The Church of Oprah

I am a listening to XM Radio due to the poor quality of regular broadcast stations in my area and the long hours spent in the car driving. On the dedicated XM station where Oprah and Friends occupy 24 hours a day on the airwaves there is now a church service. It is broadcast from The Church of Oprah.

Starting the 1st of this year Oprah has been spreading a false gospel and a false Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4) and thus false hope. I have listened to a few broadcasts over the last few months simply out of curosity as to what is attracting hundreds of thousands of listeners daily.

A friend of mine sent me an e-amil recently about his take on the show. In his observations he includes a few of the lessons and objectives of the overall 365 lesson course…

For example, Lesson #29 asks you to go through your day affirming that “God is in everything I see.” Lesson #61 tells each person to repeat the affirmation “I am the light of the world.” Lesson #70 teaches the student to say and believe “My salvation comes from me.” By the end of the year, “Oprah & Friends” listeners will have completed all of the lessons laid out in the Course in Miracles Workbook. Those who finish the Course will have a wholly redefined spiritual mindset—a New Age worldview that includes the belief that there is no sin, no evil, no devil, and that God is “in” everyone and everything. A Course in Miracles teaches its students to rethink everything they believe about God and life. The Course Workbook bluntly states: “This is a course in mind training” and is dedicated to “thought reversal.”

Now, the concern I would have is that many who state openly that they are born again Christians are listening intently to her daily broadcasts and are believing everything that she is endorsing. They are buying in to the New Age teachings which include the following:

* There is no sin. . .
* A slain Christ has no meaning.
* The journey to the cross should be the last useless journey.
* Do not make the pathetic error of clinging to the old rugged cross.
* The Name of Jesus Christ as such is but a symbol… It is a symbol that is safely used as a replacement for the many names of all the gods to which you pray.
* God is in everything I see.
* The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself.
* The oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness, your sanity and your limitless power.
* The Atonement is the final lesson he [man] need learn, for it teaches him that, never having sinned, he has no need of salvation.

We could say that these Christians simply lack discernment.

However, maybe what is lacking is the teaching of sound doctrine from the pulpits of churches in Canada and the United States of America. Maybe these so-called Christians simply attend church to have their needs met by others or to receive a weekly warm fuzzy leaving thinking that everything is alright with them and God. So, maybe the problem is not in what Oprah and her new church is teaching – but in what the local churches in North America are not teachings. Maybe we have tickled ears for far too long and it is now time to return to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Apostolic doctrines held precious by the saints over the centuries. Maybe it is time for the Church to stand up and be the Church once again. That will take changing what we focus on (buildings, budgets, and bodies) and will take guts because our message is one of declaring the sinfulness of man, the coming judgment and the need for recognizing our personal sin, repenting with godly sorrow, and humbly accepting the Lord’s forgiveness. No self-help, feel-good gospel here. No ‘just say a sinner’s prayer and everything will be alright’.

It is time for the Church to be the Church and like a ‘voice in the media wilderness’ cry out “repent, repent, repent”.

For more on this growing and very popular teaching as propogated by the Church of Oprah – go to: http://youtube.com/watch?v=JW4LLwkgmqA

Then, come back and leave a comment….

5 replies
  1. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    Actually Stephen, that is not true. The Bible states that in these Last days there will arise false prophets and false teachers and they will do miracles, signs and wonders – real ones.

    For example – if someone’s sickness is caused by an oppression of the Devil (Acts 10:38) and a false prophet or false apostle comes along working for the Devil – then they will cast out or off the demonic oppression and the person would be free and healed. to the person who was sick this would be a real miracle or healing as it would be to those watching.

    So the way you tell the real or genuine from the counterfeit is twofold. First – their doctrine or teachings. Do they line up with the “faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3) and the central core values of the Christian faith as found in the Bible. Secondly, we examine the life-style and character of the “apostle” or “prophet” to see if they live by Christian standards and are of good reputation both within the Church and in the world in general.
    Paul sets these two standards out for us and is very clear of the need for both to line up before judging the source of miracles, signs and wonders.
    The trouble is – many, if not most, Christians do not have enough Bible knowledge to discern if the teachings are lining up. And, they don’t know the correct ways to interpret and apply scripture and so can be easily deceived. And, because many who call themselves apostles and prophets are trans-local we seldom know their life-style. So, we strike out on both ways to judge or differentiate between the real and the counterfit.
    The Church truly is in trouble. But, the situation is correctable.

