Throughout history, the Christian faith has been has had various mutations of a very dangerous kind. The Salem Witch Trials were started in February 1692 by primarily Christian families and ended up in the executions of at least 19 people by May 1693. While these deaths can be directly linked to death by execution, there are many more mutations seeping into the Christian Faith from many angles, including Serpent Handling in the Appalachian Mountains of the United States in the Pentecostal churches "Holiness movement" resulting in over 100 verified deaths. Voodoo (aka Vodou) ceremonies are believed to have been an offshoot of a snake cult, but no verified deaths have been recorded due the official religion of Haiti (along with Christianity). Alcoholics Anonymous has seeped into the very fabric of the Christian Church and even inhabits the Interchurch Center in New York. Does Alcoholics Anonymous perform satanic rituals?
The Social and Cultural Context of Satanic Ritual Abuse Allegations
Susan P. Robbins
..... The expansion of recovered memory ideology was aided by a new and growing social and cultural phenomenon that emerged in the 1980s: the growth in the size and scope of self-help groups based on the twelve step model of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The escalation of "zero tolerance" in the War on Drugs and the concomitant push for widespread identification and treatment of substance abuse was eagerly embraced by the media. Estimated and fabricated figures that warned of the growing prevalence of alcoholism and illegal drug use became commonplace (Baum, 1996; Peele, 1989). The resulting growth in the substance abuse treatment industry was aided by media campaigns that included testimonials by well-known people such as Kitty Dukakis, Betty Ford, and Elizabeth Taylor, whose stories were aimed at convincing people to get help for their addictions. Thus, as Peele (1989) has pointed out, addiction not only became destigmatized, but addicts were turned into role models. As drug treatment programs came to rely heavily on AA ideology and group treatment methods, the AA credo of twelve step recovery became a national dogma (Peele, 1989).
Ironically, even though AA had enjoyed some degree of popularity since its inception in the 1930s, the ideology of self-help recovery in the 1980s began to shift some of the ideas that were central to AA. Instead of people seeking help because they knew that they were having problems with alcohol, alcoholics were now seen as being in denial about their illness (Peele, 1989).
As the idea of denial became popularized, the ever-expanding concept of "addiction" and twelve step recovery began to spread to a wide variety of other behaviors such as eating, gambling, sex, love, and relationships. Groups like Al-Anon and Alateen that were initially set up to provide support and guidance for non-alcoholic family members, now began to portray wives, husbands, parents, and children of the alcoholic as themselves having a disease. Alcoholism and drug addiction were no longer seen as an illness of the individual alcoholic or addict, but of the entire family system. Denial was defined as "part of the disease for both the alcoholic and his family" (Woititz, 1976). With denial at the core, the newly popularized concepts of "co-dependency" and the "dysfunctional family" gave rise to a burgeoning self-help industry in which all of life's problems were defined as a previously undiagnosed disease, rooted in childhood family dysfunction, over which the sufferers had little, if any, control......
For more on Serpent Handling see -"Is Serpent Handling Spiritual or Religious? Can being bitten by a deadly snake make you Spiritual, Religious or both?" http://orange-papers.org/forum/node/1792
"Did Weird Christian Rituals and Faith Healing Kill Mack Wolford in May 2012?" http://orange-papers.org/forum/node/1594
For more on Voodoo (Vodou) see - "Spiritual? Religious? Vodou, also spelled Voodoo, Voudou, Vodun, or French Vaudou?" http://orange-papers.org/forum/node/1791
For an extremely informative blog on pagan roots and problems with Alcoholics Anonymous see:
Finding another “Broad Highway” A.A. reference
Published on June 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm
My long time friend, a private investigator, refers to things such as these A.A. quotes as “satanic markers.” This one I just discovered this morning:
“We feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe.” — Alcoholics Anonymous ‘Big Book,’ pg. 75 (bold mine)
Yet, the Lord specifically warns against the broad way. “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is BROAD that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” (Matthew 7:13)
Here is the spiritual understanding of Alcoholics Anonymous: “We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the Realm of the Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men. When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God.” – Alcoholics Anonymous ‘Big Book,’ pg. 46-47 (Bold mine)
There is more: “If our testimony helps sweep away prejudice, enables you to think honestly, encourages you to search diligently within yourself, then, if you wish, you can join us on the Broad Highway. With this attitude you cannot fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you.” — Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, pg. 55 (Bold mine)
Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:22)