Mega Preachers Exposed Part 7. Oprah Winfrey a closer look.
A closer look at the now Celebrity and World Famous Talk Show host Oprah Winfrey who classes herself these days as a Spiritual Teacher. Who hasn´t heard of Oprah? The main question that will be answered is “Do Oprah’s teachings lead you to God…… or somewhere else?”
Oprah has an estimated Net Worth of over a Billion that puts her just ahead of top Mega Preacher by Net Worth Kenneth Copeland featured in Mega Preachers Exposed Part 6, who is a very different animal indeed. Oprah is not your typical Pastor/Preacher or Mega Preacher type, but came to fame via her TV chat shows. A former Baptist she comes across as the listening friend everybody wants and the dream next door neighbour type you wish you had and that person with the shoulder to cry on.
She does class herself as a Christian that believes in God and Jesus but her take on Christianity is a new one with an Oprah twist, that is proving exceptionally popular with the masses. She has an ever increasing army of followers that are looking for happiness in their lives. Her spiritual Guru is Eckhart Tolle, who has become famous in his own right since his association with Oprah. He is famous for his book “A New Earth”. More on that later, but the title gives a good clue what it and she is really all about.
She went to a Baptist Church in her younger days, the same one as Obama. Jeremiah Wright was her Pastor. Her Eureka moment in her Spiritual Life came when her Pastor quoted this Bible verse or one of many others but the focus words/phrase is “Jealous God”
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
This sparked a massive change in her beliefs and she moved away from the more Biblical Christianity one that is based on “The Word” to a newer version, which is the one she preaches today. Further details on this throughout her featured videos here.
She has had her fair share of tragedies in her life and that’s what part of her attraction is, she’s human with a Capital H and you name it in life, she has been there and back and got the T Shirt in the process and makes it known to the world. As she says everybody has Skeletons in their closets and so does she, but the world knows about hers. That’s why people find it so easy to emphasise with her. Oprah gives her audience what they are looking for, so they can escape their suffering, anguish, and pain in life. But is it in any sense of the word…… “Christianity”?
A video that leapt out for some reason out of many gives a good insight into Oprah in about 5 or 6 minutes. If you have seen her before on TV this will be nothing new, if you haven´t seen her before, it´s a good gateway video into the World of Oprah or what some call “The Church of Oprah” bigger than Joel Osteen and Kenneth Copeland and the rest by far.
Video 1 Oprahs Life class in Radio City Hall NYC
Here´s some samples of what she has to say.
I am a Chrisitian. That is my faith. I´m not asking you to be a Christian. If you want to be one. I can show you how (laughter from audience)….But it is not required. I have respect for all faiths. ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Faiths……I´m not talking about Faith or Religion I´m talking about Spirtuality.
She mentions three words “Force, Energy, Consciousness”
She says there is no life without a Spiritual Life
Favourite Bible Verse Acts 17:28 (which she couldn´t remember)
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
She quotes “In God I Live and Move and Have My Being”
Video 1 Analysis:
In 6 minutes, straight off the bat we have contradictions and confusions. She says she is a Christian but uses the words “Force, Energy and Consciousness” these are New Age Terms and are not associated with Christianity. The three words Christians would use are “The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit” or “Peace Love and Joy”. As soon as you hear the word energy you are tapping into a New Age/Pagan philosophy. She says she can show you how to be a Christian which is met with roars of laughter from the audience and then adds “But it is not required”. This sounds similar to the Joel Osteen approach, one size fits all, it´s almost as if she is mocking the traditional Christianity. She says she is not talking about Faith or Religion she is talking about Spirtuality.
And there in a nutshell is the Oprah philosophy laid bare. She says she is a Christian. Christianity is a Religion which is also at it´s very core about Faith, but in the same breath she says “I´m not talking about Faith or Religion, I´m talking about Spirituality” so in a word she is talking about something else other than Christianity, which again raises the question “What Christianity is she talking about?”
