pastor Mark Driscoll, Yoga is an agent of Hinduism and hence demonic. For R Albert Mohler Jr, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Mars Hill Church , yoga is against Christianity. Kentucky
Demonic means extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell. There is no doubt that Pastor Mark Driscoll is under the grip of demon. Surely the practice of Yoga will help in removing the demon that is residing in him.
After practicing yoga, the greatest advantage for the pastor will be that he will be able to understand true teachings of Bible and Christianity. The demon in him will be annihilated through Yoga. This will make him a better Christian and a better human being.
What irked people like Mallery was a recent question and answer session of Mark Driscoll with church members. "Should Christians stay away from yoga because of its demonic roots?" Driscoll asked, before replying: "Totally. You sign up for a little yoga class, and you are signing up for a little demon class."
Contesting the idea of yoga seeking to "connect to the universe through meditation" and not "connecting to God through the mediatorship of Jesus", Driscoll dubbed yoga "a form of pantheism and absolute paganism". Richard Brenin, a teacher at Glow Yoga Center,
, called Driscoll's comment "a bit of racism". Washington DC
Contesting the pastor relating yoga with Hinduism because of use of Sanskrit words, Brenin told TOI: "I suspect that there's a bit of racism and nationalism coming from church leaders, who harp on language issues and images of Hindu deities which for many studios are mere decorations or at most stories that inspire and challenge. There is no worship in a
yoga studio." US
"With an increasingly nuclearised society, women, at the first chance of a free choice, rebel. Yoga started off as one such sub-culture avenue for rebelling. It cuts out middle-men when it comes to spiritualism and offers freedom of expression and minimal diktats on things like sex and gender equality. Add to this the health benefits, and you have a potent adversary to organised religion," says Gopinathan.