For the past several weeks, Oprah Winfrey has been sharing her heart about how of the Bible has impacted her life and how God gives her great joy. The only problem is, we aren't really sure which god she is glorifying but she's leaving Jesus out of the equation (or at least putting other gods on the same pedestal next to Him).
Let's be clear. Oprah's sudden river of religious talk is not based on some newfound appreciation for Christianity. It's marketing spin for her new series, Belief, which the media pioneer describes as a "groundbreaking" television event exploring humanity's ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves.
Again, no mention of Jesus. There's definitely double-mindedness going on. Oprah has insisted she is a Christian. But a well-circulated YouTube video shows her arguing vehemently that Jesus is not the only way to the Father. And she flat out allowed no-hell Rob Bell to trash the Bible on her broadcast.
"This original series invites viewers to witness some of the world's most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers," the show's website explains. "Journeying to the far reaches of the world, and to places cameras have rarely been, Belief searches the origins of diverse faiths and the heart of what really matters. From the epic to the intimate, webbed throughout each hour are stories of people on spiritual journeys, taking them to sacred spaces ..."
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No, Oprah is not celebrating Jesus. She's taking people on a "spiritual" journey that includes many faiths and challenging them to ask the question: What do you believe? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord Jesus Christ, thank you.
And so will Franklin Graham. The evangelist set the record straight on Belief, arguing there are not many paths to God or to eternal life with Him.
"A personal relationship with Almighty God through His Son Jesus Christ is the only thing that can fill the void in the human heart," Graham said. "This is not a matter of opinion--Jesus said, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to Father except through Me.' One way, one Savior, no exceptions."
Again, I admire what Oprah has accomplished, the influence to which she has attained, the many thousands of people she has helped, and more. But the bottom line without Jesus it won't count for anything in the end—and I hate to see others led astray despite anyone's kind intentions. I'm praying and waiting on the day that she turns her heart fully to Jesus Christ and uses her celebrity to exalt Him and Him alone. He is worthy.
Jennifer LeClaire is senior leader of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, founder of the Ignite Network and founder of the Awakening Blaze prayer movement. She is author of over 25 books. Find her online at jenniferleclaire.org or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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