Springfield’s yoga community is talking out after a pastor at an Assemblies of God megachurch warned Christians to keep away from the favored exercise as a result of he claims it has “demonic roots.”
Pastor John Lindell informed worshippers final month on the James River Church in Ozark that yoga positions have been “created with demonic intent” and referred to as Hinduism demonic, the Springfield News-Leader reported. The church is understood to have a congregation of greater than 10,000, in accordance to a 2016 report.
On the Sunday earlier than Halloween, Lindell’s sermon was “paranormal themed,” warning of the religious risks of fortune-telling, Wicca, a type of paganism, and yoga.
“Yoga is diametrically opposed to Christianity,” he stated. “….Christians should stay away from yoga because of its demonic roots.”
But many within the Springfield yoga community have expressed disappointment, anger and concern over Lindell’s sermon.
Amanda Davis, a yoga teacher for 12 years, stated the pastor did not have a correct understanding of yoga.
“Yoga doesn’t prescribe to any religion, and I don’t think people understand that so they get false ideas about it,” she stated.
Davis stated calling yoga demonic is ignorant.
“It’s hate speech,” she stated.
Stephanie Wubbena, who owns Live Pure Yoga in Springfield, posted a video criticizing Lindell’s sermon on Nov. 1, saying that it is hurting small companies.
“One yoga studio lost over 10 members the Monday after the sermon,” she stated.
Wubbena advised residents to assume for themselves and analysis yoga’s historical past.
Reggie Harris is a Christian who has been working towards yoga for 5 years as a method to alleviate muscle tightness from soccer accidents.
“I know my relationship with the Lord and my relationship with him has gotten deeper through yoga,” Harris stated.
He stated Lindell’s sermon made him really feel harm and indignant.
“Yoga transcends religion. Yoga brings people together in a heart of unity and love,” Harris stated. “You’re teaching people to hate something that may help them physically, emotionally, spiritually.”