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Why Oprah Winfrey gets coaching to proclaim: "I Am a Christian"

There is something strange going on in Oprah land. Apparently she is being coached and primed on how to “boldly profess Christ,” and convince people she is a Christian. This in spite of the fact that Oprah Winfrey has publicly said that Jesus is NOT the only way to salvation or heaven, thus denying Him and calling Him a liar.

Who is coaching her? A lot of people: Movie producer Tyler Perry, who made a huge splash with Oprah when the two attended Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church last November, and the modalist preacher to the stars, T.D. Jakes, who has also appeared on her program.

On Monday during her “Oprah’s Lifeclass: The Tour” broadcast, she very intentionally aligned herself with Christianity. Her show’s theme: “Spiritual Solutions,” featured New Age guru Deepak Chopra. Here is what she said:

Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry attend a service at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, on Nov. 6, 2011.

“I am not talking about religion. I am a Christian. That is my faith. I’m not asking you to be a Christian. If you want to be one I can show you how. But it is not required. I have respect for all faiths. All faiths. But what I’m talking about is not faith or religion. I’m talking about spirituality.” 

How does she define her spirituality? In her program, she said it’s about:

  1. Living life with an open heart through love.
  2. Aligning with the values of tolerance, acceptance, of harmony, of cooperation and reverence for life.

She said she believes there is a divine thread that connects spiritually to something greater than ourselves:

“My favorite Bible verse—because I am Christian—is Acts 17:28. It says, ‘In God I live and move and have my being’.And you want to know why I’m so successful? Because I knew that at 4 years-old … I wouldn’t be who I am today without a spiritual consciousness, without spiritual values and ultimately without spiritual love.”

Oprah Winfrey at the White House for the 2010 ...

Do you question the New Age-iness of this statement, or wonder why her actions and profession of faith do not square with what the Bible says about sin, syncretism, salvation and Christ’s atonement being the only way?   Because if you do, the Black Christian News Network (BCNN) says you surely must be a Pharisee. The BCNN is now working to defend and promote whenever and wherever possible the sincerity of Oprah’s faith:

“Now we know that some people are going to doubt Oprah’s profession of faith in Christ and some are going to say negative things about this because she has different people of different faiths on her show and so forth. But before you Pharisees say all of that, please understand that OWN is not a Christian network. It is a network for all people. OWN is Oprah’s business, and we as Christians know what that is like when you’re doing business in a secular world. So Oprah’s business side is going to be different, but it does not take anything away from her faith in Christ.”

BCNN gave kudos to Oprah’s longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham (who founded two PR firms and is a marketing consultant/guru), public relations, Tyler Perry, T.D. Jakes and others who “wisely” encouraged and coached her on how to make her public profession of faith in Christ before the world.

And here is where it gets real interesting. BCNN wrote: “We believe that Oprah’s true ‘next chapter’ is to finish her life leading millions to the Christ that saved her. We want to encourage all Christians to pray for Oprah as she grows in her faith in Christ.”

Given the New Age Jesus Oprah has described, and considering her star power, are you ready to watch her lead millions to that Jesus?

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65 Responses to “Why Oprah Winfrey gets coaching to proclaim: "I Am a Christian"”

  1. Errrrrr, what? I'll have to follow up on this, cuz I just don't believe it.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:36 AM Reply
    • Unfortunately it is true. Others are beginning to cover it as well. It is significant because of Oprah's huge following of Christian fans, and because of who is coaching her. You have to ask yourself why…

      April 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM Reply
      • Debra Cannon #

        Perhaps Oprah is trying to repent like Peter did when Peter denied Christ not just one time but three times. God knows the heart.

        July 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM Reply
        • Oprah has not repented of any of her New Age beliefs nor has she indicated a belief in sin or need for salvation. There is no evidence at all of this. She has always claimed to be a Christian because she's a New Thought-New Ager. New Thought claims to be Christianity but it isn't.. I've written and spoken on this as it's my area of specialty. See my first comment near the top.

          July 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM Reply
  2. I've been speaking on Oprah for about 15 years, and have been trying to let Christians know why Oprah thinks she is a Christian. It is because a major influence on her spiritual views came from a book by Eric Butterworth, a Unity minister (died 2003). The book is "Discover the Power Within." I've read through most of it. Unity came out of New Thought, a non-Christian movement that nevertheless claims to be Christian (Christian Science came from New Thought, too). They use Christian terminology and the Bible to allegedly support their views. The New Age borrows a lot from New Thought, so they can sound alike, but New Thought and New Age are still 2 distinct movements, though people like Oprah take from both of them.

    The sooner Christians realize this (I've been trying to get the word out as much as I can), the better they will understand Oprah and the less confused they will be. I have a lengthy article on New Thought that includes some info on Oprah on my website.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM Reply
  3. The Word says,

    Mat 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'"

    We see that these people are shocked that they were turned away … after all, they did "all these things" in Jesus' name. Why did they turn away? They were lawless … they had no respect for "the rules" (the absolutes) laid out in scripture. They served a "Jesus of their own design".

