‘the battle ground of the mind’

Oprah’s ‘gospel,’ influence concerns some Christians

                  Part of the evangelicals' concern stems from Oprah Winfrey's recent embrace of Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth as the first spiritual book she included in her hugely popular book club.

Oprah Winfrey has become a catalyst for a new journalistic project and increasing news coverage by conservative Christians questioning and criticizing her spiritual beliefs.

Some evangelical Christians have voiced alarm that Winfrey is introducing the 46 million viewers who watch her each week to nontraditional spirituality they don’t condone.

In May, two dozen Christian newspapers pooled their resources to publish an article titled “Oprah’s ‘gospel'” that prompted higher readership and more letters to the editor than any story some of the individual papers had ever published.

The above is a quote from an article entitled Oprah’s ‘gospel’ influence concerns some Christians on  USAToday……..

I wonder what Christ would say if we would get His advice?

“But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” Matthew 15: 13-14

 

Not sure the validity of the above article, but never ceases to amaze me at how religion struggles with religion for the minds of the blind. Allow me to expound….

In recent months, Southern Baptist newspaper editors also have written editorials declaring “It’s time for Christians to ‘just say no’ to the big ‘O'” and calling her a source of “foolish twitter and twaddle.” And Charisma, a prominent charismatic and Pentecostal magazine, ran a story in its July issue with the headline “Oprah’s Strange New Gospel.'”

Lamar Keener, publisher of the Christian Examiner regional newspapers in California, came up with the idea to work with a dozen “mom and pop” publishers to address Winfrey’s theology.

“Our point is we want our readers to be aware that what she is teaching does not represent traditional, historical Christianity, according to the Scriptures,” said Keener, who also is president of the Evangelical Press Association.

So tell me, what Christian who hears the doctrine that is espoused by the Big’O’, would not have enough understanding as to the fact that this is not Christianity? If they don’t and are susceptible to such false teaching they don’t need to be listening to anybody but the WORD OF GOD and the SPIRIT OF TRUTH that will not lie, for He can not lie.  We are living in a day when those who profess to be Christian are listening to everybody and everything that is not Christian. Maybe this is the reason for the ignorance in the Church in America, eh?

“But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” 1 John 2:20, 21, 27

malachi

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  2. Hi Dennis,

    I listened to what Oprah’s intial responses when it all came out. I mean I have listened to her before and she is just like I was as a young kid of nineteen searching for some way to unify the people’s of earth. Like you know man, cool, like fully all ways lead to God, let’s just harmonize and get along…cause we are all gods and goddesses etc…it is just so what the spirit of the world is. They cannot see who Jesus is, so they just think he is sort of a divine man, who was kinda really hooked up etc, but they see no more than the blind pharisees who argued with Jesus when he first came. Problem is that he is coming again and it is not to bring Church Unity, or World Unite, etc…it is to judge the nations. What nation is there that says they are utterly submitted to the Lordship of Christ…..answer, None!

    Oprah is quite a sensitive soul and is really trapped by her own public unbelief…we aught to really pray that Jesus will open her eyes to see Jesus. I know I was that close and a crisis occured that eventually brought me to my knees before Him. God draws us to Himself…so we shall get in the Spirit in prayer and pray for this lost soul.

    Tenderly in Christ,
    Eric J. Sawyer.

  3. Comment by Eric-
    “They cannot see who Jesus is, so they just think he is sort of a divine man, who was kinda really hooked up etc, but they see no more than the blind pharisees who argued with Jesus when he first came.”

    Yes Eric we are seeing a repeat of sorts…. the error of false teaching finding seeming prevalence in the world. It is not this that turns my spirit; for God can call men and women from such darkness as He did both you and I.

    It is those that are immersed in the church, yet following such blatant error, and that due to our ignorance of God’s word. And when one expounds truth, the one (immersed in the error) who professes Christ, blatantly rejects that truth.

    So what is the remedy? The church is going to combat it with…….

    ‘new journalistic project and increasing news coverage by conservative Christians questioning and criticizing her spiritual beliefs’

    editorials declaring “It’s time for Christians to ‘just say no’ to the big ‘O’” and calling her a source of “foolish twitter and twaddle.”

    ideas to work with a dozen “mom and pop” publishers to address Winfrey’s theology

    … instead of focusing on the power of God’s word to rectify the error.

    You know his word is powerful my brother-

    “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” Hebrews 4

    It is my opinion brother, that if the Church in America would repent and return to the unadulterated teaching of God’s Word that error such as espoused by Oprah and others would have no power. But when the church has a spirit that is void of the clear teaching of God’s word, then the church and their tradition is left to thwart error, and in our Lord’s day they (the traditional church) thwarted the ‘Truth’ with the error of their traditions.

    Comments from the original article by the EPA.
    “Our point is we want our readers to be aware that what she is teaching does not represent traditional, historical Christianity, according to the Scriptures,” said Keener, who also is president of the Evangelical Press Association.

    What happens when traditional, historical Christianity, does not adhere to the clear teaching of the ‘Holy Scriptures’? The church remains in their error.

    “But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?” Matthew 15:3

    Yes brother we must be praying for the Church in America that they would return to the clear teaching of God’s word and that by the power of God’s Spirit.

    One thing I have found myself careful of is condoning those propagating error….

    “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John:7-11

    Peace my friend….
    malachi


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