Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids,
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
- Proverbs 6:25, 27
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
- James 1:14-15
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
- Matthew 5:28
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
- Galatians 5:16
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
- Colossians 3:5
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
- II Timothy 2:22
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
- I Peter 2:11
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
- I Thessalonians 5:22
Scripture refers to the intentional generation of sensual excitement and lustful desires for one who is not one's marriage partner to be sin. Numerous stories could be told which relate the sad results from the lustful desires generated by co-ed dancing - both before marriage and with partners other than one's spouse after marriage. In short, "Those who play with fire will get burned." Those who purposely generate lustful thoughts and feelings will be harmed by the resulting destructive actions.
Several twelfth-grade boys approached their Christian school principal and asked him why they could not organize a school dance.
After hearing him provide a similar explanation as the one just provided, the boys disagreed.
"No Sir, it is not like that," one of the boys responded. "Dancing is only expressing yourself to music. It is not sexually-stimulating; it is musically-stimulating. We would like to express ourselves physically to music."
The other students all nodded in agreement. Their principal thought for a moment. "Yes, I will allow you to organize a dance then," he answered to their surprise, "but on one condition - that I hold you strictly to your word."
"What do you mean?" they asked.
"Well, you said that dancing is not sexually stimulating, but purely a musically-expressive matter," he responded. "Therefore no girls are permitted. It will be a purely musically-expressive dance for boys only."
The boys' faces fell and they left silently. Their principal never heard of their wanting to plan another dance. Why not?