Gospel of Christ or a gospel of steps?

“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.

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson’s heretical view of Christ

According to A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson, “Christ is, of course, the leading figure to me. Yet I have never been able to receive complete assurance that He was one hundred per cent God. I seem to be just as comfortable with the figure of ninety-nine per cent. I know that from a conservative Christian point of view this is a terrific heresy.” [1]

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8:58)

Keep Bill Wilson’s admission in mind when pro-A.A. authors like Dick B. and Ken B. try and cast Wilson as a Christian, and A.A. as Christian in origin.

Source Notes:
1. Mel B., My Search For Bill W., pg. 21 ( from a letter dated July 2, 1956 from A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson to Mel B.)

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Sentenced to death and destruction

Many people have died because A.A.’s limitations are never acknowledged in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. For years we have simply assumed those unable to get sober via A.A. are not really serious about quitting drinking. This can certainly be true for some. But it is also true that A.A.’s “all-gods talk therapy” is ineffective and harmful to many–in this life and the next. continue reading

Author on A.A. co-founder’s automatic writing: “Bill Wilson was very good at this.”

“Bill Wilson was very good at this. He would set a pen down on a piece of paper, close his eyes, and wait for the spirit to guide his hand.” [1]

“[I]t might be said for the cofounders at least, A.A. was entangled with spiritualism from the very beginning.” [2]

“Now, these people, [A.A. co-founders] Bill and Bob, believed vigorously and aggressively. They were working away at the spiritualism; it was not just a hobby.” [3]

“Do not seek out mediums and spiritists; do not seek out and be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31) 

Related: Saturday spiritualism sessions with A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson

Source Notes:

  1. Susan Cheever, My Name is Bill: Bill Wilson : His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous, p.205
  2. Matthew J. Raphael, Bill W. and Mr. Wilson, p.159
  3. PASS IT ON, A.A. World Services Inc., p.280 (Early A.A. member Tom Powers)

Saturday spiritualism sessions with A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson

In PASS IT ON, A.A.’s official biography of Bill Wilson, Lois Wilson recounts some of her husband’s experiences of 1941. Saturday was generally the scheduled day for these psychic adventures. “Bill would lie down on the couch. He would ‘get’ these things. He kept doing it every week or so. Each time, certain people would ‘come in.’ Sometimes, it would be new ones, and they’d carry on some story.”[1]

So, “every week or so,” Wilson would open himself to this entity (or entities), and “certain people would ‘come in.’” Today this is known as channeling.

For Bill Wilson, unsaved and in bondage to familiar spirits, the Bible was not understood as the holy Word of God. No doubt he considered it valuable, but he did not live by it or obey it. He didn’t know Christ as Savior. This is why he had so many adulterous affairs, even though his own wife had remained steadfast and loyal for many years. This is why he invited unclean spirits to enter into him.

When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?
To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. (Isaiah 8:19-20)
One time Wilson believed the spirit of deceased evangelist Dwight Moody warned him about the past. [2] The demons must have chortled over that one.
Susan Cheever writes, “Some members thought the psychic activity Bill indulged in made him look crazy; others, who actually believed he was able to summon spirits from another world, were afraid he was speaking with evil spirits, or a hodgepodge of ghosts who would almost definitely give him bad advice or try to confuse him.” [3]
The fact is, far from having a Christian origin, A.A. and the 12 Steps were founded and formed with much unholy guidance.

Source Notes:

  1. PASS IT ON, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., pg. 278-79
  2. Susan Cheever, My Name is Bill: Bill Wilson : His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 205
  3. Ibid., p. 207

The occult practice of automatic writing and A.A.’s 12 Steps

It’s too late. Alcoholics Anonymous has served its purpose. That purpose has been to weaken the church, dilute the theology of Christians exposed to the 12 Step religion, and to point unbelievers away from Christ.

Through A.A. and other 12 Step groups, millions of Christians have placed Christ in a modern day pantheon, a temple of many gods, and have become used to spiritually fellowshipping with non-Christians. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

Although frequently (and wrongly) portrayed as Christians, A.A. co-founders Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith delved deeply into the biblically forbidden practice of spiritualism.

