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2011: Stephen Mansfield on The Religious Influence of Oprah Winfrey

On Thursday, October 13, 2011 Paul spoke with Stephen Mansfield, author of Oprah: The Religious Influence of the World’s Most Famous Woman

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From the publisher’s description of Oprah: The Religious Influence of the World’s Most Famous Woman:

Born into poverty in Mississippi in 1954 and rising through talent, hard work and despite tragedy-she was raped at the age of nine and lost an infant son at 14-Oprah Winfrey has become one of the wealthiest, most powerful, and most popular women of her age. These facts alone would make Winfrey worthy of study, yet what makes her of even more profound impact on American society is her decision to champion the cause of “New Age Christianity.” She is, as Christianity Today has proclaimed, “a postmodern priestess-an icon of church-free spirituality.” Rejecting her Baptist roots, Winfrey has become a champion of the Course in Miracles, a seminar in which Christianity is reinterpreted in terms of self-actualization, personal divinity, and self-empowerment. She has also become a disciple of Eckhart Tolle, the increasingly popular teacher of a form of spirituality that blends Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Christianity.

Author Stephen Mansfield explores the Winfrey spiritual phenomenon-much as Mansfield has with figures like George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, and Winston Churchill.

Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author, an acclaimed lecturer, an advisor to leaders around the world and an activist in a variety of social causes.

 

On Oprah

oprahOprah is a religion. A false religion. She has created an industry worth billions of dollars by propagating a New Age Humanism that has dethroned God and put the Self in His place, a religion epitomizing Lucifer’s rebellion against the Most High God: “I will exalt MY throne above the throne of God.”

Her’s is the secular prosperity gospel, with a broader reach and more insidious appeal than that of her next closest competitor, Joel Osteen.

In accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at last night’s Golden Globes, Oprah cited decades old racist acts – despicable acts that took place 74 years ago – as if those kinds of attitudes and actions are still mainstream in contemporary American life. They are not.

She propagated the idea that the male gender cannot be trusted. She told all the little girls watching that they live in “a culture broken by brutally powerful men.” We do not.

In the mainstream of American life and commerce, there are many powerful men who go to work every day, who move the economic engine of America forward, without brutalizing anyone.

The Hollywood culture is indeed broken by “brutally powerful men.” But it is also broken by sexually powerful women – the Delilah’s who have abused their own sexual power. Most of the actresses attending last night’s gala apparently cannot afford a blouse. Or a bra.

In her raucous rallying cry, Oprah preached that there is no such thing as THE truth – only YOUR truth. That is a lie. Oprah wants you to exchange the truth of God for a lie. The lie is whatever you – or she – or the media – wants the truth to be.

I was aghast. And I’m even more aghast at the almost immediate media deification she received – though I’m not surprised.

Stephen Mansfield on the Religious Influence of Oprah Winfrey

On Thursday, October 13, 2011 Paul spoke with Stephen Mansfield, author of Oprah: The Religious Influence of the World’s Most Famous Woman

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

From the publisher’s description of Oprah: The Religious Influence of the World’s Most Famous Woman:

Born into poverty in Mississippi in 1954 and rising through talent, hard work and despite tragedy-she was raped at the age of nine and lost an infant son at 14-Oprah Winfrey has become one of the wealthiest, most powerful, and most popular women of her age. These facts alone would make Winfrey worthy of study, yet what makes her of even more profound impact on American society is her decision to champion the cause of “New Age Christianity.” She is, as Christianity Today has proclaimed, “a postmodern priestess-an icon of church-free spirituality.” Rejecting her Baptist roots, Winfrey has become a champion of the Course in Miracles, a seminar in which Christianity is reinterpreted in terms of self-actualization, personal divinity, and self-empowerment. She has also become a disciple of Eckhart Tolle, the increasingly popular teacher of a form of spirituality that blends Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Christianity.

Author Stephen Mansfield explores the Winfrey spiritual phenomenon-much as Mansfield has with figures like George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, and Winston Churchill.

Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author, an acclaimed lecturer, an advisor to leaders around the world and an activist in a variety of social causes.