Does A.A. contradict the Bible?
I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images. (Isaiah 42:8)
A.A. theology is anti-biblical. A.A. declares it does not matter at all what one worships as “god.” This is “official” A.A. doctrine. Let’s take a look at some well-known, A.A. sanctioned literature. In fact, the cover of the A.A. pamphlet we will be quoting from, The Jack Alexander Article About Alcoholics Anonymous, informs us, “This is official A.A. General Service-conference approved literature.”
Originally printed in the Saturday Evening Post in 1941, Jack Alexander’s article served in many ways to launch Alcoholics Anonymous toward its cultural and spiritual dominance.
In this “A.A. General Conference-approved literature,” how is the “god” of 12 Step spirituality defined? According to the article, “Any concept of the Higher Power is acceptable. [The alcoholic] may choose to think of his Inner Self, the miracle of growth, a tree, man’s wonderment at the physical universe, the structure of the atom, or mere mathematical infinity. Whatever form is visualized, the neophyte is taught he must rely on it and, in his own way, to pray to the power for strength.”  (Bold mine)
The article notes that even a tree can be worshiped. Interestingly, the Bible refers to this: Who say to a tree, “You are my Father,” And to a stone, “You gave me birth.” For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face. (Jeremiah 2:27)
The Lord further expresses His displeasure through Jeremiah: Because of the lightness of her harlotry, she polluted the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. (Jeremiah 3:9)
The Alexander article also refers to one’s “Inner Self” as Higher Power. Interestingly, the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book (the A.A. “bible”), states, “Sometimes we had to search fearlessly but He was there. He was as much a fact as we were. We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis, it is only there that He may be found.” 
Yet God is not within all people. The Bible tells us we must be saved through Jesus Christ first. That is the only way one has the Spirit of God within.
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him. (Romans 8:9)
Alcoholics Anonymous has spread the concept of a generic god, and convinced many there is no need for Christ–for the Higher Power is already accessible. Why is any of this important? If you are a Christian, and believe the Bible is the Word of God, it is clear the Lord hates the worship of false gods. We are not to join such a thing. We are to be separate in our worship.
All the media articles and pro-A.A. authors and praises from A.A. proselytes can’t change God’s command. What does He tell us:
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them and be separate, saith the Lord… (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
If you are a Christian attending A.A., and you say to yourself, “Well, I don’t worship false gods,” the Lord doesn’t want you worshiping alongside those who bow to false idols.
Never in the Bible will you find an example where the Lord allows His people to worship Him in a religion where He is just one option of many. Josiah threw the false gods out of the temple; our wise (?) pastors of today bring them in by allowing A.A. in our churches.
The Lord warned Solomon that his foreign wives would entice him into worship of foreign gods–and that is what happened. The Lord knows better than you what is required. As Solomon’s love for the Lord shifted, so is there a transference of faith in Alcoholics Anonymous. Many–okay, I’ll just say it–almost all the Christians in AA also have AA as an idol. How could it be otherwise? Part of the A.A. theology is faith in A.A. itself, is it not?
The Lord was angered by those who bowed both to Him and the false god, Milcom:
And those who bow down on the housetops to the host of heaven, And those who bow down and swear to the LORD and yet swear by Milcom… (Zephaniah 1:5)
For Christians swimming in 12 Step spirituality, Alcoholics Anonymous functions as a modern Milcom. For all too many, the Lord AND Alcoholics Anonymous are both worshiped.
There are also many in A.A. who identify Christ as their higher power, but whose god in reality is solely A.A. itself. This I say not from the height of some scholarly hill, but as one who has experienced the deceptions of A.A . first hand.
Alcoholics Anonymous, although ruled as religious by the U.S. Supreme Court, and defined as such theologically, sociologically, and even by a dictionary definition, has always insisted it is a “spiritual program.”
Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word. (1 Kings 18: 21)
A.A. people are in grave need of Christ. They are hurt, desperate, sinful people. In short, they are just as we were. Remember? And bondage to alcohol is a horror (I speak from experience). Unsaved A.A. people are doing the best they can with what they have been taught-which is that anything and everything can be worshiped as a “higher power.” Any concept of “god” is valid.
According to the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book (the A.A. “bible”), “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.”  (Bold mine)
But the Lord specifically warns against the broad way. “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)
If the Lord warns against the broad way of spirituality, why do we think we know better? Why would we even want to participate in such a thing, or give it credibility by approving of it?
It is no coincidence that the A.A. Big Book again makes a direct reference to this spiritual Broad Highway: “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.”  (Bold mine)
Yes, we are all used to A.A. Yes, we hear the testimonies. But here is what we need to remember, and where we need to start from: 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11.
Christ has been delivering alcoholics, and homosexuals, and thieves, and liars, long before the 12 Steps existed. He is waiting, I believe, for Christians in Bible believing churches to really believe what the Bible says.
A.A. teaches it is the only way–that without twelve step meetings there is no successful sobriety. In reality, there are so many of us who have nothing to do with A.A. but do not drink.
Once you understand that, and remember just who your God is, you are on your way to freedom.
Perhaps He will send you to a place like Teen Challenge; or, perhaps He will deliver you instantaneously. But He will help you. He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
2. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Big Book), pg. 55
3. Ibid., pg. 46-7
4. Ibid., pg. 55
This article also published as Alcoholics Anonymous Returns Us To Jeremiah’s Time