“Twelve-Step programs are in essence…Archetypical precursors of a one-world religion,” wrote Martin and Deidre Bobgan. 
Three anti-biblical principles are percolating away in Alcoholics Anonymous. We find them in the Steps themselves. These are: 1) denial of the biblical Savior, Jesus Christ; generic, Christ-less versions of “sin” and “repentance”; and the use of (unholy) meditation.
So, where is all this in Alcoholics Anonymous theology? Let’s take a look:
Spiritual Principle Number One: Alcoholics Anonymous promulgates the “higher power” concept (3rd Step). This can be anything from a bird to Buddha to bubble bath; a spirit, a new age “jesus,” the universe or … you get my point here. In A.A. theology, Jesus Christ is reduced to one higher power among many. In other words, it does not matter what you believe in, only that you believe in something.
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father. (Phillippians 2:11)
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Spiritual Principle Number Two: The twelve steps feature generic replacements for biblical repentance and sin (5th, 6th, and 7th Steps):
Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the nature of our wrongs.
Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects or character.
Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove all these defects of character.
Through the dominance and proliferation of twelve step programs, we already have millions of “spiritual, not religious”* people who have been taught it is okay to design or imagine a higher power; and who believe they are right with their “god” because they have confessed “wrongs” and asked the higher power to remove “defects of character.”
The biblical Savior, sin, and repentance are unpopular subjects in the vast majority of twelve step meetings.
Yet, without Christ, there is no forgiveness of sin. The Bible tells us: For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
Spiritual Principle Number Three: Meditation (A.A.’s 11th Step).
Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
A proverb from “the Hindu spiritual tradition”  is the beginning of the popular A.A. meditation book, Twenty-Four Hours A Day by Richmond Walker. Walker’s book, published in the 1940s, encourages entrance into the contemplative silence. Much of Twenty-four Hours A Day is based on the blasphemous book, God Calling, which was written via the occultic practice of automatic writing.
Richmond Walker, like A.A. co-founders Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, had been a member of the ecumenical Oxford Group, which was at the heighth of its popularity in the 1930s.
Initially presented by pro-A.A. author Dick B. and others as a Christian movement, the Oxford Group should be viewed as an anti-biblical root of Alcoholics Anonymous.**
In his sermon, The Oxford Group Movement: Is It Scriptural? Pastor H.A. Ironside stated that the Oxford Group “appeals to people who reject the inspiration of [the Bible] as well as to those who profess to believe it; it appeals to people who deny the Deity of Christ as well as to those who acknowledge it; to those who deny the eternal punishment of sin as well as to those who believe in it. Here in our city it is openly endorsed by the Swedenborgians and by the leaders of the Unitarians.” 
Yet, in terms of influence upon A.A., it is the Oxford Group’s approach to meditation that has far too often been overlooked. H.A. Ironside also gave this warning: “Each [Oxford Group] member is urged … to sit quietly with the mind emptied of every thought … waiting for God to say something to them…. 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.” (bold mine)
Since early A.A. members came out of the Oxford Group, did this dangerous and deceptive meditation practice come with them?
“In A.A. circles however, ‘meditation’ also took on some of the characteristics of what the Oxford Group called ‘having a morning quiet time.’ So A.A. members might in fact, not only read and think about what the reading for the day said in their meditational book, but also spend a short time blanking out all their conscious thoughts and just remaining still and quiet in God’s presence, while waiting for God’s guidance to give them instructions for the day,” wrote A.A. historian Glenn C. 
A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson encouraged alcoholics to seek meditative knowledge wherever it could be found–so this could be in Hinduism, Buddhism, distant libraries, the local Catholic church, or anywhere else. He states, “The actual experience of meditation and prayer across the centuries is, of course, immense. The world’s libraries and places of worship are a treasure trove for all seekers.” 
Obviously, A.A. does not emphasize adherence to biblical meditation. During biblical meditation, the mind remains active as we ponder and ruminate upon Scripture. This is far, far removed from mind-emptying New Age/Eastern meditation and so-called “contemplative prayer.”
Contemplative prayer is essentially the same as New Age/Eastern meditation, but is presented with Christian terminology. In the New Age/Eastern/contemplative practice, the goal is to enter into the silence, and it is here that profound spiritual deception can occur.
Not every single A.A. member engages in the wide-open meditation of the 11th Step. Still, it should be understood that two spiritual factors have torn through the culture and the Body of Christ, dictating for many the very understanding of God. These factors are meditation and “higher power” theology.
Both, as we have seen, can be found in Alcoholics Anonymous.
(For more on A.A.’s unholy origin and teachings, go to the A.A. anti-biblical articles link at the top right hand column of this blog)
1. Martin and Deidre Bobgan, 12 Steps to destruction, pg. 116
2. Richmond Walker and the Twenty-Four Hour Book by Glenn C.
3. The Oxford Group Movement: Is It Scriptural? (Sermon by H.A. Ironside)
4. The Oxford Group Movement: Is It Scriptural? (Sermon by H.A. Ironside)
5. Twelve-Step Meditation, Part 1, Meditation in traditional spirituality by Glenn C.
6. Bill Wilson, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pg. 98
* This A.A.cliche has gone mainstream.
** Walter Houston Clark noted, “Neither is [the Oxford Group] concerned with what a person’s beliefs are or even that he have a belief at all. If a person remonstrates that he cannot believe in God, he is told to act as if there were one, and to see what happens. The Group practice of religion is highly pragmatic…” (Walter Houston Clark, The Oxford Group: Its History and Significance, pgs. 110-111)