On Facebook, someone asked me: “What do YOU think of the Yoga Wars?”
Here’s my response:
Well, I don’t think Mohler’s wrong.
To some degree, it seems to me like an issue of semantics. It’s possible, obviously, to do the various Yoga moves as physical exercises and nothing else, and that can be beneficial. But, I would just call… those stretches. If others want to call them yoga, I guess that’s fine, but it’s kind of like calling dressing up as a harry potter on Halloween “sorcery” and then getting mad that someone thinks sorcery’s wrong.
On the other hand, an embracing of Yoga as we know it more commonly, including various ways to attain spiritual enrichment outside of the biblically prescribed ways seems misguided at best. Scripture has told us how to be closer to God, how to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, and how to grow spiritually and in righteousness. Yoga just isn’t a part of that plan, and is founded on a worldview that is actually in contradiction with that of scripture.