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PROCLAIMING THE UNKNOWN GOD TO A GENERATION Acts 17:23

Another post by guest blogger DeAnne Loper

 

“For as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you.”

 

 

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The Circle Maker Fable: Introducing Witchcraft to the Church

By:  DeAnne Loper

 

“Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men that turn from the truth.” 

Titus 1:14

 

“…that thou might charge some that they teach no other doctrine, neither give heed to fables…For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine…And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 

1 Timothy 1:3 4, 2 Timothy 4:3-4 

 

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you thepower and  coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  

2 Peter 1:16 

The Circle Maker, by Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in Washington D. C. is a book based on the legend of Honi the Circle Maker.  The story – or fable – comes from the Talmud.  The Talmud is an extensive collection of Jewish legends, fables, and man-made laws.  It is commonly referred to as the Oral Tradition and is considered by many in Judaism to be as divinely inspired as the Old Testament. A passage in Erubin 21b of the Talmud says, “My son, be more careful in the observance of the words of the Scribes than in the words of the Torah (Old Testament).” 1   In the book of Aboth 1:1 of the Talmud it states that this Oral Law was handed down by God to Moses who handed it “down to Joshua, Joshua to the Elders, the Elders to the Prophets, the Prophets to the men of the Great Synod and the Men of the Great Synod to the Rabbis…” ­2  Truly this brings a greater understanding of Jesus’ words to the Pharisees when He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition…making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down.  And many such things you do (Mark 7:9, 13).” 

 

I first discovered Batterson’s book while searching the internet for a quote from The Book of Legends.  When The Circle Maker came up next to The Book of Legends I was immediately alarmed by its blatant target toward Christians to incorporate the use of the circle – an ancient pagan practice – into their prayers.  The Book of Legends is a compilation of stories from the Talmud and Midrash and on page 21 of The Circle Maker Batterson tells readers that it is one of his favorite books.  What Batterson and so many other pastors of late who are referencing these extra biblical sources with more and more frequency (including the Zohar or Kabbalah) are not telling Christians about is the occult origin and antichrist writings contained in these “sacred” Jewish texts.  For example, the Talmud states that Jesus suffered four methods of execution and is now in hell boiling in hot excrement (Sanhedrin 90a, Gitim 56b).  It also says of Mary, the mother of our Lord, “She who was the descendant of princes and governors, played the harlot with carpenters (Sanhedrin 106b).” 

 In addition, the Babylonian Talmud is the legal basis for the Noahide Laws, a universal moral code of ethics for “righteous” Gentiles. “While Jews are commanded to observe hundreds of laws, non-Jews are expected to follow seven that are presumed to date from the time of Noah. Judaism regards any non-Jew who keeps these laws a righteous person who is guaranteed a place in the world to come.” 3

Included in these seven laws is the prohibition of idolatry (worship of Jesus Christ) and the penalty for breaking any one of the Noahide Laws is death by decapitation. Sanhedrin 57a of the Talmud states, “One additional element of greater severity is that violation of any one of the seven laws subjects the Noahide to capital punishment by decapitation.”  In 1991 the U.S. Congress, under the presidency of George H.W. Bush, established the Seven Noahide Laws as Public Law 102-14. 4

The use of the circle in Witchcraft

 

 

Saced Circle 2

 

There is nowhere in the Bible that teaches the ritual use of a circle – or any other symbol – to gain power, protection or possessions from God; even so, Batterson tells his readers on page 13 that the circle Honi “drew in the sand became a sacred symbol.”  Contrast this with the fact that it is widely known in the occult and New Age movement that the circle has been used for centuries in magic and witchcraft to cast spells and to control and ward off evil spirits:

 The Circle – “The circle has many different meanings.  One relates to eternity.  More often the circle is used for protection from evil without and to contain power within.”

Circle within a Circle – “used for protection from unruly forces.”

Magic Circle – “The Medieval Grimoires (demons) showed how to draw a magic circle, a necessary step in evoking demons, summoning up the dead, and other magical practices…used primarily in black magic ceremonies.”(Exposing & Confronting Satan & Assoc., Wendell Amstutz, Lifespan Publ., 1992)

 “In modern Paganism, one of the facets common to many traditions is the use of a circle as a sacred space.  While other religions rely on the use of a building such as a church or temple to hold worship, Wiccans and Pagans can cast a circle pretty much any place they choose…A ceremonial circle is a place in which positive energy and power are kept in, and negative energy kept out. The size of your circle will depend on how many people need to be inside it, and what the circle’s purpose is.”  

(http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccanandpaganrituals/ht/Cast_Circle.htm)

 

“A magic circle is a circle or sphere of space marked out by practitioners of many branches of ritual magic, either to contain energy and form a sacred space, or as a form of magical protection, or both. It may be marked physically, drawn in salt or chalk, for example, or merely visualized.  Its spiritual significance is similar to that of mandala and yantra in some Eastern religions.”  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_circle)

 

Considering the seriousness of Jesus’ rebuke to the Pharisees in Mark chapter 7 why would a Christian pastor who claims to know and love the Talmud introduce such fables to their congregations?  Regardless of how many happy anecdotes or feel-good stories there are in The Circle Maker, there is enough spiritual error and occultism in Batterson’s book for discerning Christians to avoid it at all costs.  In addition to being a Christian bestseller, The Circle Maker also holds the prestigious title of “New York Times Bestseller” and, despite the warnings in Scripture, is gaining a foothold in many churches with its new method to answered prayer; an evident fulfillment of Paul’s warning in 1 Timothy 4:1 and 2 Thessalonians 2:3 of a great end-time falling away and departure from the faith.  More than ever the Church, by the “fervent and effectual” prayer of faith in Jesus’ name, must seek God for discernment according to the unchanging Word of God in these times of great apostasy. 

 

FOOTNOTES

1) http://www.revisionisthistory.org/talmudtruth.html

2) Israel, Our Duty…Our Dilemma; Ted Pike, Big Sky Press, 1984, p. 17; Ref. The Jewish Encyclopedia, p. 337.

3) www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/The_Seven_Noahide_Laws.html

4) http://watch.pair.com/church-on-trial-intro.html

 

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