Megastar Oprah Winfrey is coming down under this month. This will be good news for all the Americans who get a free trip out of the deal. But it is bad news for Australia – and everyone else for that matter. This is because Oprah is perhaps the most influential false prophet living today.
Although she claims to be a Christian – sort of – she is really the world’s number one promoter of the mumbo jumbo of the New Age Movement. I have written up her deceitful agenda elsewhere:
The gospel according to the Big O is a false gospel, and everyone needs to be aware of her deceptive beliefs. While she may be generous with her great wealth, she is being disingenuous with her great big unbiblical worldview. Countless millions have been sucked into the dark hole of her fruity beliefs.
It is easy enough to demonstrate just how far off the planet she is with her moonbeam ideas. Simply consider some of the bizarre stuff she features in her “Spirit” section of her website (her site has over 6 million users a month!):
-What Is the Shadow?: Spiritual teacher Debbie Ford introduces you to your human shadow. Plus, she explains the light and dark sides of the shadow.
-The Time That Matters Most: Marianne Williamson, author of the bestselling books The Age of Miracles and A Return to Love, focuses on the mystery of timelessness; is it possible to live fully in the moment? How can we make peace with the trajectory of our lives, with our past, present, and future?
-Portia de Rossi’s Aha! Moment: The actress and author of the new memoir Unbearable Lightness considered meat “a necessary part of life,” until a glimpse into the animal world put her on a new path.
-Standing Vinyasa Flow Yoga Poses, Part 7 – Half Moon Pose: Watch as yoga expert Seane Corn goes through the standing poses and introduces a new pose, Arda Chandrasana
-Oprah Talks to Eckhart Tolle: The remarkable spiritual teacher whose new book Oprah calls the most important she’s ever chosen for her book club explains how to free yourself from the tyranny of the past, live more fully in the present, and come to the calm, joyful place where intuition, creativity, and wisdom live and breathe.
-Find Out What You Were Born to Do: Manipulating numbers, identifying patterns, thinking visually: Do you know where your strengths lie?
-What Do You Believe? The Power of an Open Mind: With more and more people opening their minds about spirituality, Deepak Chopra explains why you should feel encouraged about the future.
-Energy-Restoring Mantras to Get You Through the Day: Call them mantras, mind tools, or – our favorite – O-phorisms. They’re the soothing, energizing, sanity-restoring phrases that can get you through any situation.
-Want To Be Happier? Think Like A Baby!: Want to be happier, more connected to others and a better problem-solver? Karen Salmansohn says you’re going to have to think like a baby.
-Go Beyond The Secret: Despite its negative attention, Oprah says The Secret opened a door to the concept of the power of consciousness to millions of people.
-Why It’s Okay (Actually, Essential) to Put Yourself First: Women often fall into the pattern of taking care of loved ones before taking care of themselves, but the consequences of doing so can be harmful. Valerie Monroe explores the reasons why putting yourself first isn’t selfish, but essential.
-Leap of Faith: Meet John of God: In a remote corner of Brazil, the man known as John of God is changing people’s lives in astonishing ways. Can belief cure illness? Can energy heal?
Let’s take this last item about “John of God – or as he is known in Abadiânia, Medium João” a bit further. This in part is what is said of him: “He came to believe that the woman who’d guided him was Saint Rita of Cascia, and that while he was unconscious, the spirit of King Solomon had taken up residence in his body and done the healing work.
“Brazil has deep roots in the traditions of shamanism and spiritism, both of which feature the notion that individuals can – and do – cross the boundaries between this worldly existence and the afterlife. In this lexicon, it’s perfectly understandable that King Solomon and other powerful spirits (known as the Entities) would swing by to offer help, incorporating in João’s body (the Medium). Even so, when that help involved a man who was not a doctor cutting into a person’s thorax with an unsterilized kitchen knife, the legal, medical, and religious establishments balked. (In most cases the healings he performs are deemed ‘invisible surgeries’ that don’t even involve touch, but there are occasional procedures that include actual incisions.)”
As can be seen, every loopy sort of spirituality, occultism, and New Age foolishness is being promoted here. Of course there is only one thing missing from all this: the clear gospel message of Jesus Christ. Oprah is quite happy to flag every conceivable type of religion and spirituality except the one true message, which is Jesus Christ and him crucified for our sins.
But in Oprah’s worldview the work of Christ is totally unnecessary, because none of us are sinners. Instead, our problem is one of ignorance. We simply need to realise that we are already divine, and all our problems will be solved. In typical New Age fashion, Oprah presents us with a religion which is big on self, but small on truth.
It is the same lie the serpent told to Adam and Eve in the Garden: “You will become like god”. It is the same lie being promoted throughout human history. A personal transcendent eternal God does not need our worship and obedience. That is because we are all god, if we would only realise it.
Thus the coming of Christ to earth to save us from our sin and alienation from God is completely rejected by the NAM and by Oprah. Sure, he came as yet another spirit guide or avatar to show us that we are all divine anyway. So he did have some useful purpose.
But the biblical understanding of who Jesus is and why he came is totally abandoned for this trendy feel-good self-salvation. But lost sinners will always gravitate toward a theology or spirituality that lets them feel good about themselves, that places no demands on them, and that allows them to be consumed by self.
The gospel of Christ however tells us what we don’t want to hear: that we are sinners headed for a lost eternity; that Jesus is the only path to God, that salvation involves repentance and denial of self, and that God calls the shots, not us. No wonder this is not being heard on the Big O website, TV program, magazines, and so on.
It’s just not the message we want to hear. So instead Oprah quite readily offers us exactly what we do want to hear. But it is a false gospel which is taking people away from God, not to him. Jesus warned about false prophets who would rise up and deceive many. They would even perform signs and wonders.
But Jesus said we should have nothing to do with them. Sadly however there are even many gullible and naive Christians who have also hopped onto the Oprah bandwagon, unaware or unconcerned that biblical Christianity has nothing to do with the New Age mischief which Oprah is so vigorously promoting.