April 10, 2008 by Stacy McDonald

Are You Attending the "Oprah Church?"

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“You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.”
(Deuteronomy 6:14-15)

Our family stopped watching television a long time ago, so in some ways we’re out of the loop to what’s going on in the television world. For instance, I didn’t realize how influential Oprah Winfrey had become in our culture—even to Christian women. I knew she was popular and touted a lot of psychobabbly, feel good ideas; but, I didn’t realize how “religious” she was and I didn’t know how wild her beliefs had become. It seems as though she has become the latest and greatest “New Age guru,” not just to housewives, but also to working women, and now, even to men. Father Hollywood said this on his blog:

“She [Oprah] is one of the greatest shapers of philosophy and politics in popular America today…She is also popularizing a syncretistic religion that blends elements of Christianity with Eastern paganism and Western Gnosticism, a religion that has great appeal in this day and age of relativism and self-help.”

One of my readers sent me this link (thanks Theresa!) and I was shocked when I watched this video. I don’t know anything about the book that’s advertised at the end, but the presentation of Oprah’s beliefs (factual, in context, and her actual words – not hearsay) is startling!

She gives testimony of the moment she finally “saw the light.” She begins by describing (with obvious irritation) how she was sitting in her Baptist church one Sunday when she was in her late twenties, listening to the pastor talk about things like how great God was, and how the pastor went on about God’s omniscience, and His omnipresence.

She talked about how you had to be there at 8:00 a.m. or you didn’t get a seat (what a drag). She shares how she finally “took God out of the box” and how there were “rules, belief systems, and doctrines” in Christianity that obviously troubled her.

She describes her grand epiphany when the pastor said, “The Lord thy God is a jealous God.” She said she was caught up in the rapture of the moment until he said “jealous.” She then went on to say:

“And something struck me…I was thinking God is all, God is omnipresent… and God is also jealous; God is jealous of me? And something about that didn’t feel right in my spirit because I believe that God is love and that God is in all things; and so that’s when the search for something more than doctrine started to stir within me.”

Hmmm…something stirred within her indeed. The problem is that in her search for “more than doctrine” Satan has deceived her with a “different doctrine;” a doctrine that is devoid of the Truth—one that denies the person of Christ—one that denies the Gospel, and embraces the worship of self—leading to death.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:3-5, NKJV)

She goes on to say:

“God is a feeling experience not a believing experience. And if your religion is a believing experience, if God for you is still about a belief then it’s not truly God.”

But God’s Word tells us:

“Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you:

Behold, you despisers,
Marvel and perish!
For I work a work in your days,
A work which you will by no means believe,
Though one were to declare it to you.”
(Acts 13:38-41, NKJV)

Read also John 3:16-21

And 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

We’d better wake up and start speaking the truth consistently and courageously; because false teachers are out there—ear ticklers who would entice us into believing that we are all little gods; we are all capable of our own salvation—that God is nothing more than a concept “within ourselves.”

But be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Pray for Oprah and for those she is deceiving. Remain gracious when dealing with those who have been fooled by heresy. Remember they are perishing—and have compassion. Send Oprah letters of love that speak truth, pray for her, but don’t listen to her—and share the truth in love with those who have.

May God be glorified!



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33 Responses to “Are You Attending the "Oprah Church?"”

  1. Sommer says:

    Stacy~Thank you so much for sharing this post! I stopped watching Oprah about 10 years ago….she really had only begun showing signs of what she is like and teaching now. It is sad to watch and sad to know that so many Christians have been led astray by her and so many of her guests.

    As a side note, I just wanted to say how blessed I’ve been by your blog and I am glad I came across it. I pray the Lord blesses you richly.

    Lots of love,
    Sommer

  2. Jaybird says:

    I had just watched these very clips, Mrs. McDonald, and they were startling, mostly because of the huge following that this woman has.

    Thank you for posting about this so graciously.

  3. horton_crew says:

    Mrs McDonald,

    I am a new reader of yours, and I just wanted you to know how much I’ve enjoyed your blog. You’ve opened my eyes to a lot of things, specifically to the ways in which you raise your daughters. I did also want to tell you how much I agree with this about Oprah. Our Pastor did a sermon about 2 wks ago on “Oprah and Friends” and it was very enlightening.

