A.A.’s heretical “godfathers”

We will soon examine in detail the contributions of (at least three) men who were key factors in A.A.’s formation and theological opposition to Christ. You can also find more information by typing these names into the search box of this website.

For now, here are related links:

Emanuel Swedenborg: Read

Harry Emerson Fosdick: Read

Emmet Fox: Read

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson accepted heresy that Christ is not Savior

According to author Dick B., “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.” (Dick B., When Early A.A.’s Were Cured And Why, pg. 26) (bold mine)

Author Mel B. writes, “[Wilson's] was clearly a kind of ‘born-again’ experience, but he did not think adherence to the Christian religion was a prerequisite for such an event in one’s life. ‘Christ is, of course, the leading figure to me,’ he wrote to an A.A. member. ‘Yet I have never been able to receive complete assurance that He was one hundred percent God. I seem to be just as comfortable with the figure of ninety-nine percent. I know that from a Christian point of view this is a terrific heresy.’” (Mel B., New Wine, pg. 87-88) (bold mine)

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A.A. co-founder and the heretical book

When people try to portray A.A.’s co-founders as Christians, it is helpful to understand the relation between early A.A. and the work of New Thought teacher Emmet Fox. How, for instance, did A.A. co-founder Dr. Bob Smith feel about Fox’s book, The Sermon on the Mount? This book was used by early A.A. before the Big Book was written.

“…the fact is that Dr. Bob did read and recommend Fox’s The Sermon on the Mount. And Dr. Bob owned and read several other Fox books and pamphlets.” (Dick B., Dr. Bob and His Library: A Major A.A. Spiritual Source, pg. 67)

The Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox: “Dr. Bob often read and recommended this Emmet Fox book.” (Dick B., Dr. Bob and His Library: A Major A.A. Spiritual Source, pg. 42)

So, why would Dr. Bob Smith recommend this book? Fox denies Christ as biblical Savior. Why would the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous place this heresy in the hands of hurting alcoholics? The answer is simple. Dr. Bob Smith was not a blood bought Christian. He was in line with New Thought theology…and this is why he recommended Emmet Fox’s The Sermon on the Mount.

According to Emmet Fox, “‘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.” (The Sermon on the Mount, pg. 4-5)

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

“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. 44)

In Dr. Bob’s official A.A. biography, an oldtimer recollects how the first thing Dr. Bob did was to give her a copy of Emmet Fox’s The Sermon on the Mount. (Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers, pg. 310)

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)

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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:

SUGGESTED READING

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: http://hindsfoot.org/AkrMan2.html)

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: http://www.silkworth.net/chs/chs0308.html)

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: http://www.aa.org/aatimeline/timeline_h2.php?lang=_en)

Related: Was Bill W. saved or not? READ

Related: How Heretics Shaped Alcoholics Anonymous: READ

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How Heretics Shaped Alcoholics Anonymous

When it comes to AA’s alleged “Christian” roots, God’s people have been—to use a technical term—snookered.

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)

AA’s origin must include AA co-founders Bill Wilson’s and Dr. Bob Smith’s biblically forbidden spiritualism, Dr. Bob’s freemasonry, the meditative Silence/spirit communication learned from the Oxford Group,[1] and the anti-Biblical teachings of William James.

It doesn’t stop there. Many other influences helped give birth to AA, including Carl Jung, Emanuel Swedenborg, and the New Thought heresy of Emmet Fox.

Those who have heard early AA’s “roots” were biblically pure might want to investigate Emmet Fox and AA’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.

As pro-AA author Dick B. himself acknowledges, Fox’s “writings were favored by [AA co-founders] Bill W. and Dr. Bob.”[2] (Bold mine)

That is correct. And the AA co-founders could not have been Christians if they “favored” and used these writings in AA.

Why? In The Sermon on the Mount, Emmet Fox teaches: “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 the Koran. There never was any such an arrangement in the universe, and the Bible does not teach it at all.”[3]

Link to rest of article and Endnotes: http://raptureready.com/soap/Lanagan4.html

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What part of “demonic” don’t you understand?

