Perhaps you saw the book at a store. Maybe you saw the broadcast on some religious TV station. Media Minister Jentezen Franklin wants you to join his “FAST/2013” Movement. The book is being sold everywhere. One can contribute $58 to his ministry and receive a “FAST/2013 kit” consisting of a magazine, the book, DVD, and bracelets. Visit his website and one can order these products as well.
I pray you haven’t spent money on this “movement” and if you have, that you have kept your receipt. Fasting is a very good spiritual practice that Christians should participate. But, this practice is not simply a piece of wisdom for a modern preacher to turn into a product to be marketed. Fasting is a long-standing part of the Christian life that was ordained by Jesus Christ with a tradition handed down by the early church fathers.
Michael Hyatt, the President and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing and an Orthodox Deacon) has a very good lesson about fasting on Ancient Faith Radio’s “At The Intersection of East and West” podcast. Anyone with internet access can listen to this two-part series (each about a half hour-long). Some of the other podcasters have some thoughts about fasting as well.
I urge you to take a look at what Mr. Franklin and Deacon Hyatt have to offer. Compare them based on the foundation of what tradition they are teaching from and which series of lessons leads you to a “humble walk with your God” (Micah 6:8). Ask yourself where do they get their doctrines and rules about fasting from.
Please take the time to compare for yourself,