Is it OK for Christians to go to parties?


By BibleAsk Team

God created humans as social beings with the need to fellowship with each other. There is nothing wrong with fulfilling that need in a good and wholesome environment. But not all parties are a good place to fulfill that need. It all depends on what activities are taking place there and with whom you are associating.

A good guide to what we should do is to ask the questions: What would Jesus do? Would He be able to go with you? The Bible teaches, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin“ (1 John 1:7). Christian fellowship revolves around the Lord, whereas worldly fellowship revolves around the flesh.

The Bible Teaches, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). The difference in ideals and conduct between Christians and non-Christians is great. Therefore, the Lord warns against such association because it would place Christians in situations where they find it difficult or impossible to avoid compromising their faith.

If a party is having worldly amusements of music and entertainment, then this party should be avoided. Separateness from sin and sinners is clearly taught in the Scriptures (Leviticus 20:24; Numbers 6:3; Hebrews 7:26; etc.). Throughout the history of God’s children, the violation of this principle has led to spiritual failure.

“Bad Company Corrupts Good Character”

The scriptures teach that by beholding we get changed (2 Corinthians 3:18). Christians are to guard the avenues of their souls (Matthew 15:19). Therefore, it’s essential to protect the mind of watching, listening and associating with evil (Matthew 5:22, 28). They are to stay away from temptation, remembering that “bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Association with those who hold weak morals, or whose lives are impure corrupts the faith and life of believers. Familiarity with evil tends to remove objection to it. For this reason God has always counseled His people to separate themselves from close fellowship with non-believers (Genesis 12:1–3; Exodus 3:9, 10; Deuteronomy 7:1–4; Isaiah 52:11; 2 Corinthians 6:14–17; Revelation 18:4).

Don’t Be a Stumbling Block

Going to parties where sinful activities take place weakens the Christian witness (Romans 2:24). If a new convert sees his Christian brother at a worldly party, this will be a stumbling block to him and hurt his walk with the Lord (Romans 14:3). “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness” (2 Timothy 2:19). God’s seal of approval can never be given to an impure man. Those who bear His seal will stand out from the world as exhibits of better way of life, showing a character that reflects God’s moral principles.

Glorify God in Your Actions

Members of the body of Christ are to be a light to the world (Matthew 5:14) and testify to others to what God has done in their lives (1 Peter 2:11-12). They are to remain without “spot” or “blemish” (Ephesians 5:27) in the midst of a morally corrupt societies. They are to be the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13). The salt has a quality of being a preservative.

All the activities of the Christian should glorify God. Paul taught, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God“ (1 Corinthians 10:31). Consciously, the Christian must act in such a way that God, not man, is honored. Such actions call for continual devotion of all the powers of mind and body to Him, and daily yielding the soul to the Holy Spirit (Proverbs 18:10; 1 Corinthians 15:31; 2 Corinthians 4:10).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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