According to International Christian Recovery Coalition founder and pro-A.A. author Dick B., “I have already written that earlier in my research and writing, I missed the boat on the significance of new thought ideas in early A.A.” [1] (bold mine)

Dick B. also acknowledges, “You may, as I did for quite some time, fail to appreciate or study the effect on A.A. ‘theology’ of the ideas of William James, And Ralph Waldo Trine, Emmet Fox, and others.” [2]

This is why all further claims of a Christian or biblical origin should have ceased. The spiritual roots of Alcoholics Anonymous are mixed, and include new thought influence, demonic influence via spiritualism and contemplative prayer, and much else.

But A.A. is in the hearts and minds of many, while the Bible is not. It is not difficult to see that A.A. is in opposition to Christ. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17, Galatians 1:6:9, Isaiah 42:8)

But as long as we are linked to a 12 Step system, including Celebrate Recovery, we will remain linked to Alcoholics Anonymous. Since the origin of the 12 Steps is not of Christ, but from the evil one, pro-A.A. author Dick B.’s inaccurate promotion of these supposed Christian/biblical roots only serves to tighten the chains of deception.

Source: http://mywordlikefire.com/2012/05/17/admitting-error-in-chronicling-a-a-alleged-christian-roots/

Was the heretical Emmet Fox book used by the pre-A.A. Oxford Group?

The following is from How It Worked, by Mitchell K., a fascinating and well written biography of early A.A. member Clarence Snyder. It is amazing that Clarence Snyder states the Oxford Group instructed newcomers to read Emmet Fox’s Christ-denying book, The Sermon on the Mount.

According to Mitchell K.:

Clarence said that when a new person was invited to the regular Wednesday meeting, he or she, one at a time, was taken aside, and had the tenets of the Oxford Group explained to him or her. A major Oxford Group practice involved “Guidance,” and, as stated, “Guidance” at meetings took place during mandatory “quiet time.”

Clarence told how when Doc explained to him about Guidance that, “The good Lord gave me two ears and one mouth.  That should give me an indication that I should listen twice as much as I should pray.”

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. (pg. 69)

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Another Dick B. admission (and spin) about New Thought influence in A.A.

Pro A.A. author Dick B. writes that a scholar scolded him for “overlooking the New Thought ideas in A.A.’s early years. He even bought me the Portable Emerson. He told me I needed to learn about this father of New Thought and Transcendentalism. He also suggested I read the Big Book with a greater focus on Emersonian ideas.” [1]

So Dick B. began to study up–something that he should have done years earlier when he first realized the early A.A. members read New Thought authors such as Emmet Fox and Glenn Clark.

At any rate, Dick B. writes, “…I came eventually to see a real unity among [A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson's] unusual references to ‘Fourth Dimension,’ ‘choosing your own conception of God,’ ‘Power greater than ourselves,’ ‘Higher Power,’ ‘Creative Intelligence,’ ‘Spirit of the Universe,’ ‘Realm of the Spirit,’ ‘God consciousness,’ ‘Great Reality,’ and ‘Infinite Power and Love.'”  [2]

Then, Dick B. attempts to make a separation between Wilson’s use of New Thought terminology and concepts in the Big Book, and the supposedly Christian roots of early A.A. in Akron. He writes, “Such capitalized references strongly suggested to me that Wilson had, for sure, picked up a lingo, totally new and different from that he had gleaned … from the Smiths in Akron. As he penned the Big Book, he used language you didn’t see or hear when you looked at Akron A.A. And you just can’t square the New Thought stuff with what Bill heard and absorbed from the Bible in his early Akron days.” [3]

If you are one of the people who has been following the Dick B./New Thought/A.A. trail on this blog for the last month or so, you know that we have now quoted Dick B. a number of times about the New Thought influence in early A.A. in Akron. We have quoted Dick B. to demonstrate that Dick B. himself has documented repeatedly how early A.A used New Thought material–in both New York and Akron.

