If we want to understand the Bible books of Gospel of John, Colossians, Acts, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, 1 & 2 & 3 John we must first understand the context in which they were written and to whom they were written. It is true, “The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same.” Oprah and the New Age Spirituality are as old as “dirt.” That is to say, this “Oprah” phenomenon was alive and well as the New Testament was being written. First, if you want to be informed to this website and see for yourself:
Here are some of the beliefs of Gnosticism (nos´ti-siz-em) at the time of Jesus:
•Who you are requires no belief in any God.
•Heaven is not a location it is a place within you.
•The man on the cross is “archetypical image” of who every man and woman is.
•My holiness is my salvation.
•There is not sin. Sin is only an illusion.
•Do not make the error of clinging to the “Old Rugged Cross.
These things were taught in the first century by “pseudo-Christians.” They believed in a secret knowledge that brought salvation. The Apostles Paul, John, and Peter wrote against these heresies. The Bible books of Colossians and the Epistle of I John are particularity vociferous in refuting the anti-Christian teachings.
Now, let us fast forward to “ Oprah and New Age Spirituality.” Do you realize the largest church in the world was founded in March 2008 by a webcast from Oprah and her cronies? That church now boasts over 2 million followers. That, my friends, is why we need to be informed. The above listed beliefs the Apostles refuted and today we as God’s people must be informed and able to, as the Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 3:15-16, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
Dr. William MacDonald writes in his introduction to 1 John: At the time John was writing, a false sect had arisen which became known as Gnosticism (Gk. “gnosis” = knowledge). These Gnostics professed to be Christians but claimed to have “additional knowledge,” superior to what the apostles taught. They claimed that a person could not be completely fulfilled until he had been initiated into their deeper “truths.” Some taught that matter was evil, and that therefore the Man Jesus could not be God. They made a distinction between Jesus and the Christ. “The Christ” was divine emanation which came upon Jesus at His baptism and left before His death, perhaps in the Garden of Gethsemane. According to them, Jesus “did” die, but the Christ did “not” die. They insisted, as Michael Green put it, that “the heavenly Christ was too holy and spiritual to be soiled by permanent contact with human flesh.” In short, they denied the Incarnation, that Jesus is the Christ, and that Jesus Christ is both God and Man.
Then, and now, the false prophets of Gnosticism and Oprah deny the incarnation of Jesus (being born in the flesh) and the diety of Jesus atonement on the cross for our sins. Therefore the Gnostic denied that God through Christ paid the penalty-price for the sin of man by means of His spiritual death on the cross of Calvary; rather, they held Christ up as a divine teacher and it was through His teachings and revelations that man was to evolve intellectually into a higher state of self-awareness, which was man’s salvation.
Listen to the words of Oprah herself, “And you know, it has been a journey to get to the place where I understand that what I believe is that Jesus came to show us Christ’s consciousness. That Jesus came to show us the way of the heart and that what Jesus was saying that to show us higher consciousness that we are all talking about here. Jesus came to say, ‘Look, I’m going to live in the body, in the human body, and I’m going to show you how it’s done.’ There are some principles and some laws that you can use to live by to know that way. And when I started to recognize that, that Jesus didn’t come in my belief, even as a Christian, I don’t believe that Jesus came to start Christianity…well, I’m a Christian who believes there are certainly many more paths to God other than Christianity.”
Dear friends, Oprah connects with millions of people everyday and we dare not ignore her and her religion, which is against Christianity. In a survey by belief.com it is reported that 33% of those surveyed say Oprah has a more profound impact on them than their clergy.
Well, we have just scratched the surface of this new, yet ancient, phenomenon. Here are some names you can “google” to learn more about what they profess: Eckhart Tolle; Rhonda Byrne; Helen Schucman; and Marianne Williamson. These are all religious colleagues of Oprah.
In closing, Marianne Williamson wrote Oprah’s “Course on Miracles,” being used by millions as your read this, for their spiritual guidance. What that course teaches is:
Lesson #35, “My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.”
Lesson #38, “There is nothing my holiness cannot do.”
Lesson #61, “I am the light of the world.”
Lesson # 96, “Salvation comes from my one Self.”
Lesson # 186, “Salvation of the world depends on me.”
Lesson # 191, “I am the holy Son of God Himself.”1
This movement should scare the “hell” out of us, because it is Satanic and diametrically opposed to anything that Christianity teaches.
Sources: Lutzer, Erwin W. Oprah Miracles and the New Earth. Moody Publishers: Chicago; 2009. Steele, Carrington. Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid. CreateSpace, 2008. (Footnotes) Lutzer, Erwin W. Oprah Miracles and the New Earth. Moody Publishers: Chicago; 2009. pp 21-22.