Thursday, April 10, 2008

Confusion, doubt and....false teaching.

So, then just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught...see to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." -Colossians 2:6-8
I am currently engaged in a ongoing sermon series dealing with doubt's about the truth of Christianity and the Bible. After watching this video clip, I am reenergized about the necessity of helping seekers & believers understand the truth of God's word even more. I am not a fan of the "left behindish" flavor of the this clip, its melodramatic and painfully reminiscent of the old "Mark of the Beast" movies in the 80's. But even still, the false teaching the Oprah is presenting is alarming. Scripture warns of being led astray from Christ through men and women who reframe, reinvent, redress and repackage age old lies:
"Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. He has lost his connection with the Head (Christ)." -Colossians 2:18-19a


Anonymous said...

Now, I like to think I can learn from all, and there were things she said that I agree with. For example - "the hugeness of God", yes, He is. "think out of the box", I try within the bounds of reason. "To search more than doctrine", please, please let that be true for all Christians."If God for you is still about a belief then it's not truly God." I wish I knew the Christian who belongs to this quote-- "Warm emotions without knowledge can rise no higher than superstition, and knowledge which does not influence the heart and emotion will only make a hypocrite."
I think that is somewhat the same thought and I agree with them.
She also said "that God is the life essence, the totality of the essence of all life forms".
I believe that as well. Without Christ, nothing that He made would live. He is the life force in everything, from blade of grass to the spirit of man. I'm afraid that is about all I could find as common ground. I suppose I would have to say that I agreed with the girly-guy as well. I think most of those thoughts were his. But back to her beginning place; a "jealous God". Now, if a man flirts with my wife, my hand hovers over my holster as she passes by the flattery and puts him tactfully in his place; if a person moves in to give my children fatherly advice or woo them away from my perception of truth, the gun is drawn. If a person approaches one of my grandchildren the hammer is cocked and the barrel is leveled between his eyes. I am a jealous man for those I love. Metaphorically speaking.
I am so thankful that God is jealous over those He loves as well. He has jealously watched over me everyday, for 39 years, and I'm so glad He has.

I will play this for two of my grandchildren and I think they will be able to see and discredit the obvious 'feeling based' thought. Ego and self importance are a highly intoxicating brew, we are apt to slurp it up without a solid foundation. She serves up doubles. But, she has allowed compassion to move her to do some good works, I think that is the closest to God she will get.
Love Dad

Michael McMullen said...

It's funny, I had just seen this video about a week ago. I was really upset that her whole movement away from truth started with a simple misunderstanding of the phrase "jealous God".

Yes, there is a little truth in every lie. That's what makes them so tempting. That's what makes it so upsetting when you see people fall for it.

This video made me sad.

MaryMGlynn said...

I have to agree with Mike here. Fred is right there are some truths, but just enough to get people drawn in. By the millions! Sadly this video does not suprize me a bit. I remember when I was 16 my mom warned me years ago that this was comming. She said people will claim to be the I am and are not. At the time I was shocked. But I knew she was right. I guess thats why Jesus said people are like sheep. They will follow one another off a cliff. We must get the word out, Be the light in the world. Tell people the truth.
Its time for the church to wake up and shake off the dusty clothes, put on the armor of God and lead the way! And show by example.

FCB said...

I think I will add a few more comments to clarify my position.
I have gotten this video from others and their comments are given in an alarmist fashion, and peppered with hostility. I think it is important when talking with someone of another faith, to listen for common ground and then surgically divide truth from error. Oprah believes nothing new; if you read "A Course in Miracles",the New Age bible, you will see the exact thing taught, in fact in many Universal churches, this doctrine is taught every Sunday morning. And, it has been perpetuated since the death of Christ. Two million people may listen to Oprah, but 25 million listen to Dobson every day. Two Billion follow Christ and he gives away no cars, no bundles of money to promote Himself. I see Oprah as a simple woman that exercised ambiton, education and a keen wit, made something of herself, unlike many others, and is intoxicated with her success. I can understand that. She probably thinks it very well may be something divine in herself and available to others. She is mistaken, but I can see the appeal to her and others that admire her.
Although she denies Christ and is an enemy to truth as I believe it, I will not, like the Pharisees, plot her crucifiction, but rather listen, study, like Mary said, and be prepared to defend our faith in a spirit of love, not alarm or fear. Christ came from nowhere, had nothing, and changed the face of the world, no matter how much money Oprah gives away, I doubt she will be but a footnote in the books of history.