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Shipwrecked Faith


The crowd of thousands whistle, scream, and cheer.  They go crazy with enthusiasm.  A superstar and her actor friend is in their midst.  It looks and feels like a rock concert, but it's not.  Above the ecstatic roar of adoration, a voice is heard over the high-priced sound system.  "Yea Oprah glad to have you ... awesome to have you, we love you, we pray for you so honoured to have you both here we pray for you guys and what God is doing in your lives".  This testimony to Oprah Winfrey's popularity is seen around the world on TV and repeated countless times on the internet.  From the pulpit of a Sunday morning service that most call church, Oprah is both esteemed and adored by Joel Osteen and those in his congregation. 
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Without any fans cheering, the apostle Paul, from a dark, damp, rat infested prison, pens a letter to his fellow servant in Christ.  He writes "the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn to myths". (2 Timothy 4:3 and 4)


In another letter Paul warns Timothy, and us as well, that "the Spirit clearly says that in the later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons". (1 Timothy 4:1) 


Joel Osteen has publically stated that God is actively working through Oprah Winfrey.  He proclaimed her presence as being "awesome", a word that I think should only be attributed to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Can one call Oprah "awesome" and then turn around and call Jesus "awesome"?  Can one acknowledge the presence of Oprah and then turn around and hope for the presence of the Holy Spirit? 


Make no mistake.  Oprah Winfrey is not a Christian.  She does not believe in the God of the Bible, who is, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  She does not believe in the Deity of Christ.  Jesus is not the only begotten Son of God in her theology.  To her, Jesus was just a man who exhibited some kind of mystical and spiritual quality that she calls a "Christ consciousness".  She says that Jesus' existence on earth had nothing to do with his death on the cross.  His life was all about exhibiting this "Christ consciousness" that she claims abides in all of us.  She also believes that "God is a feeling experience, not a believing experience".  If God is still about believing for you, she then says you're not believing in the true God.  In fact, in her "belief system", we are all little gods.  Ironically, she allows herself to have a "belief system" but denies the same for the follower of Jesus.  Listen to the first part of the Understanding The Times radio show to hear her exact words.    November 12, 2011 - Hour 1


Just in case you think it's not right for me to specifically mention Oprah Winfrey and Joel Osteen by name, read what Paul says.  "Some have rejected these (faith and good conscience) and so have shipwrecked their faith.  Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to satan to be taught not to blaspheme". (1 Timothy 1:19 and 20)  These two men are now forever known as false teachers who have shipwrecked their faith.  Paul had no problem publically mentioning false teachers by name.   


There's no doubt that from a Biblical standpoint, Oprah Winfrey is a false teacher.  Joel Osteen, a so-called Christian pastor, has embraced Oprah and her false teaching in a public format.  What does that make him?  In light of the above Scriptures, I think it's clear.  He's a  false teacher.   Osteen's followers have "itching ears", as Paul says.  They adhere to later day "doctrines of demons" that gratify what I call their "religion of self.   


Joel Osteen, and others like him, are leading thousands of "Biblically illiterate" Christians into a "shipwrecked faith".  These men appear to be gracious men, but as we know, satan himself appears as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)  Graciousness doesn't determine if someone is a true teacher of the Word of God.  What they teach determines that.  This is one example of the direction in which much of  21st Christianity and the post-modern church is heading in.  No wonder western civilization is on the decline.  The salt of our civilization has lost its saltiness.     


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