Crediting Dick B. for spreading incorrect A.A./twelve step “Christian” roots

If Christians were to base involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous on the Word of God—Sola Scriptura—we would not be at the meetings at all.

Why, then, are so many of us part of it? Most Christians believe A.A. and the 12 Steps have a Biblical beginning. Therefore, the reasoning goes, we can either “take back” the 12 Steps (Celebrate Recovery etc.), or attend A.A with Jesus as our “higher power.”

But there is no “taking back” something that never came from Christ.

When all is said and done, the spread of this false “Christian” origin can be largely credited to Richard Burns, better known as Dick B., author of numerous books on the   Biblical “roots” of A.A. and the 12 Steps. Through sheer repetition and volume, Dick B. has conjured up a Christian origin that simply did not happen.[3]

This is neither to attack nor impugn this author’s motives. Yet it is virtually impossible to address this issue without dealing with his well meaning but erroneous scholarship. His books are seemingly everywhere.

The 12 Steps are based on general spiritual principles. When A.A. cofounder Bill Wilson was first given the 12 Steps by a familiar spirit, Jesus Christ was not mentioned. There was only a generic reference to “God,” and even that was changed to “God as we understood Him.” (A.A.’s Step 3)

Nor is there any reference in the 12 Steps to sin or repentance. There are terms that are close, allowing Christians to believe this is what they are dealing with, just as many believe the “God as we understood Him” in Step 3 was originally Christ.

A.A.’s 12 Steps suggest the alcoholic deal with “shortcomings,” “moral inventory,” “defects of character,” “wrongs,” and “making amends.” Millions of unsaved people have come to believe they are right with God and man because of the Steps.

For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. (2 Corinthians 7:10)

Both the Alcoholics Anonymous cofounders were heavily involved in spiritualism. This means little to people today, saturated as we are with entertainment that celebrates communication with the spirit world. Through rapidly spreading practices such as the meditative states of contemplative prayer, contact with demonic beings is now a daily event for many.

Since fully sixty percent of the Body of Christ no longer believe Satan is real, A.A. cofounder Bill Wilson’s communication with evil spirits is generally laughed off or disbelieved.

C.S. Lewis believed it. When a concerned Tony Guggenheim wrote Lewis a letter informing him of A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson’s (and wife Lois Wilson’s biblically forbidden activities, C.S. Lewis wrote back, “This is necromancy. Have nothing to do with it.”[4] (continue_reading_article)

Related: Alcoholics Anonymous co-founders were not Christians:  READ

Published in: on March 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm  Comments (5)  
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Christian radio station promotes “Stories From The Shack” stage event

We are now at the point where a growing number of Christian organizations are no longer able–or willing–to discern  what constitutes an offense against Christ, or what may be spiritually harmful to people.

Stories From The Shack, a live stage event, will open at the WAMU Theatre in Seattle on May 8. Featuring aerial displays, music, and celebrity interviews, this is supposed to provide opportunity to share the stories of those who believe they have been helped by The Shack. Scheduled also is an interview with author Paul Young.

One of the promoters of this event is a Christian radio station, Spirit 105.3 FM. Listed under SPIRIT EVENTS on the station’s website, the prospective attendee is asked:

“Have you ever read The Shack by Paul Young? Did it change your life? The Shack has sold over 20 million copies and has impacted countless lives. It is a story of forgiveness, loss, and hope. Pick up your copy today and get ready for Stories From The Shack, the live theatre event…” [1]

Spirit 105.3’s sister station, KCIS 630 AM, features on its website an advertisement for The Shack, via the station’s Christian Book Club. [2]

The concerns about this novel are well documented. Yet, never is a warning given that this is errant theology layered in fiction. Never are those reading the radio websites informed that Paul Young denies the penal substitutionary atonement of Christ. (READ or LISTEN)

For centuries it has been understood that Jesus was sent by the Father to take our place of punishment for the sins we have committed against Him. He was sacrificed so that we do not have to suffer the Holy wrath of a righteous God. But, remove the substitutionary atonement in our theology, and there is simply no gospel message of Jesus Christ.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4;10)

Christ willingly took our place. But there is a catch–we must repent and accept His free gift of Salvation. We must be born again. 

Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God and afflicted. But he was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

And so Christ became flesh, and offered Himself up for us.

