A.A. anti-biblical history articles :

1. Alcoholics Anonymous co-founders were not Christians: READ

2. Seances, Spirits, and Twelve Steps: READ

3. How Heretics Shaped Alcoholics Anonymous: READ

4. Where did A.A.’s pagan symbol come from? READ

5. Emergent leaders know A.A. weakens Christianity: READ

6. Does A.A. contradict the Bible? READ

7. Contemplative and New Thought roots of Alcoholics Anonymous: READ

8. A.A. members rocketed into a fourth dimension of existence: READ

9. LSD for “influx of God’s grace” READ

10. Pastor John MacArthur’s comments about the twelve steps: READ

11. A.A. co-founder’s very last mistress received royalties: READ

12. Alcoholics Anonymous and Contemplative Spirituality: READ

13. Hard Truth about Alcoholics Anonymous:  READ

14. Webster’s Online Dictionary lists A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson’s ouija board experience: READ

15. Wondering if Alcoholics Anonymous is Religion:READ

16. A.A. co-founder’s LSD experiments:  READ

17. C.S. Lewis warned against A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson’s spiritualism:  READ

18. Pro-A.A. author Dick B. admits error: READ

19. Oops, another A.A. history mistake–this time Norman Vincent Peale: READ

20. Alcoholics Anonymous returns us to Jeremiah’s time: READ

21. A.A.’s Bill Wilson’s meditation, visualization:READ

22. Liberal Christian/early A.A. article:  READ (Pro-A.A. author angered)

23. A.A. and New Thought–admission and spin:  READ

24. Betty the LSD therapist and A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson: READ

Randy Alcorn’s ouija board fiction, A.A. co-founder’s ouija board history

In Randy Alcorn’s The Ishbane Conspiracy, one of the devices used by the demons to infect humans is the Ouija board. This novel is fascinating, all the more so because of the actual use of the Ouija board by Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson.

Those familiar with AA history know the AA co-founders, while often portrayed as Christians, were heavily involved in Biblically forbidden practices.

In The Ishbane Conspiracy, the demon Lord Foulgrin writes, “The night they invited my presence through the Ouija board was all the foothold I needed. She granted me visitation rights. Once they open the door, why stay out in the cold?” (pg. 69)

According to his official AA biography, Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson states, “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, pg. 278) (Bold mine)

Have you ever investigated the connection between 12 Step spirituality and the occult? You may be in for a surprise. Click HERE, and if you want to learn even more, click HERE.

In his excellent book, Randy Alcorn is making the point that some of these occultic practices and devices are not harmless at all. My point with Alcoholics Anonymous is that we must look at the unholy things AA’s co-founders willingly participated in; and then, we must ask, what really is the origin of Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 Steps?

When A.A. co-founder “spoke to Christians he worked his audience”

“Bill Wilson may have practiced some sort of surface belief in Christianity at convenient times but never really considered himself a Christian or accepted the divinity of Christ. If anything Bill practiced pagan worship and his way of life was totally opposite of what a life turned over to the Christ was supposed to represent.

“When Bill spoke to Christians he worked his audience. When he spoke to the medical community he worked his audience. When he spoke to non-believers he worked his audience. In fact, if Bill were ever to speak before an audience of Chiropractors, he probably would have told them that alcoholism stemmed from misalighnment of the spine. Bill was a chameleon using his audience to his advantage and certainly not a Christian spreading the Good Word.” — another aahistorian 3/31/09 email


“But messages as to the availability of grace, salvation, and the mind of Christ presented a strange and soon unacceptable Christian package for Bill and Lois Wilson. Yes, they bought the sugar-coated cover up by the Emmet Fox message to A.A. people and others that the Bible has no plan of salvation and that salvation is a myth.”  (bold mine) –  Dick B., When Early A.A.’s Were Cured And Why, pg. 26

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A.A. co-founder channeled unclean spirits

Was A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson a Christian?

“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)

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.”[4]

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. Author and A.A. apologist Dick B. has written of Wilson’s spiritualism, but gives it no emphasis as a factor in the origin of either A.A. or the 12 Steps.  

