Channeled book, “God Calling,” spiritually influenced Alcoholics Anonymous

Warren B. Smith notes that God Calling is “the channeled book that inspired Sarah Young to try and receive her own personal messages from Jesus.” [1] Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling is an immensely popular book, through which the contemplative “christ” continues to spread.

God Calling can be seen as the spiritual parent of Jesus Calling, but God Calling also greatly influenced Alcoholics Anonymous. This began with the Oxford Group, an ecumenical movement of the 1930s. Both A.A.’s co-founders, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, attended O.G. meetings, and Alcoholics Anonymous itself came out of the Oxford Group.

The great preacher H.A. Ironside was very concerned about the Oxford’s Group’s ecumenism–but also about the unholy meditative practices its attendees participated in. According to Ironside:

“Each [Oxford Group member] is urged in the morning to sit down quietly with the mind emptied of every thought, generally with a pencil in hand, waiting for God to say something to them. They wait and wait and wait. Sometimes they tell me nothing happens, at other times the most amazing things come. Tested by the Word of God many of these things are unscriptural. They lay themselves open for demons to communicate their blasphemous thoughts to them.” [2] (italics mine)

God Calling was channeled by two women who identified themselves simply as “Two Listeners.”[3] Receiving Quiet Time “guidance” in the manner taught by the Oxford Group, they believed they recorded the words that Jesus Christ gave them daily.

The false “christ” of God Calling that was channeled through these women advised, among other things, “Cultivate silence. ‘God speaks in silences.’ A silence, a soft wind. Each can be a message to convey MY meaning to the heart, though by no voice, or even word.” (January 7)

And, “Seek sometimes not even to hear me. Seek a silence of spirit-understanding.” (Feb. 27)

An ex-Oxford Group member named Richmond Walker, years later as an A.A. member, compiled prayers and meditations into one little book. Much of it was based on the demonic writings found in God Calling. [4]

Walker, however, eliminated every reference to the Two Listeners’ “jesus” in favor of universal spirituality. The book, Twenty-Four Hours a Day, begins with an ancient Sanskrit proverb. Twenty-Four Hours a Day has been read by millions of AA members.

According to an A.A. history website,
“[The book] explained how to practice meditation by quieting the mind and entering the Divine Silence in order to enter the divine peace and calm and restore our souls.”[5]

This meditation book also resonates with the New Age teaching that God is within: “There is a spark of the Divine in every one of us. Each has some of God’s spirit that can be developed by spiritual exercise.” (April 30)[6]

Christians are rightfully concerned over A.A.’s “higher power” definition of “god,” where “god” can be anything or everything. This, of course, is A.A.’s 3rd Step. Equal concern should be given to A.A.’s 11th Step–the meditation step.

Step 11 reads: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Considering A.A.’s wide open understanding of meditation, and that the most popular A.A. meditation book is based in part on God Calling, it is not surprising that many have entered the deceptive silence.

Endnotes:

1. Warren B. Smith, “Another Jesus” Calling, p.

2. H.A. Ironside, The Oxford Group: Is It Scriptural? (New York: Loizeauz Brothers, Publishers,1943)

3. Two Listeners, God Calling, Barbour Publishing, Inc.

4. Part 3 of “Richmond Walker and the Twenty-Four Hour Book” (Glenn C. talk) http://hindsfoot.org/RWfla3.html

5. http://www.barefootsworld.net/aa24hoursbook.html

6. Richmond Walker, Twenty-Four Hours a Day, Hazelden Foundation, Meditation for the Day, April 30

What is Swedenborgianism? (gotquestions.org)

Swedenborgianism bases its teachings on the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, who was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1688. His training was in science, but sometime around 1750 he had a vision in which he believed God came to him and declared him to be God’s personal messenger of new revelation. Further encounters with God and other beings in the spiritual realm he traveled to were the basis for his many writings.

These writings include teachings such as: God has many names, depending on the beliefs/religion of the individual; the Holy Spirit is not God; the Trinity does not exist; Jesus Christ’s death did not atone for our sin; salvation comes by practicing what you believe, whatever religion it might be; the afterlife is spiritual, but dependent on how well you lived in your physical body.

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Swedenborgianism.html#ixzz3PnYZjjQG

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Lois Wilson’s grandpa’s Swedenborgian book

One of the most significant of the unholy influences that shaped A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson’s spirituality was the Swedenborgian religion.

Swedenborgians do not believe that Salvation is exclusively through Jesus Christ. They love the Bible, even while denying biblical doctrine that Jesus is Savior.

The Swedenborgian religion is founded on the teachings/writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), a brilliant man who made contributions in fields such as metallurgy, zoology, physics, and many others. Demonically deceived, Swedenborg believed that the true meaning of the Bible had been revealed to him by the Lord. It was his destiny, he believed, to explain this new revelation through his writing.

