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Letter to the Editor: Weight Watchers Revamped Into Mindfulness & New Age Practices Since Oprah Became Board Member

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I am a long time Weight Watchers member, having lost 30 lbs. 8 years ago. As was widely reported in the press, Oprah joined WW about 2 years ago and bought a seat on the Board of Directors of Weight Watchers. Her influence is predictable. The literature was revamped to promote mindfulness practices, and WW now has outside the meeting classes that teach “chi flow.” However, we now have whole meetings devoted to the practice of mindfulness, complete with demos and practice sessions. This is so frustrating since meetings are the lifeblood of the program for many of us, where we can talk about food issues. I did a search and you don’t have WW mentioned on your blog, perhaps because it is a secular organization, but many Christian women go there because statistically it has the best track record for helping people lose weight. It has changed profoundly since Oprah got involved.

Thank you, Barb

Links to show the connection between Mindfulness, Reiki, Yoga, the New Age and Weight Watchers:

https://www.weightwatchers.com/nz/feel/mindfulness/mindfulness-how-to-get-started

http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=20011

https://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=34981&sc=66

https://www.weightwatchers.com/ca/en/article/healing-hands-discovering-practice-reiki

http://people.com/bodies/oprah-winfrey-and-deepak-chopra-announce-new-21-day-meditation-experience/https://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=216331&sc=3040

 

Related Information:

Oprah Winfrey’s New Age “Christianity” and the Emperor’s New Clothes”

Mindfulness! Heard of It? What Does it Mean, and Where is it Showing Up in Christian Circles?

Shack Author Says “ I Want to Be More Like Oprah”

By Warren B. Smith

Oprah Winfrey interviewed Shack author William Paul Young on July 9, 2017 on her Super Soul Sunday television program that was broadcast on her OWN network. Young and Oprah appeared to be like two peas in a New Age pod as they talked of child abuse, traded spiritual quips, and seemed to continually marvel at the other’s brilliant insights. At one point midway in their conversation, Young answered his own rhetorical question regarding where Jesus dwells—he stated that “Jesus dwells in our hearts.” His quick, authoritative response was consistent not only with Oprah’s longstanding New Age beliefs but also with The Shack’s “Jesus” who presented this same New Age heresy when he stated that God “dwells in, around, and through all things.” This false teaching is the foundational teaching of the New Age/New Spirituality/New World Religion. The Bible is very clear that God is not “in” everyone and everything.

As the show ended, Young leaned towards the world’s most influential New Age leader and exclaimed—“I so appreciate what you do! My goodness!” Later, in his personal blog, Young proudly titled his observations about the interview by writing—“I Want to Be More Like Oprah.” With Oprah  having done as much as any person in modern times to publicly push New Age occultism, Young’s gushing adulation of the New Age leader was extremely telling. While allegedly writing The Shack to teach his children what he believes and how he “thinks outside the box,” his interview with Oprah makes it very clear. Young doesn’t just think outside the box, he thinks outside the Bible. Wm. Paul Young—like Oprah Winfrey—is a proponent of a New Age “Christianity” that is not Christianity at all.

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Letter to the Editor: Oprah’s Latest Attempt to Introduce New Age Spirituality to Evangelical Church

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

In light of your coverage regarding the Parliament of the World’s Religions, which took place Oct.15-19 in Salt Lake City, UT, it has been brought to my attention that Oprah’s “Belief” (her 7-episode television series) was shown some time during the conference, according to a post-conference e-mail from Imam Abdul Majik Mujahid, Board Chair of the Parliament of the World Religions.

Oprah’s “Belief” television series (7 episodes) premiered Oct.18 on OWN Network and is Oprah’s latest attempt to introduce New Age Spirituality and interfaith spirituality to the evangelical church:

Here is the link to the 2 minute trailer:

http://www.oprah.com/belief/Oprah-Winfrey-Presents-Belief

Used in accordance with the US Fair Use Act; 2 second still from video from Oprah.com.

On that page, it states:

Seven billion people, searching for connection, redemption, meaning. Oprah Winfrey presents the seven-night event, “Belief,” a groundbreaking television event exploring humankind’s ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/belief/Oprah-Winfrey-Presents-Belief#ixzz3q3IbNpjz

You have warned about Oprah much in the past (see http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?s=oprah&search=Search).

Although Oprah was not physically present at the Parliament of World’s Religions, her influence was there . . .

In Christ,

CONCERNED IN CALIFORNIA

NEW BOOKLET TRACT: THE MYSTICAL REVOLUTION

  The Mystical Revolution: How Millions of People Have Been Introduced to the Aquarian Age by Ray Yungen is our newest Lighthouse Trails Booklet Tract. The Booklet Tract is 14 pages long and sells for $1.95 for single copies. Quantity discounts are as much as 50% off retail. Our Booklet Tracts are designed to give away to others or for your own personal use.  Below is the content of the booklet. To order copies of The Mystical Revolution: How Millions of People Have Been Introduced to the Aquarian Age, click here.

rp_RY-MR.jpgThe Mystical Revolution: How Millions of People Have Been Introduced to the Aquarian Age

By Ray Yungen

Most people understand there’s been a number of revolutions over the past forty years or so, beginning in the ’60s. For instance, there’s been the sexual revolution, the feminist revolution, and what you might call the drug revolution. These were social movements that changed and altered society to a significant degree. Before this time period, people more or less stayed with convention. They more or less conformed to society’s expectations and codes of behavior. There were technical revolutions and philosophical revolutions in the past, but the revolutions we have had since the 1960s have turned society in a totally new direction.

What many people don’t comprehend (or may understand in a vague or limited way) is that there has also been a mystical revolution. This revolution has impacted every major area of society, without exception. This is not a conspiracy theory. We are not talking about assertions of which we expect you to take our word. What we present here can be proven. In this booklet, you will see how the dots are connected.

A number of credible authors and scholars have documented this mystical revolution, three to which I would like to draw your attention. The first is Dr. James A. Herrick, a professor at Hope College and the author of The Making of the New Spirituality. In his book, Herrick says that the “Revealed Word” tradition (basically that which embraces the fundamental beliefs of Christianity) is being slowly dismantled in society and replaced by the New Age spirituality. His book is probably the most in-depth and scholarly I have yet seen. Herrick states:

[T]he past three centuries have witnessed a stunning shift in Western religious thinking away from the tenets [of Christianity]. . . . a new set of religious commitments has now replaced the fundamental claims of the Revealed Word.1

Herrick calls this replacement the “New Religious Synthesis,” which incorporates “the spiritualization of science” (i.e., quantum spirituality), panentheism (God in all things), occultic practices, “spiritual evolution” (man becoming Divine), and interspirituality (all paths lead to God) through mysticism.