Writer Matthew J. Raphael is far less coy. A member of Alcoholics Anonymous himself, Raphael observes, “it might be said for the cofounders at least, A.A. was entangled with spiritualism from the very beginning.”[5]  

Raphael explains, “Wilson himself seems to have been an ‘adept,’ that is, ‘gifted’ in the psychic sense; and he served as a medium for a variety of ‘controls,’ some of them recurrent. ‘Controls,’ in the lingo of spiritualism, are the discarnate entities who seem to usurp a medium’s identity and literally speak through him or (far more usually) her. Sometimes a control answers questions; sometimes a spirit seems to materialize.”[6]  

One of the most beloved pieces of 12 Step literature is the collection of essays, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, written by Wilson in the 1950s. This popular book is often called, simply, the “12X12.” While working on it, Wilsonexchanged letters with Father Ed Dowling, a Catholic priest Bill often looked to for advice. In his letter of July 17, 1952, the A.A. cofounder informs Dowling he is receiving help with the book from the spirit world.

Wilson writes, “One turned up the other day calling himself Boniface. Said he was a Benedictine missionary and English. Had been a man of learning, knew missionary work and a lot about structures. I think he said this all the more modestly but that was the gist of it. I’d never heard of this gentleman but he checked out pretty well in the Encyclopedia.”

You can check footnotes and finish article by linking here:

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Correcting those “A.A.’s Christian roots” claims

Okay, you make the call: Read article

A.A. co-founder’s “eventual surrender to universalism”

According to author Dick B., “It will be for others to decide how much [Bill's wife Lois’] background and prejudices influenced Bill Wilson’s eventual surrender to universalism.” [2] (bold mine)

Eventual? Let’s look at this a little more objectively. You make the call: Read article

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Heretical book always in early “Christian” Akron A.A.

The following was the suggested reading for alcoholics from A.A.’s Akron Manual of 1939-1940. Please note that the heretical New Thought book, Sermon on the Mount, by Emmet Fox, is included:


The following literature has helped many members of Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous (Works Publishing Company). The Holy Bible. The Greatest Thing in the World, Henry Drummond. The Unchanging Friend, a series (Bruce Publishing Co., Milwaukee). As a Man Thinketh, James Allen. The Sermon on the Mount, Emmet Fox (Harper Bros.). The Self You Have to Live With, Winfred Rhoades. Psychology of Christian Personality, Ernest M. Ligon (Macmillan Co.). Abundant Living, E. Stanley Jones. The Man Nobody Knows, Bruce Barron. (bold mine)(Source:

But the Emmet Fox book was used by Alcoholics Anonymous long before this. When early A.A. was meeting in the home of  Oxford Group member T. Henry Williams,*** newcomers were instructed to read it. According to the biography of Clarence Snyder, “New people were told they had to read the Bible – The KING JAMES VERSION of the Bible. They were instructed to do this on a daily basis.  Clarence said that newcomers were also told to read THE UPPER ROOM daily and to read the SERMON ON THE MOUNT by Emmet Fox. ” (Source:

This is why pro-A.A. author Dick B.’s portrayal of Akron A.A. as solidly Christian is ridiculous. The only “Christians” who could accept the Emmet Fox book would have been liberal Christians–those who did not interpret the Bible as the fundamentalist Christians did, and did not place a rigid emphasis on eternal salvation.

Consider what Emmet Fox taught in Sermon on the Mount (which, incidentally, was used as a guide before the A.A. Big Book was written):

pg. 4-5: “‘The Plan of Salvation’ which figured so prominently in the evangelical sermons and divinity books of a past generation is as completely unknown to the Bible as it is to the Koran.”

pg. 14:“No suffering for another man’s original sin, but the reaping of a harvest that we ourselves have sown.”

pg. 44: “Because the change caused by prayer is a radical one, Jesus refers to it as being ‘born again.”  Since it makes you into a different man, it is actually as if you had been born anew.”

pg. 124: “[In] the Bible the term ‘Christ’ is not identical with Jesus, the individual. It is a technical term which may be briefly defined as the Absolute Spiritual Truth about anything.”

pg. 3: “The plain fact is that Jesus taught no theology whatever.”

pg. 3: “There is absolutely no system of theology found in the Bible; it simply is not there.”

pg. 13: Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden “was never intended by its author to be taken as history, but literal-minded people did so take it, with all sorts of absurd consequences.”

