Yoga: A Great Deception

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.[1]

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 hinduismYoga 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).[2] 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).

Lords-Supper communionWe 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.

Further reading!yoga/chkx


[1] Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder,” The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)
[2] All Scripture verses are NKJV, unless otherwise noted.


19 thoughts on “Yoga: A Great Deception

  1. I think it is offensive to bash other religions, practices, and ways of thinking. But I guess this is your blog, and entitled to whatever you want to post. But think for a moment, that the person who practices Yoga, thinks of you as just another person walking their own path in life, and not some deluded evil worshiper.

    • Teaching the history of it is not bashing.. this is something ppl need to know.. either you reject truth or you color it. It’s your choice.. but there was no bashing in the article

      • “The word is Sanskrit for “yoke” and means to join together or unite – with Satan.” and “Yogis use their bodies to channel a demon, which is a spirit of divination.”

        That is mixing Hinduism with Satanism, which is offensive to both religions.

        I chose to embrace Satan and the demons.

      • Any type of practice that worship other gods is satanism.. Hindu , Buddhist , it’s all paganistic, therefore worshipping Satan , he was the creator of all these false gods from thousands of years ago . Names are just changed to fit different ppl and to cover up what these things really are . Again. No bashing. It’s just what it is .

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  3. “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.”

    Very well said!

    “Yoga is an integral part of the Hindu religion. There is a saying: “There is no Yoga without Hinduism and no Hinduism without Yoga.”
    –A Tribute to Hinduism

    • You know what saddens (and sickens) me? The “Christians” who have been deceived by this practice and ridicule those who warn others of it!

      • Yeah. Deception is never a pretty sight and self-deception is the very worst of all. I don’t see what the big deal is. I’ve been wrong before; you just admit it and keep moving.

        If you are never wrong, you’ve probably never delved into much. Better to find out you’re wrong and repent then to labor under a delusion!

      • The big deal is humility. It takes humility to repent – to admit you’re wrong and start going in the right direction. The sinful nature of man is proud. Humility is an attribute of God and his gift (confession, repentance). That’s why most sinners in this world are self-deceived (2 Tim. 3:13).

  4. Yes, pride is huge. And we live in a country which has turned pride into a virtue. Where people trumpet their pride with flags which fly from their homes and license plates attached to their cars. Before I was saved, I was no different. I NEVER thought of pride as a sin.

    As a coach, pride was marginally useful at times, but mostly, it was a killer. One can’t be very successful unless one is brutally self-honest about flaws and the improvements that need to be made.

    Better that you find the weaknesses and faults and correct them–instead of your opponent. It’s easier to disguise or work around the weaknesses in a team than in individuals. But no matter what the field of competition, individual or team: pride really does goeth before destruction.

    • Agreed, but .. pride is our nature, going with the flow. Humility takes divine help, swimming upstream. How much do you know about the deceitful human heart?

      • The deceitful human heart?

        Well, every time someone offers “God knows my heart” as a defense to a ritual or practice that has come into the church via the occult or pagans, I offer them Jeremiah 17:9.

        “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

        “Pride is our nature…”

        Yes, it is. And nature is helped along by nurture in the USA, where pride has become a virtue. Every time I used to hear an announcement made from the pulpit of “how proud we are of…”, it used to make me very uncomfortable. But I heard it when I was in other churches, too. It has become no big deal to proclaim sin from the pulpits of churches.

        “…Humility takes divine help…”

        That might make a good study. We’re not told to seek help to obtain humility, we’re told to “humble ourselves.” The old joke being “Don’t ask God for humility (or patience) because then He will humble you.” But I don’t agree with that. What’s wrong with asking help to obtain a state that God says is desirable?

        “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
        –2 Chronicles 7:14

        “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
        –Matthew 18:4

        James 4:10 and 1 Peter 5:6 seem to confirm that we are to humble ourselves.

        “…swimming upstream.”

        Exactly! Though we are to humble ourselves, it is not a natural nor easy thing for man to do! Being humble makes it so much easier to clean your house: you don’t have to concern yourself with awards and trophies and such. You can throw them away instead of dusting them.

        They’re all going to burn up anyway.

  5. I think it’s more than just yoga. I’ve recently become convinced that any form of exercise is doing nothing more than inviting Satan in. First, if you’re doing some type of strenuous exercise you’re sweating. That is liquid literally oozing out of your pores. What do you think will fill the void left by the sweat escaping your body? I’ll tell you what, Satan! And let’s say you’re exercising to the point that, God forbid, you’re losing weight. Do you know what will replace that lost fat? I’ll tell you what, Satan!

  6. Problem is many Christians only think they are Spirit filled-the Holy Spirit is given only to those who OBEY God ( Acts 5:32) yet most of the Christian world is disobedient , ignoring His holy law (particularly the only one that says REMEMBER) and justifying it by the claims “we are saved by grace” true we are but ALL those who are saved obey as well.. obedience is a fruit of faith… find me one prophet or apostle who used that excuse to sin (there isn’t one) … so Christians have completely been deceived.. they may be spirit filled but with the wrong one..

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