Another figure who has recognized this mystical revolution is Robert C. Fuller, Professor of Religious Studies at Bradley University. According to Fuller’s book, Spiritual But Not Religious, huge numbers of Americans have embraced what he refers to as “unchurched” spirituality, which is in effect, New Age spirituality. Fuller says that millions of Americans no longer identify with the traditional religious denominations but now say they are “spiritual but not religious,” which is an unstructured mystical spirituality that is at the very heart of what I call the mystical revolution.2

A third author who has identified this mystical revolution is New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. In his 2012 book, Bad Religion, he states:

America’s problem isn’t too much religion, or too little of it. It’s bad religion: the slow-motion collapse of traditional Christianity and the rise of a variety of destructive pseudo-Christianities in its place.3

To back up the conclusions of Herrick, Fuller, and Douthat, according to a survey done by Baylor University, nearly 25 percent of the American population now view God as a “cosmic force” rather than a personal being.4

All this indicates that something unprecedented is taking place. Traditionally and overall, people in the Western world have seen God as our Father who art in heaven. God has been an individual and a personal being with all that this entails.

For those who might be skeptical about just how widespread this mystical paradigm shift is, consider some of the country’s major bookstore outlets. Amazon has around 280,000 titles that deal with New Age/New Spirituality subjects. When Borders was still in business, their metaphysical section in some stores was up to 64 shelves. Going by the law of the market (i.e., supply and demand), this means enormous numbers of people are interested.

What is Mysticism?
Readers who are not familiar with this subject may be asking, what exactly is a mystical revolution? Simply put, this is merely the practice of one stopping the normal flow of thought by focusing on the breath or a repeated sound (such as repeating a word or phrase for twenty minutes) or a continuous drum beat. This is meant to propel an individual into a state called the silence, which makes him or her susceptible to communing with unseen realities they perceive to be supernatural in nature.

The mystical revolution is basically comprised of large numbers of people learning techniques that provide mystical experiences. This is at the heart of what is called the Age of Aquarius, where all humanity is linked in a mystical manner to one other and an ultimate authority figure, both seen and unseen.

This revolution actually started about the same time as the drug revolution in the 1960s when millions of teenagers and young adults started using marijuana and LSD. Psychedelic drug use became a widespread social movement, which is reflected by the fact that many of the songs at that time had reference to drugs and psychedelic themes.

Psychedelic drug use opened the door to interest in eastern religion—specifically Hindu and Buddhist meditation. The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band had a reference to this in the song, “Within You, Without You.” One of the lines in the song is “it’s all within you.” In other words, everything you need is already contained in you (i.e., your higher self), which is one of the tenets of mysticism. Even the famous Woodstock Music Festival was advertised as an Aquarian exposition. The word Aquarian is a term for the Age of Aquarius, which is the view that we’re moving out of the Piscean age into the Aquarian age. In this Aquarian Age, there will be a certain spiritual keynote or spiritual perception among a critical mass of humanity. This was made apparent when Swami Satchidananda opened Woodstock with a lecture given to half a million young people in the audience (you can actually see this if you rent the movie Woodstock).

After Satchidananda’s Woodstock “benediction,” things unfolded quickly. Transcendental Meditation (T.M.) became widely popular due to its founder Maharishi being on the Merv Griffin Show, a popular talk show of that time. Merv Griffin was actually a T.M. practitioner himself and even acknowledged it on the show.

Other gurus surfaced as well. Swami Muktananda was also extremely well received in the ’70s and would travel around touching people in the middle of the forehead with a peacock feather activating their third eye. They would then have mystical experiences. He reached literally hundreds of thousands with his message.

This advent of mysticism was becoming very apparent in our culture. Terms like mantra, karma, and high consciousness were being used. This was somewhat of a novelty—people were hearing about things they never thought about before.

As we moved into the 1980s, popular actress Shirley MacLaine became associated with these practices because she was converted to this view. She wrote about it in both of her autobiographies, Out on a Limb and Dancing in the Light. Each one of these books sold millions of copies and successfully introduced occultic concepts such as channeling to countless people who were not yet familiar with such practices. These were not the hippies or the counter-culture types but were everyday folks: teachers, blue-collar workers, business men and women, and such. This, in turn, generated a lot of interest from the average person in the Western world. It was the 1980s when the New Age became quite a phenomenon.

The Christian Response
In 1983, a Christian attorney from Detroit, Constance Cumbey, wrote a book titled The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow after she accidentally stumbled upon the New Age. Cumbey was basically the first person within the evangelical church to expose the New Age as a movement. There had been many books on cults, like Kingdom of the Cults or Guidebook for Cults. But Cumbey’s book focused on individuals working within various organizations, who rather than drawing people away to cults, attempted to turn the organizations themselves into spiritual organizations that reflected the new paradigm. The book that alarmed Cumbey was the book by Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy (an influential New Age manifesto at the time), which described people who had become aware of these other dimensions and were working to become “Aquarian conspirators” (as Ferguson called them) and bring everyone else into this mystical body. They were the pioneers or the avant-garde in this new wave of consciousness.

But then the term New Age became a worn-out buzzword. The people who promoted New Age beliefs stopped using the term. As a result of this tactic, Christian concerns died out, and people saw the New Age movement as a kind of fad that was fast disappearing. I’ve always wondered about books, such as Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness (immensely popular during that period), as to whether they had something to do with this dismissal of the New Age as a fictional fantasy and perhaps nothing more than a silly craze. It seems the initial alarm dissipated because people perceived the mystical revolution as non-relevant. A trip to your local Christian bookstore today will illustrate this point. In the section that deals with cults or apologetics, you will find books dealing with Mormonism, atheism, Islam, and so forth, but you will find almost nothing on the mystical revolution even though it has actually exploded and become embraced by a wide segment of the population.

Momentum Increases
In 1986, something very significant happened that helped turn unknown New Age writers into world-famous household names—the Oprah Winfrey Show began. Oprah had read a book by Unity minister Eric Butterworth and converted to the New Age mystical paradigm. Then in the ’90s, she dedicated her show to the New Age concepts of higher consciousness. In 1992, Oprah invited a woman named Marianne Williamson on her show. Williamson had written a book titled Return to Love, which was based on the channeled manual A Course in Miracles. To help launch Williamson’s message, Oprah gave away 10,000 copies of A Return to Love, resulting in 70,000 copies of the book selling within the first week after the show. Needless to say, Oprah was very excited about this book.

Oprah soon had a who’s who parade of New Age authors on her show. She highlighted a series of authors, most of whom went on to sell millions of books. She had Sarah Ban Breathnach, the author of Simple Abundance, and Iyanla Vanzant. And then, Oprah had one of the individuals I would consider the most indicative of this movement—Gary Zukav. Because of his regular appearances on the Oprah Show, his book, The Seat of the Soul, was at the top of the New York Times best-seller list 31 times and remained on the New York Times best-seller list for three years. Needless to say, it has sold millions of copies.

Zukav’s book was not the kind of book most people normally would have bought; it could be likened to a scholarly textbook, rather than the kind of book that would appeal to the masses.