Dick B. states Alcoholics Anonymous co-founders Bill Wilson and the Akron-based Dr. Bob Smith “favored the writings“ of Emmet Fox. [4] And, in his book, The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous, Dick B. writes, “Bob E., Clarence S., and Al L., all Akron [A.A.] oldtimers of the 1930s, mentioned the importance of James Allen’s As A Man Thinketh, Fox’s Sermon [On The Mount], and Drummond’s book on Corinthians.” [5](pg.213) (bold mine)

As covered elsewhere, the New Thought book by Emmet Fox denies that the Plan of Salvation can be found in the Bible. (Read) It is a Christ denying book, yet was a favorite in early A.A.

Dr. Bob Smith, who Dick B. continues to portray as a biblical Christian, was at least as involved with New Thought concepts as Bill Wilson. According to author Trysh Travis, Dr. Bob “attended the New Thought retreats known as Camps Farthest Out, and followed the teachings of the Unity Church as well as various Theosophical leaders.” [6]

Travis refers to a “box of Dr. Bob’s personal effects in Brown University’s Hay Library contain[ing] a carefully maintained clipping file documenting New Thought lectures in and around Akron, as well as publications from Theosophical and Unity Church publishers from around the Midwest. Dr. Bob Archives, John Hay Library, Brown University, Box 2.” [7]

Travis further notes that Bill Wilson’s secretary Nell Wing provided a list of the books read by early A.A. members–and only three of them were not New Thought books. [8]

Why is this important? Why all this effort and energy to correct Dick B.? Very simply, the purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous and the twelve steps has always been to weaken the Body of Christ, and to point unbelievers away from the Savior. Its origin is unholy. Men like William James, Emanuel Swedenborg, Emmet Fox, Carl Jung, Glenn Clark and others have had a spiritual influence on A.A. and/or the twelve steps–but not a biblical influence.

As the false church continues to rise, contemplative prayer and the twelve steps will be integral in its religious practices. Indeed, take a look around.  The remnant is being warned–yes, warned–about this deceptive spiritual system. As always, the Lord is giving his people the knowledge to do what is right in His eyes.

If you are involved in twelve step spirituality, I ask that you investigate what I am saying. Compare A.A. to the Bible’s instruction. And carefully, carefully, examine the claims of Dick B. and others. The kindest thing you could do is to pray for him.

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. (Proverbs 16:18)

Here are a number of Dick B.’s quotes:

The Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox — “Dr. Bob often read and recommended this Emmet Fox book.” (Dick B., Dr. Bob and His Library: A Major A.A. Spiritual Source, pg. 42) (bold mine)

“…the fact is that Dr. Bob did read and recommend Fox’s The Sermon on the Mount. And Dr. Bob owned and read several other Fox books and pamphlets.” (Dick B., Dr. Bob and His Library: A Major A.A. Spiritual Source, pg. 67) (bold mine)

Dick B. also lets us know that, “Early A.A. used Emmet Fox’s The Sermon on the Mount, Oswald Chamber’s Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, E. Stanley Jones’s The Christ of the Mount, and Glenn Clark’s books to help them study and interpret Matthew Chapters Five to Seven.” (Dick B., Utilizing Early A.A.’s Spiritual Roots for Recovery Today, pg. 11)

According to Dick B., “Dr. Bob studied specific commentaries on The Sermon on the Mount by Oswald Chambers, Glenn Clark, Emmet Fox, and E. Stanley Jones.” (Dick B., When Early A.A.’s Were Cured And Why, pg. 75) (bold mine)

At the risk of seeming redundant, why would Dr. Bob study a heretic’s commentary? Why would he recommend Fox’s heretical book? Well, if Dr. Bob had been a blood bought Christian, he absolutely wouldn’t have. But Dr. Bob was not a Christian, so he did.

