Wow. Two posts in one day.
Have to post about this. Some of you who read here also read about this at Pyromanics. John MacArthur was on CNN a short while ago debating about whether Christians should engage in yoga with Doug Pagitt (apparently another pastor of note, I am not familiar with him).
MacArthur was crisp and straightforward, as usual, insisting on the sufficiency of Scripture and warning against mysticism as a means to godliness. Pagitt hemmed and hawed and insisted that Jesus didn’t say anything against yoga and that he could find no Scriptures specifically forbidding it. The segment was brief. Not much more was said.
Just after they went off camera, Pagitt spoke with the attendant, still on mic, wherever he was being put on camera. Padgitt himself put the audio on his podcast. He mocks John and insults him by apologizing for him and insults the sufficiency of Scripture.The Pyromaniacs put the audio up.
I personally felt compelled to ask him where he was coming from. I posted a comment on his blog. There were a few comments other than mine, along the same line, probably more sternly worded. I went back to see if there was any reply, and he had closed the comments entirely, removing them from view.
Doug Pagitt, if you are going to post that kind of material yourself, I think it’s the right thing to do not to hide from the inevitable criticism. You can have your theological and practical differences, but you took cheap shots at another pastor, behind his back.
I’d barely heard of you before now. No doubt you are influential in the emergent movement. I’m sure that’s why Headline News tapped you for the piece on yoga. What I understand of the emergent movement is that it moves the authority of Scripture out from center stage. Your comments confirmed this. I also understand that the movement puts such stress on authentic personal experience that it is ONLY personal and shies away from objective claims of truth. Your argument on Headline News confirms this. I further see the movement as rebelling against stodgy orthodoxy to the point of being flippant toward dissenting views. Your podcast underlines this as well.
Please feel free to respond to the comment I left on your blog.