Is It Necessary For Others To Know We Are Fasting?

Reader, is it necessary for others to know we are fasting? It is directed towards God. A true fast is fasting unto God and not unto man.  When we fast, we deny ourselves things we love for something we love even more. There are many ways to fast – all foods, partial fasts, and media fasts. With that being said, on Wednesday, June 1st, "The dReam Center Church" of Atlanta, GA,  under the leadership of Bishop William Murphy lead pastor, has taken his church on 21 days of fasting and praying. The above flyer was posted for discussion in one of my Facebook groups. The idea of 21 days of fasting and praying is a time where the pew sitters move away from what is pleasurable to them into what brings God pleasure. Someone in the group suggested that maybe the church should have kept this private with more focus on getting folks delivered.

What do you think?


  1. Nope...NEXT...

  2. Replies
    1. Come on timezone I await your commentary on this? Did you see 6?

    2. LOL. First of all, what kinda fast is this?!! #'s 1,2,3,7,9 is something Murphy came up with to adjust and make the people feel comfortable like they doing something. #7 is laughable. smh. #6 No sex outside of marriage. LOL. These folks crackin' me up. Uh, I'm amazed he even had the nerve to even post that. To be honest, this is utterly ridiculous and they should've kept this to themselves. This looks like a billboard advertisement. smh...

    3. Back to #6. That is SUPPOSE to be automatic. But I guess he know he got some weak folks in that congregation. It's like, forget the Word. Where are the scriptures? Unbelievable...

  3. I am more concerned with WHAT THEY ARE FASTING FROM, then who knows they are fasting.

    5. No illegal drugs:

    With all do respect to God, shouldn't WE ALL BE FASTING "ILLEGAL DRUGS" ANYWAY so we don't go to jail???

    6. No sex outside of marriage:

    So I guess after 21 days there is going to be a huge freak fest among the single members the church.

    7. No displays of anger
    8. No cussing

    So they are asking a member of the church who potential used drugs & had sex regularly to NOW not show anger or curse?!?!

    1. Fasting is commanded in Islam — but not in Christianity. So why do we do it?

    2. Jesus told His Disciples when they couldnt cast out a certain type of demon that some types of demons only come out by much fasting and praying
      Fasting is suppose to strengthen your inner man and discipline your resistance from earthly desires @Anonymous
      That is y its suggested

  4. Matthew 6: 1-16 TNIV
    1 “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ in front of others, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
    2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
    5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

  5. Looks like it makes for a good diet though. Maybe this will be good for a lot of those obese individuals singing in some of those black gospel choirs.

  6. What is going on in this church?! I just...just...*sigh* The stuff that they're fasting from should be standard not-to-dos. It seems bizarre to challenge them to stop sinning for a short period of time instead of addressing the barriers that prevent them from being delivered. If I was doing all of this, I wouldn't waist my time going to church on Sunday, what for?

    In this case, the leader should be embarrassed that he had to publicly request that his congregation stop doing this for a minute. He should be grieved that he's leading a group of people who lack temperance. He should be spiritually convicted that the word that he is preaching is not challenging his congregation.

    And whatever happened to fasting from FOOD?

    But back to the question:

    Obviously, we shouldn't brag about fasting to show how spiritual we are. I only tell people I'm fasting if I'll be unavailable for stuff. I don't think it's necessary for others to know.

  7. No, we are not to announce our fasts publicly. The word is clear on that. With that being said fasting is when you abstain something for a period of time. This list gives the impression you only have to abstain fron sinful behavior during these 21 days. Wrong message.


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