“A.A.’s official biography indicates that Bill Wilson received the details of the 12 Steps through spirit dictation. Scripture condemns communication with familiar spirits. The Second and Third Steps encourage turning one’s life over to a ‘Higher Power’ and ‘God as we under[stand] Him.’ Any higher power? Yes! Any idea of God? Yes! How about that of a Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Animist, Satanist—or anyone else’s idea, for that matter? Sure. What about making Jesus Christ one’s Higher Power? Fine, but only as long as a person who does that is respectful of the Higher Powers of others. Does anyone see a simple, idolatrous problem here? But what about evangelicals just using the methodology the familiar spirit gave to Bill Wilson? Simple again: God condemns the source, and the approach is contrary to the way He wants to transform our lives. Furthermore, why turn to such a spiritually toxic system? Where are evangelical pastors’ heads in this?” states T.A. McMahon of The Berean Call. click HERE to read article
One of the nightmares of living in this age, is the burden of having to witness the steady accommodation of the seeming leaders of the Evangelical and Pentecostal movements to the world spirit. So much of evangelicalism has allowed pastors who value “relevance”, to the point of actually denying Christ.
To many faithful members of the churches, it must seem as though the former verities have collapsed, one after another, as so many of the notable leaders have accepted and defended the unthinkable and indefensible. Hell and Judgment are being denied, as ‘relational evangelism’ replaces the old “courtroom model” of the book of Romans. (Everything is about ‘relationships” right?)! Continue reading article
The following is from Sarah H. Leslie’s book review of Another Jesus Calling, by Warren B. Smith. Uncharacteristically, I am going to hold back on my opinion for now. The link to the full Herescope review is at the end of the last paragraph–and it is a profound article.
Sarah H. Leslie writes, “The woman who was finishing up her prayer time slowly lifted her head and rose to greet me with a loving embrace. As I took her place in the short pew, she placed a spiral notebook in front of me. It was filled with page after page of messages from God. She explained that everyone who went into the chapel was to sit still, and wait, and listen to ‘the Lord’ speak to us. We were then to record what he said. I scanned the messages and they all seemed encouraging, edifying, consoling and promising. Many paragraphs were filled with uplifting phrases that sounded biblical.”
But Leslie had been in the New Age before becoming a believer.
She continues, “Recognizing this technique, I was a bit startled. I asked her nervously, ‘Isn’t this the same as automatic writing?’ ‘Not at all!’ she rushed to assure me. She said that as a new believer I could practice this same meditative art, but this time it would be the Holy Spirit who would talk to me – talk through me – and that in this way He would speak words to others in the church. Since she was an older woman in the Lord and seemed to have much faith, I took her word for it and sat down to meditate and listen to Jesus. Pretty soon words came into my mind. They were shocking! The message I heard was not encouraging at all! It didn’t match anything else anyone had written down. Instead the message I received was pure Scripture: ‘Repent!’ it said over and over again, based on various verses from Scripture about repentance.” click to read full article
“No blind faith either, for it was fortified by the consciousness of the presence of God. Despair had turned into utter security. Darkness was banished by cosmic light. For sure I’d been born again.” (Bill W., My First 40 Years, pg. 47)
No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)
According to author Mel B., “[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)
So…when are leaders in Protestant churches going to figure this out? In Jesus Christ, The Bearer Of The Water of Life, two Pontifical Councils released a report on the New Age. According to the document:
“Advertising connected with New Age covers a wide range of practices as acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, kinesiology, homeopathy, iridology, massage and various kinds of “bodywork” (such as orgonomy, Feldenkrais, reflexology, Rolfing, polarity massage, therapeutic touch etc.), meditation and visualisation, nutritional therapies, psychic healing, various kinds of herbal medicine, healing by crystals, metals, music or colours, reincarnation therapies and, finally, twelve-step programmes and self-help groups.(25) The source of healing is said to be within ourselves, something we reach when we are in touch with our inner energy or cosmic energy.” (bold mine)
Source: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/interelg/documents/rc_pc_interelg_doc_20030203_new-age_en.html#2.2.3. Health: Golden living
“[It] might be said for the cofounders at least, A.A. was entangled with spiritualism from the very beginning,” observed an author who is also an A.A. member. 
“[Dr. Bob] felt that in far distant centuries, the science of the mind would be so developed as to make possible contact between the living and the dead.” –Dr. Bob Smith’s son, “Smitty,” quoted in the official Alcoholics Anonymous biography of his father. 
We have already established A.A. co-founder Dr. Bob Smith’s enthusiasm for the heretical New Thought writings of Emmet Fox.  click here to research
The above quote by Dr. Bob’s son appears to be a reference to Ernest Shurtleff Holmes’, The Science of Mind. Even today, Holmes’ Science of Mind philosophy wields influence. In his New Thought book, The Science of Mind, Holmes writes:
“There are thousands of cases on record where people have penetrated the veil of flesh and seen into the beyond. If we cannot believe the experience of so many, how can we believe in any experience at all? Of course, there is a large field for deception, and it is not probable that all communications are real; but, to state positively that they are all illusions, is to throw the lie into the face of human thought and say that is never sees clearly. There is certainly more argument and evidence in favor of the theory of spirit communication that against it, and, so far as we are concerned, we are entirely convinced of the reality of this evidence.” 
