Give Me That Old Time, 12 Step, New Age Religion |

TBC Staff

Near the small town where I worship, a neighboring church holds Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings. They know the Scriptures that clearly forbid mixing our Savior in with false gods, and yet this has made no difference. They do what they do because that is what they want to do.

Not that this is unusual. It is happening all over our nation–churches embracing anti-biblical activity, and choosing to portray it as God’s perfect will. We even find books to validate what we prefer to believe about the nature of God Himself.

“Has a nation changed gods, when they were not gods? But My people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. Be appalled, O heavens, at this, and shudder, and be very desolate,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah:2:11-12)

We have gone far beyond individual Christians simply attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Now, increasingly, Alcoholics Anonymous is allowed to hold meetings in Bible believing churches. A.A. membership by definition demands a faith in the 12 Step process, and many Christians end up with a syncretistic belief system—biblical teachings have been weakened and welded with 12 Step theology.

The Lord tells us to “come out from their midst and be separate” for good reason. (2 Corinthians:6:14-17) He tells us “Bad company corrupts good morals.” (1 Corinthians:15:33) In like manner, exposure to bad theology often corrupts sound doctrine.

Some years ago Martin and Deidre Bobgan wrote 12 Steps To Destruction, a blunt and accurate analysis of the 12 Step movement. This well-researched book angered some and was ignored by others. The authors write: “Twelve-Step programs are in essence New Age religions and Archetypical precursors of a one-world religion. They do not hold a common doctrine of God and His creation.” [1]

You will find that, sure enough, a quick internet search demonstrates how compatible 12 Step groups are with New Age/New Spirituality. Or, really, with anything else. According to PASS IT ON, A.A. cofounder Bill Wilson “felt A.A.’s usefulness was worldwide, and contained spiritual principles that members of any and every religion could accept, including the Eastern religions.”[2]

A.A.’s Step 3 states: “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.” Jesus Christ is never mentioned in the 12 Steps. This is not surprising considering the source from which the 12 Steps originated. (READ)

Martin and Deidre Bobgan further note: “The common goal of the one-world religion will be peace—for the sake of survival. Each goal is centered on self and in the now, not in God or eternity. The goal takes precedence over the One True God. Whatever god or goddess is chosen as the higher power is subservient to that goal. All of these fit into the New Age spirituality: no absolutes, many ways, self-enhancement.” [3]

The Lord wants His people out of Alcoholics Anonymous. He wants His people to quit feeding this shimmering, glimmering chameleon of a spiritual system. The Ancient of Days will take care of those in bondage to alcohol if we but give Him the opportunity. How do I know this? It’s right there in the Bible. And so it was for me.

The Body of Christ must function as the Body of Christ in order to help those in bondage to alcohol and drugs. The AA people are not the enemy. They are to be commended for caring for one another as so many of them do.

Alcoholics Anonymous teaches that if one is to overcome alcoholism, one must turn one’s life and will over to a “higher power.” It doesn’t matter what (or whom) one believes in, and worships, it only matters that one must worship something.

Alcoholics Anonymous denies the Sovereignty of Jesus Christ. It is, as Paul tells us, a false gospel.

“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!” (Galatians:1:6-8)

A great separation is taking place. For the 12 Step religion—an anti-Christian religion—grows stronger everyday. Contemplative, 12 Step spirituality, the NAR, and Catholicism will continue to blend together. False gods will boldly be celebrated and elevated.

Commenting on A.A.’s invent-a-god theology, Martin and Deidre Bobgan point out: “When one configures his own image of god and places himself under that power, he is essentially his own god, because he finds that god within himself and within his own experience.” [4]

Pray that the Lord brings these people to us; let us evangelize in the parking lot after the meetings, and share the gospel at work with people we know are in AA, CA, NA etc. For, while AA is viewed in terms of recovery, we must understand that for many it is the waiting room to hell.


1. Martin and Deidre Bobgan, 12 Steps To Destruction, pg.116

2. PASS IT ON, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., pg.283

3. Martin and Deidre Bobgan, 12 Steps To Destruction, pg.116

4. Ibid., pg.116