Thursday, July 2, 2009

Daily Devo - Thursday, 07/02/2009


"Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to
inquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron?"
2 Kings 1:6

Some time ago I engaged in a conversation regarding Christians using Yoga. A prominent Emergent pastor & leader was advocating such practices, and openly hosted Yoga sessions within his church body. They claimed this was a harmless spiritual and physical exercise that helps people relax and be at peace. When asked whether or not I thought this was OK, my initial response was "I guess its fine".

I regretted those words almost as soon as I used them. Yoga, by its very nature, is an eastern religion that is incompatible with Christianity. Far from being a harmless physical exercise, it is a bold religious statement regarding how one achieves spiritual peace. Its pursuit for peace is entirely in the wrong direction. Yoga searches inward and instructs the individual to empty himself in order to find the peace which is naturally within. Christianity understands that peace & fulfillment can never be found within ourselves. Instead, we must be filled--not emptied--with the truth & grace of Christ.

Romans 5:1 tells believers, "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." This promise come directly from the lips of Jesus himself. In John 24:37 he says, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." Why would we want to, or even need to, borrow the practices of pagan religions to achieve that which is a gift of God? This gift is the gift of knowing the nearness of our God and Savior the Lord Jesus Christ.

The study note on 1 John 2:16 in John MacArthur’s NASB study bible says “While the world’s philosphies and ideologies and much that it offers may appear attractive and appealing, that is deception. It’s true and pervasive nature is evil, harmful, ruinous, and satanic. Its deadly theories are raised up against the knowledge of God and hold souls of men captive.”

Is there no Christ that we would then run to such silly myths to find true peace?

JG

2 comments:

  1. Dear Pastor Josh,

    I just stopped by this blog from a comment that you have posted on Yoga based on the dialoug between Pas. mcArthur and Pas. Doug. I was surprised that you have supported Yoga and quoted that your wife is a indian. As a Indian christian i find Yoga is the #1 destructive tool Satan is using against the west (exactly like the idea of balaam). It is just a way of Salvation and getting united (the word Yoga derived from sanskrit word 'yug' which means united) with a alien spirit in unknown realm. I am happy that you changed your position in this article. You may want to read & suggest "Death of a Guru - by Rabi Mahraj" to see the dark side of Yoga.

    In Christ,
    John

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  2. John, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on this issue. Glad you found this foll ow-up to that other conversation. If you will notice, even in that other discussion I strongly opposed the religion and philosophy behind Yoga. At that time, I thought it was possible to use the physical posturing of yoga while rejecting the philosophy/religion behind it. After speaking with numerous Indian believers on this issue, I've come to see that is quite impossible.

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