As it turns out, the radio stations are owned by the mega-ministry Crista, which ministers in areas ranging from education, to humanitarian aid, to nursing homes. The stations are simply two of Crista’s many ministerial endeavors. According to the organization’s Statement of Faith:

“We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and all that truly repent of their sins and believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.” [3]

Yet, the radio station is not honoring this Biblical doctrine. When asked how Spirit 105.3 could take part in promoting The Shack, written by someone who rejects the penal substitutionary atonement, the station’s General Manager, Stan Mak, said it was fictional writing and therefore some poetic license should be given.

Unfortunately, we are not really talking about “poetic license.” Here is what we are really dealing with: For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we not have preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. (2 Corinthians 11:4) 

Stories From The Shack is reportedly scheduled to appear in four cities, with more to come should funding be made available. Remade versions of  “jesus” will continue to spread, brought to us by sincere and likable people like Paul Young and others. Just three years ago, it is doubtful a “Christian” radio station would even have considered being so closely associated with The Shack. 

But we are long past times of caution and Biblical discernment. Apostasy is here, and it grows stronger by the day.

PART 2: “Gay Christian” supporter a key “Stories From The Shack” promoter? READ

Endnotes:

1. Spirit 105.3, SPIRIT EVENTS, http://www.spirit1053.com/spiritevents.php?calendarID=9960&pageNum=1

2. KCIS 630 AM,  KCIS Extras, http://www.kcisradio.com/kcisextras.php?articleID=420

3. http://www.ministrywatch.com/profile/Crista-Ministries.aspx

Purpose Driven Dismantling of Christianity, Part 3, by Marsha West

Marsha West burns down the barn with this one. She writes,

“This overview of what I have termed Syncretism Stew shows a diabolically inspired supermarket of truth and error in the postmodern Church.  What we’re witnessing is a shopping cart overflowing with false teaching.  Aisle 1-Mysticism Madness; aisle 2-Charismatic Confusion; aisle 3-Pentecostal Pandemonium; aisle 4- Enlightened Emergents; aisle 5- Purpose-driven Pragmatism; aisle 6-Secular Strategies…to suck in seekers; aisle 7-Twelve-steps…to “group think”; aisle 8-Preposterous Pop Psychology; aisle 9- Discernment Disintegration; aisle 10-Predatory Pastors.  On and on it goes.”

West deals, among other things, with Carl Jung, the man who had a profound influence on both the New Age and Alcoholics Anonymous. Some would say that’s the same thing anyway. You can read her fine article right HERE.

For those who take offense at West’s reference to “Pentecostal Pandemonium,” just turn on TBN. We have some problems in the camp.

Are you guilty of categorizing sin? (Saved By Grace blog)

“Some within the realm of Christianity have taken it upon themselves to determine what sins are more wicked than others, especially when it comes to the sin of homosexuality. Too bad they often overlook their own sin of gossip, or being a busy body ( both of which the bible forbids, 1 peter 4:15, 2 cor.12:20). I am going to show from God’s word how all sexual sin is greivous…
Homosexual sin is no worse than adultery, or any sexual sin outside the covenant of marriage. When we look at past history, we see what society becomes when left unchecked.” READ

So writes our sister, Lyn, over at her blog, Saved By Grace. Lyn’s testimony has encouraged many to repent from homosexual sin, or to testify about having done so. If I had not read her testimony, I would not be doing what I am today. Feel free to share her testimony, which you can read right HERE .

Where Christ and Alcoholics Anonymous disagree

According to the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book (the A.A. “bible”), “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.” [1] (Bold mine)

“Broad, roomy, all inclusive” spirituality, this is what the Alcoholics Anonymous textbook teaches.

But not Jesus. The Lord specifically warns against the broad way. “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)

If the Lord warns against the broad way of spirituality, why do we think we know better? Why would we even want to participate in such a thing, or give it credibility by approving of it? 

It is no coincidence that the A.A. Big Book again makes a direct reference to this spiritual Broad Highway: “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.” [2] (Bold mine)

Endnotes

1. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Big Book) pg. 46-47

2. Ibid., pg.55

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Spiritual Discernment–True or False by Jason Pratt

Hey, maybe Christ doesn’t want you watching Will and Grace… maybe The Message Bible should be returned to the one who gave it to you…and maybe those Harry Potter books and movies  actually offend your King.