Bill Wilson married into a Swedenborgian family. In fact, according to a biography, “Bill learned that [Lois’ family] were all Swedenborgians, and the mystic aspect of the faith so fascinated them they vowed to explore it more deeply one day.”[1]

Swedenborgian scholar Robert D. Merrill states, “In her autobiography, ‘Lois Remembers,‘ she recounts fond memories of her New Church home life, including her delight in Sunday dinner discussions with the visiting minister and other friends from the church. She tells of the strength and guidance she received from Swedenborg’s teachings… In January of 1918 Bill and Lois were married in the Swedenborgian church in Brooklyn, New York.”[2]

This is not to say that Bill Wilson became a Swedenborgian per se, yet his obsession with spiritualism and view of Christ and the Bible must be attributed, at least in part, to exposure to Swedenborgian teachings. Wilson’s understanding of the Bible was further twisted by his acceptance of the Scripture-quoting but Christ-rejecting teachings of New Thought purveyor Emmet Fox.

These influences are why any reference Wilson made to Christ or the Bible should always be taken with a grain of salt.

Further Swedenborgian influence on Wilson came through William James, who himself came from a Swedenborgian family.

As a quick aside, if you want to read about Swedenborg’s twelve steps, which he wrote about long before Bill Wilson was born, go HERE. 

Interestingly enough, Bill’s wife, Lois Wilson, had a grandfather who was a Swedenborgian minister. N.C. Burnham’s Swedenborgian book, Discreet Degrees, can be found HERE.

Source Notes:
1. Robert Thomsen, Bill W., pg.85
2. DOCTRINAL RELATIONSHIPS AMONG ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, THE OXFORD GROUP, AND THE NEW CHURCH, Robert D. Merrill

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A.A. co-founders violating Bible, seeking contact with dead, from the beginning

“[It] might be said for the cofounders at least, A.A. was entangled with spiritualism from the very beginning.” –Matthew J. Raphael, Bill W. and Mr. Wilson, pg. 159

“There shall not be found among you…a medium or a spiritist or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10, 11, 12)

“It is not clear when [Bill Wilson] first became interested in extrasensory phenomena; the field was something that Dr. Bob and Anne Smith were also deeply involved with. Whether or not Bill initially became interested through them, there are references to seances and other psychic events in the letters Bill wrote to Lois [his wife] during that first Akron summer with the Smiths, in 1935.” –PASS IT ON, pg.275 (emphasis mine)

Do not participate in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead even expose them; (Ephesians 5:11)

“Bill and Dr. Bob believed vigorously and aggressively. They were working away at the spiritualism; it was not just a hobby.” — Early A.A. member Tom Powers, quoted in PASS IT ON, pg. 280

New Thought from Oprah to A.A.

Oprah Winfrey, Alcoholics Anonymous, The Secret, and Word of Faith movement all have an underlying influence: The New Thought religion.

“While New Thought organizations never became very large, their ideas have had wide acceptance in general society and have influenced A.A.” — Mel B., New Wine, pg. 105

New Thought teacher Emmet Fox has been called a “godfather” of A.A. by author Igor Sikorsky.

“In the Bible the term ‘Christ’ is not identical with Jesus, the individual. It is a technical term that may be briefly defined as the Absolute Spiritual Truth about anything.” — Emmet Fox, The Sermon on the Mount, pg. 124

Unfortunately, the man most responsible for spreading the “A.A.’s Christian roots mythology,” wrote for many years without ever understanding the impact New Thought has had upon the 12 Step program. Pro A.A. author Dick B. acknowledges that a scholar scolded him for “overlooking the New Thought ideas in A.A.’s early years. He even bought me the Portable Emerson. He told me I needed to learn about this father of New Thought and Transcendentalism. He also suggested I read the Big Book with a greater focus on Emersonian ideas.” [1]

So Dick B. began to study up–something that he should have done years earlier when he first realized the early A.A. members read New Thought authors click here to continue reading

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“Be skeptical of Dr. Oz’s Remedies and Rick Warren’s ‘Plans'” by Marsha West

Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, author and host of a successful TV show, has involved himself in some, um, questionable cures for what ails you. According to a Fox News report, a recent study showed that “Half of Dr. Oz’s health advice is bad.” Die-hard Oz fans will more than likely ignore the study results and continue tuning into his TV show for advice from him and the panel of doctors that appear regularly, even knowing that Oz and the other doctors often recommend products straight out of Quacksville.

