Many don't know of the occult origins of Alcoholics Anonymous (and thus the many other "12-step" programs that are its progeny. Bill Wilson, the founder derived his "recovery" program through "automatic writing" . . . the Ouija board . . . "spirit guides" . . . seances . . . and he was an eager proponent and user for a time of LSD. He was friends with Aleister Crowley disciple and LSD "prophet" Aldous Huxley and infamous heretical mystic Gerald Heard. Wilson's view of the Bible was a gnostic view similar to that another man of great influence on his thought, the New Age heretic Emmet Fox who taught:
"The 'Plan of Salvation' which figured so prominently in the evangelical
sermons and divinity books of a past generation is as completely unknown
to the Bible as the Koran. There never was any such an arrangement in
the universe, and the Bible does not teach it at all." ("Sermon On The Mount", Fox, pg 19)
Some other ideas from Fox:
"[In] the Bible the term “Christ” is not identical with Jesus, the
individual. It is a technical term which may be briefly defined as the
Absolute Spiritual Truth about anything.
The plain fact is that Jesus taught no theology whatever. (pg.20)
You can see the "spiritual" influence of Wilson's gnostic, new agey, occult conception of God littered through the "bible" of AA's "Big Book": "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.” (pg.9)
Also notable is co-founder Bob Smith's involvement in Freemasonry.
All in all, AA and it's spawning of multitudinous similar "12-step" style recovery programs, has been a (albeit temporary) stunning success in the devil's war of widespread cultural/spiritual deception.
It is alarming and tragic how many churches have bought into AA's devilish spawn "Celebrate Recovery" and all its various, Trojan horse sidekicks ie., "Emotions Anonymous", "Sexual Anonymous" which treat "addiction" as an "illness" . . . a "disease" . . . rather than SIN! to be repented of through the power of the Holy Spirit of the God of the Bible!
AA's "higher power as you understand it" is a direct route to idolatry and in wicked opposition to the very first and foremost commandment of God "Thou shall have no other gods before me"!
Wolf in sheep's clothing "Pastor" Rick Warren--a big proponent of "Celebrate Recovery" says: "In 1935 a couple of guys formulated, based upon the
scriptures, what are known as the classic twelve steps of Alcoholics
Anonymous and used by hundreds of other recovery groups. Twenty million
Americans are in a recovery group every week and there are 500,000
recovery groups. The basis is God's word."
. . . . Which, if you know the true Satanic origins of AA, is a blasphemous lie and horrific deception.
"Substitute anything for Christ, and the Gospel is totally spoiled!
Add anything to Christ, and the Gospel ceases to be a pure Gospel!
Put anything between a person and Christ, and that person will neglect Christ for that very thing!
Spoil the proportions of Christ's Gospel, and you spoil its effectiveness!
Evangelical religion must be the Gospel, the whole Gospel and nothing but the Gospel!"
- J.C. Ryle