On June 1, 2011, the Editor-in-Chief of BCNN1.com made the following statement after Oprah's public Farewell to her talk show:
"Evidently, Oprah Got Saved Recently, Now She Needs to Make that Clear to Her Millions of FansBased upon statements that Oprah made throughout last week regarding God and Jesus Christ, we believe that Oprah has recently truly accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour and has been born again this year."
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Well, she has made it clear to her millions of fans. Here is the profession of faith that Oprah made last night, April 23, 2012, at her lifeclass in New York City before the entire world for the glory of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Here is what she said:
"I am not talking about religion. I am a Christian. That is my faith. I'm not asking you to be a Christian. If you wanna be one, I can show you how. But it is not required. I have respect for all faiths...""...My favorite Bible verse, because I am a Christian, is Acts 17:28. It says, 'In God I live, and move, and have my being.'
Now we know that some people are going to doubt Oprah's profession of faith in Christ and some are going to say negative things about this because she has different people of different faiths on her show and so forth. But before you Pharisees say all of that, please understand that OWN is not a Christian network. It is a network for all people. OWN is Oprah's business, and we as Christians know what that is like when you're doing business in a secular world. So Oprah's business side is going to be different, but it does not take anything away from her faith in Christ.
We want to publicly thank the Lord for Christians, Stedman Graham, Tyler Perry, T.D. Jakes, and others who wisely encouraged her and coached her on how to make her public profession of faith in Christ before the world. We believe that Oprah's true "next chapter" is to finish her life leading millions to the Christ that saved her.
Before you criticize her about why she didn't come out as a Christian sooner, just remember that Jesus had His public disciples, the Peters, Jameses, and Johns, but He also had his secret disciples, the Nicodemuses and Joseph of Arimatheas. When His public disciples, Peter and the other disciples, forsook Him at His trial and His crucifixion, it was His secret disciples, such as Joseph of Arimathea, that stood with Him until the end. Joseph of Arimathea took His body off the cross and placed Him in his own grave. All of Jesus' followers are not out front, some are behind the scenes doing just as much for Him.
We want to encourage all Christians to pray for Oprah as she grows in her faith in Christ.