THE DECEPTION THAT IS
The Bible clearly states that, `in latter times some shall depart from the Faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils….1Timothy 4v1 [KJV]. And further-more the Bible say’s even more clearly, `even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, and that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness….2Thessalonians 2v9-12 [KJV].
These two  portions of scripture amongst many other [to underline these two], emphatically tell us what will happen [and is happening now] as the world [mankind] is racing at an unstoppable speed to the deception [by Satan and his followers] as never before seen and heard of , and what the bible predicts will take place before Jesus Christ returns.
I will make a statement here that will either make you sit up and take notice to what is going on around you, or even make you angry at me for having the audacity to say something about this. Without fear or trembling I say this, “that Oprah Winfrey is [one] of the most deceived people on planet earth of recent times, and is without a doubt also a pawn\tool in the hands of that great deceiver of mankind, Lucifer…[Revelation 12v9].
WOW!! What a thing to say about someone who does so much good to the underprivileged, the poor people of the world, and someone who gives so much to different charities. As I have mentioned in the previous writings, “Spiritual High Treason” part three, as concerns Miss Winfrey. She is a promoter\follower of the “New Age” philosophy. Because of her television show [The Oprah Show] that is televised daily most probably to most countries of the world, she has much influence [and she knows it] upon people’s lives. Because what Oprah says must be true, because she has tried this or that product, or this is working for her so it will work for me. That my friend is what most people believe or think as they are drawn into this web of deceit [lies].
As most of you must know by now, a “phenomenon” is sweeping the USA, and the world, and the purveyors of this phenomenon says that everyone should have it. And this [it] is called “The Secret”.
The Secret is a feature length [A book has also been written] historic and factually based account of an age old secret that is 4000 years in the making, and known too a fortunate few, as told by some of the greatest leaders of our time. “The Secret” reveals this great knowledge to the world ---- “The Secret” to wealth, health, love, happiness, relationship ---- “The Secret” to life itself. The so-called logo of “The Secret” is the following words, “as above so below --- as in heaven so on earth”. This of course defies true biblical teaching, for heaven [God’s domain] is nothing like the world around us. The “New Age” philosophy teaches that there is no heaven [God’s dwelling place as we are taught in the Word of God], and the idea of heaven on earth is contrary to what we as born-again believers know about the place that Jesus has gone to prepare for us….John 14v1-3. Therefore the New Agers do not believe in a Triune God, consisting of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 1 John 5v7 [KJV], states clearly, “For there are Three who bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these Three are One. The following scriptures also confirms the essence and unity of these Three being One…`That they all may be One; as You , Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be One in Us: that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are One. I in them, and You in Me that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them, as You have loved Me…John 17 v21-23 KJV.
Let it be noted that ‘new agers’ do not believe there is life after death [eternal life for the believer], therefore there is only the here and now; heaven on earth or as their logo states, ‘as above so below’.
Let’s move on to the ‘Oprah Show’ that was aired on the 16th February, 2007. Two promoters of ‘The Secret’ phenomenon appeared on the show. Reverend Michael Beckwith and James Ray are definitely New Age. Beckwith is supposedly a minister of the gospel [check out his website at www.giftofagape.org], but in reality is a prime example of what the Bible clearly states, ‘For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into Apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works…2Coronthians 11v13-15 KJV.
Lets for a moment see what ‘Adam Clarke’s Commentary’ of the Bible has to say as concerns this portion of scripture.
As concerns verse 13:
[a] For such are false apostles – Persons who pretend to be apostles, but have no mission from Christ.
[b] Deceitful workers --- They do preach and labour, but they have nothing but their own emolument in view.
[c] Transforming themselves --- Assuming as far as they possibly can, consistently with their own sinister views, the habit, manner and doctrine of the apostles of Christ.
As concerns verse 14:
[a] And no marvel --- it need not surprise you what the disciples do, when you consider the character of the master.
[b] Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light --- as in 2Corinthians 11v3, the apostle [Paul] had the history of the temptation and fall of man particularly in view, it is likely that here he refers to the same thing. In whatever form Satan appeared to our first mother [Eve], his pretensions and professions gave him the appearance of a good angel; and by pretending that Eve should get a great increase of light, that is, wisdom and understanding, he deceived her, and led her transgress.
It is generally said that Satan has three forms under which he tempts men;
 The subtle serpent
 The roaring lion
 The angel of light
He [Satan] often, as the angel of light, persuades men to do things under the name of religion, which are subversive of it. Hence all the persecutions, faggots, and fires of a certain Church, under the pretence of keeping heresy out of the Church, and hence all the horrors and infernalities of the inquisition, like a lion he ravaged the heritage of the Lord. And by means of our senses and passions, as the subtle serpent, he is frequently deceiving us, so that often the workings of corrupt nature are mistaken for the operation of the Spirit of God.
As concerns verse 15:
Whose end shall be according to their works --- A bad way leads to a bad end. The way of sin is the way to hell.
So that is what Adam Clarke has to say in his [right on the button] commentary concerning these co-called ministers [false apostles] of the gospel. In this instance the Reverend Michael Beckwith.
But hold on; let’s see what was said on the ‘Oprah Show’ on the 16th February 2007. And I quote, “One lady, identifying herself as a Christian, spoke of her unease with the seeming focus of ‘The Secret’, was quickly shot down by Beckwith and Ray and by Oprah Winfrey, who claimed that she too was a Christian. After all folks, if Oprah Winfrey is a Christian and supports “The Secret” isn’t that an endorsement for all Christians. Don’t you for one moment believe that Oprah Winfrey is a Christian!! She may claim to be a Christian, but is she a born-again, washed in the blood of the Lamb, filled with the Holy Spirit kind of Christian? I don’t think so!