There were many others also reaching the broad public. And by public, I mean this in the truest sense of the word. Public television began to advocate the New Age perspective. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, John Bradshaw was appearing on public television on a show called “Bradshaw on the Family.” Bradshaw had been trained in Hindu meditation by Dennis Weaver, the actor who played Chester on the 1960s television Gunsmoke. Bradshaw then passed on this knowledge to his viewers and readers, talking about meditation and the higher self. (Higher self is a term meaning the inner divinity or the god within every person.)

Deepak Chopra, an East Indian-American doctor, was another figure on public television quite often. Chopra promoted holistic health. But the most prominent and effective figure on public television, who was on for twelve years during pledge drives, is author Wayne Dyer. One could legitimately call him the Billy Graham of New Age spirituality. He had a deep booming voice and a commanding presence, which gave him an air of authority. But his message could best be summed up in one of his numerous books titled Your Sacred Self. Again, his message was always in the vein of mysticism—that if one did meditation one would achieve connection with the higher self. Like Bradshaw, Dyer reached millions of people through this venue. He literally personified the mystical revolution. In all, he has sold around 50 million books. He died in August of 2015 at the age of 75, but his books and teachings will live on.

Dr. Dyer’s publisher was Hay House, a publishing company started by a woman named Louise Hay who wrote a book called You Can Heal Your Life that sold 40 million copies. Hay became so wealthy that she was able to start her own publishing company. Today, Hay House is one of the largest New Age publishing companies.

The logo for Hay House is “look within.” In other words, everything you need is right inside of you. This is in line with the lyrics of “Within You, Without You,” the song by George Harrison of The Beatles—“it’s all within you.” As I stated earlier, these words are the theme of what New Age spirituality entails. In the Age of Aquarius, the message is when man “realizes” his own divinity, everyone will find “God” within themselves.

One could say, “Well, to each his own. We live in a pluralistic society. If people want to believe this stuff, they can. It may sound flaky or somewhat offbeat or eccentric, but I don’t care if other people believe this stuff. It won’t affect me at all. I’ll follow Jesus, and I’ll be a good Christian. There’ll still be plenty of good Christians around. Just because there’s this flaky religion out there doesn’t mean I should get excited about it.”

But here is what needs to be considered: when you look behind the curtain, you see things extremely disturbing. For instance, in the acknowledgments of popular author Iyanla Vanzant’s book, In the Meantime, she thanks her spirit guides, giving them each names. This is true of practically every major author in this movement. And then, there is Gary Zukav. The main theme of his books is that we need to turn our lives over to our non-physical guides (spirits) and teachers. Sarah Ben Breathnach was involved with Wicca and also had non-physical guides and teachers. In her book, Simple Abundance, she says spells cast on Halloween are more powerful than any other night in the year. That book sold five million copies.

Even the highly regarded and influential Wayne Dyer expressed his love and devotion to a group of non-physical entities who called themselves “Abraham” in a book for which he wrote the foreword.5

I could give numerous other examples than the ones just mentioned, but that would be redundant. This is not the exception; this is the rule. Perhaps the most noteworthy would be that of Louise Hay, founder of Hay House Publishers. Hay has a particular devotion to one of the non-physical guides and teachers whom Gary Zukav talks about, a spirit guide named Seth. Channeler Jane Roberts has authored several “Seth books.” Of those books, Hay states:

I would like to see the Seth books as required reading for anyone on their spiritual pathway. The amazing in-depth information in the Seth books is as relevant today as it was in the early 70s when Jane Roberts first channeled this material.6

This is sobering considering that practically every third or fourth book in the self-help section of most bookstores is published by Hay House.

Europe Gets on Board
In 2014, I traveled to Europe, specifically England, Ireland, and Germany for a number of speaking engagements. I was shocked to see the level of New Age acceptance in these countries. I didn’t get a real sense of how big this was until I went to a number of bookstores. In Dublin, Ireland at the city’s largest bookstore, there were 80 shelves devoted to mind, body, spirit (the “non-threatening” term for New Age spirituality). Traveling around Ireland, I found that New Age spirituality was the prominent spiritual expression even in little villages scattered around the countryside. I was expecting to find lots of books on Catholicism; instead, I found many books by the likes of Neale Donald Walsch, a New Age channeler.

Dusseldorf, Germany’s major bookstore absolutely reflected the mystical revolution I am trying to describe. Eighty-eight shelves were devoted to these subjects, which they called zie esoterik (German word for occult). It was then I was introduced to the German word for spirit guide, geist fürer.

Finally, in Birmingham, England (the second largest city in England), the largest bookstore in the center of town had a whopping 100 shelves devoted to the New Age compared to only twelve shelves devoted to Christianity. And in that small “Christian” section, many of the titles reflected the New Age view rather than the Christian.

This coincides with my experience in Germany, because right at the time I was there, I read an article that came out, which stated that Germans spend 25 billion euros a year on New Age activities and things related to the New Age. Twenty-five billion! The article said that New Age practices have become integrated into everyday life in Germany. Integrated and very common.

I had further evidence of that when I was in a large retail outlet in Germany called Hercules (the equivalent of the U.S. outlet, Walmart). The store’s large magazine section contained a sizeable number of New Age magazines, indicating the public was interested in these subjects.

In a 2013 trip to Europe, I saw the same level of interest in France. In one large bookstore, a small religion section was mostly Catholic, with a much larger section representing the entire panoply of New Age thought and practice.

All this shouldn’t be much of a surprise because the most popular spiritual author in Europe, Anselm Grün, has a strong New Age bent. Grün, a German Benedictine monk, promotes contact with spirit guides, getting in touch with “your angels,” and Buddhist-type meditation. Grün has written over 300 titles, which have sold over 14 million copies.

Clearly, from my own observation and from talking to people who live there, the mystical revolution is considerably more advanced in Europe than the U.S., although as time goes on, the gap is narrowing.

In addition to Europe, America’s neighbor to the north, Canada, has also heavily embraced this mystical revolution to roughly the same degree. In one national chain bookstore in the suburbs of Vancouver, BC, the number of shelves devoted to New Age spirituality has more than doubled in just a few years from twenty to forty-five.

Planetary Spirituality
Many people, including numerous Christians, see the New Age as more of a nuisance to Christianity than a serious threat. But according to New Age pundit David Spangler, this mystical revolution is actually the rise of what he refers to as a “planetary spirituality,”7 one that the entire human race buys into, one that transcends all the world’s religious dogmas and puts forth the idea that all human beings are divine.

This philosophy also carries another dimension as explained in Spangler’s book, Emergence: Rebirth of the Sacred where he explains how he came about connecting to “invisible, spiritual beings,”8 specifically one who called himself “John” (for the sake of convenience). Spangler said that during periods of meditation, he felt his own “inner being and [this spirit guide] uniting in a very deep way.”9 Spangler’s description of his relationship with “John” is most revealing:

I felt strongly that someone had walked into the room. This person’s presence was overwhelming. . . . In my inner work to that time, I had occasionally been aware of and made contact with invisible, spiritual beings. Such phenomena came with the territory [meditation]. . . I had never before felt such a strong and immediate presence.

