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A few months back I was speaking at a conference in Australia, a country that is known for being a primarily secular culture. The people are honest and sacrilegious, and I assumed the church folks would be pretty open to my thoughts regarding living in the world like Jesus did. But after one of my talks, I was cornered by two lovely middle-aged lasses who said, “Mr. Hugh, can we share a concern we have with what you’re telling everyone?” Before I could say anything, they jumped right in: “I don’t think you should mention that you take yoga classes in a public Christian setting. I think it’s going to lead a lot of people into danger.”

Curious, I said, “What could be dangerous about yoga, other than pulling a hammy or dislocating your face or something?”

Not catching my joke, one of them said, “Well, you know, yoga is based in other spiritualism, and if you go to a class you are opening yourself up to all sorts of evil and demonic influences.”

“Hmmm, well, ma’am, I have heard of this type of thinking, but can you tell me where in the Bible you think it says that we should be afraid of other religions or people who practice other religions?” They both just stared at me with twisted faces, like when you eat Vegemite for the very first time. I continued, “And if what you’re saying is true—that we can pick up a demon here or there like a common flu virus—don’t you think it’s going to be a bit hard to influence them with the gospel of Jesus?”

Halter, H. (2015). Brimstone: the art and act of holy nonjudgment. Colorado Springs, CO: David C Cook.

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