Learning From Oprah: New Age Spirituality, Racism, and the Influence of Celebrity

Posted: August 17, 2013 by David Fiorazo in David's Blog, Eradicate - Blotting Out God In America
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Oprah Winfrey, one of the most powerful, wealthy, and influential women in the world, added fuel to the racial divide in America this week while promoting her new film, The Butler. Winfrey suggested that just because people are not using the n-word doesn’t mean they’re not racist. Also weighing in on the recent Martin/Zimmerman verdict, Oprah stated:

“But to me it’s ridiculous to look at that case and not think that race was involved.”

It is not, however, her views on race that concern me as much as her views and criticisms about the Bible. Oprah has been more influential than some of America’s pastors and religious leaders. Too many people today follow their pop-culture icons. Oprah has launched book sales and resuscitated careers for many authors and gurus while giving proponents of higher spirituality a platform, particularly those who promote a New Age philosophy.

The following is an excerpt from Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America, from the chapter entitled, “Emerging Into Confusion.”

In his book, For Many Shall Come in My Name, Ray Yungen describes the term “New Age” as based on astrology. Some believe there are cosmic cycles in which the Earth passes through a time period when it falls “under the influence of a certain sign of the zodiac.” This is a belief system that everything exists and revolves around energy containing tiny particles: atoms, molecules, protons, etc.

“All is energy. That energy, they believe, is God, and therefore, all is God. They believe that since we are all part of this ‘God-energy’, then we,too, are God. God is not seen as a Being that dwells in heaven, but as the universe itself.”

Many New Age proponents strive for a “Christ consciousness” or a “higher consciousness” in an effort to become more aware of these spiritual realms… the most direct way to achieve this is through meditation, [which is] “a primary source of spiritual direction of the New Age person.”

There are great resources available on the occult practices and history. It is so important to immerse ourselves into the Word of God and study to show ourselves approved by Him. We must be discerning about things such as: contemplative prayer, “centering prayer” and mantras, the law of attraction, witchcraft and Harry Potter, the Kabbala, spiritual formation, Labyrinth walking, and Wicca.

Teachings promoted by well-known celebrities are dangerous because people tend to believe and follow those they idolize.

“How can there be only one way to heaven or to God?” – Oprah Winfrey

You may have heard about A Course in Miracles which was written by a well-known New Age representative, Helen Schucman, who claims the book came directly from her inner voice. In the course, the listener is taught there is no sin, they are told not to make the “mistake” of “clinging to the old rugged cross,” and that the name of “Jesus Christ as such is but a symbol.”

Oprah has done many good things to help people, but does that mean we should trust her theology and religious beliefs? I’m not judging her heart because we are all wicked without the atonement of Jesus Christ. [Some] Christian pastors have warned about the teachings promoted by Oprah. A Course in Miracles teaches that God is in everyone and everything and that “the oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness, your sanity, and your limitless power.” Wow.

Maybe you’re an Oprah fan and have always defended her or maybe you had no idea what she believes. In an interview with Oprah, New Age author and mystic, Eckhart Tolle criticized Christianity and also took live calls from viewers. Tolle stated:

“The moment you say ‘only me belief’ or ‘our belief’ is true, and you deny other people’s beliefs, then you’ve adopted an ideology… and then religion becomes a closed door.”

Oprah told the caller to simply realize Christianity is but one of many ways to achieve the higher consciousness, and the belief that one must follow a set of doctrines is a consequence of “ego consciousness.” [Always the opportunist, she should talk about ego?]

She holds 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.” Oprah believes God is all love, and she does not subscribe to the teaching that He is also a holy, jealous, just and vengeful God. She 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.”

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.

We need to pray for her and for those who may blindly hang 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 the answers regarding God, spirituality, and eternity. People need to be warned; countless unsuspecting souls following her and those like her are being led away from the One true God and down a path of destruction.

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  1. Steven Dallman says:

    Oprah and other adherents to New Age philosophy believe “All roads lead to the same place.” They are right. All their roads do lead to the same place, and praise Jesus Christ, I am not going there. The true road is narrow, and Oprah has to date, missed it, choosing the path that leads to destruction. Her comments on the Zimmerman/Martin case are so far off base. Martin and his friend Jannell had decided Zimmerman was a gay predator, so Martin, in his “lean” drug induced paranoia jumped Zimmerman. It was a case of Martin “gay bashing” although Zimmerman was not gay.

