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Great Florida Outpouring – The Jump Shout Boogie

June 24, 2008
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This is a video of Heather Clark’s warfare dance at the Lakeland Outpouring on June 2, 2008, I believe it was. I cannot believe the uproar I have seen in the blogosphere and on You Tube over this. For the record, I believe it is an awesome piece of prophetic worship. Heather just released a new album of live worship from the Outpouring and you can find it here (it’s really good!)

Heather has offered an explanation of the meaning behind the dance for those who do not understand prophetic worship:

The fact is I left the key board with the single intent of just dancing before the Lord. I was on the STAGE cause I was leading worship. And as a matter of a fact I was wishing that the camera was not on me. At first I was trying to move around back and forth so that they couldn’t catch me. As I danced I felt in my heart a call to the body of Christ to rise up as the army of God and take hold of the promise land that is ours, standing against every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of Christ.

So let’s break this down for a moment. I will watch on the video and go through. First part, dancing energetically around the stage, stomping and spinning. Here is my response to that
There are some scriptures that use the word “rejoice” (gul) that have the meaning – TO SPIN AROUND UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ANY VIOLENT EMOTION, USUALLY REJOICE OR FEAR, be glad, joy, to go around in a circle.

Psalm 9:14, “I will rejoice in Your salvation.”

Psalm 13:5 “But I have trusted in Your mercy; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.”

Psalm 16:9 “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.”

Psalm 21:1, 31:7, 32:11, 35:9, plus 35 more references.

PART 2 GOING BACK AND FORTH WITH MY HEAD DOWN. I have heard some complain that my head was down… that’s cause I didn’t actually want to be seen. I would have done the same dance before the Lord if I was at the back of the church. I felt an intercession and a warfare type dance forming in me.

PART 3: FEW ROBOTIC MOVES AND THEN SOME ARM SWINGING. This was was 2 things. um, well one I was catching my breath and trying to just wait on the Lord if I should go into what I was feeling which was to call the body to war. At THIS POINT, teh dance went from being me before the Lord to me before the people because there was a “message” to it. In order to receive that message, the people had to see it. The second thing was me transitioning into the prophetic part. A picture was coming to me of like being in a battle field.

PART 4: Robotic moves. I am a modern dancer and so for me those types of movements are very militant and “strong”. They require a lot physically and in my mind I am thinking of the armor of God, blocking the arrows of the enemy, shield of faith.

PART 5: Around 2:05. I do some grabbing motions. In my mind I am praying and speaking to the enemy with motions saying “give that back. That’s mine” There are places where the enemy has come like a lion seeking whom he may devour and there are things in our lives that have been robbed. As the body it’s time to take them back.

PART 6: Up to about 2:19 this is if you are watching the same youtube as me…I am doing some more grabbing. Very strong violent type motions. I am thinking “The Kingdom of God suffers violence and violent take it by force!”

PART 7: About 2:39. I hit my own wrists and then open my hands. I am praying for the chains to come off the body of Christ that they would be set free.

PART 8: from there i go into pulling motions again. I am pulling back that which the enemy has stollen and sometimes that’s a hard fight so I am doing it with tension in my arms.

PART 9: more robotic stuff, hide my head. i am thinking that when we fight we need to not only be offensive but defensive and remember the armor of God. The helmet of Salvation to protect our minds. I am doing shielding motions.

PART 10: I walk away and mean to end… you can believe this or not but when I turned around and put my hands together I THOUGHT I was going to do one more pulling motion and my hands came together in the shape of a gun and I felt the Lord “blessed be the Lord my God who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle!” Maybe if it would have been a sword motion it may have been less offensive. It was a modern way of saying/praying that the enemy will be taken down as we use the “sword” of the spirit (only I used a gun but meant the same thing)

I know my eyes look very intense but like I have said before I wasn’t out picking flowers. I felt like I was in a mime type word for the body of Christ saying we are in a very intense battle of light and dark. It IS a battle zone out there and we must be aware of the enemy’s schemes. I felt like I was “hunting” out the places where the enemy tries to hide and firing against them.

I meant it completely symbolically. I didn’t think I was shooting people. I didn’t “see” any demons. I didn’t even think that the motion was specifically pegging off some spirit. I just meant it like – this is the posture that we should have. To be aware of the enemy.

Then I go crazy and it’s like the victory after a war.. “the horse and rider thrown into the sea!” It was a celebration of our victory in Christ.