I shared this perception with Myrtle [his friend], and . . . we agreed to sit in meditation to attempt a contact with this being. . . . I felt my inner being and his uniting in a very deep way. . . .

Thus began a relationship with a spiritual being that continues to this day.10

Spangler believes this relationship with his spirit guide has given him skills “at working with the inner dimensions of spirit”11 and that “John” has a specific purpose in connecting with Spangler:

Over the years it has been evident that John’s main interest is the emergence of a new age and a new culture, and he identifies himself as one of those on the spiritual side of life whose work is specifically to empower that emergence.12

Everyone I have profiled in this booklet, from Oprah to Wayne Dyer to John Bradshaw plus countless others have all been working to bring about this “new culture”—and they appear to have succeeded. What is taking place is far more widespread throughout the Western world than most people realize. Even the giant retail outlet Costco recognizes this reality. In their magazine, the Costco Connection, they relate this in an article titled, “Mindful Matters: Meditation as Medicine,” stating:

It’s been around for centuries and is integral to the practice of Buddhism, yet, until recently, meditation was often regarded as some strange, New Age-y, Eastern mind-body thing. No more.13

Meditation, the basic activity that underlies all metaphysics, is the primary source of spiritual direction for those in the New Age. We need only observe the emphasis that is placed on meditation to see the significance of its role in New Age thought:

Meditation is the doorway between worlds . . . the pathway between dimensions.14

Meditation is the key—the indispensable key—to the highest states of awareness.15

Meditation is a key ingredient to metaphysics, as it is the single most important act in a metaphysician’s life.16

When we examine the heart of this mystical revolution, we find there’s a source of authority, so to speak. There’s some thing, some entities running this. It’s not the authors themselves but the force behind them that is in charge. And the power or force behind all these authors despises the Gospel and hates Christianity. We must conclude that the New Age movement does not have any real leaders, only followers. I heard one writer/channeler put it very plainly when he revealed:
Everyone anywhere who tunes into the Higher Self becomes part of the transformation. Their lives then become orchestrated from other realms.17

Please remember these following two Bible verses as you consider what you have just read:

Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:31)

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. (1 Timothy 4:1)

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Endnotes:
1. James Herrick, The Making of the New Spirituality (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003), p. 21.
2. Robert C. Fuller, Spiritual But Not Religious (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2001).
3. Ross Douthat, Bad Religion (New York, NY: Free Press, 2012), p.3.
4. American Piety in the 21st Century: New Insights to the Depth and Complexity of Religion in the US (Baylor University survey, 2006, http://www.baylor.edu/content/services/document.php/33304.pdf), p. 29.
5. Esther and Jerry Hicks, Ask and It Shall Be Given (the teachings of Abraham) (Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2004), foreword by Wayne Dyer.
6. Louise Hay review of A Seth Book: The Early Sessions, Book 1: http://www.amazon.com/The-Early-Sessions-Book-Material-ebook/dp/B00BA1YXRO.
7. David Spangler, Emergence: The Rebirth of the Sacred (New York, NY: Del Publishing, 1984), p. 112.
8. Ibid., p. 65.
9. Ibid., p. 66.
10. Ibid., pp. 65-66.
11. Ibid. p. 66.
12. Ibid., p. 67.
13. Sally Abrahms, “Mindful Matters: Meditation as Medicine (Costco Connection, July 2014, Vol. 29, No. 7), p. 35.
14. Celeste G. Graham, The Layman’s Guide to Enlightenment (Phoenix, AZ: Illumination Pub., 1980), p. 13.
15. Ananda’s Expanding Light, Program Guide (The Expanding Light retreat center, California, April-December 1991), p. 5.
16. The College of Metaphysical Studies website, “Frequently Asked Questions About Metaphysics, Spirituality and Shamanism” (http://www.cms.edu/faq.html).
17. Talk by Ken Carey at Whole Life Expo (Los Angeles: February, 1987).

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Olive Tree Radio Interview with Warren Smith: Many Shall Come in My Name

warren-bioJan Markell and Eric Barger host former New Ager Warren Smith for the hour. This movement is now called the “new spirituality” and you would be surprised how even evangelical leaders fit into it. The chief proponent of it is Oprah Winfrey who is now utilizing Rob Bell to further this Satanic agenda.  Why would Rick Warren tap into three men with involvement in this “new spirituality” to be a part of a program at Saddleback Church? Hear from one who attended this outrageous seminar.  We carry Smith’s excellent book, “False Christ Coming: What New Age Leaders Really Have in Store for America, the Church, and the World.” To listen to this important interview, click here.

NEW BOOKLET: Oprah Winfrey’s New Age “Christianity” and the Emperor’s New Clothes

Oprah Winfrey’s New Age “Christianity” and the Emperor’s New Clothes by  Warren B. Smith is our newest Lighthouse Trails Booklet. The Booklet is 18 pages long and sells for $1.95 for single copies. Quantity discounts are as much as 50% off retail. Our Booklet are designed to give away to others or for your own personal use.  Below is the content of the booklet. To order copies of  Oprah Winfrey’s New Age “Christianity” and the Emperor’s New Clothes, click here. This Booklet also comes with two Appendices: 1) God is Not in Everything; and 2) The Gospel of the True Jesus Christ.

rp_BKT-WS-OPR-COVER-lg.jpg“Oprah Winfrey’s New Age “Christianity” and the Emperor’s New Clothes”

By Warren B. Smith

The twenty-first century will be the time of awakening, of meeting The Creator Within. Many beings will experience Oneness with God and with all of life. This will be the beginning of the golden age of the New Human, of which it has been written; the time of the universal human, which has been eloquently described by those with deep insight among you. There are many such people in the world now—teachers and messengers, Masters and visionaries—who are placing this vision before humankind and offering tools with which to create it. These messengers and visionaries are the heralds of a New Age.1 (emphasis added)—Neale Donald Walsch’s New Age “God”

Get ready to be awakened.2 (emphasis added)—Oprah Winfrey

The colorful orange and blue paper band around the book issued the following invitation to readers: “Join Oprah and Eckhart for a worldwide web event . . . Every Monday night for 10 weeks . . . Register at Oprah.com.” A personal message from Oprah stated, “Get ready to be awakened.” It was early in 2008, and it all had to do with a much-publicized selection from Oprah Winfrey’s book club—A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life Purpose by New Age author Eckhart Tolle. Through this worldwide web event with Tolle, Oprah was making a definite statement. She was no longer content to just share and promote her New Age beliefs. In this Internet class with Tolle, she would now be actively teaching them. This was a bold move by a woman who was willing to do everything in her power—which is considerable—to convert humanity to a new worldview and to a New Age “Christianity” that is no Christianity at all.

