Thursday, May 15, 2008

Why Oprah?!

Oprah's 'Church' Video Draws Over 5 Million to YouTube

On the Web: The Oprah Church Exposed YouTube Video

YouTube video which features talk show host Oprah Winfrey denying Jesus as the only way to GodOprah and promoting New Age ideas has received over 5 million views and is still climbing.

The under seven-minute video montage, entitled "The Church of Oprah Exposed," was posted about month ago and has since claimed the Top Favorites spot in the Web site's News & Politics category.

According to statistics posted on YouTube, the latest streams of visitors are coming from PerezHilton.com, a Hollywood gossip blog. The author of the blog wrote that "crazy Christians" are behind the effort to demonize Oprah as a "conduit of evil."

But many Christians say New Age teachings espoused by Oprah in the video are a cause for concern. They believe the day-time host is distorting Christianity and leading many into spiritual confusion.

In a commentary posted on The Morning Call, one pastor likened Oprah's multi-way approach to God to telling a blind man standing at the edge of a cliff that whichever way he chooses to walk is equally safe.

"She holds the trendy idea that religions are essentially the same and that there are many paths that lead to God. She irrationally romanticizes the notion that God can be whatever you want him/her/it to be," writes Steven W. Cornell, pastor of a Pennsylvania-based church.

One clip in the video shows Oprah blatantly denying Jesus as the only way to God.

"How can there be only one way to heaven or to God?" Oprah asked her audience in a show taped years ago.

When one woman in the audience asked, "What about Jesus?" Oprah defiantly answered, "What about Jesus?...There couldn't possibly be one way."

Another part of the YouTube video shows Oprah hosting her recent Webinar class, in which she promotes New Age writer Eckhart Tolle and his "New Earth" book.

A guest caller asked her in the segment how she reconciled certain spirituality teachings with those of Christianity.

Oprah went on to explain how her view of God changed after hearing a charismatic preacher describe God as "jealous God" in her late 20s. She concluded that by opening her mind to the "hugeness" of God and accepting that He is love helped her to reconcile the two.

"God is a feeling experience and not a believing experience. If your religion is a believing experience…then that's not truly God," she continued to say during the webinar.

Frank Pastore, a Christian radio talk show host on KKLA, was among the many Christian leaders who criticized Oprah's views, saying the two worldviews she discusses are actually irreconcilable.

"If she’s a Christian, she’s an ignorant one, because Christianity is incompatible with New Age thought," Pastore wrote in his commentary on Crosswalk.com.

He went on to list key differences between Christianity and New Age worldviews. In one entry, Pastore said that the meaning of life for Christians is to glorify God while New Age thought showcases enlightenment.

Bill Keller, founder of LivePrayer.com, a internet-based program on faith and values, said he believes Oprah is starting her own cult.

"She has an incredible amount of influence over people and an incredible following," Keller told Celebrity News Service.

"I believe these New Age teachings are like 'spiritual crack' because people are hungry, the teachings satisfy and then they are hungry again," he added.

Keller, who has responded with his YouTube video on the matter, told Celebrity News Service that while many at this point are afraid to challenge Oprah because of her power, he expects more people to begin questioning her teachings over the next six months.

8 comments:

tkwi said...

I quit watching Oprah several years ago when she switched her focus to spirituality. I knew though she claimed to be a Christian, she was also embracing teachings that were new age in nature. I had not seen the Oprah's church clip until several friends posted it on myspace. I think its sad how big of a following of upper middle class women Ms. Winfrey has, and the power of influence she has. I think its stuff like this that should be a wake up call that Christians need to get grounded and rooted in the Word of God that way they can recognize deception when it comes, and not be led astray by false doctrines.

Furthermore, I think Oprah should know that God is not jealous "of" her. Rather he is "jealous for her" soul, as he is all people because he created us and Satan wants to lead us away from God. Certainly he's doing a good job at leading Oprah and her followers away from God with all these false teachings.

Sorry for the long ranty reply.

Hugs to you, COH.

Channelofhealing said...

Tkwi first For of all, I loved the reply it was really from your heart. I can see that Oprah not only disappointed us but most of all she Has turned her back on Jesus Christ our Savior.
My mum still believes that the media is just tying to paint her bad that she a good Christian and all that. some times she would say, open the page where it is, does it have he picture on it ? is it from her website? etc

Let me tell you a little secret about me I had a friend and because of the love I had for her I wanted, yearned and dreamed that our relationship would become like Oprah and gayles, Oprah was a very big influence in my life I watched it daily and longed to write her and also aspired to be like her but as God would have I now know better and God has opened my eyes to see that I had been putting my trust in man and I became disappointed and heartbroken especially now that the friendship has failed (not of own making. I tried all I could God knows) so I think that God has used this to teach so many of us to mind who we adore and set our minds on rather we ought to look unto Christ the author and finisher of our faith

Lots of Loving hugs from me to you too and may God bless you abundantly you and your family in Jesus Mighty Name men

Channelofhealing said...

Tkwi first For of all, I loved the reply it was really from your heart. I can see that Oprah not only disappointed us but most of all she Has turned her back on Jesus Christ our Savior.
My mum still believes that the media is just tying to paint her bad that she a good Christian and all that. some times she would say, open the page where it is, does it have he picture on it ? is it from her website? etc

Let me tell you a little secret about me I had a friend and because of the love I had for her I wanted, yearned and dreamed that our relationship would become like Oprah and gayles, Oprah was a very big influence in my life I watched it daily and longed to write her and also aspired to be like her but as God would have I now know better and God has opened my eyes to see that I had been putting my trust in man and I became disappointed and heartbroken especially now that the friendship has failed (not of own making. I tried all I could God knows) so I think that God has used this to teach so me to mind who I adore and set my mind on. We as the Children of God we ought to look unto Christ the author and finisher of our faith... finish and klaar

Lots of Loving hugs from me to you too and may God bless you abundantly you and your family in Jesus Mighty Name men

Channelofhealing said...

Tkwi first For of all, I loved the reply it was really from your heart. I can see that Oprah not only disappointed us but most of all she Has turned her back on Jesus Christ our Savior.
My mum still believes that the media is just tying to paint her bad that she a good Christian and all that. some times she would say, open the page where it is, does it have he picture on it ? is it from her website? etc

Let me tell you a little secret about me I had a friend and because of the love I had for her I wanted, yearned and dreamed that our relationship would become like Oprah and gayles, Oprah was a very big influence in my life I watched it daily and longed to write her and also aspired to be like her but as God would have I now know better and God has opened my eyes to see that I had been putting my trust in man and I became disappointed and heartbroken especially now that the friendship has failed (not of own making. I tried all I could God knows) so I think that God has used this to teach so me to mind who I adore and set my mind on. We as the Children of God we ought to look unto Christ the author and finisher of our faith... finish and klaar

Lots of Loving hugs from me to you too and may God bless you abundantly you and your family in Jesus Mighty Name Amen

King's Kid said...

@ tkwi said:

I think its stuff like this that should be a wake up call that Christians need to get grounded and rooted in the Word of God that way they can recognize deception when it comes, and not be led astray by false doctrines.

AMEN and AMEN!

Peace and blessing and hugs to both, COH and TWKI

tkwi said...

I agree with you, COH. God has also led me to be more conscience of who I admire. I once had a favorite actor whose movies I collected when I used to be obsessed with movies. I had like 29 of his movies. But as I was researching and collecting I found out that he had made a lot of raunchy films. I couldn't put those in my collection. The Lord also convicted me of Idolatry in this regard. I've since learned not to become attached to people or possessions and that there is no one perfect except JC.

Channelofhealing said...

You are so right kings Kid. lots of hugs to you too.
Godblesss you too in Jesus Mighty Name Amen

Channelofhealing said...

Tkwi, i understand what you mean perfectly.
it is a terrible thing when we misplace our priorities.
I Pray God helpsus to keep our eyes only on Him in Jesus Mighty Name Amen

Godbless