Earlier this week , Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, caused quite a stir in the world of faith and fitness with his article, The Subtle Body–Should Christians Practice Yoga?. In it he states, “When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga.” One aspect that he takes issue with is that many Christians who practice yoga claim that this practice brings them closer to God. I don’t want to step into this firestorm directly, but I would like to clarify my beliefs, expectations, and intentions in forming this faith and fitness ministry.
Here are several key points that I want to make clear:
1. I do not think that practicing Pilates will cause you to have a better relationship with God.
2. I do not believe that studying the fitness principles of Pilates including awareness, alignment, centering, focus, control, breath, and precision will strengthen your faith.
3. Practicing the principles of Pilates WILL strengthen your physical core as well as your body.
4. I DO believe that studying GOD’S WORD in an attempt to increase your AWARENESS of God and His will for you, CENTERING yourself in ALIGNMENT with this will, FOCUS, CONTROL and PRECISION in activating His will for your life by allowing the BREATH of the Holy Spirit to guide you WILL help you build a strong CORE in CHRIST.
5. I do believe that God has given us the gift of our physical bodies in order that we use them to His glory.
6. It is my prayer that COREministries will provide a way for you to strengthen your body, this gift from God, so that you might walk in alignment with His will as you do the WORK that He calls you to do in your daily life. I also hope that the scriptures, devotions, and faith focus segments lead you to study God’s Word in order to strengthen your knowledge, understanding, and faith in Him.
For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. (Proverbs 2:6-10)
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. (Romans 10: 17)