The Unbiblical Teachings of the "Circle Maker" and Mark Batterson
It seems that the newest Christian or better put unchristian heretical fad has just debuted earlier this November. What exactly is this new wonderful fad that I'm talking about? It's a better way to get your prayers answered put out by Mark Batterson entitled "The Circle Maker”. As you will see below in the attached video promoting "The Circle Maker” study series, the quickest way increase your blessings is to draw a circle pray in it. In this article we will be looking at and examining what Mark Batterson is promoting in this new study series. I have attached to this article the promotion video found on YouTube for this series so that you too can hear it for yourselves what un-biblical and unorthodox method of prayer Mr. Batterson is promoting in this two-minute and 40 seconds of heresy.
Right out of the gate within the first 30 seconds of the video we are introduced by Mark Batterson to Honi the Circle Maker. One might be asking who is Honi the Circle Maker and why haven't we heard of him before in my Sunday Bible study or better yet my Bible? The reason we have not heard of Honi before in our Bible text is because he is not found in the biblical canon of Scripture. So where did Mr. Batterson get Honi the circle maker from? Well Mr. Batterson had to look to sources outside the canon of Scripture, or the Orthodox codex, to find the Honi, which by the way is only a legend. To be more specific Batterson had to turn to the Jewish teachings of the Mishnah for his information. The Mishnah is a Jewish oral version of Torah, which is basically equivalent to a story book version of the Torah. The Mishnah is erroneously full of errors and is not highly regarded as accurate within Orthodox Jewish teachings. This why we will not find the Mishnah’s teachings being used as a translation or teaching codex for the Torah. Now the question has to be asked at this point; if Mr. Batterson is getting his information from a non-traditional biblical source, one that is not found to be accurate, then how can we be expected to be praying to the God of the Bible? Answer, we can't. His whole premise is flawed from his beginning in its teaching because he is using an outside un-biblical source to dictate what he 'feels' is a correct method of praying.
The unbiblical sloth of Mark Batterson only gets worse as we hear at approximately 40 seconds into the video we are told that "we will learn how to pray in a new way and dream big".
Mr. Batterson why do we have to learn how to pray in a new way? I believe we were instructed on the proper way to pray in Matthew 6: 9 – 15;
Again, the question is; which Scripture and the Bible is this? Oh yeah that's right there isn't any to support Mr. Batterson's erroneous claims.
I always thought his Christians our job was to preach the great commission and proclaim our Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, not draw circles in the sand. I guess Mr. Batterson has down a new special formula for praying that God forgot to tell us about in the bible and needs Batterson to explain it to us. I wonder if Mr. Batterson is willing to take what he's preaching and put to the test. Maybe he should go to a dying cancer patient and draw a circle around them and pray for the cancer to be healed. What will he do when they cancer patient is not healed? Maybe he would blame it on the fact that circle wasn't drawn well enough.
The bible is very clear in warning us to be careful and to stay away of false prophets and teachers several times both in the Old Testament and New Testament alike. I want to be clear here in representing the verses in the Old Testament in correct context. They are talking to Israel, not directly to us do today as a New Testament church. However, we can still see the fact that God's immutable teaching and standard against false prophets do not change nor does His standards or principles change from Old Testament teachings to New Testament teachings on the subject.
In 1John 4:1 we are told what to do when encountering a false prophet or teacher.
We need to follow the advice in 1John 1:4 and test the teachings of Mark Batterson and his "Circle Maker" book and its teachings against what the Word of God says.
Well what we have here is new age mysticism. Our prayers are not like time capsules just waiting to be opened up and have her blessings poured out upon us. God hears the prayers of His elect instantaneously. What Mark Batterson actually is doing here is playing down on the omniscience of God and His sovereignty by saying that God actually did not know what we would've prayed for.
That is all fine, yes prayer is a good thing, but why do we need your book and DVD series to do this? Should we not as a small group already be praying for each other and doing this in accordance to Scripture not in accordance to your booking and DVD series? I don't think we need your mysticism and unscriptural prayer method to pray for each other in our small groups or Bible studies.
In the end of the video Batterson says he will be praying for us. Well I too will be praying for you Mark Batterson that you will repent of this heretical teaching and get back to solid biblical exegesis of the word of God or that he will leave the pulpit altogether and quit making a mockery of the precise communication method that God gave us to talk to Him, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
As you can see from this promo video Mark Batterson and his "The Circle Maker" DVD and book series is nothing more than new age mysticism wrapped in a feel-good unscriptural methodology for prayer. The Circle maker book and DVD series tries to play on emotionalism highs by introducing the "newest" way to reach for God. Again as stated earlier we don't need a new way to reach God we have the Bible and it has been working great for over 1500 years so far. If I was attending a church that was promoting this material I would be having a strong and him talk with the pastor or small group leader and pointing out the unscriptural practices of this prayer method. The question can be raised if we are not praying biblically will God here our prayers and if they are heard is it the God of the Bible that is hearing our prayers?
*Make sure to read our article on Mark Batterson by clicking here Wolves in Sheep's Clothing to find out more problems and details with the teachings of Batterson.
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