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Is Jesus Necessary?
Trinity Lutheran Church
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 • Posted November 17, 2009

Is Jesus really necessary for our salvation and spiritual wellbeing? We have been examining the “New Age Spirituality” phenomenon and Oprah’s complicity in that new religion. Here is the “kicker,” all this is nothing new. These Satanic religions were around in N.T. times. They were called “Mystery Religions.” Secret knowledge is what they were seeking and so it is with Oprah’s “False Religion.” They were called “Mystery Religions,” because the mystery was the secret knowledge they taught. For me, they should be called “Mystery Religions,” because it is a mystery why anyone would believe that garbage.

Oprah, on one of her TV shows, asked, “Does God care about your heart or does God care about if you call His Son Jesus?” What she is really asking is, “Is it possible to have your heart right before God even if you don’t accept Jesus as the only path to God?” She is really saying, “If you are a good person it doesn’t matter if you believe in Jesus or not.” NEWS FLASH: Oprah, there are no good people. Romans 3:10 reads, “As it is written there is no righteous, not even one…”

We were born in original sin and in sin we remain. The key is that once we receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit we become less of a sinner and more like Jesus. 1 John 1:8 reads, “If we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” She is comparing good people to other people. Good people in her estimate are those that are good compared to the rest of the people. She is saying good people are those who are polite, pay their bills, are good neighbors, etc. Dr. Lutzer, in his book, “Oprah, Miracles, and the New Earth” writes, “…here is where Oprah and her friends miss it, there cannot be many ways to the divine, for the “New Spirituality” fails in its hapless attempt to define sin out of existence. But the more seriously we take sin, the more desperately we need a Savior. The reason many think we can be reconciled to whatever God or gods there be is because the modern mind does not encourage moral reproach; it especially does not encourage self-reproach. Pride is no longer viewed with alarm but is praised and cultivated…We are obsessed with self-protection and self-aggrandizement.”

What Dr. Lutzer is saying is that we are full of ourselves and want to be God. Goes back to Genesis 3 where Satan told Eve, “Surely you will not die, because God knows when you eat from the tree you will be like God knowing good from evil.” In reality, when Adam and Eve ate from the tree they then became evil.

See, God is perfectly just and righteous. He cannot allow sin to stand in His presence. Sin is a personal affront to God and His nature demands that sin must be paid for, either by the sinner or by someone who stand in the sinners stead. 1 John 1:10 reads, “If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” Helen, one of Oprah’s gurus, in her writings rejects Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross as unnecessary, because sin is only an illusion. What does the Bible have to say about that? Let us look at 1 Corinthians 1:18-19 reads, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

What does “New Age” say about death? Quoting from “A Course in Miracles” that over 5 million people are taking, because Oprah has promoted it on her TV show, “Death is the central dream from which all illusions stem.” If we are our own God, as they say, we should be able to rid ourselves of this nasty little obstacle called death. They say, “If we were to die, God would die, for remember, our collective consciousness is God.” They say heaven is here and no where else. They teach the physical realm we live in is not real; only the spiritual exists. Lesson 163 in the course on miracles reads, “Indeed, if death is real, then it is impossible for us to think of God as loving. But because God is not a God of fear but of love, death cannot exist. There is no death.” Eckhart Tolle, another of Oprah’s gurus, says he never thinks of death, because if you live in the “now” you need not worry about the future.

Marianne Williamson, Oprah’s Spiritual advisor, says that AIDS patients can speak to their viruses to reassure themselves that this disease is really under their control. Why, because we are the sum of our thoughts.

All these concepts are older than dirt and not new at all. Besides, they are totally not logical and completely evil. We read in Hebrews 9:27-28 that death is a reality, ”Jus as man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment,, so Christ was sacrificed one to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Note the word, “many,” That means “not everyone, but those many who believe in Jesus. Jesus told the religious leaders in Matthew 23:33 that they could not escape hell. In Matthew 25:34; 41; 46 Jesus tells them they will find themselves in eternal fire. Who are we to believe; Oprah and her cronies or Jesus? Revelation 1:17-18 tells us Jesus has the keys of the kingdom. Philippians 1:21-24 tells us whether we live or die we are winners.

In Hinduism the demonic lie that death does not exist, but we are reincarnated. We should prepare for death, because it is inevitable and it is the entrance into a whole new world for us. Death does not have the last word as Jesus says in John 11:25-26. Is Jesus necessary? Napoleon said, “Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself have founded great empires. But Jesus alone founded his empire upon love and millions of people would die for Him today.” Jesus is necessary. Acts 4:12 reads, “For there is no other name under heaven by which men must be saved.”

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