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Pastor Says Yoga Is ‘Demonic’; Warns Christians To Reject It

Pastor Says Yoga Is ‘Demonic’; Warns Christians To Reject It

This story reminds us here at “What If” of the Malaysian Fatwa against yoga and the Islamophobes who rallied against it. Robert Spencer’s writers proclaimed:
“Why should we look for other alternatives to exercise and search for peace? Yoga could cause (Muslims) to stray from their faith because its movements are according to the style and traditions of Hinduism.”
Will Spencer and his cronies repeat the same thing in a Christian context?
In his blogPastor Mark Driscoll from the Mars Hill Church in Seattle, says that “yoga is a religious philosophy that is in direct opposition to Christianity”. Because of this, he believes that “yoga cannot be simply received by any Christian in good conscious”.

Say what?

Not that this is the first time we’ve heard such rubbish about the conflicts between yoga and religion, but for the last time, can someone please tell these people that yoga is not a religion?

But even if we did tell him this (and other people have), the good Pastor refuses to believe it. In fact, he says yoga is downright demonic and he compares it to being as bad as adultery–which is nothing but a huge stretch (pun intended):

There is nothing wrong with stretching, exercising, or regulating one’s stress through breathing. But when the tenets of yoga are included, it’s by definition a worship act to spirit beings other than the God of the Bible. By way of analogy, there is nothing inherently wrong with intimacy, sex, and pleasure. But when the tenets of adultery are included, it’s a sinfully idolatrous worship act. A faithful Christian can no more say they are practicing yoga for Jesus than they can say they are committing adultery for Jesus.

Pastor Mark goes on to say that we just don’t understand what yoga really is. To which I say, do you, Pastor? Have you ever tried it? Have you experienced the true goodness that can come to your mind, body and spirit when you start flowing in some of the awesome poses and vinyasas? Doubtful, because he believes that we simply cannot get down on our mats while “ignoring the religious aspects of the practice of yoga”.

Yes, some people choose to incorporate spirituality into their practice, which is completely fine. To each yogi, her own. But since when does spirituality equal religion? Can’t we just open our hearts and our minds to the possibility that we can express gratitude and thanks and creativity and acceptance without a particular religious belief being a part of that? I, for one, have never had a yoga teacher quote from the Bible or any other religious readings during class, but even if I did, I’m pretty sure I’d be OK with that.

Yet Pastor Mark still rejects the idea that we can grow spiritually without church. In fact, he says the only real way to do so is through Christianity.


I say we all get down on our mats today and send some hearty “OMs” to the good Pastor.



  1. I’m christian but I partake in yoga exercises on regular basis. I guess that makes me as bad as a murderer or rapist…right?

  2. Harmony, I am afraid that you are destined to participate in this perversion for many years to come. As your name suggests your very soul reaches out for a state of mind that cannot exist. You are, therefore, doomed to attempt to reach a goal that cannot be met and the building frustration will consume your life and make you a bitter old women who will lash out at the people around her driving them away forcing you into a lonely teeth gnashing death, which others will not even find out about for 5 years after you have passed due to lack of socialization. As the medics remove your dry husk they will comment on how fit you were all the way till the end while wondering why a woman in your physical condition and looks had no social life. All of this because you wish to follow the perverse religion of YOGA.

    Repent Harmony it is not to late. Make a pledge not to exercise for the next two months. Buy 5 gallons of Ice cream and eat at McDonalds at least once per week for this period. Find 5 television shows to watch nightly and lay on the couch when watching them. This will break the perverse hold YOGA has upon your mind and body and give you a different outlook on life. Your struggle will be over and happiness can infuse your mind and body. I will chant your name to my pet rock in an attempt to harden your resolve in this matter. You have my best wishes.

  3. I want to apologize for that very long and poorly punctuated sentence in my reply above, its just that Harmony’s piercing cry for help combined with her misunderstaning the Christian faith tore into the very center of my being and my heart simply bleed out its thoughts in writing. Oh my, I am doing it again this story and Harmony’s response just affected me in ways I cannot easily respond to. I I think I will make myself a hot fudge sunday and go watch an episode of Law and Order so that I can regain my perspective.

  4. Yoga is not demonic. Where do Christians come up with these outlandish claims! Obviously, they don’t know much about Yoga. Why is it that the people with the fewest working brain cells are the ones that get so much attention in our current day.

    If this so called “minister” and these so called “Christians” really knew much they would realize that it is honoring the body and treating the body as the temple of the holy spirit. Unfortunately, they see things only one way and they read a different bible than I have read.

    I’m guessing instead of this practice, they would rather have people killing each other, robbing from the poor and continuing to teach hatred.

    We can exist together as humans if we want to, but if we continue to walk around with our heads stuck up in a dark place, we’ll never truly understand what it means to be human.

  5. Prove it Don just Prove it. Find me one place in the bible where it says that Yoga is not Demonic. You can’t can you? In fact it is not in the bible at all, and if its not in the Bible then it cannot be godly can it? What I think you need to do DON is to calm down assume the donut eating position and watch some Law and Order to regain your perspective.

  6. criley:

    You are being sarcastic, right….?

  7. I wish I could laugh at the absurdity of Pastor Mark’s pronouncements; however, it is frightening that so many people can be manipulated by purveyors of superstition and myth like Pastor Driscoll.

  8. Yes Justin, I was hoping the hot fudge sunday, donut position, and the law & order comment would help people understand it is sarcasm. People have some weird views out there and this article seemed perfect for poking a little fun. Now in the Roy Egan and Muslim student hate crime articles I am also being sarcastic but I am trying to make a serious point in support of free speech.

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