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What Would Jesus Say To Oprah. 1 Timothy 4:1-2. Oprah. No last name is necessary Time - made the top 100 list of most influential people in the world every year - only person to do so Since 2002 she’s been more admired than Laura Bush in Gallup Poll of most admired women. Oprah.

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oprah
Oprah
  • No last name is necessary
  • Time - made the top 100 list of most influential people in the world every year - only person to do so
  • Since 2002 she’s been more admired than Laura Bush in Gallup Poll of most admired women
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Oprah
  • Influence stretches around the world
  • Television program in over 100 countries
  • U.S. audience up to 30 million viewers per week
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Oprah
  • Omagazine has a readership of 2.7 million
  • She creates markets
  • Any book she recommends becomes an overnight bestseller
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Oprah
  • Her words can affect entire industries
  • “I’m not eating another hamburger”
  • Led to “Oprah Crash” where the cattle market plummeted for two weeks
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Oprah
  • She dispenses advice on everything
  • From dieting, clothing, make-up and romance
  • To overcoming sexual abuse, AIDS crisis in Africa, and developing your spiritual life
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Oprah
  • There is much we don’t know about her
  • No authorized biography
  • Confidentiality contracts
  • There is enough to know for sure what Jesus would say
you are not the final source of authority
You Are Not the FinalSource of Authority
  • There is much to admire about Oprah
  • Born illegitimate child of Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey in 1954
  • Born in Mississippi
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You Are Not the FinalSource of Authority
  • She grew up in many ways having to live by her wits
  • First six years spent with grandparents in Mississippi
  • Next eight years between Wisconsin and Tennessee
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You Are Not the FinalSource of Authority
  • Environment with mother was unhealthy
  • Oprah was raped and sexually abused from the time she was nine until she was fourteen
  • Relatives and boyfriends of her mother
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You Are Not the FinalSource of Authority
  • At 14, gave birth to a child who died shortly afterwards
  • Vernon Winfrey home was a good environment
  • She began to flourish
1 you are not the final source of authority
1. You Are Not the FinalSource of Authority
  • 1970– First Miss Black Tennessee
  • 1971—Won scholarship to Tennessee State University; also landed a job in radio
  • 1973—Left college to move to Baltimore for a job with WJZ-TV
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You Are Not the FinalSource of Authority
  • 1978—became co-host of People Are Talking– morning TV
  • From there she moved to Chicago to host AM Chicago
  • The rest is “History”
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You Are Not the FinalSource of Authority
  • Theme of Oprah—She has lived life by her instincts, by intuition, buy her gut.
  • She has made that the final arbiter in spiritual matters as well
  • This is how she began to move away from biblical Christianity
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You Are Not the FinalSource of Authority
  • “I am guided by a higher calling. It’s not so much a voice as it is a feeling. If it doesn’t feel right to me. I don’t do it.” Time, 1988
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1. You Are Not the FinalSource of Authority
  • “I have church with myself: I have church walking down the street. I believe in the God force that lives inside all of us, and once you tap into that you can do anything.”
what would jesus say
What Would Jesus Say?
  • Finding the right way to go spiritually is not found in what she feels but in what He says
  • The Bible for her is not the final source of authority
  • Matthew 4:4; Matthew 7:24
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What Would Jesus Say?
  • There is a way that seems right
  • We are fallen creatures who need our hearts and minds refashioned by God’s Word
  • Ephesians 4:17-21
it is not lawful for you to have steadman
It Is Not Lawful for You To Have Steadman
  • John 4:16-18
  • “The man you now have is not your husband”
  • Before life could be right with Him, she had to turn from her sinful relationship
it is not lawful for you to have steadman1
It Is Not Lawful for You To Have Steadman
  • She has had many different relationships with men
  • Some have been destructive and very unhealthy
  • Four year affair with a married man in Baltimore
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It Is Not Lawful for You To Have Steadman
  • Moved to Chicago
  • Met Steadman Graham in 1985
  • Divorced with daughter
  • They live together
to misrepresent god brings severe consequences
To Misrepresent God Brings Severe Consequences
  • Oprah views her show as a “mission”
  • She has called it her “ministry”
  • She has tremendous influence beyond any single pastor in the nation
to misrepresent god brings severe consequences1
To Misrepresent God Brings Severe Consequences
  • In recent years she has more forthrightly promoted “New Age” teachings
  • She regularly features teachers such as Gary Zukav, Iyanla Vanzant, and now Eckhart Tolle
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To Misrepresent God Brings Severe Consequences
  • A New Earth
  • 10 live Monday night web seminars on her website
  • One million watched them live; 27 million downloaded them
to misrepresent god brings severe consequences3
To Misrepresent God Brings Severe Consequences
  • A form of monism
  • Points: Eternal “spirit” of some kind

Could be called life force, nature,

Allah, or “the power” etc.

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To Misrepresent God Brings Severe Consequences
  • “I am Spirit come from the Greatest Spirit. I am Spirit.” Oprah
  • Life and its forms are really an illusion
    • There is no actual you or actual god
to misrepresent god brings severe consequences5
To Misrepresent God Brings Severe Consequences
  • Man’s problem is not sin but ignorance or illusion
  • He needs to grasp that the material is not real and move toward a higher consciousness
to misrepresent god brings severe consequences6
To Misrepresent God Brings Severe Consequences
  • Jesus is not God, he is simply one teacher among others who found the way to liberation
  • We seek enlightenment and we may continue in other life forms
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To Misrepresent God Brings Severe Consequences
  • It is not clear whether she holds to a return to a complete loss of personal identity
  • Jesus would say to her that she stands in great danger of misrepresenting God and the way to Him