Original Research

Dancing in praise of God: Reinterpretation of theology in worship

Sonny E. Zaluchu
Theologia Viatorum | Vol 45, No 1 | a86 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/tv.v45i1.86 | © 2021 Sonny E. Zaluchu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 October 2020 | Published: 20 January 2021

About the author(s)

Sonny E. Zaluchu, Department of Religion and Theology, Faculty of Theology, Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Baptis Indonesia (STBI), Semarang, Indonesia


In many religions, worshipping God whilst moving the body is part of worship. This article aims to explain and defend the position that worshipping God by moving the body in liturgy is biblical and has a theological foundation. The discussion is divided into three. Firstly, the writer traces the origins of objections to bodily movements in liturgy and analyses them. Secondly, it is explained that body movement is a language to God. A biblical argument about body movements, which should not be trapped in appearance and drama, is the third part. The article concludes that worship by gestures is biblically substantiated. The research contribution suggests that the church should be accommodating in its orthodoxy to accept this as truth. The church should deem it important to teach the congregation the concept of true worship and not worship that is trapped in appearances. The key finding is that the meaning of worship lies not in the direction but in the worshippers’ hearts. Each church should have a unique way in their respective cultures. This article performs a theological reconstruction of worship theology and analyses it briefly through a literature review of several literature works such as books, articles and research findings.


The theology of worship; gesture; body movement; the true worshipper; charismatic; pentecostal; practica


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