What do you know about AA?

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Do you know how many Christian organizations influenced the ideas, principles, and practices of the AA of Akron Christian Fellowship founded in 1935?
Do you know the details of the Christian upringing of A.A. cofounders DR. Robert H. Smith and Bill Wilson as youngsters in Vermont–the church life of their parents, the Congregational churches and Sunday schools they attended, the emphasis on salvation and the truth of the Word of God these Congregational churches promulgated?
Do you know how frequently AA Cofounders Robert H. Smith and Bill Wilson heard about The Great Awakening of 1875 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont; how often they were involved in conversion and revival and temperance meetings; how deep were their connections with the Young Men’s Christian Association, how the great Christian evangelists like Dwight Moody, Ira Sankey, F.B. Meyer, Allen Folger, and others visited the boyhood arenas of Bill Wilson and Bob Smith in Vermont and healed drunks by the power of God.
Do you know of the intense Christian training that Robert H. Smith received at St. Johnsbury Academy and William G. Wilson received at Burr and Burton Academy.
Do you know that each AA cofounder attended daily chapel at the academies, were required to attend weekly Congregational church services, and studied the Bible.
Do you know the role played by the YOung Men’s Christian Association in the academies the cofounders attended.
Do you know that Bill Wilson took a four year Bible study course at the Christian academy he attended in his high school years.
Do you know the Christian program of United Christian Endeavor Society (in which Dr. Bob was active as a youngter)–a program that involved conversion meetings, prayer meetings, Bible study meetings, Quiet Hour, and reading of Christian literature.
Do you know how all the foregoing facts have simply been ignored or suppressed by those writing biographies and histories of A.A. – to the point that the latest movie “Bill W.” now showing in California and many other places just leaves out all the Christian principles and practices of early AA in Akron and all of Bill’s involvement at Calvary Mission, Calvary Church, and participation in evangelical marches by Shoemaker’s parishioners from the church to Madison Square to witness.
Do you know that each of the first three AAs believed in God, was or became a Christian, and studied the Bible before any got sober.
Do you know that early AA had no Steps, no Traditions, no Big Book, no drunkalogs, and no meetings as we know them today.
Do you know that every early AA professed his belief in God and was required to believe on Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9).
Do you know that it wasn’t until the Spring of 1939–four years after AA was founded–that Bill Wilson’s compromise adding one’s own conception of “a” god, some “higher power,” and some vague light bulb or door or table or Santa Claus began their intrusion into the recovery movement and later A.A.
Do you know how many Christians out of the two million AA members today are participating in Alcoholics Anonymous, getting cured by the power of God, praying, becoming children of the one true living God, studying the Bible, and witnessing to others there are today.
Do you think that the enormous and astonishing successes of early A.A. were the product of a belief in a light bulb, the Big Dipper, the Great Pumpkin, a chair, a table, a door knob.
In fact, do you ever hear about A.A.’s Christian roots, Christian fellowship, history, principles and practices as summarized on page 131 of DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers.
Awake thou that sleepest, and Christ shall give you light. The AA program did not foment out of free masonry, adultery, LSD, spiritualism, and all the other detours anti-AA zealots are shouting about today. They simply had no influence and are irrelevant to each and every part of the actual 12 Step fellowship history.
See The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., 2010. www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com, and the scores of Christian Recovery videos and audios on www.ChristianRecoveryRadio.com.

1 comment:

Hank said...

When I came into the rooms of A.A. a short while ago, I was taught that my Higher Power would be of my own understanding. I could let go of the angry God that had haunted most of my life, the angry god that I used to build up my own fears, shame, and self-hatred. This blog played an important part of that transformation in the first years of my recovery.

For me, if I had been told that the only way I could have found sobriety was to embrace the Christian religion I would have run out of the door. Not getting into the reasons here,I want to say that Christianity was part of my angry God, the one who haunted me in my failures to stop drinking and porning. C.S. Lewis described Christianity as a closed universe, there was no getting away. Heaven or Hell. Made me feel trapped when I was involved. The best part of my days back then was the two or three hours of darkness I experienced as I passed out after drinking.

There is little reference to Christianity in the literature of A.A. Through A.A. through the hope and experience of others, I was able to put myself in the hands of a loving God as I understand him or her to be. Kindness, compassion, patience, and loving. A Higher Power that uses the circumstances of my life to change me. Taking the most painful episodes to bring a measure of serenity. A faith that allows me to place my family in those same loving Hands, and let them go. I get to let go of the need to be in control of their lives.

I would like to understand why it is so important to emphasis Christianity on this Step 11 blog? The emphasis might attract some, just as it frightens others. It certainly breaks from the preamble message: "A.A. is not allied with
any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does
not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor
opposes any causes."