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…”  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. 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.’”
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.”
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.” 
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.” 
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.” 
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.
1. Dick B. newsletter Jan 2, 2015
1a. Dick B., Henrietta B. Seiberling: Ohio’s Lady With A Cause, pg. 17-18
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