Some Christians, if they knew more about the religious connections of alternative medicine, wouldn’t want to participate. Some people I interviewed started off as enthusiasts for different alternative medicines. But once they found out about the religious dimensions, they didn’t want anything to do with it.
Alternative medical treatments such as acupuncture and chiropractic are not just popular in the broader society but also in the church. What many Christians don’t know is that these practices are rooted in religious worldviews that are not biblical by any means.
I know how touchy this subject is because I’ve had many Christian friends who have used these treatments. I don’t have to be obnoxious about it but there is no alternative to getting informed and informing others because it’s a threat to your spiritual well-being.
Candy Gunther Brown is a professor of religion at Indiana University and has written about this in her recent book “The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America.”
The most interesting thing she says, in my view, is that Christians who adopt these religious practices end up adopting the underlying ideas. It’s horrifying to think of what is happening to Christians in churches that provide yoga classes.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.