  2. Thanks for reading and for the comment, Steven. Sadly, Oprah has led millions astray. Christians that don’t know their Bible make up part of that number. Keep seeking and speaking the Truth! God bless you.

  3. Barb Davis says:

    You are so right about Oprah. For several decades now she has led astray the masses. She is the epitome of the verse in I Corinthians 11:14,15 “Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”

    When you consider how generous she is with her wealth, hosting charities and giving away cars, etc., many people would balk at the idea that she is not a Christian. But she is largely responsible for the promotion of the gay agenda in America as well as the New Age movement greatly steeped in Eastern mysticism, which are clearly unbiblical concepts. Shirley Maclaine is one of her many special friends and ‘spiritualists’ who was often on her show. She believes that God is in everything and everything is God. It is such terrible deception! Many have been deceived by her ideologies for a very long time.

    May God help America return to her Biblical roots!

    • Thanks so much for the comment, Barb! She has led possibly millions astray into moral and spiritual confusion via New Age teachings and has promoted plenty of anti-Christian authors and celebrities. She has done some good things to help others, but the ‘God is in everyone and everything’ stuff has to be exposed. I also recall when she celebrated Ellen’s coming-out as an open lesbian. A true marketer of evil. Keep seeking and speaking the truth, Barb. God bless you!

    • Steven Dallman says:

      The belief that “everything is god, and god is in everything” is called “pantheism” and is pure Hinduism. There are basically two belief systems in the world, Christianity (and I include Judeism) and Hinduism. All religions are a form of one of the two, or a syncretism of both. One has to bypass all the issues, concepts and arguments and focus on all that matters, and that is “Who is Jesus Christ.” If anyone has that wrong, everything else is wrong. Even within Christianity, there are plenty of “false Christs” and damning errors of doctrines. The road to eternal salvation is indeed narrow. It is narrow, but it is offered free to all who would accept it.

      • Steven Dallman says:

        I meant to add, pantheism is a serious error. God is God, and creation is wholly separate from God. All of creation will burn. From pantheism, the belief that EVERYONE is god is presented. That is utterly false…a heinous lie. It is only with the acceptance of the Free Gift of Salvation that through the Holy Spirit, and through the substitutionary Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God will live within us and we will live eternally with Him. There is nothing else.

  4. Barb Davis says:

    Oops, sorry, that verse is 2 Corinthians 11:14,15.

  5. Steven Dallman says:

    Her popularity and influence to me are maddening. It totally escapes me. The New Age movement grew out of the New Thought movement of the mid 1800’s in which concepts of Hinduism were introduced into American philosophy that was rejecting the Truth of the Bible. Buddhism, an offshoot of Hinduism, also made it’s public entrance into the New Thought movement. They have taken classic Shankarian Hinduism, sanitized it, and reworded it all into something attractive to clueless Americans, such as Oprah. Once the Salvation offered by God through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on that bloody cross for the sins of all is rejected, what a person believes is meaningless. Anything else leads only to destruction, no matter how good it sounds. If one can attain “enlightenment” on this earth, let us meet him or her. Where are these “enlightened?” It is an unattainable folly. “Man is once to die and then comes judgement” takes care of any thoughts of reincarnation. It doesn’t exist and it never happened. Peace and joy, real peace and joy only comes through a relationship with God through His Precious Son, Jesus Christ. This relationship is open and offered to all. Why would anyone reject Him? Why listen to anyone who rejects Him?

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment, Steve. Excellent points! Wish more people had a solid understanding as well as discernment you have. Keep speaking the Truth and sharing with those that will hear. Some forget that Christians are instructed to test all spirits to see if they are from God or not. Too many well-meaning believers think it’s loving and non-judgmental to keep giving sinners or false teachers the benefit of the doubt. God bless you and keep fighting the good fight of faith.

  6. Flaviano Javier says:

    The Word of God is very clear about the way to heaven or to God. Just read John 14:6

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