"The Universal Circle Dance"
by L. McGuire

Messianic Circle Dance!

 1 Peter 5:8,"Be sober, watch,
because your adversary
the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."



To view more pictures of circle dancing see, "Conclusion"

     When I first witnessed the "Circle Dance", we were visiting a group of believers that live in a Community, known as the "Twelve Tribes". The picture above is taken from, "The Twelve Tribes Free Paper", Spring of 2006 edition.

     We were at the community in Chattanooga Tennessee. The weekend we happened to attend was the first reunion of the 'Yellow Deli'.

     The Twelve Tribes believe that all should be immersed in the name of Yahushua. I agree with this. Of course, they believe if you are not immersed within their commune then you have truly not been immersed. I happened to disagree with that. We disagree on a few other points of doctrine. Namely the circle dance and their use of pagan names/titles (Jesus, God, Lord) when witnessing to others. 

     There are many points of doctrine that we are in agreement with. For instance, keeping the Seventh Day Sabbath set-apart, the importance of the Feast Days, women should dress modest, children should be home schooled, eating a kosher diet is very healthy and to live in a commune of fellow believers is wonderful and special!

     Sadly, I would have to take my concerns, of  the Twelve Tribes Circle Dancing, being of pagan source, to the elders and then to the founders Gene (Yoneg) and Marsha Spriggs. It would have to come from the elders/Yoneg for them to renounce their involvement in pagan worship. As individual members, they could not do this because they are to be united in all beliefs. Sadly, we the body of Mashiach, is not united as of yet!  As a whole, they could renounce this involvement.

     I'm not hear to bash them or anyone, just to share how this form of worship known as the Circle Dance is dangerous to ones claiming to follow and worship Yah in Spirit and in Truth. The truth is, the Circle Dance, in all its different names, is how the pagans worshiped/worships their deity/deities.

Debarim/Deuteronomy 18:9 "When you come into the land which YHWH (HWHY) your Elohim is giving you, do not learn to do according to the abominations of those gentiles."

     My flesh enjoyed watching the Circle Dance. And the Twelve Tribes is very good at it. As I watched, the silent voice deep inside, brought it to my attention, "Circle...witchcraft." When I asked what they were doing, they told me they were doing Israeli folk dancing. We have already learned, Israeli folk dancing was adopted from the Europeans around the last 70 or so years.

     The second time, I witnessed the circle dance, was when we were visiting a family of believers, also in Tennessee. I asked, “So is this like square dancing?” The response I received was that this was not just dancing but was worship! I learned the dance step called a Mayim during this visit. I was eager to get home to learn the Circle Dance from an instructional video they gave us. Again, those thoughts came to me, "Circles, witchcraft."

     When those silent thoughts resurfaced for the third time! It was then that I remembered:

1 Yohonnan/John 4:1 "Beloved ones, do not believe every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of Elohim, because many false prophets have gone out into the world."

     That was when I began this endeavor of  learning more about the Circle Dance. What I discovered is shocking and sad. One must ask themselves, since when did worship become a competition? What are we competing against? If you think I am wrong on this PLEASE do a Google search on “Messianic Dance” or “Messianic Dance Team(s)” There are retreats, workshops, all sorts of instructional videos and even team competition events...can YOU believe this? Have we sunk so far from Him that we have to have some pre-planned methods to worship him with?

     What happen to just letting the Ruach Ha Qodesh move? We can not have Eloah on a rope, trying to manipulate him to do something! Not only is this type of belief dangerous but also demanding! He moves as he feels led to move.

     Many believe they are indeed glorify Elohim, by these dances. Some have said since Miriam did this dance then it is fine for us. As we have already covered, they learned dance from the Egyptians. That in and itself tells us where this originated. Oh my beloved, do you want to go back into captivity? Back into Babylon? Mitsrayim..back into slavery? Oh my  brothers and sisters, please pray for discernment. Just because the crowd says so, does not make it right!

