LifeChurchTV is “Daniel Fasting” sort of

Daniel Plan

Looks like LifeChurch TV is going to partake in a 21-day “Daniel Fast,” by giving up meat, dairy and sugar, among other foods. They’re doing this for health reasons and also “to experience His presence on a whole new level.”

The Oklahoma-based mega-church, headed by Craig Groeschel, encouraged its members to visit the website of the Daniel Fast, a 21-day partial fast based upon Daniel’s own experiences as recorded in the Bible. The Christian Post writes about it today in an article titled, LifeChurch.tv Joins 21-Day ‘Daniel Fast’ to Mark New Year.

LifeChurch isn’t the only Christian group to do this, of course. Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church has it’s version of the Daniel Plan, because Warren felt his church members were getting a little too heavy.

Here is the passage in the Bible that is inspiring pastors to jump on the Daniel food plan:

But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.

That’s from Daniel 1:8.  Apparently Daniel and his friends were a little chubby, and didn’t want all that unhealthy stuff when he could eat a healthy diet of veggies. And wasn’t there some sort of bet with the king, to see whose diet was healthier and who could loose the most weight? Those in seekermergent churches who haven’t read their Bibles IN CONTEXT might think so.  But hopefully, the megachurches would make it clear that Daniel had his reasons for taking on an all-powerful king who had the captives’ lives in his hands.

Back to LifeChurchTv. Apparently they have given this a lot of thought. Foods they allow members to eat on their Daniel Fast include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and oils. Foods to be avoided include dairy, meat, sugar, all forms of sweeteners, yeast, refined and processed foods, deep-fried foods, and solid fats.

That doesn’t sound much like abstaining from food, does it?

Just a side note. Secularists like the Daniel Diet too. You can find cookbooks, diet gurus and online recipes for your Daniel fast. Even sites like e-How are weighing in on the health benefits: “The strictest form of the Daniel Fast is that in which participants only eat vegetables and drink only water. More lenient forms allow fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. The benefits of a Daniel Fast include renewed spiritual sensitivity and bodily cleansing from the effects of processed and sweet foods.”

Why are Christians Interested in fasting? Because it’s biblical. Jesus encouraged His disciples to fast, and there are numerous places in the Old and New Testament where God’s children do this.  According to the LifeChurch website:

The intention of today’s Daniel Fast is not to duplicate exactly what Daniel did but the spirit in which he did it. …Daniel’s passion for the Lord caused him to hunger and thirst for spiritual food rather than physical food, which should be the desire for anyone doing the Daniel Fast.

Well, not quite. Actually, Daniel’s group refused to eat meat sacrificed to idols. Daniel was submissive to every other requirement laid on the young captives, but he drew the line at eating the king’s food and drinking the king’s wine.  Why? Because it was contrary to Scripture, and expressly forbidden.

So here is the question the fasters might want to ask: Will these churches truly experience His presence on a whole new level their eating healthy foods, and if Scripture is twisted?

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4 Responses to LifeChurchTV is “Daniel Fasting” sort of

  1. Mr Davis says:

    I believe so. But which spirit will they encounter seeing they are not obeying God in this but a man, and would not God be just in giving them over to believe a lie since they do not seek after His truth? If they are given over, what chance to they have in detecting a counterfit, the spirit of the anti Christ, when one presents itself. What if signs and wonders accompany the dreams or visions what then? What if things spoken of by them come to pass? Will all then accept the person and follow them devoting themselves to them and their teaching even though it is filled with worldly wisdom and encouraging the hearer to follow after the things of this world.

    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11

    Do we know what armour is anymore since we do not think we are in battle?

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  2. Mr Davis says:

    If we are fat our problem is not the food but rather what we are using the food for.

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  3. Mr Davis says:

    When we say we want to do right what we really mean is we want to do what suits us.

    If we know we cannot do right we will look to the One who is able to work in us not only to know what truly is right but also to strengthen us to do it. God will show up for a humble and contrite heart he will not despise.

    The opposite of humble or humility is pride and the opposite of contrite is falsehood

    Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. Proverbs 16:5

    Psalm 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile (falsehood).

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  4. Delta says:

    Scriptural considerations to what "fasting" is and should be…

    Jesus said, (paraphrased) don't let men see your fasting… (and in the end if any of your righteousness is done to be seen of men you have already lost your reward before the Father) See Matthew 6…

    Isaiah said rhetorically to those who played the game of "good show-off to men their fasting"…

    Isa 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

    Isa 58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

    Isa 58:3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

    Isa 58:4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.

    Isa 58:5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?

    Isa 58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

    Isa 58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

    Isa 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.

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