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2012 London Olympic Ministry Promotes Olympian Carl Lewis Despite Involvement with Cult Leader Sri Chinmoy

Contact: Underground Apologetics, 608-469-7956

MADISON, Wisc., Nov. 9 /Christian Newswire/ -- Olympic ministry Lay Witnesses for Christ announced that ten-time Olympic medalist Carl Lewis would lead the ministry's efforts at the 2012 London Olympics. He was appointed Chairman of the Athletic Executive Committee for the London Olympics. He is also on the board of directors for Lay Witnesses, a Texas ministry.

Dr. Sam Mings, President of Lay Witnesses, says, "I know of no one individual - including the great evangelists through the years who have been seen, heard or written about regarding their faith in Jesus Christ (than Carl Lewis)!"

However, during his athletic career, Lewis was involved with cult leader Sri Chinmoy. On Chinmoy's Website, they say Chinmoy "conducted twice-weekly peace meditations at the United Nations for more than 35 years."

Also, the site says Chinmoy "originated the World Harmony Run -- a global Olympic-style torch relay that crosses every continent -- and established some 100 meditation centres worldwide." This run is used to promote worldwide peace.

Sri Chinmoy was a promoter of the New Age Movement with leanings toward Hinduism, which promotes pantheism, yoga, and other false teachings.

On the Sri Chinmoy Website, Carl Lewis is renamed "Carl Sudhahota Lewis." Lewis had this to say about the deceased Chinmoy, "though he has passed on physically, I know I have not lost my coach spiritually..."

With other Olympians, Lewis recently honored Chinmoy at the Sri Chinmoy-Heart Garden run in New York City where 350 runners competed.

Steve McConkey, Underground Apologetics, used to work for Lay Witnesses for Christ from 1983 through 1988. At that time, he worked with track and field athletes. Lewis was with the ministry during that time.

McConkey says, "Carl is a fine athlete and we are grateful to Lay Witnesses for our time there, however, as a Christian apologetic ministry, we need to speak up. It is nothing personal. Since they are promoting this publicly, we need to warn people publicly. We hope they correct this problem before the 2012 Olympics."

Steve McConkey is the President/Founder of 4 WINDS, a ministry which operates 4TrackandField.us and UndergroundNews.us. Most viewers of UndergroundNews.us, the voice of Underground Apologetics, are now non-athletes. Underground Apologetics is the first apologetics ministry offered by a sports ministry. In 2008, 4 WINDS put Olympic athlete testimonies into the Chinese underground church, estimated to be 100 million people. The four athletes whose testimonies were distributed won 3 golds and 2 silvers.