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Putting Darkness For Light, Many Paths To God, The Spirit Of Antichrist, Denying The Lord That Bought Them, The Universal Nature Of God's Salvation Plan, Only One Path Leads To Our Salvation, Verses Regarding False Doctrines, Deceivers And False Prophets, A Personal Message Directed To Oprah Winfrey, Receive Truth Of God's Word With Meekness And Humility, We Can Be Sincere But Sincerely Wrong, God's Word Gives Us Our Authority For Our Beliefs, Our Obligation Is To Respect And Obey God's Word, We Are Accountable For The Truth After We Hear God's Word, Waiting In Patience And Faith When We Do Not Understand, Profundity Of God's Word, Deceived People Do Not Recognize Their Deception, Cults And False Doctrines, Open Rebuke Is Better Than Secret Love, Closing Remarks
So many things that Oprah Winfrey says to her viewers and readers are the exact opposite of Scriptural truth. These misguided beliefs and devilish lies which she promotes as truth, remind me of the following verse that is found in the Book of Isaiah:
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
Isaiah 5:20, KJV
As we saw earlier in this series, in her delusion, Winfrey claims that "There couldn't possibly be just one way . . . There couldn't possibly be"; meaning that there must be more than one way, in fact, in her own words "many paths to God". In her spiritual blindness, she refuses to accept that Jesus Christ is the only way to God the Father, and the only way to Salvation, as the Scriptures plainly teach us. Thus, she concludes that "There are certainly many more paths to God than Christianity", even though Jesus Christ Himself tells us the exact opposite. Whether she means to or not, she is calling Jesus Christ a liar; and as we saw earlier, this is the spirit of antichrist.
By adopting this unbiblical position, whether she realizes it or not, Oprah is fulfilling a verse that was written by the Apostle Peter almost two thousand years ago, as we see here:
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."
2 Peter 2:1, KJV
Not only does Oprah Winfrey reveal herself to be a false prophetess, but as the Apostle Peter writes, she denies the very Lord -- Jesus Christ -- who bought her Salvation with His own precious Blood on a Roman Cross. Now, there is one possibility I have considered, which might explain why, in spite of the fact that she has said all of these things that contradict the Scriptures, Ms. Winfrey still openly refers to herself as a Christian. It has occurred to me that perhaps deep in her heart, Oprah really does accept Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior, and the only way to Salvation and Eternal Life. However, at the same time, she does not believe that Jesus necessarily has to be the path to God for everyone else in the world.
No matter how you look at it, she is still wrong, even if she personally does recognize Jesus as her Savior. If this is how she believes -- and I honestly don't know for certain -- then we are back to square one with the claim that everyone has their own truth, their own path, and their own reality. It is a world without absolutes to such people. However, contrary to this view, as I explain in such articles as "All Are Given A Chance, But . . ." and "Is Salvation Meant For All Men?", the Scriptures are very clear when they inform us that Jesus Christ did not die for just a select group of people. He did not die just for the Jews, or just for Caucasians, or just for Blacks, or just for Orientals, or just for Latinos. He told us Himself that He died for the sins of all men, as we see by such verses as the following:
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."
John 12:32, KJV
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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."
John 3:14-16, KJV
"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 10:32-33, KJV
"Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:"
Luke 12:8, KJV
"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
John 4:14, KJV
"And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"
John 11:26, KJV
"I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness."
John 12:46, KJV
"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Acts 2:21, KJV
"To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins."
Acts 10:43, KJV
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Romans 10:13, KJV
"Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God."
1 John 4:15, KJV
"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."
Revelation 22:17, KJV
Thus we see the universality of God's Salvation Plan. Sin is universal. It affects us all. Thus, the need for Forgiveness, Redemption and Salvation is likewise universal. To suggest otherwise, to suggest that we can each choose a different path and still arrive at the same place -- Salvation -- is a deception concocted by Satan himself. It is a deceptive false doctrine which has poisoned so many minds and hearts in our modern times. Only one path leads to our Salvation, and that path goes through the Door, Jesus Christ. Following are some additional Scriptural admonitions regarding false doctrines for your consideration:
"Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."
Matthew 16:12, KJV
"That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:"
Ephesians 4:14-15, KJV
"Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein."
Hebrews 13:9, KJV
"As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do."
1 Timothy 1:3-4, KJV
"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, KJV
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;"
2 Timothy 4:3, KJV
In conclusion, the people who knowingly repeat and promote all of these damnable heresies are liars, deceivers and false prophets. As the Apostle Paul informs us, such people are deceived themselves, and they are deceiving others in the process as well. The Scriptures have quite a bit to say regarding these false prophets and wolves who come to us in sheep's clothing, and who feign to be our friends, and who pretend to know the truth. These false messengers of Satan are not our friends, and while they may know the truth, they most certainly deny it and reject it. As the Apostle James writes:
"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."
James 2:19, KJV
What we can learn from the previous verse is that believing is one thing, while actually submitting to God's Authority is quite another. Some of these false prophets do indeed believe in God, but they refuse to submit to the Authority of His Word. That is why they are deceived. They have placed their own words, and exalted their own thoughts, above God's Word. Following are some additional verses concerning these false angels of light, which are found in both the Old and the New Testaments:
"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
2 Timothy 3:13, KJV
"But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him."
Deuteronomy 18:20-22, KJV
"The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?"
Jeremiah 5:31, KJV
"For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD."
Jeremiah 29:9, KJV
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
Matthew 7:15-20, KJV
"And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many . . . For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
Matthew 24:11, 24, KJV
"For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect."
