National Review’s Betsy Woodruff looked into controversial Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial candidate and pastor E.W. Jackson’s 2008 book Ten Commandments To An Extraordinary Life for a deeper understanding of his views on the human spirit, society, and, uh, yoga. Yes, yoga.
[Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it. That is why people serve Satan without ever knowing it or deciding to, but no one can be a child of God without making a decision to surrender to him. Beware of systems of spirituality which tell you to empty yourself. You will end up filled with something you probably do not want.
Yoga has become so normalized in American life that this seems an extreme position (no pun intended). And yet Jackson’s warning about on the spiritual dangers of yoga are not uncommon among Christian conservatives representing a variety of denominations.
Yoga=evil is endorsed by former Vatican chief exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth, Pope John Paul II and megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll.
This piece is quite interesting. The writer notes that it sounds silly but actually reflects the struggle between faith and modernity. Didn’t the church always think that modern new fads were HORRIBLE – dancing, rock n roll, Harry Potter. Weren’t those all “devil’s work” too? Geez they are paranoid. Anyway, make room for Christian yoga – Praise moves. I’ll pass.