Deny the flesh! Go on a Star Fast!!

A long time ago, on a Web site far far away…

I almost thought this was serious. Then I clicked on “How to Really Be Saved.”

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • jasdye

    Nuts! I was looking for that joke that Peter T. C. told earlier, about the swords and all that, but I couldn’t find it.

    I did quote it on my blog – from memory – today. Funny that I actually missed the joke the first dozen or so go-arounds.

    Nothing new there.

  • Martin

    Uh, Jeff …

    It’s real, man.

    I actually edited one of the pastor’s books when I freelanced for a small Christian publishing house. (The book isn’t as bad as the title might suggest, but nonetheless…)

  • Joel Buursma

    I’m not sure why I’m bothering to reply to this, but scroll to the bottom & there is a FAQ item:

    Is this some kind of joke?
    No, it’s absolutely serious (Hebrews 12:14).

    (I don’t understand the relevance of the Scripture reference.)

    There are some serious pamphlets on the site. It is apparently affiliated with another organization and a church, whose website refers to the StarFast & carries a pastor’s blog that is extensive and has a similar tone.

    I was disturbed by some of their stuff & the sweeping generalizations made. I’m a bit leary of people who rush to adapt the prophetic tone when it applies to others.

    However, they do have some worthwhile points, although some are unbiblical. I appreciate their call to radical obedience. But I believe their view of Creation is seriously flawed. I am moved & challenged by Jesus’ fast & overcoming of temptation. But “deny the flesh” is not the same thing as “Creation is bad”. It’s the presence of sin in Creation that is bad.

  • jasdye

    I don’t know, man. They really spent a lot of time on this one. A good sarcastic site like larknews.com or holyobserver.com lets you know right away — if you’re half-way observant — that you’re in on the joke with them. This site is just plain creepy. Maybe they just found somebody else’s un-funny fundamentalist propaganda and ad-libbed to it (e.g., “2. Realize that God regrets making you; you are worthless and hell bound.”). But I’ve spent my time around some stricter sects of fundamentalists. It’s just eerie.


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