This past week Set Me Free Ministries released a podcast both on our website and on Facebook that discusses the question of whether yoga is compatible with Christianity. We knew full well the potential backlash we would receive as a result of taking a clear-cut stand on this controversial topic. Nevertheless, it’s a subject God has placed on our hearts, and so we felt it was one we must cover.
No other post—podcast, blog, or otherwise—has received so much feedback. That feedback has come from both sides of the fence, and it’s clear to us that we hit a hot button. Because of the attention the podcast is receiving, we thought it was a good time—and an important time, at that—to make a statement regarding what we believe and to clear up a few misconceptions that may be out there.
We are a small, Christian ministry dedicated to speaking God’s Truth in love. We desire nothing more than to see people live their lives in freedom, and we believe that true freedom comes through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. If you’re interested in reading more regarding our specific beliefs, you can find our Statement of Faith at the following link: http://setmefreeministries.net/what-we-believe/statement-of-faith/.
That said, we also realize that in the Body of Christ there are many different schools of thought on a wide variety of subjects. In fact, within our own team, we have varying beliefs and attend churches with different practices. We don’t claim to have a corner on the Truth. However—and this is a BIG however—we believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God. And because of that, we believe that the Truth can be found within its pages.
Before we put anything out there, we go first to the Source of All Truth. We research, we spend time in prayer, and we seek God on the subject—whatever that subject may be. We have often said, both in our writing and in our messages, that we don’t want you to simply believe what we are saying simply because we say it. No, we desire quite the opposite. We want to challenge you. We want you to ask questions, to become curious, to thoroughly think things over, and then we want you to seek God and search for His Truth on the subject.
In the NKJV, 2 Timothy 2:15 exhorts us, "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
Far be it from us to “shove” anything down anyone’s throat. We respect that everyone has the right to believe whatever he or she wants. God has given us free will. Because of that, we can either turn toward Him or turn away from Him—the choice is ours.
However, as followers of Christ, we believe it is our duty to speak the Truth. God’s Truth. Doing so has been our mission from day one, and we will continue to do so even in the face of criticism. Because of that, we welcome and encourage an open dialogue. We are thrilled to have people reach out and respond.
Our only desire is to know Christ deeply and that others would know Him as well.
“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” (1 John 2:1-12)
“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil. 3:8-11)