Endnotes:

1. Dick B., Henrietta B. Seiberling: Ohio’s Lady With A Cause, pg. 19

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid

4. http://silkworth.net/dickb/earlyresources.html

5. Dick B., The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 213

6. Trysh Travis, Language of the Heart: A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah, pg. 75

7. Ibid., pg. 292

8. Ibid., pg. 292

*** As always, I appreciate WordPress–but these punctuation errors in the article cannot seem to be corrected.

Admitting error in chronicling A.A.’s alleged Christian roots

According to International Christian Recovery Coalition founder and pro-A.A. author Dick B., “I have already written that earlier in my research and writing, I missed the boat on the significance of new thought ideas in early A.A.” [1] (bold mine)

Dick B. also acknowledges, “You may, as I did for quite some time, fail to appreciate or study the effect on A.A. ‘theology’ of the ideas of William James, And Ralph Waldo Trine, Emmet Fox, and others.” [2] (bold mine)

This is why all further claims of a Christian or biblical origin should have ceased. The spiritual roots of Alcoholics Anonymous are mixed, and include new thought influence, demonic influence via spiritualism and contemplative prayer, and much else.

But A.A. is in the hearts and minds of many, while the Bible is not. It is not difficult to see that A.A. is in opposition to Christ. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17, Galatians 1:6:9, Isaiah 42:8)

But as long as we are linked to a 12 Step system, including Celebrate Recovery, we will remain linked to Alcoholics Anonymous. Since the origin of the 12 Steps is not of Christ, but from the evil one, pro-A.A. author Dick B.’s inaccurate promotion of these supposed Christian/biblical roots only serves to tighten the chains of deception.

It should matter that the A.A. co-founders used and distributed a book by new thought heretic Emmet Fox where Salvation through Christ is declared non-existent. You decide for yourself: (click_here_to_read)

For My own sake, for My own sake, I will act; For how can My name be profaned? And My glory I will not give to another. (Isaiah 48:11)

Endnotes:

1. Alcoholics Anonymous History, Big Book and 12 Step Sources, Identifying Spiritual Roots and Study References by Dick B.

2. The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous: Part 2 by Dick B.

More on early A.A. new thought influences

While clearly the most significant, Emmet Fox (Here) was not the only new thought influence in early A.A.

According to prolific pro-A.A. author Dick B., “[AA co-founder] Dr. Bob especially admired Glenn Clark, owned and circulated his healing book, and even attended his prayer camp with [Dr. Bob’s] wife, Anne.”[1]

Okay, Dr. Bob attended his prayer camp. What was Clark’s understanding of prayer?

According to Dick B., ”Clark said it was not the prayer that created the miracle, but the healing state of consciousness that prayer induces.”[2] (Bold mine) That is far from a Biblical understanding. As we continue to investigate the alleged Biblical faith of Dr. Bob, more and more of these discrepancies pop up. 

Clark, like Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob, was okay with his fellow new thought advocate, Emmet Fox. Of course Clark was: “New Thought people regarded [Clark] as one who spoke their language.”[3]  Clark actually “spoke at the International New Thought Alliance Congress held in 1939, and appeared again at the San Francisco Congress…”[4]

In a footnote on pg. 62 of Dr. Bob and His Library, Glenn Clark recommends, “and the Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox for those who lean toward New Thought.”[5]

As we have seen in ‘How Heretics Shaped Alcoholics Anonymous,’[6] Emmet Fox denied that Jesus was Savior, promoted new thought heresy, and yet his book was used in A.A. as a spiritual teaching text. Here is Clark, another early A.A. favorite, giving his okay to Emmet Fox.

The fact is, AA has always been syncretistic.

Syncretism: –noun

1. the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion. (dictionary.com)

A.A. is a mixture of all sorts of spiritual influences. We shall continue to take a look at these influences and our hope is that Christians will realize 12 Step spirituality is not truly rooted in the Christ of the Bible.

Endnotes:

1. Dick B., God and Alcoholism, Chapter Three: The Good News: What God Can Do About Alcoholism

2. Dick B., Dr. Bob and His Library, pg. 62

3. http://glennclark.wwwhubs.com/

4. http://glennclark.wwwhubs.com/

5. Dick B., Dr. Bob and His Library, pg. 62

6. http://raptureready.com/soap/Lanagan4.html

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