When A.A. becomes a “god”

[Reader: Here is what happens to many, many Christians in Alcoholics Anonymous]:

It is a fearful thing, leaving AA. The Big Book (the AA “bible”) states, “We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not.”[1] Because this passage of AA “scripture” is taken literally, alcoholics rarely look elsewhere for help. Christians continue to jam their God, the Ancient of Days, into AA’s chameleon theology.

“Do not participate in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead even expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11-12)

It is not just fear that keeps us bound to this all-gods religion. The 12 Step experience becomes an idol–long term involvement almost always results in a transference of faith. Bluntly stated, when it comes to sobriety, many Christians end up with more faith in the power of the 12 Step program than in Jesus Christ.

This idol worship is by no means limited to those in AA, but applies to many in “Christian 12 Step” groups.

This transference of faith is subtle, gradual, and frequently inevitable. The result is that sobriety without the 12 Step program will not even be considered. Biblical wisdom, given by concerned and caring believers, is rejected.

Endnotes:

1. Alcoholics Anonymous, Third Edition, pg.58

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Married A.A. co-founder preyed on vulnerable A.A. women

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson justified his adultery by rationalizing that his wife was more like a mother to him…

According to Gabrielle Glaser, 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.” [8]

“Bill’s personal behavior was certainly painful for and may have had a detrimental effect on the recovery of at least some of the women he behaved inappropriately with. He also had ample reason to feel bad about his betrayals of [wife] Lois,” wrote Francis Hartigan. [9]

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)

Hartigan contacted early A.A. member Tom Powers, a man who knew Bill Wilson very well, and asked about Bill’s response when Tom told Wilson his depressions came about because of guilt about all the adultery. Powers said Bill always agreed this was so, but would say he couldn’t give up the adulterous behavior. “What would really kill me,” Powers told Hartigan, “is when he’d say, ‘Well, you know, Lois has always been more like a mother to me.’ Which somehow was supposed to make it alright for him to cheat on her.” [10]

(The above endnotes and further information can be found in the latter half of this article: READ)

Christ warns against A.A. invitation to broad highway of spirituality

Christ’s warning against taking the broad way of spirituality directly contradicts the Alcoholics Anonymous invitation to that spiritual “Broad Highway.”

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)

The Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book states:

“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)

The Big Book also states:

“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.” (Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, pg. 46-7) (Bold mine)

But wait–there’s more… The Big Book declares:

“We feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe.” (AA Big Book, pg.75) (bold mine)

So, can Christians attend such a thing since, after all, we know Christ as our Savior?

No. We cannot. We are not to drink out the same spiritual cup as the world. (Galatians 1:8-9, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

In fact, we are instructed to expose this:

Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; (Ephesians 5:11)

Why has this been so difficult? For one thing, Christians have believed the lie that only A.A. can help a person overcome alcoholism. This is just not so. There are so many of us who no longer drink but have nothing to do with A.A. In reality, Alcoholics Anonymous has a very low success rate.

Another factor is that there is a transference of faith in A.A. and many Christians worship the A.A. experience without realizing they have made it an idol. Some fight so hard to defend A.A., even when the Bible is so clear.

There is hope for those caught in bondage. Christ has freed many of us. He will free you too. You can find information about two (there are others) Christ based alternatives on the right hand column of this blog.

And Christ still delivers. We just had testimonies from two men in our church who were delivered from alcoholism by Christ, and Christ alone. One has been sober twelve years, the other for eight years. They go to church, not A.A. Please read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. It was true then, and it is true now.

What is Sozo and What Happens in a Sozo Prayer Session?

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Another reason for concern about Bill Johnson and Bethel of Redding Church–the rise and spread of “Sozo”…

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Dick B. striving to maintain A.A. “Christian” origin mythology

Pro-A.A. author Dick B. is 89 years old, and is striving to leave a legacy–the alleged Christian origin of A.A. Please investigate the articles on My Word Like Fire if you are wondering about this.

