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How Does the Bible Differ from the Twelve Steps?


As Christians it’s so important for us to keep God’s Word separate from our own wisdom. As one who’s been in recovery since High School, I have been looking at the difference between secular twelve step programs and the regeneration of the Lord for more than three decades. When I turned to the Lord in the mid-70’s, I had already been running with drugs for a few years. I did not get a lot of discipleship in God’s Word and latched on to the psychology of our day for my Christian walk. Don’t get me wrong, I have benefited from twelve step programs in as much as they have taught me biblical things about this life. I love my friends in the program, but more often than not I have watched as we can get distracted from the Lord and learn to actually depend on ourselves. The apostle Paul wrote, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Ti 4:3)  How does the Bible differ from the Twelve Steps of A. A.?  Let’s please talk about it and make sure we have God’s Word and His Spirit in our “recovery.”

Isa 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
Isa 55:9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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