From Eric Barger Ministries.
Let there be no doubt. Oprah Winfrey is finally out of the spiritual closet. She has completely thrown out any previous notion that she is a “Christian.” Now, television’s most influential woman has become the driving force in bringing Helen Schucman‘s 35 year old trance-channeled book A Course in Miracles and new age author Marianne Williamson into the mainstream.
Not since Shirley MacLaine has any single person done so much to promote and normalize New Age mysticism to the public, as has Oprah. Her latest venture is promoting Eckhart Tolle, a sixty year-old German mystic who resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.
According to Tolle himself, his influences include:
* Sufism, which is a mystical form of Islam
* Zen Buddhism
* The Australian turned Hindu mystic, Barry Long whose teaching includes 20 books most of which focus in detail about sexuality between man and woman and its use to purify them both and rid them of personal, human love.
* Tolle acknowledges that his teachings are a synthesis of the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, one of the most famous of Hindu Yogi’s and
J. Krishnamurti. (Krishnamurti was once declared the “Messiah” and was proclaimed as the new incarnation of the Maitreya Buddha by the Madame Blavatsky’s Theosophical Society.)
* The aforementioned A Course in Miracles.
Perhaps most importantly, Tolle was born “Ulrich Tolle” and changed his name to “Eckhart” because of the profound influence which the 14th century occult mystic, Meister Eckhart had on him!
Oprah has spotlighted Tolle’s books in her popular “book club” and on March 3, 2008, she began co-hosting a series of weekly webcasts with Tolle based on his latest book, A New Earth. During one webcast, Tolle led Oprah to follow him into an altered state of consciousness. I wonder how many of the estimated two million people logged online to the meeting did likewise?
When asked during a webcast how she has reconciled Tolle’s spiritualist teachings with her previous Christian background Oprah responded as follows.
“I’ve reconciled it because I was able to open my mind about the, ah, absolute, indescribable hugeness of that which we call ‘God.’ Ah, I took God out of the box, cause, I grew up in the Baptist church and there were you know, rules and belief systems, doctrine. And, I happened to be, ah, sitting in church in my late twenties, and I was going to this church where you had to get there at eight o’clock in the morning or you couldn’t get a seat and a very charismatic minister, and everybody was, you know, into the sermon. And this great minister was preaching about how great God was and how omniscient and omnipresent and God is everything. And then he said ‘The Lord thy God is a jealous God.’ And I was, you know, caught up in the rapture of that moment until he said ‘jealous.’ And, something struck me, I was I think about twenty-seven or twenty-eight, I was thinking, ‘God is all. God is omnipresent and God�s also jealous? God is jealous of me?’ Something about that didn’t feel right in my spirit because I believe that God is love, that God is in all things. And so, that’s when the search for something more than doctrine began to stir within me.”
Oprah then asks her guru, Eckhart Tolle, what happens to humans at death. Tolle responds “I don’t give it any thought.” Oprah further pontificates that “God, in the essence of all consciousness, isn’t something to believe. God is! God ‘is’ and God is a feeling experience not a believing experience. And if your religion is a believing experience, if God for you is still about a belief, then it’s not truly God.“
This last statement is exactly what drives the heretical Emerging Church Movement. It is a search for spiritual feelings – but not absolute truth. For experiences – but without foundation.
God is certainly NOT jealous of Oprah! However, in her defiance of the key passage forbidding idolatry (Exodus 20’s “Ten Commandments”), she has made herself a god in the process. This is what led to the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3) and to the insurgence of every cultic teaching since. The mistake of all mistakes directly from the serpent’s mouth is discounting, ignoring or disagreeing with God’s infallible Word… “Hath God Said?“
To really get the full impact of Oprah’s statements I suggest that you actually hear and see Oprah and her guru. It is chilling to say the least. To do so, please visit this page on our website: http://www.ericbarger.com/emailers/2008/update5-8-2008.htm