4 Minute Devotions: A New Oprah – Why Christians should be wary

In the next couple of weeks, our church will be studying a book that has been highly recommended by Oprah Winfrey. It’s called “A New Earth” and is written by Eckhart Tolle. He writes about a new evolutionary spiritual transformation that he believes will take place this century amongst enlightened people. He draws from the teachings of Christ and Buddha, as well as the theories of Carl Jung. It’s a typical new age type of book, but his hope is that it becomes sacred scripture in the years to come.

 

Podcast version here

 

I’ve read the first chapter and already I’ve come across several areas where Tolle’s teaching misinterprets Christ. He relies upon his own feelings about Jesus as a great teacher and messenger to make his points. He does not proclaim Christ as the Son of God or Lord of all creation. Tolle also avoids calling our mistakes sinful; instead he declares them to be a form of madness which, in effect, does two things: it takes away personal accountability and it discards the need for Jesus to die for our sins.

 

John 16:33     “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

 

The book troubles me and I am sincerely sorry that Oprah has become involved and infatuated with this false teaching. It is countering Christ’s message and duping many women into believing the old heresy that salvation comes from within us.

 

I will be leading a ten week discussion about the book to show people where it dangerously digresses from Christian teaching, in order to help them avoid the pitfall of accepting popular superficial spirituality, as opposed to the deep meaning of Christ’s Gospel.

 

The discussions will take place at the church on Monday nights beginning May 5 and on Sunday mornings on May 11. I’ll also be starting a new online study class during the week of May 5 -11, so if you would like to be included, please send me an email at pastor@erinpresbyterian.org. Put “A New Earth” in the subject line of your email.

 

Some people may wonder why I am tackling this. It’s because in every generation, we have to defend our faith from misconceptions, mistaken beliefs, and misleading spiritual teachers. It’s properly called Apologetics, and has been in existence ever since the New Testament was written down.

 

Prayer:                        Lord Jesus, You are our Holy Teacher and Sacred Guide. You are the Prophet and Messenger of the Gospel. But You are also much more than these – You are the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, and the Only One with the words of eternal life. Keep us focused on Your ways and keep us away from false teachers and superficial celebrities, whose teachings are not Your own. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

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About stushie

I'm originally from Scotland and have been a Presbyterian pastor for over twenty years. I live in Knoxville, TN. I enjoy art as a means of therapy, but also as a creative way to strengthen my spiritual connection to God.
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11 Responses to 4 Minute Devotions: A New Oprah – Why Christians should be wary

  1. lohecometh says:

    I’m just going to tell you the truth because its about time people know the truth. what opray is doing is called spiritism. This spiritism has nothing to do with the son of god. if opray knew what is the result of forsaking jesus she would be asking the father of jesus to forgive her willful deception. Spiritism is believing that there is life after death. the teaching of god in his holy word is completely opposite of human being believe. read ECCLESIASTES 9: 5-6 PSALM 146:4 AND THE BIBLE SAYS PLAINLY THE THE GRASS WITHERETH THE FLOWER FADETH BUT THE WORD OF GOD STAND FOR EVER ISAIAH 40:8 God is saying that no one can change his word. did you also know he wrote the ten commandments with his own finger Exodus 31: 17 -18.

  2. stushie says:

    Amen!

  3. sabsdelancoir says:

    And maybe salvation does come from within, or even better, there is no salvation. “Sinners” will go to the same place as you. Maybe all you need is love, and to be happy

  4. stushie says:

    That may be a world view, sabs, but it is not a Christian one. If Oprah wants to get out into the world and start a whole new relgion, then she can freely do so…but other religions have the right to scrutinze those beliefs and show where they differ from them.

    That’s what I am doing here. You cannot be a follower of Christ and a follower of Oprah’s new found faith. They are not the same.

    Thanks for reading the blog and for making your comments. God bless you.

  5. lohecometh says:

    sabsdelancoir said, on April 22nd, 2008 at 7:30 pm
    And maybe salvation does come from within, or even better, there is no salvation. “Sinners” will go to the same place as you. Maybe all you need is love, and to be happy

    You know the problem we as a people have is that we don’t read the bible carefully for ourselves. read the book of ACTS 4: 12 THE BIBLE SAYS CLEARLY NEITHER IS THER SALVATION IN ANY OTHER: FOR THERE IS NONE OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVE AMONG MEN WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED.

  6. Inclusive says:

    The bible also says to stone people. Just pointing that out.

  7. Inclusive says:

    Instead of drawing a line between what fits and what doesn’t, why not instead find where the two ideas meet. If you open your mind, you will find that the fit quite snugly.

  8. stushie says:

    Eckhart is not Jesus Christ. What Jesus says in the Gospels is not cosy, comfortable, or snug. Read the Gospel and feel the difference.

  9. Inclusive says:

    I didn’t say it was cosy or comfortable, I said that the teachings of Jesus and Eckhart fit if you open your mind.

  10. stushie says:

    Only if you close your mind to Jesus, blah, and make Eckhart your new messiah.

  11. water_into_wine says:

    thank Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior for guiding me to this website! what opray is doing is called sin, sin, sin!! and the watchers of her show are devastating their chances of entering eternal bliss with all the beautie, clouds and loved ones taht passed on. and i think that they’ll also look the most amazing and good and the thinnest of their life. my beliefs are not accepted by most “christians”. most christians don’t believe in the magic of Jesus or God. They are the most magical because of the amazing things they do. every day u should pray to jesus to save your sin and beg him for your to heaven.
    praising this anchor woman as their new idol will hurt them when they are judged by the winged men upstairs. if you know what i mean, hahahahaha (christian joke) and are the large, jesus’s magical list will read whether or not you have done something that is against Jesus or God. you must fear our belove Jesus! he he is always checking to see if you are being good and Godly. remember that they are magical and you should do your best to be a REAL christian!!

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