“As for the person who turns to mediums and spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My Face against that person and will cut him off from his people.” (Leviticus 20:6)

As one biography notes, “Bill Wilson believed in spirits. There is a ‘spook’ room downstairs in Stepping Stones where he, [wife] Lois, and other like-minded recovering alcoholics tried to visit the spirit world and communicate with the dead. The archives have folders of the automatic writing he did when he and Lois would use their Ouija board to invite the spirits to join them.”  (Susan Cheever, My Name is Bill: Bill Wilson : His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous, p.157)

There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)
According to Bill Wilson himself, “The ouija board began moving in earnest. What followed was the fairly usual experience-it was a strange melange 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.”  (PASS IT ON, Wilson’s official A.A. biography, p. 278) (bold mine)
T.A. McMahon, Editor of the Berean Call, writes, “A.A.’s official biography indicates Bill Wilson received the details of the 12 Steps through spirit dictation. Scripture condemns communication with familiar spirits. The Second and Third Steps encourage turning one’s life over to a ‘Higher Power’ and ‘God as we under[stand] Him.’ Any higher power? Yes! Any idea of God? Yes!”  (T.A. McMahon, The Berean Call Newsletter, March 1, 2002) (bold mine)
In the 1930s Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith attended the Oxford Group, an organization which has been repeatedly and incorrectly identified as Christian by author Dick B. and others. In truth, the Oxford Group avoided taking a stand on doctrine, and taught its members a demonic meditative practice.
The great preacher H.A. Ironside had to deal with the Oxford Group in his own city. In a sermon, Dr. Ironside warned about the Oxford Group’s unholy meditation (emptying the mind) which often culminated in the practice of automatic writing:

Each one is urged in the morning to sit down quietly with the mind emptied of every thought, generally with a pencil in hand, waiting for God to say something to them. They wait and wait and wait. Sometimes they tell me nothing happens, at other times the most amazing things come. Tested by the Word of God many of these things are unscriptural. They lay themselves open for demons to communicate their blasphemous thoughts to them.  (H.A. Ironside, The Oxford Group: Is It Scriptural? (New York: Loizeauz Brothers, Publishers, 1943) (italics mine)

Automatic Writing, also called spirit dictation, occurs when a person channels communication from an unclean, deceptive spirit. The 12 Steps did not come from Christ.

A.A.’s co-founder was in bondage to familiar spirits for decades. For more information regarding Bill Wilson’s spiritualism, please read this.

Psychic Spiritualist: Adventures of the 12 Step Superhero

“[He] knew little of psychics and had heard nothing before this of my adventures.”–A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson, from his official A.A. biography, Pass It On, pg.277  Click here to continue reading…

A.A. co-founder’s LSD experiments and “God”

My Word Like Fire

Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson’s involvement with LSD began in the 1950s. Wilson hoped ingestion of the chemical would help alcoholics. He wrote, “It is a generally acknowledged fact in spiritual development that ego reduction makes the influx of God’s grace possible. If, therefore, under LSD we can have a temporary reduction, so that we can better see what we are and where we are going–well, that might be of some help.” (PASS IT ON, pg. 370)

In the 1950s LSD was a recent development. Wilson, aware that A.A. simply did not work for every motivated alcoholic, was searching for things that would help.

For those who have heard or read that Bill Wilson was a Christian, the fact that he believed LSD could possibly facilitate the “influx of God’s grace” demonstrates much. There was no understanding of the grace of Christ. According to his secretary, Nell Wing, during…

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C.S. Lewis warned about A.A. co-founder’s spiritualism

A.A. cofounder Bill Wilson’s well documented communication with evil spirits is sometimes disbelieved.

C.S. Lewis believed it. When a concerned Tony Guggenheim wrote Lewis a letter informing him of Bill and Lois Wilson’s biblically forbidden activities, C.S. Lewis wrote back, “This is necromancy. Have nothing to do with it.” [1]

Lewis was clearly horrified the A.A. cofounder was involved in spiritualism.

His letter gives good advice regarding these biblically prohibited practices. This is good advice, too, regarding A.A. and the 12 Steps.

Source Notes:

1. Susan Cheever, My Name Is Bill, pg. 207

A.A. co-founder’s chronic adultery

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]

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]

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


2. Ibid.

3. http://www.orange-papers.org/orange-BillWill.html

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