Oprah’s “conversion?”

Oprah claims to be Christian and gives her “testimony” after many years of promoting her anti-Christian New Age views.  The article gives credit to T.D. Jakes (?!) for helping her.

If you watch the video, that is a pretty lame “profession of faith.” At the 3:14 mark she emphasizes how she respects all religions, then shifts to some politically correct / New Age nonsense to describe her faith, such as “aligning with the values of tolerance, acceptance, harmony, cooperation and reverence for life” (even though, presumably, she is still pro-abortion).  Of course we should respect people, but Christianity doesn’t teach us to respect false ideas.

2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ

She said, “If you are living in the space of an open heart you have a blessed life . . . There is no life without a spiritual life.” That is standard New Age / prosperity gospel messaging.  She didn’t have one mention of the cross, sin, repentance, etc.

In true prosperity gospel style she says, “Are you ready to allow abundance and blessings . . .?” She says she became so successful because she “lived in the space of spirit her whole life.”

She said, “My favorite Bible verse — because I am a Christian — is Acts [pause] something [laughter] . . .” She forgot the chapter and verse of her favorite passage.

Interestingly, it was Acts 17:28, where Paul said “‘In him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.'”  Paul was quoting a non-Christian writer who had made a generic comment about God, but he was using that to point to the exclusivity of Jesus and God’s command to repent and believe.

Her authentic spiritual state is between her and God, but I’m not seeing biblical fruit here.

7 thoughts on “Oprah’s “conversion?”

  1. Oprah has claimed for decades that she’s a Christian. I see nothing on this video which demonstrates she has even the remotest understanding of the Christian faith. She talked 90% New Age. How could she as a so-called Christian continue to promote false belief systems on her show? Oprah has been one of the most spiritually-damaging people in history, due to her vast influence on millions of people, especially women.

    Just remember, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists and even Moonies all claim to be Christian. But their teachings – like Oprah’s – demonstrate otherwise.

  2. I’m skeptical whenever I hear someone famous making a profession of faith. They may be Christians, but often times, they will not come under good teaching in order to grow in their faith. Given that, much of what they teach is filled with error because they still haven’t become grounding in the truth. (See above comments).

    This is also why I don’t think we should put famous people on parade the moment they trust in Christ in some half-baked scheme to get others to “trust” Christ. This philosophy comes from the error that if we can get someone famous to give their testimony, others will come to know Christ as well. But I never see that in the Bible. We have King Nebuchadnezzer coming to faith in Daniel 4, yet, Babylon didn’t suddenly become a believing nation. We have Paul coming close to convincing King Agrippa in Acts 26, but does not. That is because God doesn’t use the wise of this world to advance His kingdom.

    1 Corinthians 1:27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.

    He uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise for His glory (this gives me hope that he will use THIS foolish one for HIS glory as well). We don’t need people like Oprah advancing the kingdom. We need the faithful nobody’s that God has called to preach His word faithfully, to do just that. Preach the word faithfully in season and out of season. He moves when and where and how He pleases… Let us preach not ourselves, nor Oprah converted, nor Jane Fonda converted, nor anyone else converted, but preach Christ crucified!

    • Outstanding comment and glad you made a post out of it on your blog! Just as you said, Christian celebrities tend to pass along bad theology and are deprived of their own spiritual growth because they don’t get the mentoring they should. Just because you are famous doesn’t mean you get a shortcut.

  3. Pingback: Evangelist Oprah? I Hope Not | Timothy J. Hammons

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