Monday, June 17, 2013



A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nancy grew up in a family that was deeply committed to Christ and to the mission of world evangelization. At an early age, she surrendered her life to Christ and to His call to serve His Kingdom.
Nancy graduated from the University of Southern California, with a degree in piano performance. After completing college, she served as the Primary Children's Ministries Director at Thomas Road Baptist Church, in Lynchburg, Virginia. Since 1980, Nancy has served on the staff of Life Action Ministries, a revival ministry based in Niles, Michigan. Until 2001, she served as the Director of Women's Ministries and as the editor of Spirit of Revival magazine.
For more than 25 years, Nancy has communicated her burden for both personal and corporate revival in conferences and retreats throughout North America and abroad.
Nancy is author of Choosing Forgiveness, A Place of Quiet Rest, Lies Women Believe, Walking in the Truth, A Thirty Day Walk with God in the Psalms, Brokenness: The Heart God Revives, Surrender: The Heart God Controls, Holiness: The Heart God Purifies, and she co-authored Seeking Him, an interactive Bible study on revival. She is also the general editor of Biblical Womanhood in the Home. Her books have sold over 1,000,000 copies.
Nancy is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him, two nationally syndicated radio programs, heard each weekday on nearly 1,000 radio station outlets.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss is an author, speaker for both personal and corporate revival in conferences, and teacher on two nationally syndicated radio programs. Nancy has served in various roles: Primary Children's Ministries Director at Thomas Road Baptist Church; staff member of Life Action Ministries; Director of Women's Ministries and editor for "Spirit of Revival" magazine.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss ministers to Christian women along with other prominent Christian women who are self appointed and unbiblical "church leaders" and ministry heads, some being Pentecostals, Dominionists, feminists and/or contemplatives. 
Priscilla Shirer is covered at Apprising here:, and here:, and here:, and here: (Catholic monk), and here:
Janet Parshall is reported by Apprising as supporting the Catholic leaning Alpha Course of Nicky Gumbel, and has connections with other dominionists. See Mark Batterson endorsement of the Alpha Course and his use of it at all six of his churches here: and below., and

Her "Revive Our Hearts" website, an outreach of "Life Action Ministries", offers "freedom, fullness, and fruitfulness in Christ" and schedules "tours" focused on the female perspective. 
In addition to her questionable associations, there are some troubling concerns about DeMoss's recommendations not generally known or reported on:

Ken Silva of Apprising has disclosed at:



that DeMoss has quoted Richard Foster, contemplative proponent, and Brother Lawrence, Catholic Carmelite monk, in her radio address.

Brother Lawrence:

Additionally, but no less important is DeMoss's incorporation of occultic chalk magic prayer circles to help women meditate and receive inspiration:
See: Wikipedia article "Magic Circle", an analysis 
of the occultic witchcraft uses of chalk circles here:

See: The Velvet Covered Brick blog's story "Prayer Circles", describes how Jamie McMullan attended a True Women conference and saw and heard the following:
"I recently attended the True Women Conference with Nancy Leigh DeMoss via simulcast. During the simulcast Nancy shared an illustration of a British gypsy evangelist from the 1860s, 
Gipsy Smith,, and,%20Gipsy/Gipsy%20Smith%20His%20Life%20and%20Work/Gipsy%20Smith%20His%20Life%20and%20Work.pdfwho encouraged people to 
“Go home, lock yourself in your room, draw a circle around yourself, and pray fervently that God would start a revival within that chalk circle.”  
Then Nancy, pointed out they have chalk circles around the auditorium for people to go pray in and she had a circle around herself at the podium; they were used throughout the conference. 

DeMoss with other women standing in a chalk circle around podium:

A Rope Circle is also used by witches:

At the end of the conference, two men named Byron Paulus and Bill Elliff gave a presentation of their ministry movement called OneCry, inspired by the teachings of Gipsy Smith. See 20 page manual from One Cry on how to use chalk circles here:
Nancy Leigh DeMoss on Gipsy Smith." See:
Jamie McMullan also points out:
"Seeing all this at the True Women conference gave me pause. The first time I saw circles like this in the church is from a book I saw being promoted on YouTube called The Circle Maker, by MarkBatterson, the Pastor of National Community Church(es) in Washington D.C.,, and which meets in movie theaters
    Mark Batterson is the pastor of National Community Church, a multisite church in Washington D.C. Mark has been a church planting pastor since 1994. He and his wife Lora have three children—Parker, Summer, and Josiah. Batterson is the author of five books, including his most recent one, the Circle Maker. Batterson went to the University of Chicago on a basketball scholarship, majoring in pre-law. His life was drastically turned around when God called him to full-time ministry. His ministry in D.C. began as an inter-city ministry, and God has prospered it to grow into a six-location church with a thriving network of local and international ministries. They even manage the biggest coffee shop on Capitol Hill. Batterson's ministry is all but conventional. Besides the fact that he doesn't wear suits when he preaches, several of the church sites actually meet in movie theaters. 
Batterson actually says "You can't just read the Bible; you need to start 'circling the promises'" here:
Mark Batterson promotes, uses and recommends the Alpha Course:
Apprising reported that Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith experienced having his biblical critiques deleted from Batterson's blog and being called a Pharisee at: 


See:, in which Rosebrough says "Please note how Batterson NEVER addresses the content of my critiques. In fact, minutes after deleting my comments Batterson posted a blog post response where he calls me a Pharisee."