    This is what we're seeing with Oprah, Tyler and Joel. Hey, I like certain aspects of Tyler and Joel (sorry Oprah), but their downfall is that they only want to accept certain qualities of God that appeal to their flesh, and leave out the rest.

    We (the Church) love to think that God accepts us for who we are (He doesn't) …. but are we ready to accept Him for who HE is?

    April 27, 2012 at 4:57 AM Reply
    • kate #

      Kevin,

      I agree with you totally. Unfortunately, the blind are leading the blind. The believers need to familiarize themselves with the bible, so they can have discernment!

      Kate

      April 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM Reply
  4. Thank you for this Amy ! Mat_7:13 "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.

    1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
    1Ti 4:2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,
    1Ti 4:3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
    1Ti 4:4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
    1Ti 4:5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
    1Ti 4:6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.
    1Ti 4:7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;
    1Ti 4:8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
    1Ti 4:9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.
    1Ti 4:10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
    1Ti 4:11 Command and teach these things.
    1Ti 4:12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
    1Ti 4:13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
    1Ti 4:14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.
    1Ti 4:15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.
    1Ti 4:16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM Reply
  5. Matthew LeMay #

    To publicly defame another's proclamation of Christ is dangerous ground. May God have mercy on you.

    Even from your article, it seems to me that Oprah's faith is sincere. The "coaching" she was receiving was clearly about *how* to best proclaim her faith to her audience which is made up of more than just current Christians. This is something that any Christian in the media must navigate– how do we profess our faith boldly, while keeping our hearts, minds and the media we produce open and accessible to those who are still seeking that Truth. Yes, this is being "seeker friendly," but it is not necessarily a bad thing; it is simply skillfulness in reaching out.

    This quote says it all: “We believe that Oprah’s true ‘next chapter’ is to finish her life leading millions to the Christ that saved her. We want to encourage all Christians to pray for Oprah as she grows in her faith in Christ.”

    For you to defame her sincerity based on the fact that you interpret Christianity differently than her is stepping *way* over your boundaries and completely deviating from the teachings of Christ in your way of handling it. It is one thing to challenge or clarify views and ethics you disagree with in a civil way. It is entirely another thing to defame another's sincere belief in Christ. Mike said that when we disagree with another Christian, we should, "Challenge the method, but not the Heart." You are totally out of line with that.

    You must realize that your exclusivist, reactionary interpretation of the Faith is not the only version that exists. In fact, it is one of the newest kids on the block with regard to the broader tradition of Christianity.

    If Oprah leads millions to Christ, we should be happy. Being alive in Christ is more important that parsing out minor distinctions in theology, which if you understood the history of the Church and the life and writings of the Saints and Church Fathers would be obvious.

    April 28, 2012 at 5:52 AM Reply
    • Matthew,did you read my comment above? Oprah has called herself a Christian for years and yet just a few short years ago, she declared in the same breath while calling herself a Christian that Jesus did not come to die for sins but to show us how to achieve Christ consciousness. I recorded this from her TV show and transcribed it in an article I was writing on Echart Tolle.

      Do you think a Christian would endorse and recommend New Age and Buddhist writers as valuable spiritual teachers? A New Thought "Christian" like Oprah would – it's very consistent with her beliefs.

      On March 3rd, 2008, Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle began an online class with a reported 2 million people to study Tolle's book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. On her April 9 television show, Oprah highlighted testimonials from those who claimed that this book had changed their lives. On that show, Oprah said that she is a Christian but that she long ago understood that Jesus did not come to die on the cross; instead, he came to show us how to achieve "Christ Consciousness." She said that rather than the cross, what it really was about was "Christ coming here to show us how to do it —- how to be — to show us the Christ consciousness that he had, and that that Consciousness abides with all of us." http://christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_

      April 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM Reply
      • Matthew LeMay #

        Marcia,

        According to the teachings of Traditional Christianity (Orthodoxy), Christ came BOTH to die for our sins AND to teach us how to achieve "Christ Consciousness," though that is not the traditional terminology. The two purposes are linked.

        What Salvation means is that: 1) We are freed from the burden of our sinful nature and qualify to receive eternal life in Heaven with God, and 2) Christ's sacrifice affected a fundamental change in human nature, allowing us to access and perfect Christ Consciousness within ourselves. The process by which we complete that Work within ourselves is called Theosis.

        “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High.” (Psalm 82:6)

        2 Peter 1:3-4 calls us to "be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

        Galatians 2:20: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”

        St. Athanasius: “God became man so that men might become gods.”

        Both the Bible and the Church Fathers, who compiled the Bible and established every doctrine we take for granted as Christians, agree on the doctrine of Theosis. The teachings of Theosis have been most profoundly embraced by the Eastern Orthodox Churches, though they have also continued in a variety of Western Christian Churches.