    Anyway I wanted to just let you know how much you have reached me and touched our lives by your writing.

    Thank you so much,
    Amy

  4. Step says:

    I just saw the clip you linked about Oprah a few days ago and thought it to be very, very scary indeed. I had no clue of what she really believes because I stopped watching her show many, many years ago. I believe, because of her power, influence, and draw, Oprah is a very dangerous TV personality. She’s a lost soul that is in need of much prayer.

  5. Mrs. Bethany Hudson says:

    Stacy,

    Thank you so much for sharing that video. I do not watch TV, but just from talking with friends and family, I did know some things about Oprah’s beliefs, but actually seeing the excerpts from her show were astounding to me! It is incredible the kind of influence she has over America, and it saddens me how many Christians are more willing to listen to her opinions than to the Word.

    ~Bethany

  6. Lynn says:

    A friend of mine sent me the link to that same video. I am so glad you put it on your blog. I think we all need to know what is being said by people with a lot of influence like Oprah. Thank you.

  7. Mrs. Pear says:

    Thank you for posting about this. In our day and age we think we are so “enlightened” yet we still fall for the same old lies!

    One of the things the Lord has taught me is that it is NOT about how I feel, but what I know to be true based on the truth of His Word! After battling depression and panic disorder as a young woman I learned the hard way that feelings cannot be trusted, they can be manipulated and preyed upon, but the truth of the Lord is a refuge and strength, and can be depended on completely!

    This was a tough lesson to learn, but as a wife and mother it has served me well!

  8. Denise says:

    I posted on this a few days ago. We also have been tv free, one good ezine for heads-up on this kind of stuff is the lighthousetrails newsletters. http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/oprah.htm

    Denise

  9. Mom, Mommy, Mama says:

    I too have seen this video and it though I don’t watch tv, and therefor don’t watch her show, I’ve always thought she was a pretty interesting person. I was shocked to see this video myself a week or so ago. Many people believe all sorts of things that aren’t true but it is so disturbing to see how influential she is in the lives of people all over the world! I pray that God makes His truth abundantly clear to her and to the people who she influences. I’ve been a little disheartened lately over what is coming to us for turning ourselves (collectively as a people) against our Father. It is just very sad to me. Thanks for sharing this today.

    be blessed!

  10. Delia Latham says:

    I watched this video a couple of days ago. To your posting, I can only say, “Amen!”

  11. Mrs. Rabe says:

    I saw this on another blog as well. What stood out to me was when she said “God is jealous of me?” God is a jealous God, FOR us not OF us! She missed a huge point!

    Thank you for pointing out that we should pray for her, not write her off. With her influence just think what she could do as a believer in the True God!

  12. Nanny says:

    I enjoyed your take on this and the scriptures you selected were right on!

    I just wanted you to know I enjoy your blog very much…keep up the good work!

    God Bless!

  13. Lauren Christine says:

    So scary. I saw this a few days ago. How eye opening! Thank you for the post- like others said, it’s scary how many “disciples” Oprah has- women who watch her for an hour every single day.

  14. Brandy Lynn says:

    Stacy, thank you for sharing this. We are also a T.V. free house- (well, we have one for videos, but it isn’t connected to an outside source). Anyway- I “sort of” knew how much influence Oprah had from hearing others speak of her, but I didn’t realize that THIS was going on! I caught two things from listening to the video… first the same as Mrs. Rabe- how God is jealous for us, and not of us. I wonder if Oprah had understood that back then if she would have even needed to “search” for God elsewhere. The second thing that saddened me was when she was reading the quote that said “Man made God in his own image…” Did anyone else catch this? I appreciate the way you comment, and your urge to pray for Oprah, and those who are blindly following her wayward beliefs. Thank you for sharing this with us. I am forwarding this to others!

  15. arlene says:

    Thank you for posting this information. It reminds us all to search the Scriptures and to beware of the culture of our time.

  16. Cyndi Lewis says:

    Stacy,
    Thank you for your reminder to pray for Oprah. She has been on my heart ever since I saw the video a couple of weeks ago. I don’t wish to pray doom and destruction on her but I do want her to see the truth and be stopped from deceiving so many people.

