Monday, May 15, 2006

"O" Trumped by "W"


Oprah Winfrey, the goddess of this age, was planning the airing of her special, Oprah's Legends Ball, on tonight on ABC television. However, President Bush has taken the airways over this evening with a special message for the American people. The Legend's Ball will air on next Monday, May 21. Apparently, for all of her pop culture deification, "O" still must give way to "W". Nevertheless, this should not let us relax our discernment. Oprah is a clear and present danger to the people in our pews. You may not believe it, but I am quite confident that a vast majority of African-Americans who sit in churches find more comfort and counseling from Oprah Winfrey than they find in the Bibles that are placed in the pews in front of them. Oprah's power and influence should not be underestimated, she seeks to set the emotional and spiritual direction of not only Black America, but for all the television world. She is the epitome of the New Age gurus and the outworking of 20th century theological liberalism. Her's is the religion and pulpit so eloquently summarized by H. Richard Niebuhr, in which he characterized liberalism as preaching, "A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross." This is the message our people are hearing five days a week from Oprah. My question is, "Are we proclaiming anything different on Sunday morning?"

2 comments:

curtlove said...

"It puts me in a true rage
How she pumps the new age
ON television like five days a week"

Hahaha Pastor Carter, look forward to seeing you in June

Peace

James Fletcher Baxter said...

Consider:
The missing element in every human 'solution' is
an accurate definition of the creature.

The way we define 'human' determines our view
of self, others, relationships, institutions, life, and
future. Important? Only the Creator who made us
in His own image is qualified to define us accurately.
Choose wisely...there are results.

Many problems in human experience are the result of
false and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised
in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.

Human knowledge is a fraction of the whole universe.
The balance is a vast void of human ignorance. Human
reason cannot fully function in such a void; thus, the
intellect can rise no higher than the criteria by which it
perceives and measures values.

Humanism makes man his own standard of measure.
However, as with all measuring systems, a standard
must be greater than the value measured. Based on
preponderant ignorance and an egocentric carnal
nature, humanism demotes reason to the simpleton
task of excuse-making in behalf of the rule of appe-
tites, desires, feelings, emotions, and glands.

Because man, hobbled in an ego-centric predicament,
cannot invent criteria greater than himself, the humanist
lacks a predictive capability. Without instinct or trans-
cendent criteria, humanism cannot evaluate options with
foresight and vision for progression and survival. Lack-
ing foresight, man is blind to potential consequence and
is unwittingly committed to mediocrity, collectivism,
averages, and regression - and worse. Humanism is an
unworthy worship.

The void of human ignorance can easily be filled with
a functional faith while not-so-patiently awaiting the
foot-dragging growth of human knowledge and behav-
ior. Faith, initiated by the Creator and revealed and
validated in His Word, the Bible, brings a transcend-
ent standard to man the choice-maker. Other philo-
sophies and religions are man-made, humanism, and
thereby lack what only the Bible has:

1.Transcendent Criteria and
2.Fulfilled Prophetic Validation.

The vision of faith in God and His Word is survival
equipment for today and the future.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the
universe. Selah

- from The HUMAN PARADIGM