Oprah, Oprah, Oprah.... Where to start?
Have you heard of Oprahanity? Oprah's church has the largest congregation in America. Millions of women (and some men) tune in daily to her show which hosts New Age guests on a regular basis, she has a popular New Age magazine, she has a hudge audience for her brainwashing New Age podcasts featuring creepy mystic gurus like Eckhart Tolle and Marianne Williamson, and is soon to have her own network (all Oprah-all the time). Just great isn't it?
She is slowly and systematically opening up America to NewAge terms and ideas and yet claiming to be a Christian. There is so much out there on Oprah that exposes her false doctrine, but this article by Marsha West sum's her up pretty good in this article from newswithviews.com
I will also post a video to follow it up with Oprah in her own words. Then if I can get caught up, I will post a great article on the church and the New age and what we as Evangelicals need to be looking out for in our churches. Believe me it's there and it's hiding in small group "book studies" and other unsuspecting places.
PS: Please forgive Marsha for her opening jab at Star Wars.....(although there is truth to her statement). Does that mean I have to quit playing Jonathan's Star Wars Leggo game for the Wii?
Surely not... : )
OPRAH SHIFTS TO THE DARK SIDE
By Marsha West
May 3, 2008
Notorious New Ager George Lucas's wildly popular Star Wars movies abound with occult themes. In Return of the Jedi, dissident Jedi warrior Anakin Skywalker fell to the dark side of the Force and became the evil Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. Likewise, Oprah Winfrey has fully shifted to the dark side and is a full-fledged New Age spiritual leader and occultist. Make no mistake about it: as with Vader, Oprah is fully aware that she has made The Shift.
As I pointed out in my article, Emergent Church Spreading Spiritual Cancer:
"In 1987 she read the late Eric Butterworth's book 'Discover the Power Within You.' His book changed how Oprah looked at life and religion. She was convinced that Jesus didn't come to teach us about His divinity, as the Bible teaches, but to teach us about our divinity!…She recommended Butterworth's book to her audience and sales soon skyrocketed."
In 1992 Oprah began her promotion of A Course in Miracles. She was so taken by the book's decidedly occult message that she bought a thousand copies and distributed them to her friends and others. The Course, as it is called, has undermined Christianity more than just about any other published work. Shockingly thousands of study groups have utilized the Course in churches around the globe.
Who wrote A Course In Miracles?
Dr. Helen Schucman, an atheist and psychologist, wrote the Course under the direction of an "inner voice" that purported to be Jesus. The Voice spoke to her one day and said, "This is a course in miracles. Please take notes." The inner dictation came mentally and clearly. Almost daily she listened to the voice and took shorthand dictation. At every new session she was able to continue exactly where she left off. She admitted that the strange phenomenon made her uncomfortable, yet she chose to continue the dictation for seven years. You will not be surprised to learn that Dr. Schucman dabbled in New Thought metaphysics and the occult.
What does the Course teach?
"The Course simultaneously indoctrinates its students in Eastern metaphysics and human potential psychicism, while it specifically insulates them against biblical revelation and true Christianity. In achieving this end, its manipulation of psychological and emotional states is impressive, it offers carefully thought-out spiritual exercises, one for every day of the year."
Marianne Williamson, prominent New Ager and senior pastor of Church of Today in Warren, Michigan, began teaching the Course on "Oprah and Friends" on XM Radio, January 1, 2008 and will cover 365 lessons. You might say it's a devotional for New Agers. Former New Ager and author Warren Smith provides the following examples of what you'll find in the lessons: "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.'"Click here for complete article