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On Christian network TBN right now, November 19, 2010, John Hagee’s son, Matthew, is giving a sermon about fasting on the father’s daily television show.
Matthew Hagee used to be quite over weight, and sometime in the past couple of years, he lost all the extra weight.
However, his father, pastor John Hagee, remains quite hefty (I’d say obese); he must be 80 or more pounds overweight.
I just find it funny, in a sad way, that a son of a tubby pastor would have the nerve to lecture his father’s congregation on abstaining from food, no matter how well meaning the motive.
Of course, it’s also galling anytime John Hagee gives sermons on the evils of divorce among Christians, when he himself left his first wife for the current woman he’s with now (do a web search on the issue, and you can find plenty of documentation about it).
In the past, John Hagee has had guests on his show that also underscored the hypocrisy.
One was a doctor who wrote a book about how to lose weight, and Hagee permitted the man to use his show as a platform from which to sell books. Hagee repeated that episode many times over the past two years, too.
Prior to that, about four years ago, John Hagee had a husband and wife on his program who were selling various dieting books, tapes, CDs, and other material.
The problem? The husband was at least 80 or more pounds overweight himself!
The husband lost about 30 or 40 pounds already a few years before being on Hagee’s show, but one could tell just from looking at him that he needed to lose another 50, 60, 80, or whatever more pounds.
I really do not see the sense in purchasing weight loss material from someone who himself is grossly obese. (As for me, I keep my trim, thin shape by jogging five days a week and eating only 1200 calories per day.)
Until John Hagee loses weight, I don’t think his son should be delivering sermons on fasting.
I’m aware of the ‘genetic fallacy,’ but I’m sorry, it’s annoying and laughable to see the son of a very fat preacher extolling the virtues of fasting.
There’s another issue that bothers me. These Word of Faith pastors are performance based, and the Hagees are at least lukewarm WoFers (Word of Faith preachers).
Such WoF preachers don’t seem to realize that we Christians are living under grace, but they insist upon making up rules and requirements that believers must follow.
Matthew Hagee seems to be saying that unless one fasts, God will not answer certain prayers.
Certainly, Jesus mentioned in the Gospels that certain kinds of demons cannot be driven out unless one fasts in addition to praying, but other than that example, I’m hard pressed to think of any other instances in the New Testament where believers are directed to fast as a requirement.
Christians are living under grace.
Off the top of my head, other than unforgiveness, I cannot think of anything a believer can do, or that he or she should do but neglects to do, that would separate the believer from God, or that would hinder the believer from receiving God’s favor (grace), or a favorable answer to prayer.
Anyway, seeing the son of a loud- mouthed, overbearing, very tubby preacher tell me that I ought to fast (and from the legalistic reasoning that I should do so to get answer to prayer and so on), makes me want to hurl.
On a closing note:
In the past, I have fasted. I fasted three days in a row, no food at all, and I don’t think I even drank water during one such fast. I did not let anyone know I was fasting. I kept my fasting private.
After having fasted, I did not notice any blessings from God, nor did I get any answers to my petitions to God. Nothing remarkable happened.
January 4, 2011:
In the last couple of weeks of December 2010, and a couple of times this month, Matthew Hagee has had Dr. Colbert back on the television show selling another one of his weight loss products.
Previously, the father John Hagee, who himself must be 100 or more pounds overweight, has had this same doctor on selling other weight loss books.
I still find it ludicrous that a grossly overweight man, or his thin son (who used to be obese) would routinely invite a weight-loss doctor on their show.
January 29, 2012:
In the last month or two, I’ve seen Hagee air repeats of the dieting and weight loss shows. I remain amazed at the man’s audacity.