In the first of his three part series, Jason Pratt states, “It is primarily for this reason, a desire to never be divisive, that discernment has been and continues to be neglected in the church. Additionally, it is through this complete lack of discernment that the Devil and the anti-Christ will gain entrance and acceptance in the “church,” that is really the false church. We see widespread evidence of this fact around us today.” (Bold mine)

Perhaps it is not too late for us to learn to discern. READ_ARTICLE by Jason Pratt.

Another mutated “Bible” coming your way

Eric Barger warns, but who will listen? Why is Zondervan Publishing doing this? The original NIV is being discontinued, and this will be fed to God’s people. READ

Eric Barger’s website provides a wealth of information and research. If you have never checked it out, here is the LINK.

Published in: on March 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm  Comments (2)  
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Might as well bring in Buddhist, Mormon “spiritual program,” too

Alcoholics Anonymous, although ruled as religious by the U.S. Supreme Court, and defined as such theologically, sociologically, and even by a dictionary definition, has always insisted it is a “spiritual program.”

So, in this ground-breaking article by Jack Alexander, which is also  “A.A. General Conference-approved literature,” how is the “god” of 12 Step spirituality defined?

According to the article, “Any concept of the Higher Power is acceptable. [The alcoholic] may choose to think of his Inner Self, the miracle of growth, a tree, man’s wonderment at the physical universe, the structure of the atom, or mere mathematical infinity. Whatever form is visualized, the neophyte is taught he must rely on it and, in his own way, to pray to the power for strength.” [1] (Bold mine)

The article notes that even a tree can be prayed to. Interestingly, the Bible refers to this:  Who say to a tree, “You are my Father,” And to a stone, “You gave me birth.” For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face. (Jeremiah 2:27)

The Lord further expresses His displeasure through Jeremiah:  Because of the lightness of her harlotry, she polluted the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. (Jeremiah 3:9)

The Alexander article also refers to one’s “Inner Self” as Higher Power…  READ_ARTICLE

Bonus: Missionaries Into Darkest Alcoholics AnonymousREAD

UK High Court Upholds Ban On Christian Foster Parents Due To Their Belief Homosexuality Is A Sin

According  to the Christian Post:

The ability of Christians to foster children has been thrown into doubt after the High Court made clear today that it would not intervene if local authorities stop Christians with orthodox views on sexuality from becoming foster parents.

Clarification had been sought from the High Court over whether married Christian couple Eunice and Owen Johns could continue to foster children after Derby City Council blocked their application because the couple had said they would not be willing to promote the practice of homosexuality to young children. READ_ARTICLE

So, a Christian couple can’t raise foster children because they would teach what the Bible says about homosexuality? What is going on here? Every day, it seems, homosexuality is being elevated and celebrated. A few years ago, Pastor John MacArthur preached that God has abandoned America, due to our sins of abortion and homosexuality.

Have you noticed the world wide news lately? Do you see how this…thing…is rising? Maybe you don’t. Maybe you can’t. 

And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper… (Romans 1: 28)

I wrote a short fiction piece about the time when homosexuality is state-sanctioned and in the church. The story, frankly, is not that well written. The scary thing, though,  is that it is on the verge of really happening. STORY

Published in: on March 1, 2011 at 12:47 am  Comments (5)  
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“Alcoholics Anonymous co-founders not Christian” article nears 14,000 views

This article documents the Freemason roots of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Dr. Bob Smith. You may be surprised by the similarities between AA and Freemasonry in terms of the generic understanding of god.

If you know any Freemasons, you know they are great people. Caring, sharing, willing to help with many things. Yet this system, this religious system, is anti-Biblical. We are not to be yoked with it. (2 Corinthians 6: 14-17)

Of course, we are not meant to be yoked with the 12 Step religion, either.

The article will pass 14, 000 views very soon, and I praise the Lord for that.  Regarding Alcoholics Anonymous,  a great lie has been given to us, and we have embraced it. Many of us are spiritually or emotionally bound to the 12 Steps, so it pleases us to believe that AA and the 12 Steps are Christian in origin.

READ: AA_COFOUNDERS_WERE_NOT_CHRISTIANS

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