I’m disappointed. I’ve watched Oprah for years, and have even used segments from her shows as content for my own shows many, many times. As a matter of fact, I flew to the Oprah show with some radio winners back during my country radio days and had a blast! We even had a few minutes with her after the show.
For the last few years, I’ve had a prick in my spirit with some of the things that were said on her show. I chalked it up to her just being “PC on TV”. (ex: interviews with Tom Cruise, John Travolta, etc.) I still (chose) to believe that Oprah was a Christian based on the things that I heard her profess and communicate in the past. I felt that she had been moving away from what I originally knew her (or thought I knew) her to be. However, after reading her website and viewing some clips from a few on-line classes, I have surmised that she doesn’t believe the way that I hoped she did. And this makes me sad. Very sad. Sad for her, and sad for the millions of women (and I’m sure a few men too) who will buy into the half truths that she is teaching.
Here are a couple of excerpts from her website:
This exercise leads you to the truth about yourself by reminding you that you are God’s creation. As you repeat the truth, you are created holy, kind, helpful and perfect; you shed the false self images of the ego mind.
Love created me like itself.
Today’s idea is a complete and accurate statement of what you are. This is why you are the light of the world. This is why God appointed you as the world’s savior. This is why the Son of God looks to you for his salvation. He is saved by what you are. We will make every effort today to reach this truth about you, and to realize fully, if only for a moment, that it is the truth.
Say what?? I had to read it a couple of times just to make sure I was reading it correctly! Yes, it is true that we are God’s creation. Yes, we are to be the light of the world. But God appointed us as the world’s savior? If this is true . . . oh my stars . . . God, help us all! The Son of God looks to us for his salvation? If the Son of God is looking to us for his salvation, we might as well end it all tonight! Granted, the above was written by Marianne Williamson. But Oprah is endorsing this on her website under the lessons, “A Course in Miracles”.
Here’s one other:
To review our last few lessons, your function here is to be the light of the world, a function given you by God. It is only the arrogance of the ego that leads you to question this, and only the fear of the ego that induces you to regard yourself as unworthy of the task assigned to you by God Himself. The world’s salvation awaits your forgiveness, because through it does the Son of God escape from all illusions, and thus from all temptation. The Son of God is you.
The last line absolutely breaks my heart! It’s appalling. I think about the millions of women who visit this site daily, much less the ones that are participating in this study. I picture them with gaping holes in their hearts, and saying to themselves: “Ah-ha! this is the answer I’ve been looking for!” Granted, it does sound deep and even somewhat “spiritual”. But it’s not the truth. Sadly, they’ve completed 83 “lessons”. I could’ve cut and pasted dozens of other examples. There are plans for 365.
Please hear that I am NOT about bashing Oprah. This is not my goal. She does A LOT of good. She’s one of the most philanthropic people in the world! She’s funny, kind, caring and engaging. But . . . she is deceived.
Jesus is the Son of God. He is the way, the truth, and the life. And no one comes to the Father but thru Him. (John 14:6) Oprah was quoted as saying that Jesus is one way to the Father. She’s mistaken. He is the ONLY way.
My heart is heavy. Boy, do I have some praying to do. Will you join me?