  17. yoshi3329 says:

    I’m fully convinced that she is leading some sort of weird cult. It’s quite scary really, I hope that she sees the truth and soon! I’m praying for!

    I stopped watching her for a very long time now and I started watching her show again to see the “pregnant man” so I could write a review on my blog. other than that I’m I’m not really into watching her.

    I also saw this exact clip about Oprah and a few others that are worth watching. I was also going to write about this but you did a better job than I could ever do Stacy:). Mind if I link this to my blog?

  18. Paula says:

    While I disagree with Oprah on her religious “doctrine”, I will give her credit for the charitable work she has done. She has given hope to thousands around the world to achieve their dreams and live a better life.

    Paula

  19. Jennifer says:

    It’s funny you should mention this, because I just recently tuned in to Oprah and realized for the first time how wayward certain things became. The first bad inkling was when she promoted “The Secret”, a book which I first thought sounded nice, but turned out to be a ridiculous New Age karma sort of thing. The shock of my life, though, was the pregnant hermophrodite (or “man”, as they called him). I didn’t think I was seeing things right when I saw a man have an ultrasound done on his stomach. I thought it was officially the end of the world as we know it and was actually relieved to find that the “man” was a former woman who kept her womb. Still, for Oprah to promote that?? It’s just sickening. God forgive me, but I feel no sympathy for a person who can’t even decide whether they want to be completely a man or woman. I came away from that episode believing, very sadly, that Oprah was now the leading force of ultra tolerance in our country.

  20. Nickey says:

    I didn’t watch the video but I doubt it is anything new for her. She has been promoting new-age philosophy for a *very* long time. She also promotes all sorts of perverted life choices, especially homosexuality, and she is a habitual fornicator. Why is it taking Christian women so long to wake up to the fact that this woman is not worthy of our time???

    Oprah’s charity work is probably a shame to the Christian church with regard to our lack of it, but that doesn’t mean she is doing good. The scriptures say that our good works are like filthy (menstrual) rags before God. The only hope any person in poverty has for a better life is found in Jesus Christ. All the riches in the world will not save them from death and eternity in hell. What does it profit those girls in Africa (in her private school) to gain the world, yet lose their souls???

  21. Jennifer says:

    I think that’s rather harsh, Nickey. Oprah is a child of God like the rest of us and as such, she’s worth our concern at least. I don’t like some of the things she promotes, but her personal life choices are not my business at all.

    As for her good works, God tells us they’re worthless in trying to erase our sin, but that doesn’t mean they’re nothing or filthy in His eyes; He knows if they’re doing true good for others. God has a way of using everyone for His purpose at some point, even non-Christians or wayward ones. I have no doubt He’s used Oprah in aiding those of less fortunate means. We have no way whatsoever of knowing whether those African girls are disadvantaged; they now have the opportunity to hear from Christian missionaries and learn to read the Bible. Oprah has helped save them from atrocities far worse than poverty or even AIDS, such as genital mutilation.

    God has used Oprah in many ways, whether she knows it or not. I think her heart hungers for him; it’s her head that needs to catch up with His true doctrine and I hope one day it will.

  22. Miss Paula says:

    Thank you for being another person to make us aware of what is going on in our world. We need to be on our knee’s for the lost.

  23. Nickey says:

    Jennifer, it may be harsh but it is the truth of scripture.

    The scriptures speak of two types of children – children of the light and children of the darkness. The former is reserved for true believers. All others who dwell in darkness are children of the dark. The scriptures clearly state that unrepentant fornicators can NOT enter the Kingdom(1 Cor. 6:9-10), therefore a person who habitually lives in fornication is a child of the dark. (See Eph. 5; John 8:38-44 also speaks of the fatherly relationship of God to believers vs. the fatherly relationship of satan to unbelievers.)

    All mankind is indeed made in the *image* of God. This is true for you, me, Oprah, and Hitler. Let us not confuse these two different things.

