Yoga / meditation danger

Have you ever practiced yoga or any similar stillness/silence/inner contemplation type meditation?

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Yoga/stillness/silence/inner contemplation meditations open the way for contact with spirit guides (familiar spirits, deceiving spirits, lying spirits, evil spirits) as well as psychotic disturbances that undermine mental health.

[Under the old covenant God required the death penalty for participating in witchcraft, under the new covenant surrounding Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection the requirement is repent and desist: “go and sin no more” – see John 8:3-11]

Yoga/stillness/silence/inner contemplation meditations are methods of closing off the rational, critical mind, which is our defence against spiritual fraud and unwelcome intruders.

Yoga/stillness/silence/inner contemplation supposedly relax the mind but actually suppress its rational vigilance function so that evil spirits can intrude.

Of course these spirits will initially present themselves as friendly, angelic, and may give pleasurable sensations/visions, otherwise you would be scared off and probably start reading the Bible more and warn others. Evil spirits may give sensual entertainments to seduce your acceptance of their intentions, which is always to draw you away from the creator God introduced at Genesis 1:1 of the Bible.

The yoga “emptying the mind” style of meditation leads to belief systems that bypass the centrality of Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection as the only way to God.

1 Tim 2:3-6 God our Savior……wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.

Romans 3:22-24 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Yoga/stillness/silence/inner contemplation meditations lead to belief systems that may have a christ somewhere in their teachings but it has nothing to do with the Jesus Christ who died for our sins.

It is a Christ that is supposedly within us all and we can save ourselves by seeking inner enlightenment or personal divinity.

The Bible calls this a false Christ:

Matthew 24:24 …false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive…… (NKJV)

Mark 13:5-6 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (KJV)

Well, if you start thinking you have a Christ within or a Christ consciousness, then you are “coming in his name”, therefore becoming a false Christ, the ultimate blasphemy against the true Jesus Christ.

Many church teachers encourage people to develop “the Jesus within” or “Christ consciousness” as an extension of another idea “you are Jesus’ hands and feet”.

There is a big difference between being a disciple (follower) of Jesus Christ and practicing “a Jesus within”:

John 8:31-32 …. Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Christians are “ambassadors” for Jesus Christ not incarnated Christs.

See “For many shall come in my name” from book of same title by Ray Yungen.

Also “False Christ Coming, Does Anybody Care?” by Warren B. Smith

Yoga type meditations are promoted as beneficial and presented glamorously but they lead to deception through the influence of deceiving spirits.

Yoga and similar mind silencing meditation methods go in the opposite direction that the Bible recommends.

The Bible recommends mental alertness to learn good Bible doctrine, to follow a correct representation of God’s character through correctly interpreting what the Bible says about him, and to carefully test experiences and teachings with Bible counsel to avoid deception.

Notice the phrase “Be sober, be vigilant”.
The yoga meditation style goes in the opposite direction, to suit the devil’s agenda to inhibit or tranquilise your mind so that you can be more easily introduced to the counsel of lying spirits.
Similar mind tranquilisation can be achieved with certain chemicals (narcotic/hallucinogenic/intoxicating drugs).
Yoga meditation style supresses the vigilance of the mind to stay firmly within Bible counsel.
Yoga style meditations may be advertised as methods for enlightenment, whereas they are actually methods for deception.

Biblical meditation is seeking to understand the correct meaning of Bible passages and to keep reminding yourself of their counsel, not to chant bible verses/words/Jesus or God’s name repetitively towards putting yourself into a psychotic trance and have experiences from a spirit guide (deceiving spirit).

See “Meditate on this: Psalm ch 119”

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Psalm 119:26-27 Teach me Your statutes.
Make me understand the way of Your precepts;
So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.

The Holy Spirit cannot be invoked, conjured, channeled, or controlled by people in any way.
Only deceiving spirits can be invoked, conjured, or channeled.

If you attempt to invoke, conjure, or channel the Holy Spirit then you create a vacancy that only deceiving (evil) spirits can occupy, because the Holy Spirit won’t.

He is the Holy Spirit, not the spirit of slavery to you.

Attempts to invoke, conjure, or channel the Holy Spirit is the method that mysticism/occult/evil spirits have infiltrated Christian ministries and Christian churches.

Darwin Anglican Church with Cityzone yoga classes on its premises.
A church permitting its premises to be used for yoga classes represents the same compromise as Christians practicing yoga style meditation techniques such as contemplative prayer, practicing the silence, labyrinth walking, stations of the cross, etc.

Narcotic drug taking (eg. marijuana) and practicing yoga style meditations have similar risks, both suppress the rational vigilance function of the mind so that deceiving spirits can intrude.

Drug taking and yoga are both methods of sorcery:

From BlueletterBible Rev 9:21 Sorceries (KJV) definition:
Sorcery – Strong’s G5331 – pharmakeia
1) the use or the administering of drugs
2) poisoning
3) sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it
4) metaph. the deceptions and seductions of idolatry

I have had to deal with mystical phenomena coming into churches in terms of effects on myself and family members.

One of these operated under a name Toronto “blessing” and this is related to yoga, transcendental meditation, contemplative meditation, mystical spirituality, kundalini awakening, occult, wicca, divination.

The following links are informative on this:

Contemplative, mystical spirituality entering churches
and “Christian Yoga?” – from http://www.christianresearch

Spirit Channeling coming into churches – from http://www.psychoheresy-aware

It is better to cease participation in any mystical pursuit or yoga style meditation and just read the Bible daily/regularly.

You will be perfectly safe with that because the Bible is authored by the Holy Spirit through him guiding its contributing writers.

Mt. Egmont, New Zealand, 1 Dec 2010. Photo by WJC

False doctrine or false beliefs lead to having a false interpretation of God’s character which is the same as following a false god, or idolatry.

This possibility should make us more dedicated to read the Bible personally, regularly, to be sure our beliefs about God’s character are correct.

It could be risky to just trust church service sermons, etc., for knowing a correct representation of God’s character.

This link shows the system I use to help maintain the discipline to read the Bible more regularly and simultaneously get variety from different parts.

This has worked well for me through all the events of life, to have confidence to resist false spiritual teachings and practices, and resist seductions to follow improper representations of God’s character.

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