The quote that wouldn’t go away

“The ouija board got moving in earnest. What followed was the fairly usual experience—it was a strange mélange of Aristotle, St. Francis, diverse archangels with odd names, deceased friends—some in purgatory and others doing nicely, thank you! There were malign and mischievious ones of all descriptions, telling of vices quite beyond my ken, even as former alcoholics. Then, the seemingly virtuous entities would elbow them out with messages of comfort, information, advice—and sometimes just sheer nonsense.”– A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson, quoted in his official A.A. biography, PASS IT ON, pg. 278

 

 

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Be Careful Who You Follow

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Beth Moore, contemplative prayer, and Rome

Contemplative prayer, which is essentially Eastern/New Age meditation wrapped in Christian terminology, has done much damage. Alcoholics Anonymous, God Calling, and Jesus Calling by Sarah Young all have contemplative prayer as a spiritual root. Read

Has contemplative prayer has affected (infected) Beth Moore? It seems that so many have wandered from biblical understanding, and some of these are influential, such as Mike Bickle, Bill Johnson, and yes, Beth Moore. Much of their doctrinal confusion must be attributed to contemplative prayer.

Lighthouse Trails has an article dealing with Beth Moore and her “Spiritual Awakening” … if you are unfamiliar with this, or are a fan of Beth Moore’s, please read this. You can go to the article by clicking right HERE

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No worries, it ‘s just another Chinese anti-satellite weapon

OMAHA—China last month conducted another test of a satellite-killing missile that reflects Chinese efforts to weaponize space, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Wednesday.

“It’s very problematic to see China working to weaponize space in tests like this one they just had, and so [it’s] very concerning to me as the U.S. Strategic Command commander, and to our nation at large, given our dependency on that capability,” said Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Strategic Command chief. [1] (From Bill Gertz article)

Sourcenotes:

1. Stratcom: China Continuing to Weaponize Space with Latest Anti-Satellite Missile Shot by Bill Gertz of freebeacon.com http://freebeacon.com/national-security/stratcom-china-continuing-to-weaponize-space-with-latest-anti-satellite-missile-shot/

Mike Bickle acknowledges Catholic, contemplative influence on IHOP-KC

From the Office of Public Relations, Franciscan University of Steubenville:

“The International House of Prayer (IHOP) was founded in 1999 by Mike Bickle, who says that many IHOP teachings draw upon the works of St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, as well as contemporary Catholics including Father Henri Nouwen and Father Thomas Dubay, SM. The IHOP 24 hour prayer room, he says, was inspired by the spiritual practices of Catholic European monks, such as St. Bernard of Clairvaux. ‘I’ve always had a passion for Catholic-Christian unity, and enthusiastically welcome this years Catholic track,’ says Bickle. ‘We may have different religious traditions, but we focus on fellowship, and unity and Jesus being glorified in prayer, worship, and teaching.’” [1]

Endnotes:
1. (11/9/12) http://www.franciscan.edu/NEWS/2012/Catholic-Track-at-Onething-2012/

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Joyce Meyer speaking at IHOP-KC “Onething” Conference, December 2014

Last year it was Francis Chan who spoke at the International House of Prayer’s “Onething” Conference. Chan’s participation was, at least initially, a public relations bonanza for Mike Bickle and IHOP-KC. Video

In 2012 Mike Bickle had a Catholic track scheduled for “Onething,” although this was never announced on the IHOP website. While this event/track was canceled, the very fact that Bickle would have allowed it is indicative of an ecumenical outlook. This is not surprising due to the heavy Catholic, contemplative influence that Mike Bickle and IHOP-KC are immersed in. Read

Scheduled for December 2014 “Onething” conference are Joyce Meyer, Phil Wickham, and Keri Job. Link

Joyce Meyer?

We will continue to cover this as it unfolds.

(If you want to research Mike Bickle and IHOP-KC, click Here)

BONUS: Mike Bickle acknowledges Catholic, contemplative influence on IHOP-KC

When A.A. becomes a “god”

[Reader: Here is what happens to many, many Christians in Alcoholics Anonymous]:

It is a fearful thing, leaving AA. The Big Book (the AA “bible”) states, “We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not.”[1] Because this passage of AA “scripture” is taken literally, alcoholics rarely look elsewhere for help. Christians continue to jam their God, the Ancient of Days, into AA’s chameleon theology.

“Do not participate in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead even expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11-12)

It is not just fear that keeps us bound to this all-gods religion. The 12 Step experience becomes an idol–long term involvement almost always results in a transference of faith. Bluntly stated, when it comes to sobriety, many Christians end up with more faith in the power of the 12 Step program than in Jesus Christ.

This idol worship is by no means limited to those in AA, but applies to many in “Christian 12 Step” groups.

This transference of faith is subtle, gradual, and frequently inevitable. The result is that sobriety without the 12 Step program will not even be considered. Biblical wisdom, given by concerned and caring believers, is rejected.

Endnotes:

1. Alcoholics Anonymous, Third Edition, pg.58

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Married A.A. co-founder preyed on vulnerable A.A. women

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson justified his adultery by rationalizing that his wife was more like a mother to him…

According to Gabrielle Glaser, 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.” [8]

“Bill’s personal behavior was certainly painful for and may have had a detrimental effect on the recovery of at least some of the women he behaved inappropriately with. He also had ample reason to feel bad about his betrayals of [wife] Lois,” wrote Francis Hartigan. [9]

For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. (2 Corinthians 7:10)

Hartigan contacted early A.A. member Tom Powers, a man who knew Bill Wilson very well, and asked about Bill’s response when Tom told Wilson his depressions came about because of guilt about all the adultery. Powers said Bill always agreed this was so, but would say he couldn’t give up the adulterous behavior. “What would really kill me,” Powers told Hartigan, “is when he’d say, ‘Well, you know, Lois has always been more like a mother to me.’ Which somehow was supposed to make it alright for him to cheat on her.” [10]

(The above endnotes and further information can be found in the latter half of this article: READ)

Christ warns against A.A. invitation to broad highway of spirituality

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.

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