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.