Here is a good place to start. Is there an A.A. Big Book connection to Christianity? READ

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Kindle version: The New Age Propensities of Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson

Wowza…To my complete astonishment, The New Age Propensities of Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson is now available on Kindle. In 2012 Bill Johnson and his wife, Beni Johnson, were two of the contributors to a book with dangerous New Age implications. Bethel Church leader Kris Vallotton wrote the foreword, and the book’s co-author is Bill Johnson’s personal assistant, Judy Franklin!

Here is what co-author Ellyn Davis states about the book’s contributors:

“[The contributors of the book] all agree that the next move of God will cause a shift at the deepest level of who we are—perhaps the very “vibrational level” that the New Age movement has been exploring. They also all agree that there are precious truths hidden in the New Age that belong to us as Christians and need to be extracted from the worthless.”

You make the call: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MARK2Q8

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An atheist explains why Christians should not accept Alcoholics Anonymous

Some excerpts from Alcoholics Anonymous: The Perverting of Christianity, by Vincent Van Noir, who describes himself as an atheist:

“People in Alcoholics Anonymous routinely preach to newcomers and believe in what most churches would consider either heretical or just bad theology.”

“As an atheist I am in a unique position that affords me some clarity since I am unencumbered by spiritual thinking. For this reason I can point out the dangers of many organizations that are otherwise overlooked. This is very much that case of Alcoholics Anonymous and its perversion of the Christian religion.”

“[W]hen AA’s discuss God, most people think of the Judeo/Christian form of God and assume that AA’s are referring to this belief. However, in the context of AA’s warped spirituality these people could be referring to any number of things including ideas such as the spirit of the universe, aliens, or even Satan.”

“Bill Wilson, one of the founders of AA is stating that you can make Alcoholics Anonymous your God. God=Group of Drunks. I am pretty sure that any faithful Christian would have a problem with defining God in this manner. This is an affront to Christianity and many other religions since Alcoholics Anonymous is telling a newcomer that they can pray to a group of drunks and that they care turn their life and will over to the care of this group of drunks.”

“Yet this blurring and warping of Christian ideology continues to worsen as you delve deeper in to the Alcoholics Anonymous program. If it was not enough that AA allows for God to be recreated by the member, AA teaches that you can dismiss accepted religious values and concepts. Basically, if you don’t like the God that your parents taught you or that you learned in Sunday school you can just fire him and get a new God.”

You can read the full article by clicking HERE

Bethel’s Bill Johnson: “Jesus was so empty of Divine capacity…”

Bill Johnson is an effective purveyor of kenosis, the heretical teaching that Christ operated on earth solely as a man, with no “Divine capacity” whatsoever. Every miracle, every healing that Christ performed, according to Johnson, came about through the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Johnson teaches, we can all perform healings and miracles, since we also have access to the Holy Spirit.

Thus Johnson’s kenosis doctrine serves to reduce the biblical Christ and elevate man. As Bob Dewaay points out:

“Jesus is no longer unique, but only a special enlightened one who could lead the way to many such enlightened ones in the future. Thus we have a New Age Christ.” [1]

Kenosis comes from a misunderstanding of Phillipians 2:7: …but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

This speaks of the King of kings coming down and living among us, for our salvation; it has nothing to do with totally and completely giving up his Divine capacity while on earth. (Please check out the resources about kenosis at the end of this article.)

In the above video of Bethel’s Alabaster Prayer House, Bill Johnson states that “Jesus is the most normal Christian in the Bible.” (4:18) Really? Jesus is a Christian? So…Jesus is worshiping Himself?

In 2012, Bill Johnson and his wife, Beni Johnson, were contributors to a book (co-authored by his personal assistant) with disturbing New Age/quantum spirituality implications. READ

One factor, I believe, that has lured Bill Johnson away from biblical understanding is contemplative prayer, which is essentially Eastern/New Age meditation disguised with Christian terminology. It is fitting, then, that Bill Johnson makes these heretical statements during this short video about Bethel’s Alabaster House. According to the church website, “The Alabaster Prayer House and surrounding gardens are quiet and peaceful places to be in contemplative prayer and soaking.” [2]

2:42 in video: “Jesus was so empty of Divine capacity, eternally God but He chose to live with the restrictions as a man. Why? To set a model. To set something to follow, an example of His lifestyle. If He did all His miracles as God I’m still impressed but I’m not compelled to follow. … But when I find out He set aside His Divinity to display…”*

3:58 in video: “So what does [Jesus] do? He models for us the normal Christian life.”

