LTRP Note: A number of years ago, former New Age follower Warren B. Smith told Lighthouse Trails editors that he believed one day Rick Warren would share the television stage with Oprah Winfrey. And he believed that when it happened most Christians would not find it troubling that “America’s Pastor” would pay homage to Oprah even though no one has done more than Oprah in bringing to the American people’s attention the teachings of the New Age/New Spirituality. She has helped to rise to fame figures such as Marianne Williamson (A Course of Miracles agent), Wayne Dyer, Gary Zukav, and many more. On February 24th 2013, Rick Warren and Oprah sat together on her Lifeclass TV show. A Lighthouse Trails reader wrote to us and asked: “How does a pastor go on national television to answer life’s questions and never mention the name of Jesus?” We didn’t watch the broadcast ourselves, but we don’t find it hard to believe if Rick Warren did not mention the name of Jesus or share the Gospel on Oprah Winfrey’s show. We did, however, read the new edition of The Purpose Driven Life and knowing that the new edition has the same New Age implications that the first edition had helps us to understand why Rick Warren wouldn’t have a problem sharing the TV platform with Oprah ( see: SPECIAL REPORT: RICK WARREN RETAINS UNBIBLICAL POSITION IN NEW 2012
EDITION OF THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE )
From the Orange County Register:
“Rick Warren and Oprah talk about purpose in life”
By ERIKA I. RITCHIE
On the show, Winfrey will talk with the mega-church pastor and address life’s biggest questions: ‘What on earth am I here for?’ and ‘What is my purpose?’ Warren and Winfrey will discuss the three levels of existence: survival, success and significance, and how to start living with more purpose. The show will also include an update on Ashley Smith via Skype, who in 2005 survived being held hostage by the Atlanta Spree Killer after reading Warren’s book to him.
Warren was first interviewed by Winfrey in September 2005, when he and Smith met to talk about the impact Warren’s book had had on her release. In March 2005, the book was propelled into the national news when Smith persuaded her captor to release her by reading portions of the book. Following that, it made publishing history by returning to No. 1 on all bestseller lists three years after its release. Click here to continue.