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Bring It On-Line: Media Fast and Fasting

I read that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, so is overeating lots of junk food a sin? I have heard of people doing "media fasts" (fasting from TV, Facebook, etc.) Although this is a good thing, is it technically considered ... Read Transcript


Terry: WELL, WE WANT TO

TAKE SOME TIME TO "BRING IT

ON" WITH YOUR E-MAIL

QUESTIONS.

PAT, THIS FIRST ONE IS FROM

MELINDA, WHO SAYS, "I READ

THAT OUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE

OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

SO IS OVEREATING LOTS OF

JUNK FOOD A SIN?"

Pat: YES, I THINK IT

IS.

YOU KNOW, GOD SAID IF

ANYBODY DESTROYS MY TEMPLE,

GOD WILL DESTROY.

I DON'T KNOW IF HE IS

TALKING ABOUT THE CHURCH

PARTICULARLY, BUT

NEVERTHELESS, THIS IS A HOLY

VESSEL THAT WE HAVE, AND TO

MISUSE IT IS WRONG.

I THINK GLUTONY IS WRONG.

THEY USED TO HAVE THE SEVEN

DEADLY SINS, AND GLUTONY WAS

ONE OF THEM.

THEY USED TO HAVE THINGS

CALLED SALT SNACKS THAT WENT

ALONG WITH BEERS.

SO YOU WOULD EAT THESE

PRETZELS AND THEY WOULD MAKE

YOU WANT TO DRINK BEER.

SO THE COMPANIES BOUGHT THEM

TO GET THEM TO DRINK MERE

BEE MORE BEER BECAUSE IT

MADE THEM THIRSTY.

NOW THEY HAVE HIGH FRUCTOSE

CORN SYRUP AND OTHER THINGS

THAT CREATE A CRAVING.

IS IT WRONG?

I THINK IT IS WRONG TO ABUSE

YOUR BODY WITH NARCOTICS OR

ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, THESE

KINDS OF THINGS.

HE SAID, IS IT A SIN?

IF YOU BELIEVE IT IS A SIN,

IT'S A SIN.

Terry: PAT, TERRY SAYS,

"I'M LIVING WITH MY

EX-HUSBAND ON PAPER ONLY.

WE'VE BEEN TOGETHER FOR 14

YEARS, HOWEVER, AMONG OTHER

THINGS, HE HAS HAD NO

INTEREST IN INTIMACY FOR 13

YEARS.

THERE IS NO ATTRACTION

BETWEEN US, AND IT HAS

SIMPLY BE A, QUOTE,"ROOMMATE

RELATIONSHIP.

I HAVE READ THAT IT IS

ADULTERY IF A PERSON CHOOSES

TO REMARRY WHILE THEY ARE

STILL MARRIED.

HE IS NOT A CHRISTIAN, BUT I

AM.

IS IT WRONG IF I REMARRY OR

START SEEING SOMEBODY

ELSE?"

Pat: IT SOUNDS LIKE HE

HAS ALREADY LEFT YOU.

YOU HAVE AN UNBELIEVABLE

SPOUSE, AND THE QUESTION IS,

HAS HE DEPARTED.

OBVIOUSLY, HE HAS DEPARTED

FROM THE RELATIONSHIP.

Terry: CERTAINLY

EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY.

Pat: YES.

THERE IS NO SPIRITUAL OR

EMOTIONAL UNION.

SO IT SOUNDS LIKE TO ME HE

HAS DEPARTED THE MARRIAGE

AND YOU HAVE A RIGHT, UNDER

THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES, TO

SEVER THAT RELATION, AND

IT'S ALREADY SEVERED, AND

FIND ANOTHER ONE.

I WOULD THINK -- I DON'T SEE

WHY AFTER 13 YEARS OF

COMPANIONLESS RELATIONSHIP

YOU WOULD HAVE TO CONTINUE.

DO YOU AGREE?

Terry: I DO.

REALLY, THE RELATIONSHIP IS

OVER.

IT HAS BEEN OVER FOR 13

YEARS.

Pat: THAT'S RIGHT.

HE HAS DESERTED HER, IN

ESSENCE.