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  2. Stephen
    Stephen says:

    Yes there will be lying signs and wonders, but I think we see in scripture that the true signs and wonders always outdid or overcame the false. Jesus on a daily basis DEMONSTRATED the word preached. The apostle Paul said I refuse to come to you and preach as a wonderful orator but rather I come in DEMONSTRATION. A gospel preached void of power or demonstration of the Spirit (and I’m not talking about what we’ve all seen in services and on TV where preachers lay hands on people and they start shaking and quaking)is whats gotten us into this religous mess. Jesus opened blind eyes, healed diseases that were a “death sentence” in that day, freed people from demonic oppression, etc. And then he made the statement that the works that I do shall you do, and greater than these shall you do because I go to the Father.
    Do we need to “weigh” the life of the one where the miracles are coming through? Absolutely! Do we need to “weigh” his doctrine? Most definitely. But my point is this… a gospel preached void of power is just another mans opinion of what God said. Those “opinions” are what has splintered Christianity into thousands of denominations and sects. It’s time that the Church stood up, paid the price to get “the goods”, the glory of God, and took it into every sector of life, business, entertainment, sports, education, etc. How will they say no when God just used you to heal the CEO of a multinational company of Leukemia, or cause to run again an NFL star who became a quadripalegic in a nationally televised football game. Or what about when he has you pray for the father of a high government official who lost both legs to diabetes, and they grow back right before everybodies eyes?
    I believe this is the day and age when these kinds of things are going to happen with more and more frequency. I for one, won’t shy away from them because there is also counterfeit out there. It’s my responsibilty to be walking with God, hearing from the Holy Spirit on minute by minute basis. God has given us all we need to bring to fruition His plans puposes and pursuits, and I believe a very large part of that is the demonstration through signs wonders and miracles.

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  3. Darryl
    Darryl says:

    I agree with the above suggestion that power needs to back the WORD, but what “price” do we need to pay to get the goods?
    I have my own suggestions, but I’m interested in hearing another point of view first.

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  4. Lorraine
    Lorraine says:

    Actually, I agree with Ralph’s point of view here: Although it is true that Jesus demonstrated the power of God through signs & wonders along with the preaching of the Word of God, biblical doctrine is absolutely important as the foundation from which all demonstrations of God’s power rest. In John 1, Jesus Himself IS the living Word of God. It is the absolute standard by which we must test any experience. As believers we are also called to test everything, which includes character issues and fruit. Fruit is character, and it is more important than spiritual giftedness or anointing, which is wrapped up in the demonstration of spiritual power. Jesus speaks to this issue in that He states that in the last days there will arise many deceivers who will perform great and mighty dynamic miracles, signs and wonders, BUT He stated that we would know them by their fruits. In fact, He goes on to say in Matthew’s gospel that although they cast out demons and performed a variety of miracles in His name, He rejected them as the genuine thing because they were not obedient to the will of the Father in Heaven. If we love Him, we will obey His commands (written truth in the Word of God), and thereby bear good fruit. We are called to test all things, and look for the fruit, including the fruit of obedience to the Word of God. Jesus also calls those who are genuinely His to produce or bear good fruit in their lives. Therefore, we cannot separate the demonstration of miracles, signs & wonders from the Truth and Godly character. Bad trees produce bad fruit, and good trees will produce good fruit, and if we test all that we experience & hear against the Truth of the Word of God, then what is of God will be exposed by the Light of Truth.

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  5. sheila carpenter
    sheila carpenter says:

    A great man of God, Pastor Harry Hillman, preached on “what is that to thee? follow thou ME !!!!” …the tares and wheat grew together UNTIL the time of the harvest (as in NOW !!! ) and it is abundantly clear who belongs to HIM and who does not. It is sad to see people like Donnie McClurken, the Wynans, etc. throwing their hat in the ring with Oprah…I learned the hard way to spend my time, money, energy, prayer, on those who truly seek the TRUTH and not on those who have no desire for it….smc

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