The “Shift”

With her good friend Marianne Williamson simultaneously teaching a daily year-long class on A Course in Miracles on Oprah and Friends XM Satellite Radio, Oprah was unleashing two very public New Age classes. And these classes were teaching millions of people that the way to save themselves and the planet was not by accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior but rather by accepting the “God” and “Christ within.” As Williamson put it in her book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles: “I accept the Christ within.”3

In defending her New Age beliefs, Oprah Winfrey would argue that what she was promoting was for the good of the world. She would also tell detractors—“I am not a New Age anything, and I resent being called that.”4 While Oprah is free to call her New Age teachings whatever she wants, a rose by any other name is still a rose. Oprah and her spiritual colleagues are New Age because they all teach the heretical New Age doctrine of spiritual Oneness—We are all one because we are all “God,” and we are all “Christ.” As Marianne Williamson writes:

We are all one, we are love itself. “Accepting the Christ” is merely a shift in self-perception.5

The New Age “shift” that Oprah, Williamson, and Tolle describe occurs when an individual “awakens” to the alleged “God” and “Christ within.” Shift is the big word. It means moving from one position to another—as in moving one’s focus away from the “ego” to the “Christ within.” With television, satellite radio, the Internet, and her Life You Want Tour revival meetings, Oprah is determined to teach the world how to “awaken” and make the “shift” to the “Christ within.”

In her first class with Eckhart Tolle—with people around the world watching—Oprah asked if anyone had experienced the “shift” to a new “awakening” while reading Tolle’s book, A New Earth. The question was reminiscent of the New Age EST program in the 1970s that taught this same idea of “shifting” one’s perception and similarly asking—“Did you get ‘IT?’” Obviously, there is pressure to get “IT”—to experience the “shift.” Oprah felt the “shift”—did you? Have you “awakened” to this New Age way of perceiving yourself and others that can save the planet; this understanding that we are all one because God is “in” everyone and everything? Get it? Got it? Good! Oprah encouraged everyone to keep logging on to her classes and to keep reading Eckhart Tolle’s book. In so doing, they would get “it” too!

“Evolve or Die”

Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth—like A Course in Miracles and countless other New Age books—describes how the world is at a crisis point and that we are in dire need of spiritual help. Tolle insists that humanity must “spiritually evolve” in order to avoid personal and planetary disaster. According to Oprah, Tolle, and New Age teachers everywhere, spiritually evolving means “shifting” and accepting the New Age/New Spirituality belief we are all divine—i.e., we are all “God.” In his book and in his first class with Oprah, Tolle reiterated the same teaching that key New Age leader Barbara Marx Hubbard received from her New Age “Christ”—“Evolve or die.”6 Thus, what people were basically being told by Winfrey and Tolle was—if you don’t “shift” to the New Age/New Spirituality point of view, planet earth may be destroyed and humanity may become extinct. This echoes what Barbara Marx Hubbard’s New Age “Christ” told her. He made it clear that in the future, those who refuse to see “God” and “Christ” in everyone will eventually be eliminated by what he describes as a spiritual “selection process.”7

Hubbard—highly respected by her New Age colleagues—also writes that her New Age “Christ” has proposed an “alternative to Armageddon.”8 Hubbard’s channeled New Age “Christ” states that the Bible’s prophesied battle of Armageddon doesn’t have to happen. He describes how his “alternative to Armageddon” Peace Plan can save the planet and bring world peace. This wholly unbiblical/extra-biblical Armageddon alternative is predicated on accepting the “shift” that Oprah, Tolle, and other New Age leaders are teaching. The New Age “Christ’s” view of the future inspired Hubbard to be one of the co-founders of the World Future Society. Merging/emerging church leader Brian McLaren has also written about an Armageddon alternative.9 Not surprisingly, McLaren was one of the featured speakers at the 2008 World Future Society’s annual gathering, along with Barbara Marx Hubbard herself.

Surprised by the Truth

In describing the New Age/New Spirituality “shift” and the necessity for everyone to spiritually evolve, Eckhart Tolle told Oprah Winfrey and their millions of viewers that once you “awaken” to your own godhood the “shift” is “irreversible.” What Tolle overlooked were those of us who had previously made the “shift” to New Age beliefs only to discover—by the grace of God—that we had been grossly deceived by these false New Age teachings. We then shifted out of the New Age as we renounced our New Age beliefs. Piercing through the darkness, the Bible proved itself to be shockingly true as it exposed the massive deception behind New Age/New Spirituality teachings.

It was extremely humbling for us to realize that the Bible didn’t need New Age correction—that it was authoritative and true and actually warned about the deception of which we had been a part. We were shown that God was God and we were not. Jesus was the one and only Christ. There was no universal “Christ within.” We also came to realize there really was a Devil and that he was orchestrating a New Age/New Spirituality deception through seducing spirits (1 Timothy 4:1). We were brought to the understanding that we were sinners and needed to be saved by the true Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23-25). We learned by God’s grace and through God’s Word that the New Age Peace Plan to save the world—the Armageddon alternative—was part of the last days deception the true Christ warned would come at the time of the end (Matthew 24:3-5). Like Oprah, we had been very enthusiastic and sincere about our New Age beliefs, but we came to realize we were sincerely wrong. The New Age “awakening” and the paradigm “shift” it inspires is a deceptive spiritual device being cleverly and mightily used to deceive the world (2 Corinthians 2:11).

The Shifty New Age

In their initial March 3, 2008 webcast, Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle were careful not to describe “the shift” they were advocating as New Age. In fact, Oprah described herself as a “Christian.” In what appeared to be a conveniently screened first caller, a woman asked how Oprah reconciled her “new form of spirituality” with her “Christian” beliefs:

Kelly (Illinois): “I had a Catholic upbringing, I married a Catholic, and we’re raising our children this way. In reading books such as Tolle’s, I’ve really, it’s really opened my eyes up to a new way of thinking; a new form of spirituality that doesn’t always align with the teachings of Christianity. So my question is to you, Oprah, how have you reconciled these spiritual teachings with your Christian beliefs?”

Oprah Winfrey: “I’ve reconciled it because I was able to open my mind about the absolute indescribable hugeness of that which we call ‘God.’ I took God out of the box because I grew up in the Baptist church and there were, you know, rules and, you know, belief systems in doctrine . . . . “And you know, it’s been a journey to get to the place where I understand, as I said on the pre-show here, that what I believe is that Jesus came to show us Christ consciousness. . . . Jesus came to show us the way of the heart . . . to show us the higher consciousness that we’re all talking about here. . . . “And as I said earlier on that pre-show here, there is a wonderful book called Discover the Power Within You by Eric Butterworth, which helped me to reconcile the two. So that might be really good for those of you who are Christian and trying to balance the two”10 (emphasis added).

