Romans lesson

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Romans 12:15-18)

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Author who knew A.A. co-founder believes early A.A. people not “John 3:16 Christians”

Alcoholics Anonymous is in opposition to the Bible. A.A.’s own history has been incorrectly interpreted by those who–undoubtedly with the best of intentions–wish keep Christians involved in the twelve step religion.

Interestingly, in one of his own books, Dick B. (an advocate for A.A.’s non-existent “Christian/biblical” roots) records how author Mel B. tried to correct him about Christian influence in early A.A.

Dick B. writes, “[New Thought heretic Emmet] Fox appeared to teach that the death and resurrection and ascending of Jesus to the right hand of God was not merely the accomplishment for those who believed, but for anyone and everyone, if at all. Reflecting this contention, New Thought advocate Mel B. recently said to me he didn’t think early A.A. people were John 3:16 Christians.” [1]

Dick B. writes, “Frankly I dont know of any other kind, and there is nothing in the early A.A. surrenders to Christ that suggest otherwise.” [2]

Mel B. goes far enough back in A.A. that he actually met Bill Wilson. Mel B., whose book, New Wine, documents many of the spiritual influences that formed and shaped A.A., was simply trying to set the record straight. The spiritual base of early A.A. was influenced in part by New Thought, but also by liberal Christianity–and so Christ’s message of Salvation had little primary meaning in A.A.’s origin and development.

Endnotes:

1. Dick B., Henrietta B. Seiberling: Ohio’s Lady With A Cause, pg. 17-18

2. Ibid.

The Protestant Liberal Influence:

Those who have heard early A.A.’s “roots” were biblically pure might want to investigate Emmet Fox and A.A.’s use of his heretical book, The Sermon on the Mount. This text was actually used as a teaching manual in AA until AA’s own instructional Big Book was completed. Read

The liberal Christian influence has to be acknowledged as well. These were not people who believed the Bible as the literal Word of God. As AA historian Glen C. notes, “But if we are carrying out a historical investigation into how A.A. first began…the center of gravity within early A.A. lay with the classical Protestant liberals instead of the fundamentalists. And A.A. still to this day contains many elements of belief and practice that came from the liberals, not the fundamentalists.”[1]

We will hopefully be expanding upon this soon, as it is yet another anti-Biblical root of Alcoholics Anonymous. These were well meaning people, as those more concerned with social gospel than Salvation always are.

“The fundamental idea that one did not have to be a Christian in order to be a good and spiritual person was a classical Protestant liberal belief that had a deeply formative effect on early A.A.,” states Glen C.[2]

This is not to say that there were absolutely no fundamentalist Christians in early Alcoholics Anonymous. After all, we can even find some in present day A.A., can we not?

But as Glen C. states, using AA co-founder Dr. Bob Smith’s wife, Anne Smith, as an example, the “Christian” influence was of a liberal bent:

“But the center of the bell-shaped curve, so to speak, lay with those with classical Protestant liberal sympathies. Dr. Bob’s wife Anne Ripley Smith, a graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, one of the elite east coast women’s colleges, fits the profile of a deeply pious classical Protestant liberal in everything we know about her. So some A.A.’s were more conservative, and were more radical, but the ‘center of gravity’ lay with the classical Protestant liberals during AA’s earliest years, and studying Fundamentalist theology and belief does not help us much in understanding the way A.A. began.”[3]

Indeed. Studying the Word of God, in fact, shows A.A. is not from Jesus Christ, nor are the Twelve Steps, despite the ”Christian root” fallacies promulgated by pro-AA author Dick B. and others. –For rest of article, click Here…

Endnotes:

1. Classical Protestant Liberalism and Early A.A., by Glen C.

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (NASB) Matt. 5:10

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The Most Excellent Way to beat drugs and alcohol

If you have read articles on this website you know there are big problems with Alcoholics Anonymous–at least for those of us who want to obey the Bible.

We know from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 that Christ was delivering drunkards back in the early days of the Church.

He still is.

Here is the link to The Most Excellent Way, a Bible-based program that has been around since the 1980s. Created by a husband and wife who overcame alcohol addiction, it is used in churches around the country.

Check it out: http://www.tmewcf.org/

Here is the phone number: 800-548-8854

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Japanese Robot in the Art School

“We can learn and accept from repulsion, not only from attraction.” –Associate Professor Mary Velonaki, Director, Creative Robotics Lab, College of the Fine Arts, UNSW

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State of Recovery

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.

Article and endnotes

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What is SOZO (Bethel Redding)

The article below, What is Sozo prayer, is from GotQuestions.org: http://www.gotquestions.org/Sozo-prayer.html

Question: “What is Sozo prayer?”

Answer: Sozo prayer, or Sozo ministry (from the Greek for “save” or “deliver”) is defined as “a unique inner healing and deliverance ministry in which the main aim is to get to the root of those things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”

Sozo was created by a group of people from Bethel Church in Redding, California, and modeled after spiritual practices observed at revivals in Argentina. Sozo is strongly mystical in its approach and relies heavily on ideas about God and the Holy Spirit that are not based on biblical fact.

Sozo prayer requires the presence of a mediator / guide, who is trained to walk participants through a time of prayer and reflection that is supposed to facilitate intimacy with God. Intimacy with God is definitely something to be sought; however, the method of attaining intimacy via a journey through the subconscious is questionable at best.

Intimacy with God is achieved by Bible study, prayer, regular church attendance, and obedience, not by a mystical “journey” through our past. The Bible warns us to be discerning and wise, and not to be fooled (Hosea 14:9; Hebrews 5:14). The Bible and the Holy Spirit—not our subconscious thoughts or a fallible human being—are our connection to the counsel and the voice of God (John 17:17).

