“So it’s pretty obvious where a person’s loyalties lie by who they defend … the A.A. gospel or the gospel of Jesus …” – – Carla, 2009
Does Christ teach what A.A. teaches?
“We feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe.”– A.A. Big Book, (the A.A. “bible”), pg.75 (bold mine)
The above quote is just one of the references to a “broad” path of spirituality in the A.A. Big Book.
Here is another:
“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.” –From the A.A. Big Book, pp.46-47 (bold mine)
And here is yet another:
“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)
Jesus 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)
But…can Christians participate in A.A. since they follow Christ? Not if the Bible is true. (Ephesians 5:11, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, Galatians 1:8-9, Isaiah 42:8 )
What a wonderfully deadly trap A.A. has been…these scared and hurting people, believers and non-believers, are told only A.A. can help them, and so they turn to this 12 Step spirituality. In reality, A.A. is ineffective for most motivated alcoholics.
It is not well known that A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson came to understand A.A’s limitations, and began to search for effective alternatives.
Unfortunately, once in the meetings, the alcoholic frequently hears that only A.A. works and that other methods are inferior. Church (Christianity) in particular is cast as useless in the battle against the bottle. Which is a shame, since there are many of us who are free of alcohol and drugs because of our faith.
Rebels that we are, we simply attend church, engage in fellowship, (perhaps attend a biblical fellowship group such as The Most Excellent Way), read the Word, and pray to our God.
I am happy for anyone who overcomes alcoholism. That includes people in A.A. That includes atheists who stop drinking.
Yet, to repeat what has been said here many times before: Alcoholics Anonymous is ineffective as treatment, but very effective in public relations. It is unholy, as it reduces (at best) Christ to one of many “higher powers.” A.A. denies the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When Americans mention God these days, they are more likely to use the phrase “higher power” than say “the Lord,” or “Jesus Christ.”
This is indicative of the dominance of A.A.’s 12 Step spirituality within the culture.
As author Christine Wicker notes, A.A.’s Twelve Step program “slowly exposed people to the notion that they could get [a god] without the dogma, the doctrine, and the outdated rules. Without the church in fact.” (Christine Wicker, The Fall of the Evangelical Nation, pp. 134-38)
According to recently deceased Emergent Empress Phyllis Tickle, A.A. has “supplant[ed] the pastoral authority of the professional clergy and open[ed] the door to spirituality in the experiencing of a nondoctrinally specific Higher Power….” (Phyllis Tickle, The Great Emergence, p. 93.)
“Have you ever noticed how a church that uses A.A. is never quite the same again?” — Laura the missionary, 2008
Yes, I have noticed. How about you?
Ultimately, A.A. is not about treatment at all. Alcoholics Anonymous was created to accomplish a spiritual goal.
Actually, Alcoholics Anonymous has two spiritual purposes. One is to point unbelievers away from Christ; the other is to water down or weaken the theology of the Christians who have joined the AA religion.
In this, A.A. has been very successful indeed.