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IS IT A SIN TO GO TO THE CLUB?

Of all the questions that I have received, by far this is the most difficult one to answer. I will have to say that this is more of a wisdom response, rather than a straight yes or no answer.

The club is neutral

First we have to understand that the club is a neutral environment. Meaning, that the club isn’t a good place or it isn’t a bad place, the same way that a beach is neither a good place nor a bad place. Because, in a positive aspect, a person can go to the club for the sole purpose of having a good time with friends, the same way that a person can go to the beach for the sole purpose of having a good time with friends.  And, in a negative aspect, a person can go to the club for the sole purpose of looking lustfully at men/women, the same way that a person can go to the beach for the sole purpose of looking lustfully at men/women. Therefore the focus shouldn’t be on a specific action, for our case going to the club, but rather it should be on the heart and motives of the individuals behind the action. So instead, people need to ask themselves on what their motives are behind going to the club, and if those motives are pure I don’t see any sin it it.

The music is influential

Next, we have to take into consideration that the dance music played in the club may cause certain people to stumble. Where I am not the guy who says that all secular music is sinful, I do believe that we should be extremely wise to whatever we listen to. As an ex-club goer, I know that song such as “I love the way you make that booty roll” is not the best thing that Christians should be dancing to, because it brings sinful thoughts to our minds. While I cannot speak for everyone, because some people don’t have a problem with hearing certain music since they only pay attentions to the beats and the rhythms instead of lyrics (even though I personally don’t understand that idea), but I do think we must take into consideration that we are influenced by the music we listen to, and that influence may cause some of us to sin or think of sinful thoughts.

Be careful about other people’s well being

As Christians we have to be careful on the image that we represent by going to the club, because a younger believer could see an older believer going to the club and think that all Christians are hypocrites. Or, a younger believer could see an older believer going to the club and think that it’s ok for them to go to the club with sinful intentions, not knowing that the older more mature believer is going for completely different reasons.

Paul taught on this idea in his letter to the church of Corinth,

“Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.” – 1 Corinthians 8:13
 

So as Christian we should not do anything that will cause another Christian to stumble in their faith. And if that means forsaking our Christian liberties and not going to the club, we should do it because we are called to care more about the well-being of others, rather, than our own personal pleasures.

Also, we have to take into consideration is that our society doesn’t understand that the club is a neutral place, and if they saw Christians as regulars in the club they would automatically assume that all Christian’s were hypocrites. Therefore, I caution believers to be wise on their decisions, and to make sure that by going to the club they are not bringing reproach (shame) to the name of Christ.

Less sin more wisdom

So to sum up all my ideas and give an answer, it is not a sin for a Christian to go to the club, rather it’s a wisdom thing. Christians need to ask themselves, “What are my motives for going?” And if those motives are pure, glorifying to God, looking out for the best interest of their fellow Christian brothers/sisters, and not bringing reproach (shame) to the name of Christ, I don’t believe that Jesus would see anything wrong with it. But if your motives are not pure, then the answer would be yes, and going to the club would be sinful and wrong.

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One comment

  1. I really appreciate the balance of your response to the question of whether Christians should go to clubs. I think you were spot on with the application of biblical principles to the checking of motives etc… Also when this issue is discussed Christians fell to consider their testimony to other believers and the world and how that affects the reputation of Christ. So thankful for such a biblically balanced response. However, I believe there is a misconception to these discussions that are never addressed when it comes to Christian liberties. And that is that pleasures in and of themselves has no morals. I believe this particular topic is raised because we believe pleasure is amoral while in fact I believe that it isn’t. I believe pleasures are either God-centered or flesh-centered. Case in point the comparison between going to the beach to going to a club. I don’t believe this is a legitimate comparison. One is clearly a creation of God while the other is a social invention of man. However your point of motive still applies but in this way: my motive in everything is to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31). This can be done better at the beach, then at a club if you want to put both in the category of recreation. I can see God’s glory better at a beach than a club (considering it is not a nudist beach). I can better marvel at His power and sovereignty with a group of people than at a club where the atmosphere of godless music, sensual dress, alcohol and temptations towards dating relationships with unbelievers can happen. But more to the point of the misconception that pleasure has no morals. In the Bible the Greek word “epithumia” can either be translated “desire” or “lust” based on the context of whether something is being referred to as evil or good. Therefore, if pleasures have morals then those morals are governed by Law. And if there is a Law there is a Lawgiver. So when the apostle Paul addressed the Corinthians distorted view of Christian liberty by stating that one’s pleasures are to be governed by law which becomes the standard of discerning motive “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Cor. 6:12). Also notice that even when a certain liberty is allowed that liberty should always be governed by law or truth because you want to avoid being “mastered by anything”. And here is the law or command that should govern my pleasures – You should love The Lord with all your heart, soul and mind and you should love your neighbor as yourself. Does my pleasures express my love and adoration towards God? This clearly slams any rationalistic justification that I can dance to music that has sensual lyrics because I’m just listening to the beats. That’s like me trying to explain to my wife that when I am dancing to “I want to commit adultery on you” (made up that title) that I am not thinking about the words but the beat. I believe my wife would rebuke me by saying “even if you are not thinking about the lyrics you are glorifying the song”. I don’t want to glorify anything that dishonors the God that I am suppose to love with all my being. Second, does what I seek pleasure in protect my neighbors from stumbling spiritually? You addressed this wonderfully in your article. I would like to add that we must be careful not to exploit a weakness in our brothers and sisters whom God saved out of that club life. Listen, the world had a reason for inventing clubs and their motives for inventing it was for anti-Christian reasons. That’s why some clubs will play gospel music as a cue that it is time to leave. So we as the church need to stop playing these rationalistic games that the desires that we have are off the record of divine and biblical scrutiny. The apostle Paul stated that even when I was around those who lived without law (unbelievers) I was still “under the law of Christ”(1 Cor. 9:21). So I think Christ would have a problem with going to a club strictly for recreational purposes – “what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God?(2 Cor. 6:15-16). Sorry for long post.

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