Oprah’s endorsement of New Age minister and author Eric Butterworth’s book was extremely significant. Twenty-one years earlier, on a September 18, 1987 Oprah Winfrey Show titled “The New Age Movement,”11 Oprah defined the New Age in positive terms by referring to Butterworth’s book, Discover the Power Within You. On this program about the New Age, this same idea of “awakening” and “shifting” one’s awareness to the “divine self” or “Christ within” was similarly introduced. Thus, everything Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle were referring to as a New Spirituality in 2008 had already been articulated by Winfrey and her guests on that 1987 program as New Age. During the 1987 show, Oprah stated:

They call themselves members of the New Age Movement, and they say that our hope for survival as a planet comes from learning about our own individual power and our own divinity . . . .

Later in the program Oprah talks about Eric Butterworth and his book. One of her guests on the show, New Age minister Dr. Donald Curtis, stated that her remarks about Eric Butterworth perfectly defined the term New Age:

Winfrey: “One of the most important books, I think, I’ve read, in my life was a book by Eric Butterworth whom I know you—”

Dr. Curtis: “Excellent, excellent.”

Winfrey: “Called Discover the Power Within You. And what Eric Butterworth said in that book is that Jesus did not come to teach how divine he was, but came to teach us that there is divinity within us. So that is essentially what we are talking about.”

Dr. Curtis: “That’s a summary statement of exactly where we are in what we call the New Age or the new thought.”

Winfrey: “And that’s what the new thought means, for those of you who are confused about it.”

But, in reality, Oprah is just adding to the confusion that she is attempting to clarify. She tells her detractors—“I am not a New Age anything and I resent being called that,” yet Eric Butterworth’s own website describes him as “a highly respected New Age pioneer and innovator of New Thought.”12 Obviously New Thought is New Age—and that is what she has been pushing through Butterworth and others down through the years. So what is most confusing is when Oprah tells everyone she is “Christian,” but everything she is believing and teaching is straight New Age. Also on the 1987 program, Oprah and Dr. Curtis have an exchange about “shifting” and “awakening” to the “divine self”—the “God” and “Christ within.”

Winfrey: “There seems to be a spiritual movement afoot, and I wonder if it’s because I sense my own spiritual evolvement, or is this something that’s really happening, Dr. Curtis?”

Dr. Curtis: “Well, I’m sure it’s happening, because as you said in the introduction, the New Age or the new thought religions are very much in line with traditional religion. I think it’s a dimension that comes when we’re aware of the awakening in consciousness, the shift, the new paradigms of thought, and all of the awakening of that divine self in individuals, that of course, where is one to go to find security or to find a sense of their own reality except within? . . . Can you imagine any greater revolutionary or New Age thinker than Jesus Christ when he came on the scene?” (emphasis added)

Winfrey: Yeah, absolutely.

Thus, on the March 3rd, 2008 webcast with Eckhart Tolle, Oprah Winfrey was just reiterating what she said twenty years previous on her 1987 program about the New Age movement. Her statements about Eric Butterworth and his book in 2008 were almost identical to what she was saying in 1987—that man is divine. The description of the New Age “awakening” to the “Christ within” and the New Age “shift” to the “divine self” on the 1987 program was exactly what she and Tolle were teaching—but instead of calling it New Age they, like other New Age proponents, were cleverly renaming it the New Spirituality.

The Ultimate Ego Trip vs. Being Born Again

Contrary to what Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle stated, New Age beliefs cannot be reconciled to biblical Christianity. The Bible makes it very clear that Jesus Christ came to the world as Messiah—the one and only Christ. He did not come to teach humanity to “shift” from the “ego” to their “inner Christ.” What Winfrey, Tolle, and other New Age/New Spirituality leaders overlook in their apparent renunciation of the ego, is that a “shift” from one’s “ego” to the “Christ within” is the biggest ego trip of all. Who do they think they are—God? And their answer is “Yes!” By claiming the title of “God” and “Christ” for themselves, they succumb to the original temptation that took place in the Garden of Eden—that “ye shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5).

The true Jesus Christ taught, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). He said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). He also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). Being born again means accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior—not accepting yourself as “God” and “shifting” to an alleged “Christ within.” Jesus meant it when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). The world doesn’t want to hear it, but Scripture lays it right on the line: Salvation does not come from “awakening” and “shifting” to the “Christ within.” Salvation can only be found in our one true Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Oprah and the “Great Heretical Idea”

On that same 1987 Oprah Winfrey Show titled “New Age Movement,” Oprah’s first guest was Marilyn Ferguson, the New Age author of The Aquarian Conspiracy. Winfrey described Ferguson’s book as “the bible of the New Age movement.” In The Aquarian Conspiracy, Ferguson introduces what she calls “a great heretical idea.” She believes this “great heretical idea” will enable humanity to spiritually evolve and achieve world peace. The “heretical idea” is the belief that God is “in” everyone and everything. Ferguson describes how immanence—the “God within”—has always been perceived as heresy. But if this idea of “God within” is “widely communicated”—she argues—it can “become our new consensus.” Ferguson wrote:

Usually at the point of crisis, someone has a great heretical idea. A powerful new insight explains the apparent contradictions. It introduces a new principle . . . a new perspective.13 Given the superior power and scope of the new idea, we might expect it to prevail rather quickly, but that almost never happens. The problem is that you can’t embrace the new paradigm unless you let go of the old.14

If these discoveries of transformation are to become our common heritage for the first time in history, they must be widely communicated. They must become our new consensus, what “everybody knows.”15 (emphasis added)

Over the last 28 years—ever since the 1987 program about the New Age movement—Oprah Winfrey has used her television program to promote scores of New Age authors and their occult/New Age books. With Oprah’s endorsement, the authors’ books attain instant notoriety as their books frequently sail to the top of the New York Times best-seller List. This has happened time after time as the New Age “great heretical idea” of the universal “God within” has been “widely communicated.” Oprah Winfrey has more than fulfilled the strategic New Age role laid out by Marilyn Ferguson in The Aquarian Conspiracy. The idea of “God within” has gradually become “what everybody knows.”

Queen Midas

One graphic example of how Oprah Winfrey has “widely communicated” the “great heretical idea” of the “Christ within” over the last many years is seen in her popularization of friend and New Age leader Marianne Williamson’s book about A Course in Miracles. As previously mentioned, while Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle presented their New Age teachings about the “Christ within” on the Internet, Marianne Williamson was presenting the same New Age ideas on Oprah’s XM Satellite Radio station. Williamson had a daily, year-long class where she taught the channeled New Age teachings of A Course in Miracles. Sixteen years earlier in February 1992, Oprah had introduced Williamson and her book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles to her worldwide television audience. On that program, Oprah stated that Williamson was:

A leader in a philosophy that I personally know could change the world—I believe that with all my heart. I have read many books over the years. I have never been as moved by a book as I have by Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love. So moved in fact that I went out and bought a thousand copies, and we’ll be giving you all a copy before you leave here today . . . If it sounds like I am trying to hype the book, I really am. It’s the first time you can open a book and actually see some answers.16

As a result of Oprah’s enthusiastic endorsement, Williamson’s book shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list and stayed there for months. A Course in Miracles is reputedly “new revelation” channeled directly from “Jesus.” However, this channeled false Christ turns the Holy Bible upside down as he teaches—among other things—that “a slain Christ has no meaning.”17 He states that “The journey to the cross should be the ‘last useless journey,’”18 “Do not make the pathetic error of ‘clinging to the old rugged cross,”’19 and “The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself.”20 This false Christ also teaches that there is no sin, no devil, and no need for salvation because we save ourselves by recognizing our divinity.21 The “Jesus” of A Course in Miracles is yet another beguiling New Age voice entreating unsuspecting persons to “awaken” and “shift” to the “God” and “Christ within.”