        Saint Augustine pictured God telling him: "I am the food of grown men, grow, and thou shalt feed upon Me, nor shalt thou convert Me, like the food of thy flesh, into thee, but thou shalt be converted into Me."[9] "To make human beings gods," Augustine said, "He was made man who was God" (sermon 192.1.1)

        Saint Augustine was intimately involved in the compilation of the Bible itself and is recognized as having been divinely inspired by Orthodox, Catholics and Protestants.

        Modern Christians seem to be divided on which aspect is more important. Fundamentalists and Evangelicals, etc emphasize that Salvation leads to Eternal Life. Unitarians Universalists and the various Progressive Theologians, etc emphasize the attainment of Christ Consciousness.

        Traditional Christians acknowledge that both these purposes are inseparable.

        For more information about Traditional Christianity and Theosis, you may find this article interesting: http://www.antiochian.org/content/theosis-partaki

        There is also a lot more out there on this topic.

        April 30, 2012 at 5:25 AM Reply
        • Matthew,
          What Oprah means by Christ Consciousness is not theosis or "partakers of the divine nature." Christ consciousness means that man is born innately divine and he needs to realize this. He needs to realize he has no sin and needs no redemption. It's all about changing perception and this realization of the Christ Consciousness. That is what Butterworth taught and that is what Oprah believes. It is a key teaching of New Thought that is also found in the New Age.

          Despite your quotes, the Bible does not say Christ died for us to become "gods." He died to atone for sins and as a propitiation for sins (to remove God's wrath on those who believe so that they are forgiven). We are partakers of the divine nature through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We are always men; our nature itself does not become godlike. Mormons believes this but not Christians. New Agers and New Thought followers like Oprah believe that we are born divine with no need for forgiveness of sins.

          April 30, 2012 at 7:41 AM Reply
          • Matthew LeMay #

            Marcia,

            I am not stepping up to defend Oprah's particular beliefs. It is quite possible that you are right and that she does hold some unorthodox type of theological formation. I think it is reasonable to say that serious Christians should not rely on Oprah for their theology.

            I for one have no interest in the "media watch" or "culture wars." True seekers will find Truth, thus has Jesus said "Seek and thou shalt find, Knock and it shall be opened." If you want to find God, television is not a very good place to start. If people don't truly seek, how can they blame God that they do not find?

            Indeed, Oprah's theology is different from Orthodox Theosis. That much is certain. But my point is that Evangelical Fundamentalism, or any other teaching that denies Theosis all together, is just as deviant. New Agers are seeking answers to questions that the modern churches have failed to answer. They are misguided in that they don't realize the answers they seek are already present in Traditional Christianity. Christians need to return to their roots, rather than seek out the New Age.

            But who has deceived these unfortunates? Those separatists and reactionaries who have severed the Apostolic lineage, denied the Truth of the Sacraments and the Holy Tradition, revised history and distorted the teachings of Jesus to conform to their own mundane socio-political values. Lacking in grace and divine guidance, they have been unable to tame and satisfy those they lead, and unable to bring them to the realization of Christ's highest teaching: Theosis.

            Lacking Theosis, they seek out common mysticism, New Age thought and theological parlor tricks. They are trying to fill a gap they sense exists in the modern church's teachings. But is this any worse than those who accept the dry, academic, pseudo-moralistic, and politically-minded teachings that pass for "Fundamentalism" today? Or those Christians those who live like animals, just going through life half-dead, eating and watching television and getting fat? Or those who "just believe" without any thirst for the experiential Nector of Divine Communion?

            Jesus calls us to something higher than the modern churches can provide. As long as you deny the Doctrine of Theosis, you will be unable to truly defeat the distortions of the New Age.

            April 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM
          • Matthew LeMay #

            Are you saying that St. Augustine was not divinely inspired?

            You can not accept the Absolute Truth of the Scriptures as we know them while denying the divine inspiration of those who compiled them. The Bible was compiled to be a guide to the Christian Tradition, not the source of it–this is the stated intention of the compilers and Church Fathers. Augustine was intimately involved in the compilation of the Bible, is revered by Orthodox, Catholics and Protestants alike, taught the Doctrine of Theosis, and taught that the Scriptures (which he compiled) ought to be taken figuratively when they seem to contradict reason and science.

            If you deny the divine inspiration of the Church Fathers who compiled the Bible, then any of the many Gospels and Books circulating in the Early Church are fair game (Dead Sea Scrolls, Gnostic Gospels, Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Mary, etc.) It was the Church Fathers who decided which books were authentic and valid, and who taught us how we ought to engage with the Scriptures.

            April 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM
        • You seem to want to disagree because you have categorized me in some kind of Fundamentalist category (whatever that means since it means different things to different people).

          You admit that Oprah's views are not sound and not the same as theosis. That was my point.

          Those who believe in Christ are one in Christ through faith and adopted as children of God. No one decided what the canon was based on being inspired. The canon was determined on apostolic authority and use by the early Christians as scripture.

          You seem to just want to use this topic to argue Theosis and why we should accept the Eastern Orthodox traditions, and I've done that a number of times and don't have time for it, so I'm done with discussions on this topic with you.