Some Introductory Famous Quotes
To see whether Oprah is a False Teacher or not requires looking at a couple of her famous sayings to get the ball rolling
1. Oprah has been most famously quoted as saying there are “Many paths to what you call God” which strangely seems at conflict to what Jesus said:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
2. Oprah has also famously said “Jesus did not come to this Earth to die on the Cross for our Sins.”
But the Bible says
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
3. “There couldn’t possibly be one way (to heaven).”
But the Bible says
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
4. “There are Many other Paths to God other than Christianity.” which is explained in more detail below. There are many paths to many God’s but only one path to the True God.
The New Age Deception.
The New Age religious stance is that all religions are similar and they all lead to the same God and therefore there are many routes to God and many routes to Heaven. This is not true. This is the Oprah Mantra. God resides IN us, and is not an external entity. Therefore if God is inside us, we control our own destiny. You in effect become a God and it´s the infamous “little Gods” doctrine made famous by many false preachers hailed by many Christians as “The Doctrine of Demons”
The Bible quite clearly states otherwise:
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
What does the beginning of the Lords Prayer that everybody knows, Christian or not, say in the opening line as mentioned in Matthew 6:9
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
There is no mention of the Tri State as in the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit by Oprah, that also seems to be in denial in Oprah´s teachings even though she says she is a Christian.
What is the typical Christian blessing: “I bless you in the name of the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit (Ghost)”
The Oprah Philosophy
Oprah calls herself a Christian but says you don´t have to be a Christian to follow her? Some have labelled Oprah as a cult leader tuned into the promotion of anti-biblical beliefs which deny the very foundations of Christianity. Her webcasts have attracted hundreds of thousands of participants with the promise of gaining new perspectives on how to live a life of enrichment, peace, new found self-worth, and spiritual freedom.
A Bible quote relevant to the Oprah and Tolle mantra is from Satan as the Serpent in the Garden of Eden regarding the eating of the Apple from the Tree of Knowledge.
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Here´s some Eckhard Tolle sayings to ponder over “Life is the Dancer. You are the Dance” and contentment is as being “one with life.” ……………..Right?
Oprah is heavily influenced by Eckhard Tolle, who appears on her shows and provides New Age insight into Spirtuality. Here´s a sample video of what he is all about.
Eckhart Tolle’s Secret to Happiness in 3 Words | A New Earth | Oprah Winfrey Network
So What exactly is New Age
The typical New Ager believes:
1. God is in everything (pantheism)
2. All things are one (monism)
3. Man is God
4. Your mind creates the reality
5. Your own experiencse make the truth valid
New Agers do not believe in evil. Therefore, they do not accept man’s problem as being seperated from God by Sin that interferes with Holiness. They believe that each of us has forgotten their own divinity and needs to find it again. Therefore, the New Age solution is to seek “higher consciousness” through meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, diet, crystals, channeling. spirit guides, and more. Each of these diverse practices has the same purpose: to awaken the god in man. Info via CrossWalk.com
New Agers are Universalists, believing that all paths lead to God. New Age belief centres around the fact the Christian and Judaism route to God, is narrow, rigid and that these religions are narrow minded. They fault Christians and those in Judaism for being intolerant and inflexible and old fashioned. The thing is what God are they referring to? Is it the God of Heaven that is the same for those in Judaism or Christianity or the God of this world (Satan). They are also in denial of the Tri State: Father, Son, Holy Spirit with their “God is inside you” mantra. But God’s word anticipates this and warns
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
An Oprah New Age Take on Prayer
Her prayers from what I´ve seen are always preceded by a Deep Breath which again is a New Age thing, certainly not a Christian one
“Open your heart and quietly to yourself say the only prayer that’s ever needed: Thank you, thank you, thank you,” she has said once. “You’re still here. You get another chance this day to do better and be better, another chance to become more of who you were created and what you’re created to fulfill. Thank you. Amen.”
No reference to God or Heavenly Father or Jesus or Lord or anything. Your, You, Yourself, You´re are the keywords here. Sounds very similar to the Joel Osteen preaching. This take on prayer is not biblical and is totally New Age. The Bible commands us to pray for very specific things beyond thanks.
So let’s take a look at some more famous Oprah sayings these have been lifted off various videos
1. “God is a feeling experience not a believing experience? One of the key components of Christianity is Belief!