So sure, I’ll give you this… it’s not like your regular church dance. I am sorry that it offended you. I think with a little explanation it could have been better received by some of you. The bible says that when we speak in tongues in public there should be interpretation so that the body can be edified. Art can sometimes be like that. It’s a language that not everyone understands and with interpretation it can edify and without it… well you see the results.

I could have toned it down a bit and got the same message across and I will be more aware of this in the future.

And about it being on the stage and drawing attention… if someone had a prophetic word they would not stand in a room of 1000 people and whisper it. They would go to the mic and speak it loud so all could hear. If the word is visual, it would need to be seen.

My heart is never to draw attention to myself and off the Lord but my heart is to call the body to a place of greater awareness.

As for my doctrine and beliefs they are on my website for anyone to read. Do i agree with everything that people believe that I minister with? no. Not the pentecostals, the baptists, the methodists, the vineyard, the renewal churches…. we’re not going to find anywhere someone/something that we completely agree with. I think that Lakeland consists of very hungry people, desperate for God, seeking a touch a miracle a healing. They seem to be finding that in Lakeland.

I, for one, would hate to see you “tone it down.” It was great and there was a tremendous anointing in it. Rarely have I seen so many religious spirits manifest through one four minute dance. Heather has been called every name in the book on the internet over this. Thanks, guys, nothing like a little hatred to make the world just want to flock to the church.

Again, her response on another site:

Well, everyone…. Thanks for your thoughts. It’s interesting to listen to everyone sit on the seat of judgement yet NOT ONE of you has emailed me, contacted me, asked me a single question about the dance. Thanks for jumping to conclusions though!

Many people feel justified in what they are doing because they are contending for the faith or contending for doctrinal purity. But scripture is clear about some things. Jesus said, “If your brother sins AGAINST YOU, go and show him his fault, JUST BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU.” (See Matt 18:15-17). Paul said in Gal 6:1, “If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.”

When Peter was in error and promoting false doctrine in the Galatian Church, Paul confronted him. He did not write letters about him to the apostles in Jerusalem, he did not publish his discernment of Peter’s doctrinal error abroad. He got in Peter’s face and solved the problem. He wrote about it after the fact that others might learn.

When there was a contention over Paul’s preaching to the Gentiles, which many Jewish believers believed to have been heresy, the Council at Jerusalem had a meeting with Paul and asked him to explain himself. They did not write to all the churches about Paul before they had spoken with him.

James writes about wisdom.

James 3:13-18

13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

Think about what you have seen on the Internet. Think of the tone some of it has taken. What kind of wisdom is it demonstrating?

There is no license in scripture for the current Jump Shout Boogie – Jump to conclusions, Shout at the brethren and Boogie all over the Internet to share your “discernment.” The Body of Christ can do much better than this.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. r2ks permalink
    June 25, 2008 4:28 am

    WOW WOW Praise God For Your Blog I have The Holy Ghost on me Reading this. I am so At awe at how we in the Body are ripping apart every little thing in this outpouring i would not want to standd in Judgement of God for Judgeing his Saints. All of you that Want to Battle something Stand up Against Homosexuality and Moral decay in our society there has been more hatered toward this move of God then the Recent signing of GAY Marriage in Calf What are we doing we asked for God to Move in our Country and he Does and we Judge it Because it is not what we Like or how we would Do it ” Farther forgive them for they Know not what they Say or Do against your Children”
    Dan

  2. June 25, 2008 4:52 am

    Flesh on parade.

  3. June 25, 2008 6:00 am

    Thanks.

  4. June 25, 2008 6:11 am

    This is funny. I have a draft post about this same clip. I just did not have time to post it.

  5. June 25, 2008 7:24 am

    I admit I did not understand the video when I first saw it. I was alarmed by it and definitely questioned it. However, simply by being open to the sweet Spirit of God, I now understand how the music and the dance were inspired by the Holy Spirit. My church moves in the prophetic and all are very sensitive to the Holy Spirit. I love Sunday mornings because they are unpredictable, and so the service could go on for hours and it seems like minutes. I personally don’t want it to ever end. This past Sunday the Holy Spirit took over during praise and worship and quite frankly, you could tell the very second the the beat of the drums changed. Somehow the music was louder and more vivid, though I had my eyes closed I could sense the Holy Spirit and a Supernatural presence all around. The beat was tribal sounding beat.. a militant beat. All the instruments and the vocalist tuned in as well. It was perfect and beautiful. It was very exciting for everyone, including the bewildered praise team. I am sure it is crazy for them because God has taken over and they are not quite sure what is going to happen next. Another thing is, in two prayer meetings in the past two weeks God has given a similar beat – no instruments, just hands, feet, mouths. Maybe it was the same beat! I am not not so musically inclined to know, but it sounded similar. This is 100% the Holy Spirit. A message of warfare or an army isn’t something that we have been talking about or focusing on, so for the Holy Spirit to set that tone it is pure God and not man. I am sorry that Heather has had to endure so much ridicule.

