In an era of radical individualism, it’s not surprising that the New Age movement has resurfaced in our culture with a vengeance. It caters to fallen man’s desire to exalt themselves—to be their own gods—and as such, is completely satanic in nature. For it echoes the same tantalizing lie Satan used to deceive Adam and Eve in the Garden: “Ye shall be as gods.”
What is surprising, and frightening, is that this movement is starting to infiltrate the church. From Reiki to Angel Boards, New Ageism has found numerous avenues into the Body, but by far the most prevalent and widely accepted, is yoga.
Before we delve into this controversial topic, I want to start off by saying that I honestly don’t think Christians who practice yoga, practice it with FULL knowledge of what it actual is. Like me, most get into it for health reasons and are ignorant of the spiritual aspects. This is not meant to be an attack but rather a warning given in love from one Christian to another. That being said…
Yoga is NOT exercise, it’s Hinduism.
“Yoga is not a physical practice with a spiritual component. It is a spiritual and religious practice with a physical component”.The Second Coming of the New Age, Steven Bancarz and Josh Peck
The difference is important. If the former is true than people are simply enjoying a healthy, eastern exercise that can be used for Hindu worship if one feels so inclined. If the latter is true, then it’s an outright pagan ritual that just so happens to make you flexible.
What I’m submitting to you today is that the latter is true—that everything from the stretches to the names of the stretches to the breathing to the chants are specifically designed to worship and invoke Hindu gods while putting you in a meditative state to receive them.
“Although one may become more fit and flexible from doing yoga, that is not the goal of yoga, which is part of a complex spiritual system. Pranayama (breathing techniques) and the asanas (specific positions) are designed to enhance and induce meditative states in which one can transcend mental fluctuations and bypass rational thinking. […] Gradually, the body and mind are filled by the Atman (Pure or Supreme Universal Self) and “through the death of the body, as it were, is the resurrection of the Higher Self accomplished.”Fuller, J.F.C. Yoga for All, Bombay, India: D.B. Taraporevala Sons & Co. Private Ltd., 1993. Pg. 51
It doesn’t get much clearer than that. The Hinduism of yoga can’t be separated from the stretches because the stretches ARE Hinduism. It’s a practice of self-transcendence and self-deification; a state achieved only by emptying oneself of emotions, of “rational thinking”…of thinking in general. It isn’t stretching, it’s idolatry. It isn’t mindfulness, it’s mindlessness—one that leaves you susceptible to demonic influence.
I can hear the retorts now (they’re the ones I used): “But what if we quote scripture instead of Hindu chants?” “I’m just doing it for exercise, why does it matter if it’s Hinduism?”
That’s like saying, “But what if I bring my Bible to the seance?” or “I’m just trying to teach my kid the ABC’s, why does it matter if I’m using a Ouija board to do it?” You’d agree that those are ridiculous statements. Seances are demonic. Ouija boards are demonic. Yoga is a Hindu ritual and Hinduism is demonic. We as Christians are to have no share in demons.
“What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that that idol is anything? No, I imply that what the pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.”1 Corinthians 10:19-21
Though this passage is talking about food (and is a part of Paul’s larger discussion on abstaining from food sacrificed to idols for the sake of the brethren), the application extends beyond that to any pagan ritual or practice.
Eating food as part of a heathen sacrifice, was worshipping the idol to whom it was made, and having fellowship or communion with it; just as he who eats the Lord’s supper, is accounted to partake in the Christian sacrifice, […]. If Christians venture into places, and join in sacrifices to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, they will provoke God. “Matthew henry
As Christians we’re called to present our bodies as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1) and to do EVERYTHING for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). We can’t do those things when practicing yoga.
So, in the same way that we wouldn’t attend a Wiccan Sabbath or a Muslim holy day because it glorifies a false god, we shouldn’t practice yoga because it not only pays homage to false gods but says that we too are gods.
Let’s have no fellowship with darkness fellow Christians. Instead, let us expose it by the light of Gospel of Jesus Christ.