The A.A. co-founders were never biblical Christians. A.A. has never had a Christian or biblical origin.

Who is the liar but the one who denies Jesus is the Christ? (1 John 2:22)

***(1937) “Oxford Group meetings for alcoholics continue at the large home of T. Henry and Clarace Williams (right), with Dr. Bob sometimes joining Mr. Williams to lead meetings. The recovering alcoholics of the group refer to themselves as the “alcoholic squadron of the Oxford Group.” (Source:

Related: Was Bill W. saved or not? READ

Related: How Heretics Shaped Alcoholics Anonymous: READ

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What did Bill Wilson, A.A. co-founder, believe about life after death?

“What did Bill Wilson believe about life after death? He expressed the view that ‘there is no death’ and he also referred to this life as ‘a day in school.’ One of his close associates told me that Bill believed in reincarnation, although he certainly kept this out of his writings about AA. He was also interested in psychic phenomena, but he shared this only with close friends,” writes Mel B., author of My Search For Bill W. (pg. 137)

Background info:

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Pro-A.A author Dick B. acknowledges New Thought influence through Sam Shoemaker, Anne Smith

New Thought was a dominant spiritual root in the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous. Its influence has been downplayed over the years, particularly by author Dick B. For this reason, we have spent some time pointing out Dick B.’s own words about New Thought in relation to Alcoholics Anonymous. The following paragraph is particularly stunning, as it concerns two of the “patron saints,” so to speak, of the mythological Christian/biblical roots of A.A.–Reverend Sam Shoemaker and Dr. Bob’s wife, Anne Smith.

Anne Smith, Sam Shoemaker and others were in error from the start because they gave so much credence to William James, a non-believer, for his observations about spiritual experiences.

Dick B. writes, “Both Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob studied William James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience, from which Bill had concluded there was a validation of his own “hot flash” conversion experience. Little recognized too were the New Thought language and ideas that filtered into A.A. language via Rev. Sam Shoemaker’s writings and those of others, including Anne Smith. Shoemaker particularly relied upon James’ writings on self-surrender and conversion. See Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr., Realizing Religion. NY: Association Press, 1929; William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience. NY: First Vintage Books/The Library of America Edition, 1990; and Dick B., New Light on Alcoholism” [1] (bold mine)


1.  Alcoholics Anonymous History: A New Way Out, by Dick B,

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Early A.A. supporter Reverend Harry Emerson Fosdick denied Virgin Birth, inerrancy of Bible

In early Alcoholics Anonymous, we can find public support from a well known liberal Protestant, Harry Emerson Fosdick. What we cannot seem to find, however, is support from a well known conservative, Bible believing pastor, such as H. A. Ironside. Harry Emerson Fosdick’s promotion of  early A.A. did much to gain A.A. acceptance in Christian circles.

Albert Mohler has an interesting article, Can a Christian Deny the Virgin Birth, where he examines Fosdick’s anti-biblical theology, and shows the importance of the Virgin Birth.

According to Mohler:

Can a true Christian deny the virgin birth? The answer to that question must be a decisive No. Those who deny the virgin birth reject the authority of Scripture, deny the supernatural birth of the Savior, undermine the very foundations of the Gospel, and have no way of explaining the deity of Christ. Anyone who claims that the virgin birth can be discarded even as the deity of Christ is affirmed is either intellectually dishonest or theological incompetent. [1] click_here_for_Mohler_article

Christianity Today states:

In a May 1922 sermon, “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” Fosdick replied by repudiating the core beliefs of the fundamentalist faith: belief in the virgin birth was unnecessary; the inerrancy of Scripture, untenable; and the doctrine of the Second Coming, absurd. Though he ended on a note of reconciliation, in the sermon he castigated fundamentalists as “bitterly intolerant.” [2]

The liberal Christian (?) theologian, nationally prominent, was the first member of the clergy to acknowledge Alcoholics Anonymous. [3] He was friends with A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson, and promoted A.A. often.


1. Can a Christian Deny the Virgin Birth, Albert Mohler

2. Christianity Today, Christian History Link


Related articles:

A.A. co-founder: “I know that from a conservative Christian point of view, this is a terrific heresy.” (Link)

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