Christ’s warning against taking the broad way of spirituality directly contradicts the Alcoholics Anonymous invitation to that spiritual “Broad Highway.”
Christ tells us:
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is BROAD that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” (Matthew 7:13)
The Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book states:
“If our testimony helps sweep away prejudice, enables you to think honestly, encourages you to search diligently within yourself, then, if you wish, you can join us on the Broad Highway. With this attitude you cannot fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you.” (A.A. Big Book, pg. 55) (Bold mine)
The Big Book also states:
“We found that 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.” (Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, pg. 46-7) (Bold mine)
But wait–there’s more… The Big Book declares:
“We feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe.” (AA Big Book, pg.75) (bold mine)
So, can Christians attend such a thing since, after all, we know Christ as our Savior?
No. We cannot. We are not to drink out the same spiritual cup as the world. (Galatians 1:8-9, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
In fact, we are instructed to expose this:
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; (Ephesians 5:11)
Why has this been so difficult? For one thing, Christians have believed the lie that only A.A. can help a person overcome alcoholism. This is just not so. There are so many of us who no longer drink but have nothing to do with A.A. In reality, Alcoholics Anonymous has a very low success rate.
Another factor is that there is a transference of faith in A.A. and many Christians worship the A.A. experience without realizing they have made it an idol. Some fight so hard to defend A.A., even when the Bible is so clear.
There is hope for those caught in bondage. Christ has freed many of us. He will free you too. You can find information about two (there are others) Christ based alternatives on the right hand column of this blog.
And Christ still delivers. We just had testimonies from two men in our church who were delivered from alcoholism by Christ, and Christ alone. One has been sober twelve years, the other for eight years. They go to church, not A.A. Please read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. It was true then, and it is true now.