Mark 13:22, KJV
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
2 Corinthians 11:13-15, KJV
I would like to conclude this series by offering a personal word to Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah, given your vast influence, and the global network of people who serve you, I suspect that sooner or later, some of your admirers or co-workers will bring this series to your attention. If that is the case, I want you to know that it has not been my intention to offend you, or to upset you; although I realize that there is a possibility that you may be both offended and upset if you are not willing to receive in a spirit of meekness and humility, the Scriptural counsel which I have shared in this series. As the Apostle James writes:
"Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls."
James 1:21, KJV
Rather than offend and upset you Oprah, the purpose of this series, in addition to warning others about these dangerous, unbiblical doctrines which have become so pervasive in our modern day, is to hopefully shock you into realizing the truth concerning the dangerous path that you are currently on.
While you are no doubt sincere about your current beliefs, you must realize that according to God's holy Word, you are in fact sincerely wrong. You have apparently been deceived by the likes of Eckhart Tolle and other New Age gurus. You have publicly stated on your show that you are a Christian. Oprah, as I point out in a number of my articles, just as the United States of America is governed by the U.S. Bill of Rights and the Constitution, we Christians are governed by God's Word, the Bible. It is the Scriptures which give us the authority for what we believe. It is the Bible that unites us -- or at least that is supposed to unite us -- under a common banner of Christian doctrines.
Just as you would not think of betraying the Constitution of the United States, in similar fashion, we Christians find ourselves under obligation to respect, believe and obey God's Word. Shouldn't our allegiance to God's Word be equal to, and in fact greater than, our allegiance to the Constitution of the United States? As the Apostle Peter and other Apostles once stated:
"Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men."
Acts 5:29, KJV
Throughout this series, I have presented you and my other readers with a multitude of verses which clearly expose the deceptively dangerous concepts and doctrines which you and others have embraced. As Jesus once said concerning the unbelieving Jews who persecuted Him:
"If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin."
John 15:22, KJV
You see, Oprah, once we have heard God's Word -- such as the many Scriptures I have shared in this series -- God holds us accountable for the truth. The verses I have shared here are are not my words, they are not my personal doctrines, Oprah, they are in fact God's inspired Words, as given to His holy Prophets and Apostles; the very God who you publicly say you worship. As Jesus said, if we truly love Him, should we not keep His commandments? Consider this verse:
"If ye love me, keep my commandments."
John 14:15, KJV
Obviously, a child cannot possibly claim to love and respect his parents when he disobeys them at every turn. Neither can we claim that we truly love God when we have no respect for His Word, and in fact contradict His Word by creating our own personal doctrines and belief system. To do so, or to make such a claim is nothing short of hypocrisy.
Oprah, I understand that you have questions regarding our Christian faith; and that like myself, there are some things which you simply do not understand at this current time. When we face this kind of a dilemma, the solution is not to reject God's Word and to simply create our own doctrines and belief system; rather, we need to learn to demonstrate faith and patience, and simply wait until God determines that we are ready to accept whatever truth and deeper understanding He may have for us.
I will be honest and tell you that even after studying God's Word for over forty years now, there are still many things which I do not understand. In fact, as I have often said, the more I learn about God's Word, the more I also realize how very little of it I do understand. God's Word is just that profound. Consider the following verses:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8-9, KJV
"Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number."
Job 9:10, KJV
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!"
Romans 11:33, KJV
Oprah, I could have easily chosen to simply ignore the things that I began to learn about you. I could have just adopted a self-righteous attitude and said to myself, "Wow, Oprah is really out to lunch!", and just left it at that. After all, I don't know you personally, and I never even watched your show. Instead, the Lord motivated me to spend the past thirty-six hours writing this current series, in the hope that it might help you, as well as other people who currently find themselves trapped under such strong New Age delusion; and you are trapped, whether you realize it or not, Oprah.
The truth is, when people become deceived, they usually don't know it, as otherwise, they would not be deceived. I speak from personal experience, Oprah. There was a time in my life a number of decades ago when I too fell under very strong delusion. In my youthful desire to serve the Lord, I fell into company with a Christian organization which, only years later, I realized was actually a cult which embraced some unbiblical doctrines. It is several decades behind me now, but I learned valuable lessons from the experience. It made me wiser and more cautious in a spiritual sense, and I am now trying to help others when I see them commit a similar error.
You see, Oprah, while I normally just mind my own business and engage in my work for the Lord -- it does keep me quite busy -- there are times when, for whatever His reasons, God will bring certain things to my attention, such as serious doctrinal error. When this occurs, Oprah, the Bible does not instruct us to just keep quiet. Rather, it encourages us to take action, and to try to help our brethren, as we see by the following verses:
"Open rebuke is better than secret love."
Proverbs 27:5, KJV
"Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear."
1 Timothy 5:20, KJV
"Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins."
James 5:19-20, KJV
That is what this series has been about, Oprah: trying to help you to see the error of your ways. It won't be easy, I know. No one likes to admit when they are wrong. Pride just bursts out of our chest like a hot air balloon; and rather than receive the truth with meekness and humility, we choose instead to go into self-defense mode. You can do that, Oprah, if you want to. You can become upset, and maybe even threaten me in some way. No doubt, you have the power to do so; but I hope that you won't. Rather, I pray that you will yield to God's Spirit, realize the error of your ways, realize what a terrible influence you have been to possibly millions of your fans, and experience a great repentance. God wants to hand you a great victory, Oprah. Will you take it? The choice is yours. He won't force you.
With these words I will bring this series to its conclusion. I pray that it has been a blessing to you, Oprah, and to many others as well. God has blessed you with a lot Oprah. Will you now honor Him by returning to the truth of His Word?