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Lighthouse Trails Research Journal 18 Christian Magazines—continued from previous page and sought after today. AA would have us pick whatever one we favor. Not only that, but we are to “turn our will and our lives over to the care of God “as we understand Him.” When Satan deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis:3:1-5), he was helping her to “better understand” the God she believed in by questioning what she believed God had said (verse 1), “Yea, hath God said . . . ?” He followed that by denying what God indeed had said (verse 4). That’s the demonic origin of Step 3. Proverbs:14:12, 16:25, and 3:5 ring out a sure warning against the allegedly Christian Step 3, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy:2:5). I’ve spoken to dozens of men who have gone through the AA program. Nearly all have confirmed what I’ve written and much more than I have the space for. One com- mon complaint among those who came to Christ outside of AA yet continued to at- tend AA meetings was the resistance, even hostility, toward sharing Christ among the group. You see, you can pick any God you desire—but you can’t claim that your God is any better than the “Gods” of the other members. That’s the problem (for AA) with the biblical Jesus who declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John:14:6). However, it’s only the first part of the verse that bothers AA. The issue of eternal life is out of their “spiritual” concern. They only focus on keeping a drunk sober and produc- tive this side of Heaven. Those who have clung to AA for years admitted they do so, never missing meetings, regardless of family events or situations, in fear of “falling off the wagon” of sobriety. That’s bondage to a system of man and worse. Volume 7—No. 5 CONCLUSION hristianity Today has tragically rein- forced for its readership a program that rejects the God of the Bible and His instructions for the lives of those who have put their faith in Him. They also have rejected God’s instructions by attempting to supplement them with the so-called wis- dom of the world. When Jesus, who is the Word, is supplemented, He is supplanted. And when He is supplanted, He becomes “another Jesus.” CT isn’t the only entity that has been turning to the world for its ways and means. The 12-Steps programs have, like leaven, worked their way throughout the church in various forms. My personal experience with 12 Steps involved Celebrate Recovery (CR) at Saddleback Church. 13 I enrolled in the Celebrate Recovery Training Program in order to get an “up close and personal” understanding of what’s being taught. I do that whenever I can to make sure I’m not misunderstanding the things I’m critiquing biblically. The Saddleback event brought together thousands of people who seemed to me to be sincere in wanting to help those dealing with various sin issues. We were all told that CR was based upon the Beatitudes. Wrong. It’s based upon the 12 Steps of AA, and the AA methods displace many scriptural elements that might conflict. For example, the men in my group claimed that AA meetings hold sway over Bible stud- ies. The group meetings open with silence, the reading of the Serenity Prayer (a vague- at-best rote prayer to “God” as you perceive him), and the acknowledgement that one is undergoing the ongoing recovery of one or more “addictions.” This has nothing whatso- ever to do with the Beatitudes nor with any other part of biblical Christianity. What’s clear to me regarding Christianity Today is that it reflects the prophecy in 2 Timothy 4:3: C For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. CT obviously prefers the world’s ways over God’s way, which is proven in every one of its issues as this one example illustrates. T.A. McMahon is the executive director of The Berean Call. You may visit www. thebereancall.org for extensive research and resources to help you understand the times in which we live. * For more information about AA, read John Lanagan’s booklet, The “Spiritual” Truth About Alcoholics Anonymous. ENDNOTES 1. Stephen Strang, “Why We Celebrate 500 Issues of Charisma ” ( Charisma , https://www. charismamag.com/life/holidays/40597-why- we-celebrate-500-issues-of-charisma. 2. Kent Dunington, “Small Groups Ano- mymous” ( Christianity Today , April 22, 2019, https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/ may/small-groups-anonymous.html). 3. Ibid. 4. Ibid. 5. Ibid. 6.Tim Stafford, “The Hidden Gospel of the 12 Steps” ( Christianity Today, July 22, 1991, https://silkworth.net/pages/religion_cler- gy/01-097.php). 7. Ibid. 8. “Alcohol Abuse and Dependence,” in Harvard Medical School Mental Health Review , Number Two Revised, p. 10. (taken from Occult Invasion by Dave Hunt) 9. Herbert Fingarette, “We Should Reject the Disease Concept of Alcoholism,” in The Harvard Medical School Mental Health Letter, February 1990, p. 4 (taken from Occult Invasion ). 10. Dave Hunt, Occult Invasion (Bend, OR: The Berean Call, Kindle edition, 2010), Kindle location 6205). 11. Pass It On: The story of Bill Wilson and how the A.A. message reached the world (Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 1984), pp. 275-279, 198. 12. Ibid., Kindle edition, Kindle location 5915. 13. See “A Way That Seemeth Right,” TBC, October 1, 2005, https://www.thebereancall. org/content/way-which-seemeth-right. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019