In the 2008 webinar, Oprah did for Tolle what she had previously done for Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Shirley MacLaine, Gary Zukav, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and so many other New Age figures through the years. Like King Midas, Oprah has a “golden touch” that instantly transforms otherwise obscure New Age books into golden best-sellers. But ultimately, King Midas’ “golden touch” was too much as he transformed things into gold that really shouldn’t have been—like his food, water, and even his daughter. Likewise, Oprah has also turned things into gold that should not have been—New Age books like A Return to Love, A New Earth, and The Secret—all to the spiritual detriment of her trusting viewers.

Oprah has performed her New Age evangelistic role extremely well—and continues to do so. For four separate decades, she has consistently communicated her strong New Age beliefs by favorably interviewing New Age authors and endorsing their New Age books. Thanks largely to Oprah, the “great heretical idea” of “God within” is now a mainstream belief embedded in today’s postmodern “progressive” culture. Oprah has an apparent zeal for God but not according to knowledge (Romans 10:2). The New Age “Jesus” is not the true Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:24). He is “another Jesus” with “another spirit” and “another gospel” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

Oprah and The Queen’s New (Age) Clothes

The good old minister went into the room where the swindlers sat before the empty looms. “Heaven preserve us!” he thought, and opened his eyes wide, “I cannot see anything at all,” but he did not say so. Both swindlers requested him to come near, and asked him if he did not admire the exquisite pattern and the beautiful colors, pointing to the empty looms. The poor old minister tried his very best, but he could see nothing, for there was nothing to be seen. “Oh dear,” he thought, “can I be so stupid? I should never have thought so, and nobody must know it! Is it possible that I am not fit for my office? No, no, I cannot say that I was unable to see the cloth.”—Hans Christian Andersen, The Emperor’s New Clothes

In the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes, some swindlers convince the Emperor and his ministers to see a suit of clothes that is actually non-existent. These swindlers convince the Emperor and his ministers by telling them that only “intelligent,” “well-informed” citizens can see the suit of clothes. Publicity about the Emperor’s “new” clothes went out unto all the kingdom as people were told what they were supposed to see. The people realized that if they were to be perceived as “smart” and not seem “stupid” they would see this suit of clothes. And, of course, no one wanted to be perceived as stupid.

Soon it was publicized throughout the kingdom that the Emperor would be showing off his new suit of clothes in a public procession several days hence. When the day came, the naked Emperor walked among his people and received unanimous acclaim for his new suit of clothes. The people saw what they had been told to see. “Isn’t it absolutely wonderful,” all the people proclaimed. “The Emperor is all dressed up in his new suit of clothes.”

Everyone was so taken by the Emperor’s “new” suit of clothes that they barely heard the little boy who hadn’t been told what he was supposed to see. “But the Emperor isn’t wearing any clothes,” said the lad. “The emperor is naked!”

Several people heard the boy and realized that what he was saying was true. Suddenly everyone’s eyes were opened, and they knew they had been tricked into seeing something that wasn’t even there. The Emperor wasn’t wearing a new suit of clothes. He was as naked as the day he was born. Swindlers had deceived the Emperor, his ministers, and almost the whole kingdom with their clever scheme.

And so it is with the “New” Age/”New” Spirituality and Oprah Winfrey. Widely regarded as the “Queen” of the airwaves, Oprah has been deceived into seeing a “New” Age/”New” Spirituality “suit of clothes” that simply isn’t there. The Queen’s advisors—Eric Butterworth, Maya Angelou, Marianne Williamson, Gary Zukav, Neale Donald Walsch, Esther Hicks, Eckhart Tolle, and countless others—have all been similarly deceived into seeing this “new” way of looking at themselves and the world. Deceived and deceiving (2 Timothy 3:13), they in turn convinced the Queen that she and everyone in her kingdom just needed to “shift” past their “egos” and “awaken” to the fact that they were naturally clothed in “Christ”—that they were already wearing this “new” suit from the New Age/New Spirituality wardrobe. All they had to do was accept and affirm the “God” and “Christ” within.

The Queen was very excited. She said she would help everyone “awaken” and “shift” to this new “Christ consciousness”—this “new” way of “seeing” themselves and their world. Being a sympathetic and caring person, she wanted the whole world to see what she and her advisors were seeing—that everyone was divine and clothed in this “Christ consciousness.” She knew that if this “New” Age/”New” Spirituality suit of clothes was presented properly, all the wise and well-informed people would “see” her point of view and “get it.” They would “awaken” as she and Marianne Williamson and Eckhart Tolle had. If everyone would just “awaken” and “shift” to this new way of seeing themselves, then everything in the kingdom could be made right again. With this “Great Awakening,” all of humanity could spiritually evolve and world peace could finally be achieved.

So with great fanfare and publicity, the Queen went on the worldwide web and told everyone in the world that what she and Eckhart Tolle were teaching was the most exciting thing she had ever done. On her first Internet class, the Queen told her enthusiastic followers that there was nothing more important than “awakening” to the “New” Spirituality—that we are all clothed in “Christ” and that we are all dressed in this same suit of clothes because we are all “God” and we are all “Christ.” She was hopeful everyone would see the world as “A New Earth” the way she and Eckhart, and all of her New Age colleagues, saw it. But she was worried about the people who were not smart enough to see that they were “God” and “Christ.” She told everyone in her first Internet class if there isn’t a shift, God only knows what will happen to us.

The Queen’s urgency let everyone know that it was really important that they have the “awakening” and make the “shift” to the “Christ” within. She was very charismatic and very convincing as she made it clear that the well-being of the planet depended on everyone seeing themselves as “God” and “Christ.” She and Eckhart warned that people would either be smart and evolve, or they would die.

But it wasn’t a little boy who warned the Queen that she was being greatly deceived—the warnings were from the one true God that had created her. His Holy Bible warned her not to be deceived by false prophets and false Christs that claimed “Christ” was within every person. His Scriptures made it clear that Jesus Christ was the one and only true Christ. But the Queen wasn’t listening to the words of the Bible. She was listening to Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and her New Age colleagues.

Oprah’s Rude Awakening

Oprah has done her job well. For nearly thirty years, she has enthusiastically and consistently communicated her New Age beliefs through countless New Age authors. All those in the “Aquarian Conspiracy” must be very proud of her. Thanks to Oprah’s high visibility and continued popularity, “the great heretical idea” that “God” and “Christ” are within everyone has been “widely communicated” and is fast becoming our “new consensus” and “what everyone knows.” This ten-week class that she was teaching with Eckhart Tolle was the culmination of all that Oprah has sought to teach her viewers over the years about the New Age and how to see the world anew. But like the Emperor and his “new” suit of clothes, Oprah has been greatly deceived by her New Spirituality.

