05 August 2013

Walking on Water with Mark Batterson

It is rarely a good idea to allegorize the biblical text. When this is done, we find ourselves 'slaying the Goliaths' in our own lives or 'hacking our own Agags to pieces.' We miss the true meaning of the text. We ignore what the author—who is God—intended to say. Worst of all, we miss Christ because we are too busy trying to find ourselves in the text.

Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker, a book that teaches a prayer method based on extra-biblical literature and pagan, occultic practice, demonstrates the inevitable dangerous outcome of allegorizing Scripture:
At least, we hope that Mark Batterson is allegorizing here. If he is not, then there are a great deal many more issues that need to be discussed. Regardless, we here at Do Not Be Surprised do not recommend that even longtime followers of Jesus travel to the nearest body of water in an attempt to walk upon it.

If this idea is taken to its logical conclusion, then those who "follow in Jesus' footsteps long enough" also should be able to calm the wind and the waves, raise the dead, turn water into wine and cure leprosy, among a great many other things. But these miracles were wrought that Christ's deity may be affirmed. Only He has such authority over creation . . . because it is His creation. Men will never be equal to Christ, even upon final glorification. Jesus Christ is Lord. He is Creator. He is Savior. Man is none of these things.

If one wants to 'radically' follow Jesus, then he needs only to try living out a life of holiness and godliness amidst a culture that despises God. One needn't 'walk on water,' rather, one simply needs to seek to be faithful to the One who has saved his soul.

Additional Resource
The Circle Maker (Fighting for the Faith)
Anne Graham Lotz and Her Narcissistic Interpretation of the Transfiguration
What God Says about His Word


  1. It is sad that so many Christians continue to give people like Batterson any credibility at all.

  2. True, we should focus on Jesus - not the miracles(Of which nowadays we dont have miracle workers) for the Bible was written so that we may believe and blessed are they who have believed and have not seen for we live by faith - not sight.

  3. Mark Batterson could very well have meant that we can literally walk on water. It would not surprise me at all. The late, famous author, Madeleine L'Engle, who promoted occultism under the guise of Christianity, and whose works have been required or recommended reading in Christian and public schools for decades, wrote in her book, Walking on Water: Reflections of Faith and Art: "We were not meant to be any more restricted than Jesus was during his sojourn with us here on this earth. If we take seriously that during the time of his Incarnation he was truly man, truly human as we are, than anything he did in his lifetime is available to us, too. Am I suggesting that we really ought to be able to walk upon water? That there are (and not just in fantasies) easier and faster ways to travel then by jet or car? Yes, I am. There are too many stories of mystics being able to move hundreds of miles through the power of contemplation for us to be able to toss them aside" (Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1980), p. 86 --Claris Van Kuiken

  4. Very well said indeed.

    Walk on water.???. Hmmmm, I all too often have problems remembering I am a child of God just walking through Wal-Mart.


  5. The water circle maker...Maybe that will be his next book. Maybe he has waterproof chalk, Hmmmmm.



Please keep it pithy (in other words, if your comment is long enough to be its own blog post, don't bother), pertinent (please don't go off-topic), and respectful (to the author, to the other readers, and to the subject of the post). If you can't do that, your comment will not be posted.

If you haven't already, please read the Comment Policy in its entirety.