Martial Arts

Involvement in martial arts is a controversial activity – some advocate it is only a physical self-defence discipline, others consider it is exposing oneself to ungodly influences, as the root of the various forms is Buddhist mysticism and the philosophy of ‘mind over matter’, where the spiritual and physical aspects are closely linked. As believers we should not focus our minds to meditate on what is not in keeping with God’s Word for what we believe in our head can often become a conviction of the heart, that leads to actions of the will (Phil 4:8).

If in doubt about any activity that is questionable, a safe policy is to stay out of the devil’s playground.

Also, as a Christian, we must be careful not to cause a weaker believer to stumble by active involvement in a pagan practice (Rom 14:13,21; 1 Cor 10:32). No activity should detract from our Christian commitments (Heb 10:25). Exercise and discipline are desirable qualities yet is involvement in martial arts in agreement to the Bible’s admonition to “Test everything. Hold to the good Avoid all kind of evil” (1 Thes 5:21,22)? There are numerous other forms of exercise that we can participate in which do not have undesirable spiritual overtones linked to them. Paul stated, “Most things are permissible, but not everything is constructive and beneficial” (1 Cor 6:12, 10:23). The Bible cautions, Do not do anything to allow Satan to get the advantage over you or gain a foothold in your life (2 Cor 2:11; Eph 4:27; 1 Pet 5:8). The enemy wants to ensnare Christians by any means he can – do not be one of his victims.

See also: false religions, influence, meditate/meditation, occult.