          April 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM Reply
          • Matthew LeMay #

            I did not say that Oprah's views are not sound. I said they are not orthodox. Neither are yours.

            That the Canon was determined on Apostolic authority is correct–the authority of the Orthodox Church. If you reject Theosis, Hesychasm, and the teachings of the Church, you reject the authority that compiled the Bible. The Bible is a guide, not the sole authority of Christian Tradition.

            If you are not Orthodox, that is fine. I'm not trying to convert anyone, nor do I believe your conversion is essential. You simply forfeit the authority to use Orthodox arguments about what is "real" Christianity. That means you forfeit the authority of the Apostolic lineage and all the theological determinations of the Ecumenical Councils. You forfeit the authority of the Church Fathers who compiled the Bible and distinguished it from the other non-Orthodox Gospels.

            That means you have no real ground to stand on for saying that so-and-so is blasphemous or so-and-so is a heretic. That's simple logic.

            April 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM
          • Matthew LeMay #

            I would categorize someone who teaches that Pilates is evil as fundamentalist.

            April 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM
          • Matthew LeMay #

            To put it simply: You can not accept the absolute authority of the Bible while rejecting the authority of the people that compiled it.

            Your theology rejects the teachings of the Church Fathers on a number of points:

            1. you believe in Sola Scriptura (rejected by all Ecumenical councils), 2. you believe Biblical Literalism (a type of fundamentalism rejected by Augustine et al.), 3. you deny the truth of Theosis, a doctrine that is just as essential to Traditional Christianity as Salvation through Christ.

            The Church Fathers compiled the Bible, selecting just a few books from hundreds of Gospels and Epistles, etc. Therefore, your theology rejects the Bible by denying the authority of the Church Fathers that assembled it.

            April 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM
          • Matthew, there are books written tho show one can accept the authority of the Bible without the "authority" of those who compiled it. No one compiled it. The canon was determined by God; man merely discovered it in keeping with the teachings given before it was completed and use by the early church.

            Re Fundamentalism: This term arose in the early 20th century to describe a movement against the increasing liberalism that started in the late 1800s. It comes from standing for the fundamentals of the faith. However, since then, it has become a pejorative, which seems to be how you are using it. Today the term is used by some who hold to beliefs I do not hold to.

            Re BIblical literalism: No one is a total literalist. This is another misused term. The Bible uses various genres and has areas that are literal, poetic, apocalyptic, etc. To take the literal parts literally is only in keeping with that genre.

            Your misuse of these terms is not helping your case.

            May 1, 2012 at 2:46 AM
        • I don't get the Pilates comment.

          April 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM Reply
          • Matthew LeMay #

            Neither do I. I wonder why you have Pilates listed as something that Christians should be concerned about on your page that preaches against "Alternative Healing."

            May 1, 2012 at 2:53 AM
    • Matthew, go to this link and start watching at 5:50 minutes where you can see what I refer to above. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MpkYzvnCRM

      Oprah agrees with the woman in the audience and refers to Butterworth's book and then states what I posted above in my first reply to you.

      April 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM Reply
    • Shak #

      I could not have said it better myself Mathew! I hear a lot of RELIGIOUS talk in these comments that represent the very thing they claim Oprah to be or not to be. We do not have a heaven or hell to put anyone in. Who are we to say that someone is saved or not, that someone do not believe unless they have said it out of their own mouths & even then they could have changed. God has told me in this day & time we must be STRATEGIC in our witnessing & ministering for the times have changed.Because of religious unloving people, people do not want to come to Christ & are running away from the church. It seems that every time RELIGIOUS people see the word NEW when it comes to a faith or religion they try to say it is not of God or Jesus is not in it, because they do not understand it. Isaiah 43:18-19 talks about this very thing. God is not doing His business the old traditional ways, He said to no longer consider the things of old for He is doing A NEW THING! "Do you not perceive & know it & will you not give heed to it?" I am not for condoning anything that is contrary to God & Yeshua & yes I know that there are some New Age beliefs that are not what God wants us to follow. Nevertheless we must PRAY instead of CONDEMNING & trying to interpret others beliefs when many of us do not have a clue about the ones we profess to be a part of. Check & research the ORIGINS of Christianity & you will learn that what you thought was or is… IS NOT & what you think is not IS…I am praying for THE LOST & THE FOUND IN THE BODY OF CHRIST. Blessings!

      March 27, 2013 at 10:28 AM Reply
      • We have Oprah's own words. Her view of Jesus is the New Thought/New Age Jesus. She said this on her April 9 television show. Oprah said that she long ago understood that Jesus did not come to die on the cross; instead, he came to show us how to achieve "Christ Consciousness." She said that rather than the cross, what it really was about was "Christ coming here to show us how to do it —- how to be — to show us the Christ consciousness that he had, and that that Consciousness abides with all of us."

