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I was at a Mongolian grill once with three other pastors, one of whom wasn’t eating. Another of the pastors was asking him why he wasn’t eating, wondering if he didn’t have money or wasn’t feeling well. The pastor did not offer that he was fasting and I appreciate this pastor’s effort not to make a big deal out it. What do you suppose he did when I intimated that he was fasting? Did he throw his hands up in the air, say "Crap! (you know, losing his sanctification and everything) Now my fast is ruined!" and grab a plate? Of course not. People finding out that you’re fasting does not nullify the sanctity of your fast. But fasting so that others will be impressed does mean there was no sanctity in it in the first place.

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