By Chad Prigmore
Let’s begin in God’s word and its warning to those in the sins of drunkenness or addiction. We read in Galatians 5:19-21, “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." Based on these scriptures, drunkenness (alcoholism) is a sin - not a disease as it is commonly referred to by the secular recovery industry. Those who are in sin will not inherit the kingdom of God. This also applies to drug addiction - sorcery is also included in this list of sins. The Greek word for sorcery is pharmakeia from which the word pharmaceutical derives. Sorcery refers to illicit drug use. According to the Bible, both alcoholism and addiction are sin - not disease.
Those that are in sin are dead. Does that seem harsh? Again, what does God’s word say about it? The apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:1-3, “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-- among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind”. Notice that Paul writes in the past tense here, because he is writing to Christian believers who have been saved and set free from sin and death and raised up to life in Jesus Christ.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved-- - Ephesians 2:4-5
So the question arises for many, “What about those who have achieved sobriety and given up drunkenness and drug addiction through Alcoholics Anonymous - are they still dead in sin?” The sad truth is that they most probably are because Alcoholics Anonymous is a false religion of idolatry which is also one of the sins listed in Galatians 5:19-20. In the program and throughout the books of Alcoholics Anonymous and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions as well as other publications from AA, idolatry is put forth openly as the central focus for one’s faith in the heretical concept of a Higher Power - whoever and whatever that may be. And the biggest idol of all in the heresy of Alcoholics Anonymous is Alcoholics Anonymous and it’s Twelve Step program. Those drawn into its sinister grasp are brainwashed over time to believe that to leave the program will most certainly lead to death. The book Alcoholics Anonymous on page 44 claims, “To be doomed to an alcoholic death or to live on a spiritual basis are not always easy alternatives to face”. And the claim is made from a portion of chapter five on page 58 of the same book - which is read before every AA meeting that, “Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves”. To completely give one’s self to something is idolatry. Those in the sin of idolatry are dead.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a slow parade of the walking dead, plodding along the same twelve steps year after year in a mindless day to day maintenance of sobriety. The walking dead of Alcoholics Anonymous lay their sins of alcoholism and addiction on the altar of Alcoholics Anonymous and continue walking dead and blind into the sinful destruction of idolatry chanting the same pathetic mantras to one another at each meeting of the dead; “Keep coming back - it works if you work it”, “One day at a time”, “Keep it simple”, “Easy does it”, etc, etc, etc...
In Alcoholics Anonymous there is no truth, there is no salvation, there is no life, there is just death, idolatry and an obsession with sobriety. The blind sponsor leading the blind newcomer through twelve steps to eventual destruction.
The good news is that there is one everlasting truth, there is eternal salvation, there is forgiveness for sin, there is life and joy and peace and glory and true happiness for all eternity - and it is only through one pure and glorious way. That way is through the person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. - Romans 5:6-8
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. - Colossians 3:1-2
Flee from the destructive heresy and idolatry of Alcoholics Anonymous and lift your eyes up to Jesus Christ. Never let anyone again tell you that you need anything other than Jesus Christ, His word, His grace, His glory. When you understand that you are dead in sin and how hopeless that is, and then you see your salvation in Jesus Christ and you see the life He wants to bless and fill you with to an abundance beyond what you could imagine - you will then gladly cast aside the dark pathetic trappings of this world.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, - Romans 3:23-24
Chad Prigmore is Pastor and President of The Way Ministry Church USA & Kenya.