        "Christ Consciousness" is the view that Jesus was just a man who realized his divine nature, which all of us have (according to this view). We achieve this Christ state by realizing our own divinity. There is no need for redemption from sin. This is not the biblical Jesus. This is not a Christian view.

        March 27, 2013 at 1:20 PM Reply
  6. Matthew, you call syncretizing New Age with Christianity and telling millions that Jesus is NOT the only way a "minor distinction in theology," when it is blasphemy. I stand behind this article. I agree with you that she may indeed be sincere, but no one is questioning her heart, her humility or her salvation–which is God's to decide. Did you listen to the program? No one is demonizing Oprah.

    April 28, 2012 at 6:03 AM Reply
    • Matthew LeMay #

      If modern reactionaries did not deny the truth of the Doctrine of Theosis, there would be no need for syncretization. The so-called "New Age" thinking you are referring to can be easily seen for what it is: an attempt to reclaim the mystical communion that Jesus taught, but that modern fundamentalist Christians have denied and even demonized.

      Yes, New Age syncretism is an incomplete teaching, but so is Evangelical Fundamentalism, which denies the Doctrine of Theosis.

      Therefore you and Oprah are in the same boat. You both have half of the Truth.

      April 30, 2012 at 5:30 AM Reply
      • Matt, I disagree with your assessment. Oprah was on over the weekend with her New Age guru Deepak Chopra. We talked about it right off the top of our show today, and you can hear it on the April 30 podcast. When Chopra said that God is becoming or morphing into the universe (one which He "did not create"!), Oprah agreed and said that this sounded like a good description of God. And what do you do with her "Jesus is not the only way to Heaven" statements?

        These are not peripheral issues on which we can agree to disagree. This cuts to the core doctrinal heart of who God is, and isn't. You say it is narrow, but so is the path Jesus spoke of.

        Matt, I would be the first to shout glory from the rooftops if Oprah came out with a revised statement and told her followers that her previous statements were in error, but she has not. She continues with a false Jesus and a different Gospel. This should be an easy one to discern, Matt. A no-brainer. How will people discern truth from almost-truth when the real tricky ones come along?

        April 30, 2012 at 5:42 AM Reply
        • Matthew LeMay #

          Amy,

          Glad to hear your support for "Challenging the method, but not the Heart."

          I am not saying I endorse Oprah's views (see my reply to Marcia). However, what I am saying is that Evangelical Fundamentalism, and much of modern Christianity, is just as deviant from Traditional Christianity as is New Age teachings. If I were to believe that that meant all Evangelical Fundamentalists or modern Christians were going to hell, heaven would be a lonely place and everyone would be speaking Russian, Greek and Syriac. Almost no American Christians would qualify. I do not believe that is the case.

          Orthodoxy teaches that all souls, even those in Hell, will be reunited with God after the Second Coming. Thank God! If you think God created the vast majority of humanity, knowing full well that most all would end up in eternal Hell, what the heck kind of religion would that be? It doesn't make sense at all. Good thing it can be easily demonstrated to rooted in an inauthentic lineage of theology. Hell is the result of the density of our sinful nature manifesting its ugliest nature. Jesus came to crack that density, open up the Light of the Divine Image of God within us, and give us the instructions for how to tend and grow that flame. Salvation is the starting point; Theosis is the goal.

          I reiterate: Evangelical Fundamentalism and any doctrine based on "Sola Scriptura" (see my reply to Marcia) is as deviant from Traditional Christianity as is New Age Theology. If we are going to talk about blasphemy, which can only defined in relation to Orthodoxy, then we have to say they are both blasphemous. This is why it is dangerous to become a preacher. Instead I have called these "minor distinctions" as much out of respect and deference to you and Mike, as to Oprah.

          For 1500 years, there was only Orthodox Catholic Theology. There have always been minor variances from person to person and church to church, but all accepted the consensus of the Church Fathers. If you accept any teaching that derives from Protestantism or Fundamentalism, you are practically in the New Age already. So how is Oprah's teaching any more deviant or dangerous than these?

          Because I do not believe Protestants and Evangelicals are absolutely wrong (or else I would have to call some in my own family heretics), I have come to the conclusion that God leads beings in ways that are appropriate to reach them. Thus, while I would never call Oprah's teachings "Orthodox," I can not find a reason to condemn them either. If they help people find Christ, so be it. If Evangelism helps you find Christ, so be it.

          April 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM Reply
      • Please see my other response to your other comment that I just made.

        I wanted to add that I was a New Ager for about 20 years and am intimately familiar with New Thought and New Age beliefs. Not only that, but I'm a published writer on these areas and am consulted by others who consider that I have expertise in this area. Iow, I know what I'm talking about.

        I think you are taking Oprah saying she is a Christian at face value without knowing anything about the New Thought cults, Butterworth, and apparently little about the New Age. You are interpreting Oprah's statements in light of your understanding, not hers.

        My understanding of Theosis is not that man becomes a god nor that he merges with God. Theosis is not the same as New Thought or New Age beliefs that man is already divine – he is born divine and godlike and has no sin (or sin is re-defined).

