13 April 2010

Should a Christian Practice Yoga?

Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to a brick wall. Or just slamming my head against it. I know I'm not alone in this feeling, but it's frustrating nonetheless. I continue to come across Christians who think it is okay to practice yoga "just for the exercise." Yes, I'm sighing right now. I'll try to keep this brief because I and others have already addressed the issue of "Christian" yoga and the fact that there is no such thing. So here are just two of numerous arguments against a Christian practicing yoga whether it is it called "Christian" yoga or not. These two arguments are enough for me to stay far, far away from this pagan practice. I don't care if spending an hour a day for 3 days a week doing unnatural yoga poses would turn me into Wonder Woman, I still wouldn't go near it for the following reasons:
1. Yoga is Hinduism. Hinduism is a pagan religion. All pagan religions ultimately worship Satan, regardless of what their god is called. Thus, even if I am not consciously engaging in the meditation aspects of the "exercise" nevertheless, Satan is present and is being worshiped in that room by most if not all of the other participants. The positions they are requiring you to twist your body in are positions worshiping various pagan gods. The meditation, silence, and centering are there to help you empty your mind so that you can become "one" with your inner god-consciousness (so-called "Christian" yoga classes will tell you that you are uniting with God. If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit already lives inside of you and you do not need to "empty yourself" in attempts to "become one with" God. The Holy Spirit indwells and empowers believers, but there is only ONE God and He is distinctly separate from His creation). Knowing that Satan is being worshiped in my presence is not a relaxing feeling, thereby negating any physical benefit I am supposedly obtaining by twisting and contorting my body.

We should not be "emptying" ourselves or seeking to, especially if we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. And for those who do not possess the Holy Spirit, an empty house is a breeding ground for demons.
"Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.” Matthew 12:44-45
2. For the sake of argument, let's suppose that you, a strong, grounded Christian is able to attend a yoga class and disengage from the pagan, meditative aspects of the exercise. Then let's suppose that a younger, less mature Christian is watching you, learning from your behavior and aspects what it means to walk with Christ. Let us suppose that this young, immature Christian sees that you attend a yoga class. Thinking that this must be safe, the young Christian enrolls in a yoga class herself and, not yet being grounded in Scripture and Truth, she is swept to and fro like the wind by these doctrines of demons. You have caused another believer to stumble. 
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea." Mark 9:42
For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 1 Corinthians 8:10-12
Like it or not, as a Christian, you are being watched. You are being watched by unbelievers and by other Christians who are in various places in their walks with Christ. Will you always be perfect and make the right decisions? No, of course not. But should you willingly engage in a pagan practice, whether it be labeled (and that's all it is, a label) "Christian" or not? No. 
These are perhaps the two most basic arguments as to why I would run from any suggestion of practicing yoga, secular or "Christian." Of course, the choice is left to each individual believer. It would be my prayer that you would remain separate from these things that promote pagan, satanic religion. Yoga may be the "thing to do" but that doesn't mean that we should do it. If you want to stretch, stretch! Do you really need a yoga "guru" to help you do that? If you want to exercise, exercise! But do you really need to resort to ancient idol worship in order to become physically fit? And here I would love to get into the truth of the differences between Biblical meditation and Eastern mystical meditation (and how Eastern meditation is now masquerading as Christian) but I will have to save that for another post and another time. I realize that many will call me a prude, they will say I'm overreacting and that I've taken this too far. That's fine, it's been said many times before about much less detrimental practices! I strongly believe this is one more of Satan's deceptions of even the elect. "Just that little bit won't hurt." Or will it?

See also:
No Such Thing as "Christian" Yoga
Can Yoga Be Christian?
Spiritual Discipline or Spiritual Deception?
New Age Infiltrates Workplace
Universalism: The Gospel Message of Emergent and New Age Spirtuality
Breaking the Spell: Emotionally-Driven Trances or Spirit-led?
Mysticism and Medicine: A Dangerous Prescription

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please keep it pithy (in other words, if your comment is long enough to be its own blog post, don't bother), pertinent (please don't go off-topic), and respectful (to the author, to the other readers, and to the subject of the post). If you can't do that, your comment will not be posted.

If you haven't already, please read the Comment Policy in its entirety.