    ———————————

    “But we are all like an unclean thing,And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.” – Is. 64:6

    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28

    Again, let us not confuse God’s working out with the nature of our works. God does indeed use *all* things for the good of all Christians. God will use Oprah’s “good” works just like He uses abortion, child abuse, pornography, the holocaust, etc… However, His use of these things for *our* good in *no way* changes *their* nature. Certainly no one would argue that the holocaust was a “good” thing, just because God used it for His purposes and worked it for our good. In the same way, while stopping abuses is a good thing, the nature of that good thing is not changed.
    ———————————–

    There is something far worse than even genital mutilation and that is death and eternity in hell! Certainly it is a great thing for these girls to be spared from such things. No one denies this. But the scriptures state “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36) If these girls sit under the teachings of Oprah, and they are indeed false and satanical, then what has it profited them in the long run if they lose their souls???

    (Also, as I said previously Oprah’s , and many other unbelievers, work is indeed a shame to the Christian church. There is no reason why Christians should not be the ones charging the way to end these horrific practices. The Great Commission charges us not just with sharing the gospel but with teaching “all things which I have commanded you”, and that includes the whole Law of God, which would certainly mean a call for men to stop abusing their wives and children!)

    ———————————

    Is the unbeliever really seeking after God? Is their problem merely intellectual in nature?

    Again the scriptures teach us three things…

    “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
    For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:” – Matthew 15:18-19; See also Mark 7:20-22

    “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

    and “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” Romans 3:11

    ———————————-
    I will not say anymore on the matter but I do hope that my answer has been sufficient for you to understand what scriptural basis I have for my beliefs.

    P.S. When I said “worthy of our time” I meant it in the context of those who sit at her feet (or at the tv screen) and listen to her false teachings. Certainly she, and all mankind, must have our prayers and concern for their salvation.

  24. Jennifer says:

    There is absolutely no comparison between charitable work and pornography or child abuse. A non-Christian doing charity has no likeness to an evil being causing pain. Oprah is spiritually confused, but that does not foul her work of saving girls.

    I think you shouldn’t attach those girls to Oprah spiritually anyhow; Oprah has funded such charity work, but I don’t think she ministers spiritually to these girls. She helps others save them, then their education is in another’s hands. There are Christian missionaries aplenty in Africa; it is these people the young women will most likely get spiritual instruction from. I think we should be grateful for the saving of these girls. God used Oprah, a fallen person like the rest of us, to do His work in helping the helpless; this is not at all the same as bringing good things out of horrid circumstances, because the work itself is Godly. You are describing the vessel of these works, but I am describing the works themselves, and they are good and pure. Those girls would hardly be better off spiritually if left to physical torture.

  25. Stacy McDonald says:

    Dear Jennifer,

    A couple of things…you said, “Oprah is a child of God like the rest of us.” She is not a child of God because she is not a Christian. She does not have faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ. She believes in her own inner power. All men are created by God, but all men are not “children of God.”

    “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” (John 1:12, NKJV)

    You also said, “There is absolutely no comparison between charitable work and pornography or child abuse.”

    Nickey wasn’t comparing good works to pornography or child abuse (though God’s own Word does compare her “good works” to filthy (menstrual) rags) other than to say the good works aren’t any more likely to win Oprah any brownie points with God than the “bad works.” Any good works she has done, are because God caused her heart to do them – for His own purposes.

    The thing is without God, we are totally depraived – totally wicked and capable of any vile thing. We have no desire to do good in us. Any good thing we do is because God’s power and mercy caused it.

    God can turn the heart of a king – even an evil king – but it doesn’t mean the king has any good thing in his heart. He could be a wicked king who God decided to use for His own glory. It doesn’t mean the king gets any credit for his “good deeds.” God gets all the glory.

    Nicky said:

    “Also, as I said previously Oprah’s , and many other unbelievers, work is indeed a shame to the Christian church. There is no reason why Christians should not be the ones charging the way to end these horrific practices. The Great Commission charges us not just with sharing the gospel but with teaching “all things which I have commanded you”, and that includes the whole Law of God, which would certainly mean a call for men to stop abusing their wives and children!)”

    Nicky was pointing out that it is a shame to us as the church that the heathen sometimes seem more exuberant in their giving and helping than the church does. Too many times the church is more interested in building their mega centers and hiring Christian pop stars for concerts than they are in helping the poor, the helpless, and the sick.