Within seconds of the lady proclaiming her unease concerning ‘The Secret’, Michael Beckwith announced to all that ‘God is within’. According to Beckwith — God dwells within all people, man is divine, self divination. God and humanity are one. This is of course another new age teaching — and again defies the true biblical teaching of the triune God, as the ultimate and only Higher Authority as previously explained in 1John 5v7 and John17 v21-23. By the way did you see who was on the Oprah Show on the 15th February, 2007? None other than psychic medium John Edward. You know the one who supposedly communicates with the so-called departed loved ones of countless unsuspecting, naive people. Folks, John Edward is nothing more than what the Bible say’s he is, “regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God…Leviticus 19v31 [KJV].
John Edward has of course been exposed as someone who communicates with demon spirits, yet he insists they are his spirit guides. This is deception at its best as the bible reveals it to us.
But let’s back up a little folks, and come back to the ‘Oprah Show’. This certain lady I mentioned a few lines back, asked this question, ‘My family puts our faith in God, and it seems that “The Secret” teaches you to put faith in yourself, and so I was wondering, is God in anywhere in this? Michael Beckwith said the following, “The Secret” involves the laws of the universe and they, in turn, describe the nature of how God works. [Jesus] said, `Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever you desire when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them…Mark 11v24 KJV. According to Beckwith that is “The Secret” in a nutshell. He continues by saying [take note as to how he interprets this scripture], ‘Pray believing, and sensing and feeling that you already have it, and then you’re available to receive it’. This is not true!! Yes we do pray believing, God will answer our prayer. But friend no-where in the Word of God does it say we must ‘sense’ or ‘feel’ that we already have it and be ‘available’ to receive whatever it is we prayed for, as Beckwith implies/ Do you see the attempt to mix God’s Word with ‘new age’ thinking.
Friend my Bible [God’s Word] teaches that our spiritual-walk with the Lord is a walk of faith, as Hebrew 11v1 [KJV] so clearly states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. This plainly means that whatever we ask the Father [in prayer] believing [faith] that He will answer that need we have prayed about. Our walk with Jesus is in faith not on how we feel or even sense that we are saved. When you’re saved you’ll know it; when you’re washed in the Blood of the Lamb you’ll know it; when you’re filled and baptized in the Holy Spirit you’ll know it!! Hallelujah…Praise the name of the Lord!! As 2Corinthians 5v17 [KJV] so boldly proclaims, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Hey! Let’s not exclude Mr ‘Purpose Driven’ Rick Warren. Are you aware of the connection between Rick Warren?, and such New Age gurus as Neale Donald Walsch, Robert Schuller, Bernie Siegel and even Marianne Williamson who of course has appeared on the Oprah Show and is a contributor and friend of Oprah Winfrey. One can ask the question here, why would a church, supposedly Christian in foundation, agree to teach ‘new age’ principles and precepts? Yes folk’s we are talking of Mr Warren! So who is this person who has caused such a stir in the world concerning this ‘phenomenon’ called “The Secret”. Her name is Rhonda Byrne and hails from Australia.
The [movie] or book which is authored by Byrne will teach, if you follow its philosophy, you can create the life you want – whether it is getting out of debt, finding a more fulfilling job, or even falling in love. You’ll learn how to use ‘The Secret’ in every aspect of your life – money, health, relationships, happiness, and every interaction you have in the world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life.
Dear reader, that is what the ‘new age’ teachings are all about, wanting you to believe that this is the answer to all your problems. Quick fix solutions!! But let me be blunt with you and say that this is a lie from the pit of hell, as that great deceiver of mankind weaves his web of deceit. Of course this is all being cheered on with great enthusiasm by the likes of Oprah Winfrey and even old Larry King himself, on their respective television-shows. As a Christian you may tolerate ‘new agers’, but new agers have no intention of tolerating you. Because what is really at stake here is not of this earth, but my and your obedience, to the true Word of God. The scripture clearly states, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this? [John11 v25+26 KJV] Also the first [1st] Commandment of God states, ‘thou shalt have no other god’s before Me’, Exodus 20v3 KJV. Which god are you serving?
The following is a comment by Jeff Wallace from his Lighthouse Trails website. ‘The article on the ‘Secret’ film says that Christian women make up a huge segment of Oprah’s audience. This is very disturbing given the fact that Oprah has made it abundantly clear she is not a Christian, she is very far left-wing, and she endorses all kinds of things that are anti pretty much everything and Christian should be in favour of. If someone is an Oprah fan and also a Christian [given her stand on things Christian], they should rethink who she really is and what her agenda is.
In closing let me say to the many [born again] Christian; do not be drawn and deceived by the likes of the Oprah’s of this world, and also them that openly promote these seemingly innocent teaching [New Age], because my friend it will only draw you to an endless life of sorrow and misery. What these purveyors of the ‘new age’ philosophies have not told you is that these tantalizing promises are really rooted\founded in ancient Egyptian mystery religions, like the Kabala, Gnosticism, Rosicrucianism and Hermitic magic. Nor does it warn us that its branches include Unity, Science of Mind, and the New Thought movement that swept through the Christianized world a century ago.
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ”…Col 2v8 KJV.
Footnote: Several of the quotes in this sermon were used from articles from the following websites. http://cuttingedge.org/articles/db084.htm,
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