Thursday, October 07, 2010

Sorry . . . for not posting regularly. Pastoring and such has kept me super busy.  But . . . here's one for you from the Associated Press via Yahoo News.

Southern Baptist leader on yoga: Not Christianity

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Stephanie DillonAP – In this photo taken Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, Stephanie Dillon conducts a yoga class in Louisville, Ky. …
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Southern Baptist leader who is calling for Christians to avoid yoga and its spiritual attachments is getting plenty of pushback from enthusiasts who defend the ancient practice.
Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler says the stretching and meditative discipline derived from Eastern religions is not a Christian pathway to God.
Mohler said he objects to "the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine."  Click to read full story.

I am not surprised in the least at the pushback Mohler is experiencing from supposedly professing Christians.  Many evangelical churches have become sideshows of "anything goes" in their worship services.  So bent on pleasuring themselves with bombastic music, lights, fog machines, sound effects, and any other worldly notion, the practice of yoga was just another exercise in the long list of pragmatic ideas.  These are the same people who believe that Allah is just another name for the same God we worship, that Mormonism is just another Christian denomination, and that the first eleven chapters of Genesis is just a fairy tale.  Having not heard one ounce of true Biblical doctrine from the pulpit by which they would know the difference, they are left with nothing by which they might understand the nature and religion of Christianity.  Thus, they clamor for the next new thing or old thing as long as it gives them some form of pleasure.  They are looking for Jesus in all the wrong places.  It's sad . . . but not unexpected as they are doing exactly as Christ said NOT to do in Matthew 24:23 - 26:  
"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  Behold, I have told you before.  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not."

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