Terry: THIS IS MARCUS

WHO SAYS, "FOR A WHILE NOW,

I'VE BEEN PLANNING ON

PROPOSING TO MY GIRLFRIEND

OF TWO YEARS.

I KNOW SHE IS THE ONE GOD

HAS CHOSEN FOR ME, BUT HER

TEENAGED DAUGHTER IS DEAD

SET AGAINST ME OR ANY OTHER

MAN HAVING A RELATIONSHIP

WITH HER MOM.

I'M AFRAID TO HURT HER

DAUGHTER, BUT I THINK HER

MOM SHOULD GET TO HAVE A

LIFE, TOO.

AT THIS POINT, I'M TOO

AFRAID TO PROPOSE FOR FEAR

OF CAUSING FRICTION BETWEEN

A MOM AND DAUGHTER.

WHAT DO YOU ADVISE?"

Pat: IF THAT WOMAN

LOVES YOU AND YOU LOVE HER,

AND YOU WANT TO START A LIFE

TOGETHER, THE TEENAGED

DAUGHTER IS BEING

UNREASONABLY SELFISH.

SHE IS 13 NOW, BUT BY THE

TIME SHE GETS TO BE 18,

SHE'LL BE EMANCIPATED, AND

SHE'LL WANT TO HAVE A PLACE

OF HER OWN, AND SHE'LL WANT

TO BE MARRIED, AND MOTHER IS

GOING TO BE LEFT ALONE.

YOU CAN'T GIVE INTO SOMEBODY

WHO IS ARROGANT AND

SELFISH.

I THINK YOU SHOULD TALK

ABOUT IT AND DISCUSS IT

OPENLY, BUT IF THE MOTHER

REALLY LOVES YOU AND WANTS

TO GET MARRIED AND YOU WANT

TO GET MARRIED, BY ALL MEANS

PROPOSE AND GET MARRIED.

DON'T LET SOME TEENAGED

DAUGHTER DESTROY HER

MOTHER'S HAPPINESS.

Terry: IT SEEMS LIKE A

COUPLE, THEY SHOULD HAVE

TALKED THIS THROUGH.

Pat: APPARENTLY THEY

HAVEN'T, BUT DON'T WORRY

ABOUT BREAKING THE

RELATIONSHIP.

IF IT IS MORE THAN THAT, IT

IS AN UNHEALTHY

RELATIONSHIP.

IT SHOULD MOTHER AND

DAUGHTER.

Terry: THIS IS TINA WHO

SAYS, "I KNOW THAT FASTING

IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR

CHRISTIAN WALK.

IT SEEMS THAT MOST OF THE

ACCOUNTS OF FASTING IN THE

BIBLE HAVE TO DO WITH

ABSTAINING FROM FOOD.

HOWEVER, I HAVE HEARD PEOPLE

DOING MEDIA FASTS, FASTING

FROM TV, Facebook, ETC.

ALTHOUGH THIS IS A GOOD

THING, IS IT TECHNICALLY

CONSIDERED FASTING?"

Pat: I THINK THE WHOLE

IDEA IS NOT TECHNICALITY;

IT'S WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

YOU'RE GIVING YOUR SPIRIT TO

GOD.

YOU THEREFORE ARE DENYING

YOUR SPIRIT, OR YOUR BODY,

THINGS THAT ARE NORMALLY

OKAY.

SO TO STOP LOOKING AT

TELEVISION, I THINK THAT

WOULD BE A VERY WORTHWHILE

FAST IN TODAY'S FAST.

PROBABLY BETTER THAN FASTING

FROM FOOD.

Terry: AND TALK A

LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT

BECAUSE WHEN SOMEONE FASTS,

THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE

A FOCUS SPIRITUALLY IN PLACE

OF THE THING THAT YOU'RE

GIVING UP.

NOT JUST THIS --

Pat: WELL, YOU'RE

FOCUSING ON THE LORD.

THE BIBLE SAYS I HAVE

AFFLICTED MY SOUL WITH

FASTING, AND SO THE

AFFLICTING THE SOUL HAD TO

DO WITH DEPRIVING YOURSELF

OF FOOD.

BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE

FOOD.

DANIEL'S FAST WAS NO

PLEASANT BREAD.

THEY DIDN'T EAT ANY DESSERT

OR DRIN DRINK WINE.

