Religious Right Organization: Jesus Hates Yoga
Marsha West of the American Family Association has a warning for all Christians looking for a stress-reducing way to get limber: "yoga, even if it's labeled Christian, is diametrically opposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ." At issue seems to be the fact yoga induces "an altered state of consciousness," as reported by Brian at Right Wing Watch. And it kinda makes sense. I mean, it would be tough to maintain the degree of hateration fomented by the American Family Association in a state of consciousness altered toward the blissful side of life.
However, bliss alone isn't all that West has against the practice of yoga. There's the matter of its provenance from a pagan religion. From West's article, via Right Wing Watch:
The professing Christian who practices yoga as a way to keep fit should heed the words of Mohler and Groothuis who both agree that yoga, even if it's labeled Christian, is diametrically opposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Many Christians practice yoga for "relaxation and exercise" without realizing that classical yoga is intended to put you into an altered state of consciousness. Yoga is not "just exercising." Participants are being swept into a counterfeit religion. According to God's Word, pagan religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, are evil. The Bible clearly says that God's people are to have nothing to do with wicked customs. (Deuteronomy 18:9-14) Believers are instructed to, "Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." (Romans 12:90) Ever noticed how professing Christians are no longer uncomfortable in the face of evil? The reason is that we have been desensitized!
Sadly, Christians have become worldly. Instead of being beacons of light in a dark world we have become world-minded. In fact, we have blended into the dishonest, destructive and debase culture so thoroughly that it's near impossible to tell the difference between Christians and heathens!
I would love to introduce West to the yoga center where I practice: it's located in an Episcopalian church, where they also host a Buddhist-style meditation sangha. It's a sweet and vibrant church community, just the kind the religious right so fears.