Our idols would never steer us wrong, would they? click here for rest of Marsha West’s article

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Sharing tender Christian moments with A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson

In PASS IT ON, A.A.’s official biography of Bill Wilson, Lois Wilson recounts some of her husband’s experiences of 1941. Saturday was generally the scheduled day for these psychic adventures. “Bill would lie down on the couch. He would ‘get’ these things. He kept doing it every week or so. Each time, certain people would ‘come in.’ Sometimes, it would be new ones, and they’d carry on some story.”[1]

So, “every week or so,” Wilson would open himself to this entity (or entities), and “certain people would ‘come in.’” Today this is known as channeling.

“There shall not be found among you…a medium or a spiritist or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10, 11, 12)

Want to know more? click here and here

Source Notes:
1. PASS IT ON, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., pg. 278-79

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“New Age Pandemic in the Church” by Marsha West

Many Christians today are partaking in astrology, unbiblical meditation, so-called Christian yoga, and calling on angels, in spite of the fact that Scripture clearly teaches that believers must not do as the pagans do. Marsha West lays out for us some of the practices God deems evil. click here to read article

Pro-A.A. authors Dick B., Ken B., misrepresent “born again” quote about A.A. co-founder

Long term readers of this blog know the faulty “A.A.’s Christian roots” claims of pro-A.A. author Dick B. have been exposed numerous times here. Dick B. and his son Ken B. can no longer deny the anti-biblical nature of the pre-A.A. Oxford Group, etc., so it appears of late they are primarily trying to portray Bill Wilson as a Christian.

They continue to pour through books and archives, collecting any mention Bill Wilson may have made about Christ–or what anyone else may have said about this.

But the following partial quote below, found in Dick B.’s Jan. 4, 2015 Newsletter #2, completely misrepresents the information in Mel B.’s book, New Wine.

According to Dick B. and Ken B.:

Even author Mel B., the man who dubs himself a casual historian, concluded: His [Bill W.’s] was clearly a kind of “born again” experience, . . . (bold mine)
[Mel B., New Wine: The Spiritual Roots of the Twelve Step Miracle (Center City, Minn.: Hazelden, 1991), 88]

This partial quote has gone out to thousands of people via Dick B.’s e-newsletter. It follows a number of quotes about Bill’s alleged Christianity, and is clearly intended to bolster Dick B./Ken B.’s claim that Wilson was a born again Christian.

But…Mel B. didn’t believe Wilson had a Christian conversion at all! And unlike Dick B., Mel actually met and corresponded with Bill Wilson.

For whatever reason, Dick B./Ken B. only used the first part of the sentence.

Let’s look at the whole sentence by Mel B.:

“[Wilson’s] was clearly a kind of ‘born-again’ experience, but he did not think adherence to the Christian religion was a prerequisite for such an event in one’s life. ‘Christ is, of course, the leading figure to me,’ [Bill W.] wrote to an A.A. member. ‘Yet I have never been able to receive complete assurance that He was one hundred percent God. I seem to be just as comfortable with the figure of ninety-nine percent. I know that from a Christian point of view this is a terrific heresy.’” (Mel B., New Wine, pg. 87-88) (bold mine)

It gets worse. Dick B. has claimed that “Bill Wilson made his own decision for Christ at the rail at Calvary Mission in New York about December 7, 1934…” [1] But Mel B.’s mention of Wilson’s “kind of a ‘born again’ experience” refers to what happened to Bill Wilson in Towns Hospital, some days later!

Because Mel B. used the word “reborn,” Dick B./Ken B. included it to bolster their fallacious “evidence” of Wilson’s salvation. (With all due respect to Mel B., who is a fine author and an honest man, what Bill Wilson experienced in that hospital room was supernatural, unholy, and very deceptive. We will discuss this in an upcoming article.)

Dick B. is well aware that Mel B. didn’t believe Bill Wilson and the early A.A.’s were biblical Christians. In one of his own books Dick B. noted, “…Mel B. recently said to me he didn’t think early A.A. people were John 3:16 Christians.”[1a]

So why the partial sentence? Why the omission?

Bill Wilson and early A.A. were heavily influenced by New Thought’s Emmet Fox, who taught that a person could commune with God immediately–that all this biblical teaching about the need for salvation through Jesus Christ was incorrect. Wilson married into a Swedenborgian family, and Swedenborg’s writings about communicating with the dead seem to have encouraged Wilson to seek such biblically forbidden contact.