“If spirits really exist, and if we all live in One Mind, and if mentality can communicate with mentality without the aid of the physical instrument, then spirit communication must be possible; and since we know that the above-stated facts are true, we have no alternative other than to accept the conclusive evidence and realize that while it may be difficult to communicate with the departed, yet it is possible.” 
A familiarity with and enthusiasm for Ernest Holmes would not be surprising. As noted, A.A. co-founder Dr. Bob Smith leaned not toward biblical Christianity, but rather to New Thought teachings of men like Emmet Fox and Glenn Clark.
This explains why Dr. Bob could so eagerly delve into biblically forbidden practices like spiritualism. The Bible’s prohibitions against contacting the dead didn’t mean anything to him, simply because he interpreted the Bible within the framework of a New Thought understanding.
“There shall not be found among you…a medium or a spiritist or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10, 11, 12)
“Now these people, [AA co-founders] Bill and Dr. Bob, believed vigorously and aggressively. They were working away at the spiritualism; it was not just a hobby.”–Early AA member Tom P., quoted in the official Alcoholics Anonymous biography of Bill Wilson. 
Dr. Bob’s spiritualism seems to have ended after a particularly frightening experience, as documented in his official A.A. biography.
Related: According to A.A. historian Dick B., New Thought heretic Emmet Fox’s “writings were favored by Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” Link
1. Matthew J. Raphael, Bill W. and Mr. Wilson, pg. 159
2. DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers, pg. 311.
4. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind, Lesson Six: The Law of Psychic Phenomena, Psychic Phenomena and Immortality http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/som/som26.htm
6. PASS IT ON, pg. 280
Henrietta Seiberling, the woman who first introduced the A.A. co-founders to one another in 1935, had likely been aware of Bill Wilson’s unholy activities for years. While she had never particularly liked him, her July 31, 1952 letter resonates with her horror and disgust over his spiritual descent.
She writes of Wilson, “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, and 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.”
Related: A.A.’s co-founder addicted to spiritualism: READ
Let’s face it, it is way easier to sell an “A.A. was Christian” line of books if the A.A. co-founders were actually Christians. Well, the co-founders weren’t….but they are perceived to have been Christians.
This is changing. Many are now taking a closer look at pro-A.A. author Dick B.’s claims, and we praise the Lord that this is happening. We will further chart out Dr. Bob Smith’s New Thought leanings once several other projects are finished. (There is already much of this information on My Word Like Fire).
But…Bill Wilson a Christian? With long term adultery, acceptance of Emmet Fox heresy, and as a channel for unclean spirits?*** It is almost funny, except this claim convinces many Christians to enter into the anti-biblical world of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Nan Robertson is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist and Alcoholics Anonymous member. She wrote, “Almost to the end, [Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill Wilson] engaged in serious and prolonged experiments with spiritualism, hallucinatory drugs such as LSD and megavitamin doses of niacin.”  (bold mine)
Robertson notes Wilson “felt that no one should have to believe in any particular religious faith or dogma; that each member was entitled to a personal interpretation of the words ‘God as we understand Him,’ including the concept of the A.A. group as a ‘Higher Power.’” 
Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15,16a)
1. Nan Robertson,Getting Better: Inside Alcoholics Anonymous, pg.124
Examined over several decades, it is clear A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson repeatedly and willingly gave himself over to familiar spirits. A.A. historian Ernest Kurtz notes, “So profound was Bill’s immersion in this area that he at times confused the terms ‘spiritualism’ and ‘spirituality.’”
“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)
“It doesn’t seem reasonable to think that the Devil’s agents have such direct and wide open access to us when other well-disposed incarnates including the Saints themselves cannot get through. That is, in any direct way,” wrote A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson. “Since prudent discrimination and good morality is necessary when we deal with people in the flesh, why shouldn’t this be the rule with discarnate too. So motivated, I don’t see why the aperture should be so large in the direction of the Devil, and so small in the direction of all the good folks who have gone ahead of us.” (bold mine)
There shall not be found among you…one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is destestable to the Lord. (Deuteronomy 18: 10-12)
1. Ernest Kurtz, Not-God, pg. 136
2. Robert Fitzgerald, S.J., The Soul of Sponsorship, pg. 61
How can someone acknowledge a person is not saved while simultaneously insisting that the person is saved?
Welcome to the A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson/pro-A.A. author Dick B. conundrum. As many are aware, Dick B.’s assertion is that both A.A. co-founders Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith were Christians. He has convinced many of this through his articles and books.
So, let’s examine three of Dick B.’s statements regarding Bill Wilson’s salvation–or lack of it.
First, note here that Dick B. acknowledges Bill W.’s acceptance of Emmet Fox’s heretical theology. According to 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.”  (bold mine)
Okay, Bill Wilson accepted New Thought heresy and its rejection of Christ. Very good, Dick B.
