“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:1)
“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:1)
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
“He imagines himself all kinds of things. His hand ‘writes’ dictation from a Catholic priest, whose name I forget, from the 1600 period who was in Barcelona, Spain—again, he told Horace Crystal he was completing the works that Christ didn’t finish, & according to Horace he said he was a reincarnation of Christ. Perhaps he got mixed in whose reincarnation he was. It looks more like the works of the devil but I could be wrong. I don’t know what is going on in that poor deluded fellow’s mind.” (bold mine)
[This was written about A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson. The person who wrote it was Henrietta Seiberling, who actually introduced the A.A. co-founders to one another. Please compare Seiberling's words to pro-A.A. author Dick B.'s claims that Bill Wilson was a Christian.]
Related: Spirits, Seances and 12 Steps
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)
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?
The cross, of course, was never an option. Read
A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson “felt it would be unwise to have an allegiance to any one religious sect. He felt A.A.’s usefulness was worldwide, and contained spiritual principles that members of any and every religion could accept, including the Eastern religions.”(PASS IT ON, pg. 283)**
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness; or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? (2 Corinthians 6:14-15)
Where did the A.A. symbol come from? Why did A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson choose the triangle within the circle?
In Alcoholics Anonymous Comes Of Age, he writes, “That we have chosen this symbol is perhaps no mere accident. The priests and seers of antiquity regarded the circle enclosing the triangle as a means of warding off spirits of evil, and AA’s circle of Recovery, Unity, and Service has certainly meant all that to us and much more.” (Alcoholics Anonymous Comes Of Age, pg.139, Bold mine)
Francis Hartigan was the secretary for Lois Wilson, Bill’s wife, for thirteen years. He had many conversations with Lois about Bill. He writes, “[A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson's] belief in God might have become unshakeable, but he could never embrace any theology or even the divinity of Jesus, and he went to his grave unable to give his own personal idea of God much definition. In this sense, he was never very far removed from the unbelievers.” (Bill W. by Francis Hartigan, pg. 123, Bold mine)
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
** PASS IT ON is the official A.A. biography of co-founder Bill Wilson
The A.A. history articles:
Seances, Spirits, and 12 Steps: READ
Alcoholics Anonymous Co-Founders Were Not Christians: READ
Early A.A. Heresy: READ
A.A. Co-founder’s Meditation, Visualization: READ
According to A.A. historian Glenn C., “In A.A. circles however, ‘meditation’ also took on some of the characteristics of what the Oxford Group called ‘having a morning quiet time.’ So A.A. members might in fact, not only read and think about what the reading for the day said in their meditational book, but also spend a short time blanking out all their conscious thoughts and just remaining still and quiet in God’s presence,while waiting for God’s guidance to give them instructions for the day.  (Bold mine)
How to define Oxford Group/Early A.A. Quiet Time…unholy meditation meets spirit dictation….
Related: Alcoholics Anonymous and Contemplative Spirituality: READ
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.”
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.”
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.”
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: http://mywordlikefire.com/2008/09/24/seances-spirits-and-12-steps/
A reader has informed Lighthouse Trails:
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
I was given a subscription to Guideposts magazine. In the February issue, there is an article titled “Summoned” written by Anne Simpkinson – Online Managing Editor. The first paragraph reads as follows:
I start my day with prayer. Centering prayer, in which, rather than saying prayers aloud, you sit in silence, letting go of thoughts and distractions and resting in God. The point isn’t to talk to God, or even to listen to him, but to simply be with him.
Further down, the article reads:
I close my eyes and try to open to God’s presence. The sixteenth-century mystic Saint John of the Cross wrote that God’s first language is silence, and I’ve chosen centering prayer as a way to connect with God-beyond words, beyond thoughts, beyond emotions.
I would have to write the whole article to give you all she relates in it. She brings her cat in to it, also.
I did not realize Guideposts was going down this path.
You can read the response of Lighthouse Trails editors by linking HERE
A little leaven… (1 Corinthians 5:6)
It is well known that Alcoholics Anonymous co-founders Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith reached out to the spirit world through seances and the like. But there was also a contemplative (meditative) factor.
Contemplative practices, in fact, have been inherent in Alcoholics Anonymous from its inception. A.A. co-founders Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith attended, together and separately, Frank Buchman’s neo-evangelical Oxford Group in the 1930s. Pastor H.A. Ironside, who preached during the 1930s and 1940s, was familiar with the Oxford Group in his own city. He had grave concerns about its meditative practices:
“Each member is urged … to sit quietly with the mind emptied of every thought … waiting for God to say something to them…. 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.”  (Bold and italics mine)
According to A.A. historian Glenn C., “In A.A. circles however, ‘meditation’ also took on some of the characteristics of what the Oxford Group called ‘having a morning quiet time.’ So A.A. members might in fact, not only read and think about what the reading for the day said in their meditational book, but also spend a short time blanking out all their conscious thoughts and just remaining still and quiet in God’s presence, while waiting for God’s guidance to give them instructions for the day.  (Bold mine) continue reading article