[In our baptist church they were not permitted to dance or play a musical instrument, We were only permitted to sing gospel hyms. People were getting kicked out of church for the most rediculous things. One of our Ray cousins got kicked outfor dancing. They were nuts!]
You are gonna make me crack a rib!!!! I am cracking up right now!!!! Don't mean to offend, but you got me ROTFLOL sho nuff!!!! You sho' we ain't kin? Poor cousin Ray :-(
I was raised in a very conservative Christian church, solemn hymns, 45 minute service, no chewing gum, etc. but we did like to dance.
One summer when we were children, my parents shipped us off to Alabama for the summer. This particular g-aunt was Pentacostal and took us to church every night, whether a preacher showed up or not.
This was our first time ever in a Pentacostal church. They played drums and tamberines (?)while everybody "danced".
Next thing I know, one of them 7 days-a-week, church going, Pentacostal, Holiness drum playing, shouting John kinfolk of ours started danicing up and down the ailse (?), foaming at the mouth, talking about come to Jesus and called us up there with him.
When went to where he was and started dancing our little tata's off, just like everybody else, but we couldn't figure out how to make the foam come out of our mouth. I won't tell how we finally did make it happen (too gross).
Next thing I know, they had us at that altar, casting demons out us, calling us heathens because we were "dancing and foaming at the mouth", and took me and my sisters and brothers down to a Creek, in the country, down in the backwoods, and made us get Baptized in a creek full of fish swimming around! Talking by nuts, they were more like wack jobs! I almost drowned in that creek! I thought they were trying to kill us! :-)
But yes, the Methodist church is known to be more tolerant of diverse groups. I think, every 4 years, or so, they elect the Elders/Bishops/Pastor, which I think leads to better accountability.