Yoga and the Body of Christ: What Position Should Christians Hold?

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What position should Christians hold? Promising to bring peace, healing, and wholeness (even prosperity!) to its practitioners, readers will be shocked to discover that yoga is, in fact, based on the worship of (and prepares participants for supernatural connection with) unholy spirits that manifest in extraordinary and dangerous ways. The author—an avid promoter of biblically based physical, mental, and spiritual wholeness—distinguishes pure truth from popular belief in this revealing expose. Every Christian should be informed of the true origins and effects of the practice of yoga and its ungodly roots in Kundalini energy—which, literally defined, means an awakening of the "Serpent Power." Contents: 1. What About Yoga? 2. Yoga For Christians? 3. The Aquarian Conspiracy 4. The Conquest Of The West 5. Beware The "Science" Of Yoga 6. "The Great Dragon...That Old Serpent" 7. Yoga's Kundalini Serpent Power 8. Yoga, Reincarnation, And Truth

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Born in 1926, Dave enjoyed the advantages of a godly upbringing, and placed his trust in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord in his early teens. He received a degree in mathematics from U.C.L.A. Marriage to his wife, Ruth, was followed by the birth of four children, a career as CPA/management consultant and, later, the management of several corporations. Along with church-related activities, Dave initiated and became involved in numerous campus ministries and meetings in his home, with a special outreach to Jewish young people and foreign students. Since 1973 Dave’s desire for fulltime ministry has found fulfillment through authorship of books dealing with the incursion, into Western culture and the church itself, of Eastern, psychological and selfist philosophies, ecumenism, and other unbiblical teachings. Concern over Islamic politics and religion are reflected in current articles, lectures and interviews. At least 4 million copies of his books have been sold and have been translated into more than 50 languages. They include: The Cult Explosion, The God Makers, The New Spirituality, The Seduction of Christianity, Global Peace and the Rise of Antichrist, Occult Invasion, A Cup of Trembling, In Defense of the Faith, An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith , What Love Is This?, Countdown to the Second Coming, Seeking and Finding God, Honest Doubts, Judgment Day! Islam, Israel, and the Nations, Yoga and the Body of Christ, and his latest book, Cosmos, Creator and Human Destiny. His video, Israel, Islam & Armageddon has become a tremendous tool for churches and others interested in helping spread the truth about events prior to and since the attack on the World Trade Center. Dave’s impeccable research and recognized scholarship are based on in depth studies of original documents and publications, interviews with key experts from around the world, and extensive travel—including to South America, Australia, Europe and throughout the Middle East. Dave Hunt is the founder of The Berean Call, based in Bend, Oregon. Friday, April 5, 2013, Dave Hunt drew his final breath and entered into the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His beloved wife Ruth was at his side.

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The fact that Christians are now practicing yoga in increasing numbers is puzzling in view of widely published warnings (many by yogis themselves, as well as by former yoga instructors) concerning its occult roots and attendant dangers, both spiritual and emotional.... Could this be one more sign of the apostasy that Christ (as well as Paul and other apostles) warned would characterize the Last Days just before our Lord’s return to catch up His own out of this world to heaven in an event known as the Rapture? Or is yoga, as even some Christian leaders are now claiming, a biblical approach to God that was actually taught and practiced by Christ and the early church but because of prejudice was not recognized as such for 1,900 years by evangelicals? If so, why doesn’t the word “yoga” appear even once in the Bible, and why are there no references in its pages to anyone engaging in any practice even remotely related?

Even Hindus recognize the error in trying to “Christianize” yoga. In response to the fact that “Christian yoga is a growing fitness craze,” Subhas Tiwari, a professor at the Hindu University of America in Orlando, Florida, said, “Hinduism is at yoga’s core.” Noting that yoga was practiced 3,000 years before the birth of Christ, mostly in India, Tiwari comments, “If you give me a recipe and I alter the ingredients...and give it back to you, am I giving you the same thing? Clearly not.”

The total lack of biblical support seems not to trouble Christians practicing yoga—and that is not a good sign. Is this fact related to Paul’s solemn warning that in the last days “some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils...” (1 Timothy 4:1)? Of course, many Christians are not yet ready to disregard Scripture, but such a willingness seems to be gathering momentum.

“Christian yoga”? How could that be? The falseness of such an idea should be clear from the fact that yoga originated long before Christ was born, and He certainly never practiced, taught, or commended it. Neither the apostles nor the early church engaged in yoga. One cannot just adopt a religious practice and call it Christianity. This faith was “once [for all] delivered to the saints,” and believers everywhere and at all times are exhorted to “earnestly contend” for it (Jude 3). It is therefore dishonest to introduce some new element—particularly something like yoga, which comes from Hinduism—and call it “Christian.”

The truth is that the entire idea of “Christian yoga” has neither biblical nor historical basis but is of very recent origin. Scripture warns: “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). If the Word of God is no longer the Christian’s guide, what kind of “Christianity” could the practice of yoga be?

Yoga originated in India as part of the paganism practiced there. How and when could it have become “Christian”?
The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Moreover, the biblical God declares, “I...the Lord change not” (Malachi 3:6). Those who teach and practice “Christian yoga” must have therefore departed from Scripture.

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