Indian Christian Pastor Says Yoga Is Anti-Christian Paganism In Sermon, He Is Arrested By The Police

In a story out of India, a Pentecostal Pastor gave a sermon saying that while Yoga has health benefits, Christians cannot be forced to participate in Yoga because of the religious meaning behind it connected to worshipping pagan hindu gods. Because of this, he was arrested by the local police but later released:

Speaking to AsiaNews, Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), said that Rev Mohan was jailed for speaking out “against compulsory yoga in schools and elsewhere”, which “forcibly promotes a Hindu lifestyle.”

The pastor “is a leader involved in civil society,” George said. He “works in favour of Dalits and the poor in Tamil Nadu’s rural remote areas.”

“Many people,” the GCIC president added, “go to his Pentecostal church seeking refuge and comfort from the oppression of the caste system, which is still strong in South India. By contrast, in his church, they are treated equally and with dignity.”

Rev Mohan was arrested because of one of his sermons “in which he spoke against the use of Hindu terminology in the practice of yoga.” However, “the clergyman has praised the ancient Indian practice for its beneficial effects on mental and physical health”.

This incident did not happen in a vacuum. George said that other arrests have taken place in Uttar Pradesh, a state where a radical Hindu recently became chief minister.

The first incident occurred on Wednesday, when a Pentecostal clergyman in Kushinagar was first beaten and then arrested.

The second took place in Agra, where police jailed Rev Mahesh Chand and five members of the Life Worship Centre Church. They were all released later without charges.

“Christians were not doing anything unconstitutional,” the GCIC leader explained, noting that “Our founding fathers and the architects of the Indian Constitution granted minorities full freedom of religion and freedom to practice, preach and spread their faith. Instead, we [Christians] are still forced to suffer intimidation, verbal and physical abuse, detention and harassment.” (here)

Yoga is not about just exercise. Coming from the work “yoke,” the postures mean far more than just mer exercises- they are meant to be a form of worship connecting the practitioner to the worship of pagan Hindu “gods.” Many individual Christians along with the Catholic Church have formally condemned yoga as a form of new-age paganism. We also have written about this on

Never forget, that evil always comes disguised as something good, and that as the Bible states, all it takes is a little bit of yeast to leaven the entire dough batch.


  • Juan

    All awful, disgusting and demonic practices that New Age movement have been introducing since the 60s until nowadays must be banned once and forever. That includes yoga, buddhist meditation, tantric practices, taoism, reiki, etc.
    Demonic practices have no place in Christian societies. We have to denounce specially the monks, nuns and priests involved in this filthy scum.

  • Grandmere

    I saw some flyers in the narthex at church one time. They announced that someone was teaching “Christian Yoga”. I threw them all into the trash. When they reappeared, I took a pen and wrote “There is no such thing as “Christian Yoga” on every one of them. They never reappeared at my church again.

    • richinnameonly

      Some day they may leave flyers that announce “Christian Islam”!

      • Kamau41

        It’s already here Rich. Crislam is deeply entrenched within so many American churches.

    • Стефан Евгений
    • Kamau41

      Excellent Grandmere. Light and darkness don’t mix.

    • Indian Christian Crusader

      Grandmere, you are such a dear.

      • Grandmere

        I love you too, Indie! I still remember the time you stopped by for a falafel and decided to stay.

  • richinnameonly

    Just use the search box at the top right hand side of this page.

  • Стефан Евгений

    Here Josiah, this was translated from Russian to English.

    • Grace Ziem

      Thank you very much for sharing this link!

      • Стефан Евгений

        Glad you liked it Grace.

  • Indian Christian Crusader

    You had no idea??…..amazing.

  • Julie

    As Catholics we are not to practice yoga because it draws up Hindu divinities.

  • Anne LeBarr

    I found this out when I was being raised a J.W. Later in life I was saved Pentecostal and learned again. Years later the church I was checking out offered it as an Activity in their flyer. I was sitting and waiting for the service to start and nearly had a heart attack. They all heard me from the front, when I gasped, “YOGA?!”. Why not a Stretch And Breathing Class? With a Healthy Living for Clean Foods?? I lasted 2 mons that time there again. The Church is falling, and I can confirm of 2, I know has evil spirits in them. Sad 🙁