Next, we see that Dick B. has also stated, “It will be for others to decide how much [Bill's wife Lois’] background and prejudices influenced Bill Wilson’s eventual surrender to universalism.”  (bold mine)
Hmmm. In the above quote Dick B. acknowledges Bill’s universalist theology, but seems to be saying that Wilson was saved…at least for a while.
Finally, the following quote is an amazing assertion. Claiming that Bill Wilson was a Christian, Dick B. wrote:
“The erring Christian critics ignored the plain teachings of the New Testament that ‘even’ Christians walked in the flesh, were carnal in their meanderings, and violated God’s commandments. See Romans, Chapter 8, for example. Bill Wilson’s vagaries–ranging from New England Congregationalism to atheist thinking to Swedenborgian influences to born again Christianity at the Mission to spiritualism to Roman Catholic doctrine to psychic experiments–could not alter A.A. or even Wilson’s status as a Christian, which came from his decision for Jesus Christ at Calvary Rescue Mission–the validity of which is for God and God alone to judge–not some anti-A.A. writer.” 
Here, I believe, is the answer. Indeed, it is the only possible way Dick B. can continue to portray Wilson as a Christian. He apparently believes that if people pray the sinner’s prayer once, or seemingly surrender to Christ at the altar, then they are indisputably and irrevocably saved no matter what–and in fact, from that point on it doesn’t matter how much they sin, because now they are–at worst–carnal Christians.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 1:4)
In Dick B.’s own words, Bill Wilson “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)
But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:33)
Dick B. also wrote of Bill Wilson’s “surrender to universalism.”  Both universalism and Emmet Fox’s New Thought theology deny Christ as Savior.
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:12)
So, going by Dick B.’s own words again, Wilson rejected Christ as Savior. In reality, despite a drunken trip to an altar, Wilson never truly came to Christ.
Wilson himself said, “In some ways I feel very close to conservative Christianity. In other respects–important ones to Christians–no particular convictions seem to come. Maybe down deep I don’t want to be convinced. I just don’t know.” 
Biographer Francis Hartigan, who served as Lois Wilson’s (Bill’s wife’s) secretary for thirteen years, had many interesting conversations with the Widow Wilson. 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.”  (Bold mine)
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments (John 14:15)
You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)
One of the most grievous elements of the Alcoholics Anonymous history is the marital infidelity of Bill Wilson.
Wilson was free from alcoholism, but he was in bondage to spiritualism, and in bondage to sex. Wilson’s last A.A. mistress was Helen W., and the affair lasted 15 years. Although Wilson’s wife Lois remained married to him through years of alcoholism and decades of adultery, Wilson nevertheless arranged that after his death, Helen W. would receive a percentage of the royalties from sales of Wilson’s A.A. books. 
According to Gabrielle Glaser, A.A. co-founder Bill 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.” 
“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. 
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.” 
Christians can indeed sin. Those who truly have Spirit of God within will be corrected by God, and placed back on the path of righteousness.
There must be repentance.
In terms of his adultery, Bill Wilson, at best, possessed a worldly repentance, and perhaps not even that. While his unfaithfulness to his wife went on for many years, so did his involvement in spiritualism, a practice the Lord hates. The A.A. co-founder entertained a spirit, or spirits, but not the Spirit of God.
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.
Writer Matthew J. Raphael is a member of Alcoholics Anonymous himself. According to Raphael, “[I]t might be said for the cofounders at least, A.A. was entangled with spiritualism from the very beginning.”
Along with acceptance of Emmet Fox’s Christ denying heresy, and long-term unfaithfulness to his wife, Wilson’s obsession with spiritualism further illustrates his alienation from Christ.
The Lord is very clear about spiritualism, and how He feels about those who disobey Him by participating in this: “There shall not be found among you…a medium or a spiritist or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10, 11,12)
But Wilson, since he was not a Blood-bought Christian, felt no obligation to obey the Word of God. He had already learned, through his Swedenborgian relatives (his wife’s family) and the teachings of New Thought heretic Emmet Fox, that the Bible could be interpreted in a far different manner than that of the Christian fundamentalists.
End Part 1
1. Dick B., When Early A.A.’s Were Cured And Why, pg. 26
4. Dick B., When Early A.A.’s Were Cured and Why, pg. 26
5. June 2, 1959 letter from Bill Wilson to Father Ed Dowling. This letter quoted from by Robert Fitzgerald, S.J., in his book, The Soul of Sponsorship, pg. 92
6. Francis Hartigan, Bill W., pg. 123
7. Nan Robertson, Getting Better: Inside Alcoholics Anonymous, pg.69
8. Gabrielle Glaser, Her Best Kept Secret: Why Women Drink and How They Can Regain Control, Chapter 4
9. Francis Hartigan, Bill W., pg. 196
10. Francis Hartigan, Bill W., pg. 171
11. PASS IT ON, pg.278-79
12. Matthew J. Raphael, Bill W. and Mr. Wilson, pg. 159