        April 30, 2012 at 7:45 AM Reply
  7. Mr Davis #

    We should heed Paul's Gospel, but that would mean Paul's Gospel would have to be preached. That hasn't been done for centuries and so we all find ourselves guilty of Idolatry and not holding fast to the whole counsel of God. Rather as we have been taught we do what pleases us.

    Galatians 1

    6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before , so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received , let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

    Acts 20

    26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

    29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise , speaking perverse things , to draw away disciples after them. 31 Therefore watch , and remember , that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

    May God have mercy on us and grant us repentance to this end that we may approach the thrown of Grace and Worship God Almighty maker of Heaven and earth and all that is in them, in The Holy Spirit and Truth. God help us!

    April 30, 2012 at 2:41 AM Reply
  8. Matthew, you made a false accusation saying I call it evil. I do no such thing. And the sole reason I mention it is because I am asked about it all the time. I am a speaker, published writer, and author on these areas. So I address areas that people ask about. You sure are veering off course. I think it's because you can't make your case so you're resorting to personal attacks.

    May 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM Reply
  9. Trissa #

    Love one another, as I have loved you.

    I guess I am missing this…or not seeing clearly, this command from Christ in the above comments. :)

    May 2, 2012 at 11:55 PM Reply
    • I said nothing unloving or unlovingly. Part of what I wrote was defending myself against false statements. Initially, I tried to explain Oprah's views but it seems that there was an agenda to convince all non-Eastern orthodox Christians that they are not true Christians or not in the true church.

      May 3, 2012 at 7:32 AM Reply
  10. Hi – not to quibble but for clarity's sake, I think the double-negative wording of the sentence,

    This in spite of the fact that Oprah Winfrey has publicly denied that Jesus is NOT the only way to salvation or heaven.

    …says the opposite of what it was intended to convey.

    That said, I'm in agreement – this is chilling and I am grateful that Jesus is still on His throne and warned us ahead of time. What a grace it is that He gives us His Word.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:01 PM Reply
    • Thanks Barbara! I fixed it to say instead, "Oprah Winfrey has publicly said that Jesus is NOT the only way to salvation or heaven, thus denying Him and calling Him a liar."

      May 4, 2012 at 12:14 AM Reply
  11. Timothy Kwoh #

    To that Antiochian fool Matthew,

    You think you are representing Apostolic Orthodoxy by your sophistries and defend outright deniers of Christ. Shame on you indeed. Oprah Winfrey has not only distorted theosis as do all New Agers, she has also in accordance with the New Age denied Christ as the Only Way to salvation.

    You have promoted Origenistic universalism and Augustinianism, both of which are heretical and contrary to the REAL APOSTOLIC FATHERS.

    Unfortunately, eternity is painful for the Christ-rejecters and the unrighteous. There is indeed knowledge of God but certainly not restoration. The Scriptures are abundantly clear about this. The Apostolic Fathers are equally clear about eternal bliss and eternal damnation. Origenism was clearly declared heretical and so was Augustinianism by the Eastern Church Councils. How ironic that a number of Orthodox accept these damnable heresies as gospel!

    The problem with many Orthodox today is that they too are as worldly as the very ones they accuse of being "incomplete" in their Christian faith. Many do not even discern what is genuinely heretical from what is true. Ecumenism with false religions is evidence of this.

    May 13, 2012 at 11:59 PM Reply
  12. AG_man #

    Here's the thing. I don't care what Oprah is. She is who she says she is. Hopefully she makes it to Heaven is all I care about. I don't know about different theologies and doctrines but the main thing we all have to remember is that we are saved by grace through faith. Not every Christian is going to have it together on their day of death or when Jesus comes back. What's important is accepting the fact that Christ died for our sins and accepting him as our savior and the son of God. Everything else is second, although not unimportant.

    May 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM Reply
    • You bet, AG, we need to focus on Christ for our salvation. We could just ignore her and focus on our own growth. Only problem is, Oprah is extremely influential, and will deceive so many into thinking they are following the real Christ. I believe we ought to be very concerned not only for ourselves and those we love, but also for the spiritual well-being of others in the flock.

      May 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM Reply
  13. AG-man – Let’s see what the Word says about Grace in Titus 2:11-15:

    v11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
    v12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
    v13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
    v14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
    v15 Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.

    So, from the verses above, I know that if God's Grace is active in a person's life ("grace teaches us"), there are certain things that are characteristic:.

    – Deny ungodliness and worldly lusts
    – Live soberly and righteously in the present age
    – Look for Jesus’ return
    – (from v14) Be aware of His Work on the cross and how he sought a pure and holy people

    Do we see the teaching of grace working in Oprah's life … no. In fact, we see the exact opposite.

    Could it be that most of the church is chanting "I'm saved by Grace through Faith!" and they don't even understand what grace is? or faith, for that matter?

