Archive for January, 2012

On fasting – another blast at a sacred cow.

January 24, 2012

Where in the NT does it say that fasting is to boost your prayer life or actually that fasting is for anything.

All of this is a massive sacred cow that is yet to be properly destroyed.

In Mat 9.15 Jesus says that you cannot fast without mourning and you cannot mourn when he is with you. He will never leave us. Do the maths.

If you have an addiction to something, it may be necessary to abstain from it to break the addiction. For example chocolate or gluttony. If you wish to abstain from food to break a habit of over-eating, then that’s fine because Paul says that we do don’t allow anything to be our master.

But check Col 2:16-23. It demolishes fasting.

Col 2:21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”

and the kicker:

Col 2:23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

Note rules like fasting have an APPEARANCE of WISDOM.

But

They HAVE NO VALUE TO STOPPING….THE FLESH.

So teaching that we fast to overcome our flesh is against the NT! AND – there is not a single NT scripture that says it is.

In the Sermon on the mount – addressed to unbelievers – Jesus says what they should do when they fast – at a time when his disciples were not allowed to fast.

Twice in Acts it is recorded that fasting is done – but that’s a narrative, not a teaching. Maybe they got it wrong by fasting – other mistakes were made by them and the bible is never shy of recording mistakes.

CONCLUSION – If you can find me a single scripture that instructs a New Creation son of God to fast and explains how and why, I will start to think about it. If stop I hope we stop trying to give life to this dead tradition of men by inventing reasons to fast that are not in the bible.

On Fasting – or not fasting

January 16, 2012

Mark 2:19-20 As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.

Note CANNOT. That is an absolute word. The only get out clause allowing you to fast is if the bridegroom is not with you. But Mat 28:20 does not allow that option.

So why do teachers seem determined to find excuses to keep teaching us to fast? It is beyond me. There is not a single verse in the NT teaching anything about wither how or why to fast.

Matt 9:15 Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?

Here Jesus gives an absolute link between fasting and mourning.

It could be you’re fasting as a consequence of mourning and therefore don’t need to fast, because you will not mourn.

Or it could be that you cannot fast without mourning accompanying it.

If you want to reject Jesus teaching here – where else in the NT do you base your teachings?

“We fast to kill our carnal body” they teach – but never with any scripture to back it up!

Get your theology from the bible people. Please.