Just a question to those who would like to get off drugs & alcohol permanently and turn back from Addiction. Which choice is the best, 12 Steps or the Word of God? Compare the two below.
What does the hopeless 12 Steps teaches:
“Admit that you are powerless” over your problem, and that your life has become “unmanageable”.
“Come to believe” that only “A Power greater than yourself” (God) can save you — “restore you to sanity.”
Surrender your will and your life to the control of the group’s old-timers and ‘God’ as you misunderstand Him.
Perform a “searching and fearless moral inventory” to find and list all of your “defects of character” and “moral shortcomings”, and then confess the “exact nature of your wrongs” to your sponsor and to God.
Ask God to perform soul surgery on you, and fix you, by removing all of your “defects of character” and “moral shortcomings”.
Make amends to all whom you have harmed.
Repeat the above steps endlessly, for the rest of your life, and always promptly admit when you are wrong.
“Seek, through prayer and meditation, to make conscious contact with God.” That is, conduct a séance where you sit quietly and listen for the Voice of God to talk to you and dictate your work orders to you. Pray for the power to carry out those orders. Go do whatever the voices in your head tell you to do. (That is not a joke.)
Claim that you have gotten a “spiritual experience” or a “spiritual awakening” from doing the previous eleven steps. “Carry the message” to anyone else who will listen — make religious converts out of everyone else that you can — and somehow practice the above so-called “principles” in all of your affairs.
This is what the 12 Step Program is based on… A higher power that is helpless to help you.
Here’s God’s way of healing addiction permanently…no steps…no sponsors…no disease theories to keep you in bondage:
But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1John 1:7-10
Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground with His finger. When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her. ”Then He stooped down again and continued writing on the ground. When they heard this, they left one by one, starting with the older men. Only He was left, with the woman in the center. When Jesus stood up, He said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, Lord,” she answered. “Neither do I condemn you,” said Jesus. “Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.” Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:6-12
He will again have compassion on us; He will vanquish our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” But some of the scribes were sitting there, thinking to themselves: “Why does He speak like this? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Right away Jesus understood in His spirit that they were thinking like this within themselves and said to them, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” He told the paralytic, “I tell you: get up, pick up your mat, and go home.” Mark 2:5-11
So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own town. Just then some men brought to Him a paralytic lying on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Have courage, son, your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the scribes said among themselves, “He’s blaspheming!” But perceiving their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why are you thinking evil things in your hearts? For which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He told the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your mat, and go home.” And he got up and went home. When the crowds saw this, they were awestruck and gave glory to God who had given such authority to men.
With Jesus Christ There Is Hope!