4:18 in video: “Jesus is the most normal Christian in the Bible.”

How did Bethel’s contemplative Alabaster Prayer House come about? Apparently Bill Johnson received a vision during a time when James Goll was teaching:

5:53 in video: “When I say the Lord gave it to me in a vision I was sitting right here. Jim Goll was teaching two years ago at a prophetic conference and as he was teaching I just saw this prayer chapel with a wall of windows facing North, South, East and West, and in the center of the room was a globe with a fountain, this continual flowing fountain.”

A few final words about Johnson’s kenosis teaching before the links about kenosis, where you can investigate for yourself. We see that Christ limited Himself here:

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. (Matthew 24:36)

But Christ’s self-imposed limits are not at all the same thing as giving up all Divine capacity. Bill Johnson needs Christ reduced, for all intents and purposes, to simply a man, for this is what fuels his bells and whistles theology–a theology that far exceeds traditional Pentecostal teaching, and now threatens to engulf it.

Kenosis, Christology, and Bill Johnson Part One

What is Kenosis

Kenosis, Christology, and Bill Johnson Part Two

Endnotes:

1. Bob Dewaay, “An Invasion of Error” (Critical Issues Commentary, Issue 124 Jan.-Feb. 2013, http://www.cicministry.org/commentary/issue124.htm).

2. http://bethelredding.com/ministries/prayer-house.

*I can’t understand the next few words

Choosing the path of Ezra’s God instead of 12 Steps

Now when the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the people of the exile were building a temple to the LORD God of Israel, (Ezra 4:1)

they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of fathers’ households, and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we, like you, seek your God; and we have been sacrificing to Him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us up here.” (Ezra 4:2)

But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of fathers’ households of Israel said to them, “You have nothing in common with us in building a house to our God; but we ourselves will together build to the LORD our God of Israel, as King Cyrus, the king of Persia has commanded us.” (Ezra 4:3)

When the Body of Christ was offered the “good news” (?) of Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 Steps, strange fire entered the church. Many were deceived.

Those who looked first to the Scriptures realized Alcoholics Anonymous was not of God. These saints had gone the way of Ezra:

For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel. (Ezra 7:10)

There arose promoters of a false “Chrisian” origin of A.A. and the 12 Steps, and the deception increased. Again, this came about because many did not go the way of Ezra, but chose to rely on information and claims other than the Word of God.

Now, much like the sin of the people of Israel, we have a mixed spirituality, a thing offensive to God and yet practiced by many professing believers.

“The AA religion is Christless and offers a counterfeit salvation without the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Seeking a Christless salvation through turning one’s life over to a ‘God as we understood Him’ has nothing to do with Christianity and everything to do with idolatry, false religions, and paganism. And because of the many versions of God represented in AA, professing Christians are uniting themselves with a spiritual harlot when they join AA.” (From 12 Steps To Destruction by Martin and Deidre Bobgan, pp.131-132)

A.A. is a program constructed on falsehood, and cemented with lies, and the truth is there are many of us who are free and sober without participating in the A.A. religion.

So many Christians have suffered a transference of faith–A.A. has become an idol.

Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. (Hebrews 3:12)

How do we rid our churches and our hearts of this thing?

[Christ] gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. (Titus 2:14)

God can only be found “deep down within us” ?

So, how many people have been taught this heretical god-is-within theology, which can be found in the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book:
“Sometimes we had to search fearlessly, but He was there. He was as much a fact as we were. We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis, it is only there that He may be found. It was so with us.” (pg. 55, bold mine)

On the other hand, here is something that will never be found in the A.A. Big Book:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6)

So, which is it? Can “god” only be found deep within ourselves? Or is Christ the only way to the Father?
Rhetorical questions, obviously.

But here is one I would really like answered: How can Christians participate in A.A. when its teachings deny Christ?

Shouldn’t it matter?

A.A. teaches that alcoholism is a “spiritual disease.” But…Maybe A.A. itself is the spiritual disease (click to investigate)

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