All year long this year Oprah, on her radio show Oprah and Friends, is teaching the 365 lessons in A Course in Miracles, one lesson per day. I first heard about A Course in Miracles as a young wife. I once worked as a receptionist in a psychiatry practice, where the head doctor’s "bible" of healing with his patients was A Course in Miracles. Ironically enough, while I was there, none of his patients ever got better and left the practice.
Now I did not know then what the Course taught, only that it was new age.
I have learned it is a false gospel taught by a false Christ. The Course as written is dictation, or automatic handwriting, of a Columbia University professor who received it from a spirit identifying itself as "Jesus." It claims to be a "correction" of Christianity, to return the teaching of Jesus as He originally intended it to be. A former Course devotee turned Christian has written a book on its doctrinal conflicts with historic Christianity and its occult origins.
So why talk about this now? Robert Schuller, who has featured Course devotees and books on his TV program, just hosted a "rethink" conference on Christianity at his Crystal Cathedral last month. Chuck Colson, Gary Smalley, and Lee Strobel were speakers at the event. More and more Christians attend bigger and bigger mega- churches that include A Course in Miracles and spin offs in their study groups. And Oprah’s choice for president keeps winning primaries.
We just read the real Jesus’ warning last week: "For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many." The deception is prevalent, church. Be careful.