During the last show of her 25 years of doing a daily conversation show on television, Oprah Winfrey spoke to the concerns voiced by some Christians as to how she defines God. She said simply, "By God, I mean the same thing you do." She then used many traditional terms and phrases that almost all Christians would recognize and hear as orthodox, although she mixed in one or two references that are non-traditional.
The fear expressed by some is that Oprah has communicated a "new age" version of God, not "the God of the Bible." It is evident that she does not think that is what she is doing. She sees herself as a typical American black Protestant of her generation. She does not intend to define God in an unorthodox way.
The difficult thing about this question is that most American Christians (like Oprah) are not educated in the technicalities of Protestant or Catholic doctrine. They have not memorized the traditional phrases or language used to define God. They use a mix of traditional terms and newer phrases that they have picked up from the popular media. The editors and journalists who produce most of our newspapers, television and radio are entirely uneducated in theology and when they try to simplify the terminology they hear from church spokespersons, they often do not realize that they are muddying the water ... at least for some people.
To further stir the pot, there are very conservative Christians who look for any negative critique they can find of the popular media or ideas propagated in popular culture. They seek to draw a line between the mainstream culture that most Americans live in and a counter cultural Christianity. Anything that provides another instance of distinction, that indicates the "sinful" nature of popular culture is immediately and uncritially accepted. It is a kind of "if it works, use it" mentality without real intellectual honestry or fairness.
Added to this is a relatively small number of Christians who see everything through the lens of a conspiracy theory. "New age" is not just the result of sloppy journalism and sentimental, uneducated popular culture. It is defined as an actual organization trying to promote a faith that undermines the truth in Scripture. These folks reject the reality that "New Age" is only a label invented by bookstores to shelve together a bunch of otherwise unrelated books; that the beliefs of all of the thousands of "New Age" gurus and groups are so diverse as to be impossible to lump together. They take Oprah's amateur theology and expressions of personal feelings and make her a "New Age evangelist."
Oprah's comments in her closing show make it clear that she has no agenda to create or promote a new, unorthodox understanding of God or any other doctrine. Those who accuse of this have no evidence regarding her intentions. Their only evidence is some of the things she said and a lot more that she is accused of having said, but cannot even be documented as actual statements by Oprah.
Here is the reality: Christians who believe in the God of the Bible and His truth cannot teach Oprah or the average American (including many in the pews) the Bible doctrines by starting at a point of disrespect or put-down. All of the critiques and criticism are useless in terms of actually conveying a better understanding of Scripture and the authentic doctrines of Christian faith. It is better to build on the things that Oprah gets right than it is to attack or "correct" the things she gets wrong.
Much of the energy that some Christians put into criticizing popular figures and writers is simply wasted when it comes to communicating "the truth as it is in Jesus." Jesus did spend His time on such activities. He demonstrated that for people to come to a deeper understanding of Scripture, they must first have a strong relationship with Him. Those who make a serious commitment to follow Jesus can then study the Bible and learn a better theology, if they connect with spiritually mature believers who know how to listen, show respect, and build a relationship as well as impart Bible knowledge. It is really not about Oprah. It is about your neighbor.