     Some even go as far as adding fire to the dance by lighting votive candles. As the women hold these, they lift the fire up and by so doing they have made the dance holy, so they believe. Check out the following web-site: (Hit the back button on your browser to return here, go on I'll wait!)


     Did you happen to see the banner behind the one girl, with the votive candle? The one that says, "Holy is the Lord." Again, pagan worship for a pagan deity, Baal (Lord).

     Please note that people in the occult, fire is a major part of the worship. Hoo Doo or candle magic is very popular. Just look around at any Catholic Church. And we know how popular voodoo is in the city of New Orleans.


Many believe that fire, is like a medium that can be used to gain enlightenment. One can easily lite a candle, say some prayers, do magic, and cast spells all by the fire, so they believe anyway. All I know is, we, the body of Mashiach, will be tried by fire (1 Peter/Kepha 1:7).

     When connecting all these little dots, we can get the clear picture that the Circle Dance is pure paganism! We can not, I repeat WE can not worship the Eloah of Abraham, Yaʽaqob/Isaac and Yitshňaq/Jacob like the pagans/heathens worship their deities!

     Do you happen to be one of many that think a little bit of this and a little bit of that never hurt anyone? If so think again! The famous golden calf from Shemoth/Exodus 32 was not the only thing that enraged Elohim. They mixed the worship:


Bereshith/Genesis 32:3-6, “And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to YHWH (HWHY). And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.” (emphasis added)

     They thought by mixing a little of this, some of that and then giving it a label Feast day to YHWH that this would make it fine! How wrong they were! Let’s pick up where we left off Verse 7-9:

"And YHWH (HWHY) said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves: They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshiped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods (mighty ones), O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And YHWH (HWHY) said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiff necked people”(emphasis added)

     Something as simple as adding this and that caused many to die that day: (emphasis added by me) Shemoth/Exodus 32:28, And the children of Levi did it according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.”

Again we learn how many more died:

1 Corinthians 10:8, “Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand."

     What is interesting is that the dance that Miriam and the other women did is the same Strong’s #4246 given to the dancing that Moses saw when he came near to the camp:

Shemoth/Exodus 32:19, "And it came to be, as soon as he came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing. And Mosheh's displeasure burned, and he threw the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain."

     These two verses in Exodus 15:20 and here in Exodus 32:19, both have the Strong’s #4246. hlwxm M@chowlah (mek-o-law'); meaning: dance-company, dances, dance(cing)(34).

     Lastly, many within the Messianic movement believe they are dancing like David danced. This style is called, Davidic Dancing. Is it any wonder that the Hora (Hava Nagila) a.k.a. the circle dance, would be listed as a dance that David danced? Of course not, to those who support the "Universal Circle Dance." 

The Scriptures reveal to us that David did Dance. To be more clearer:

2 Samu'el/Samuel 6:14, "And Dawid; danced before YHWH (HWHY) with all his might. And Dawid was wearing a linen shoulder garment."

     We also know from Scriptures that this was the second time David tried moving the 'Ark of Elohim' to the City of David. Need we be reminded that the first time they tried moving the Ark, a priest by the name of Uzzah, lost his life because he touched the Ark (2 Samu'el 6:5-7).

      David was afraid when Uzzah died. They did not move the Ark until three months later. While they were moving the, Ark of Elohim,  every six feet David had to slaughtered bulls and fatted sheep (2 Samu'el 6:13). This was no easy task. David, being the King of Yisra'el was afraid before the King of Kings.

     Yes, David did dance before Elohim with all his might. He was filled with the Ruach Ha Qodesh. He did not plan his dance, he was moved by the Ruach. Praise be to YAH! The King was humbled. He only danced in a linen cloth.  We learn his wife, Mikal despised him in her heart that day (2 Samu'el 6:16).   

     To call modern day choreography danced steps, like the Mayim, Yemenite, or the Hora (Circle Dance) Davidic  Dancing Scriptural is dangerous.

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