I came across this video recently on a friend’s Facebook page that shows clips of different things Oprah has said about her beliefs.
I haven’t read the book mentioned at the end, and I am not sharing this clip to promote it: I am sharing it because is shows Oprah saying things I had only heard second-hand about her beliefs.
I just wanted to comment on a few of the things said.
1. It bothered Oprah when she heard a preacher say that God is a jealous God. I am not sure why that bothered her. I guess jealousy has negative connotations, but unless it is taken to harmful extremes, it is a perfectly natural trait. What husband or wife wouldn’t be jealous of their spouse to a certain degree? God has even more reason to be jealous: if we’re drawn away from Him to false doctrine, we’re drawn into darkness.
2. Oprah emphasizes determining truth by feeling rather than by believing. That’s dangerous on two grounds. One is that “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 and say, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” We can’t trust our feelings. They fluctuate and can be affected by many things. The other danger with this thought is that “without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6). God does want us to believe, not just feel, and not to just believe anything about Him, but to believe what He has revealed.
Peter had one of the most profound experiences of anyone: he saw the Lord glorified, talking with Moses and Elijah. Yet he says in II Peter 1:
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
He is saying there that Scripture is more sure than any experience, even one like he had.
3. She says there are many paths to God, but Jesus said, ” am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). I Timothy 2:5: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
4. It is interesting that one of her favorite quotes from the book she mentions has to do with humans making God in our own image, but that is the very thing she is doing (as is Eckhart Tolle, the author of the book she promotes and follows) when she goes by what she thinks and feels more than what the revealed Word of God says about Him.
5. God is more than a “force” or a “consciousness.” He is a Being; He has personality.
6. Oprah said she was searching for “something more than doctrine.” It is true that we need to have a relationship with Him rather than just a list of beliefs: but our relationship with Him needs to be based on those beliefs or else we are worshiping Him falsely. Doctrine is vitally important.
In light of these things it really disturbs me when Christian women quote her, especially when they quote her as some kind of spiritual authority. She may be a nice person, have a winning personally, and do a lot of good and charitable deeds, and those are all good things as far as they go, but they don’t get a person to heaven and they don’t qualify anyone as a spiritual authority. Personally I wouldn’t quote her even on anything “neutral” without some qualifier lest someone think I was giving tacit approval to what she says in general.
Some will be miffed at the thought of saying what might seem to be unkind toward her. I am not at all meaning to be unkind, but I want to warn people that that she is advocating is a false gospel.
II John 1:9-11: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”