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May 04, 2012

Oprah’s Christianity

Oprah’s Christianity

Christianity comes pre-defined. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

T.V. legend Oprah Winfrey admitted in a passing reference during her LifeClass Tour in New York last month that she is a Christian.  “[but] I’m not asking you to be a Christian,” she said. “It’s not required. I have respect for all faiths.”

Oprah went on to describe her understanding of Christianity as a universalist, pantheistic belief system, where God is in everyone and salvation means having an open heart to all beliefs. In fact, she credits this kind of spirituality for her success!

This whole story has a lot in common with other stories I’ll discuss here next week, including the controversy about American nuns, a pastor suggesting the cross is too violent, and a teacher being fired for IVF. These stories reflect well-meaning people re-creating Christianity in their own image. But Christianity is a revealed religion, not a constructed one. Paul said it was delivered to the saints, not deconstructed by them. For The, I’m John Stonestreet.

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