  26. Jennifer says:

    Hi Stacy, thank you for explaining. Indeed I do agree that Oprah’s good works are the cause of God working in her heart, whether she knows it or not. I see this not only as a sign of God’s working in them (non-Christians) for His own good, but also as a sign of His calling to them. So often I see professed non-Christians with kind and wonderful actions and I want to say to them, “Don’t you know who gave you that heart?” They show signs of the Father without knowing they are His creation and I pray earnestly they will discover the source.

    I also agree that the church is often shamed by secular people and organizations. Indeed, I think God sometimes uses non-Christians and their actions to do this in more ways than just charity.

  27. Della says:

    A friend emailed me this post and I appreciate it. Thank God for those who stand for truth.
    The comments about charity and “good” works reminded me of a quote… “To say that works done out of Christ are truly dead, but not deadly, is a dangerous forgetfulness of the fear of God.” Martin Luther
    We must be willing to speak the truth in love as well as we know how.

  28. Jennifer says:

    I just watched this video for the first time after my pastor’s wife sent it to me for Bible study. This is a lot worse than I thought! I can’t believe Oprah was so foolish as to confuse the Biblical meaning of God as “jealous”. Instead of reverting to New Age beliefs, why not look further into the BIBLE? If you don’t agree or understand someone’s Biblical interpretation, you’re supposed to look further into it, not give up Christianity because you’re too small to comprehend everything at once. I can’t believe this; I’m so disappointed in her..

  29. Mrs. Cindie says:

    Wow! I NEVER knew that Oprah has such strange ideas about God and the bible. To say I was shocked is an understatement! I was NEVER an Oprah fan in the first place because I have never been interested in talk host shows.

    At any rate, thank you for having the courage to post this on your blog so that others can be informed of Oprah’s misleading information.

  30. Jennifer says:

    Hey Stacy, I’ve found out some vital stuff about that book Oprah was promoting on the video, “A New Earth.” I’m afraid it’s yet another calm poison New Age book. It’s all about self-focus, self-promotion. One of the most telling points was that the author advised meditating by chanting “I am, I am” over and over without finishing the sentence. I recall God saying He is the great “I am”. This seems just one of many ways they wish to supplant Him in individuals.

  31. Civilla says:

    We watch tv, but I have never really enjoyed her show. Many unbelievers do good works, and it is nice that she does good for others, but that in and of itself will not save her or anybody else. Faith produces works, but works do not produce faith and we are saved by faith. Oprah’s works have not produced faith in her, and she needs to be saved by faith like anybody else. Remember, in the Book of Acts, the good works of Cornelius came up before God, but they could not save him…God sent somebody to him to preach the gospel to him so that he could believe on the name of Jesus Christ.

  32. Blondie says:

    Thanks for this post – I somehow missed it the first time!
    Anyway, I have said for many years that Oprah was heading down a New Age path. It started (as it does with many celebrities/personalities that have a national platform) with an unwillingness to declare that God is the one true God and that the only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ. It distresses me when those in that position talk about how much they rely on God, pray, etc. but will not stand up for the Christian faith.
    I realize that these people (if they truly do believe in the one true God) could face modern day persecution in the name of political correctness but I am waiting for someone in the public eye to stand up and say, “Jesus – not Mohammed, Buddha, or Joseph Smith – died for YOU. He rose again for YOU. He sits at the right hand of God for YOU. It’s all about Jesus!”

    Janna

  33. Georgia says:

    I stumbled on to this blog so I would like to respectfully comment. Better late than never. Through out the bible God often had to use people outside of the faith because as Nickey pointed out the church fell short.
    Nickey you seem to be very heavy spirited and angry. Please do not use the scriptures to lash out at anyone. God used Rahib a prostitute to protect the Jewish spies. The good samaritan was the one who picked up the sick man and took him to the inn because the religious men would not touch anyone unclean. Jethro father in law of Moses, a medinite priest had to help Moses organize the people because he was overwelmed.
    Although God does not condone sin or unbelief He give us GRACE. Thank God for His grace. I will pray for you Nickey.

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