    Here's the deal … most of us were doomed Gentiles, and through the grace of God, He allowed us a chance to become part of His chosen people Israel. Therefore, if we are saved, we need to walk in the Fear of God, not the adoration of Obama and Dr. Phil.

    Your argument is that Oprah is saved by Grace … she doesn't walk in the Fear of God, you can see it by her actions … and she doesn't believe the Bible (no faith) … you can hear it in her words.

    She's not saved.

    May 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM Reply
    • bonwood72 #

      Good points Kevin!

      June 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM Reply
  14. Oprah has always been New Age-y. The fact that she even gives Deepak Chopra (what a joke) a platform under any circumstance should tell you she's not even in the slightest bit a Christian.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:49 AM Reply
  15. Tony #

    Sadly my heart goes out to a person like Oprah Winfrey. She claims to be a Christian but based on her fruit it doesn't seem to be at all. Quite frankly I don't believe she really knows what a true Christian is. It appears that she is so blinded by the money, fame and prolific celebrity status that she enjoys that are all things of the world, heretic perverted errored doctrine included. Oprah has denied Christ publicly! We as Christians should show compassion and unconditional AGAPE LOVE and pray for someone like Oprah who is among the deceived and spiritually blind. God's will is that all be saved and none perish. I hope and pray that one day soon that Oprah has ears to hear and eyes to see, and stop promoting a satanic wolf's doctrine attempting to lead GOD's sheep.

    July 12, 2012 at 6:44 AM Reply
  16. SCD #

    Right on, Oprah. Right. On. Did it ever occur to any of you that OPRAH, may be right and you may be wrong? Perhaps she has actually taken the time to look into WHO wrote the Bible (clue: not God, not Jesus), and for what reason, and what was added. Oprah is a true Christian because she follows the true teachings of Jesus, not the ones that were made up after his death…. Look into it. Research. Read, "If the Church Were Chrisitan," and "Meeting Jesus again for the First time" – Google it on Amazon. Open your minds, look for truth, seek and it will be opened to you.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:45 PM Reply
    • SCD, I am shaking my head. Oprah follows anything BUT biblical Christianity. Thanks for the book suggestions, but those are exactly the kind of Emergent pablum we're warning about here, in order that people awaken and realized what fresh new apostasy has divided the Church.

      July 30, 2012 at 4:07 PM Reply
    • Debra Cannon #

      Have you ever heard of a ghostwriter? “A ghostwriter is a writer who writes books, articles, stories, reports, or other texts that are officially credited to another person.” Wikipedia.

      What does a ghostwriter have to do with your comment? The Words in the bible are not just any Words but Words that have been breathed on by the Spirit of God, the Wind (John 3:8) or mighty working power of God Who spoke through men and women. These men and women were led by the Holy Spirit and they obediently wrote what the Holy Spirit spoke to them. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and others are getting the credit for writing the bible. In this parallel the Holy Spirit or Spirit of God is the Ghostwriter.

      Genesis 1.2, “the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters”. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being" (Genesis 2:6-7, NKJV). God’s breath is so powerful that when He breathes it is like the wind blowing. The written Words in the bible are manifold Words of life and when spoken with faith are powerful, healing and deliverance and life changing. Speak the Words of God over your life. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

      August 3, 2012 at 2:35 AM Reply
  17. SCD #

    Mathew LeMay – Wow, that actually makes sense – theosis. I'm definitely going to look into that. Thanks!

    July 30, 2012 at 3:55 PM Reply
  18. yourladyarecrazy #

    Did Jesus teach you to judge and hate like this? pretty sure you should leave the judgment up to God! Oprah sounds more Christian then you come off on your site!

    August 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM Reply
    • The judgment is on her beliefs, which are contrary to scripture. Jesus himself told us to watch out for teachings that go against what God has said. As for hatred, I did not post any hateful comments.

      August 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM Reply
    • Alicia Wolf #

      Thank you for being the voice of reason.

      March 25, 2013 at 2:34 AM Reply
  19. Hi Amy,

    You are 100% correct in your findings. Thank you so much for posting this.

    The evidence regarding Oprah's view of Christianity comes directly from her own mouth, on video… so anyone who does the research can see that no one is making false statements regarding her distorted view of Christianity.

    I know that their are many Christians that hold Oprah in high regard, and the sad thing is that you see people coming to her defense, not Christ defense.

    Yes, Oprah is clearly likable and is passionate about what she believes, and the fact that she is so popular gives many the impression that she is preaching the Truth; But the only way to know truth from untruth is to make sure what we are hearing aligns with the Word of God, and clearly you have done this.

    The opposition your getting from some of the comments I've read seem to be from those that think your attacking Oprah, when in fact your just defending Truth and trying to encourage others to use discernment. I don't think people understand that it is not meant as an attack on an individual, it is a responsibility of any Christian to expose any false teaching that they are aware of, and in doing this it is not easy, because clearly it comes with backlash, and usually from other professing Christians.

