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Honi the Circle Maker – A Prophet of God?

August 28, 2013

There is a book called “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson, making it’s rounds in christian churches.
Sample chapters are found here:
http://thecirclemaker.com/The_Circle_Maker_Sampler.pdf

Quote from above sample chapter 1:

And God was nowhere to be heard. But there was one man, an eccentric sage who lived outside the walls of Jerusalem, who dared to pray anyway. His name was Honi. And even if people could no longer hear God, he believed that God could still hear them.

*Notice that Honi did not hear from the Lord

A true prophet hears from the Lord
John 5:30I[Jesus] am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord—but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.

Quote from above sample chapter 1:

With a six-foot staff in his hand, Honi began to turn like a math compass. … Honi stood inside the circle he had drawn. Then he dropped to his knees and raised his hands to heaven. With the authority of the prophet Elijah who called down fire from heaven, Honi called down rain.

Is this a new biblical way to pray – or a practice from the occult?

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Wiccan prayer circle book:
Here is the circle maker:

*Notice how Honi is compared to the true prophet Elijah. Notice also that Elijah unlike Honi heard from the Lord before he acted.

1 Kings 18:1After many days, the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.

Quote from above sample chapter 2:

If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God.

Consider the Lord’s prayer – is praying for daily bread insulting to the Lord? -Mt6:9-13

Scripture to improve your discernment:

Related:
The Circle Maker – Discernment

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