“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? (Matthew 7:16)

Charles Spurgeon stated, “If you go on sinning, you cannot be saved. If you continue to love sin, and to practise it, you cannot be saved. Think, for a moment, what any other result would involve; if it were possible for a man to live in sin, and yet be forgiven, what would be the value of the work of the Holy Ghost? He has come in order that we may be born again, and have new hearts and right spirits; but if men could be forgiven without having new hearts and right spirits, of what service would the Holy Spirit be? This would be contrary, also, to the whole design of Christ in our salvation.” (Oct. 13,1878)

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson communed with demons for at least three decades.[2] A.A. historian Ernest Kurtz wrote, “So profound was Bill’s immersion in this area that he at times confused the terms ‘spiritualism’ and ‘spirituality.’”[3]

Bill Wilson made sure that after his death his last A.A. mistress received ten percent of profits from sales of his books, despite the fact that his wife had been loyal to him and had remained with him through alcoholism and repeated marital infidelity.

According to Did Bill W. have a mistress?:

“Toward the end of his life Bill was supported by royalty payments he received as ‘the author’ of the Big Book. Though it was a group project, Bill claimed he was the author. Bill made his wife Lois the executrix of his will and in it instructed that a 10% portion of the future royalty payments go to his mistress. Lois had to pay the mistress and each person buying a Big Book was supporting both ladies.”[4]

Author Gabrielle Glaser wrote, Wilson’s “philandering was an open secret. In the 1960s longtime A.A.’s became so alarmed by his constant attention to young female newcomers, they formed what they called ‘Founder’s Watch,’ a group of friends delegated to steer Bill away from pretty women who caught his eye during functions.” [5]

One of the Ten Commandments (unless you go to Perry Noble’s church) declares, “You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14)

The Lord hates attempts to communicate with the dead, or to seek the spirit world through mediums and Ouija boards. In fact, He commands we do not do this.

“Do not seek out mediums and spiritists; do not seek out and be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)

Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. (John 14:15)

It is clear that Wilson was not a Christian. It will probably not make any difference to most. A.A is a powerful idol, and many who call Christ their higher power (?) seem love the A.A. experience more than Christ. So Dick B.’s claims serve a purpose. They serve as an excuse to remain in this non-Christian religion.

So it has been prophesied: For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, (2 Tim 4:3)

As another A.A. historian astutely pointed out, “When Bill spoke to Christians he worked his audience. When he spoke to the medical community he worked his audience. When he spoke to non-believers he worked his audience. In fact, if Bill were ever to speak before an audience of Chiropractors, he probably would have told them that alcoholism stemmed from misalighnment of the spine. Bill was a chameleon using his audience to his advantage and certainly not a Christian spreading the Good Word.” [6]

Incredibly, Dick B. has himself written, “But messages as to the availability of grace, salvation, and the mind of Christ presented a strange and soon unacceptable Christian package for Bill and Lois Wilson. Yes, they bought the sugar-coated cover up by the Emmet Fox message to A.A. people and others that the Bible has no plan of salvation and that salvation is a myth.” [7]

Despite his own statement acknowledging Bill Wilson’s rejection of the biblical Christ, Dick B. nevertheless seems determined to “prove” Bill Wilson was a reborn Christian. Dick B. is kind of stuck, because so much information is out there about the anti-biblical elements that contributed to the creation and formation of Alcoholics Anonymous: click here

A.A. has greatly weakened the church. All these “A.A.’s Christian roots” books have been a big part of this.

*** Upcoming Article: Examining the unholy visitation Bill Wilson experienced in Towns Hospital, and refuting Dick B.’s portrayal of this as the God of the Bible.

Source Notes:
1. Dick B. newsletter Jan 2, 2015
1a. Dick B., Henrietta B. Seiberling: Ohio’s Lady With A Cause, pg. 17-18
2. http://mywordlikefire.com/2008/09/24/seances-spirits-and-12-steps/
3. Ernest Kurtz, Not-God, pg.136
4. http://anonpress.org/faq/329, http://www.orange-papers.org/orange-BillWill.html
5. Gabrielle Glaser, Her Best Kept Secret: Why Women Drink and How They Can Regain Control, Chapter 4
6. Another A.A. historian 3/31/09 email
7. Dick B., When Early A.A.’s Were Cured And Why, pg. 26

Contemplative Mysticism: A Powerful Ecumenical Bond

Originally posted on DiscernIt:

This report is excerpted from our book Contemplative Mysticism: A Powerful Ecumenical Bond, which is available in print and eBook editions from Way of Life Literature, http://www.wayoflife.org.  

Richard Foster’s writings have been at the forefront of the contemplative movement since the 1970s. No one has done more than this man to spread contemplative mysticism throughout Protestant and Baptist churches. 

Foster’s book Celebration of Discipline, which has sold more than two and a half million copies, was selected by Christianity Today as one of the top ten books of the 20th century. (For this review I obtained multiple editions of Celebration of Discipline, plus three other books by Foster.)

The Quaker Connection

He grew up among the Quakers (the Religious Society of Friends), was trained at George Fox College, has pastored Quaker churches, and has taught theology at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and at…

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