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Summary: A Christian response to Oprah’s new on-line Class with Eckhart Tolle - every Monday night on Oprah.com. The classes started March 3, 2008 and last week two million attended the class. Which is leaving scorces of confused people in it wake.

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“Oprah& Eckhart Tolle’s: New Earth”

Acts 17:11

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[“Mega Church Of Oprah.” available at www.carringtonsteele.citymax.com/page/page/5776487.htm]

Oprah Winfrey is a one-woman entertainment empire and her influence extends around the world. The “Oprah Winfrey Show” has remained the number one talk show on US television for 21 seasons and is now seen in over 132 countries around the world. In addition to her TV show she has her own production company (Harpo), her own magazine, (O Magazine), and soon she will have her own network, in 2009 the Discovery Health Channel will become OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network). She reaches more people in a day than most preachers can even dream of reaching in a lifetime.

Oprah Winfrey is without a doubt one of the most popular and influential women in the world today (Barna says she has a 83% favorability rating among born-again believers). One of the things that has made her so popular is that she uses her fame and influence for the betterment of others. As one of the richest women in the world, she has given away billions of dollars to various charities. She has built an academy in South Africa for disadvantaged girls, began the Angel Network and Christmas kindness to name just a few of the things she has done.

Oprah has very commendably aimed the direction of her show to provide information and encourage people to evaluate and improve their lives.

But as was observed in a 2002 article in Christianity Today called "The Church of O," as odd as it may sound, Oprah has emerged as an influential spiritual leader. "Since 1994, when she abandoned traditional talk-show fare for more edifying content, and 1998, when she began ’Change Your Life TV’, Oprah’s most significant role has become that of spiritual leader. To her audience of more than 22 million mostly female viewers, she has become a postmodern priestess—an icon of church-free spirituality.” [LaTonya Taylor. “The Church of O.” Christianity Today. April 1, 2002]

And while we may admire Oprah as a communicator and a humanitarian we must reserve strong reservations about her as a theologian. Oprah name is actually the misspelling of the bible character Orpah, the daughter-in-law of Naomi, mentioned in Ruth 1:14.

Because while she is doing all of these good things Oprah has been drifting further and further out to the fringes of “New Age” belief and many her fans have faithfully followed her there. There doesn’t seem to be anything that Oprah will not believe except the truth. Through a succession of guest with eclectic religious ties, such as Gary Zuhav, Marianne Williamson, and Deepak Chopra, Oprah’s show presents all religions as equally valid paths to God.

Oprah retains membership in Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago (where Barack Obama is a member) and although hardly what I would consider a bulwark of conserve-ative theology the former pastor Jeremiah Wright has said of Oprah’s beliefs, “She has broken with the traditional faith, she now has this sort of God is everywhere, God is in me, I don’t need to go to church, I don’t need to be a part of a body of believers, I can mediate, I can do positive thinking’ spirituality. It’s a strange gospel. It has nothing to do with the church Jesus Christ founded!” [Ibid. “The Church of O.”]


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Johnnie Holloway

commented on Sep 4, 2008

I really am disturbed about Oprah''s involvement in another gospel. My Bible tells me there is only one name we can call upon for salvation, and the nameis JESUS. I want to thank you for the information you gave us in you message. I will use excerpts in my own message before my church. God Bless you!

Dayofwrath Dayofwrath

commented on Aug 31, 2009

The message of the cross is nonsense to those who are being destroyed,but it is God power to us who are being saved.The "power of now" is not from Oprah and Eckhart Tolle,but from God.The power is the cross and "now" is the word that the church emphasizes on it:The Holy past is present "now" with power.Let Oprah if she dare,to speak on TV about the real "power of now" in the book the coin of the temple isbn 1425905773. dayofwrath

Terry Lasalle

commented on Dec 5, 2009

Every thing about this seems to have to do with pop culture. God is not looking for us to be of the world, but it attracts many people today.

Peter Loughman

commented on Jan 12, 2010

Amen brother! Jesus will prevail over empty philosophy and occult confusion.

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