  6. June 25, 2008 7:58 am

    Thank you! I just linked to this from my blog and (finally: kicks self) added you to my blogroll, too.

    I was wondering if your list of tags can be used by others? It’s by far the best list I’ve seen anywhere and we of course want our posts to be seen 🙂

  7. June 25, 2008 12:15 pm

    Kathi, LOL, I can tell you where she got those tags from! 😉 Kudos to You “Rahab”. I tried to do the same thing and use those same tags on my own blog, but I use blogpsot and I’m limited to 200 characters. Oh well.

  8. rahabsplace permalink*
    June 25, 2008 12:24 pm

    Actually, the tags for my two previous posts are more extensive. What I have done is simply to copy the tags into a draft post. The last thing I do is copy them into my tag list and then edit out the ones that really have no business even remotely being there.

    I actually started doing this because when I clicked on some of these tags, the only thing out under them were posts bashing Todd, bashing the Outpouring and just so filled with bitterness and outright hatred, it was disturbing. I wanted the alternative view represented, hence the extensive tag list.

  9. rahabsplace permalink*
    June 25, 2008 12:25 pm

    EG, thanks for being honest. That is what I hope to accomplish in my blogs. I just want people to take a deep breath, take a step back and let the Holy Spirit talk to them about the things that are going on.

  10. June 26, 2008 1:15 pm

    If “The Body of Christ can do much better than this”, then you ought to shut down your blog.

    You have become a defender of that which brings dishonor to the Lord. Nice.

  11. rahabsplace permalink*
    June 26, 2008 1:47 pm

    No, Me, I am a supporter of an amazing move of God led by a unique young man who has one of the most passionate hearts for Jesus I have ever seen.

    Tell me, Me, how is it dishonoring to God that thousands of people are being born again? How is it dishonoring to God that people are lost in worship of the Lord Jesus for hours every single day? How does any of that dishonor God?

    And when did satan get in the business of doing either of those things?

  12. June 29, 2008 3:07 pm

    Some people like to twist, pervert and cherry pick scripture to fit into their worldly fleshy shenanigans. Such is the case with this fleshy dance.

  13. rahabsplace permalink*
    June 29, 2008 8:00 pm

    Please explain what scriptures are being twisted here? Heather gave a very straight-forward explanation of her dance. What do you consider fleshly or occultic about it?

  14. June 30, 2008 9:56 pm

    All you critics are like King Davids wife Michal setting up in the window critisising when the king took off his kingly garments and began to dance. Caused her to be barren. It takes a lot of boldness to turn lose before the Lord especially on TV. Your flesh does not want to dance before the Lord, but I wonder if you begin to snap you fingers when some secular song comes on the radio or TV. THe flesh loves to move before the enemys music. Keep it up Heather.
    God Bless

  15. Arijan permalink
    July 7, 2008 6:09 pm

    I believe in dancing wholheartedly before the
    Lord, but I have to say that there is no
    annointing of the Holy Spirit in this. It makes
    me very sad in my spirit to see people do thing
    like this and then claim it was of God.

  16. rahabsplace permalink*
    July 7, 2008 11:32 pm

    I totally disagree with you, Arijan. This was an incredibly anointed piece of prophetic worship/warfare. I understood exactly what Heather was trying to convey through her dance before she ever explained it. It was completely appropriate for what was going on in the meeting that night.

    Actually, Heather’s dance was similar to a scenario I have seen in my dreams for years, having to do with the warfare that we are engaged in. That’s why I had such a strong witness of the Spirit about it.

  17. May 7, 2009 4:06 pm

    i believe heathers’ music is nothing but Holy Spirit inspired, i believe anyone that doesn’t see that immediately probably not as spiritually filled as they think they are. you’re awesome heather and i’d like some of your music for our worship at our church. contact me please at str8upministry@aol.com love to hear from you . GOD BLESS YOU MORE!!! PASTOR TOBY

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