London: An evangelical Christian leader has caused outrage after he branded talk show host Oprah Winfrey as “the Antichrist”.
Mike Bickle, 55, who is head of the International House of Prayer (IHOP), made the controversial statement in a film, which was released earlier this week by People for the American Way Right Wing Watch and aired on God TV.
“I believe that one of the main pastors, as a forerunner to the Harlot movement, it’s not the Harlot movement yet, is Oprah,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
“She is winsome, she is kind, she is reasonable, she is utterly deceived, utterly deceived.
“A classy woman, a cool woman, a charming woman, but has a spirit of deception and she is one of the clear pastors, forerunners to the Harlot movement,” he added of 57-year-old Winfrey.
Explaining this so-called “Harlot Babylon” in the film, he told viewers that it was a movement that conducted good deeds “for all the wrong reasons”.
“The Harlot Babylon is preparing the nations to receive the Antichrist,” he said in a speech.
“The Harlot Babylon will be a religion of affirmation, toleration, no absolutes, a counterfeit justice movement. They will feed the poor, have humanitarian projects, inspire acts of compassion for all the wrong reasons.
“They won’t know it, beloved they will be sincere, many of them, but their sincerity will not in any way lessen the impact of their deception. The fact that they are sincere does not make their deception less damaging,” he stated.