Sadly, if Oprah and her colleagues continue down the path of the New Age/New Spirituality, they will experience an “awakening” some day, but it will not be the “Great Awakening” they anticipated. Instead, it will be a rude awakening come Judgment Day. On that day, they will suddenly realize that God is God and they are not, and they never were. They will realize that Jesus Christ is Lord and that He is the one and only Christ, and there is no universal “Christ within.” They will see that they were deceived and that the Lord Jesus Christ really meant it when he said, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:4-5).

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord. (2 Corinthians 4:5)

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light . . . put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 13: 11-12, 14)

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Endnotes
1. Neale Donald Walsch, Friendship with God: an uncommon dialogue (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1999), p. 295-296.
2. Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (New York: A Plume Book (Published by Penguin Group), 2005): Personal message from Oprah Winfrey on orange and blue paper band on special edition of the book.
3. Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (New York: Harper Perennial, 1996), p. 33.
4. “The Gospel According to Oprah” (Vantage Point, July 1998, Watchman Fellowship, www.fial.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=artNewAge.article_1); quoted from Stephen Mansfield, Where Has Oprah Taken Us? The Religious Influence of the World’s Most Influential Woman (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2011), p. 70.
5. Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love, op. cit., p. 32.
6. Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth, op. cit., p. 21; Barbara Marx Hubbard lecture at Texas A&M University, September 11, 2002, information taken from The Aggie Daily, September 12, 2002. (http://www.tamu.edu/univrel/aggiedaily/news/stories/02/091202-8.html).
7. Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium (Novato, CA: Nataraj Publishing, 1995), pp. 240, 267. See also: False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care? (Magalia, CA: Mountain Stream Press, 2011), p. 33-34.
8. Ibid., pp. 264-265.
9. Brian McLaren, The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything (Nashville, TN: W Publishing Group, 2006), pp.174-175.
10. A New Earth Online Class: Chapter 1 Transcript (images.oprah.com/images/obc_classic/book/2008/anewearth/ane_chapter1_transcript.pdf).
11. The Oprah Winfrey Show, Show #W265, Air Date September 18, 1987 (official transcript).
12. Eric Butterworth Home Page: http://www.ericbutterworth.com/html/eric_bio.html.
13. Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy (Los Angeles: J.P. Tarcher, Inc., 1980), p. 27.
14. Ibid.
15. Ibid., p. 34.
16. The Oprah Winfrey Show, February 4, 1992. Transcribed by author from video.
17. A Course in Miracles: Combined Volume (Glen Ellen, CA: Foundation for Inner Peace, 1975, 1992), Text p. 425.
18. Ibid., p. 52.
19. Ibid.
20. Ibid., p. 147.
21. A Course in Miracles, op. cit., Manual, p. 87.

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Appendix A
God is Not “in” Everything

Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. (Psalm 9:20)

[V]erily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. (Psalm 39:5)

Now the Egyptians are men, and not God. (Isaiah 31:3)

[F]or I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me. (Isaiah 46:9)

O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself. (Jeremiah 10:23)

Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God. (Ezekiel 28:2)

But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. (John 2:24-25)

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord. (2 Corinthians 4:5)

For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. (Galatians 6:3)

Appendix B
The Gospel of the True Jesus Christ

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6 )

1) The true Jesus Christ said we must be born again from above.

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:6-7)

2) To be born again we must recognize we are lost, fall short of the glory of God, and are sinners.

And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man. (Mark 7:20-23)

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

3) To remain in our sins is spiritual death. Believing in Jesus Christ brings eternal life and is a gift from God.

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. (John 11:25)

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

4) To save us from our sin, God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be our Savior.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

5) The true Jesus Christ said we must repent of our sins.

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3)

6) To save us from our sin, Jesus Christ died for our sins on the Cross of Calvary.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

7) On the Cross of Calvary, Jesus Christ defeated sin and death.

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. (Hebrews 2:14)

8) If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9)

9) We are saved by God’s grace through Jesus Christ—not by our own works.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

10) True faith comes from hearing the Word of God.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

11) Because of faith in the finished work of the true Jesus Christ on the Cross, we have peace with God.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)

12) We are the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ’s work of redemption on the Cross.

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26)

13) If we believe in the true Jesus Christ and continue in His Word, then we are His disciples.

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31)

14) The apostle Paul emphasized that we must stand on the truth and keep the Gospel of the true Jesus Christ.

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

15) Whoever calls upon the Lord in sincerity and truth will be saved.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)

***If you have never repented of your sins and asked the true Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, consider doing it right now while it is still day—because night is coming on fast.

Warren B. Smith’s warning to the church—FALSE CHRIST COMING: DOES ANYBODY CARE?

Just as Hitler telegraphed his plans in Mein Kampf, so Antichrist has telegraphed his plans through his designated false teachers. Author Warren B. Smith is a former follower of this New Age “Christ.” False Christ Coming—Does Anybody Care? describes the deceptive teachings that undergird Antichrist’s deceptive Peace Plan. This book is a wake-up call to a church that remains strangely silent and in deep denial about the very deception that Jesus warned would come in His name (Matthew 24:3-5). Become aware of what’s happening, and then warn your friends and family (2 Corinthians 2:11). available through Lighthouse Trails. 160 pages | $14.95 | Lighthouse Trails Price: $13.95 Mountain Stream Press

Rob Bell: “We’re moments away from the Church embracing gay marriage” – Wife Calls it “a Battle”

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“There are churches who are moving forward and there are churches who are almost regressing and making it more of a battle”—Kristen Bell (Rob Bell’s wife)

By Amy Spreeman

Rob Bell and his wife, Kristen, are making headlines again, this time about gay marriage and the church.  Before we start, just a point to our emergent friends: When it comes to heretical teachers like Bell, we are NOT to “eat the meat and spit out the bones (advice found nowhere in Scripture), but instead we are to follow the command to mark and avoid false teachers.

(Romans 16:17-18) “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

Here’s an excerpt from the show that aired Sunday, Feb. 15. reported what Bell said on Super Soul Sunday, airing on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel:

“One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness,” Rob Bell said. “Loneliness is not good for the world. Whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It’s central to our humanity. We want someone to go on the journey with.”

That statement prompted a question from Oprah: “When is the church going to get that?”

“We’re moments away,” Rob Bell said. “I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and co-workers and neighbors and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone.”

Said Kristen Bell: “There are churches who are moving forward and there are churches who are almost regressing and making it more of a battle.”   (SOURCE)

Bell recently started a broadcast group called “The Liturgists,” and promotes “mother God” and a deep mystical New Age mediation called  “apophatic prayer.” Click here to continue reading.

 

 


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