Often it was only the smallest trace, Watson, the faintest indication, and yet it was enough to tell me that the great malignant brain was there, as the gentlest tremors of the edges of the web remind one of the foul spider which lurks in the centre.
Sherlock Holmes refers to his late nemesis, Professor James Moriarty, in this quotation. But I think it aptly describes the spiritual situation today. Satan is the “foul spider” and his web is this world. Billions of his victims have already been caught and thrown into hell. The great deception won’t end until Jesus Christ throws Satan himself into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).
Yoga is one such deception. The word is Sanskrit for “yoke” and means to join together or unite – with Satan. This occult Hindu practice is an alternative path to salvation. It is therefore blasphemy and idolatry, for God has said, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). Yogis use their bodies to channel a demon, which is a spirit of divination. Their goal is becoming one with Brahman, “the underlying impersonal God of the Universe in Hinduism” (Holy Fire Ministry). This is the age-old lie that one can be like God (Genesis 3:5). Most people don’t know this. Clever Western repackaging of Eastern religious practices (yoga, martial arts) has deceived them into thinking that yoga is comparable to aerobics or gym exercise. But it isn’t.
God designed the human body as a spiritual temple and vessel (1 Corinthians 6:19, 2 Corinthians 4:7). We can use our bodies for good or evil. We can offer them to Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit, or Satan through a demon. The choice is ours. The bodies of true believers are “the temple of the Holy Spirit”; they have been “bought at a price” – the “precious blood” of Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Peter 1:19). So why would anyone open the door to Satan and offer their bodies to a demon, when they could offer it to Jesus? Why would they grieve the Spirit?
Some people argue that because they’re Christians, yoga is harmless. Satan can’t rule their bodies, since the Spirit dwells inside. Yes, Satan can’t control spirit-filled Christians, but he can deceive and oppress them. We must give ourselves wholly to Jesus as a spiritual antidote. “All things are lawful … but not all things are helpful,” nor do they edify (1 Corinthians 10:23).
We shouldn’t “have fellowship with demons” (1 Corinthians 10:20). Nor should we “partake of the Lord’s table and … the table of demons” (10:21). Those who do so bring judgment on themselves, “not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick … and many sleep” (11:29-30). Some lose the desire to pray, study their Bibles, and witness. Others become physically ill or suicidal and die. “Christian yoga” is spiritual and moral confusion and God will judge us for it.
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ Therefore, ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.'” – 2 Corinthians 6:14-17
In the final scenes of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008), Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) asks aliens for spiritual knowledge. They dematerialize her and whisk her away. People who practice yoga are no different from this woman. They’re playing with fire and I pray, out of love, that they get burned. Through compassion or fear, we must save these people from destruction and “pull them out of the fire” (Jude 22-23). I pray God opens the eyes of their hearts to receive the truth and repent of this great sin.