Christian Post Entertainment – Jan 16, 2013

Saddleback Church Senior Pastor Rick Warren, making an appearance on the OWN network’s “Oprah’s Lifeclass,” assigned a “homework assignment” to the audience by telling them to open up the Bible and start reading the Book of John.

“You are a product of your past, but you are not a prisoner of your past. It has influence over you, but it’s just one of the cards,” Warren said on the episode that was aired on Jan. 13, adding that reading the Book of John can help people come to that realization.

While promoting the 10th anniversary of his best-selling non-fiction book, The Purpose Driven Life, Warren created an analogy between life and the card game of poker.

“The cards we are dealt are the things we don’t have control over. I didn’t choose where I was born, when I was born, I didn’t choose my gender, my parents, my race, my natural abilities, my natural weaknesses, but a wise player can even play what seems to be a weak hand, and win the game. There are ways to take what you are given and make the most out of it,” Warren continued.

Winfrey noted that many people spend their time complaining why they weren’t given a different hand in life, and Warren added that people need to accept the life they are given because each and every person is unique.

Going deeper into the poker analogy, Warren identified the first card as the bodies people are given and the chemistry that makes up their physicality.

In a later “Oprah’s Lifeclass” segment, a woman from the audience, Portia, asked Warren how she can learn to love herself despite her physical flaws.

The evangelical Christian pastor responded by using as an example a pair of blue jeans he bought recently on which he found a tagline that read: “These jeans are intentionally flawed to make them unique” – which Warren said can be used to apply to people as well, in terms of God’s grand design.

“The issue here is the myth that ‘being beautiful will make me happy.’ I live in Southern California. There are many pretty people there who are miserable. So it is not ‘beauty equals happiness.’ Happiness is a choice. Sometimes you have to realize that your own self-rejection is turning people away,” he suggested.

Addressing Portia directly, Warren added amid a chorus of applause from the audience: “You don’t want friends who only like you for your looks. And you don’t want a husband that only loves you for your looks.” He also reminded viewers that “our looks aren’t going to stay.”

The other two cards in life’s game of poker were then identified as connections with others, and circumstances in life. When it came to the fourth card, consciousness, Warren explained:

“Your consciousness is the story you tell yourself,” The pastor then pointed to the Bible verse Proverbs 23:7 that reads: “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.”

“All of us have things we want to change in our lives. If you want to change the way you act, your start back with your thoughts. If I’m acting depressed, it’s because I feel depressed. You can’t change a feeling – but you can change a thought,” Warren continued.

The Saddleback pastor then shared some advice for dealing with negative thinking and bad habits, saying that the key is not to resist temptation, but to replace it. “Not to resist, but to refocus. You have to renew your consciousness. If you want to break a focus, you need to refocus.”

Warren concluded that people have a choice to listen to God, or to the world.

“The world tells you all kinds of stuff. It says that you’re not competent, you’re ugly, you don’t matter, you’re worthless – don’t listen to it. God says you’re valuable, you’re capable, you’re forgivable, you’re usable. You listen to the right thing, not the wrong thing.”

After the final card was revealed as the choices people make in life, Winfrey surmised: “My hope for myself, my friends and all of you is that we become more conscious, more aware of our meaning and purpose on this Earth, and aware that transformation doesn’t happen unless you are willing. It is a choice – that’s the fifth card, and only you have the power to change direction of your life.”

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4 Responses to “Rick Warren Tells ‘Oprah’s Lifeclass’ to Listen to God, Read the Bible”

  1. 1 Joanna

    I’m grateful and thankful that Oprah gave Pastor Rick Warren such a great platform. He uses biblical wisdom in excellent “sound bytes” that stay with you. That’s why his book is still selling. It’s all about faith and engaging God.

  2. 2 John

    The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren.1 He mocks Bible prophecy when he writes, “If you want Jesus to come back sooner, focus on fulfilling your mission, not figuring out prophecy.” He then goes on to characterize prophecy as a “distraction” and says that anyone who lets himself get involved in distractions like studying prophecy “is not fit for the kingdom of God.”

    Such cavalier dismissals of Bible prophecy fly in the face of scriptures like Revelation 19:10 which says that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Thus, if prophecy is properly taught, there is no reason for it to divert anyone’s attention away from Jesus. In fact, it should serve to emphasize the centrality of Jesus.

  3. 3 John

    So Rick Warren chats to Oprah. Ok well here is something you may want to know about Oprah.

    The spiritual pornography that Oprah is peddling is called The New Age Movement. The irony is that Oprah claims to be a Christian and denies being a New Ager! On one of her programs when a Christian in the audience challenged Oprah about being a “New Ager,” Oprah responded:9

    I am not New Age anything, and I resent being called that. I am trying to open a door so that people can see themselves more clearly and perhaps be the light to get to God, whatever they may call that. I don’t see spirits in the trees, and I don’t sit in a room with crystals.

    Unfortunately for Oprah, this very denial revealed her New Age mentality. Notice that she refers to God as “whatever” a person “may call that.” And she asserts that human beings can be “the light” to get to God. This denial is either a lie about her New Age beliefs, or else she is totally deceived by them.

  4. 4 Tim

    Both Rick Warren and Oprah Winfrey have one thing in common: self-love rather than love of the True God of the Bible. Both Rick Warren and Oprah will use Christ to promote their heresies and unbelief. Too bad that many are deceived by these wolves and witches since they never really believed the Bible.

    Take your own advice, bastard (Hebrews 12:9) Warren, and you read the Bible (KJV) and repent of your heresies and turn to the true God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Stop promoting your disgusting “Chrislam” and your self-love gospel, and repent to the Gospel of Christ which will save you from a painful eternity.

    Oprah is lost too and on her way to hell. What is sad is to see professing Christians agreeing with her evil and joining her path to hell.

    If any man loveth not our Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema. Maranatha. (I Corinthians 16:22).

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