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"GIVE YOURSELF TO FASTING AND PRAYER." It is a contradiction in terms, that while members of the churches of the Reformation profess to live according to the precepts of Holy Writ, they do not fast. It is certainly a Scriptural rule of life, not only in the Old, but also in the New Testament. Christ himself fasted forty days and forty nights. St. Paul exhorts the children of God, that they give themselves not only to prayer but also to fasting. What is possibly stronger still, Christ has said, that there is a kind of evil spirits that "goeth not out but by prayer and fasting" (Matt. 17:21). In the days of Jesus' ministry on earth the ques"Why do the disciples of the Pharition arose: isees fast, but thy disciples fast not." Though it may be inferred from this that in those days the disciples did not observe the Jewish fasts, Jesus "When the bridesettles the question by saying:

groom shall be taken away from them, then shall they fast" (Mark 2:18-20). History shows that from the beginning the Church of Christ has practiced fasting. We learn from Acts 13:2 that at Antioch, where the followers of Jesus were first called (Christians, as they fasted and prayed, the Holy Ghost gave them a revelation. It is well known that in Roman, Greek and Nestorian communions fasting is observed. It is also known that in Reformation times, days of prayer went hand in hand with fasting. Is it not therefore in contradiction with the significance which Scripture and history attach to fastings, that among us fast-

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 628 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 297

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 628 Pagina's

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