Lighthouse Trails Research Journal VOL. 7 | NO. 5 - Page 17

Lighthouse Trails Research Journal 17 Christian Magazines—continued from previous page over any other forms of treatment. The helpful for the reader of this article to know a few things about me. I grew up in the mental-health community. My father was a psychiatrist, and for a time we lived on the grounds of a very large mental institution. I take a back seat to no one when it comes to having compassion for those suffering through problems of living, especially the sin problem of drunkenness. That was dominant in my family history for genera- tions. I’ve written books, articles, preached sermons, and given conference talks on the antichristian and pseudoscientific aspects of psychotherapy and so-called Christian psychology. Much of that material can be found in the Berean Call’s archives, espe- cially “Psychology and the Church: Critical Questions, Crucial Answers,” chapter 13 of The Seduction of Christianity, and chapter 15 of Occult Invasion. First, some general observations. Those issues that AA attempts to remedy are all sin problems. The word “sin,” however, is found nowhere in the CT article. AA’s co-founder Bill Wilson erroneously taught that “alcoholism” is a disease. Rarely can an individual be held accountable for contracting a disease. If the root problem is sin, and the claimed solution rejects sin as the problem, then AA has no solution. Dunnington’s psychologized mindset has him wanting to see church small groups function more as therapeutic or behavioral encounter groups like AA. He never acknowledges that a small group study of—and obedience to—the Word of God has provided the individual with “all things that pertain unto life and godli- ness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). God’s Word, the Manufacturer’s Handbook, has the only answer to man’s sin nature and sinful practices. Dunnington not only appears ignorant of the sufficiency of Scripture, but he is also wrong about the effectiveness of AA. There are no studies supporting AA’s programs Volume 7—No. 5 Harvard Medical School reported: Most recovery from alcoholism is not the result of treatment. Probably no more than 10 percent of alcohol abusers are ever treated at all, but as many as 40 percent recover spontaneously. 8 One of the leading authorities in this field, Herbert Fingarette, the author of Heavy Drinking: The Myth of Alcoholism as a Disease, writes for the Harvard Medicine magazine: This [disease] myth, now widely advertised and widely accepted, is neither helpfully compassionate nor scientifically valid. 9 If AA can make no true claim of being more effective than the (non-treatment) spontaneous remission of drunkenness by alcohol abusers, what of its spiritual input? That “spirituality” is incorporated in the 12-Step philosophy and is foundational to everything that AA promotes. Anyone who takes the time to research how AA’s 12 Steps began would readily discover that it came to Bill Wilson and Bob Smith through the activity of spiritism. That is “the spiritual power of A.A.”! Dave Hunt writes in Occult Invasion: The official AA biography of Wilson reveals, without embarrassment, that for years after AA’s founding, regular séances were still being held in the Wilsons’ home, and other psychic activities were being pursued, including consulting the Ouija board. 10 The biography itself declares: [T]here are references to séances and other psychic events in the letters Bill wrote to Lois [his wife] during that first Akron summer with the Smiths [Bob and Anne], in 1935 . . . Bill would lie down on the couch. He would “get” these things [from the spirit world] . . . every week or so. Each time, certain people [demons impersonating the dead] would “come in . . . long sentences, word by word would come through. . . .” [In 1938] as he started to write [the AA manual], he asked for guidance. . . . The words began tumbling out with astonishing speed. He completed the first draft in about half an hour. . . . Numbering the new steps . . . they added up to twelve—a symbolic number; he thought of the Twelve Apostles, and soon became convinced that the Society should have twelve steps. 11 The Bible condemns the practice of com- munication with spirit entities calling it divination. The reason should be obvious. Those spirit entities are demons, whose objective it is to turn people away from the truth of God’s Word. Although Wilson and Smith were clearly intent upon contacting the spirit world through divination devices and techniques for spiritual guidance, the evidence that what Wilson received is de- monic is found in the content itself. It only takes reading the second and third Steps to recognize how antichristian the methodol- ogy is. Step 2 and 3 state: [We] came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him (emphasis in the original). 12 “A Power greater than ourselves”? Who or what might that be? The God of the Bible and Jesus Christ, the Savior (from sins) of the world? They are never men- tioned in the 12 Steps, nor is sin! Yet there are many “Higher Powers” being put forth Concludes on next page SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019