Saturday, February 09, 2008

Oprah and Friends

As a television personality, I like what little I know of Oprah. She has a reputation of being generous and kind. If she endorses a product, folks rush out to buy it. If she endorses a book, sales rocket. If she endorses a religion with a god who loves everyone and gives us everything we want without regard for Biblical truth and without the God of creation, authority and holiness, millions listen and many embrace it.

However, let's face facts. Oprah might be a fantastic entertainer, but God has not elected her His spokesperson. Nor has he given her permission to alter His word and teach a different gospel. She is outspoken about being very spiritual (remember, this word means different things to different people and religions), but what kind of spirituality is she hyperbolizing?

Oprah has said Marianne Williamson, a long-time friend and author of many spiritual books was the reason she began her Book Club. Ms. Williamson has been on Oprah and Friends Radio. (I checked the radio schedule.) So has Shirley MacLaine. Some of the past shows deal with Taoism, Buddhism, past lives, etc.

Oprah has also had Esther Hicks on to discuss the secret behind The Secret, a very controversial book. Ms. Hicks didn't write that book, so who is she? She is an inspirational speaker and co-author of a book titled The Law of Attraction:The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham. But she is not writing about the Abraham of the Bible. She "dialogues with or 'channels' a group of spiritual teachers collectively known as 'Abraham.' Esther refers to the material that she channels as 'Abraham-Hicks.'"

I don't know about you but these endorsements set off Spiritual alarms for me. These teachings are in direct conflict with the Holy Word of God.

I don't write this to put down Oprah, but to shed some light on what she is endorsing. Many are drinking it in as enlightened truth. If you would like to read more on this subject, click here. This is not an endorsement of the books being sold on this link page. I have not read any of them. This is merely the link that set me searching to find the information in this post.

Don't allow yourself to be led astray by anyone - friend, relative, pastor, entertainer, etc. Read the Word and stand firm in His truth.


archi's mum said...

Thanks for sharing this and I hope people do think about the danger of Oprah's new age approach to life.

I pretty much don't care if it's a "positive" message and "feels good" what she is teaching because that's what people get sucked into. And then they don't realize they are dying.

Oprah scares me because of her power.

I like how the Newsboys said it on their song "God is not a secret" - "Bag that positive pop you dig. I'd rather be buried in wet concrete"

Or as the Bible puts it, and I think this is where Oprah will be held accountable before the Throne if she does not repent -
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea."

makes me sad. people, even in Christian circles, are afraid to teach the Gospel as it is - sin and repentance.

not a pretty gospel an easy gospel or a safe gospel... but a true gospel and one that will set the captives free.

Vicki said...

This is an excellent post about the false gospel that Oprah is helping spread. I've mentioned it a time or two myself. She also offers Marianne Williamson's cultic teachings via radio and online from The Course on Miracles - another volume "channeled" by mysterious spiritual entities. You're so right about Abraham-Hicks, or whatever name they go's demonic spirits, no less.

We should be alarmed, and yet it's the sign of the times we're in. Thank you for putting the truth out there. Some are naively unaware and need to know. Oprah has been also advertising a new book on air by Eckhart Tolle which is another New Age teacher she loves.

Lord, that we would walk in the light as You are in the light.


Marla said...

You raise a good point.

Thank you so much for your prayers for little Maizie and for visiting the dog park days blog.

Amici said...

It is good to look into the beliefs that a celebrity is selling. Thanks for the update.

Thank-you for asking how Amici is. We'll find out more tonight as this will be his 6 day and last week he had a seizure after just 6 days. Thank-you for keeping us in your thoughts.