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Monday, February 12, 2007

Christian Yoga, Innocent Activity or Dancing With the Devil?

Christian Yoga: Innocent Activity or ...
By Tracye Gano

February 12, 2007 12:00 PM EST

Christian Yoga, Innocent Activity or Dancing With the Devil? We are called as believers to search the Scriptures, so that we know what is truth and what is not. There are a good number of Scriptures that tell us of our need to be watchful for the false teachers, teaching and preaching a false gospel. [1]

Yet we see with increasing numbers, churches inviting into their midst the philosophies of man, the mystic teachings of New Age ideas, and the pagan practices of other religions. The mantra is “we have to do what it takes to reach the un-churched”. I ask myself how this can be, when the Bible is clear about staying away from the things practiced by other religions. The Word of God has much to say about indulging in the ways of the world. The history if Israel is replete with stories of their disobedience with the false religions of their day. God dealt with them very seriously. Yet today we take it so lightly; as if God no longer cares about those things. But He does. God’s Word is forever settled in heaven and He did not leave us ignorant of how He feels about His children dancing with the false religions of the enemy.

Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon cleaved unto these in love. 1 Kings 11:2 That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: Joshua 23:7 Many today are bringing into their congregations yoga, which is an eastern religion that practices meditation to false gods. The common excuse today amongst Christians is “I don’t believe in their gods, I am just exercising and relaxing”. “The soul purpose of all forms of yoga is Spiritual-Realization. Yoga is the religion of Hinduism...” [2] You cannot divorce the activity from its roots. Yoga is a religion that denies Jesus Christ. Churches are flirting with mysticism through contemplative prayer, walking the labyrinth, and various other techniques that are being promoted to reach God. All of these activities have their origin in a false religion.

We see churches today resorting to the world’s ways to draw people into their churches. When confronted about much of the unbiblical teaching, they resort to “the numbers speak for themselves” excuse. If numbers are an indicator of truth then Hitler would have fit right into the modern day seeker sensitive churches. We would have to say that Islam is a religion to be emulated because their numbers of converts are to numerous to count. We know though that the above examples are as far from Biblical truth as one can get, yet so many today are throwing out sound doctrine to have their itching ears tickled, and their worldly appetites fed. At what cost though? Why is all this important? We live in increasingly apostate times, and I believe that our Lord Jesus Christ’s return is on the horizon. It is important to know the Word of God for yourself, and only consume the pure milk of the Word of God and not the poison being fed to the multitudes in the name of experience, relevance, numbers, and man made theologies.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:1 – 5 [emphasis added] It is not about experience, or numbers. It is about your eternal destination. Your eternity and where you spend it depends on what you believe. The simple and glorious truth of the Gospel, is being drowned out by the voices of those who would deceive people into believing that God is a god of our own making. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36 Do we really want to emulate the ways of the world? Or should we be concerned with the daily renewing our minds through the study ofthe Word of God in Christ Jesus!

Tracye Gano is a freelance writer and the wife of Prophezine Founder and President Ray Gano. She has written articles for Prophezine as well as numerous other online publications.

[1] Matthew 7:15, Matthew 7: 21-23, Matthew 24: v 4-5, Mark 13: v 21-23, Acts 20:28-31, Romans 16: v 17-18, II Corinthians 11:13-15, Galations 1: 8-10, 1 John 4:1, 2 Peter 2:1-3, 2 Peter 2:18, 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, 2 Timothy 3:1-7, 2 Timothy 4:2-5, Ezekiel 33:6 [2] http://www.classicalyoga.org/page30.html