Villagers in Blaenporth, Ceredigion in Wales have said they will boycott a local church after it banned yoga and other "non-Christian" activities from a community center.
Part of St. David's Church is going to be turned into a community center to address villagers' complaints about the lack of facilities. However, the church leaders said yoga classes clash against Christian teachings, but pilates is alright, The Sun details.
"The Blaenporth PCC is keen to broaden the use of St David's Church as a facility that will bring much-needed opportunities for the community it serves – however, the church will continue to be a place of Christian worship," a Church in Wales spokesman said. "Therefore, it is felt that activities that might be seen to be in conflict with Christian values and belief would not be appropriate."
In response to the yoga ban, some villagers said they will boycott the church.
One resident wrote a letter to Aberporth Community Council conveying his displeasure with the decision not to include yoga among the activities in the community center.
"I, for one, will not be dictated to as to what activity events are open to me," the resident said in the letter. "Therefore, I will not be visiting this establishment for recreational enjoyment until a fair and non-bias community centre is built."
Another villager observed that the Church has allegedly spent the last 12 months "tightening its grip" on the allowed activities. The resident, who asked not to be named, said the yoga ban goes against what the villagers want.
In an article published in August 2016, Charisma News outlines six reasons why yoga and other forms of meditation are dangerous for Christians. In Joshua 1:8, God instructs His people to meditate. However, some say Eastern meditation can open doors to the devil.
The publication explains that mixing Christian practices with other religious practices ignites God's anger because He is a jealous God. Deuteronomy 12:29-32 warns God's people against being "ensnared" into following the gods of other nations, an act that has been labeled in the Bible as an "abomination" to the Lord.
Worshipping God should be kept pure and unblemished by other religions. Christians may argue that they are not practicing yoga as a form of worship, but they should remember that anything that does not glorify God should be removed from their lives.