The Dangers of Yoga

Does it matter if Christians participate in Yoga?

Yes it does matter. Watch the video below to see why.

Question: “What is the Christian view of yoga?”

Answer: For many Christians in the West who don’t understand the history behind it, yoga is simply a means of physical exercise and strengthening and improving flexibility of the muscles. However, the philosophy behind yoga is much more than physically improving oneself. It is an ancient practice derived from India, believed to be the path to spiritual growth and enlightenment.

The word yoga means “union,” and the goal is to unite one’s transitory (temporary) self with the infinite Brahman, the Hindu concept of “God.” This god is not a literal being, but is an impersonal spiritual substance that is one with nature and the cosmos. This view is called “pantheism,” the belief that everything is God and that reality consists only of the universe and nature. Because everything is God, the yoga philosophy makes no distinction between man and God.

Hatha yoga is the aspect of yoga which focuses on the physical body through special postures, breathing exercises, and concentration or meditation. It is a means to prepare the body for the spiritual exercises, with fewer obstacles, in order to achieve enlightenment. The practice of yoga is based on the belief that man and God are one. It is little more than self-worship disguised as high-level spirituality.

The question becomes, is it possible for a Christian to isolate the physical aspects of yoga as simply a method of exercise, without incorporating the spirituality or philosophy behind it? Yoga originated with a blatantly anti-Christian philosophy, and that philosophy has not changed. It teaches one to focus on oneself instead of on the one true God. It encourages its participants to seek the answers to life’s difficult questions within their own conscience instead of in the Word of God. It also leaves one open to deception from God’s enemy, who searches for victims that he can turn away from God ( 1 Peter 5:8).

Whatever we do should be done for God’s glory ( 1 Corinthians 10:31), and we would be wise to heed the words of the apostle Paul: “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” ( Philippians 4:8, NLT).

Recommended Resources: Logos Bible Software and The Kingdom of the Cults, revised and updated edition.

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What About Falling Down ?

-by Andrew Strom.

After reading what we have published regarding the dangers of Kundalini, etc, a lot of people may be wondering what is “OK” – what is really from the Holy Spirit?

Does the Holy Spirit sometimes cause people to “fall down” under the power of God? Yes – sometimes He does. But He does not need to make some big “show” about it. And neither does He need men to “push” people over, either. There are counterfeits for everything.

What about the gifts of the Holy Spirit – like tongues, prophecy, healings, discernment and the casting out of demons, etc? Yes – I believe very strongly in ALL the gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are right the way through the New Testament. But the key is this word “Holy.” The real gifts of God have a holiness and purity about them. You can sense this. Counterfeits tends to have a “weirdness” or ugliness about them.

Let me give you an example. I received the following account from a preacher in England several years ago: “There were about 20 fellow ministers all gathered together in one large room at a local minister’s house. We were introduced to the special guest… The next 3 hours were the weirdest three hours I have ever had to endure. We started listening to [her] testimony which seemed very powerful, next she spoke of the times that she meets with the Angel Gabriel and other spiritual beings, next we moved on to portals between this world and the next and then finally to how she was going to open up a portal to Heaven in the room that we were all in. Now things started to happen, really crazy things and strange noises… As [she] moved around the room ministering to individual people they were crashing to the ground, bouncing up and down, running around as if on fire and making all sorts of sounds. When she came to me she had no prophetic words for me and nothing happened to me so she just moved on. My Vineyard friend was the first to crash to the floor. Since that day his church has taken on a different guise, it is not the same church any more.”

Please notice that the PREACHING was different from true Biblical preaching – and the SPIRIT that the lady was ministering in did not seem like the pure Holy Spirit. Can you tell the difference?

We need to watch out for preachers who bring unbiblical or “New Age”-sounding terms into their preaching – or who talk about “angels” all the time. Can people have true encounters with real angels? Yes – but always these beings that come from the presence of a Holy God carry His “holiness” with them. Angels in the Bible always carried this weighty presence of a Holy God. There is too much weirdness, ugliness and silliness in a lot of Christian meetings today. And I believe a lot of these encounters are not real angels at all.

So should we go forward with prayer needs for healing, etc? Absolutely! -If the preaching is sound and biblical and they are not putting on some big “show.” As long as the preacher has not gotten some weird “impartation” from one of these strange “revival” meetings then they are probably fine. In fact, I am all for the real power of God being demonstrated in the earth! I wish we were seeing a lot MORE true healings and deliverances and miracles – not less! Jesus said, “These things will you do – and greater things than these”! (Jn 14:12).

Just think about the Book of Acts for a moment. Not only are there healings and miracles and demons being cast out right through the whole book, but there are also occasionally angels appearing with instructions from the Lord, and an abundance of dreams, visions and prophecies, etc. So we see that God is definitely a SUPERNATURAL GOD. He does do “unusual” things. Angelic visitations DO HAPPEN. Prophetic signs DO OCCUR. But please notice that all of these things have a certain holy “character” about them. And that is the key right there. They have a holy character, because they come from a holy God.

I believe in a true Revival that has the piercing “word” of a John the Baptist or a Jonathan Edwards or a Charles Finney – accompanied by the most powerful MIRACLES that anyone has ever seen. I believe in a Revival like that – the “word and Spirit joined.” True, piercing ‘holiness’ preaching with real signs and miracles following. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, it is what the Book of Acts shows us again and again. Bring it on, Lord!

So please be discerning – but don’t be afraid of the real super-natural power of God. Without it, we simply cannot reach this lost and dying world in the way that God has called us to. The devil wants us to be so afraid of the “counterfeit” that we run right over to the other extreme – where we don’t want God’s power or anything “unusual” at all. This is just as big a trap as the “Charismania” excesses on the other side. The devil loves to push us to extremes – either hyper-Charismania or dead orthodoxy. I believe in a powerful balance right in the middle – the “word and the Spirit” joined. That is where real Revival is to be found. Don’t let the devil rob you by pushing you to either extreme, my friends.

God bless you all!

Andrew Strom

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