That they might do this, he urges them not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed, their minds being renewed, that they might understand and obey the good, perfect and acceptable will of God. That we may properly understand and apply the passage before us, we may remark - 1 - That in the Scriptures the Church of Christ and the world are constantly represented as standing in opposition to each other. "The world," said our Savior, "cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." "Love not the world," says John the apostle, "neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever." I need not attempt to adduce further proof, that conformity to the world is inconsistent with piety, and will inevitably ruin the soul. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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