Open Letter to Anne Graham Lotz Regarding The Circle Maker

Circle MakerWe are posting the letter in the hope that Anne Graham Lotz will re-consider promoting a “new way of praying” she came across in The Circle Maker. What she’s passing off as prayer is decidedly unbiblical. Promoting an cccult book indicates an absence of spiritual discernment.

Recently Anne posted this on her blog: 

As I look ahead into 2016, I feel compelled to draw a circle around this city, this state, this nation” and pray! Until God answers. Do the same. Please. On this first day of the New Year, draw your own circle. Then pray for everything that’s inside of it.  (Source)

What follows is a prayer she wrote that she encourages people to pray. The prayer is disappointing, as it is more like a political statement than a prayer.  Many Christians would have trouble parroting that prayer.

But the prayer she wrote is not the point.  The point is that Anne Graham Lotz has failed to test the spirits.  And as result she is dabbling in the world of the occult.  Worse, she invites other Christians to join her!  Which brings me to the letter…

Dear Anne:

I have always regarded you as a very spiritual woman, but when I read that you had bought into the heresy found in the book The Circle Maker, I thought to myself, how could she be so deceived?

The Bible says in 1 John 4: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets are come into the world.”

If you were to type into a search engine  “The Circle Maker” you would find what I, a layman, found out about this book and this “new way” of praying.

And in 2 Peter 2 : 1, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

In Ephesians 4: 14, the Word says, “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind and doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.”

And in Colossians 2: 8, the Word says, “Beware lest any man spoil you, through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

Jesus said, “Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” (Luke 12: 48).

You have been given much Anne; thus your accountability before Jesus is far greater than the hundreds, probably thousands, who are going to read what you said about “The Circle Maker” and say to themselves, well, if Anne Graham Lotz believes and endorses and practices what the circle maker says, then it must be okay. BUT IT ISN’T. Thus, you have now become a stumbling block and not a stepping stone to all who will follow your lead.

The men I have been praying with every Tuesday evening for years will be praying for you, Anne—that you will recant your position and ask Jesus to rectify this wrong.


Source: Lighthouse Trails Research


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8 years ago

AGL has given a response to the objections raised by others in her continuing dive into the occult and paganism. It can be found at
Her ‘answer’ is common to all the charlatans of our day and is laced with excuses for her actions, words, and ‘teaching’. Repentance is not to be found. She boldly (and erroneously) states: “The Daniel prayer (Dan.9) teaches us to take God at His word-claiming His promises and holding Him to them as Daniel did.” In twist-o-matic style we are lead astray by AGL for did NO SUCH THING. Daniel’s entire prayer was one of confession of the sins of Israel and at the end a REQUEST for mercy. No ‘promise of God’ was cited except for the one found in Dan. 9:11 & 12. She claims to not be “instructing” God, yet that is exactly what she does.

Next she claims: “God gives me a promise or a Word for what/who is in my circle, and I pray His Word back to Him.” So comforting to know that you, AGL, have a direct line to God for those who are lucky enough to be ‘in your circle’. What about those who are outside your circle—guess we’re just out of luck. So which is it? A non-descript “promise” with extra-biblical implications attached to it or a Verse or two direct from God to you for someone else. Are you a prophet, or maybe just another woman “preacher”? What is the ‘proof’ you have to offer us that any of your claims are valid, so far we have only your grandiose claims to some sort of “prayer warrior” or special emissary from the church to God—How’s that working out for you?

Next she claims that Abraham, Elijah, and Jesus used this same ‘technique’ but instead of drawing a literal circle they engaged in “concentrated focus”. This is cheap attempt to lend legitimacy to her ‘love-affair’ with Honi. She tries to distance herself from Batterson, but it’s too late, the damage is done.

AGL is as all the other charlatans of our day are: fame hungry, money hungry, with no regard for the Gospel. She is also a dominionist as this whole episode loudly speaks. She attempts to use the Gospel and the Word of God to her nefarious ends. When caught ‘red-handed’ as she is here her response is not repentance, but more excuses and reasons why the public should believe her nonsense. After reading her “Daniel Prayer” post, there is little to no call for repentance on the part of anyone, just demands that her god submit to her wishes.