2. “I believe God is in all things” which is New Age. Christians believe “God created all things”
In short Oprah promises “meaning without truth, acceptance without judgment, and fulfillment without self-denial.” in other words the broad gate mentioned in the Bible. The Oprah approach is something that everybody will clamber on board and reach deep in their pockets to read or see at her travelling road shows hence her success.
What’s the Good News?
Here´s the strange thing, the good news is many New Agers do read the words of Jesus and look at him as a Spiritual Guru and they put their own twist on his words to fit in with their centred way of thinking. What they don’t realise is, by constantly referring to the words of Jesus, which as everyone knows these words contain spirtual power. Christian seeds are being sown in their New Age lives without them even realising it and good ones, and many New Agers consequently as a result see the light and flock to the truth as in Christianity. 100% realising what a fake the New Age Religion really is. It´s very difficult to consistently read the Bible and not be a Christian, such is the power of “The Word”.
Oprah classes herself as a Spirituality teacher and a modern day Christian. She has a massive following and really you could say the “Church of Oprah” is the biggest by far in this present day, spanning the globe via Internet and TV broadcasts, eclipsing the likes of say Joel Osteen and Kenneth Copeland. She has a Net Worth of over a Billion to match, which tells you quite definitely where her fruit is, no need to delve any deeper there. She is charismatic, highly liked, a good speaker, knows how to make people laugh and cry, and manages to connect with her audience that hangs on her every word, hoping to find answers to life problems and reach that life nirvana of total happiness.
Vid: A video featuring the owner of this website sheds some light titled 15 Signs of a False Preacher
But here´s where the problems start. Her New Age philosophy is not the issue, if that was being preached in isolation. It is the mixing of Christianity with her New Age beliefs, that´s where the problem lies. Just like mixing oil with water, the two will never mix and this is what Oprah is presenting to the world as a new form of Christianity. As is demonstrated by Matthew 7:13-14, the narrow way leads to the truth and not many find it, the broad way leads to destruction and many will be on that road. Oprah and her following is off the scale huge and bears testimony to that Bible quote. It´s a fun road to be on, but it ultimately leads to darkness.
She has a lot of similarities to the Osteen’s with their positive New Age vibe interlaced with Biblical quotes, but there is no mistaking the Oprah delivery. Her goal is the same as any other False Preacher or False Prophet, that is to tell you what you want to hear, lead you away from the truth to their way of thinking, away from the light and into a darkness being packaged as Christianity with what she calls “Spirituality”, which in reality is New Age teachings which are Satanic in nature.
New Age appeals to people in the modern fast paced world we live in today. On the surface it looks and seems cool, isn´t too invasive into our lives, fits in with our lifestyles and is easy to comprehend and appears to cater to OUR needs to guarantee happiness, wealth, health and some sort of spiritual nirvana. It´s spreading into every area of our lives, in schools, doctors surgeries, colleges and many public places and creeping into peoples public conscience. It´s a one size fits all spirituality, where you can dive into a spiritual guru of your choice such as Buddhism, Jesus, Mohammed or Hare Krishna, whatever takes your fancy, but the end result is you are being separated from the True God and will never experience the true spirituality which leads to something that the New Age religion can never deliver. You are just being led into a spiritual vacuum.
One thing you´ll notice with all these False Preachers and Teachers is that their audience is heavily dependent on that particular preacher to give them their spirituality, take that person out of the equation and they realise they have nothing. That alone should be a warning in itself. The other tell tale sign is the person preaching is enjoying huge success but is your life showing any positive signs of change?
Strangely I do see some goodness here in Oprah, just as with Paula White, but it has been corrupted by this New Age Deception, but maybe if she still reads the Bible and the words of Jesus, she may come round full circle, see the light and become a full blown Christian again?
To summarise Oprah is a Spiritual Teacher in the New Age sense of the word, but a False Teacher in the Christian sense of the word. If you are looking to find the Truth, The Light, God and Jesus and Christianity…….you will NOT find it here!
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And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
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.
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
1 John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them
2 Timothy 3:13
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.