LTRP Note: We are posting this letter to the editor not to single out this one particular Christian & Missionary Alliance church because the CMA denomination from top leadership down has embraced contemplative spirituality (see links below), and thus, it is no surprise that Yoga would enter in as well. This is happening in numerous other evangelical and Protestant denominations also.
As you can see from this letter to the editor and the ones listed below, these letters to Lighthouse Trails are written by CMA members who have witnessed first-hand what is happening in CMA.
We are compelled to also point out that every CMA college has now embraced contemplative spirituality (via Spiritual Formation programs) (as you can see on our Contemplative Colleges list).
Hello Lighthouse Trails:
I am just reaching out, and I hope I’m not alone in this. I read your article posted:
and it seems I am not alone in my alarming observation.
I use to attend Beulah Alliance Church and had to leave after I was dismissed for raising concerns about Yoga being offered in the church. I came to find out the pastor who created this “Yoga-Pilates” is also one who practices Yoga as do many other leaders in their church. I am so heartbroken. My husband is heartbroken. I was then told that the warnings that apostle Paul gave to the Corinthians were not relevant to them. That was something I couldn’t ignore.
For such a huge church in the city of Edmonton (Alberta) and working on spreading their message throughout, I worry about the impact of these teachings.
We have been silenced by the pastoral staff in our concerns and no replies given to us.
Thank you for your time,
Is Pilates OK? by Caryl Matrisciana
(photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission)