Two things are certain: Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-15), and in these last days, false teachers will deceive many professing Christians. Be reminded of Jesus’ warning to true believers to be watchful and “be not deceived.”
We also must understand the power of celebrity when it comes to influence in the church. It is okay to appreciate some of the good works a person has done or to be a fan of someone without being a follower. Jesus Christ is the only One who should have our allegiance and yet, we’ve seen many Christian “followers” of Oprah Winfrey come to her defense when we discuss false teachings and the New Age movement. She is one of the most powerful women in the world and sadly, continues leading many astray.
The New Age movement is making serious inroads in the American church, Hollywood, and the media championed by “professing” Christians like Oprah Winfrey, who influences millions with her media empire. Today we discuss the subtle dangers of this seductive movement and how it is making serious inroads with believers who have not hidden God’s Word in their hearts.
In the first segment, we check in with Pastor Saiko Woods of His Word, His Way Radio to discuss this as well as other current issues within the church.
We continue the conversation by quoting a New Age website telling people to accept their “godness” and realize when we come together there is nothing humanity cannot accomplish. Claiming Jesus was a teacher and not God;
The coming of this Master teacher 2,000 years ago was a milestone in the journey that marked a great acceleration in the process of moving back to alignment with the Light within. This master teacher was known as Jesus Christ. The man Jesus was a perfect child of the Goddess and God energy–just as we all are perfect children of the God-force.
Sound familiar? (Think Tower of Babel) We also address the fact Jesus did pray to the Father regarding unity of believers, but God is the first cause (John 17:17-23), not man. Regarding John 17 and Jesus’ prayer for unity in context, it says if we as individuals are one with Christ (God) we will then necessarily be one with each other; but what New Age people teach is if we are one with one another, we will automatically be one with God and the universe.
The following are quotes and unbiblical concepts from an interview on OWN between Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra:
- We are constantly reincarnating
- Jesus, Buddha, etc. are great teachers
- When we die, we fetch our memories and simply exist in space
- We are all part of a collective ocean of humanity; we live in each other forever and are inseparable
- Our soul is part of the universe and the universe is a part of our soul
Deepak: God is an infinite being who did not create the universe, but rather, becomes the universe. God is the evolutionary result of the universe.
Oprah: I think that is a great definition.
Oprah also believes that while Christianity is a valid way to achieve high states of spirituality, it must not be considered a unique way, or a “correct way,” nor is Jesus the only way. Oprah’s god is all about love and higher consciousness; she does not subscribe to the teaching that Almighty God is also holy, jealous, and just.
Sadly, millions of spiritual seekers have been led astray; and due to Oprah’s popularity, people have opened themselves up to all kinds of practices, religions, and teachings contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ and biblical Christianity. Oprah told her audience:
The new spirituality is that you are your own best authority as you work to know and love yourself, you discover how to live a more spiritual life.
We need to pray for her and for those who are still deceived, blindly hanging on her every word or the words of any secular celebrity. Oprah is not the enemy – she is deceived – but she obviously believes she has all the answers regarding God, life, spirituality, and eternity.
Why is this important? Many young people today, even Christians, prefer to identify as being spiritual, not religious, and have already fallen for New Age teachings. Tragically, many within our church denominations have also bought into these lies. People need to be warned; countless unsuspecting souls following Oprah and others like her are being led away from the One true God down a path of destruction. Do we care enough to tell them the truth?
The New Age Paganism: Infecting the Church like Cancer by Bob DeWaay
Many Shall Come In My Name – former New Ager, author Warren Smith
Bell, Oprah, Chopra, and the Seduction of Spirit – Three New Age events
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