US Baptist leader says, "Yoga is demonic.."

Seattle's Mark Driscoll (Pastor, Mars Hill) says there's nothing wrong with stretching, but that doing yoga is a form of demonic worship due to its pantheistic Hindu origins.

The Examiner.com reported Driscoll is not alone among Southern Baptist leaders. This week, Southern Baptist Seminary President Al Mohler also declared yoga to be antithetical to the Christian faith:

"I'm really surprised by the depth of the commitment to yoga found on the part of many who identify as Christians," Mohler said.





"[Historically] yoga was more than a particular teaching. Yoga was a way of life, a culture and a lifestyle which encompassed not just techniques, practices or ideas, but also eating habits, bathing habits, prayer, social interaction, and work. 
Yoga included a vast body of ‘attitudes toward being’, an ingrained sense of morality and ethics … [and it] was the bedrock of the personal -- social -- cosmic order which developed in that part of the earth known as Bharata [India] ... 
[Therefore] it is in the ancient Samskrithi (culture) of Bharata that origin of yoga is to be found.”

~ Smt. Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, "Returning to the Roots; Classical Yoga"- Read about the origin of Yoga



One disgruntled comment says "This is the stupidest thing I think I've ever read -- "yoga is demonic"??????? No wonder there is so much toxic hatred in this country, which will end up destroying us btw. When you think of religions other than your own as "the enemy" you are already doomed in every way there is to be doomed. Atheism is starting to look better and better. ALL HAIL YOGA!!! lol"

"Hindu religion is inclusive and tolerant (kind of like united states). People from other religions are tolerant and inclusive (as you sound in above) - however other religions are not tolerant and inclusive .."