SILVER SPRING, Md. — Leap Day comes with what analysts already are calling the biggest Adventist surprise this century: General Conference leaders of the Seventh Day Adventist Church have chosen to lift the ban on movement in church. A press release from the Silver Spring headquarters of the church announced that from now on “sanctified leaping in church is officially sanctioned.”
GC spokesperson Joe Taptoe said that while GC administrators had become convicted of this “new light” earlier this year, they had intentionally waited for Leap Day to officially announce the “lifting of limitations on leaping.”
Church administrators ask Adventist women to practice extra caution if leaping in heels, said Taptoe. He added that leaps should be thoughtfully executed with “a level eye and a. song in one’s heart.’
Reporters asking why the change was made were told that after extensive Bible study it was found that there simply is no biblical reason for limiting praise to sitting morbidly still in church and mouthing the occasional “amen.” Said Taptoe: “We were surprised to find a whole roster of biblical heroes that actually moved their bodies when praising God.”
Taptoe was careful to specify that the church was not sanctioning dancing. “If you wish to leap as David did, we ask that you restrict your expression to reverent bunny-hopping in place during song service.”
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