Southern Baptist Leader: Yoga Is UnChristian
Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Seminary, is calling on Christians to avoid yoga, saying it is not a pathway to God.
Mohler said he objects to “the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine.”
“That’s just not Christianity,” Mohler told The Associated Press.
Mohler isn’t the only religious leader speaking out against the practice.
Mohler argued in his online essay last month that Christians who practice yoga “must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga.”
He said his view is “not an eccentric Christian position.”
Other Christian leaders have said practicing yoga is incompatible with the teachings of Jesus. Pat Robertson has called the chanting and other spiritual components that go along with yoga “really spooky.” California megachurch pastor John MacArthur called yoga a “false religion.” Muslim clerics have banned Muslims from practicing yoga in Egypt, Malaysia and Indonesia, citing similar concerns.Click here for reuse options!
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