We don't watch television in our house ...well let me rephrase that...we don't watch cable, dish, or mainstream television .... we do own TV sets along with a VCR and DVD players and we watch movies and shows... but we have done without daily mainstream television for nearly 10 years now. We do watch with family when we visit but we really don't miss it at home.
So, this past weekend while we were visiting Eric's parents she had the Oprah show on... and the show was a "revisit" to an earlier show ...the Secret... I had not heard of this new book/movie/whatnot that is supposedly sweeping the nation so I listened.....and was saddened by what were simple Bible teachings being twisted in a New Age propaganda frenzie.... the more the guests spoke the more my MIL and I discussed what was being said.... yes, we agreed that it all looked and sounded great on the surface....but once you listened to the speakers and Oprah herself it was clear that although the simplest ideas of the Secret were based in Biblical principles that the deeper you delved in you found that it was more of an idea of its all bout me... there can be not judgment cause we are all gods.....like I said New Age propaganda. When a Christian woman asked about heaven/hell and Judgement Day...she was bombarded with it.... smoothly I'd have to say and really given what sounded like near truths but in the end it was just more of the same...Jesus was just a prophet....and we are all our own gods.
This verses just kept coming to me....
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; and he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 1John 4: 1-6
It may sound good on the surface .... but we must always be vigilant in the testing of spirits and teachings .... does it come from God.... if it minimizes or denies Christ....it is NOT of GOD. Period. No matter how good it sounds.