Instead of calling people to revival, Mr. Batterson promotes a prosperity message that is centered on praying for God to make your hopes and dreams to come true by praying in a chalk circle or circling the promises in scripture. In his book and website,, Mark Batterson, sites as his examples, Gipsy Smith and Honi the circle maker, a Jewish legend in the Talmud who drew a circle on the ground and sat in it until God answered his prayer for rain." See:

Honi Comes Full Circle (A Tale for Tu B'shvat):

Trip to Honi's hometown in Israel: See YouTube video:
Published on Mar 3, 2012

This was taken at Honi's tomb in Hatzor HaGlilit, a small village in the Galilee. While the events mentioned in Mark Batterson's book took place in Jerusalem, his home was here. It is the story about praying for rain, told in Hebrew and translated.

Challies reviews the "Circle Maker here:

Pilgrim's Light Ministries exposes the "Circle Maker" in this video. See:

Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith has a three part analysis called
 "Debunking the Circle Maker":
Part 1 of 3:
Part 2 of 3:
Part 3 of 3:

Published on Mar 5, 2013 on YouTube:
False teaching in the book called Circle Maker by Mark Batterson discussed on Worldview Weekend Radio program with Chris Rosebrough & Brannon Howse:


Report from True Woman  '12

"Nancy (conf): There was an old-time revivalist whose name was Gipsy Smith. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. The story is told that Gipsy Smith would go to a town to preach—he was an itinerant preacher. He would come to the town where he had been invited, and he would come to the outskirts of the town. He would stand and draw a circle in the ground, in the dirt on the outskirts of town. Then he would step inside that circle, and he would begin to pray for God to move in that town. He would say, “Lord, please send revival to this community. But, oh God, let the revival start inside this circle. Let it begin in me.”
Holly Elliff: I loved that during the conference around the auditorium and in various places there were circles.
Leslie: Here’s workshop leader Holly Elliff. 
Holly: And those circles were symbolic because they represented the fact that every woman wanted to put herself there, draw a circle around her own life and say, “God, what do You want to do in me?”
Nancy (conf): And as you pass by those in the days ahead, I want to encourage you, if there is room, to just step inside one of those circles.
Bill Elliff (conf): And those circles just remind us that it’s always personal.
Leslie: This is Pastor Bill Elliff.
Bill (conf): We can get real theoretical about revival and awakening. But it starts with me. And if it doesn’t start with me, if it doesn’t start with you, then it doesn’t start.
Leslie Bennett: I can’t live on yesterday’s revival.
Leslie: This is workshop leader Leslie Bennett. 
Leslie Bennett: The white chalk circles all around this conference center were a constant reminder that I need revival. Every moment of every day I must humble myself before God and ask Him to come into my heart to do what only He can do as I seek Him and I’m repentant before Him—that He will make my heart afresh. He will make my heart anew and fan the flames of my heart for Jesus. I so appreciated that reminder as we went about the conference all weekend long. Revival starts with me.
Nancy (conf): Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Leslie: Not with anybody else. It’s not them. It’s me.
Nancy (conf): It’s not my brother, not my sister, not my mother, not my pastor, not my friend who came with me. It’s me, oh, Lord, standing in the need of You.
Bob (conf): One of the unique things about the way the stage is set up this year is that the speaker’s podium, the platform podium, there’s a large white circle around it.
Nancy (conf): Because seeking Him starts right here in our hearts as we’re speaking.
Bob (conf): And so as we’re calling women to seek God and to seek Him for revival in their own lives and then in their churches and then in our nation, we’ve drawn a circle around the podium.
Joni: Because all the speakers had an opportunity to stand in it. And of course, I had an opportunity to wheel inside that circle. May revival begin with me.
Juli: I’m preaching to myself first. I’m the first one who needs the very messages coming out of my mouth.
Bob (conf): You can’t go and call women to a place if you’re not ready to go there yourself. That’s hypocrisy.
Joni: May renewal in the church begin with me inside that circle.
Nancy (conf): And to step inside that circle and say, “Lord, would You send revival to my family? Would You send revival to my church? Would You send awakening to our nation, to our world? We desperately need it. But oh, Lord, would You start the revival inside this circle? Let it begin in me.
Janet: So let me tell you what happened for me as a speaker when I stepped into that circle. I was under very strong conviction. David said, “My sins are ever before me.” That’s what I felt when I was in that circle. I thought, “Lord, I’m not here to teach these women. I’m here to seek Your face.”"
From Living With Power: Lina Abujamra reports: "In the course of my 2 day “True Woman” experience I heard Nancy Leigh Demoss mention that she liked to play 'Words with Friends'". Lina Abujamra prayed in her chalk circle and her prayer was answered sometime later:  "I was being invited to play Words with Friends with my new “friend” Nancy Leigh Demoss."

Michelle Obama requests prayer circles and clean spirits:

Even the Obamas cannot seem to function without the support and help from "prayer circles" whose members are "keeping the spirits clean around us":