    Thank you for being bold for the faith…

    October 12, 2012 at 9:28 AM Reply
  20. Amy, I am impressed with your site and with your stand for Christ. It breaks my heart to see what is happening in the church today. Of course, we were told that in these last days people will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Tim 4:3,4).

    While there are many, many godly men and women leading the flock today, we will find few of them on television. Most of them are in small churches or ministries, such as this one. God bless you, and continue sharing the truth. People are hearing it.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM Reply
  21. Alicia Wolf #

    Please remember the words, Matthew 7:1, "Judge not that ye be not judged." Oprah is doing a lot of good in the world. Let's leave the judgement to God.

    March 25, 2013 at 2:32 AM Reply
    • When someone preaches a false Christ, Christians should speak out to warn others because a false Jesus leads to death.

      March 25, 2013 at 9:22 AM Reply
  22. Allie #

    Thank you for this post. Where is the discernment in all of this ?? I don't understand. Since I've become a believer in Christ these FALSE TEACHERS are so obvious to me. HE is the ONLY WAY.

    Get into the word people! :-) and leave the 'Christian ' books on the shelf.

    October 3, 2013 at 7:41 PM Reply
  23. Allie #

    This is not judgement. We are called to warn others about false Gospel. Buddhists do a lot of good too and are headed straight to hell unless they accept Jesus into their hearts.

    October 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM Reply
  24. Allie #

    Your ideas will lead to death. Scripture is God-breathed.

    October 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM Reply
  25. Brent Richards #

    Amen! The passages from Matthew are some of the most powerful in Scripture yet some of the least taught or professed.

    November 6, 2013 at 7:40 AM Reply
  26. charity azeta #

    Jesus Christ d begotten son of God is d only way/path to God Almighty and dere's no other way. Jesus Christ Is our only Saviour and redeemer. Do not b deceived. Jesus loves U.

    November 23, 2013 at 2:05 AM Reply
  27. Hleki #

    The problem here there is no clearity at all, does oprah believes in Jesus? and one answer shoud be provided by her ownself YES or NO,u cannot go arround in circles if u r not confident enough in what u believe in,if u work for the devil say it out loud,why try to hide by the word ''faith''? So reading this story i notice that Oprah is not coming out clearly on her spiritual level,u cannot come to conclusion to what she believes in. Another point i want to make is that THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN AND THAT IS THROUGH JESUS period,u either are with God who lives in heaven or satan in hell.

    December 23, 2013 at 6:22 PM Reply
  28. We all seek advice and guidance which has to be seen as a good thing. Everyones different but as long as we are all aiming towards peace and happiness then this world will be a better place for sure :O)

    March 1, 2014 at 9:57 PM Reply
  29. lyn #

    Mark,
    Your view sounds good, but it isn't possible for peace and happiness to be attained in a world cursed by sin, riddled with sin, and rebellious against its Creator. This world will come to an end, in God's timing. " but the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men." 2 Peter 3:7
    Mankind cannot bring about peace because of the evil that lies in the human heart, evil such as greed, lying, murder, jealousy, immorality, selfishness, etc. It isn't possible for man to 'be good'; as the Bible says, "All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." Romans 3:12
    God requires perfect obedience to His law, yet because man is a sinner he cannot and will not obey. God, who is thrice holy, cannot and will not 'bend' the rules; so because of sin, all of mankind is separated from God. Christ, the Son of God, came as God in the flesh, He lived the perfect life, and gave Himself as a sacrifice for sin. He shed His blood to redeem His people and to reconcile them back to God. God the Father poured out His wrath on His own Son as Christ hung on the cross- suffering, bleeding, and dying for His people. Three days later, the Lord rose from the dead, and now sits at the right hand of the Father. He is coming again, not to save the world, but to unleash judgment.
    To think there is hope in this life, in this world is a lie from Satan. The only hope sinners have is Christ. The Bible commands sinners to repent and believe in the Lord. To forsake sin and trust in what Christ has done for the redemption of your soul is what is commanded throughout the Bible. Christ and God's grace are the sinners' greatest need. Today is all anyone has – "What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes." James 4:14
    'Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.' 2 Corinthians 6:2

    March 3, 2014 at 12:48 AM Reply
  30. Deb #

    Leading millions to the Christ that saved her? Which Christ are we talking about? Pray that the millions led are not led to the wrong Jesus!!!!!

    June 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM Reply
  31. MONK ARTIN #

    OPRAH is causing a lot of UPROAH with her heretical teachings. She is only trying to fill up the emptiness money, and popularity simply cannot fill(no amount of wealth can buy HOLY SPIRIT!). Without antichrists like oprah,CHRISTwill never come back!

    July 8, 2014 at 8:45 PM Reply
  32. peterjfoster #

    I will pray for Oprah Winfrey; not judge her but love her.

    July 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM Reply
    • standupwi #

      Good, I hope you did/are. Please also pray for the millions of folks she is deceiving straight into Hell. That's why we speak up here…we need to snatch away as many as we can from deception.

      July 21, 2014 at 7:19 AM Reply

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