I SEE NO REASON OF

RESTRAINING YOURSELF OR

REFRAINING CERTAIN THINGS

WHICH WOULD INFLICT YOUR

SOUL.

IF YOU DENY YOURSELF

TELEVISION AND YOUR

MISERABLE -- SO TURN TO THE

LORD AND LET HIM FILL THAT

EMPTINESS.

MARY SAYS, "GOD MADE THE

WORLD TO BE BEAUTIFUL AND

WONDERFUL.

DID HE NOT KNOW ADAM AND EVE

WERE GOING TO SIN BEFORE IT

ACTUALLY HAPPENED?"

Pat: I SUSPECT GOD KNEW

IT.

OF COURSE HE KNEW IT.

HE KNOWS THE END FROM THE

BEGINNING.

HE IS ALL-KNOWING AND

ALL-WISE.

BUT HE MADE MAN WITH FREE

WILL.

SO HE LET HIM MAKE A

CHOICE.

AND MAN CHOSE TO GO AGAINST

GOD AND BROUGHT DOWN A

TERRIBLE CURSE ON THE REST

OF US.

WE'RE STILL LIVING UNDER THE

CURSE OF ADAM.

SO GOD KNEW IT.

SO WHAT DID HE DO?

HE HAD A REMEDY FOR THAT.

AND THE REMEDY WAS TO SEND

HIS SON TO DIE AS THE SECOND

ADAM, AND TO DIE FOR YOU AND

ME AND TO DIE FOR FALLEN

HUMANITY.

SO GOD KNEW IT AND GOD

ALREADY PLANNED THE ANTEDOTE

FOR THE POISON THAT CAME IN

THROUGH ADAM AND EVE.

Terry: DONNA SAYS,

"I'VE BEEN MARRIED TO MY

HUSBAND SINCE 1978, WE HAD

HAD A LOT OF PROBLEMS THAT

LET TO A SEPARATION.

THERE IS A BIBLICAL REASON

FOR ME TO SEEK A DIVORCE,

BUT I HOLD FAST TO THE

PROMISE THAT THE LORD CAN

RENEW OUR MARRIAGE AND FIX

IT THE WAY HE INTENDED IT TO

BE.

WE HAVE A 4-YEAR-OLD SON

THAT TOOK US 10 YEARS TO

HAVE.

OUR PASTOR, FAMILY, AND

FRIENDS ALL THINK I'M SILLY

FOR WAITING FOR A

RECONCILIATION.

HOW LONG DO I WAIT BEFORE I

JUST GIVE UP ON MY

MARRIAGE?"

Pat: I CAN'T TELL YOU

HOW LONG YOU SHOULD WAIT

BECAUSE THE LORD WILL SHOW

YOU.

THE BIBLE SAYS GOD HATES

DIVORCE.

IN MALACHI IT IS TRANSLATED

TO "PUTTING AWAY."

I HATE DIVORCE BECAUSE OF

WHAT IT DOES TO PEOPLE.

IN YOUR CASE, YOU'VE BEEN

SEPARATED, AND I GUESS HE IS

CHEATING ON YOU -- YOU SAY

YOU HAVE BIBLICAL GROUNDS.

I THINK YOU'RE DOING A NOBLE

THING TO KEEP PRAYING.

BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO WASTE

THE REST OF YOUR LIFE DOING

IT.

THERE SHOULD BE A TIME WHEN

DPOGOD SAYS HE IS NOT GOING

TO CHANGE AND I'LL GIVE YOU

LIBERTY.

DO YOU HAVE FREEDOM IN YOUR

SPIRIT TO GO INTO ANOTHER

RELATIONSHIP?

AND IF YOU DON'T, THEN

CONTINUE TO PRAY AND CRY OUT

TO GOD AND SEE IF GOD WON'T

DO A MIRACLE.

BUT I CAN'T TELL YOU WHAT

THAT TIME IS.

YOU'LL HAVE TO KNOW IN YOUR

OWN SPIRIT.

BUT THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL

SPEAK TO YOUR SPIRIT ABOUT

IT.

Terry: GOOD WORD.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR

QUESTIONS.

WE ALWAYS APPRECIATE HEARING

WHAT IS ON YOUR HEART.

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