According to the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book (the AA “bible”), “…there was nothing left but for us to pick up the simple kit of spiritual tools laid at our feet. We have found much of heaven and we have been rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence of which we had not even dreamed.” (pg. 25, Bold mine)
What is this “simple kit of spiritual tools” the Big Book refers to? In AA, the member gets to be the potter, and work the wheel, and the clay of the higher power is shaped into whatever form the person desires.
One’s “god” (or “goddess”) could be a spirit, a doorknob, the “christ” of The Shack or the New Age, Uncle Ernie, or Mohammed, or anything else.
In AA, there is seemingly no need for Christ. The AA Big Book teaches, “The central fact of our lives today is the absolute certainty that our Creator has entered our hearts and our lives in a way that is miraculous.” (pg.25)
But the thing that directs these lost people is not the Creator (which the Big Book also claims is already in people), because the Lord does not dwell in those who do not know Christ.
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of Christ dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. (Romans 8:9)
Should we be worried for the AA people? Yes, we should. While millions have been pointed away from the Savior, the AA theology has also watered down the Body of Christ.
The AA Big Book teaches, “Much to our relief, we discovered we did not need to consider another’s conception of God. Our own conception, however inadequate, was sufficient to make the approach and to effect a contact with Him. As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps.” (pg. 46, Bold mine)
Let us end with Truth from Jesus Christ and one final anti-bibical passage from the AA Big Book.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” (John 14:6)
In direct conflict with Christ’s own Word, the Big Book tells alcoholics, “We found God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the Realm of the Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men. When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God.” (pg. 46-47)
Why does this not matter? Why are so many Christians serving two masters? It is you who have been evangelized–into the AA theology. You are silent about Christ, calling Him “higher power” as if He were simply another tin god in the meeting room.
We have all heard the AA insults about “religion,” meaning only Christianity, of course, and we all know the claim that churches can’t help alcoholics. Well, try being a member of the Body of Christ…serve in your church…and see what the Lord will do.
But please, quit defending this thing that Christ Himself warns against, all right?
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