If you’ve ever been through Alcohol Anonymous or another type of 12-step program, or know someone who has, you may be interested in this article from Lighthouse Trails via author John Lanagan:
In his book, A New Kind of Christianity, Emergent leader Brian McLaren attacks Biblical understanding, and tries to revise both God and the Bible. In his chapter on reinterpreting God’s Word, he notes, “Even for those of us on this quest, breaking out of centuries-old habits won’t be easy…” In the same paragraph, McLaren makes an interesting statement. “No wonder those of us who want and need to change our approach may need to form twelve-step groups to deprogram our thinking.”
Wait a minute. 12 Steps groups to help people reject the Bible as the literal Word of God?
Is this shocking? Hardly. McLaren knows this has already happened–and is continuing to happen–through both Christian and cultural acceptance of 12 Step spirituality. Unlike numerous Bible-believing pastors who allow 12 Step groups to meet in their churches, the Emergent leaders are clearly aware of what AA and other 12 Step groups have brought about. McLaren wrote the foreword to A Heretic’s Guide To Eternity. In this book, Emergent authors Spencer Burke and Barry Taylor write, “As Phyllis Tickle [another Emergent leader] has noted, the development of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) probably did as much as other, more celebrated events to undermine our concept of religion. Emerging in the late 1930s, AA made it acceptable to talk about a generic God–a ‘higher power.’” Click here to continue reading.
- Why the bad attitude about Alcoholics Anonymous? (lighthousetrailsresearch.com)
- Alcoholics Anonymous and Contemplative Spirituality
- Brian McLaren Finally Comes Out of the Closet as a New Ager (solasisters.blogspot.com)
- Conference Alert: Emergents, missionals seek to educate (?) children (lighthousetrailsresearch.com)
- What The Media Will Never Tell You (wnd.com)