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And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of
Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft,
and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the
sight of the Lord. (2 Chronicles 33:6)
Why would our country, so richly blessed by God, embrace the occult? What caused this drastic change in values? How could it have happened so seemingly fast?!
Dave Hunt, who has traveled to India to study yoga’s roots and interview gurus, called the practice “a vital part of the largest missionary program in the world” for Hinduism. The Bend, [Oregon] author of Yoga and the Body of Christ: What Position Should Christians Hold? said that, like other religions, the practice has no place in public schools.
“It’s pretty simple: Yoga is a religious practice in Hinduism. It’s the way to reach enlightenment. To bring it to the west and bill it as a scientific practice for fitness is dishonest,” said Hunt.7
Across North America, public school classrooms are opening their doors to welcome mystical meditation.
Middle school students are being targeted because early adolescence is a time of heightened vulnerability due to body and brain changes. . . .
Centering prayer, meditation, breath work, chanting, sitting in silence, extended concentration on an object and focusing on positive thoughts and images are examples of contemplative exercises that can be taught.9
Like Buddhist meditation, centering prayer for Christians is an age-old religious practice that has experienced a revival in contemporary times.11
“Most people without a special (contemplative) practice tend to be pushed around by external events,” Keating contends. In classrooms, “the younger the child, the easier it is” to teach contemplation because young participants typically aren’t impeded by as much emotional baggage.12
The field of education presents an ideal setting for transformation. In virtually every area of education and instruction, from kindergarten to universities, from weekend workshops to family counseling sessions, the Ancient Wisdom is being taught either up front or covertly. This is largely happening because teachers, principals, and other administrators in particular have become involved in metaphysics.13
Four Practical and Biblical Ways to Help Protect Your Children From Mystical New Age “Thrills”
# One: Help Your Children Put on the Armor of God
Step Two: Monitor Your Child’s School & Organizations—You CAN Do Something
[Y]oga’s Hindu roots conflicted with Christian teachings and that using it in school might violate the separation of church and state.14
“Yoga practices and poses are not merely exercise; they’re religious practices,” said Marsha Qualls, who has a student at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School, calling the techniques “a kind of prayer.”15
Step Three: Teach Your Children About the Spiritual Anchor in a Time of Change
Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. (1 John 2:24)
But to those who know Him, His Word shines far brighter than any man-made beacon—lighting our path, keeping us safe, and fixing our hearts on the goal ahead. The Bible says it well, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil” (Hebrews 6:19).
Pray. For Jesus said, “without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Understand the nature and tactics of Satan.
Do a Bible study on verses that contrast the New Age version of man (that man is divine and equal to God) and the Bible’s description of man (that his heart is sinful, and he needs a Savior).
Memorize some of God’s important promises.
Help your children understand what it means to put on God’s armor.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
Step Four: Use This Test For “Christian” Media
2) Is God’s holy Word used out of context?
3) What does it teach about the invisible forces of evil?
4) Does it demonstrate faith? (What kind? In whom or what?)
5) Might the imagined scenes stir interest in occultic powers?
6) Do the heroes in the story use magic?
7) What does it teach about life and death?
8) Is there a Christ-like person in the story?
9) Why would it be called “redemptive”?
10) What does it teach about good and evil, right and wrong?
4.Mark Blanchard, “Family Yoga Practice,” op. cit.
5. Mini Yogis: Yoga for Kids: http://www.miniyogis.com/clients.htm.
6.Yoga Ed. in Action: http://www.yogaed.com/action.html.
7.“Yoga Causes Controversy in Public Schools” (Associated Press, January 28, 2007, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16859368/ns/health-childrens_health/t/yoga-causes-controversy-public-schools/).
8.“Kid Contemplatives: UW Neuroscientist’s Project Aims to Give Middle-Schoolers Tools of ‘Mindfulness’ and Meditation” (Capital Times,November 9, 2007, http://psyphz.psych.wisc.edu/web/News/captimes_11-8-07.html).
13. Ray Yungen, For Many Shall Come in My Name (Eureka, MT: Lighthouse Trails),p. 66.
14. “Yoga Causes Controversy in Public Schools” (Associated Press, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16859368/ns/health-kids_and_parenting).
15. Gail Williams, “Christian Parents Group to Sue School Over Yoga Classes” (Examiner, December 19, 2012, http://www.examiner.com/article/christian-parents-group-to-sue-school-over-yoga-classes).