Many types of ungodly mystical practices include the presence of a “spirit guide,” but the Bible tells us that our connection to the Father is a direct connection, mediated by Christ (1 Timothy 2:5) and guided by the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). No other spirit guide is necessary.

The methods and practices of Sozo are of human invention and require human instruction, without reference to Scripture. In fact, Sozo is much closer to new age mysticism than to Christianity.

Participants are encouraged into a mild trance state, while being “led” into a series of mental / emotional rooms or stages where, by connecting to their own deeper feelings and thoughts, they believe themselves to have a new experience with God. Whatever participants feel has happened to them, the Bible tells us it is dangerous to open ourselves up to something that has not been sanctioned by God (Ephesians 4:11-14).

Preaching and teaching, evangelism, and the practice of anointing a person with oil, or laying hands on them, for instance, are all shown in Scripture to be spiritually safe and useful. But Sozo prayer does not have that kind of “backing”. It’s kind of like taking a drug that isn’t approved by the FDA. It might not damage you, but why take the risk?

In another part of the Bethel Sozo website, one of the goals of Sozo is to enable participants to “heal your relationship with God to enable you to fulfill your destiny.”

But the Bible tells us that a Christian’s destiny is death to self and obedience to Christ through faith in His power and saving grace (Luke 9:23; Ephesians 2:8-9). The things that make us one with God are produced by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22), and a Christian does not need to be led on a mystical prayer journey to attain them.

Every believer is conformed to Christ’s image by His power and has already been blessed with “every spiritual gift in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1:3).

In summary, we do not believe that Sozo ministry / prayer is a godly practice or something that is needed, or helpful, for a believer’s fellowship with God.

Sozo is much more closely related to mysticism and spiritism than to true intimacy with God. True intimacy with Him happens by illumination of the Word of God by the Holy Spirit and fellowship with Christ as we show love for the Father through obedience to and imitation of Him (Ephesians 5:1).

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Sozo-prayer.html#ixzz2xrfgnahC

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Mixing ingredients for baked heresy pie

Scripture is clear.

We were never meant to be part of an all-gods religion. It is not “legalism” to point out that the Lord will absolutely not be seen as one higher power among many. (Isaiah 42:8, Galatians 1:6-9, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

AA’s murky history can seem very confusing. Prolific pro-AA author Dick B. continues to present AA’s origin as Biblically rooted. But Alcoholics Anonymous is like a pie. One can claim it is made with lemon meringue ingredients, but if tar, rat poison, and glass shards are also in the mix, was it ever really a lemon meringue pie? A little leaven… (1 Corinthians 5:6) continue with recipe

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16 minute expose of Noah movie

Pastor Joe Schimmel’s 16 minute video expose of the Noah movie.

As Eric Barger noted, “Joe Schimmel has done a stellar job of encapsulating nearly every problem created by Paramount’s $160 million dollar film. The movie, released yesterday (3/28), paints Noah as a blood thirsty, murderous sort who would have killed the entire population of the planet himself if need be (including his own granddaughters!) instead of a “preacher of righteousness” (II Peter 2:5) who set about to warn anyone who he could of the impending destruction that was soon to come upon the earth.” (bold mine)

More from Eric Barger about the Noah movie: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=cce15ff8-beec-4692-9915-19f312b4fb74&c=bc3f3a60-4cec-11e3-a529-d4ae5292c2ac&ch=bd1723d0-4cec-11e3-a57e-d4ae5292c2ac

The dark side of A.A. culture

A.A. co-founder Bill 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,” writes Gabrielle Glaser, author of Her Best Kept Secret: Why Women Drink and How They Can Regain Control. [1]

phi·lan·der
1. To carry on a sexual affair, especially an extramarital affair, with a woman one cannot or does not intend to marry. Used of a man.
2. To engage in many love affairs, especially with a frivolous or casual attitude. Used of a man. (freedictionary.com)

“Though he could not know it,” writes Glaser, “the early tolerance for Bill’s sexual conduct would set a behavioral precedent for [Alcoholics Anonymous].” [2]

Wilson’s last A.A. mistress was Helen W., and the affair lasted 15 years. Although Wilson’s wife Lois remained married to him through years of alcoholism and decades of adultery, Wilson nevertheless arranged that after his death, Helen W. would receive a percentage of the royalties from sales of Wilson’s A.A. books. [3]

Endnotes:
1. Gabrielle Glaser, Her Best Kept Secret: Why Women Drink and How They Can Regain Control, Chapter 4

http://books.google.com/books

2. Ibid.

3. http://mywordlikefire.com/2011/09/03/a-a-co-founders-last-a-a-mistress-received-profits-from-alcoholics-anonymous-big-book-and-others/

How Assemblies of God responded to World Vision’s gay marriage blasphemy

With great, crocodile tears, World Vision has reversed its decision about hiring married same-sex couples.

This reversal was not because of repentance, but because of economics. This was because George Wood of Assemblies of God and others reacted swiftly and firmly.

According to Melissa Barnhart of the Christian Post:

Assemblies of God issued a statement encouraging its churches and individual members to “gradually shift support away from the U.S. branch of World Vision to Assemblies of God World Missions, and other Pentecostal and evangelical charities that maintain biblical standards of sexual morality.”

Denouncing World Vision’s decision to allow people who are in a legal same-sex marriages to be employed at the nonprofit organization, Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, said that World Vision’s policy change “cannot be construed as anything but an endorsement of same-sex marriage.”

“Far from promoting Christian unity, the policy change enlists World Vision on the liberal Protestant side of the same-sex marriage debate as opposed to that of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches in the U.S., not to mention Pentecostal and Evangelical churches worldwide,” said Wood, who represents a fellowship of more than 3 million members.

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