Author on A.A. co-founder’s automatic writing: “Bill Wilson was very good at this.”

“Bill Wilson was very good at this. He would set a pen down on a piece of paper, close his eyes, and wait for the spirit to guide his hand.” [1]

“[I]t might be said for the cofounders at least, A.A. was entangled with spiritualism from the very beginning.” [2]

“Now, these people, [A.A. co-founders] Bill and Bob, believed vigorously and aggressively. They were working away at the spiritualism; it was not just a hobby.” [3]

“Do not seek out mediums and spiritists; do not seek out and be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31) 

Related: Saturday spiritualism sessions with A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson

Source Notes:

  1. Susan Cheever, My Name is Bill: Bill Wilson : His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous, p.205
  2. Matthew J. Raphael, Bill W. and Mr. Wilson, p.159
  3. PASS IT ON, A.A. World Services Inc., p.280 (Early A.A. member Tom Powers)

More A.A. Fun Facts: The C.S. Lewis quote

When a concerned Tony Guggenheim wrote C.S. Lewis a letter informing him of the biblically forbidden spiritualism of A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson and his wife, C.S. Lewis wrote back, “This is necromancy. Have nothing to do with it.” [1]

“Do not seek out mediums and spiritists; do not seek out and be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)

Source Notes:
[1] Susan Cheever, My Name Is Bill, pg. 207

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Lois Wilson’s grandpa’s Swedenborgian book

One of the most significant of the unholy influences that shaped A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson’s spirituality was the Swedenborgian religion.

Swedenborgians do not believe that Salvation is exclusively through Jesus Christ. They love the Bible, even while denying biblical doctrine that Jesus is Savior.

The Swedenborgian religion is founded on the teachings/writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), a brilliant man who made contributions in fields such as metallurgy, zoology, physics, and many others. Demonically deceived, Swedenborg believed that the true meaning of the Bible had been revealed to him by the Lord. It was his destiny, he believed, to explain this new revelation through his writing.

Bill Wilson married into a Swedenborgian family. In fact, according to a biography, “Bill learned that [Lois’ family] were all Swedenborgians, and the mystic aspect of the faith so fascinated them they vowed to explore it more deeply one day.”[1]

Swedenborgian scholar Robert D. Merrill states, “In her autobiography, ‘Lois Remembers,‘ she recounts fond memories of her New Church home life, including her delight in Sunday dinner discussions with the visiting minister and other friends from the church. She tells of the strength and guidance she received from Swedenborg’s teachings… In January of 1918 Bill and Lois were married in the Swedenborgian church in Brooklyn, New York.”[2]

This is not to say that Bill Wilson became a Swedenborgian per se, yet his obsession with spiritualism and view of Christ and the Bible must be attributed, at least in part, to exposure to Swedenborgian teachings. Wilson’s understanding of the Bible was further twisted by his acceptance of the Scripture-quoting but Christ-rejecting teachings of New Thought purveyor Emmet Fox.

These influences are why any reference Wilson made to Christ or the Bible should always be taken with a grain of salt.

Further Swedenborgian influence on Wilson came through William James, who himself came from a Swedenborgian family.

As a quick aside, if you want to read about Swedenborg’s twelve steps, which he wrote about long before Bill Wilson was born, go HERE. 

Interestingly enough, Bill’s wife, Lois Wilson, had a grandfather who was a Swedenborgian minister. N.C. Burnham’s Swedenborgian book, Discreet Degrees, can be found HERE.

Source Notes:
1. Robert Thomsen, Bill W., pg.85

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New Thought from Oprah to A.A.

Oprah Winfrey, Alcoholics Anonymous, The Secret, and Word of Faith movement all have an underlying influence: The New Thought religion.

“While New Thought organizations never became very large, their ideas have had wide acceptance in general society and have influenced A.A.” — Mel B., New Wine, pg. 105

New Thought teacher Emmet Fox has been called a “godfather” of A.A. by author Igor Sikorsky.

“In the Bible the term ‘Christ’ is not identical with Jesus, the individual. It is a technical term that may be briefly defined as the Absolute Spiritual Truth about anything.” — Emmet Fox, The Sermon on the Mount, pg. 124

Unfortunately, the man most responsible for spreading the “A.A.’s Christian roots mythology,” wrote for many years without ever understanding the impact New Thought has had upon the 12 Step program. Pro A.A. author Dick B. acknowledges 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 click here to continue reading

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A.A. co-founder bought into New Thought rejection of Christ

“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.”

Source: Dick B., When Early A.A.’s Were Cured And Why, pg. 26

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Why do Christians ignore the Bible’s warning about Alcoholics Anonymous?

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. (Ephesians 5:11)

Question: “Why do Christians accept A.A., even though the Bible forbids this?”

Answer: “Given enough time and familiarity, even a wolf can seem like the family dog.”

And, of course, feel free to blame the errant scholarship of pro-A.A. author Dick B. I know I do. click here

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Excerpt from “Seances, Spirits, and 12 Steps”

[The 12 Steps were given to A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson by a familiar spirit. We have brought this hideous deception into our churches, and our hearts, and we are paying dearly for it. Below is an excerpt of an article dealing with Bill Wilson’s unholy activities–the same Bill Wilson who is being portrayed by some as a Bible believing Christian…]

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.”[4]

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, “[I]t might be said for the cofounders at least, A.A. was entangled with spiritualism from the very beginning.”[5]

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.”[6]

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, Wilson exchanged 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. If this one is who he says he is—and of course there is no way of knowing—would this be licit contact in your book?”[7]

Examined over several decades, it is clear A.A. cofounder 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.’”[3]

The rest of the article and endnotes can be linked to Here

Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder considered himself a psychic

“[He] knew little of psychics and had heard nothing before this of my adventures.”–A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson, from his official A.A. biography, Pass It On, pg.277

“Do not seek out mediums and spiritists; do not seek out and be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)


Randy Alcorn’s ouija board fiction, A.A. co-founder’s ouija board history

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)

Have you ever investigated the connection between 12 Step spirituality and the occult? You may be in for a surprise. Click HERE, and if you want to learn even more, click HERE.

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?

When A.A. co-founder “spoke to Christians he worked his audience”

“Bill Wilson may have practiced some sort of surface belief in Christianity at convenient times but never really considered himself a Christian or accepted the divinity of Christ. If anything Bill practiced pagan worship and his way of life was totally opposite of what a life turned over to the Christ was supposed to represent.

“When Bill spoke to Christians he worked his audience. When he spoke to the medical community he worked his audience. When he spoke to non-believers he worked his audience. In fact, if Bill were ever to speak before an audience of Chiropractors, he probably would have told them that alcoholism stemmed from misalighnment of the spine. Bill was a chameleon using his audience to his advantage and certainly not a Christian spreading the Good Word.” — another aahistorian 3/31/09 email


“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) —  Dick B., When Early A.A.’s Were Cured And Why, pg. 26

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