Oprah Winfrey arguably has more influence on the culture than any university president, politician, or religious leader, except perhaps the Pope. (Vanity Fair 1994)
Even if you don't watch her TV talk show or listen to her radio show or read her magazine, you or someone you love will be affected by what she's passing off as "spirituality" these days.
Now that Oprah has become a New Age propagandist, we have a duty to expose her and her "guru" guests so that we can rescue Catholics and other Christians from this dangerous ideology. . . .
Keep watch. Be vigilant. The New Age ideas being pushed by Oprah cannot be easily dismissed. They're building steam and gaining ground-even among our fellow Catholics.
Sharon Lee Giganti is a great source of information on this subject. She is a former New Age teacher, now a Certified Catholic Catechist. I have linked to her website (click on her name). She has shared how she went through a dramatic realization that the ideas and principles of the New Age Movement are actually dangerous and can have deadly consequences in people's lives. Link to Sharon's CD set.
_____________________________________________Here is Jimmy Akin's review and endorsement of Sharon Lee Giganti's CD/story. I have reformatted and edited slightly.
New Age gurus . . . .
- Deny reality
- Reject logic and reason
- Promote delusional thinking
- Encourage self-centeredness
- Push people over the edge
- Dismiss sin and evil
- Pretend to be God
- And much more
"Oprah Winfrey has become one of the most influential spiritual leaders in America . . . . To her audience of more than 22 million mostly female viewers, she has become a postmodern priestess -- an icon of church-free spirituality."
- A Course in Miracles
- The Secret
- A New Earth
It's a 1,249-page, 3-volume set that was written in the 1970's by a woman named Helen Schucman -a psychologist from Columbia University.
She claimed that she "heard a Voice" that she identified as Jesus. He spoke to her and dictated this entire book. She merely "scribed" everything he said, and she later dictated that to another writer.It took her seven years to write A Course in Miracles (Jesus speaks slowly, I suppose)-but even when she was finished with it, she curiously wanted to "re-write" the whole thing!The bizarre (and dangerous) claim behind this book is that it is "divine revelation." In fact, its proponents claim that it's a "Third Testament" that should be included with the Bible.The set has been popular for decades. When I was a New Ager, I saw it all the time on the shelves of the (then small, now huge) New Age section in the bookstores. But now the course has been carried to new heights of popularity.Oprah Winfrey, who already had a long history of promoting New Age ideas via the guests she featured on her show, has locked onto A Course in Miracles and chosen to do a 365-day, non-stop "lesson a day" program that would present it to her millions of fans.
What does A Course in Miracles teach? "Revelations" from "Jesus" such as . . . .--There is no such thing as sin.--Evil, pain, suffering, sickness are all illusions.--Since man never sinned, he has no need of salvation.--A slain Christ "has no meaning" and so we should not cling "to the old, rugged cross."--The name of Jesus Christ is a symbol "of all the gods to which you pray."--To recognize God is to recognize yourself.
2. THE SECRET: Many were duped by Oprah Winfrey into purchasing the runaway bestseller The Secret by Rhonda Byrne-which, by the way, contained absolutely no secrets.
3. A NEW EARTH: Oprah also promotes another New Age guru . . . .
"Never personalize Christ. Don't make Christ into a form identity. Avatars, divine mothers, enlightened masters, the very few that are real, are not special as persons."
Tolle also pushes the New Age nonsense that you are God.
"The Truth is inseparable from who you are. Yes, you are the Truth. If you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived every time. The very Being that you are is Truth.There can be no subject-object relationship here, no duality, no you-and-God."
What did Oprah say to all this?
What did Oprah say to all this?
This past spring she hosted 10 Monday-night "Web seminars" with him (over the Internet). As many as one million people watched these "webinars" live, and 27 million more downloaded them afterward. It was described as one of the largest single events in Internet history.
Oprah Winfrey and Her "New Age Gurus" Are Deceiving Tens of Millions of People And Leading Them Away from Christ.
... who their key players are
... what they believe in
... what their fallacies are
... and, most importantly, how these dangerous ideas affect people's lives in disastrous ways.
" . . . . . In my years as an apologist, I've heard many compelling stories, but I was amazed at Sharon Lee Giganti's" --Jimmy Akin, Director of Apologetics and Evangelization, Catholic Answers
Oprah's Gospel - Christian Examiner
The Church of O - Christian Examiner
Debate with Bill Keller - You Tube
Note - she needed to read the CCC or the Navarre Bible commentary on "jealous God." Exodus 20:4,5
Bill Keller (Protestant) misses the point, too.
Jealous: the zealous for the exclusiveness and purity of our love and devotion. God wants what is His: the exclusive devotion of His people. It is only right and good that He should. (Not envy)
Church of Oprah Exposed - You Tube