Why Lent, Fasting, and Bible Reading is for Pharisaical Flesh Lovers
With pain and twisted hunger, countless people are practicing their desert theology this Lent season. Through fasting and sacrifice, they attempt to pump themselves up in the eyes of God. Surely He will find greater favor in the one who prays longer, fasts more completely, and physically abuses their body to show God how “serious” they are.
Modern day fasting is no more different than the medieval flagellation and whipping of the body. Spilling one’s blood through pain, sweat, and tears is the only way Christ will take you seriously, right?
The truth is, fasting and physical abuse is an archaic practice no longer needed under the new covenant. We we do not need to draw closer to Christ, he has drawn close to us already. We do not need to press in, we have been pressed into. We have the fullness of Christ within us. We are one with him. How, than, can we draw closer to one with whom we are already one?
We are no more close to Christ through countless hours of prayer, fasting, and Bible reading than when eating sausage while watching a good movie with friends.
This Lent, I am bidding farewell to religious practices and vestigial pharisaical flesh focused attempts at becoming holy. I am already holy. I am already perfect in Christ and so are you if we are in Christ!
It is time for the truth of the full gospel of grace to emerge once again—the truly ancient and original form of Christianity.
The Gospel of Grace is perhaps most clearly articulated by John Crowder. Watching his weekly vlog “The Jesus Trip” has blown the doors-off of what I one thought following Christ was really about. Check this video out.
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