This is the headline from Associated Press on Thursday October 7, 2010:
Southern Baptist leader on yoga - Not Christianity
I sent the subject link to Timothy with an inquiry. My inquiry is shown below. Timothy's response (used by permission) follows.
Hi Timothy - ...You had just recently mentioned on the blog about yoga. What do you think about those who adapt it to Christianity standards?
Those who "Christianize" Yoga started with Yoga or are alternating between types of Yoga. Socially it is a bad idea. Would you go to church with a bottle of wine, bless it to represent the Blood of Christ and worshipfully drink it during the service? Someone might try but I'm sure the ushers would have something to say. Why? Because seeing you drink the wine might tempt a dry drunk to go back to the bottle.
What about renaming Yoga, praying over it and practicing it in church? There are plenty of unbelievers who were into the occult and are coming to Christ. Could this tempt them to go back to real Yoga? You bet. I saw that happen in my church!
Spiritually, the article below states Yoga has a spiritual and physical impact that can't be segregated. That's because submitting to demonic advice means you are indirectly submitting to the demonic advisor. Indirectly there is submission to a demon. That demon can use the influence to cause the person to defend the demon and look for more demons to infest the human host with.
Also, when they are drawing demons, some of them will remain in the environment, influencing the people in the environment. They can easily be cast out -- if the Christian thinks of it. I've discerned demons in the church and immediately cleaned them out, but only I do that out of a congregation of over 2,000 Christians.
-- Tim T.
Timothy, your response is extremely helpful to me. You provided wisdom that has a deep spiritual impact. I am glad that you shared this information because it will, undoubtedly, help others, as well.
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