The Loudmouth Protestant

April 9, 2008

Prove, Test and Scrutinize

I was flipping through my sermon notes this evening when I came upon this,

“The master is Christ, but he gives us authority. We are all like little masters but we must always remember where all of our help comes from.”

I thought about this in regards to the Oprah situation and how some believe that what she is endorsing via Eckhart Tolle is truth because some of what Tolle is espousing can be tracked back to the Bible. While I could give Tolle the thumbs up for that, I realize it would be in support of a squishy nonsense gospel that is not for my God. If Tolle and furthermore Oprah can’t come out and say that Jesus is the way, the truth and the light and humble themselves to the extraordinary power of Christ, then clearly what they are feeding the world is a bunch of lies. God would not have it that we misconstrue his words so that our mortal flesh can be glorified and validated. True enough we aren’t called to bust people over the head with our well-worn KJVs, but we are called to speak God’s truth in love. We are called to not love the world or the things of it because God has given us all the truth we need. We are called to be a light in the darkness. We are called to prove, test and scrutinize everything that we come across to see if matches up with what the Father has told us.

So what are we to do with Oprah and Eckhart? We are to prove, test and scrutinize it all. Do you really know Oprah and her beliefs? Why is “A New Earth” the first spiritual book in the book club? Why not a Christian book if she is a Christian? Haven’t you been confused about her beliefs for a while now? (Tell the truth and shame the devil.) And if we have been confused isn’t now the time to call her to task?

It’s time for us to stop giving these things a pass and being in denial about there affect on our lives. Please be extremely careful about what you let into your life and don’t keep the peace because you think you like it and you don’t see the harm in it. It’s time for us to stop playing games with the people that are so clearly not interested in giving God all of the glory. We can’t give God partial glory throwing him a bone when we feel like it or when it is convenient. Ours is not a gospel of convenience or of flip-flopping. God is not a part time lover and we need not be part-time lovers of this world and the things in it. I say all of this knowing that I need to hear it too and I say it with fear in my heart because I know being the contrary voice when it isn’t popular is difficult and the backlash could be great but for the glory of God, so be it.


1 Comment »

  1. I think the reason that Oprah does not include Christian books is because she is eager to not alienate anyone in her audience. I am surprised she even bothers to affiliate with any one political party or politician because that not appeal to her entire demographic. I think she tries to be really PC and downplay how much of a Christian she is…so as not to offend the Muslims, Hindus, etc in her target market.
    But as for books like a New Earth, I think that by saying all religions are the same it’s like saying that we are misguided in believing in just one. Almost like his religion is an electic hodgepodge of everything, and hence the way to go. Tolle actually ventured to say that the world generally uses the word ‘god’ wrong. Perhaps we should believe in Tollism?
    On the other side, I find that these books are helpful…and may be great for agnostics who want to better their lives but are reluctant to affiliate with a religion. As for Christians, these things are just telling you what you already know.

    Comment by Kristen Copeland — April 23, 2008 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

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